The Growing Conflict (Rev 12:7-17)

THE GROWING CONFLICT

Revelation 12:7-17 (KJV)

7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.

14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.

16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

 

Intro:

Chapter 12 is a chapter of conflict. In verses 1-6, we have seen the attacks by the dragon against Israel and against Christ. When we come down to verse 7, we are confronted by more conflict. In verse 7a, we see there is a war in Heaven.

Here is where we need to separate fact from fiction.

1.) Satan has never been in hell, but he is headed there.

2.) Satan has direct access to Heaven, but it will be cut off.  (Ill. Job 1:6-12; 2:1-7).

Let’s observe the conflict that invades the Lord’s Heaven.

I. v.8-11 THE DEVIL’S DEFEAT IN HEAVEN
(Ill. Michael – Who is like God. An Archangel, the leader of Heaven’s armies.)

A. The Devil Exposed
1. Serpent – “Shining one” – Ill. Appearance 2 Cor. 11:14
2. Devil – “Slanderer, accuser” – Thank God for 1 John 2:1 – We have an Advocate in Heaven. (Ill – Accusations against the believers – Sadly, the devil doesn’t have to lie!)
3. Satan – “Adversary” – Satan is our enemy. His ways lead to death! (Ill. Sinking in a Quicksand! SLOW Death!)
4. Deceiver – Has deceived us all!   (Ill. Doesn’t have to be that  way – 1 Cor.10:13)

B. The Devil Expelled – (How? With What?)
1. Their Covering – (Ill. Power in the Blood of JESUS!) (Ill. “BLOOD” religion – Heb.9:22) The Blood is our protection! It has all the power we need to defeat the devil!
2. Their Confession – Stood true to the Word – Were not ashamed!
3. Their Courage – Were willing to die for the Word! (Ill. Jerome!)

(Ill. Joy in Heaven – v.10 & 12a – Contrasted with woe in the earth – v.12b)

II. v.12-17 THE DEVIL’S DESPERATION IN THE EARTH

(He (satan) knows he is a defeated foe!)
A. Desperate Anger – Like a trapped animal. Satan unleashes all of his anger and hatred for God and man. Violence will increase and continue!
B. Desperate Attack – v.13.  Israel attacked by Satan. God intervenes for Israel’s sake (v.15-16, Tries to destroy them by water (flood)! But, even the earth gets involved.) (V. 17 – Satan attacks the 144,000 (Messianic Jews) who are professing and preaching Jesus Christ around the world! Yet, he (satan) is helpless against them!)

Conc:

The only sure way to defeat the Devil is through the Blood of Jesus Christ! It will do the trick in the Tribulation and satan runs in fear from the Blood even in our day! Praise God, for the precious Blood of the Lord Jesus is sufficient to defeat the devil forever and eventually it will put him in his rightful place. HELL! ETERNAL HELL!

Rev 12:11 (KJV)

11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

Amen!

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