IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: SATAN KNOWING THAT HIS TIME IS SHORT!
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.”— Revelation xii. 12.
THE great battle in the heavenlies has been fought; our glorious Michael has for ever overthrown the dragon, and cast him down. In the highest regions the great principle of evil has received a total defeat through the life and death of our Lord Jesus. For human sin atonement has been made, and the great quarrel between God and man has come to a happy end. Everlasting righteousness has been brought in, and the peace of God reigns in heaven. The conflict henceforth rages here below, and in these interior regions the prince of this world is warring mightily against the cause of God and truth. Much woe does this cause to the sons of men, woe which will never end till his power is altogether taken away.
Observe concerning our arch-enemy that he exercises forethought and care as to the evil enterprise to which he has set his hand. Whatever foolish men may do, the devil thinks. Others may be heedless and thoughtless, but he is anxious and full of consideration. He knows that his time or “opportunity” is short, and he looks forward to its close, for he is no careless waster of time and forgetter of the end. He values his opportunity to maintain his kingdom, to distress the people of God, and to dishonour the name of Christ, and since it is but a short one he treats it as such. He infers the brevity of his time from the victory which Jesus has already gained over him. In reading the chapter we saw how the manchild who is to rule all nations with a rod of iron was caught up unto God and to his throne, and then we saw the war in heaven and how the devil was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Then was a loud voice heard on high, “Now is come salvation and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.” Right well may the old serpent conclude that he will be routed on earth since he has already sustained so dire a defeat that he has fallen from heaven, never to rise again. Because the man-child Christ Jesus has met him in conflict, met him when as yet all his power was unbroken, and has cast him down from his high places, he is persuaded, and well he may be, that his reign is ended, and that his opportunity is short. lie feels about him even now a chain which is lengthened for awhile, but which shall be drawn into shorter compass, and fastened down by-and-by, so that he shall roam the earth no longer, but lie as a captive in his prison-house. Fallen as this apostate spirit has become he has wit enough to look forward to the future. O that men were half as wise, and would remember their latter end. I beg you to notice this fact concerning the evil spirit, that you too may learn to acquire knowledge, and then use it for practical purposes. Why should it always be that the powers of darkness appear to act more wisely than the children of light? For once I would point out a matter in which our worst foe may read us a lesson. Among men there are some who know a great many important matters, but act as if they did not know them: their knowledge is so much waste stored up in the lumber-room of their minds and never brought into the workshop to be used for practical purposes. For instance, we know our mortality, and yet live as if we never meant to die. There is great necessity for many of us to pray, “Lord, teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” We must know that our time is short, and that our life will soon come to an end, and yet we fail to know it practically, for we are not as earnest as dying men ought to be.
Most believers have faced serious spiritual battles over the years. But I have good news: Satan’s time to wage war against God’s people is getting short!
You might be surprised to learn that the devil is more aware of God’s prophetic timetable than are most Christians. We can see this from an intriguing statement about the End Times in our text, Revelation 12:12:
So how does the devil know that his days are numbered? He knows this because he recognizes the prophetic signs! Yes, Satan knows the Bible, and he sees that the biblical signposts of the End Times are occurring at a rapid rate. Israel has become a nation again. Jerusalem has been built up as a great city. Jewish people have returned to the Holy Land from all over the earth. All of these signs are a clear fulfillment of Bible prophecies.
However, the prophetic sign that most alarms the devil is found in Matthew 24:14: “This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” This is one of the most significant signs of Jesus’ return: He won’t come back until the Gospel has gone out to all the nations.
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Today Satan no longer has God’s ear. He can’t accuse God’s children of anything anymore because Christ’s blood has prevailed over all his lies! Jesus intercession for us now has nothing to do with refuting Satan’s accusations. As far as God is concerned, the victory of the cross negated them all!
Satan may lie to you, giving you no rest from his accusations. But he can’t accuse you to the heavenly father. He’s been banned from heaven and all his accusations are meaningless!
(The spiritual wickedness in high places Paul speaks of has to do with spiritual depravity in high government offices and backslidden church leadership. Paul is saying Satan’s spirit is at work in many who occupy these influential positions.)
The Bible says, “[Redeem] the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16). The Bible talks about the “prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2), who is the devil.
Jesus calls him the “prince of this world” (see John 12:31). The Bible talks about the great forces of evil, dominated by Satan, that have been unleashed upon the world. Thank God, someday Satan is going to be bound, and Satan will not trouble us anymore. But “[redeem] the time, because the days are evil.” That means that we are to buy some time. That word redeem is a business word. We are to redeem—we are to buy—the time at any cost to invest it in the Kingdom of God.
Come now! If God is whispering to you, come to Christ. There’s a warning in time. It will someday be too late for your soul. Time is too short for indecision and vacillation. I’m asking you to receive Christ now.
When you come to Jesus Christ, you not only accept Him as Savior from your sins, you accept Him as Lord of your life. You become His follower and He becomes Lord of every phase of your life—Lord of your business, Lord of your family, Lord of your life, Lord of your relationships, Lord of everything. That’s what it means to surrender to Christ. You must be willing for the whole world to know that you are putting Christ first in everything that you do from now on.
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