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XXVIII Satan and Revelation 12

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Here, meet the first of six entities accounted for in John's final two chapters of Revelation. Satan appears in the guise of the Dragon in Revelation 12. His behavior depicted here in John's …

Here, meet the first of six entities accounted for in John's final two chapters of Revelation. Satan appears in the guise of the Dragon in Revelation 12. His behavior depicted here in John's Revelation parallels his behavior in the OT's Job. But, as Job overcame Satan in the Age of Patriarchs, the brethren overcome Satan at the other end of redemptive history! Both Job and the brethren in the Tribulation justify God's faith in their endurance on the front lines of most dire spiritual warfare. I offer this as a study in light and darkness.

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    • 1. XXX: SATAN– FLAILING AND FAILING ion of t roduc G AP he skO op t sh Work In which we see Satan warring on the Saints and being defeated by them.
    • 2. Satan is one of the six protagonists who figure throughout John’s Revelation. This slide set focuses on him. The next five slide sets feature the remaining five. I intend to collect information on Satan’s role in the Tribulation from scattered entries in Revelation Chapters 5-13. But first, let’s take a look at Satan’s role as Job’s tormentor and challenger.
    • 3. I’m just filler . . . you know, ‘No hyperlinks for you till Slide 4!” Contracts on the cat and the kid ran out and now Lenny’s using me. ‘Best for last’ and all that!
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    • 5. SATAN, JOB AND THE 70TH WEEK
    • 6. SATAN, JOB AND THE 70TH WEEK UGGESTION: Satan’s S behavior and purposes in rmenting the Patriarch to Job serve as a model for nderstanding his behavior u purposes in tormenting and the people of God in the 70th Week.
    • 7. SATAN, JOB AND THE 70TH WEEK: The Mechanics of Satan’s Work Satan has frequent access to God in Heaven (Not citizenship, access!) in both Job’s time and ours. Job 1:6 “And the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them.” Rev 12:9 Satan thrown OUT of heaven . . . must have been IN heaven, accusing the brethren before the throne of God (12:10) Satan defames Job and us before God. Job 1:9-11 “Put forth Your hand now and touch all that he (Job) has and he will surely curse You to your face.” Rev 12:10 “He (Satan) who accuses them (the brothers) before our God day and night.”
    • 8. SATAN, JOB AND THE 70TH WEEK: Satan’s Purposes and Means Satan challenges God’s ability to fulfill His promises. If God fails at any point, God fails in all! Job: Satan thinks that God cannot establish a lasting relationship with fallen man! Even the best of them (Job) will fail under enough pressure. Revelation: Satan thinks that NT salvation changes nothing in the Christian’s selfish heart. ‘New creature’, indeed! Bah, humbug!’ Satan thinks that we believers represent the weak link in the God-human believer relationship. Job: I’ll oppress Job so he’ll curse God and die Church Age: I’ll oppress believers so severely that at least ONE ‘true’ believer will reject Jesus and He shall have died for nothing! I win!
    • 9. SATAN, JOB AND THE 70TH WEEK: Satan’s Motives Satan’s Pride Drives Him–here’s how he thinks: I’m more worthy of worship than God-I do not limit my power with a silly necessity to behave righteously. God’s weakness = my opportunity! God dotes on mere men! He trusts them! God’s foolish obsession = my opportunity He Has an Intense Hatred OF GOD: God cramps my style, hedges me in and limits me unfairly. God’s jealous and afraid of me. OF HUMANS: God forgives humans their folly but damns me for mine! God plays favorites! OF WOMEN: It’s all Eve’s fault! (See: Origins of Sin and Evil!)
    • 10. SATAN IN REVELATION 12 The full scope and breadth of Satan’s aggression: Rev 12:1-6 A Bare-Bones Outline of Key Events: IN HISTORY: Satan has aggressively fought against The Woman: Israel (for OT parallels to imagery of pregnant Israel + birth of Messiah, see Gen 27:9, Jer 4:31, Is 26:17, 7:14, 66:7, Mic 5:3.) The Angels: 12:4 The “third of the stars of heaven” refer (IMO) most likely to Lucifer’s Fall and its enlistment of 1/3 of heaven’s angelic host. Against Male Child: Christ? Church? 144K? I choose Child=Jesus and therefore verses 4+5 would refer to Satan’s aggression against Jesus, from Bethlehem to Gethsemane to the Ascension. IN THE FUTURE: A flash-forward! Against the Woman, Israel in 70th Week: 12:6 and against the ‘rest of her children’ (Saints)
    • 11. SATAN IN REVELATION 12 Refocus Your Lens: A Close-up of Satan in 70th Week: Rage and Hatred Unshackled: Rev 12:7-17 IN HEAVEN: Satan fights against Michael the Archangel and the faithful host. Thrown down to earth in defeat. (12: 7+8) No more access to heaven. ON EARTH: With only a short time left to him, Satan persecutes 2 entities The Woman: Israel’s 70th Week edition (12:13-16) Offspring of the Woman: (12:11,12,17) Satan attacks those who 1) keep the commandments of God and 2) hold to the testimony of Jesus. (Can these two descriptors signal any other spiritual group but bornagain believers in Jesus Christ? IMO? No!)
