Today’s passage: Revelation 12:7-17
- Satan is defeated. He desires to destroy the people of God. He will fail.
- After Satan is unable to “devour the woman” (Israel?), he pursues the rest of her offspring (Romans 8:29). This is thought to be a reference to the church, or believing Israel, or the remaining saints in the last days.
- The knowledge of his sure and coming defeat drives Satan to rage against the people of God, but even in his rage, Satan ultimately loses. Christ will be victorious. God’s people will be vindicated.
Questions to consider:
- By what is Satan defeated (verse 11)? How does the cross, the gospel message, and the testimony of those who are in Christ defeat our enemy? How does it result in victory for you today as well?
- If Satan was conquered by the blood of the Lamb, when might this defeat have occurred (or at least begun)?
- What picture do we see of the throne of God and our place when we realize that Satan accuses us day and night before the Father (verse 10) but that Christ intercedes for us at the Father’s right hand (Romans 8:34) Why is our place in Christ secure? How is it kept secured? On whom do we rely for our salvation, security, victory?