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What does it mean that the dragon was thrown to the earth?

The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. Revelation 12:9
            Because of Satan’s rebellion, he is no longer welcomed in heaven and must live on the earth.  As far back as Job, it appears Satan shows up for heavenly meetings, but his home is not in heaven.  Isaiah and Jesus both talk about Satan’s “downfall. “
How you have fallen from heaven,
    morning star, son of the dawn!
You have been cast down to the earth,
    you who once laid low the nations!
You said in your heart,
    “I will ascend to the heavens;
I will raise my throne
    above the stars of God;
I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,
    on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon.
I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;
    I will make myself like the Most High.”
But you are brought down to the realm of the dead,
    to the depths of the pit. Isaiah 14:12-15
The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”
He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”  Luke 10:17-20
            Satan has fallen even though he may try at times to get up and invade heaven.  Our obedience and evangelism push Satan back down every time he tries to get back up.