In this text Satan, pictured as a great star that is falling from heaven, is said to fall upon “the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters.”
Throughout the Bible, the gospel message (and other truths from the Word) are pictured as fresh drinkable water that gave and preserved life. (Ezek 36:25, Zech 31:1, John 4:13-14, Hebs 10:22 Rev 22:1-2 etc). Once cast out of heaven, Satan waged a war against the Word of God, this is what is pictured by Satan falling upon the fresh water sources of this world.
Two very common examples where we can see Satan’s first attempts to undo the truths of God’s Word include the garden of Eden when he attempted to plant doubts and denials in the mind of Eve (Gen 3:1-4), and his attacks on God’s Word during the temptation of Christ by directly opposing its teachings (Luke 4:1-13).
Folks, may we always be on guard against the misleading of Satan, making certain that we believe the truths of the Word and reject the Satanic false teachings of this world. To do this we must be ever vigilant and equipped with the armor of God…
Eph 6:10-13 KJV
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
and follow the wonderful example of the Bereans, comparing the teachings they received to make certain they aligned themselves with the teachings of God’s Word …
Act 17:10-11 KJV
(10) And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
(11) These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
By God’s grace, may we all receive His grace enabling us to overcome the workings of Satan in our lives!
May we all think on these things today and find encouragement and comfort for our hearts!
For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation