The Cosmic War (Rev. 12:7-17) by John Stapleton

Is life hard? Do you feel opposed? Those are dumb questions – of course you can’t catch a break. Life is hard and you are opposed. That’s the big idea for today: Satan puts up a fight but he has lost.

Satan in Revelation 12:7-17

The first thing we see in Revelation 12:7-17, is that God has an enemy. John really wants us to know who this enemy is, so he goes by five names:

  • The Great Dragon
  • The Ancient Serpent
  • The Devil and Satan
  • The Deceiver
  • The Accuser

All these names basically communicate two things about the enemy: He deceives us and then he accuses us. He tempts us and then he tries to bad-mouth us to God, bringing up true ways we have sinned. Think of Job. God and the angels were having a meeting in heaven when Satan shows up. Then, he began to accuse Job of impure motives, saying that he only worshipped God because of what he did for Job (Job 1:9-11).

Following the story from last week, Jesus had already lived, died, and rose. He reigns now and since he rules, the accuser no longer has free access into the court of heaven to accuse the children of God. John says it like this in another place:

My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin.
But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
(1 John 2:1 ESV)

Jesus paid it all! I’ve heard it said that when the devil accuses us before God, Jesus stretches his nail-scarred hands showing that he took our place. After studying this passage, I no don’t believe that is true because the accuser no longer has access to heaven. He may accuse us in our own self-demeaning thoughts about ourselves, but he cannot bring a case before God. I believe I agree with Paul when he said:

Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. (Romans 8:33-34 ESV)

Jesus intercedes for us as we pray and go about living our lives, but he doesn’t pay the devil the time of day. He’s got bigger fish to fry. I know this because the text here says that he’s also given us gifts. What gifts are you excited about? What do you expect to get? What’s at the top of your wish list? Have you thought about what God has given you? If you started, the list is endless (and I speak for everyone).

For today however, we see that God in Jesus has given us salvation. Another word for salvation is security. This isn’t the absence of conflict or a hard life, but a confidence that God will never fail. It’s not about the strength of your faith but the strength of the object of your faith. In short, I fail often, but God will never fail!

He has also have with us the power of God, the kingdom of God, and the authority of Christ. This power is active. If you wonder what God is doing, you can be sure that he is at work, regardless of if you see him or not. (In fact, next week is called God in the Background!) His kingdom mean God is sovereign – that he rules over everything (as we saw last week in Revelation 12:5). The authority of Christ is the same kind of language as sovereign. Despite the dragon’s attempt to take Jesus out, Jesus still rules.

In conclusion, we can rejoice with heaven this holiday season because our enemy has been defeated by heaven and has been conquered by the Church.

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Michael And The Devil (Part 3- The Bible The Devil Reads)

The Bible The Devil Reads

Michael And The Devil (Part 3- The Bible The Devil Reads)

0:00-2:00- Discusses the first two videos and their relevance
2:01-7:20- The Bible The Devil Reads

Author Michael Furlonger shares the importance of how we read the Bible. The Devil has no issue with you reading the Bible as long as your heart and mind remain ungodly.

Reading Matthew 4:1-11, Jesus is being tempted by the Devil. Every time the Devil says to do something, Jesus replies with Law (Deut. 8:3, 6:16; 6:13). More specifically, Michael points out that in Matthew 4:6, the Devil quotes scripture to Jesus Christ to get him to sin against God. This is why it’s so important to read scripture accurately.

Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,
    and they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

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Michael and The Devil Part 2 (Warning To The Church)

Warning To The Church

Michael and The Devil Part 2 (Warning To The Church)

Author Michael Furlonger shares a second warning to the church after watching a YouTube of a preacher speaking on the importance of the King James Version Bible. When speaking against the New International Version of the Bible, a comment was made that the NIV is only useful for toilet paper.

So in this video, Michael shares why there is a difference in versions, but more importantly warns against speaking against the Word of God. As the Devil works to tear apart the church through any means, Michael quote Apostle Paul,

For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their act

Michael Furlonger calls for us to respect different Bible translations. Many people know the Bible, or at least parts of it. But despite the translation, if there is no context, what is it?

In these videos, Michael warns against the Devil’s schemes.

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Michael And The Devil (Part 1)

Michael And The Devil warns of the days in which we live

Author Michael Furlonger shares the importance of knowing who the real enemy is. After observing friends on social media argue over political ideology, Michael points out that the Devil comes to destroy the church, the marriage and the family. Evidence found in the warning in Revelation 2 & 3 as well as elsewhere.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8)

In this series of videos, Michael will be discussing many hard issues. He will be addressing homosexuality and abortion from a strictly Biblical point of view. Like he shared, it’s easy to get filled with self-righteousness that there is no reasoning. But Michael’s hope is in the sovereign promises of God.

Michael will also be calling on the Church to stand and be recognizes.

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