In today’s post, our reader asks a question that should be answered in two parts for the sake of topical clarity. My readers question was answered directly by me in one email, however I am splitting the answer into two posts because there are two topics addressed here. Some of my original email has been edited for the sake of clarity when I split this answer into two posts.
It is as follows.
Q) If the earth was formed, and then Satan and the demons were cast down and destroyed the earth, would it would explain the age of the earth being billions of years old and man only going back 6000 years?
We read of one third of an “innumerable company of angels” in (Hebrews 12:22), but not all scholars agree that this text means these angels rebelled with Satan.
John saw this great wonder in heaven, “…an enormous red dragon…His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth…the great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him” (Revelation 12:3–9). But again, these are future events.
Since Satan is referred to as a star which fell or was cast down to earth, and Revelation 12:4 says a third of the stars were cast out with him, in the future, then the conclusion is that the stars in Revelation 12 refer to fallen angels, fully one third of the heavenly host. If the one-third number is in fact accurate, what assurance that is! Two thirds of the angels are still on God’s side, and for followers of Christ, they are on our side as well.