Satan's Home Town
by Wayne Blank
"Where Satan dwells"
Satan is spirit, but he is not omnipresent, he is not everywhere. It's that reality that will make possible Satan's imprisonment for 1,000 years after The Return Of Jesus Christ, and later, after a brief release, his imprisonment forever:
"Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain. And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years were ended. After that he must be loosed for a little while." (Revelation 20:1-3 RSV)
The original Greek word of the New Testament, translated as "seat" in the King James, and "throne" in the RSV, is pronounced thron-os, and means throne. When the book of Revelation was written, Satan's "seat," or throne, was, for some time, at Pergamos, as stated in the verses in the opening paragraph. Pergamos was the capital city of the Pergamenian kingdom until it joined Rome in 133 BC (see Ancient Empires - Rome). It was thereafter merely the capital of a Roman province (the power was transferred to Rome), and is best known to Bible History as the location of one of the prophetic Seven Churches, whose members at Pergamos no doubt lived in great danger every minute of their lives - lives that were often lost, as happened to Antipas (although those who were martyred were killed only because God permitted it).
Where does Satan dwell now? Where is Satan's throne right now? Although it's all too plain that he influences all of the world (evil and corruption are everywhere, since it's still Satan's world - see Who Still Rules The World Today?), Satan can only be in one place at a time. All rulers have a throne, or seat of government, somewhere, and the evidence of where Satan's throne is located is indicated by where his end-time antichrist, Satan's "front man," not just will be (as described in the verses of Prophecy below), but has been for centuries already. Satan's throne is still in the old neighborhood where humanity was born and raised.
"And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems upon its horns and a blasphemous name upon its heads. And the beast that I saw was like a leopard, its feet were like a bear's, and its mouth was like a lion's mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority. One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth followed the beast with wonder. Men worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast [see The Antichrist], and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?" And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months" (Revelation 13:1-5 RSV)
Fact Finder: (a) Many humans call the earthly city of Jerusalem "the holy city," but God calls it "Sodom and Egypt." Why? (b) What Jerusalem truly will be holy?