    • 12. Get set to look at Revelation 12 w ith two competing mindsets: Pessimism and Fear VERSUS Courageous Steadfast Hope
    • 13. Get set to look at Revelation 12 w ith two competing mindsets: God enables believers to beat the odds! Right? The bigger they are . . . Pessimism and Fear VERSUS Courageous Steadfast Hope
    • 14. REVELATION 12 Mindset 1: The Case For Fear
    • 15. SATAN SPARES NO ONE HIS W RATH He’s determined to do his very w orst to disrupt God’s stated intentions to save Israel, p reserve the Saints and redeem the Earth from the c urse and its tyrant. Aware of His Crisis: 12:12 tells us that Satan, thrown from heaven, knows his time is short! Satan proceeds without hesitation to destroy God’s plan. 1260 days left 42 months left Time, times and half a time left
    • 16. SATAN SPARES NO ONE HIS W RATH He’s determined to do his very w orst to disrupt God’s stated intentions to save Israel, p reserve the saints and redeem the Earth from the c urse and its tyrant. Full of Wrath: 12:12 again. Satan unleashes his aggression and wrath, holding nothing back. Unrestrained: II Thessalonians 2:6-8 God removes Satan’s restrainer–nothing holds back his hatred, cruelty and strength. Satan will reveal his protege, the AntiChrist, because nothing keeps him from doing so. He uses the Harlot to increase the AntiChrist’s reach.
    • 17. S NO ONE HIS WRATH: SATAN SPARE ry worst to disrupt God’s He’s determined to do his ve e Israel, preserve the saints stated intentions to sav m the curse and its tyrant. and redeem the Earth fro Flexible Strategist 12:13-17 Satan engages targets of opportunity in quick succession, never lingering too long over any setbacks The Woman-Israel The Saints The gullible (13:3+8) Clever Administrator: 13:2 Satan delegates authority and power to the Beast/AntiChrist. Mimics Christ’s incarnation
    • 18. S NO ONE HIS WRATH: SATAN SPARE ry worst to disrupt God’s He’s determined to do his ve ael, preserve the saints ted intentions to save Isr sta m the curse and its tyrant. and redeem the Earth fro Powerful Adversary 13:3+ Satan resurrects the Despicable Person who will become the Beast, grants him power to perform miracles. Mimics Christ’s resurrection. Focuses on the Saints 13:7 Satan’s war on the saints succeeds on many physical and political levels–Bible says AntiChrist will ‘overcome’ them!
    • 19. REVELATION 12 Mindset 2: The Case For Hope and Courage
    • 20. AN’S FAILURE ASSURED SAT erce determination and or all his great power, fi F s on virtually every front. cruelty, Satan fail Fails in History: 12:1-6 Falls from Heaven (vs 4) long ago-loses citizenship, as it were. Cannot disrupt Christ’s ministry Fails in Heaven 12:7-14 His assault on Heaven in the End-Times fails when Michael defeats him and throws him to Earth-never to ‘visit’ Heaven in any capacity again.
    • 21. AN’S FAILURE ASSURED SAT erce determination and or all his great power, fi F s on virtually every front. cruelty, Satan fail Overdriven by Time Constraints: 12:12 Satan knows his time is short, his doom all but sealed. Hate drives him and blinds him at the same time. He behaves desperately, loses knack for subtlety and tries to bull his way to victory. Fails Against the Church 12:11 The brethren overcome him by the blood of the Lamb, the word of their testimony and they did not love their life even when faced with death!
    • 22. ’S FAILURE ASSURED SATAN , fierce determination and For all his great power fails on virtually every front. cruelty, Satan Fails Against 70th Week Israel: 12:14-16 When cast to earth by Michael, Satan pursues The Woman. God supernaturally protects this remnant. Fails to God-proof His Own Kingdom: God bruises and strikes Satan’s Kingdom throughout the deployment of the Seals, Trumpets and Bowls. God demonstrates His omnipotence in plague after brutal plague and Satan can do nothing to prevent the drubbing!
