War in Heaven

Revelation 12:7-12 (ESV)

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 the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the 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 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. Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”

Today, on the Liturgical Calendar is the feast day of Michael the Archangel, and all the other angels. The Roman Catholics and Episcopalians, as well as some of the other “high church” protestants, proscribe to the Liturgical calendar as a way of celebrating the seasons of the church year and the reading plan actually takes you almost completely through the Bible in a three year cycle.

Michael and the other angels of God defeated Satan in the great war in heaven. And the devil and his followers were cast out. The question that comes to my mind, is has this already happened, or is this yet to come? In some respects, it seems to have already happened, as God clearly does not put up with evil. Yet at the same time, God has not yet banished him completely, as the scriptures teach us that he still goes before the throne of God and accuses us, God’s followers. So perhaps this final expulsion from Heaven will happen during the final end times, at the time of the great tribulation?

Anyway, the important thing here, is in verse 11, “ 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.” These referred to here are the martyrs who have given their lives in devotion to Jesus, “The Lamb!” Such a glorious thought, that being sacrificed in devotion to Christ, is what defeats Satan in his schemes to bring accusation against the church.

Are we perfect? Certainly not, but being truly devoted to Jesus, despite our failures, despite any other things, is what brings us to the point that God can use us. I don’t know if I will live to see any of this happen in my lifetime here on this earth, but from the signs of the times, it seems like it is approaching rapidly. – But, so thought the Apostles, and the early church. So although we don’t know for certain, live as if it could be today...

by Virgil Stripes

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