Satan Thrown Out of Heaven

Date: February 19, 2003
Place: Allendale Baptist
Text: Revelation 12: 7-12

As we closed last weeks study we were introduced to a few of the main characters in the book of Revelation.
1. The woman- who we said represents the nation of Israel.
2. The man or male child – Is the Lord Jesus Christ.
3. Dragon- who is Satan; the devil.

*As we closed with verse 6 and beginning with verse 7 this puts us in the middles of the Tribulation.
* At the mid point of the tribulation, the Antichrist will break his covenant with Israel, he will also put a stop to temple worship, he will set up the abomination of desolation which is described in Daniel 9:27 and Matthew 24:15; he devastates Jerusalem.
* At that time many Jews will flee for their lives; God will preserve them during the last 1,260 days or 42 months or 3 ½ years.

Verse 7 & 8
 The next scene in this what some call cosmic drama is a “war in heaven.”
 A state of war has existed since the fall of Satan.
 Something will intensify that warfare; some suggest the raptured saints passing through the realm of the prince of the power of the air.
 Scripture is very clear that Satan has access to heaven even today.
 In Job chapter 1-2 Satan stands before God to accuse the blameless and upright.
 The devil’s greatest task is to accuse the child of God; to discourage and steal our joy.
 But when Jesus died on the cross, it brought about his ultimate defeat.
 Satan will one day be cast down out of heaven as seen here in Revelation 12:31-33; and finally cast into hell as we will see in Revelation 20:10.
“Nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer”
 No match for Michael and his angels Satan will be permanently dislodged, never to gain access to heaven.
 This forceful eviction must be the chief cause of the Great Tribulation, the last 3 ½ years.

Verse 9
 The dragon is identified to us as “That serpent of old” or “Devil and Satan”.
 Devil comes from the Greek word to “slander” or “falsely accuse”.
 It is said that the devil is a malignant, dangerous liar.
 I used to have a young man that worked for me and others nicknamed him “Lying” Johnny Smith. (Not his real name)
 The story was that you could tell when he was lying because his lips were moving.
 That’s the way Satan is; he is constantly lying.
 The devil is convincing people today that every religion is a good as the next on.
 The Devil is convincing people that this book is not the ennorant, infallible Word of God.
 Satan means adversary or enemy.
We have 2 problems with people today
1. Some are over occupied with the devil. They blame the devil for everything.

Verse 10
 This is the shout of heaven.
 The devil is cast down to earth and heaven rejoices.

Verse 11 & 12
“The blood of the Lamb”