War in Heaven, Part 4: Heaven Rejoices when Satan is Cast DOWN to the Earth - Pastor David
Revelation 12:10-12, “And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, "Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And THEY overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time."
This is the song of victory sung in heaven. It will be sung by those who will have been caught up to heaven out OF "the great Tribulation." (Revelation 7; Revelation 14; and Revelation 15) For they speak of "our brethren." "Now is come" is the shout of triumph which celebrates, by anticipation, the RESULTS of Satan's being cast out of heaven. This is the first step arising out of Heaven's declaration of war. The emphasis is on the pronoun "they," in verse 11, for they who overcame on earth now call on all heaven to rejoice over the wondrous victory. When the fruits of this heavenly victory are fully reaped on earth, then there will be others to call for the new songs, which are already written down for the singers in Psalm 93, Psalm 98, and Psalm 149 come to mind. This call to rejoice finds its echo in the final song of triumph in Revelation 19. But all is traced up to, and grounded on, the infinite merits of "the blood of the Lamb": and the wonderous efficacy of His atonement.
Now, AGAIN, we see that the Body of Christ cannot be here, for no one can accuse, or lay a charge against the Body of Christ before God. “Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth” Romans 8:33.
Unfortunately, what others would have you believe, is that the heavenly outburst of joy was as a result of the casting down of paganism from the throne of the Roman Empire. The result of THAT was Blessing to the world.
However, the result of THIS in Revelation 12:9 is "woe to the earth." (Revelation 12:12)!
When Satan is cast down, "he hath but a short time," which is definitely stated to be 3 1/2 years, during which he is wroth with the woman, and makes war with the remnant of her seed (Revelation 12:14-17).
This "Woe" is the last of a series of three (Revelation 8:13); and must, therefore, be subsequent to the first two, which at this stage will have passed. (Revelation 11:14). The third is proclaimed in Revelation 12:12, and consists of the casting out of Satan.
This conclusively shows that, though the Vision of Revelation 12, the actual casting out, cannot take place till the middle of the last of the seventy weeks (Daniel 9:27). The Beast will be reigning on the earth during the first half of this week (Revelation 6-11); but, in his human and mortal form; and acting "peaceably" (Daniel 11:21). But now, in the middle of the week, the crisis or "Third Woe" comes (Revelation 12:12). Satan is cast out. The Beast, having received his "deadly wound," reappears in his superhuman form, and "makes war with the saints" (Revelation 13:7). This last half of the week is "the great and terrible day of the Lord." But this brings us to the next, the Fourth Vision, which is,"on Earth" (Revelation 12:13 thru Revelation 13:18).
In Ephesians 1:13 the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul declares that men are saved and sealed by hearing and BELIEVING the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation. Therefore, here, now, is declared unto you the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation: "that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. BELIEVE today. The time is short.
So There You Have it!
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Grace be to you and peace, from God: our Father, and The LORD Jesus Christ.
In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry
Pastor David Picos, D.D.
Minister and Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20)