One of my controversial beliefs is that the followers of Satan come to the earth to receive bodies and go through a mortal probation. I don’t think it’s controversial; it makes perfect sense to me, but I’ve had a hard time finding anyone else who believes the same thing.
A part of understanding this is understanding that the war in heaven did not completely take place before the earth was formed.
The war in heaven BEGAN before Adam and Eve came to the earth, but Satan was not cast down to the earth until June 6th 1831.
The Book of Revelation contains things that take place in the future, “things which must shortly come to pass.” (Rev 1:1)
That means Revelation 12 and the war in heaven took place after the meridian of time, and after John received this revelation/vision.
That’s my first reason for why the war in heaven took place in the future.
My second reason is a little tricky to explain, but hear me out… We know the reason Satan was cast out of heaven. Satan was cast down because he tried to destroy the agency of man. But man only received agency once they were on the earth to be tempted! (D&C 29:39) There was no agency in heaven. Agency began with mortal probation. So the war in heaven had to take place after the earth began its 7000 years of temporal existence.
Also keep in mind the content of the Book of Job, in which Satan is STILL in the presence of God.
Satan rebelled in the pre-existence and kept not his first estate, but that does not mean he was no longer in heaven. The true meaning of “estate” is unlocked in Luke, when Mary says that God, “hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden.” (Luke 1:48)
The first estate was not heaven. It was not a place. It was a position, a state of being.
Satan and his followers did not keep their first estate/position before God.
That does not mean they didn’t go through a mortal probation.
In Moses 5 we read that Cain was a son of perdition before the world was made. (verse 24)
Cain did not keep his first estate in heaven, and on earth it showed.
Many followed Satan in the pre-existence (Moses 4:6; Abraham 3:28) and they became the angels of Satan. They’ve been slowly coming to the earth as part of an opposition of all things.
When Satan was cast down to the earth, I believe that his followers then began coming en masse.
Think about it…
They were cast down to the EARTH. Why wouldn’t God just cast them elsewhere…? Why were they cast to the earth???
Because they were foreordained to come to the earth and go through a mortal probation!
There are many other scriptural references I could use to prove this, but if what I’ve said is not sufficient, you will never believe this and never find those references for yourselves.
[The Word of God also teaches that the celestial souls were always celestial. They were foreordained to salvation the same way the devil and his angels are foreordained to hell/annihilation.]
For now I want to focus on the war in heaven. I believe I have ascertained the exact date that Satan was cast down. Let’s look at Revelation 12.
Then we will go to the D&C for the dates.
Revelation 12 explains that the dragon persecuted the church of God, which brought forth Jesus Christ– the man child– who WAS (future) to rule all nations with a rod of iron.
The woman (the church of God) flees into the wilderness for 1260 years. (verse 5)
Then, at a later time, the woman is nourished for time, times, and time and half a time, by two wings of an eagle. (verse 14)
Most readers think that the time, times, and half a time, is the 1260 years mentioned in verse 5. But if you understand the D&C this is not the case.
The kingdom of God was restored to the earth when the Melchizidek Priesthood was restored to the earth on June 6th 1831.
The two wings that nourish the kingdom of God are Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon, the seer and the spokesman.
The kingdom of God is nourished for three and a half years (time, times, and time and a half) from 1831 to 1834.
Then the latter-day apostasy occurred. The new and everlasting covenant was broken. (Complete apostasy occurred by 1842)
Now take a look at 1260 years that was mentioned in verse 5.
The church was in the wilderness for 1260 years from 1831.
1831-1260 = 571 AD
What happened 571 AD?
It was only until that year that the kingdom of God left the earth. So much for the “great apostasy” that supposedly occurred after the apostles were killed. The true church was on the earth until that point.
I believe the true church made its way through Asia and Africa, while Rome hijacked Christianity in Europe.
What else happened 571 AD?
The birth of Muhammad.
One of the beasts that Revelation speaks of…
But that’s all I’m going to cover for now. I more than likely could be wrong about lots of things in Revelation. But here were some of my thoughts on it.
I will continue this series in a different direction.
[update: I forgot something I wanted to include with this. I have another reason to believe that Satan was cast to the earth in 1831.
We read in Section 50 that, “there are many spirits which are false spirits, which have gone forth in the earth, deceiving the world.” verse 2
Now compare that to what Section 52 tells us: “Satan is abroad in the land, and he goeth forth…”
After the Melchizidek priesthood was restored, between the date of Section 50 and the date of Section 52, we now have Satan himself deceiving the world!
At the Morley Farm, during the calling from heaven of God’s own voice, declaring who is to be ordained to the Melchizidek priesthood, Joseph said that the man of sin was there revealed.
That is something I encourage people to read about. Thanks!]