Tag: Devil’s time is short
Scripture reading for December 28th: Revelation 10-13
The picture we get from reading Revelation is one of increasing warfare and violence against those who follow Christ in the last days. John was given visions of beasts, scrolls, angels with measuring rods and trumpets and two witnesses clothed in sackcloth prophesying and bringing judgment on the earth. Faith alone will bring victory and reward.
“The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He will reign for ever and ever.” (Revelation 11:15) This last trumpeting angel announced the victory of Jesus Christ and His rule over the kingdoms of this world. After the victory announcement, twenty-four elders fell on their faces and worshiped. These elders acknowledged the nations who were angry at Christ’s rule and the time of wrath that had come. This time would bring judgment for the dead and destruction of those who destroyed on earth. It would also bring reward for the faithful prophets and saints who had kept the faith and stayed true to God. (Revelation 11:16-18)
John saw another great sign in heaven. This was a pregnant woman, crowned with twelve stars who was about to give birth. Another sign appeared, this being an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns. (Revelation 12:1-9) The dragon was waiting to devour the child at birth. The Child that was born was a Son, who would rule all the nations with an iron scepter. This Child was caught up to heaven to God’s throne. This story is the record of Jesus Christ and His miraculous birth and resurrection in abbreviated form. There was war in heaven and Michael the archangel fought against the dragon and his fallen angels. Satan is identified as that ancient serpent who led the whole world astray and was hurled down to earth.
John hears a voice tell of the salvation and authority of Christ and the battle with the devil and accuser of the brothers. “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony; and they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” Check your life and heart today for overcoming faith! The time of reward for overcoming faith is at hand as well as judgment for the wicked!