No, he cannot.

When did Satan lose his ability to speak in God’s presence?

The book of Revelation is mostly end times-prophetic. Some may argue it prophesies about a time future to John, but now in our distant past – i.e., the destruction of Jerusalem in AD70.

However, read Revelation 12. This chapter is very clearly a picture of what happened in the past.

  • Verses 1-6: The birth of Jesus.
  • Verses 7-9. War breaks out in heaven, and Satan is hurled down.

Just to emphasise the timeline, read Revelation 12:10-11:

“For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb…”

With the death of our Lord Jesus Christ at Calvary, Satan was hurled down from the presence of God.

How does this affect us?

We must fully grasp that Satan has no hold on us.

He is an accuser, and now he can’t even accuse us before God. Since he has no audience there, his accusations are now directed towards us.

Satan prowls the earth looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). He tries to discourage and derail you.

It’s up to you to take Satan’s word… or let it fall where it deserves, to the ground, to the pigs.

Consider using Jesus’ own words from Matthew 16:23: “Get thee behind me, Satan! You are a snare to me.”

What might Satan’s accusation sound like today?

He might point you towards guilt. Nudge you towards shame. Keep telling you that you’re not worthy.

He’ll harp on your past to keep you stuck there. He’ll focus on your limitations to keep you tied down. He’ll try to keep your eyes on the storm, not on the Saviour who can calm it.

Satan condemns. Jesus came to free us from condemnation (John 3:17-18). Don’t give the accuser any more credit than he deserves!