Isaiah 14:15 – Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
Isaiah 14:16 – They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
Isaiah 14:17 – That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?
Isaiah 14, Ezekiel 28, Job 41 are valuable chapters which teach us about Satan. We learn from Isaiah 14 that his name was Lucifer, and he still is Lucifer, we know from 2 Corinthians 11 that Satan is transformed as an angel of light. Jesus said, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. He was corrupted by reason of his brightness. He was filled with pride and violence. He is the prince of this world, having stolen dominion from man through his subtlety. He is a thief, a robber, a murderer. He is the mortal enemy of mankind, and yet mankind serves him. He is the king of the children of pride.
Satan caused mankind to fall, we read in Genesis 3 that the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field. He cast doubt on God’s word to Eve, he allured and tempted her and Adam into sin. Humanity became the helpless slave and prisoner of Satan. When everyone died, they could not go to heaven, but rather went to the middle of the earth. Mankind fell further than we can comprehend, our sins separated us from God. Sin must be paid for, but all mankind is sinful, utterly fallen, Satan having gained control by causing us to sin. Hell is in the middle of the earth, and paradise was in the middle of the earth. We know that Jesus went to the middle of the earth when he died. Jesus went to the middle of the earth to set the prisoners free. We are all Satan’s prisoners today if we are unsaved, or if we saved but living in sin, in servitude to him. We are all sinners by birth and by nature. We were all under wrath, we are all unrighteous, the fact we die is testament to the fact that we are under a grievous curse.
It is in Isaiah 14 that we learn that Satan opened not the house of his prisoners. He wants to make both saved and unsaved people his prisoners. He was able to make Samson, the mighty judge of Israel his prisoner, as we read that he ground in the Philistine prison house. Satan not only caused mankind to fall and be imprisoned, but he also conquered a third of the spiritual realm, the angels, we know that the dragon drew a third of the stars from heaven in Revelation 12. There are many now imprisoned angels, who sinned, who left their habitation, their first estate, who committed folly in the days of Noah, who are held in chains of darkness reserved unto the great day of judgement. Satan is the destroyer, he destroys. There is no good in him, there is no truth in him, as Jesus said. We are all no match for Satan, he is the prince of this world, he is the strong man that must be bound, but whom we cannot bind.
We need help. We need outside help. We need God’s provision. And this is where the Lord Jesus Christ came in. In Luke 4 we see another, a greater, the Creator (not the creature, not a created being, as Satan is), God’s provision of himself to save humanity, who came to set the prisoners free. Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world! He is the restorer of the breach, he has saved mankind, he took away the sins of the world, he restored dominion, the kingdoms of the world have become his, he has utterly defeated Satan, the Lord Jesus Christ is King of kings, Lord of lords, he is the Almighty, all things have been delivered unto him, he has the keys of death and hell. Read these verses below from Luke 4, they marked the beginning of the ministry of Jesus Christ.
Luke 4:16 – And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
Luke 4:16 – And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
Luke 4:16 – The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Luke 4:16 – To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
Luke 4:16 – And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
Luke 4:16 – And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
Jesus was quoting the Old Testament, Isaiah 61:1, which reads, The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound. Jesus came to set the prisoners free, prisoners that Satan does not set free! Do you want to be set free, do you see your need to be set free? Do you want to be set free from your sin, from darkness, from slavery to lust and pride, from this evil world, from servitude to the devil? Jesus bought our freedom with the shedding of his innocent, sinless blood. He forgives sins, he gives his Spirit freely, he cleanses those that believe on him, he removes the guilty stains, he regenerates, restores, renews, he has abolished the power and work of the devil. Satan’s hold on us is broken forever when we are saved, just as Pharaoh could not pursue Israel beyond the Red Sea. We have victory over him through Jesus, like Michael the archangel we say to Satan, The Lord rebuke thee. Jesus went to the middle of earth, he opened the prison, he led captivity captive, he triumphed in his death, our sins, our accusations, our guilt nailed to his cross. When Jesus died and rose the Bible records in Matthew that – And the graves were opened; and many 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. They were released from prison, free from Satan’s grasp forever. 1 Corinthians 2:8 – Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
You can be set free today. All it takes is simple faith, it’s not what you do or can do as there is nothing you can do to merit, earn or maintain salvation, it’s who he is and what he has done, receiving what the Lord Jesus Christ has done and does for you by faith, taking hold of the free gift of eternal life. Satan although so obscure and hidden throughout history, working behind the scenes will be brought into the light, revealed and dealt with in the end. We read in Isaiah 14:17 that all who look upon him will say, Is this the man? Will you go to hell because of Satan? Will he be eternally victorious over you? Will you be his eternal prisoner? Why go to hell because of him? Why let him rob you of eternal life? Why let him rob you, steal from you, take from you, cheat you, defraud you, trick you any further? Jesus has completely and utterly defeated him, he is subject to Jesus, the devils believe and tremble, they quake before him, they worship him, they shake at his authority, they obey him. Satan will depart from any believer resisting him in the name of the Lord. Satan has no hold on the believer, his vice like grip is broken, smashed in pieces. The blood of the Lord Jesus Christ has set us free, it has washed us, cleansed us, purged us, it has bought our eternal freedom. Jesus sets the prisoners free.