Summary: The gift of our testimony.
Revelation 12:10-12 (p. 867) December 22, 2013
I think some of the most amazing words written is Scripture are found in John’s Revelation, and verses 7-9 of Revelation Chapter 12 are up there in the amazing category.
“Then war broke out in heaven, Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back.”
That’s not how any of us picture heaven. Heaven is God’s home, a place of glory, beauty, absolute perfection and peace. Earth is a place of wars. Earth is a place of sin and rebellion, not heaven!
But in Revelation 12 it is. It’s a place where mutiny occurs. A place where Satan tries to use God’s authority. Sin finds its origin in heaven, not in the Garden of Eden, but sin and rebellion cannot exist in God’s presence. Therefore:
“He was not strong enough and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down – that ancient serpent called the Devil or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to earth, and his angels with him.” (Rev. 12:8-9)
Wait a minute. I thought Satan was in Hell, surrounded by fire, dressed in a red suit with a big pitchfork. I thought he tried to make deals with people. “I’ll give you the Mercedes, all you have to do is sign your soul away.”
Nope, Hell, the 2nd Death, the Lake of Fire, all the same thing, all I truly believe are real, are reserved for a future date, at the final judgment before the throne of God. “The Devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur.” Death and Hades were thrown into the Lake of Fire. The Lake of Fire is the 2nd death. Anyone whose name was not found written in the Book of Life was thrown into the Lake of Fire.” (Rev. 20:10, 14-15)
But after Satan’s rebellion, and before his final punishment, He’s right here on earth “leading the whole earth astray.” No wonder the loud voice from heaven says in our text “woe to the earth and the sea because the Devil has gone down to you. He is filled with furry, because he knows that his time is short. Here’s an important truth:
I. WE SHOULD KNOW OUR ENEMY
Folks I’m not gonna talk about Arch Angels and the name “Lucifer” (Angel of Light) which is only mentioned once in scripture in Isaiah 14:12 when speaking of the King of Babylon he says “How you have fallen from heaven, Morning Star, son of the dawn.” The King James translates Morning Star as “Lucifer.” Could Isaiah 14 apply to Satan’s pride and the results? Yep, but I don’t know.
What I do know is this, our text says He is the ancient serpent (presumably the one in the Garden of Eden, The Accuser of our Brothers and Sisters). The Devil, or Satan, the one Job mentions in his first 2 chapters). “The Great Dragon” (mentioned in Revelation chapter 12) is the one who tries to devour the woman’s child the moment He was born. (This child is “the one who will rule all nations”), but God protected this child and the woman flees into the wilderness to the place prepared for her by God. Remember Herod, the slaughter of little boy infants and Mary, Joseph’s and Jesus’ escape to Egypt.