Rev23 – A Panorama of Satan’s Defeat - Rev 11:19-12:17
A lot of Vs’s today - - We only did FOUR Vs’s last week
But we’re gonna make up for it this week
Last week we looked at A Panorama of GOD’S VICTORY
Today we look at A Panorama of SATAN’S DEFEAT
& Ch 12 is No Light Ch - John Walvoord says - Rev Ch 12 is the
most Symbolic Ch - in the Bible’s Most Symbolic Book
So - I’m hoping to do a Summary today - & then come back to this
Ch in our next msg - & dig in a bit - (Hopefully !!)
But we’ve got a LOT of Scripture to grasp today - so let’s Get to it
This last Vs in Ch 11 - should really open Ch 12
Because it “Sets the Stage” for Ch 12 - so let’s start there
Revelation 11:19 (esv)
19 Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail.
To introduce Ch 12 - the Temple in Heaven Opens - With A BANG
lightning, rumblings, thunder, earthquake, and hail
Translation: - BIG STUFF is coming
& this is a Very JEWISH Introduction - to a Very JEWISH Ch
Because so much of what God is doing in the 2nd half
of the Tribulation - has to do with ISRAEL
So to start this section - God REMINDS Israel - that the TRUE Ark -
is in the TRUE Temple - in Heaven
Now - We know the ARK - because of Indiana Jones Movies
But ISRAEL knows the ARK - for it’s true purpose
It was the RESTING PLACE of the Shekinah Glory of God
Both in the Tabernacle, & the Temple
To Israel - The Ark Symbolizes The Ultimate HOLINESS of GOD
& The Ultimate VICTORY of GOD
& it is the PERFECT WAY - to open this incredible Ch in Heaven
& then Revelation 12:1 cont’s (esv)
1 And (then) a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
This “Heavenly Adorned” Woman - is the Nation of ISRAEL
The Catholic Church says it’s MARY
The Christian Science Church says it’s Mary Baker Eddy,
the woman who started their religion
But there is NO OTHER interpretation - that WORKS
within this Context - Except - that this is ISRAEL
Write in your MARGIN - Gen 37:9-11
This was Joseph’s 2nd Dream
& in it - the Sun & Moon represent Jacob (the Father of the Nation)
& Rachel his wife - & the 12 stars are the 12 Tribes of Israel
Which is exactly how this woman is described here
So - we see this “Heavenly Clothed” Woman as Israel
which will become clearer & clearer as we go on
& Revelation 12:2 says (esv)
2 She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth.
So - Israel is about to bring a child into the World
Who is - Jesus Christ
John is actually seeing - Satan’s War against God - unfolding
& 1st he sees Israel - Then he sees the Messiah COMING
& now - the Great Enemy - Satan himself
Revelation 12:3-4 (esv)
3 And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven diadems.
4 His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. . . . (stop there)
Now - This is Clearly Satan - Even the Crazy Interpreters
can’t come up with any other possibility
Satan IS the Great Dragon who took a THIRD of the Angels
with him when he Rebelled against God
Again - Write - Isa 14:12-15 in your Margin (that’s the fall of Satan)
Now - I know some of you want to talk about the 7 heads & 10 horns
& 7 crowns - & I Really hope to do that - in our NEXT Msg
But our Purpose is to see A Panorama of Satan’s Defeat
So we have to cont - so we can get That BIG PICTURE
So far - in Satan’s WAR on GOD
We have Israel - The Coming Messiah - & Satan
& the rest of V.4 makes Satan’s WAR on God - CLEAR
Revelation 12:4(B) (esv)
4(b) . . . And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it.
Since Gen 3:15 - Satan had been trying to STOP the birth of this child
Because in Gen 3:15 God told Satan that this “Seed of the Woman”
was going to crush his head
& as Satan saw the blood-line beginning in Abraham - He began
doing all he could - to STOP - the birth of This Messiah
Over & Over - Thru-out the O.T. - Satan tried EVERY Trick he had
To ELIMINATE the JEWS - or at least Eliminate the Blood-Line
To prevent This Child from being born
& the Specific Reference here in V.4 - is when Jesus was Born
Satan had Herod standing right there . . .
Ordering the Murder of Every Child in Bethlehem
in order to try to get to the Messiah
But . . . Satan missed - & he had to watch Jesus grow up -
All the time - Planning how to Take Him OUT
But Satan’s Real Problem was - He DIDN’T KNOW the PLAN of God
Because Satan is NOT God’s Equal
& so Satan finally got the Roman Empire - to KILL the Messiah -
& then he Went & Threw a Huge Party in HELL . . .
Right up until - RESURRECTION Morning
When Satan Got the BAD NEWS !!
