Summary: The fact that the Devil's days are numbered is a cause for rejoicing, a cause for concern, and a parallel that should spur us to action.
SATAN’S DAYS ARE NUMBERED
1. An angel was once given a special assignment—to go down to earth and make a list of all the people who had misbehaved. Two months went by.
2. Then one afternoon the angel came flapping wearily through the Pearly Gates to St. Peter. “Sir,” he said, “you don’t know the magnitude of this job. I’m going to need some help.”
3. Impossible,” St. Peter replied tersely. “We’re shorthanded up here as it is. You’ll have to go it alone.”
4. Then the angel was struck with an idea. “Saint Peter, suppose I made a list of all the people who didn’t misbehave. It would be much shorter and I could finish it in a week.” “Good thinking,” said St. Peter.
5. The angel returned to earth and, as promised, he was back in a week with his list. St. Peter studied it and ordered him to write a letter to everyone on the list, commending them for their good behavior.
6. “And do You know what else the letter said?” he asked. [When the people say, “What?”, say,] “AHA! I can see that YOU didn’t get one of the letters!” [James Dent in Charleston Gazette].
[As Christians we know the end of the story, we have read the final chapter, we know that the devil is going down. We should have that peace; we should have that hope; we should be excited.]
1 And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. 2 He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. 3 He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and
sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations any more until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.
10 And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever” Rev. 20:1-3, 10.
1. The New Testament reveals much about Satan’s inner nature, by his descriptions and names.
2. Devil (diabolos) means “false accuser, Satan, slanderer” in Greek. Satan is called “dragon” in Rev. 12:3;20:2, as well as the “evil one.” Rev. 12:9 calls him “that ancient serpent,” and Mt. 4:3 calls him the “tempter.” Other names for Satan include Beelzebub or Beelzebul (Mt. 12:27), Belial (2 Cor. 6:15), “god of this world/age” (2 Cor. 4:4), prince of this world (John 12:31), and father of lies (John 8:44).
3. Tonight we're looking at how "Satan's Days Are Numbered." We're going to see how this is a 1). cause for rejoicing, 2). a cause for concern, 3). and a parallel that should spur us to action.
I. CAUSE FOR REJOICING!
A. HE KNOWS IT’S GETTING CLOSE
1. In Matthew 8:29, a fearful demon cried to the Lord Jesus, “Have you come to torment us before the time?” It’s amazing that the Church doesn’t understand what the devil does.