Revelation – Jesus IS Coming Back!
I’m going to let you in on a secret not many Christian speakers, preachers, teachers and seminar presenters talk about in public. It is the inward battle with Satan that comes before anything that is done for God’s glory and for people to learn more about Him. I’m pretty sure it is not just Randy and I who have gone through these battles.
Satan hates it when we give our lives to God, follow His lead and talk about Him in ways that others find and follow Jesus, too. Satan hates it when we teach children about Him. Satan hates it when we help others find focus and cast their hearts, minds and souls back to Christ. Jesus Christ is his number one enemy. He is extremely jealous of the One who is God’s Son and who reigns victorious in every battle.
It stands to reason that Satan will try everything in his limited arsenal to stop us from Truth telling. Here are some examples. Before a marriage retreat, Randy and I begin picking at each other until we figure out that the evil one is playing with our selfish thoughts. Before a leadership seminar, something happens that challenges our own capabilities and we falter and stammer with our confidence in Christ who leads us, until we figure who is really in charge here. Before a seminar on teaching children, our own children have problems we must deal with in ways we are about to teach.
It’s crazy, right? No, it’s Satan. He has and always will be in a battle to draw us away from God, our Creator and Father. His battle with Jesus Christ, God’s Son, is always in motion. It must frustrate Satan to no end when God takes over and defeats Him. So he tries even harder with us who are God’s children.
“He’s wild and raging with anger; he hasn’t much time and he knows it.” THIS is probably our key verse for today as we read the next part of the revelation of the return of Jesus Christ. Satan is ramping up his efforts to stop Truth.
So, if you wonder why attacks on your heart, mind and soul come just before the blessing of God leading you to help others find and follow him…this is one of the reasons. Be aware, alert and ready for battle. Don’t fall for it. But if you do fall, since you are already on your knees, pray and ask for God’s intervention. He loves it when we ask for His help. Let God battle Him as only He can. Where God guides, He provides all you need to do what He has invited you to do for Him, in Him and with Him. It is God’s work. The battle belongs to the Lord. AND He wins. Every. Time. This vision proves it.
Revelation 12, The Message
The Woman, Her Son, and the Dragon
1-2 A great Sign appeared in Heaven: a Woman dressed all in sunlight, standing on the moon, and crowned with Twelve Stars. She was giving birth to a Child and cried out in the pain of childbirth.
3-4 And then another Sign alongside the first: a huge and fiery Dragon! It had seven heads and ten horns, a crown on each of the seven heads. With one flick of its tail it knocked a third of the Stars from the sky and dumped them on earth. The Dragon crouched before the Woman in childbirth, poised to eat up the Child when it came.
5-6 The Woman gave birth to a Son who will shepherd all nations with an iron rod. Her Son was seized and placed safely before God on his Throne. The Woman herself escaped to the desert to a place of safety prepared by God, all comforts provided her for 1,260 days.
7-12 War broke out in Heaven. Michael and his Angels fought the Dragon. The Dragon and his Angels fought back, but were no match for Michael. They were cleared out of Heaven, not a sign of them left. The great Dragon—ancient Serpent, the one called Devil and Satan, the one who led the whole earth astray—thrown out, and all his Angels thrown out with him, thrown down to earth. Then I heard a strong voice out of Heaven saying,
Salvation and power are established!
Kingdom of our God, authority of his Messiah!
The Accuser of our brothers and sisters thrown out,
who accused them day and night before God.
They defeated him through the blood of the Lamb
and the bold word of their witness.
They weren’t in love with themselves;
they were willing to die for Christ.
So rejoice, O Heavens, and all who live there,
but doom to earth and sea,
For the Devil’s come down on you with both feet;
he’s had a great fall;
He’s wild and raging with anger;
he hasn’t much time and he knows it.
13-17 When the Dragon saw he’d been thrown to earth, he went after the Woman who had given birth to the Man-Child. The Woman was given wings of a great eagle to fly to a place in the desert to be kept in safety and comfort for a time and times and half a time, safe and sound from the Serpent. The Serpent vomited a river of water to swamp and drown her, but earth came to her help, swallowing the water the Dragon spewed from its mouth. Helpless with rage, the Dragon raged at the Woman, then went off to make war with the rest of her children, the children who keep God’s commands and hold firm to the witness of Jesus.
One last thought…
Battles are also provided so that we become stronger, learning the skills to be ready for battle, fit for the task, and willing to go to war with Jesus leading. We must also live what we preach before telling others what it is like to follow Christ, no matter where He will lead us. Yes, God’s knows what He is doing in and through us. Trust Him. Jesus IS coming back, you know!
Dear Heavenly Father,
We don’t like to talk about the many times we have fallen for the evil one’s schemes to bring us down. But it is good to let others know You are in control at all times. You never leave us or forsake us. You are Victor. Thank you for leading and guiding us, saving and protecting us. You are good, so good to us.
In Jesus Name, Amen