War arose in heaven
In our study of the book of Revelation, we have already seen that there is an unseen warfare that is raging in the spiritual realm that affects life where we live. Frequently in the New Testament, we are encouraged to “take up the armour of God” and to remember that “weapons of our warfare are not physical” not to mention all of the injunctions to be vigilant, watchful. In this war, we are facing a formidable adversary in the Devil. He is an enemy that we should not be complacent about. Nevertheless, we have already been granted the victory through Christ. The battles have been won. In effect, the war is over, even while we await the final fulfillment of these things. All of this has implications for us as believers. As we look at Revelation 12 this Sunday, we’ll explore those implications.
Series: Great & Amazing—Revelation (Part 2)
Message: 19–War arose in heaven
Harvest Bible Chapel
Text: Revelation 12:1-17
November 20, 2022
As spiritual war rages in the unseen realm, I must...
...keep my focus on Christ and the Church (v. 1-2, 4b-6, 13-16)
2 Corinthians 10:3–6
...knowing that the enemy is formidable (v. 3-4a,7, 12b, 17)
The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.
There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe, and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both.
C. S. Lewis
...but has already been soundly defeated (v. 8-12a)
In the book of Revelation, Jesus Christ is titled "Lion" only one time and "Lamb" 29 times. We miss something of the sweetness, tenderness, and loveliness of Jesus when we don't recognize that He is inclined more toward mercy than judgment.