Satan’s Expulsion from Heaven
Verses 7 to 12 tell us how the victory of Christ, His ascension into heaven and inauguration, resulted in Satan and his angels no longer having access to heaven.
Satan was first expelled from heaven when he rebelled against God (see Isaiah 14:15; Ezekiel 28:16-18). However, it seems he still had access to the heavenly courts.
In Job 1:6-12, we see him appearing before the throne of God, making accusations against Job. In Zechariah 3:1-2, we see him before the heavenly court accusing Joshua the high priest.
The situation is now different; Satan is cast out forever because of Calvary.
No longer can he accuse God’s people before the throne of God (see verse 10).
Jesus knew this would happen and spoke about it:
• “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” (Luke 10:18)
• “Now the prince of this world will be driven out.” (John 12:31)
Christ’s ascension into heaven (verse 5) means there remains no chance of Satan finding sympathy in any shape or form in heaven (verses 7-9).
The thought flowing from this is found in the loud anthem: “Now have come salvation and the power of the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ.” It continues: “For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.” (Verses 10-12)
Satan the usurper, the one who abuses his power, had his power and authority replaced by Christ’s ascension and enthronement in heaven.
God’s people are now able to overcome Satan: the sacrificial blood of the Lamb is their means of overcoming by trusting in the sacrifice made by Christ on their behalf at Calvary