And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
There Was War in Heaven.—
“In the 7th verse ...we are carried back into previous ages. How far?—…to the very beginning of the great controversy between truth and unrighteousness,
when in heaven itself Michael (Christ) and His angels fought against the dragon (Satan) and his angels.”
Smith, DR, 554.
“It was an angelic war. There was no destruction of life. It was a struggle for supremacy, for control. This is fascinating. The Creator could have put Lucifer out of action in a flash, but He permitted His heavenly messengers to strive for the mastery. One side fought with Michael, the other with Lucifer. What was God’s purpose in permitting this? Undoubtedly it was to reveal their loyalty. It was a public declaration of their allegiance. God always calls for public displays of loyalty. Jesus said, ‘For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and my words, of him shall the son of man be ashamed…’ Luke 9:26. God will never accept neutrality.
It is counted as denial of Christ.”
[‘Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the Lord, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof: because they came not to the help of the Lord, to the help of the Lord against the mighty.’ Judges 7:23.] Cooke, #18-UR, 11.
“Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God.” Ezekiel 28:2.
“Satan was once an honored angel in heaven, next to Christ. His countenance, like those of the other angels, was mild and expressive of happiness. His forehead was high and broad, showing great intelligence. His form was perfect; his bearing noble and majestic. But when God said to His Son, ‘Let us make man in our image,’ Satan was jealous of Jesus. He wished to be consulted concerning the formation of man, and because he was not, he was filled with envy, jealousy, and hatred. He desired to receive the highest honors in heaven next to God.” Early Writings, 145.
“Sin originated with him who, next to Christ, had been most honored of God and was highest in power and glory among the inhabitants of heaven. Lucifer, ‘son of the morning,’ was first of the covering cherubs, holy and undefiled. He stood in the presence of the great Creator, and the ceaseless beams of glory enshrouding the eternal God rested upon him. ‘Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering.... Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.’ Ezekiel 28:12-15.
“Little by little Lucifer came to indulge the desire for self-exaltation. The Scripture says, ‘Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness.’ Ezekiel 28:17. ‘Thou hast said in thine heart,... I will exalt my throne above the stars of God.... I will be like the Most High.’ Isaiah 14:13, 14. Though all his glory was from God,
this mighty angel came to regard it as pertaining to himself. Not content with his position, though honored above the heavenly host, he ventured to covet homage due alone to the Creator. Instead of seeking to make God supreme in the affections and allegiance of all created beings, it was his endeavor to secure their service and loyalty to himself. And coveting the glory with which the infinite Father had invested His Son, this prince of angels aspired to power that was the prerogative of Christ alone.
“Now the perfect harmony of heaven was broken. Lucifer’s disposition to serve himself instead of his Creator aroused a feeling of apprehension when observed by those who considered that the glory of God should be supreme.” Patriarchs & Prophets, 35.
“He [Satan] gained the sympathy of some of his associates by suggesting thoughts of criticism regarding the government of God. This evil seed was scattered in a most seducing manner; and after it had sprung up and taken root in the minds of many, he gathered the ideas that he himself had first implanted in the minds of others, and brought them before the highest order of angels as the thoughts of other minds against the government of God. Thus, by ingenious methods of his own devising, Lucifer introduced rebellion in heaven.” (Letter 162, 1906). 4BC, 1143.
“Satan determined to be first in the councils of heaven, and equal with God. He began his work of rebellion with the angels under his command, seeking to diffuse among them the spirit of discontent. And he worked in so deceptive a way that many of the angels were won to his allegiance before his purposes were fully known. Even the loyal angels could not fully
discern his character, nor see to what his work was leading. When Satan had succeeded in winning many angels to his side, he took his cause to God, representing that it was the desire of the angels that he occupy the position that Christ held.”
“The evil continued to work until the spirit of disaffection ripened into active revolt. Then there was war in heaven, and Satan, with all who sympathized with him, was cast out. Satan had warred for the mastery in heaven, and had lost the battle. God could no longer trust him with honor and supremacy, and these, with the part he had taken in the government of heaven, were taken from him.” (Review & Herald, 1/28/1909). 7BC, 973.
“He [Satan] declares he cannot submit to be under Christ’s command, that God’s commands alone will he obey. Good angels weep to hear the words of Satan, and to see how he despises to follow the direction of Christ, their exalted and loving Commander.
“The Father decides the case of Satan, and declares that he must be turned out of heaven for his daring rebellion, and that all those who united with him in his rebellion should be turned out with him. Then there was war in heaven. Christ and His angels fought against Satan and his angels, for they were determined to remain in heaven with all their rebellion. But they prevailed not. Christ and loyal angels triumphed, and drove Satan and his rebel sympathizers from heaven.” (7BC 973) 3 Spiritual Gifts, 38.
War: Weapons Used.—
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” John 8:44.
“God could have destroyed Satan and his sympathizers as easily as one can cast a pebble to the earth; but He did not do this. Rebellion was not to be overcome by force. Compelling power is found only under Satan’s government. The Lord’s principles are not of this order. His authority rests upon goodness, mercy, and love; and the presentation of these principles is the means to be used. God’s government is moral, and truth and love are to be the prevailing power.” Desire of Ages, 759.
