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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 13:6 KJV

(6)  And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

 

 

John sees the wild and dangerous beast from the sea (political powers of the world) speaking words of blasphemy against the Lord.   We have all heard of “blaspheming” the Lord, but what does that word really mean?

The words “blasphemy” and “blaspheme” in this verse comes from a Greek word that has several related definitions: 1.  “to speak ill of”; 2.  “to make a villain of”;   3.  “to defame”;   4.  “to be irreverent”;    5.  “to bitterly complain”

By looking at all these definitions, in our context, we can see that blasphemy involves…   “Taking away from the praise and honor that God deserves by speaking against Him”.

(In other words, blasphemous speech is irreverent speech that includes complaining about Him, fault-finding against Him, or defaming His person, character or works.)

 

Folks, let’s be honest… Normally, as Christians, we think that blasphemy is a sin that is reserved for those who do not have a relationship with the Lord.  We think that only those who are spiritually dead, and yet under the bondage of sin, are capable of such a heinous sin.

But if we stop and think about the definition of blasphemy, we can quickly come to the conclusion that it is a sin not reserved for the lost, but can be committed by God’s people as well.   Because we still possess a fallen sin nature within us, we are susceptible to taking honor away from our Lord.

How many times have we blasphemed our Lord in our thoughts, actions, or words?  Three examples of this would be the sins of impatience, doubting, and acceptance of sin.

 

Stop and think about it, when we become impatient with His workings in our lives, we are declaring to others that our Lord is slow to act, uncaring of those in need, or totally uninvolved in the lives of His people.  To give this impression to others is to blaspheme our Lord.

How about doubting the motives and methods of His workings?  By this we are telling others our Lord is not reliable, perhaps He is not faithful to His promises, or He makes mistakes in His workings among us.  Once again, this is clearly blasphemy.

The last sin we mentioned is that of acceptance of sin.   When we do not take a stand against sin in our lives and the lives of those around us, we are basically saying our Lord does not absolutely hate sin, therefore He is not perfectly holy, He has no perfect standard by which we are to live, nor is He perfectly just in His acts of discipline or judgment.  One more time… this is blasphemy.

 

Folks, we have just looked at three of MANY, MANY sins that when allowed in our lives, affects what others think about our Lord.  Anytime our actions or words make others think less of our Lord, or question His greatness, we are committing blasphemy against Him.  Also, when we allow our minds to go down paths that will lead us to think less of the Lord, we are blaspheming God to ourselves.

May we all be more conscious of the sin of blasphemy, and always ask ourselves these two questions…

“How will this action, speech or thought affects our own, or others, attitude about our Lord?…
Will any of us think more highly of Him, or will any of us begin to question His greatness and works among us?”

 

Col 3:8 KJV –  “But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.”

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Christ Has Already Defeated The Powers Of This Sinful World!

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 13:3 KJV – And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after this wild, dangerous beast.

 

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “it were wounded to death”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 13:3 KJV

(3)  And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after this wild, dangerous beast.

 

 

In this section of Revelation, John is describing the “beast from the sea” which symbolizes the political kingdoms (governments) of this world throughout history.  In the context of John’s vision, he sees Satan using these governments to oppose the Lord and His people.

One of the seven heads of this beast, John sees a “deadly wound”.   The beast received this fatal wound at the cross of Christ…

Col 2:14-15 KJV – “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;  And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”

 

Although the beast’s doom is sealed at the cross (and in that sense he was defeated then), he continues to be active until the second coming…

Eph 6:11-12 KJV – “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.”

 

It will be at the second coming of Christ that the beast will meet his ultimate end…. physical defeat and consignment to the Lake of Fire for an eternity…

Rev 19:11-21 KJV – “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;
That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.
And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.”

 

May we all stand firmly in the faith, even in the face of persecution and oppression from the political powers of this world, knowing that Christ has already defeated them at Calvary.  No matter what it may look like now, we know that these powers are headed for downfall and their ultimate retribution, an eternity in the Lake of Fire.

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Do We Have The Marks Of God’s People In Our Lives?

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 12:17 KJV

And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

 

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Revelation 13:1-10 “The Beast From The Sea”

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THE TEXT:

Rev 13:1-10 KJV

(1)  And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
(2)  And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
(3)  And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
(4)  And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
(5)  And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
(6)  And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
(7)  And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
(8)  And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
(9)  If any man have an ear, let him hear.
(10)  He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

THE INTRODUCTION:

In chapter 12, we saw a defeated Satan’s continuing opposition against the Lord and His people.  Throughout the ages, Satan has used the political kingdoms of this fallen world as tools in an attempt to abuse, persecute and even martyr the people of God.

In the beginning portion of chapter 13, we will learn more about the POLITICAL kingdoms of this world as they afflict the people of God.  Then, in the following portions of chapter 13, we will be introduced to another tool that is used by Satan to oppress God’s people… the RELIGIOUS kingdoms of this world.  Finally, we will see the “mark” (major characteristic) of those who join the beast in its stand against the people of God.

