In this text Satan, pictured as a great star that is falling from heaven, is said to be “burning as it were a lamp”. Why would Satan be described as a “burning lamp” or a “lit torch”?
Keep in mind that our Lord is pictured throughout the Scriptures as a light or a lamp that points the way to a relationship with God (John 1:9, 3:19, 8:12, 9:5, 11:9, 12:46).
Satan is a great deceiver desiring to mimic Christ in an effort to rob Him of His deserved glory and worship…
(2 Cor 11:13-15) “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”
I believe that this is why Satan is pictured as a burning lamp. It is reminder to us that not all things are as they appear.
Paul addresses that very issue in Galatians 1:8-10 and also in 2 Corinthians 2:11…
“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.”
“Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
Folks, now that we understand that Satan is attempting to usurp Christ’s position as light of the world, my we always be on guard against his devices. The only way to do this is to be constantly comparing God’s Word with the teachings that we receive.
If those teachings are in alignment with the Word of God, we can then wholeheartedly accept them as truth and cling to them as we live our lives for Him (1 Thess 5:21). If, however, those teachings go against the Word of God, we are to recognize them as false, and cast them from ourselves. Furthermore, we are to mark those who taught falsely and refrain from receiving any further teaching from them (Roms 16:17).
May we all think on these things today and find encouragement and comfort for our hearts!
For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation