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Faith Bible Church Greenfield Illinois

Overcoming Satan

In the middle of the tribulation things are going to change for satan. He is no longer going to have access to heaven. We see examples of the access that satan has now to the presence of God throughout the Bible. We see him in the Old Testament accusing Job and making accusations against Joshua the high priest of Israel. In The New Testament Jesus tells Peter that satan had asked to sift him like wheat (Luke 22:31, 32) and Paul calls his thorn in the flesh a messenger from satan (II Cor. 12:7). In our text today we will see it laid out clearly that satan has been actively accusing the brethren before God (Rev. 12:10), but in Revelation 12 he is cast down, never to return to the heavenly realm. His time of adversarial accusation towards the saints will be done. I. John sees a heavenly vision of war A. War breaks out in heaven (Revelation 12:7) 1. Michael and the angels of God 2. Satan and the angels that have followed him B. There is no place in heaven for satan any longer (Revelation 12:8) 1. Satan and his minions did not prevail 2. There was no place for them in heaven any more C. He was cast down to earth never to return (Revelation 12:9) 1. The deceiver of the earth was cast down to earth 2. All the angels that followed him were cast out as well D. A proclamation is made (Revelation 12:10) 1. The culmination of our salvation has come 2. The strength and power of God and of His Messiah has been displayed 3. The kingdom of God has entered a new phase 4. Satan will never stand in the heavenly throne room to accuse the saints again II. The saints have overcome (Revelation 12:11) A. By the blood of the Lamb 1. Blood has to be shed for sin to be paid for (Heb. 9:22) 2. The life is in the blood (Lev. 17:11) 3. There has to be death to pay for sin (Romans 6:23) 4. Jesus shed His blood, gave His life, in our place (Rom. 5:8-10) B. By the word of their testimony 1. By the confession of our mouth we overcome (Romans 10:9, 10) 2. Proper application of the word to every situation (II Timothy 2:15) 3. Use of the word in battles with satan – sword (Eph. 6:17) 4. Changed lives are a testimony (James 1:22) C. Because they did not love their lives even to the point of death 1. Lose your life for His sake (Matt. 10:37-39) 2. Seek not treasure that rusts and rots (Matt. 6:19-21) 3. Seek kingdom of God 4. Paul considered all he could achieve in this world as waste (Phil. 3:7, 8) There will come a time when satan will no longer enter heaven. He will no longer stand before God accusing us and asking to challenge and persecute us. That time will pass and this is cause for rejoicing among the saints and in heaven because the accuser is cast out. It will be bad for those still in earth though because he is coming down to earth and he is angry and he knows that his time is short. (Revelation 12:12)
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