Satan’s final battle

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Commitment

Notice that two of Satan’s activities in these verses is to deceive the world and to accuse the brethren  (v. 10). The critical blow came to Satan when Jesus Christ shed His blood for our sins (v. 11). The victory is won by Christ’s death in our place to pay the penalty for our sin. As we face the battle with  Satan, we should not fear it or try to escape from it but loyally serve Christ who brings victory. The devil begins to step up his persecution because he knows that he only has a short time (v. 12). One of  the reasons God allows Satan to bring temptation is so that those who pretend to be Christ’s followers will be weeded out from His true believers. Satan is desperately trying to recruit as big an enemy force as possible for his final battle.

When Satan saw he was being thrown down to the earth he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child (v. 13). Persecuted Israel proceeds to flee quickly to an unspecified place in the wilderness where she finds protection and care (v. 14). In an attempt to dislodge the Jews, Satan will bring a flood (vv. 15-16). God will then cause the earth to open and swallow the water. John tells us that war is still being waged but the outcome is already being determined. Satan and his followers have been defeated and will be destroyed (v. 17). However he is battling daily to bring more into his ranks.

Application

I must never waver in my commitment to Jesus Christ. A great spiritual battle continues to take place  and there is no time in my life for indecision.

Revelation 12:10-17 (English Standard Version)

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. And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! 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!" 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. But the woman 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. The serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, to sweep her away with a flood. 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. 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. And he stood on the sand of the sea.

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