  1. The Beast of the Sea – The Political Kingdoms of This World (13:1-10)
  2. The Beast of the Earth – The False Religious Kingdoms of This World (13:11-15)
  3. The Mark of the Beast – The Number of Humanism (13:16-18)

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

Please note:  the following verses describe the “beast from the sea”.  This part of John’s vision is taken from Daniel 7:1-12

 

Rev 13:1-10 KJV

(1)  And I stood upon the sand of the sea,

John, as he stands on the seashore looks out at the sea.

 

and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.    (2)  And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

As John looks out over the sea, he sees a “beast” rise up out of the sea.  The word translated “beast” means a “wild, dangerous creature”.

This descriptions of this wild dangerous beast goes hand in hand with the prophecy found in Daniel 7:1-12:

Description Rev. Ref Daniel Ref Symbolism Other References Interpretation
Out of Sea Rev 13:1 Dan 7:2-3 Fallen Humanity Isa 57:20, Jer 6:23, Rev 17:15 This beast comes out of the ever-changing masses of fallen humanity
Has Seven Heads Rev 13:1 N/A Seven World Political Empires (1) Rev 17:9-11 This beast is symbolic of the seven world emires that have opposed the cause of Christ throughout the centuries.
Has Ten Horns w Crowns (on last head) Rev 13:1 Dan 7:7-8 The Many Ruling Countries Following the Roman Empire (2) Rev 17:9-12 This beast includes the many governments of the world that have taken positions of power since the fall of Rome.  However, in each of these cases, they have never been able to dominate the known world as did the previous World Empires.  Therefore they are looked upon as one attempt by Satan, using many combined nations, to effectively retain rule over all the world.
The Name of Blasphemy Rev 13:1 N/A Each is Given the Title “Blasphemy” Rev 13:3-7 Each world kingdom follows its leader Satan, in opposing the people of God and blaspheming His name.
Body Like A Leopard Rev 13:2 Dan 7:6 Leopard very swift, powerful beast (3) Greek Empire very powerful, quickly overtook its enemies and spread throughout known world
Feet Like A Bear Rev 13:2 Dan 7:5 Bear one side higher then other (3) Medo/Persia empire… two sides represent two nations working in unity as one empire.
Mouth Like A Lion Rev 13:2 Dan 7:4 Lion highly glorified,  honored, powerful (3) Babylon empire… with Nebuchadnezzar glorified as God, very wealthy empire
Strength from Satan Rev 13:2 N/A Military Might and Wealth 2 Cor 4:4 All the different manifestations of Satan’s kingdoms were empowered by Satan himself.
Exalted Position From Satan Rev 13:2 N/A Military Conquests, New Areas Of Rule 2 Cor 4:4 All the different manifestations of Satan’s kingdoms were given victories and conquests through Satanic intervention.
Authority From Satan Rev 13:2 N/A Rulership, Exalted Position 2 Cor 4:4 All the different manifestations of Satan’s kingdoms received ruling power and authority from Satan himself.

Notes to above chart:

(1) Seven world political empires throughout history: 1. Egypt, 2. Assyria, 3. Babylon, 4. Medo/Persia, 5. Greece, 6. Rome, 7. Diverse Kingdoms Appearing after the Roman Empire.
(2) A Sampling of the many ruling countries that came after the Roman empire: France, Germany, USA, Britain, Japan, China, Russia etc etc.
(3) All three animals, the Leopard, Bear, and Lion are mentioned as judgments from God upon men that do not recognize nor appreciate His mercies and blessings. (Hosea 13:5-8)

When put all together, we can see the kingdoms of this world, under Satan’s power and control, make up a very powerful, terrible “machine” that will seeks to totally wipe out the Lord and His people.  We see this take place throughout history where the nations of the world persecute God’s people, reject His Word, and speak against the very Lord that has blessed them and allowed them to exist.

Paul and John speak of many of the leaders of these governments and the spirit that motivates them as “the spirit of antichrist”.  In other words, they possess a desire to both oppose and replace Christ by receiving the worship that is due to Him.  This attitude can be seen throughout history in the lives of the Pharoahs of Egypt, the Roman Emperors, Nebuchadnezzar, and many many others including more recent leaders such as Hitler, Stalin, Kim Jong-il, etc etc. 

These leaders use the power of their political kingdom to further their desires for self-exaltation among the people of the world….

1Jn 4:3-4 KJV
“And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” 

2Th 2:3-5 KJV
“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?”

Please note that another type of the “antichrists” of this world are the false religious leaders who work in harmony with the political powers of the world to wreak havoc among the people of God.  These false religions and their leaders will be looked at in great detail in the next section of chapter 13…

 

1Jn 2:18-22 KJV
“Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.”

  

(3)  And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.  

John now sees one of the heads that received a deadly wound.  This wound that would eventually result in the death of this beast was Christ’s death on the cross (Col 2:14-15).  The head that received this wound was the sixth head, the Roman empire, the kingdom in existence at the time of the crucifixion.

