June 29, 2022
Satan: All You Need To Know
May 25, 2022
So the great dragon was cast out, ... who deceives the whole world. ... (He is) the accuser of our brethren.
The Great Tribulation comes right before the final chapter of history on earth. Revelation 6-19 show these seven dreadful years lining up in the future between Jesus bringing the believers to Himself (Revelation 4 & 5), and Jesus' return to rule the earth as king, and set all things right. What do you think will be the hardest thing about the Great Tribulation for those who will live through it?
In today's study from Revelation 12 we see that the greatest violence of the Great Tribulation is not physical but spiritual. Chapters 6-12 foretell natural calamities world-wide in scale, and each one terrible. A third of mankind perishes in plagues. Armies, 200 million strong, move across the land. A mountain on fire falls from the sky and with it a third of all sea creatures die. (Revelation 9:18, 9:16, 8:8)
But the worst has not come till Satan is cast to the earth and his demonic horde with him. (Revelation 12:7-17) But how will the Christians overcome him? With weapons or strength, knowledge or numbers?
No. "By the blood of the Lamb, and the power of their testimony."
The great heartache of tribulation and our greatest defense is spiritual.
I pray this study might encourage you to remember that as terrifying as Satan may be, the power to stand in the face of his temptations is available to all of us today.
This chapter reveals Satan's attempt to destroy Jesus when He was born of Israel 2000 years ago (12:1-5) and his continued violence against the Jews during the Great Tribulation (verse 13-17). Through history some Christians have rejected that Satan would still oppose Jews. They think since Jesus has been born, died on a cross, and ascended to Heaven, what purpose would Satan have to oppose Israel any longer. Personally, as a Bible student, I find it to be just like Satan to hate Israel for no practical reason other than that he hates God so completely that it pleases Satan to hate those God loves. In other words, Satan isn't motivated by hope to defeat God, but hatred.
What makes most sense to you? Why do you think Satan is attacking the Jews in chapter 12?
"Satan" means adversary, or 'one who lies in wait.' Like any good trap setter, Satan find a lure that works on each of us, then uses it again and again. Remember, lures look good and desirable, and we realize the danger only once the trap shuts.
What kind of traps or lures has Satan had most success with against you?
Satan is called the "accuser of the brethren." (Revelation 12:10)
Discuss: Satan draws our attention to what we do. God draws our attention to who we are.
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