    • 23. REVELATION 12 Relevance for ‘Everyday’ Christian Living
    • 24. ts readers in ation bathes i Revel sical truths onal and phy piritual, emoti d marathon!. 1. Realism-s ife-it’s a rugge he christian l about t s marathon in ope with life’ ing: How to c rain in our faith. 2. T d build us up onor God an ways that h romises of m rebuke to p agement: Fro ncour ing love, the 3. E f God’s unfail reminders o victory and persevere. to constantly ncourages us Bible e
    • 25. MOST IMPORTANTLY, REVELATION CALLS US TO
    • 26. MOST IMPORTANTLY, REVELATION CALLS US TO Deepen our focus on the risen Lord, not the beaten Adversary. Invest m ore time in the Word, n ot in the worry. e truths . . . nsider thes Co
    • 27. Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world! I John 4:4 I am convinced that neither death nor life . . . can separate us from the love of God . . . Romans 8:38-9 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us Romans 8:37
    • 28. And the angel laid hold of the dragon, Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. Rev 20:2 And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone. Rev 20:2
    • 29. The kingdom of the world becomes the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ . . . Rev 11:15
    • 30. The kingdom of the world becomes the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ . . . Rev 11:15 The brethren overcome Satan because of the blood of the Lamb, the word of their testimony and they did not love their life to the death. Rev 12:11
    • 31. ave told old, I h d; beh hee ark 13:23 ance. M ut take B g in adv verythin you e ot given us a he Lord has n For t f power and imidity, but o spirit of t ne. II Timothy 1:7 e and discipli lov Submit there fore to God. Resist the Devil and he will flee from you. James 4:7
    • 32. in and g rd Lo uttin the t, p that o igh g in on is m d, s irm str f H of Go and f evil, d t h , be th o r ally ng rmo to s the fles Fin stre full a able es of inst 1 a :1 e the the ill b chem ot ag ns 6 w s on s n esia you t the le i h ins trugg . . Ep aga r s od . ou lo for nd b a
    • 33. Fi th nall th e st y, b e f re e s be ull a ngth tro sc he ab rm of ng is me le to or o His in th no s o st f Go mig e L t a f t an ga he d d, s ht, ord f p a i Ep nst dev irm o th utt nd he fle il, f ag at ing in sia sh or ain yo o ns an ou st u w n 6: d b r str the ill 10 lo + od ugg . . le .
    • 34. and in e Lord ng in th tro ing on t, putt ly, be s Final is migh of H ou will that y trength the s od, so or of G rm inst the e full a rm aga th tand fi s truggle able to r our s be evil, fo od . . . f the d nd blo emes o sch flesh a -12 gainstesians 6:10 is not a Eph
    • 35. . . . but again st the rulers, against the p against the w owers, orld forces o f this darkne against the s ss, piritual force s of wickedn ess in the heavenly pla ces. 6:12
    • 36. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 6:13
    • 37. God . . . rmor of the full a take up erefore, Th firm . . . . . . stand resist with truth ur loins Gird yo usness of righteo astplate ut on bre P f peace gospel o t with the your fee Shod of faith the shield Take up alvation elmet of s on the h ord of Put e Spirit-W ord of th p the sw Take u 4-17 esians 6:1 Eph God
    • 38. Get a Spiritual Spine: ‘Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you . . . I Peter 4:12 ne can ulness o of faithf s first ure y meas ation wa that an ing situ Know to a test quility. ing in ine tak tive tran imag s of rela in time urtured n Bathe yourself in the Word, in Christian fellowship and determine that you will take back any ground you have yielded to the Adversary.
    • 39. Get a spiritual spine. Pursue Godliness and the love of the brethren. Prune your character; weed your thoughts; sharpen your knowledge of the Word. Crave holiness. Do these things and you’ll be ready for anything!
    • 40. Get a spiritual spine. Pursue Godliness and the love of the brethren. Prune your character; weed your thoughts; sharpen your knowledge of the Word. Crave holiness. Do these things and you’ll be ready for anything!
    • 41. OUR NEXT FOCUS . . . Next: XXXI Prince Who Is to Come
    • 42. OUR NEXT FOCUS . . . rybody’s central figure of the AntiChrist. Eve don’t overlook the Harlot!!) Tribulation. (But and loathing. AntiChrist. Generator of awe and fear does, and for all his blazing For all the damage he there’s actually less here hatred of the brethren, e of the imagination. “Lo, his than meets the ey mn. His doom is sure. doom is sure”, goes the hy Next: XXXI Prince Who Is to Come
    • 43. OUR NEXT FOCUS . . . rybody’s central figure of the AntiChrist. Eve don’t overlook the Harlot!!) Tribulation. (But and loathing. AntiChrist. Generator of awe and fear does, and for all his blazing For all the damage he there’s actually less here hatred of the brethren, e of the imagination. “Lo, his than meets the ey mn. His doom is sure. doom is sure”, goes the hy Search the Table of Conte nts for Other Offer ings In This Series Next: XXXI Prince Who Is to Come