“In His dealing with sin, God could employ only righteousness and truth. Satan could use what God could not—flattery and deceit. He had sought to falsify the word of God and had misrepresented His plan of government before the angels, claiming that God was not just in laying laws and rules upon the inhabitants of heaven; that in requiring submission and obedience from His creatures, He was seeking merely the exaltation of Himself. Therefore it must be demonstrated before the inhabitants of heaven, as well as of all the worlds, that God’s government was just, His law perfect. Satan had made it appear that he himself was seeking to promote the good of the universe. The true character of the usurper, and his real object, must be understood by all. He must have time to manifest himself by his wicked
works.” Great Controversy, 498.
“God never forces the will or the conscience; but Satan’s constant resort—to gain control of those whom he cannot otherwise seduce—is compulsion by cruelty. Through fear or force he endeavors to rule the conscience and to secure homage to himself. To accomplish this, he works through both religious and secular authorities, moving them to the enforcement of human laws in defiance of the law of God.” Great Controversy, 591.
“In so deceptive a way did he [Lucifer] work that the sentiments that he inculcated could not be dealt with until they had developed in the minds of those who received them.” (Letter 114, 1903) 7BC, 973.
“ ‘God is love.’ 1 John 4:16. His nature, His law, is love. It ever has been; it ever will be....
“The history of the great conflict between good and evil, from the time it first began in heaven to the final overthrow of rebellion and the total eradication of sin, is also a demonstration of God’s unchanging love.” Patriarchs & Prophets, 31.
“# 3413 Michael = ‘who is like God.’” Strong’s Concordance.
“Jude, verse 9, has the expression, ‘Michael the archangel.’ Archangel is the head over angels, as archbishop is head over bishops. But who is the archangel? The apostle in 1 Thess. 4:16, says, ‘The Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shut, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God and the dead in Christ shall rise first.’ And John 5:25, proves that it is the voice of the Son of God that wakes the dead to life: ‘The dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God; and they that hear shall live.’ These texts prove that Michael is the Son of God.” White, James, Bible Adventism, 119,120.
Michael and His Angels Fought.—
“In heavenly council the angels pleaded with Lucifer. The Son of God presented before him the greatness, the goodness, and the justice of the Creator, and the sacred, unchanging nature of His law. God Himself had established the order of heaven; and in departing from it, Lucifer would dishonor his Maker and bring ruin upon himself. But the warning, given in infinite love and mercy, only aroused a spirit of resistance. Lucifer allowed his jealousy of Christ to prevail, and became the more determined.” Patriarchs & Prophets, 36.
“The very angels who, when Satan was seeking the supremacy, fought the battle in the heavenly courts and triumphed on the side of God, the very angels who shouted for joy over the creation of our world and its sinless inhabitants, the angels who witnessed the fall of man and his expulsion from his Eden home—these very heavenly messengers are most intensely
interested to work in union with the fallen, redeemed race for the salvation of human beings perishing in their sins.” 6 Testimonies, 456.
The Dragon and His Angels Fought.—
“Leaving his place in the immediate presence of the Father, Lucifer went forth to diffuse the spirit of discontent among the angels. He worked with mysterious secrecy, and for a time concealed his real purpose under an appearance of reverence for God. He began to insinuate
doubts concerning the laws that governed heavenly beings, intimating that though laws might be necessary for the inhabitants of the worlds, angels, being more exalted, needed no such restraint, for their own wisdom was a sufficient guide. They were not beings that could bring dishonor to God; all their thoughts were holy; it was no more possible for them than for God Himself to err. The exaltation of the Son of God as equal with the Father was represented as an injustice to Lucifer, who, it was claimed, was also entitled to reverence and honor. If this prince of angels could but attain to his true, exalted position, great good would accrue to the
entire host of heaven; for it was his object to secure freedom for all. But now even the liberty which they had hitherto enjoyed was at an end; for an absolute Ruler had been appointed them, and to His authority all must pay homage. Such were the subtle deceptions that through
the wiles of Lucifer were fast obtaining in the heavenly courts.” Patriarchs & Prophets, 37.
“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? …And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die.” Genesis 3:1, 4.
And Prevailed Not.—
“And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed….” Revelation 5:5.
Their Place Not Found Any More in Heaven.—
“For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be; yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.” Psalm 37:10
“Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that anti-christ shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.” 1 John
Places For God’s People.—
“Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by.” Zechariah 3:7.
SIMILARITIES AND CONTRASTS
BETWEEN GOD AND SATAN (THE DRAGON)
1—Heavenly Trio: Father, Christ, and the Spirit (Rev. 1:4,5).
1—False trinity: Dragon, Beast, and False Prophet, three manifestations
of Satan. (Rev. 12, 13).
2—God sits on a throne (4:9).
2—Dragon has a throne (2:13).
3—God is worshiped by the inhabitants of the universe (4:10; 5:13).
3—Dragon is worshiped by the inhabitants of the earth (13:14).
4—God’s city is the heavenly Jerusalem (21:2, 10).
4—Dragon’s city is Babylon (14:8; 18:10).
5—God seals his people on forehead (7:3,4).
5—Dragon puts a mark on forehead of his followers (13:16).
6—God’s people are represented by a pure woman (12:1).
6—Dragon’s followers are represented by a harlot (17:2).
7—God is full of wrath against His enemies (11:18; 19:15).
7—Dragon is full of wrath against the church (12:12).
8—God has three angelic messengers who go to the whole world (14:6-11).
8—Dragon has three demonic messengers who go to the whole world (16:13, 14).
9—God gives authority to the Son (2:27).
9—Dragon gives authority to the beast (13:4).