Tag: war in heaven
Scripture reading for December 16th: Job 8-11, Revelation 12
Key Scriptures: Revelation 12:7-11 “Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world–he was thrown down to earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before God. And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.”
John had a ring-side seat to a war in heaven–of all places! Angels were fighting one another with Michael, Israel’s chief angel, fighting against the ancient serpent, Satan. Satan was the deceiver of the whole world and the accuser of God’s people. He lost the conflict and was cast out of heaven and down to earth along with his other rebellious angels. A loud voice in heaven made a declaration of victory: God’s salvation and kingdom had come and Christ was in authority. All Christ’s brothers (and sisters) now conquer the accuser, Satan, through the blood of Christ Jesus–the Lamb of God and by the word of their testimony of faith in Him. Victory is assured, even in their death through martyrdom!
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for the victory won for us who believe in You on the cross of Calvary and Your own blood. Help me to faithfully declare my testimony of faith in You and Your shed blood with the lost that they also might conquer their fallen adversary and know eternal life and Your steadfast love.
Job 10:12 “You have granted me life and steadfast love, and your care has preserved my spirit.”
Scripture reading for December 14th: Amos 7-9, Obadiah, Revelation 12
Key Scriptures: Revelation 12:7-8, 10 “Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. . . . And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying,”Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.”
John describes a war in heaven between the dragon (the devil or Satan) and Michael, the protecting angel of Israel. The dragon lost access to heaven where he had accused God’s people before the throne. He was hurled down to earth along with the evil angels (demons) who followed his rebellion. But Satan had no power over God’s people. They overcame him by dependence on Christ Jesus’ blood and their testimony of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord!
Amos 9:11-12 “”In that day I will raise up the booth of David that is fallen and repair its breaches, and raise up its ruins and rebuild it as in the days of old, that they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the nations who are called by My Name,” declares the Lord who does this.”
Prayer: Thank You for being faithful to Your people and for Your justice in heaven and on earth. Help me to overcome the evil one by Christ’s blood and my testimony of faith. Amen.
Scripture reading for December 27th: Revelation 10-13
When we look at the world we live in and the formidable troubles that face all mankind, it is easy to become fearful and worry. Demonic forces are everywhere and it appears that they are winning. Pornography is prevalent everywhere. Terrorism and bloodshed are daily news for those who anxiously watch. Economic troubles, famines, and earthquakes are regular fare. Nations are uneasy with wars, rumors of war, nuclear weapons, rockets, and armies in readiness. Into this setting Christ, the Lamb slain, leads His followers and calls them to be overcomers!
John sees a repeat of the nativity story with a cosmic setting. This sign appearing in heaven showed a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. This woman was pregnant and and in pain as she was about to give birth. (Revelation 12:1-2) John then saw another sign. There appeared a great red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on the heads. The dragon’s tail had swept a third of the stars from the sky and flung them to earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman to devour her child the moment it was born. (Revelation 12:3-4)
The woman gave birth to a male child, who will rule all the nations! The child was snatched up to God and His throne. The woman fled into the desert to a place God prepared for them. Then there was war in heaven between Michael the Archangel and his forces and the dragon and his angels. The dragon was hurled down to earth with his angels with him. The identity of the dragon was the “ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan”. (Revelation 12:7-9)
A loud voice from heaven announced the coming of the kingdom of God and the hurling down of the accuser of the brothers. The brothers “overcame by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” (Revelation 12:11) The heavens were rejoicing! All who dwelt there were encouraged to rejoice! Those on the earth, however, would have woe because the devil was enraged. He knew his time was short! (Revelation 12:12) No matter what might happen to saints on earth, the best is yet to come! Rejoice and tell someone the good news!
Scripture reading for December 21st: Revelation 12:1-17
A great drama with interesting characters was the next sign seen in heaven by John on his tour of the throne room. Images have powerful ability in the hearts of men to convey truth or to deceive. Those who have been redeemed now have hearts that are teachable and open to truth. John wrote of these characters to describe the things God showed him that were yet to come.
“A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born. She gave birth to a Son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter. And her Child was snatched up to God and to His throne. (Revelation 12:1-5)
The Jewish believers of that day would recognize this character of the pregnant woman as the nation of Israel. The twelve stars were the twelve sons of Jacob. The child was the promised ruler from the line of Judah. Psalm 2:9 described this ruler as One with an ‘iron scepter’ the nations of the earth. Believers would recognize in the description of this child being ‘snatched up’ to God and His throne, a picture of Jesus Christ who his ruling in heaven now until all his enemies be put under his feet. (Psalm 110:1-2, 5-6)
The dragon is the old serpent from the Garden of Eden, Satan. He was kicked out of heaven and a third of the angels who rebelled with him fell also. (Ezekiel 28:12-18) The dragon has been at war with the seed of woman since the Garden of Eden where God told him of his end. (Genesis 3:15) In this cosmic contest, devouring mankind is now the dragon’s interest. Believers overcome him by their confession of trust in the blood of the Lamb! (Revelation 12:11-12) All heaven rejoices because the dragon’s time is short!
Scripture reading for May 19th: Job 1-3
According to most commentaries, Job is the oldest book of the Bible. Job was a righteous man who lived sometime before the days of Abraham. He trusted God and offered sacrifices to God for his children and family. He avoided evil and feared the Lord. Job was a blessed man and considered one of the greatest men of the East. (Job 1:1-3)
The story of Job suddenly jumps from Job’s life on earth to the Throne of Heaven. There in the world of Heaven, angels came before the Lord and Satan also appeared with them. Satan and the Lord had a conversation about Job and his blameless life. Satan accused Job of serving God because of the blessings that God had provided him. The Lord gave Job’s possessions over to Satan but did not allow Satan to touch Job himself. (Job 1:6-12)
Job lost his children, flocks, and herds over a short time. What appeared to be natural disasters struck one after another, robbing Job of his children and all he owned. He humbled himself and fell to the ground in worship. “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” (Job 1:21)
In another session in Heaven, Satan again accuses Job of serving God because of his health. Satan suggests that if his health is gone, Job will curse God. God allows the test and Job next loses his health on top of all he has already lost. His own wife suggests that he curse God and die but Job holds his integrity and keeps his faith in the Lord. (Job 2:9-10)
Satan is the one who works to bring us down. He has access to Heaven and is known as the “accuser” of the brethren. He was allowed by God to test Job. God knew that Job was serving him by faith, not just for what he could get from Him. God sustained Job through the trials by faith and revelation. We need not fear these accusations if we are truly walking by faith. God will always protect us. Take time today to pray for God’s favor and protection. The Lord’s prayer asks “but deliver us from evil (the evil one)”. We need God’s grace!