For the past few months, I’ve been studying the Book of Revelation… and this past week I found myself in Revelation 12:7-12
This is one of my favorite sections of the Bible. This is the section where the reader is told that Satan is cast out of heaven for all time… right now he and his fallen angels have access to heaven, where he is accusing us before God day and night… and we’ve seen biblically what that looks like in Job 1.
In this section of Revelation… we are told that there is a war going on in heaven during the Great and Terrible time of the Tribulation. Now, this is not new. There has been war between heaven and Satan since God declared war on Satan in Genesis 3:15.
But when Satan is cast out of heaven in Revelation 12:9… as we read… And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Satan and all is henchmen are confined to earth… to wreck havoc on humanity… for we read in:
Revelation 12:12… For this reason, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them. Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time.
And it was in this verse… a verse that I have read and studied scores of time… that the Lord brought something to my attention that I had never seen before… and that is what I’d like to share with you today.
As, I stated earlier, Satan has been at war with humanity since the Garden of Eden… but clearly something is different about this time, when Satan is cast out of heaven… So, I asked the Lord… what has happened to bring out Satan’s Woe upon the earth?
When I asked that question, I was drawn to the first part of Revelation 12:9…For this reason, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them. I thought to myself… hey, we will be in heaven- the Church, during this time! We won’t experience this wrath of Satan…
Then I was reminded of a verse… Ephesians 2:2… in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.
Satan is the prince of the power of the air. And the Lord, spoke quietly to my heart… Bryan, it’s the Rapture of the Church that sets off this woe… the Church being translated into the clouds to be with Jesus… Satan is going to see that, and know that all his attempts to undermine God’s plan of redemption have failed and his time is very short… and all the wrath he possesses will be poured out upon the earth!
Wow. When that thought occurred to me, I was just so excited! I hope to get a glimpse of that ol’ snakes face (the shock and awe) as we pass through on our way to the Lord Jesus.