Question: If Iblis is afraid of Allah, why does he accept going to Hell in the first place?
my thinking process: I thought Iblis was a rebellious devil? Why would he say at the end of the verse 'i am scared of allah, because he is severe in punishment?'
Iblis knows he is going to Hell. So I suppose he wants the least punishment there? Is that it? He doesn't want to add more punishment to himself so he doesn't directly cause the evil? Just the temptation? Is my thinking here correct? That basically Iblis envies Adam too much, and too prideful to let this pass by Allah, and is too upset that Allah dishonored him after all his hard work to earn his status among the angels, that he was asked to bow to a being made of dirt, so he wants to overwhelm humans with temptations and help in sending as many to hell as possible with him as a revenge to Allah. That Iblis I guess doesn't care about Paradise? His pleasure is derived from acting as an devil god on earth.
Quran 8:48 When the Satan made their deeds look beautiful to their eyes, and said, “None of the people can overpower you today, and I am a protector for you.” But, when the two groups faced each other, he turned back on his heels and said, “I am quit of you. I am seeing what you do not see. I am scared of Allah, and Allah is severe in punishment.”