December 16/Revelation 12

We live in the visible world and we see what goes on around us. There is also an invisible world of the spirit realm and it is just as active as our world is. John gets a back stage pass to see what goes on behind the scenes.

Verse 1 > I believe that this woman is a picture of Israel as indicated by the sun, moon, and stars.

Genesis 37:9–11 (NLT) — 9 Soon Joseph had another dream, and again he told his brothers about it. “Listen, I have had another dream,” he said. “The sun, moon, and eleven stars bowed low before me!” 10 This time he told the dream to his father as well as to his brothers, but his father scolded him. “What kind of dream is that?” he asked. “Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow to the ground before you?” 11 But while his brothers were jealous of Joseph, his father wondered what the dreams meant.

Verse 2 > Before Jesus came Israel experienced every sort of pain that you could imagine life. Read the Old Testament. Numerous times the country has been overrun, people slaughtered, taken captive, destitute, hungry etc.

Verse 3-4 & 7-9> Here we see the cause for all the pain and sorrow. Satan the great dragon who was thrown from heaven along with a third of the angels who had sided with him as he tried to dethrone God. The horns and the crowns indicate that he has some authority and power and he uses it to try to bring down God’s people and in particular God’s son. God has him on a leash. He can only do what God allows.

Job 2:4–7 (NLT) — 4 Satan replied to the Lord, “Skin for skin! A man will give up everything he has to save his life. 5 But reach out and take away his health, and he will surely curse you to your face!” 6 “All right, do with him as you please,” the Lord said to Satan. “But spare his life.” 7 So Satan left the Lord’s presence, and he struck Job with terrible boils from head to foot.

Verse 5 > Israel gives birth to Jesus. The enemy did its best to destroy this child by having him nailed to the cross and killed but God the Father protected him, raised him from the dead and took him to heaven.

Verse 6 > The Lord has always had his hand on Israel. Israel is his prized possession. Pray that as a nation we keep supporting Israel.

Zechariah 2:8 (NLT) — 8 …For he said, “Anyone who harms you harms my most precious possession.

He said that someone would always reign on the throne of David from the tribe of Judah in the city of Jerusalem.

1 Chronicles 28:4 (NLT) — 4 “Yet the Lord, the God of Israel, has chosen me from among all my father’s family to be king over Israel forever. For he has chosen the tribe of Judah to rule, and from among the families of Judah he chose my father’s family. And from among my father’s sons the Lord was pleased to make me king over all Israel.

Zechariah 2:12 (NLT) — 12 The land of Judah will be the Lord’s special possession in the holy land, and he will once again choose Jerusalem to be his own city.

The one who will reign forever is Jesus! Satan does whatever he can to not let this happen. Now you see in part why the Jews have suffered so much. Now you see why there is so much anti-Semitism in the world today. Satan has deceived different people and nations into thinking that the Jews are behind all of their problems. And of course because we Christians have been grafted into the to the vine, Jesus Christ, we are on the receiving end of the wrath of Satan also.

Romans 11:17–18,23 (NLT) — 17 But some of these branches from Abraham’s tree—some of the people of Israel—have been broken off. And you Gentiles, who were branches from a wild olive tree, have been grafted in. So now you also receive the blessing God has promised Abraham and his children, sharing in the rich nourishment from the root of God’s special olive tree. 18 But you must not brag about being grafted in to replace the branches that were broken off. You are just a branch, not the root. 23 And if the people of Israel turn from their unbelief, they will be grafted in again, for God has the power to graft them back into the tree.

And so now you can understand why Christians are persecuted all over the world and here in the United States. We are sort of United against Christians. I mean come on, people are offended when we say, Merry Christmas! No public display of the Nativity Scene is just Satan working behind the scenes deceiving people and keeping them from seeing the Jesus as the Son of God.

2 Corinthians 4:4 (NLT) — 4 Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.

Verse 10 > When rewards are given to believers at the judgment seat of Christ, Satan—the accuser of the brethren—says, “What? Him? Her?! Why are they getting rewards?” What happens in heaven occurs every day on earth as Satan whispers in your ear, “You’re not worthy to be blessed. You’re not good enough to be used.” Please understand the difference between condemnation—which is from Satan, and conviction—which is from the Holy Spirit. The condemning work of Satan always pushes you away from God. The conviction of the Holy Spirit, on the other hand, always draws you closer to God. The condemnation of Satan is always about self, about never measuring up, about hopelessness. The conviction of the Spirit is always about forgiveness, about going on, about God’s glory and grace.

Romans 8:1 (NLT) — 1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.

Verses 11-17 > Satan will be in opposition to us who are living for the Lord until the day we die. He is angry. He knows his time is short as indicated by the time, times, and a half > 3 1/2 years.  And even though he knows he has lost he is relentless. He is determined to take as many people as he can to hell with him; refuse to be one of them.

I remember when I played Monopoly as a teenager. I could be down to one railroad, one utility company and Baltic Ave while my opponent owned everything else; yet I would not concede defeat until the last throw of the dice landed me on a place that would finally bankrupt me. Satan is a bit like that.

Remember that the blood of Jesus has defeated Satan. We fight from a position of victory which should encourage us. When the going gets tough you can always remind Satan of his future. We resist the Devil and his temptations by maintaining our testimony for Jesus by reminding ourselves of who we are and whose we are. And by continuing to obey the Word of God. Trust and obey and pray in English and in tongues.

James 4:6–8 (NLT) — 6 And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 7 So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    The 144,000 were protected so Satan went after everyone else who followed Jesus.