WHERE DOES THE DEVIL LIVE?
There is a false and un-Biblical idea that the devil is a red clothed, horns on the head, long tail and a pitchfork in his hand, and lives in hell. We have seen movies, music videos, and heard sermons that attempt to promote that idea. That idea is far from reality. The idea that the devil lives in hell is an idea that has no truth in it.
The devil is wanting to damn us to hell, and he and his demonic cohorts do not want to be there with those stupid enough to have believed his lies. The devil does not even like his victims, let alone live with them.
1 Peter 5:8-9 (KJV)
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
The devil is our adversary, and is here in this war. He is at war with us, we are in this world. His victims and those defeated in this war are in hell fire, awaiting the final judgment. He does not, and never has wanted to share that painful place with the victims, he is walking about on this world, not in hell, but he is actively at war where his next intended victims live, and he is seeking to devour more, if he can.
2 Corinthians 4:4 (KJV)
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, Who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
The devil is the ‘god of this world’ and some still are in this kingdom. The devil is here ruling them, and battling us. We, the ones not in his kingdom, await Jesus’ return, wherein He will assume the throne of this world. The devil will then be cast into the ‘bottomless pit’ wherein he will be bound for a thousand years. So, the devil lives and roams this earth, till he is put in the bottomless pit, which is near hell, but is not hell. He wouldn’t stay in the pit if it were not for the ‘chain’, and he doesn’t want to even enter hell either.
And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
We, Christians, in the kingdom of Jesus, would all like to have that job of removing the devil from this world, for this evil satan is so horrible, and has caused death, destruction, the backsliding of many a saint, the confusion and rejection of Jesus of many a sinner. The devil is the instigator of sin, the encourager of defeat and has tripped us each up many times. We should have a great desire to carry this one away.
Peter, was given a promise by the Lord that we often overlook.
“Then Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona, for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but My Father Who is in heaven. And I say unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock, I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven.”
The keys of death and of hell were never the devil’s. Jesus had them to give to Peter and the church, and to assume the authority that Jesus already had displayed in this world over sickness, and death. Jesus always had those keys.
Jesus came to be able to give us the keys, and we have authority and victory over death. We have eternal life, and our spirit never will see death, and our body will only need changed to an eternal one at the rapture/resurrection, for death has no victory over us.
Jesus did not need to go to hell fire, and remove keys from the devil. The devil was not there, he did not have the keys anyhow.
The devil never had the need to lock anyone out of hell, and certainly did not need to lock any in that place. Once there, no one leaves.
The Greek word "aionios", meaning "everlasting" and "eternal" is used of hell, heaven, God, and our promised eternal life. Therefore, as eternal as each of the others, so is hell-fire. The soul survives after death, and the wicked soul suffers retribution and judgment.
Those who obtain hell-fire are those who "obey not the truth". They are those who have actively and consciously disregarded and opposed truth. The Lord has spent much effort to give us the truth to spare us hell-fire. Some have heard the message of the gospel, they have heard of salvation through Jesus and they have heard of the truth of the Word of God but they have rejected and disregarded the truth. They will suffer hell-fire.
"He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth (continues to remain) on Him."
"Be not afraid of them that kill the body but are not able to kill the soul; but rather fear him who is able to destroy both the soul and body in hell (gehenna, meaning 'lake of fire')."
Many do not fear hell-fire judgment, but are entrapped with things of life, the lies and substitutes of the devil that distract people from the reality of hell's torment and eternal nature.
The story told of Jesus of a rich, but wicked man, who died and went to this place called hell, shows to us that there is conversation in hell.
"There was a certain rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day; And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, who was laid at his gate, full of sores. And desiring to be fed from the rich man's table; moreover, the dogs came and licked his sores.
And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom; the rich man also died, and was buried. And in hell, he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
And he cried, and said; Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
And beside all this, between us and you, there is a great gulf fixed; so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house; for i have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets, let them hear them.
And he said, Nay, father Abraham, but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses, and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead."
There is an impassable gulf between the hell fire and other places of no suffering. We see that one cannot pass from one to the other. The chief characteristic of hell is judgment for this 'rich man' was immediately in torment following this death.
"As it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment."
