A friend and I were having a discussion today that led to an interesting train of thought. I’m not sure there is a hard and fast answer to this, but I’m interested in your input:
Do you think that Satan knows or operates under the knowledge that he will be defeated? Are his attacks on God’s people simply rage at impending doom? Or does he operate thinking he can somehow overcome God’s plans, that he can exalt himself without facing judgment for it? Or is he operating out of ignorance, ignoring the future, rather than dealing with the knowledge of who God is?
My friend expressed that Matthew 8:29 and Ezekiel 28:11-19 both made him believe that Satan and the demons are fully aware they are doomed, with no chance of success. Neither of those passages seems all that convincing to me in this regard.
Any thoughts would be appreciated!