Although the wound was deadly (would eventually cause the death of the political powers of the world).  This eventual death would be made plain for all to see at the second coming of Christ (Rev 19:17-21).   However, in between the crucifixion and the second coming we have the beast not outwardly affected by this wound.  In that sense, he was “healed” of the wound he had received.  To this day, the great power and wealth of the world kingdoms is coveted by the fallen world, and will only be shown for what they truly are when they are defeated by Christ at His second coming.

 

(4)  And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

In this fallen, humanistic world that is ruled by selfish lusts (1 Pet 2:11) enflamed by the enticements of Satan, we see a willingness to sacrifice all to pursue worldly power, riches and fame.   In doing so, they place their God, families and morals behind to receive this temporal, unsatisfying offerings of the world.

This is the root cause of the lost world’s submission and worship to the kingdoms of this world and their leader, Satan.

(5)  And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.   (6)  And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

The kingdoms of this world receive a mouth given to them by Satan.  It is with this mouth that the kingdoms can speak impressive, tremendous things which speak harmful things against Jehovah God.  Remember, this is the great work of the worldly kingdoms to mislead men and force men to join in the blasphemy of God Himself.

This is why “blasphemy” was written upon each and every one of its heads (world empires that make up all the political kingdoms throughout time Rev 13:1).  His role of Blasphemy would continue throughout all the time of opposition and abuse to God’s people.  This time period is described as “42 months”, “a time times and half a time”, and “1260 days”

The kingdoms of this world speak out against:

  1. his name – Who God is and what He has done for us.
  2. his tabernacle – The worship and meeting place of God on earth with man (tabernacle, temple, local church)
  3. them that dwell in heaven – God’s people, both alive and dead, who are citizens of heaven

All three of these are misrepresented, opposed, and spoken against by the governments of this world (Acts 17:32).

 

(7)  And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them:

The governments were not only given words but the ability to actively work in a blasphemous way against the Lord.  They were empowered by Satan, under the Lord’s allowance, to actively war against the people of God.  This would include judging, imprisoning, and even martyring them.

As the governments abuse the people of God, they may be physically overcoming them, but in actuality are spiritually bringing defeat upon themselves.

and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.  

These governments are given the authority to rule over all men.  This includes men of every family, language and citizenship.  This will culminate with a merging of all nations as they stand against Christ at His second coming. This will result in the final defeat of all the world’s kingdoms (Rev 19:18-20)

 

(8)  And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

All of lost mankind (those who are not written in the Lamb’s book of life), during their lifetime on earth will worship the world’s kingdoms.  All lost mankind follows the doctrine of this, humanistic, world kingdoms.  As a result, they all work for the satisfaction of their fleshly desires and personal gain of worldly wealth, power and fame (Luke 16:8, Psa 17:14, Isa 55:2, Prov 27:20)

Book of life mentioned many times in Revelation:

  1. Rev 3:5 – overcomer’s names, eternally secure ones
  2. Rev 13:8 – no lost men in it, LJC work places men in the book.
  3. Rev 17:8 – names placed in it from foundation of the world
  4. Rev 20:12-15 – at final judgment used to determine destiny of men.
  5. Rev 21:27 – allows entrance into God’s presence in New Jerusalem
  6. Rev 22:19 – “his part” taken from book not “his name”. Other words, anyone who denies God’s Word by changing it is clearly lost and cannot be saved until he accepts God’s Word as the absolute truth without any change.

The Lamb’s book of life is a listing of all whom God has chosen to salvation, all for whom Christ has died, and all who were given the gift of faith in Christ as their Lord and Savior, in other words, it is all those who have received eternal life.

 

(9)  If any man have an ear, let him hear.

A call is now sent out.  Those who have been given spiritual ears to hear these warnings, need to pay close attention to them.  It is very important that we all understand the role of the kingdoms of this world and Satan’s leadership of them.  This should result in the Christian’s need to seek those things which are above, ignoring the treasures these kingdoms have to offer to us.

“By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:  For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.”  (Heb 11:9-10 KJV)

“By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;  Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;”  (Heb 11:24-25 KJV)

 

(10)  He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword.

This is the basic principle of divine retribution.  This is a Biblical principle that says that a just punishment for a certain sin is that sin returned upon the sinner (Rev 11:5, Gen 9:6, Isa 33:1, Jer 15:2, Jer 43:11, Matt 26:52)  This is what the kingdoms of this world have awaiting them.  Their abuse of God’s people will be returned upon their heads at His second coming. (Rev 19:11-21)

Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

This belief that the Lord will return the sins of the kingdoms back upon them is a source of the great patience and faith that is shown by believers who have been abused, tormented, afflicted and martyred by them.

“For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.  For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.”  (Heb 10:36-37 KJV)

CHRIST REVEALED:

As we saw the beast (kingdoms of this world) stand in opposition to Christ and His people, our Lord’s victory over this beast comes into full view.  Stop and think about it, if it were not for Christ’s victory over the beast, this terrible, ferocious beast would have total dominance over us and bring us to utter defeat.  But, based upon His victory won on the cross, He promises to us victory over the beast as well….

