SCRIPTURE: Revelation 12
Another amazing vision. Here we see the story of the Bible visualized with a woman (God’s people, Israel, 12 tribes = 12 stars) having a baby (the promised messiah, and Satan doing everything in his power to prevent the messiah from coming. The messiah is victorious, snatched up to the throne (all authority is given to Him), and the Satan is defeated (symbolized by war in heaven, and being cast down with his demons (1/3 of the stars). There is rejoicing in heaven, but earth becomes the battleground, and the age of the church (God’s people, still represented by the woman) is one of warfare. Satan knows he is defeated, but he is raging to take down as many as he can. But God protects His people, and will hold them secure through the fury to the victory at the end.
I am a member of this community, symbolized by the woman, against whom Satan is raging and furious. Peter warns us that Satan roars around like a lion, looking for someone to devour. We need to remember that Satan is defeated and disarmed. His only power is the power of the lie, and he leads many astray. Like a lion on a chain, he sweet-talks unsuspecting people into coming within his reach, then he pounces.
We are guaranteed security. Satan cannot separate us from God’s love. If we resist him, he will flee from us. With Jesus, we are secure for eternity. This is no guarantee of an easy life, we do go through persecution. But all that is thrown against us cannot defeat it. It only draws us closer to the final victory.
Satan’s only hope is to discourage us, to get us to look away from Jesus and believe his lies. I need to stop letting my guard down, and I need to dwell on Jesus’ victory, and Jesus’ promises, especially when it looks like everything is falling apart around me. This was the encouragement for John while in exile, while Christ-followers all around him were being persecuted and martyred. Satan is defeated, despite what we see!
Lord, remind me daily that You are in charge, and that everything is working out according to Your plan. Help me to stay on guard against the devil’s deceptive and destructive ways.