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Another Fall From Heaven

Wisdom for the Heart / Dr. Stephen Davey
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September 21, 2020 1:00 am

Another Fall From Heaven

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September 21, 2020 1:00 am

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There is an invisible war going on in God is sovereign God is in control and demons lose a warfare that influences and insight and manipulates we ought to look at things. Understanding full well the force of evil behind the evil we see formalities that are battle ultimately is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers powers world forces of darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in heavenly places.

In fact, that's why we understand the battle behind even her own temptations and we pray Lord deliver us from the God's word is clear there is a being named Satan and he's at war with God now.

There's also the theological truth that Satan has already been defeated in his doom is sure. But while Satan awaits his fate, he remains active in this world is desire is to work against God, and to harm believers.

This is part of what were going to learn today here on wisdom for the hearts Stephen Davey is working through a series called Antichrist and the many faces of evil. Let's get started. Revelation chapter 12 go back there were were provided in a few verses a condensed view of redemptive history. He pictures a woman you remember who represents Israel as a persecuted suffering woman giving birth to a male son verse five male son. The redundancy of that is intentional to term indicating the legal rights of the firstborn to sit upon the throne.

He pictures the birth of this child. Obviously, Christ the heir to David's throne having the legal right to rule, born of this woman Jewish of Jewish kin.

John also pictures for us with figurative language in Dragon just as he did with figurative language this woman. I would always speaking figuratively. Well, he uses the word same eon or sign sign in heaven. That means this is a symbolic personification of someone or something so you have the sign of the woman, verse one, a symbol of Israel and you have the sign of the Dragon verse three, representing the worldwide empire of Satan and these finalize any notice again in verse four that the Dragon is standing before the woman waiting to devour him.

As soon as he's born waiting to destroy this legal heir to the throne of David in verse five were very quickly were told that the child was safely delivered and then take it up to God the father. So here you have the most condensed summary of the birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension of Christ anywhere in the Bible again.

John's intention here in this chapter is not to fill in the details, but to give us an overview of Satan's efforts and the evil ones who will do his bidding throughout world history. Certainly, in the latter days. So were told that Satan has hunted the Jewish people. Since the nation was promised that one of their own descendents would be the Messiah's verses one and two were told that Satan has manipulated the world empires.

There have been six of them. The seventh is yet to come to Fort the efforts of God on earth is verse three were informed that he will create a 10 nation confederacy, a reference to the 10 horns.

Daniel informed us these are 10 kings to fight against God ultimately to fight against Israel were reminded that Satan fell from heaven with many angels. Verse four were given the inside look at his attempt to kill the Messiah. Verse four and were told he failed to destroy the Messiah, who ultimately rose back to heaven is verse five and finally were told in verse six that he will unleash a unique period of persecution that will last for literally 3 1/2 years against the mother of the child that is literally the nation Israel notice were told in verse six Dragon redirects his anger and terror toward this woman flees then into the wilderness where she has a place prepared by God where she would be nourished for 1260 days literally 3 1/2 years and that we can be certain then that this woman is the church or Mary the mother of Christ. Because of this clear language.

She runs to a place where she's kept away from the serpent for 3 1/2 years. Certainly Mary and Joseph fled to Egypt to avoid the decree of Herod to kill the male children from the age of two and under.

But according to Matthew to that their flight to Egypt lasted been and would only last a few months. That is until Herod's death, the church simply would be the church. It certainly been hounded and hunted by the Dragon, but the church is not running away isn't it is running away and now protected for 3 1/2 years that are all in the midst of the battle. Now it's lasted for some 2000 years, ever since the day the church was created on the day of Pentecost. Verse 13 for even more clarity and when the Dragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child, but the two wings of the great Eagle were given to the woman so that she could fly under the wilderness to her place. She was nourished for a time and times and half a time. That's Daniel's phraseology for 3 1/2 years were she is going to be protected, nourished uniquely supernaturally like Elijah by the brook was nourished. I will look at this flight to safety. In our next session. You can go that fast here. Okay that's chapter 12 opens the apostle John describes for us the faces in the forces of evil behind his global rebellion against God during the tribulation, and not surprisingly then, the primary face which is foremost, is this one. John refers to in verse three as the red Dragon again. That's a reference that were first to his bloodlust. He's a murderer he's a killer. He loves to shed blood. In verse nine, he's called another thing let's look at some of these phrases used for him is called the serpent of old, it's a reference to his crafty, deceitful way sees a snake for my favorite titles were by the way, the serpent of old, or the old serpent the word old is the word art chaos which gives us our word archaic. Nobody likes to be told they're getting old certainly archaic. That's exactly what John does here. If I go to the first book of the Bible and herein referred to as simply the serpent.