Joh 16:33 KJV – “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
1Jn 4:4 KJV – “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

May we all take the time to honor and praise our Lord for His work on the cross as He overcame Satan and the powers of this world, so that we might be victorious in Him.

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

Mistreatment, persecution and opposition are to be expected as we live our lives in this fallen world.  This is because of our association with Christ.    But, although we face opposition, it is very important for us to realize that the victory has already been won by our Lord on the cross.   Although it may seem as if the powers of darkness are gaining the victory, by faith we understand that we have the ultimate victory in Christ.

May we all serve Him with renewed vigor knowing that the war has been won, and we are serving in the winning army of Christ.

Rev 19:11-21 KJV
“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;
That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.
And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh. “

May the Lord bless us as we seek to see Jesus in the pages of the book of Revelation.

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 12:17 KJV

And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

 

So how can we recognize genuine believers in Christ?  This text helps us to answer this very significant question.  But before we answer this question, we need to answer another equally important one.   Why is it important that we can recognize true believers in Christ?  2 Corinthians 6:14 helps us with this question…

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”

 

In this passage we find that the Lord instructs His people to avoid entering into close relationships with those who are lost.  Marriage/dating relationships, business partners, friendships, and other types of interpersonal relationships are included in this passage.

How can we avoid making unscriptural relationships, if we do not know how to come to a reasonable judgment about another person’s spiritual condition?   That’s where our devotional passage comes in.

In this passage we find God’s people are said to “keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”   These are two outstanding indicators of a person with a genuine relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.

Let’s take  quick look at each of these indicators…

 

  1. “keep the commandments of God” – in this verse the word “keep” comes from a word that means “to guard and maintain”. It describes guard over something considered very valuable and giving it continued care and maintenance.

In context, this is teaching us that a true believer will recognize the great value of his Lord’s desires for his life.  He will keep them constantly in the forefront of his mind and seeks to apply these principles consistently to every area of his life.

This will result in him living a life that is separated to his Lord, motivated by love and appreciation, not necessity and legality.

 

  1. “have the testimony of Jesus Christ” – Here, the word for “testimony” comes from the word “martyr”. It describes a person who recognizes his responsibility and willingly gives record of his personal experiences, even to the point of death.

In this case, the person understands the great importance of telling others about his personal experience with Christ.  He is willing to do so, even at the risk of great physical loss.  He understands that there is a lost world around him whose only hope is Christ and Him crucified.

This results in a person who, although risking rejection, mockery, abuse or even death, is still willing to tell others about all that His Lord has done for him motivated out of love, appreciation and the knowledge of the great need of fallen mankind.

 

These are two of the greatest marks of a person who has experienced the love of Christ and is the recipient of His saving mercies.

 

Folks, before we enter into any relationship greater than a simple acquaintance, we need to stop and think of our Lord’s guidelines for choosing those who are close to us.   We then need to enter into close relationships with only those who can be described as those “which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ”

 

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The Lost Are Blinded To The Truth, But Readily Accept False Teachings…

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 12:16 KJV – “And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.”

 

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 12:16 KJV – “And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.”

 

 

 

Previously, we saw that Satan sends a flood of false teaching into the world in an effort to hinder the work of God’s people on earth.   Now we see that “the earth” (lost mankind) swallows the false teaching of Satan, only bringing harm to themselves.

Why does this take place?  Why does the lost world so readily accept false teachings?  It is because, due to their fallen condition, they are blinded to the truths of God…

“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:   In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”  (2Co 4:3-4 KJV)

 

 

If we really come to understand this truth it will change the way that we talk to the lost as we share the gospel message:

 

  1. We will no longer attempt to persuade them with psychological and manipulative efforts to accept the truth. Instead, we will find ourselves, sincerely, using the truths of God to persuade them to come to Him… 

“Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.”    (2Co 5:11 KJV)

 

  1. We will understand that apart from God’s intervening grace, they will never come to the truth of God. This will cause us to pray for them in greater ways, and be very patient and kind to them, instead of becoming irritated, frustrated, and “give up on them” seeing no “results” to our evangelization.

“And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,  In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth”  (2Ti 2:24-25 KJV)

 

 

May we always remember these two important truths as we work with those who are lost:

We are to recognize that the lost are blinded to these truths and cannot come to Christ apart from His gracious intervention, because of this, they will normally oppose our ministry to them;    Secondly, we are to always hold fast to the truth, without compromise, knowing this is their only hope of coming to a saving knowledge of Christ…

“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them”   (2Ti 3:12-14 KJV)

 

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There Is A Flood Of False Teaching Around Us….

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 12:15 KJV

And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 12:15 KJV

And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.

 

 

In John’s vision, he sees a “flood” of false teaching proceeding from the mouth of Satan. This is done in an attempt to oppose the Lord’s people as they teach the truths of His Word and bring honor and glory to the Lord’s name.

