Reading Revelation 19:20:15
Wow! These words are AMAZING. In a nut shell – The Lambs wins!
Satan is bound then defeated forever! Dead followers of the Lamb are resurrected. Satan and unrepentant sinners are doomed to eternal destruction. The Lamb wins!
Satan may be a powerful foe, especially for those living in the shadow of his throne and for those of us condemned, discouraged and tempted by him. My pastor growing up, Jim Graham, once said to me “If Satan reminds you of your past – remind him of his future!” I love how Max Lucado puts it:
“Satan can disturb us, but he cannot defeat us. The head of the serpent is crushed.
I saw a literal picture of this in a prairie ditch. A petroleum company was hiring strong backs and weak minds to lay a pipeline. Since I qualified, much of a high-school summer was spent shoveling in a shoulder-high, multi-mile West Texas trough. A large digging machine trenched ahead of us. We followed, scooping out the excess dirt and rocks.
One afternoon the machine dislodged more than dirt. “Snake!” shouted the foreman. We popped out of that hole faster than a jack-in-the-box and looked down at the rattlesnake nest. Big momma hissed, and her little kids squirmed. Reentering the trench was not an option. One worker launched his shovel and beheaded the rattler. We stood on the higher ground and watched as she—now headless—writhed and twisted in the soft dirt below. Though defanged, the snake still spooked us.
Gee, Max, thanks for the inspirational image. Inspirational? Maybe not. But hopeful? I think so. That scene in the West Texas summer is a parable of where we are in life. Is the devil not a snake? John calls him “that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan” (Revelation 20:2). Has he not been decapitated? Not with a shovel, but with a cross. “Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it” (Colossians 2:15).
So how does that leave us? Confident. The punch line of the passage is Jesus’ power over Satan. One word from Christ, and the demons are swimming with the swine, and the wild man is “clothed and in his right mind” (Mark 5:15). Just one command! No séance needed. No hocus-pocus. No chants were heard or candles lit. Hell is an anthill against heaven’s steamroller. Jesus “commands . . . the unclean spirits, and they obey Him” (Mark 1:27). The snake in the ditch and Lucifer in the pit—both have met their match.” (From Next Door Saviour by Max Lucado)
For those seven churches struggling with compromise, sin, lovelessness and persecution (just like us) what an encouragement to keep going. This life is a vapour, compared to the eternity we will spend with God. However, this world is important enough that Jesus came, and taught true life and asks us to live it in the here and now. Those of us who believe in him and follow him will escape the great and awesome Judgement of God. John tells us “If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” (15) Please, take a moment and hear these words and prayer. Ask God to give you faith to believe him and his promises, strength to follow wherever he calls you, and courage to do what ever he asks you.
(I know that for some this chapter prompts more questions than answers – for a really superb analysis of it please check out Simon Woodman’s ‘The Book of Revelation’ p223-236).
The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. 1John 3:8
“If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”(Revelation 20:15)
Father, forgive me all my trespasses, all my pride, all my laziness, all my lust, all my greed, all the pain I have caused, all my lies and half truths, all my compromise all my sloth all my apathy. Lord wash me clean. I thank you that all who call on you will be saved. Please save me. Though my sins are as scarlet make them white as snow. Thank you that you don’t love me as I should be; you love me as I am. Thank you that you see me as I will be and not as I am. Lord take me and transform me into the likeness of your son. Give me strength to follow you always. Amen
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