Summary: This sermon deals with the battle in Heaven that results in Satan's defeat and loss of access to Heaven. It also deals with the battles we face against evil forces.
Overcoming the Devil
7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought,
8but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer.
9So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
10Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, "Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.
11And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
12Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time."
Today we read about war happening in Heaven.
That’s hard to imagine.
Our world has a long history of bloody wars.
Yet, when we read of war in Heaven, we are surprised.
We think of Heaven as being a place of peace and comfort.
Last week we saw, Lucifer, the chief among God's angels
rebelled against God.
He led one-third of the angels away from God in this rebellion.
Since that time, as we will discover today,
Satan has had limited access to Heaven.
Chapter 12 tells us about the final battle.
Satan is forever cast out of Heaven.
Verses 7 & 8 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer.
The vision of war in heaven
anticipates Satan's exclusion from "heaven"
and his restriction to the earth
during the last half of the Tribulation.
Remember what I said about Satan’s access to heaven now?
Verse 8 seems to indicate he still can appear there.
The Bible says in the book of Job that Satan appeared in heaven.
The prophet Zechariah had a vision of heaven and he says in 3:1
Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him.
So God has yet to keep Satan from having access to heaven.
Apparently, Satan won’t give up his access to heaven easily.
A great war breaks out.
We do not know who starts this war in Heaven,
but we know who wins it.
The angels in Heaven are led in this conflict
by an angel named Michael.
He is a special angel and is called an "archangel' in Jude 9.
Michael opposes the attack of Satan and his demonic angel army.
He leads the heavenly angels
in permanently ousting Satan and His demons from Heaven.
Why does Michael serve as the general of the good angels?
Because this war has to do with Israel.
The prophet Daniel prophesied about this war.
Daniel 12:1-5 says,
"At that time Michael shall stand up, The great prince who stands watch
over the sons of your people; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as
never was since there was a nation, Even to that time. And at that time your
people shall be delivered, every one who is found written in the book.
When Daniel prayed for understanding of this prophecy
Satan tried to stop his prayers.
Then he said to me, "Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia.
Michael and Satan have had previous battles.
Jude 9 says, Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, "The Lord rebuke you!"
Michael the archangel is the leader of God's holy angels.
At some point of the Tribulation period,
God will empower Michael and his forces.
Satan and his forces are cast out of access to heaven.
Thereafter, Satan must confine his activities to the earth.
Verse 9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.