The Word of the Lord has much to say about false teaching and the proper way to stand in opposition to it.  Here a just a sampling…

 

  1. The origin of all false teaching is Satan…

“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”   (Joh 8:44 KJV)

 

  1. False teachers are to be expected, they pose a danger to others, and the eternal results of their ministry that await them…

“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.   And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.   And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.”  (2Pe 2:1-3 KJV)

 

  1. Christians must put all teaching they receive to the test…

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”  (1Jn 4:1 KJV)

 

  1. The need to examine the fruits of the false teachers…

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.   Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?    Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.    A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.    Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.    Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”   (Mat 7:15-20 KJV)

(Note: Some of these Biblical fruits are:

  1. Living personal lives of holiness before the Lord;
  2. Presenting teachings that only present God’s Word;
  3. Their followers exhibit a changed life – turning from sin and bearing the fruits of the Spirit;
  4. The Lord receives all the glory for their ministry
  5. etc. etc.)

 

May the Lord give us wisdom to ALWAYS test the teachings that we receive and make certain that we are following those men who are presenting the truths of God’s Word for our edification.  May we reject any other ministers and have no part in propagating their error.

 

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Do We Wait Upon Christ For Our Nourishment And Strength In Times Of Trials?

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 12:14 KJV – And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the woman were given two wings of a great eagle”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 12:14 KJV

And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

 

During this vision, John sees the woman (representative of God’s people) being given two wings which enables her to flee to a place especially prepared for her.  This place is a place of closeness with the Lord that gives her a place of refuge, comfort and relief from the abuse and mistreatment that is given to her by Satan.

 

The “wings of an eagle” are spoken of several times in the OT in differing contexts.  However, one of those OT references is clearly the source of this part of John‘s vision… 

“Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”    (Isa 40:30-31 KJV)

 

What a wonderful passage of encouragement for those of us who are facing great trials in our lives.  The Lord promises that, if we wait upon Him, we will be strengthened and enabled to overcome the difficulties we face.  We will be much like eagles with mighty wings who will be able to ascend above our trials and soar over them.

 

One of the key phrases in the Isaiah passage is “if we wait upon Him”… this is the key to a Christian overcoming life’s problems.  What does it mean to “wait upon Him”?   The Hebrew word translated “wait” means to be twisted or bound together.  In other words, it is saying “if we are twisted together with the LORD” or “if we are bound to the LORD”.   It is implying a close (inseparable) relationship with Him.  This aligns itself with the idea found in our Rev text, where the woman flees, from Satan, into the presence of Christ where she finds comfort, strength, and nourishment in her time of need.

When Isaiah says “if we are twisted together with Him”, he is implying a type of waiting upon God.  If we are “twisted together” with our Lord, we will wait when He waits, and we will move only when He moves.   We will “wait” to see what He does and what He desires for us, and then we will proceed in lock step with Him.  We will not get ahead of Him, nor will we fall behind in His will for our lives… we will simply “go where He wants us to go, and do what He wants us to do”… in other words, we will “wait upon Him”.

 

This is why a Hebrew word for “twisted together” can be properly translated “to wait upon”.

May we all seek to “wait upon our Lord” during the good times and the bad, when we can clearly see His presence or when it appears as if He is nowhere to be found.  By waiting upon Him to lead us, we can be assured of remaining close to Him and know with certainty, we will be strengthened, protected and comforted during the times of persecution that come upon all of His people.

 

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Revelation 12: Summary

SIH STSTA ICONSUMMARY OF THE CHAPTER: 

In Revelation chapter 12, we will be looking at another of John’s visions that reveals the history of God’s kingdom (the woman) and the first coming of Christ (the child) to the earth.  It will emphasize the attempts made throughout history to stop Christ from accomplishing His work and destroy His people from whom He came.  A short outline of this chapter is as follows:

 

The Woman With Child & The War In Heaven 12:1-17

  1. The Woman and the Child 1-6
  2. Michael’s Defeat of the Dragon 7-12
  3. The Persecution and Flight Of The Woman 13-17 

 

SUMMARY OF EACH DIVISION OF CHAPTER:

 

  1. Revelation 12:1-6 – The Woman and the Child

John sees a woman appear in the sky. This woman symbolizes those who are saved in both Old Testament and New Testament times.  This woman is seen about to give birth to a child (Jesus Christ being born into the world).

John then sees a great red dragon appear in heaven (Satan).  He is symbolically represented as the one that controls the worldly empires of this fallen world.  He is seen opposing the birth that is about to take place.  He is preparing to destroy the child at the moment he is born.

This helps us to understand that Satan opposed the first coming of Christ.  He did all he could to stop Christ from coming and attempted to hinder Christ during His life on earth.  Satan did all of this in an attempt to stop Christ from going to the cross which would completely defeat Satan and the powers of darkness.

We see that Satan could not stop Christ, as He won the victory over Satan at the cross.  This victory was clearly displayed at the resurrection, ascension and exaltation of Christ to the right hand of God.

