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Discover the Book - March 17, 2007

  • 2007 Mar 17

This devotional is one day of a 365 days devotional book entitled Living Hope for the End of Days that explores Revelation, the final book of God's Word; and is available at

The Conflict of the Ages
Revelation 12

… the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood, which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who … have the testimony of Jesus Christ.     
     —Revelation 12:16-17
 God has a place prepared for Israel; it could even be in Petra or Jordan. It does not matter where it is, but God will send the Jews there. When Satan sees them flee, he will cause the beast to send a mighty army that is like a “flood,” but it will be “swallowed up” (Revelation 12:16).
We see this same type of judgment in Numbers 16:1-40. Because of the rebellion of Korah, the earth opened up and swallowed those who rebelled against Moses and God—and they went alive into the pit. (This is another indication that Hades is most likely in the center of the earth.)
Satan has always tried to destroy his mortal enemy—the Seed of the woman. All of history has been a record of this conflict between the seed of the serpent and the Seed of the woman. Satan has tried to stop God’s plan all along the way.
•        Satan attempted to destroy God’s plan when Cain murdered Abel (Genesis 4).
•        Satan attempted to destroy God’s plan by demonic intrusion into the human line before the Flood (Genesis 6).
•        Satan attempted to destroy God’s plan through Goliath, as the serpent’s seed sought to destroy the line of the woman’s Seed as young David stood before him (1 Samuel 17).
•        Satan attempted to destroy God’s plan through Haman, a descendent of Agag the Amalekite. At Satan’s prompting, Haman nearly succeeded at wiping out the Jews (the book of Esther).
•        Satan attempted to destroy God’s plan by the decree of Herod to kill all the male infants (Matthew 2:13).
•        Satan attempted to destroy God’s plan by tempting Jesus to take the easy road (Matthew 4).
•        Satan attempted to destroy God’s plan as he entered the infuriated mob that sought to cast Jesus over a cliff (Luke 4:28-29).
 Satan hates the Lamb of God and all His followers—whether Jew or Gentile. Therefore, he actively wages war against those who seek to obey God’s Word above all else!

Make a choice to live in hope: From Eden onward, there have been two groups on earth: two churches, two congregations, and two directions.

Satan and the Rebels God and the Saints
Drunken harlot Chaste bride
Followers of lies Seekers of Truth
Earth dwellers Pilgrims
Walkers by sight Walkers by faith
Hellish Heavenly

But a collision lies ahead: Satan’s kingdom is nearing its final hours on earth—a time when the powers of darkness, demons, and all will rule. The earth will follow the false god, the Antichrist!
There are two competitions—two destinies:
•        Choose Christ: Follow Adam; pass Golgotha and the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ; trust in Christ and go to heaven.
•        Choose the Antichrist: Follow Cain; pass Babel and the confusion of religion, and go to the lake of fire.
In this battle for the planet Earth, the victory is in Christ! God’s faithfulness to His Word means that Satan is vanquished. If you already know the Lord Jesus, I pray that you will choose to be an overcomer by living in hope through God’s Word, the blood of the Lamb, the cross of Calvary, and the name of Jesus that is above all names!
In closing, this old song by Francis Havergal captures what your spirit ought to be like during this conflict of the ages. As you meditate upon its words, ask yourself: Am I really on the Lord’s side? I encourage you to then personalize the words of this wonderful song to make it the prayer of your heart.

Who Is on the Lord’s Side?
Who is on the Lord’s side? Who will serve the King?
Who will be His helpers, Other lives to bring?
Who will leave the world’s side? Who will face the foe?
Who is on the Lord’s side? Who for Him will go?
By Thy call of mercy, By Thy grace divine,
We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!
Not for weight of glory, Nor for crown and palm,
Enter we the army, Raise the warrior psalm;
But for Love that claimeth Lives for whom He died:
He whom Jesus nameth Must be on His side.
By Thy love constraining, By Thy grace divine,
We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!
Jesus, Thou hast bought us, Not with gold or gem,
But with Thine own life-blood, For Thy diadem;
With Thy blessing filling Each who comes to Thee,
Thou hast made us willing, Thou hast made us free.
By Thy grand redemption, By Thy grace divine,
We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!
Fierce may be the conflict, Strong may be the foe,
But the King’s own army None can overthrow;
‘Round His standard ranging, Victory is secure,
For His truth unchanging Makes the triumph sure.
Joyfully enlisting, By Thy grace divine,
We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!
    —Francis R. Havergal