Q. Do you think the rapture happens as the dragon is cast out of heaven? I wouldn’t want to be around when he is cast down and confined and angry. It’s interesting that Jesus comes with the archangel but it doesn’t say with a great host of angels. Perhaps the angels are kicking butt and clearing the rebel angles out and getting things ready for us. When Jesus said He saw Satan fall like a lightening bolt, how does that fit in to the war in heaven when He is confined to earth?
A. I believe the rapture of the Church precedes all of Daniel’s 70th Week. That being the case, it will happen at least 3 1/2 years before Satan is cast out of Heaven. The Lord’s claim in Luke 10:18 that He saw Satan fall like lightning from Heaven is most likely related to the judgment that took place at his rebellion. This is also mentioned in Isaiah 14:12.
Since that time Satan has been primarily concerned with trying to ruin God’s creation here on Earth. For reasons we don’t understand he still has access to heaven where he comes to accuse us before God (Rev. 12:10). But that will end at the beginning of the Great Tribulation when he and his forces will be forcibly and permanently expelled. That’s the point at which he will be confined to Earth.