Following the victorious ascension of Christ, the Christians who are alive upon the earth are pictured as living in a spiritual wilderness (this fallen world) who is given a place of refuge (in the presence of Christ) for protection from the many attacks of Satan.

 

 

  1. Revelation 12:7-12 – Michael’s Defeat of the Dragon

The vision now “flashes back” to the original fall of Satan to the earth, which took place prior to the fall of man.  Satan’s fall is pictured as a war that took place in heaven.  This war was made up of two warring parties Michael the archangel (probably symbolic of Christ) and the elect angels of God versus Satan and the angels that fell with him.

The casting out of Satan to the earth was proof that Christ would ultimately defeat Satan on the cross which took place 4000 years after Satan’s fall.  This is why God’s people praise the Lord for the fall of Satan and his upcoming defeat on the cross.

Once Satan arrives on earth, out of anger and desperation, he acts as an accuser of the brethren, finding fault with God’s people and seeking to gain their rejection by God.

 

 

  1. Revelation 12: 13-17– The Persecution and Flight of the Woman

As the dragon (Satan) opposes the woman (God’s people on earth), she is given a place of refuge in the presence of the Lord.  She is given two wings (God’s strength and enabling grace) which enable her to flee the dragon’s attacks and dwell safely in the presence of the Lord.

As a last resort, Satan sends forth false teaching as a flood in to the world.  This is an attempt to hinder the works of God’s people.  This false teaching is readily accepted by the lost world (the earth swallowing the flood) while being rejected by the people of God.  This results in a clear distinction between those who are truly saved (rejecters of Satan’s error) and those who are lost (those who are accepting of these false teachings).

This war that takes place between Satan and the people of God continues to this day, and will continue, until the second coming of Christ.

 

WHAT’S COMING NEXT IN THIS SERIES?:

In Revelation chapter 13, we will begin to learn more about the workings of Satan as he opposes God’s people on the earth.  We will be seeing two main figures, and their workings, that are used by Satan to oppose the people of God…

  1. The Beast of the Sea – The Political Kingdoms of This World (13:1-10)
  2. The Beast of the Earth – The False Religions of This World (13:11-15)
  3. The Mark of the Beast – The Number of Man (13:16-18)

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to see Jesus in the pages of the book of Revelation.

 

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Are We Willing To Be Persecuted For Christ’s Sake?

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 12:13 KJV  – And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the dragon… persecuted the woman”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 12:13 KJV

And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.

 

 

Persecution.  We read about the horrible persecutions of Christians that have taken place in times past.  We hear about the current persecution of our spiritual brethren in other nations of the world.  Even in our nation, we are experiencing light forms of persecution among us.

Persecution has always been, and will always be with us.  Why?  It is because Satan is behind every form of persecution that a Christian may face and he will not cease to oppose God’s people until our Lord comes again to take us home to be with Him.

Our Lord told us it would be this way…  “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.”  Mat 24:9 KJV

But along with His affirmation that we would face persecution comes, the promise that He will be with us to comfort, strengthen and enable us…
“But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.
And it shall turn to you for a testimony.
Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:
For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.”  Luk 21:12-17 KJV

Previously I said that we face in our country only “light persecutions”. Why would I say this?  Certainly in our country our brethren, and perhaps ourselves, have been sued, lost promotions or entire jobs, imprisoned, and shunned for our faith etc etc.  But these persecutions are only light in comparison to what our brethren have faced for Christ.  A quick study of history reveals that Christians and their loved ones have been flogged, crucified, beheaded, stoned, fed to wild beasts, burned as lamps, pulled apart by horses, etc etc.   We have been so blessed that in our country we have yet to face these types of harder persecutions.

May we always keep in mind that, as Christians, persecutions are to be expected.  But the Lord promises to be with us as a Comforter, Enabler, and Friend as we go through these things.  In addition, when we consider the limited types of persecution we are facing, we should take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to be shining lights for Christ in the midst of a sin darkened world without fear of death.   We are blessed with the great privilege of being representatives for Christ to the lost world around us.  Let us be faithful in the task at hand knowing that in doing so, others are seeing Christ in us!…
“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
So then death worketh in us, but life in you.”   2Co 4:8-12 KJV

 

 

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The Devil Is Among Us…. Are We Properly Prepared For His Desperate Wrath?

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 12:12 KJV

(12)  Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

 

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Revelation 12:13-17 “The Persecution and Flight Of The Woman”

SIH STSTA ICONTHE TEXT:

Rev 12:13-17 KJV

(13)  And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
(14)  And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
(15)  And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
(16)  And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
(17)  And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

Following the sounding of trumpet seven, in preparation for the completion of God’s wrath upon lost mankind and the kingdoms of the world, John’s attention is now turned to another amazing symbolic vision.

To help us better understand the contents of the seventh trumpet, the Lord gives to John a vision that will explain, in great detail, the history of the world’s kingdoms.  This will keep the wrath of trumpet seven in the context of world history and the great wrongs that have been committed by the world’s kingdoms, and the judgment that they face because of those wrongs.