Genesis 3 and I come to the last book of the Bible is called the all serpent, the art snake. Martin Luther's probably right when he says that Satan loves to belong to be worshiped is infuriated by being jeered at and he cannot bear scorn here in this text. John seems to do just that when he calls him nothing more than an archaic snake later in verse nine is called the devil, Brett circled some of these references. In other words, as you take your time with me in the text. This is a translation from the Greek word Diablo. It simply means to defame to slander. It carries the idea of one who separates by means of his whispering or slandering. Certainly one of the devil's primary objectives is to so slander God before the believer so as to separate the believer from the confidence of God's love and redemption constantly defame's the character and integrity and trustworthiness of God before the believer to ultimately rob God of the faithful worship of his children. We just happen to be pawn. He wishes to move in his ultimate hatred against God certainly is busy he defames. He divides the church as well and convince the devil most often doesn't try to destroy the church out right. Most often he just joins it, and then he encourages division and happily provides ammunition for both side, so I one of the most devastating challenges a church faces regarding the New Testament is never from the outside from the inside was Paul's warning, the Ephesian church warning them of those who would rise up in the assembly who would harm and hurt the flock.

They don't care about the sheep he only cared about themselves. Acts chapter 20 verse 29, so one of the chief aims is found in this term devil. It's to deceive and divide the church, thus destroying her unity and her effectiveness of the gospel. Another name you notice in verse nine attribute by John to the slander is simply the term Satan is the Hebrew word transliterated soft hand is the Hebrew word Satan.

It simply means adversary or opposer.

These are all references to who he is what he does. Finally, verse 10 will you one more is called the accuser that were often appears for him and will come back to it in a moment, but for now this title implies a rather chilling intention of our chief enemy. The word literally means to bring a legal charge against another were told in verse 10, look there that Satan accuses the brethren before God day and night. He must be an amazing prosecutor.

He brings a legal accusation before God about you and me and listen.

He does so on legitimate grounds. He has legitimate accusation daily. We offer Satan more to make a case against us and he goes before God and ineffectively he says, surely you you will reject them that surely that sinful disobedience way word, self-centered man, or will Jill be done just as unceasing in his accusation against but he will not succeed. Paul wrote to the effusions of their security and ours in Christ Jesus you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were sealed in him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge that is literally a down payment of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God's own possession to the praise of his glory.

Ephesians 113 and 14. Charles Wesley wrote it well, and we sing it often when he said it this way.

No condemnation. Now I dread Jesus and all in him and his mind alive in him my living head and clothed in righteousness divine that is clothed in his righteousness bold. I approach the eternal throne and claim the crown through Christ my own. The accuser will not succeed. God will lose none of his. No one can pluck us from his hand. We have already received the down payment of our inheritance that much to our surprise the lease to mind John reveals to us that a future battle is going to take place in heaven. And now you need to follow this carefully. This is taking place within the context of the great tribulation.

It's possible to overlook. In fact, I think this is probably one of the most overlooked battles in the book of Revelation and its implications are so exciting look in verse seven there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels waging war with the Dragon the Dragon and his angels waged war, and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven before we moved to the end result of this battle. We just been introduced to another angel, heaven is evidently the general in this war with the captain may be the captain of the Lord's house who wages war against Satan's name were told this Michael by the way, I got a push pause for a moment.

I find it fascinating that God named his angels. We've Artie learned there's only 300 400 million trouble naming her three kids right. Imagine this. You remember the conversation. Maybe some of you are in the right. I know 4050 babies are born every year that then populate the nursery so that means a lot of people in here probably going through this in a naming way, what goes well with a wide maybe went all morning at about 200 names are, you know that sound good or have great meetings or whatever. What family member may be do you honor what rhymes with your last name sounds good. You know my mother name three of her sons with middle names all started with a D Duane Dale in Dean three deeds which looked a lot like my report card as a kid growing. I wish he given me in a for mentally many negatives of will. That would've been sad because had you been given a middle name, a your initials would be essay D the office. He wasn't listening to me break.

Imagine though the obvious concern and care.

The nature of our God revealed in the naming of his angels were told in verse seven that Michael was at war with the Dragon that Satan so angels and demons are involved in this skirmish verse eight.

Here's the end result.

They were not strong of the demons were not strong enough. There was no longer a place found for them in heaven and the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old was called the devil and Satan deceives the whole world was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. I was asked and answered two very critical questions. First, who is Michael exactly. And secondly, when did this battle take place first.

Who is Michael well the name is simply the Hebrew word Misael, which means who is like God great name great meaning. The first time we we encounter Michael is in the Old Testament book of Daniel is called the great friends, and he specifically seems to have been given the role of protecting the Jewish people as God so allows and commands were told in Daniel chapter 10 the Daniel has been praying is been praying for insight into the revelation that we've been studying now for some time and he's asking God for help easily. He has been able to sleep.