Some want to believe in a UNIVERSAL SALVATION, and if hell is a reality, they want it to be a place tolerable, and even the devil would not mind to live there. This is only a hope, a wish. There is no Scripture to confirm this heresy. Hell-fire judgment and pain, and the desire to escape this hell, was obvious in this "rich man", and the devil certainly, if he had keys, would have escaped too, had he the chance.
Some hope for annihilation upon death and wish to have no consciousness after death. They want to have a cessation of being, a destruction of consciousness. Death is not a cessation of being, for both Lazarus and the rich man were conscious following their deaths.
Some want a second probation, another chance, a hope of post-death change of mind. However, this is denied to the rich man, and he is told that no one can have such a second chance. No one is permitted to pass from hell-fire to another place.
The devil, if he were there, and had keys, would have unlocked the door and escaped. Jesus did not take keys to help sinners escape their judgment, for once there, there is no escape, as we see in the story of Lazarus and the rich man.
The whole scenario that Jesus had to go to hell and take the keys from the devil is un-Scriptural.
This place that Jesus promised to the thief, was in a place in the earth, known as SHEOL in the Old Testament, and is referred to in the Greek New
Testament as HADES. This place is inside the earth upon which we dwell. Jesus had prophesied that He would be in the "heart of the earth" for "three days and three nights". So when Jesus died, He went into the earth to HADES/SHEOL.
"For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth."
In sheol, there is a place called "paradise", a place called the "abyss" and the dreaded place called "hell". The repentant thief met Jesus in "paradise", and the other thief went to "hell".
So, Jesus had no reason to go to hell fire, but He did go to sheol/hades, but to a part of it called paradise. Paradise is where saints who had died before Jesus paid the price for us to go to heaven went, and awaited the crucifixion, so they could then go to heaven.
Jesus did not go to hell for three days, He went to paradise. He preached to the Old Testament saints that awaited Him there.
"Wherefore, He saith, When He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. Now that He ascended, what is it, but that he also descended first, into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above the heavens, that He might fill all things."
After the descending of Jesus into the earth, after His spending three days talking to the thief and other saints down there, He returned to spend 40 days talking with the believers on the earth. Then He stood on the Mt. of Olives and ascended up towards heaven, so He could 'fill all things'. He lives and intercedes for us, and desires to see others accept His love and mercy, as did the thief.
The Jewish people believed in seven abodes, called ‘heavens’. The first heaven is the clouds above us on this firmament. The second heaven is the atmosphere of this earth above the clouds. The third heaven is paradise in sheol. The fourth heaven is our solar system, with its planets, comets, etc. The fifth heaven is the stars and galaxies of the universe. The sixth heaven is the planet we call ‘heaven’. The seventh heaven is the throne room within that planet.
Sheol is the location of the third heaven. In the place called ‘sheol’ is paradise, hell fire, and an abyss between the two. The earth is nearly 8000 miles in diameter, so if hell fire is in the center, it is nearly 4000 miles from us. Hell fire is the innermost part of sheol.
The word ‘sheol’ is often translated ‘hell’ in the Bible, but it only contains ‘hell fire’, it is not only hell fire that is there. According to the Bible, sheol is the ‘lower parts of the earth’, and the ‘nether parts of the earth.’ Sheol includes hell fire, the abyss (the great gulf, the bottomless pit), and the garden of Eden in paradise.
The Bible says that there are ‘heavenly places’. This is not teaching that there is more than one ‘heaven’ as we think of it in our culture, but there are more than one ‘heavens’ wherein beings dwell in this universe.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness (evil spirits) in high places.(epouranois, heavenly places)’
Ephesians 1:3-20 tells us that we are ‘blessed ... with all spiritual blessings... in heavenly places... Whom He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places.’
Ephesians 2:6 tells us that we are ‘raised up together, and made to sit together in heavenly places.”
Note that all these speak of a plural, multiple places called heaven. The Greek word for heaven is ‘ou-ranus’ meaning ‘places above the ground.’ The Word ‘epouranois’ means ‘a rising from above the ground.’ Therefore, the culture of that time saw 7 areas that could be called a place of rising above the ground. The clouds, the upper atmosphere, the solar system, etc. are all reached by rising above the earth. Another word, ‘shamen’, means ‘heaven’, and is never used in the Bible in the singular, but always in the plural (shalayim).