A short outline of chapter 12 includes:

  1. The Woman and The Child (12:1-6)
  2. Michael’s Defeat Of The Dragon (12:7-12)
  3. The Persecution and Flight Of The Woman (12:13-17)

 

 

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

Please keep in mind, in the previous verse we saw the saints of God in heaven praising the Lord for gaining the victory over Satan on the cross..

“Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.”

 

This thought continues in our text for this morning….

Rev 12:13-17 KJV

(13)  And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.

When Satan “saw that he was cast out on the earth”… in other words, when Satan saw that, in the future, he would be defeated by Christ…  Please keep in mind that his casting out heaven was proof that, in the unchangeable counsels of God, he would be defeated by Christ on the cross.  At his casting out he recognized he was a defeated foe.

Based upon his defeat he, angrily, began to seek out God’s people (the woman) seeking to hunt down, oppose, abuse, and martyr God’s people (Rev 12:12).

 

(14)  And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place,

The woman (symbolic of the believers on earth) is said to be given two wings.  These wings picture for us God’s protection (Exo 19:4) and strength (Isa 40:30-31) being given to them as they continue to serve Him on earth.  These wings will allow the people of God to keep close to Him where they will find healing and comfort in the midst of Satanic opposition (Mal 4:2, Psa 55:6, 1 K 6:24-27, etc).

This is a vivid picture for us of the wonderful promise that the Lord has given to us, who remain on the earth (John 14:16-27)…

“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.
These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

 

where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

During the time of Satanic opposition against the people of God, God’s people will be nourished (cherished, needs supplied).   Note this care of the Lord’s people will be given in a place of refuge from Satan.   Although Satan can attack God’s people from the outside, inwardly God’s people can have peace, security, strength and rest in Christ as they walk in close communion with Him.

Keep in mind, the phrase “time, times and half a time” refers to the time period between Babylon’s defeat of Judah and Christ’s second coming.  It is symbolic of the times on earth when the worship of God is publically opposed by the world’s kingdoms under the leadership of Satan.   The time period we are looking at here, (from the ascension of Christ to His second coming), takes place DURING this “time, times and half a time” era.

 

(15)  And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.

Just as the gospel message is described as “living waters”, so too, false teaching from Satan is pictured as a harmful flood.

One of the greatest ways that Satan opposes the worship of God is through false teaching that contradicts the Word of God.  He uses false teaching in an effort to make ineffective, and ultimately destroy, the ministry of God’s people while on earth.

In addition through false teaching, Satan attempts to accomplish two important goals: lead astray the lost (2 Thess 2:9-12) and confuse the saved (Matt 24:24).  However, if a person is truly saved and mature in the faith, they will be able to recognize false teaching and stand against it (John 16:13, John 10:27, John 14:26).

 

(16)  And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

As the flood of false teaching spreads over the earth, lost mankind blindly accepts these false teachings as the truth.  Because of this, they continue on with their sinful lifestyles and teachings, never being made a new creature in Christ, living holy lives for Him.

How does the lost’s acceptance of false teaching help the people of God? It makes it much easier to recognize those truly saved and those who are lost.   If all lost men intellectually accepted the truths of God Word, they could be more easily mistaken as those who are saved.  However, with their beliefs based on false doctrine, it becomes very easy to discern those who need Christ around us.

One of the most common proofs of a person’s spiritual condition can be seen by asking the simple question… “What do you believe about Christ”?   Their answer, although not perfect proof of their spiritual condition, does go a long way to helping us discern if they are saved or lost.

Also, when the world sees the godless lifestyles of the lost…. it is the lost’s beliefs that help the world understand they are not Christians, and their lifestyles should not be looked upon as a Christian lifestyle.  Sadly, however, there are many professing Christians who also live ungodly lifestyles in the world around us.  It is those professing Christians that are hurting the cause of Christ and the service of those Christians who are seeking to please the Lord with their lives.

 

(17)  And the dragon was wroth with the woman,

The dragon (Satan) is enraged at the woman, seeing that she is protected by Almighty God and his false teaching has been turned on its head and used of God to further the ministry of the woman (Psa 76:10).

 

and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Satan’s anger drives him to continue to conflict with the succeeding generations of God’s people.  As each generation comes and goes, the genuine Christians hand down God’s truths and continue in their faithful lifestyle.  Everything Satan has “thrown at them” has come to nought. This enrages him that much more and continues the fight.

Why are the descendants of the woman described as a “remnant”?   “Remnant” means “the remaining ones”.  Keep in mind, as each Christian generation comes and goes they are only a small part of the entire family of God (spiritual Israel).  Most of God’s people (in OT and NT) have already gone home to be with the Lord, the ones that live, and will live, on earth are few in comparison to the whole.  They are the ones that will “remain” and serve the Lord following the example of those who have gone before them.

