The Victory of Jesus: Understanding The Conflict of the Ages (31 of 58) by John Barnett

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The Victory of Jesus: Understanding The Conflict of the Ages (31 of 58)
Series: Revelation - From Now to Forever
John Barnett

Above the softness of our blue green planet there are hostile forces poised. They range across space lurking and flying about at their master's bidding. They are former angels. They are Satan the Dragon"s army. They are deadly, vile, malignant and very intelligent. In fact, the word demon in Greek means "intelligence".

These aliens to our planet are highly skilled, incredibly powerful, usually invisible - warriors. They can hear us talk, they can pass through walls, they can fly through space, they inhabit human and animal bodies, they alter human behavior, and they afflict humans with disease, anguish and turmoil.

These extra-terrestrial beings can take on various forms looking human, looking powerful, and looking fearsome. They are watching over the realm of the serpent and his seed. You see, we saints of God are at war this morning. There is a conflict going on the likes of which most of us haven't fully comprehended. Swirling around us the unseen beings of the spirit world are locked in mortal combat. Behind the scenes in every boardroom, political planning session, military strategy session, classroom, worship service and everywhere else, these unseen spirits watch, listen and whisper their lies. It is the battle for the Earth that rages. The god of this world has dispatched his demon warriors with one target, blind the minds of earth"s inhabitants until they can't see and won"t follow - God !

Seventeen verses lay before our minds and hearts this morning. In no other place in the Word of God is the situation more clearly laid out. God names the key players in the Conflict of the Ages: The Battle for Earth. And Revelation 12 is His Battle Plan!

Read Revelation 11:19-12:17

These verses are divided into three powerful insights for our lives today:

Victory is in Jesus because God is Faithful (11:19-12:6)
Victory is in Jesus because Satan is Vanquished (12:7-9)
Victory is in Jesus because Saints will Suffer (12:10-17)
For just a moment, why is earth so important? Simply because God has staked His very Name on a person (Jesus) an event (Calvary) and a people (Jews).

Two lines run through the history of mankind: the line of Christ and the line of Antichrist, the line of the Woman's seed and that of the serpent.

The Christ line begins with Adam, passes via Golgotha, and leads to the heavenly Jerusalem.
The Antichrist line begins with Cain, passes via Babel, and leads to the lake of fire.
There are only 2 families (God's and Satan's) , 2 destinies (Heaven and Hell) and 2 choices (repent or reject). Each of us today belongs to one family or the other. You are choosing your own future.

There are two programs at work in the world today: God's program of salvation, and Satan's program of sin, "the mystery of iniquity." God has a timetable for His program, and nothing Satan does can change ...

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