Paul was taken to the ‘third heaven’, which was then identified as ‘paradise’:
II Corinthians 12:1-4
“...I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord... whether in the body, I cannot tell, whether out of the body, I cannot tell, such a one caught up to the THIRD HEAVEN... how that he was caught up into PARADISE, and heard unspeakable words (rhema), which is not lawful for me to utter.”
Paradise is where Jesus met the thief on that same day as the crucifixion, and paradise is called the ‘third heaven’. This same paradise is in the ‘heart of the earth’ where Jesus spent the three days and three nights.
Jesus descended into paradise, not hell.
“Wherefore, He saith, when He ascended up on high (heaven), He led captivity captive (saints from paradise), and gave gifts to men. Now that He ascended, what is it, but that He also descended first, into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the Same also, that ascended far above all heavens that He might fill all things.”
The ‘captives’ that Jesus led up to heaven, were the saints in paradise, not the sinners in hell.
Hell fire is the part of sheol that most think of when it is mentioned. It is in sheol, in the lowest part of sheol/hades:
“...a fire is kindled... shall burn unto the lowest hell (sheol)...’
“... Thou hast delivered My soul from the lowest hell (sheol)...’
“...her guests are in the depths of hell (sheol)...’
“...rich man... in hell (hades, Greek equivalent to sheol), he lifted up his eyes, being in torment... I am tormented in flames.”
A ‘great gulf’ is between hell and paradise in the story of the rich man and Lazarus. This is the ‘pit’, the abyss, the bottomless pit. In that middle area of sheol, the gravity pulls in all directions evenly, and becomes a ‘bottomless’ area, as described by the Bible.
‘Paradise’ comes from the Greek word ‘paradeisos’, and means ‘a park, a pleasure ground, a forest or orchard.’ In the Septuagint, the word ‘paradeisos’ is used of the garden of Eden. The Jewish people called ‘paradise’ to be ‘Abraham’s bosom’. This paradise is located in the lower parts of the earth.
“three days and three nights... in the heart of the earth.’
“...He also descended first into the lower parts of the earth.’
WHY DID JESUS GO TO PARADISE?
‘Today, thou shalt be with Me in paradise.’
Jesus spent time with the ‘thief on the cross’ that same day as the crucifixion. Jesus was there three days, and three nights. Fellowship with the thief, and with other saints there, was a first order of business. Elijah and Moses had told all there, that Jesus was soon to arrive. The joyous meeting was fellowship beyond description.
Jesus did not plan to stay, and His body would not see ‘corruption’ during that time. He would soon be resurrected, but had some important things to do while in paradise:
“Thou wilt not leave My soul in hell (sheol).. Neither wilt Thou suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption.”
Jesus went to paradise to preach to ‘spirits in prison’:
I Peter 3:19
“By which also He went and preached to the spirits in prison.’
Jesus preached a sermon to souls awaiting to be released from that holding place, wherein they were limited from going on to heaven, till the blood had done its work of atonement. The messages and revelations of Jesus to the twelve disciples, were shared with these saints in paradise during that three day period.
Psalms 16 prophetically showed some of the teachings of Jesus during that three day period:
“My goodness extendeth not to Thee (God), but to the saints that are IN the earth... For Thou wilt not leave My soul in hell (sheol).”
Psalms 68 is a sermon of Jesus in paradise:
Psalms 68:1, 3, 18
“Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered... (demons were shocked when Jesus was resurrected)
...let the righteous be glad (the disciples were joyous on Resurrection day, and the saints in paradise were rejoicing three days prior)
...lead captivity captive, received gifts for men.’
From that time forward, death has no torment for the saints. To die it to be with Jesus in heaven. Death no longer has any sting or torment for the saints. We are assured of resurrection because Jesus shed His blood, paid our debt of sin, and guaranteed we too can be resurrected:
“Forasmuch, then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same, that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is the devil. And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”
While in paradise, Jesus prepared some to return, be resurrected, and spread the news of Jesus victory on the cross:
“The graves were opened, and the bodies of the saints which slept, arose, and came out of the graves, after His resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.”
These were some of the 70 disciples that Jesus had foretold that they would be killed, but ‘not a hair of their head’ would truly die. So this resurrection brought them back to finish their ministry.
‘gave gifts unto men.’
