As we continue through the book of Revelation, it continues to get weirder and weirder. I do not envy John for having the task of trying to articulate what he saw, but I’m so thankful that he did.
Two things stuck out to me as I read through these passages today. The first thing I was reminded of is the fact that angels and demons are real! It is easy -especially living in the United States of America, to go through life without thinking about the reality of angels and demons, but they are real whether we are willing to admit it or not.
The second thing that stood out to me was the fact that even though this vision was crazy and seems out of control, the response of heaven is the complete opposite of worry. It is worship!
Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.”Revelation 11:15, ESV
Even in the midst of the craziness, the loud voices in heaven declare God’s goodness through it all. I want to remember that when my world seems crazy! In those moments, the voices of heaven are not panicked… they are praising. God is still good… all of the time!
One of the most powerful passages of Scripture (in my opinion) is in Revelation 12.
[The people] have conquered [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.Revelation 12:11, ESV
What a powerful truth! For those of us who are trekking along through the book of Revelation, it gets pretty bad! Satan has a bit of a field day on earth… but I have read the end of the story, and God wins!
How? How is Satan conquered?
He is conquered by the blood of the Lamb (Jesus’ work on the cross) and the word of OUR testimony (about how Jesus’ work on the cross has affected our lives)!
When Satan unleashes his full-on attack, the followers of Christ will not shrink back. We will not consider our lives to be greater than the upward call of God in Christ! Like Jesus, we will not love our lives even unto death.
We will win.