What he thought was a VICTORY
Turned out to be his ULTIMATE & ETERNAL - DEFEAT
Col 2:15 - says Jesus triumphed over Satan
& Publicly shamed him - AT THE CROSS
& when Satan realized he’d been DEFEATED at the CROSS
He switched his Focus - From Trying to Destroy the Messiah -
To Destroying God’s People - Especially ISRAEL
So - Satan Tried HARD to KEEP Jesus From being Born
But - Revelation 12:5 says (esv)
5 She (Israel) gave birth to a male child (Jesus), one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne,
Remember - John is seeing Satan’s War
on Jesus Christ & on Israel - UNFOLD
& so he addresses the Life of Jesus Christ here in V.5
& then, in V.6 - he’s going to address the Life of the Woman (Israel)
But John is going to go from 33AD in v.5
To sometime in the not too distant future - in v.6
It’s NOT Uncommon for Prophetic vs’s
to Address events that occur THOUSAND’S of years apart
& Separate them with only a COMMA, or a PERIOD
(which is exactly what we see here)
In the COMMA - between vs 5 & 6 is a pause of over 2,000 years
v.5 is about the Life of Christ on Earth
v.6 is about the 2nd Half of the Tribulation
Revelation 12:6 (esv)
6 and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which she is to be nourished for 1,260 days.
This is how we know the woman is NOT Mary
Because from this point on - the Woman is IN
the 2nd HALF of Tribulation Period
& Notice the exact number of days (1,260) = 3 1/2 years
& we’ll come back to this “Fleeing” of Israel into the wilderness
But 1st - In v.7 - we go back to Heaven - & we see How
this war WRAPS UP - On the Heavenly Side
& so - in v.7 - we go BACK to Heaven - & we see another PHASE
of his Sentence - Being Carried Out
Revelation 12:7-8 (esv)
7 Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back,
8 but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.
The GREEK in v.7 emphasizes - Satan STARTS this Battle
in Heaven - But Michael & God’s Angels - finish it
& you might ask - WHY is Satan fighting Michael & the Angels
instead of God Himself??
Because Satan is NOT God’s EQUAL - He is NOT Christ’s EQUAL -
He is Michael’s Equal - He was a Leading Angel in Heaven
Now - that makes him BIG - but never let him deceive you
into thinking that he is God’s Equal - in ANY WAY
So Satan starts up this WAR in Heaven
& Michael & God’s Angels - THROW Him Out - FOR GOOD
Revelation 12:9 (esv)
9 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.
This isn’t Referring to Satan’s original Rebellion
Because we know Satan has Access to Heaven After the Fall -
Because he’s been the accuser of the brethren
Right UP until THIS POINT (see in Job)
But at THIS POINT - At This PHASE of his judgment
Satan is Permanently THROWN out of Heaven
& his final DOWNWARD PATH - Begins !!
Thrown from Heaven to Earth
Then from Earth to the Abyss during the Millennium
Then from the Abyss to the Lake of Fire at the Final Judgment!!!
Satan’s DEFEAT is Complete - it is FINISHED
& his JUDGMENT - is Being METED OUT - in Phases
& Heaven KNOWS - THIS is the Beginning -
of the Final & Total - Judgment upon Satan
Revelation 12:10 (esv)
10 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.
NO MORE - will Satan be allowed to be our Accuser
Finished are the days of his Deceitful Work in the High Places
Satan’s DEFEAT - is COMPLETE
& those who BELONG to Christ - WILL JOIN in that VICTORY !!
HOW?? - - - HOW do we TAKE PART
in the Greatest VICTORY of all Eternity ??
What ROLE do WE have ??
Revelation 12:11 (esv)
11 And they (us) have conquered him (Satan) BY the blood of the Lamb and BY the word of their testimony, FOR they loved not their lives even unto death.
This is the Personal Possession - of the Victory
that Jesus Christ has Already WON
Jesus has WON the Victory - But we have a ROLE
in Making that Victory - OUR OWN
We Conquer Satan by The BLOOD of the LAMB
By receiving Jesus - & the work he did on the Cross - BY FAITH
We Conquer SATAN by The WORD of our TESTIMONY
This is the Declaration of an EYE WITNESS . . .
It’s saying - I have SEEN the EFFECTS of Jesus Christ in my life
& I know He’s God because of what He’s done for me - Personally!
we Conquer Satan - by
Not Loving THIS LIFE - Even unto DEATH
If you are IN CHRIST Today - Your TRUE LIFE - is SECURE
Your Citizenship is in HEAVEN - & you don’t have to CLING
to THIS Life - Like there’s NOTHIN’ ELSE
& IF we are living this way . . .
by The BLOOD of the LAMB
by The WORD of our TESTIMONY
Not Loving THIS LIFE - Even unto DEATH
Then We are Living a Life - that is CONQUERING Satan !!