In Psalms 68:18, it says that the ‘gifts’ were ‘received’. What Jesus received due to His death, was the grace of God that could be given to mankind through that death.
Ephesians 3:2, 7, 8, 4:7 shows a description of those gifts:
3:2 ‘grace of God which is given to you.’
3:7 ‘grace of God given unto me.’
3:8 ‘is this grace given, that I should preach.’
4:7 ‘is given grace according to the measure of the spirit of Christ.’
Elsewhere, during that three days, the passover was being celebrated by the Jewish people. They were celebrating the provision of God in Egypt to release them from their slavery there. Jesus was, while they were in such celebration, celebrating another release, the release from the sins and death of this world.
Jesus did not tell Judas that ‘today thou shalt be with Me in hell”, rather, Jesus told the repentant thief, ‘today, thou shalt be with Me in paradise.” Judas was in hell fire during the three days, and had no visit from Jesus and the devil was not there either.
The devil was rejoicing during that three day period, thinking he had kept Jesus from bruising his head. Yet, on resurrection day, despite the stone in front of the tomb, and the soldiers guarding it, Jesus stepped out of that tomb, resurrected and victor over sin and death.
I Corinthians 2:7-8
“none of the princes of this world knew, for had they known... they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”
The devil lives on this earth, seeking to devour more to send to hell where he never will go, but a worse place awaits those in hell, and the devil will go there, for his eternal home.
11. And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from Whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them; and they were judged every man according to their works.
14. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Soon, a bit more than a thousand years from now, the devil will be expelled from the abyss, where he spent most of a thousand years, and will be sent to the lake of fire where all unrepentant sinners abide for eternally. His new home is worse than hell. There is coming that day when the wicked dead (those who have died in their sins from Adam's day until the end of the Millennium) will be judged. This will take place at the end of the Millennium.
God will judge these wicked people according to their degree of revelation. Some will be judged by their conscience (Romans 2:12-16), if that is all the revelation they have received. Others will have their memory testify against them (Luke 16:25). The law of Moses will condemn many, who have only known it(Romans 2:12-16). The gospel message, and their failure to appropriate its grace, will testify against many (Romans 2:12-16).
We do have a king, One Who sits upon a throne, and someday, all will be before it, or beside it, recognizing that fact.
“Yet I have set My King upon My holy hill of Zion (a heavenly Mt. Zion).”
“Behold a King shall reign in righteousness.”
“Behold, the days come, saith Jehovah, that I shall raise unto David, a Righteous Branch, and He shall reign as King and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.”
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem, behold thy King cometh unto thee.”
“Jehovah shall be King over all the earth.”
Paul confirmed, “He must reign till He hath put all His enemies under His feet.” (I Cor. 15:25)
In the book of Revelation, Jesus is:
‘ruler of the kings of the earth” (1:5)
‘King of the ages’ (15:3)
‘King of kings’ (17:14, 19:16)
‘He shall reign forever and ever’ (11:15)
Jesus did not need to wrestle keys of the kingdom from the devil. The devil lost the war, and the only throne he seeks is the throne of Jesus, and the devil cannot have it. He never had the keys, and when long ago, the devil first tried to claim the throne, he was thrown down to earth, where he still lives, and is battling, not resting in hell fire.
Lucifer, the original name of the devil, was cast out of heaven, to this earth, his temporary home:
"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning."
"Lucifer" is from the Hebrew word - "heylel" - which means "brightness, morning star." So, he is not the red garment dressed, ugly horned, long tail person, but is an angel, now fallen and beginning his judgment.
The devil one had a heavenly home, and was to lead the pre-adamite humans in worship of God. He once had a heavenly home, served God.
Jesus said He watched the devil being cast from heaven after his initial rebellion:
"And He said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven."
This devil will attempt someday to resume living in heaven, and escape this earth. He will come near the midway point of the tribulation, with his other fallen angels, and make war in heaven:
"Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not, and the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world; he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."
Lucifer had said "I will ascend into heaven." (Isaiah 14:13). He wanted to exalt his throne above the stars of God. So, the devil lives now on this earth, still at war with God, with Jesus, with the Holy Spirit, and with all of the Christians.
So, where does he devil live? He once lived in heaven, but has been cast down to earth, and awaits being bound for a thousand years in the bottomless pit, and then will be put into the lake of fire to live there for eternity.