He has been able to eat he so troubled by this is gone now. Three weeks without eating or sleeping, and after three weeks of praying. Daniel is visited by the archangel Gabriel who informs him that I would have been here three weeks ago, but I was held up by the Prince, the demonic, this individual. The Prince of Persia images read what Gabriel says for the sake of time arena. Do not be afraid, Daniel, Gabriel says for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before God. Your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words, but the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for 21 days three weeks then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes are probably archangels came to help me, for I have been left there with the kings of Persian hours, I was outnumbered. Now I have come to you to give you an understanding of what will happen to your people in the latter days for the vision pertains to the days yet future. Anything that's an interesting text would really like a few chapters on this whole idea were not given much what we do know is that for 21 days. The demon simply known as the one working in the kingdom of Persia intercepted Gabriel and started this invisible tug-of-war barn got eventually sent another angel Michael and that was all that was necessary to release Gabriel and send him on his way to Daniel were not told any more than that.

In fact, you better be careful not to make too much more of this than what is delivered or you end up going off a cliff with all sorts of fanciful views of of these wars or battles, but we do know that it's a reality. However, at the same time. To me it's rather thrilling to know that there is an invisible war going on in God is sovereign God is in control and demons lose that there is, ultimately, this battle behind the battle that we do see a warfare that influences and insights and manipulates we ought to look at things.

Understanding full well the force of evil behind the evil we see Paul mentally said our battle ultimately is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers powers world forces of darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in heavenly places. In fact, that's why we understand the battle behind even her own temptations and we pray Lord deliver us from the evil so let's not make too much of, but let's not ignore them either. Here in chapter 12. It is Michael and the Angels would defeat Satan and his demons and kick them out of heaven that begs the second question when does this take place when does this battle take place. Some would say it took place when Satan was expelled from his high position within the ranks of heaven and memorize a speaks of this when he coveted the throne of God. But that wouldn't fit the context here because Satan is kicked out of heaven and any battles Israel for 3 1/2 year. Verse 13 says when the Dragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth.

He then persecutes the woman who gave birth to the male child in this unique period of time.

There were told in verse six lasts three Nephi. He's been battling Israel for time immemorial.

Some would say this was a reference to Satan's defeat as Christ died on the cross and rose again. Certainly that's the foundation of our victory, but Satan since the cross has had access to the throne of God, where he accuses were told here in this text. The brethren day and night. He's accusing us now but now in this particular battle. What is happening at the midpoint of the tribulation.

Satan is literally barred further entrance before the throne of God and he is barred further opportunity to accuse the believer and rail against the throne of God.

Remember in the book of Job work. Satan would come for the presence of God and accused Job's character. Joe was not the first to be accused and according to this text is not the last verse 10 tells us that he is done the same for every same for all the brethren, and he's been doing that even today while we been in her worshiping.

You are being accused before God right now Satan and his invisible forces would shout accusations about you in the presence of God and then they will calm and whisper in your ear accusations about God there on CCing their untiring and their tirade against God and against use of the redeemed. You know the expression are your ears burning. What is amazing he's talking about you what our ears really ought to be burning every moment of the day because were being talked about your being spoken of in the heavenly court, and will not be until midway through the tribulation that we've already been rescued by then, but those who are believing even during those first 3 1/2 years and there will be millions of them were God will eventually say at this moment in time my I have had enough of him doing that. Take care of the war begins in a less for a moment or two I have no idea how long Satan is barred entrance to accuse the believer before God, the prosecutor of all the redeemed is exiled to earth is banished from the court of heaven. He's disbarred from the court, but I want you to now, even as he's been doing this and even today as he doesn't want to hear the lingering sound, not of his accusations, but of the intercessions and the defense on our part by our Savior, who even now is interceding on our behalf. So Paul would write who is the one who condemns us in Christ Jesus. Is he who died just rather who was raised who is at the right hand of God interceding for us. Romans chapter 8 verse 34 and one day yet future revealed here for us in Revelation chapter 12 there will be this brief battle were Satan will be sent packing that hissing serpent, who is accused us and rightly so. Practically speaking of being undeserving of God's grace and forgiveness. Who even now could bring before the throne of God.

New fresh daily news of our failure and sin, whose glory is in our stumbling and our disobedience is any says the guy you see, do you know what happened yesterday is your store of grace not exhaust against one and that one and that one and that one and that one and that one is justice, but our Lord stands with nail prints in his body hands and feet to remind the old snake without perhaps even a word, his wounds alone testify that we have already been judged and we are already forgiven when Satan tempts me to despair and tells me of the guilt within upward.

I look and see him there, who put an end to all mice. My life is hid with Christ on the high with Christ, my Savior and my God Wesley would write his own lyrics of our redemption. This way and that same hymn I quoted from earlier. He left his father's throne above so freeze, so infinite, his grace emptied himself of all battle and bled for Adams helpless race. 'tis mercy all amendments and free for oh my God, it found out me. Amazing love how can it be thou my God for me that to the lesson. We just heard, Satan is defeated in his fate is your thanks for joining us here on wisdom for the heart.

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