& THAT - is the Most Important Victory - to be PART of
& so v.12 says - REJOICE - if you belong to HEAVEN
& BE AFRAID - if you belong to EARTH
Revelation 12:12 (esv)
12 Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! (that’s US) 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!”
Satan is just getting Madder & Madder & Madder . . .
Because he knows He has LOST!! - & so now
he’s just trying to do some DAMAGE on the way out
& so - in Revelation 12:13-14 - he goes after Israel (esv)
13 And when the dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child.
(lookin to destroy Israel - on his way out) but v.14 says
14 But the woman (Israel) was given the two wings of the great eagle so that she might fly from the serpent into the wilderness, to the place where she is to be nourished for a time, and times, and half a time.
Satan is in a FURY when he hits the Earth
& he immediately goes after ISRAEL
But God will STILL PROTECT Israel - Just as he ALWAYS HAS
David Jeremiah says here - “I’d like to think - the U.S. Air Force would be this Great Eagle rescuing Israel” - But he’s just sayin’
Again - I want to look at this FLIGHT of Israel more Next Msg -
But for Today - to see this Panorama of Satan’s DEFEAT
We see Satan try to UNLEASH his FULL Destruction on Israel
But God just steps in - & protects her
& notice for how long (v.14) - a time, and times, and half a time -
This is the Language of Scripture for 3 1/2 years
& so Satan just keeps getting Madder & Madder -
& so next - he goes after Israel with a FLOOD - (Or Like A Flood)
Revelation 12:15-16 (esv)
15 The serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, to sweep her away with a flood.
16 But the earth came to the help of the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed the river that the dragon had poured from his mouth.
Satan is NO MATCH for God - He is NOT God’s Equal
& God is going to Easily Protect Israel
AND Bring Satan to his FINAL JUDGMENT
& So Now (back in our text) - With Israel Completely Protected
Satan Turns on Anyone - Who Keeps the Commandments of God
& Holds a Testimony of Jesus Christ
Revelation 11:17 (esv)
17 Then the dragon became furious with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. . . .
Please - SEE SOMETHING HERE
If you HOLD to the Testimony of Jesus Christ
Then you are CONNECTED to Israel !!
The ENEMY SEES you - As Connected to Israel
GOD sees you - As Connected to Israel
& as Christians - We should See ourselves
as GRAFTED IN (Connected) to the People of Israel
& here - Satan goes after ANYONE connected to Israel
and Holding the Testimony of Jesus Christ
& in the Next Ch we’re going to see HOW Satan Goes After them
As we meet - The ANTI-CHRIST - & The FALSE-PROPHET
& so - the end of Rev 12:17 says (esv)
17 . . . And he stood on the sand of the sea.
in Preparation for the Anti-Christ - who will RISE out of the SEA
This Ch is about some SERIOUS BATTLE with Satan
Who is Trying to Inflict as much Damage as he can
on his way out !!
So - when Satan brings this War into YOUR Life Personally
you’ve got to remember TWO THINGS
#1) He who’s in YOU - is Greater than He who’s in the World (1Jn 4:4)
#2) Satan is Already, Completely, & Totally - DEFEATED
The only question is - WILL you APPROPRIATE (Take Possession) -
in your own LIFE - of the Victory Jesus offers you
Satan is a Permanently Defeated Foe - But you have GOT
to be in Christ - To POSSESS (to own) that Victory
You DON’T Automatically WIN - You ONLY Win if you have
Received Jesus Christ - BY FAITH - as your Savior & Lord
Satan’s DEFEAT is TOTAL - & COMPLETE
Because of the VICTORY of Jesus Christ
But the ONLY way you BENEFIT from that VICTORY
Is by MAKING Jesus Christ - YOUR Savior - & YOUR LORD
NOW - The FINAL Sentencing - that Completes
The PANORAMA of Satan’s DEFEAT - comes in Rev Ch 20
After the Millennium - & prior to the Great White Throne Judgment
where all non-believers will be judged
We read in Revelation 20:10 (esv)
10 and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
That is the final & permanent JUDGMENT for Satan & his crew -
& Just as we said - GOD’S VICTORY was Already Finished -
So Is SATAN’S DEFEAT - It is Finished
& Just as we said the only question in God’s Victory
is where YOU Personally are going to be in it
it’s the same Question - in the Panorama of Satan’s DEFEAT
The only real question Here is:
Where will you be when Satan’s defeat is finalized?
You DO NOT want to be there WITH HIM
It is NOT a PARTY - Like your STONER Friends say
it’s as Rev 20:10 says - Torment day & night, forever & ever
So in TWO Msg’s - we’ve seen the Guarantee of God’s Victory
& the Guarantee of SATAN’S DEFEAT
Please - choose carefully - which side of this Victory - Or Defeat
YOU will Spend ETERNITY on