John Mark Reynolds, 2004.
Satan begins by saying he would rather rule in hell than serve in heaven. Soon he realizes his error, but by then it is too late. He reaches for heaven, falls to hell, and ends up serving the divine purpose in any case. Most of us would not make that choice because we fantasize that we can rule here on earth while avoiding hell. We hope our more modest ambition will protect. Treason is still treason. Having dealt with the major rebel, Satan, God turns to mankind in judgement. In trying to rule earth on our own, we fall to hell with Satan. God will have no competition.