Q. Re: Explaining Rev. 12. My question is: Is Satan still in Heaven then? Rev. 12:10 states that he is “the accuser of our brethren”…”which accused them before our God day and night.” Since he rebelled against God so many years ago with a third of “the stars of heaven” are we to believe that this is the time that Isaiah speaks of in chapter 14:12, etc., and that Jesus spoke of in Luke 10:14? And, that GOD has allowed him access to The Throne to this day, and until this time prophesied in Revelation 12:10?
A. I believe Isaiah 14:12-20 contains both history and prophecy concerning Satan because we can see both his rebellion and his destiny there. You can find a similar overview in Ezekiel 28:12-19. Also Satan was clearly in rebellion against God in Genesis 3 and yet still had access to God’s throne in Job 1.
Under some undefined arrangement Satan is apparently allowed to bring accusations against believers before the throne of God (Rev. 12:10). This may be why Paul said Jesus is at the right hand of God interceding for us (Romans 8:34).
From all this we can conclude that his rebellion and fall took place in ancient times, but his expulsion from Heaven is still in the future. I think this is what Jesus was talking about in Luke 10:18