Summary: To lead the people to understand how God has already determined how He will defeat the devil in the final days and throw him into the eternal lake of fire.
Unit 15 – Satan and His Demons
Lesson 42 – God’s Victory Over Satan and The End of the Book – Gen. 3:15: Rev. 12:7-11; Rev. 13:1-10; I John 4:4; Rev. 20:7-10
1. Aim: To lead the people to understand how God has already determined how He will defeat the devil in the final days and throw him into the eternal lake of fire.
2. Explanation of the Aim: It is important to know that God has already assured us in His word of exactly how, in the end times, He will defeat the devil. John wrote,
“When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from prison and will go out to deceive the nations…They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beat and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” (Rev. 20:7-10)
We can praise God for the victory that He gives us through His infallible word.
3. The Bible Story: We can be assured by God’s word that any attempts of the devil will prove unsuccessful against the church, and fatal to his own interests. We can thank God for the victory in ours through Christ Jesus over the evil one who seeks to steal, slaughter, kill and destroy. (John 10:10)
4. Prepare to Teach: The INTRODUCTION helps the people verbalize what they already know about God’s victory over Satan and how his end will come. Ask the people why we can be confident that we have the victory over the devil through our Lord Jesus Christ? Ask the people what I John 4:4 means,
“Greater is He who is in us than the one who is in the world.”
The BIBLE STORY focuses on the passages from the book of Revelations that teach us how the God will overcome the devil in the last days. We can thank the Lord for giving us the assurance that we do not have to be overcome with evil, but can overcome, overpower and overwhelm evil with good.
The MEANING FOR OUR LIVES gives the people an opportunity to make applications from the lessons about the using the victory that is ours in Christ Jesus over the world, the flesh and the devil. Ask the people why we can be confident that we can live victoriously over sin, the world, the flesh and the devil? Ask the people how they apply the promise that says, “Faith is the victory that overcomes the world.” (I John 5:4,5) Find out how the people plan to utilize all the weapons of righteousness that are given to us in the scriptures to fight the good fight of faith?
Allow the people an opportunity to tell you what they already know about God’s victory over Satan and how he will be defeated in the last days. Ask the people why we can be confident that we can always experience victory over the devil? Question the people to see if they understand how the world, the flesh and the devil cooperate in trying to spiritually defeat human beings. Ask the people what I John 4:4 means that says,
“Faith is the victory that overcomes the world.” Find out if the people know how we can continue to overcome evil with good?
The Bible Story
The terrible war that is yet to be raged will occur in heaven between Christ and the devil. During the last days we can expect that a fierce war will break out between the forces of light versus the schemers of evil. With Christ as the head of the church there is certainty of victory over all evil forces.
The danger occurs when people, politics or other things try to replace Christ as the head of any particular church. In the last days the devil will appear in the presence of the Almighty to accuse the people of God. May we all make every effort not to let the devil have anything that he can accuse us of the sins of commission, omission, wrong attitudes or false assumptions.
If we do fall let us be sure to claim the advocacy of the blood and person of Christ. Let us also use the word of our testimony to His truth, His gospel and the great things He has done in our lives. Let us stand firm in the evil day with the determination to lay down our lives for Christ’s purposes if it is necessary. It takes great courage to be a good soldier of Jesus Christ, but can we give anything less than what Jesus has already sacrificed for us?