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Rev. 12:7-17 THE GROWING CONFLICT
Intro: Ill. Chapter 12 is a chapter of conflict. In verses 1-6, we have seen the attacks
by the dragon against Israel and against Christ. When we come down to verse 7, we
are confronted by more conflict. In verse 7a, we see there is a war in Heaven. Here is
where we need to separate fact from fiction. 1.) Satan has never been in hell, but he
is headed there. 2.) Satan has direct access to Heaven tonight, but it will be cut off,
Ill. Job 1:6-12; 2:1-7. Let’s observe the conflict that invades the Lord’s heavens.
I. v.8-11 THE DEVIL’S DEFEAT IN HEAVEN
(Ill. Michael - “Who is like God.” An Archangel, the leader of Heaven’s armies.)
A. The Devil Exposed
1. Serpent - “Shining one” - Ill. Appearance 2 Cor. 11:14
2. Devil - “Slanderer, accuser” - Thank God for 1 John 2:1 - We have an
Advocate. (Ill Accusations - Sadly, the devil doesn’t have to lie!)
3. Satan - “Adversary” - Satan is our enemy. His ways lead to death! (Ill.
4. Deceiver - Has deceived us all! (Ill. Doesn’t have to be that way - 1 Cor.
B. The Devil Expelled (How? With What?)
1. Their Covering - (Ill. Power in the Blood!) (Ill. Slaughterhouse religion -
Heb.9:22) The Blood is our protection! It has all the power we need to
defeat the devil! Ill. Napolean and red spot at Waterloo!
2. Their Confession - Stood true to the Word - Were not ashamed!
3. Their Courage - Were willing to die for the Word! (Ill. Jerome!)
(Ill. Joy in Heaven - v.10 & 12a - Contrasted with woe in the earth - v.12b)
II. v.12-17 THE DEVIL’S DESPERATION IN THE EARTH (He
knows he is defeated!)
A. Desperate Anger - Like a trapped animal, (Ill. Tazmanian Devil) Satan
unleashes all of his anger and hatred for God and man Violence will increase
B. Desperate Attack - v.13 Israel attacked by Satan. God intervenes for Israel’s
sake. Ill. Sheep nations - Matt. 25) (v.15-16, Tries to destroy them by water!
But, even the earth gets involved.) (V. 17 - Satan attacks the 144,000 who are
professing and preaching Jesus around the world! Yet, he is helpless against
Conc: The only sure way to defeat the Devil is through the Blood of Jesus! It will do
the trick in the Tribulation and Satan runs in fear from the Blood in our day! Praise
God, the precious Blood of the Lord Jesus is sufficient to defeat the devil forever and
eventually it will put him in his rightful place. HELL!
Sermon By Alan Carr
1999, Higher Praise
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