 

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

We can see Christ revealed to us as the great protector of His people.  Throughout God’s Word, the Lord is described as a refuge in the time of storm for His people…

Psa 9:9-10 KJV – “The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.   And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.”

2Sa 22:3 KJV – “The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.”

Psa 37:39-40 KJV – “But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble.   And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.”

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

When we are confronted and opposed by those who hold to false teachings, we need to remember their great need of Christ.  They are blinded to His truths and following the path that was laid by the god of this world (Satan).

As easy as it is to become angry towards them and desire to retaliate, one of the greatest testimonies we can have is to love our enemies in the midst of their opposition.  This love for them can be displayed by kindly, humbly sharing the Word with them, followed by consistent prayer, while attempting to meet their physical needs will go far as we seek to minister to them.  This is pleasing to the Lord, displaying His mercy and grace to the lost that are around us…

Luk 6:27-35 KJV – “But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,  Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also.  Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.
And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.  And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.  And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.”

 

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to see Jesus in the pages of the book of Revelation.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath”

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Rev 12:12 KJV – Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

 

Although the casting out of Satan from heaven proves that Satan has been defeated by Christ on the cross (John 12:31-33), it also created a problem for each one of us.  Now, while on the earth, Satan and the fallen angels (demons) are now actively opposing the people of God.

 

In our text, we can learn two great truths about the workings of Satan among us…

  1. First of all, Satan’s workings are not only motivated by his pride and covetousness, but he also acts out of overflowing, all-consuming fury against the One that has brought him to defeat… the Lord Jesus Christ. Why is he so angry?  He knows he has been defeated and all hope of victory has been taken away from him (1 John 3:8-9, Col 2:13-14) .  He is destined to defeat and consignment to the Lake of Fire for an eternity (Rev 20:10).
  1. Secondly, we can see that Satan’s workings of retaliation among us are done relentlessly, out of a spirit of desperation. He is condemned and he knows it.  He is defeated and awaiting God’s wrath, and he knows it.  He knows his time is limited… what he wants to do, he must do quickly.  This is why he acts relentlessly …  he never “takes a break” or a “time-out”, he is constantly walking this earth “seeking whom he can devour” (1 Peter 5:8, Job 1:7, Job 2:2).

 

Folks, by understanding these aspects to the workings of Satan, we can come to a better understanding of the ferocity and consistency of his opposition against us.  There is no wonder that the spiritual opposition we face seems to never end.  It helps to explain why he seems so desperate to win victories in our lives by bringing us to spiritual defeat and shipwreck.

May we all take these truths very seriously and seek God’s grace to enable us to always be prepared for Satan’s attacks upon us.

“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.”   (Eph 6:10-12 KJV)

 

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:

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Christ’s Intervention Stands In The Way Of Satan’s Accusations Against Us!

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(10)  And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the accuser of our brethren is cast down”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 12:10 KJV

(10)  And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

 

Satan is described in this verse as “the accuser of our brethren”.   In other words, he finds fault with the spiritual brethren recalling their sins and attempting to persuade God to judge them.   But thanks to the Lord, he is not successful in his attempts.  Our Lord is constantly making intercession for us, reminding God that these same sins were paid for on the cross.  They are paid, forgiven and cast behind God’s back never to be recalled again…

Rom 8:34 KJV – “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” 

 

Although Satan fails as he accusers us before the Lord, he does not stop there. In a last ditch effort, He comes before us and accuses us of our sins by bringing them back to our minds.  He constantly tells us we are no longer of use to God.

Satan whispers in our ear “You have ruined your testimony. After all, think of all the horrible ways you have fallen short of your Lord’s desires for your life. You are a failure, why don’t you stop trying to do what you obviously cannot do.”   Hebrews 12:1-3 addresses this issue for us….

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”

 

When Satan brings our sins to our minds what are we to do?

  1. Remember the Old Testament saints listed in Hebrews 11: who committed many sins yet were still used in great ways by the Lord.
  2. Remove the burdens of sin we are carrying through confession and repentance
  3. Patiently continue on in service to the Lord recognizing we will never be perfect this side of heaven.
  4. Keep our eyes on the Lord and His work on our behalf. He died for us, we are delivered from all our sins, past, present and future.  We are His for eternity and He dwells in us!
  5. Allow Christ’ work on the cross. Let’s allow his death to motivate us to serve Him without reservation or doubt. He gave His life for us, we should love Him, appreciate His sacrifice, and be willing do the same for Him.
  6. Allow the Hebrews 11: saints’ example of faithfulness, be a blueprint for our faithfulness to Him. They faced many of the same trials as we do.  They failed the Lord, just as we do.  And yet, they continued on in service to Him.  Therefore, we are to follow their wonderful example of “running with patience the race that is set before us”

Folks, when Satan whispers “you are no longer of any good to your Lord”,  we are to respond by saying “we are forgiven, we have the Lord indwelling us and we are overcomers by His grace.”  “Get thou behind me Satan”.

 

May the Lord bless each one of us as we struggle with the past sins in our lives and seek to remain faithful to Him.

 

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:

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