A look at the incident with the Philistine god Dagon as a type of Satan, and what happens to him.
When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon.
And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the LORD. And they took Dagon, and set him in his place again.
And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD; and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off upon the threshold; only the stump of Dagon was left to him.
Therefore neither the priests of Dagon, nor any that come into Dagon's house, tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod unto this day. 1 Sam 5:2-5
Let's get right to the point. The story of the Ark of God in the temple of Dagon is typical of the Incarnation, the Coming of the Lord. The first day that the ark resided in the temple speaks of the First coming of Jesus and the second day speaks of the Second Coming. Let's look at a few points.
A. As the Ark came down from Israel, Jesus came down from Heaven.
The land of the Philistines was along the sea coast to the west of the hill country where the Israelites lived. For the Ark to travel from its home with the children of Israel to reach the Philistines, it had to go down. Down from Israel to the Coast.
B. It came into the land of the Philistines; likewise Jesus came to dwell among men.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (John 1:14)
C. The ark entered Dagon's temple; Jesus entered Satan's kingdom..
D. And Dagon fell upon his face before the ark; And Satan was defeated.
Behold, the LORD rideth upon a swift cloud, and shall come into Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence, Isaiah 19:1
And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, Mark 3:11
And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Luke 10:18
E. They took Dagon and set him in his place. It is man who has given Satan his place.
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? (Romans 6:16)
In case you need to make a connection between idols and demons or unclean spirits, consider the following scripture.
But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: (1 Corinthians 10:20)
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