Victory in Jesus
Then the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail.
-Revelation 11:19, emphasis added
We have victory in Jesus because God is faithful. Think about this for a moment: What makes the earth so important that God and Satan are both so interested in this planet? The answer is simple: God has staked His very name on a person--Jesus Christ; on an event--the cross of Calvary; and on a people--the Jews. God has said that His name is incarnated in Jesus Christ; His power is revealed through the cross; and His plan is centered on the Jews. Those converge on this planet because the center of redemptive history surrounds the earth.
Two lines run through the history of mankind in every event, and they conclude in the culmination of history. To understand the conflict of the ages we need to look at the beginning of Genesis where we are introduced to the two combatants: the line of Christ and the line of Antichrist--the line of the woman's Seed and that of the serpent. In Genesis 3:15 God declared to Satan: "I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your [the serpent's] seed and her Seed [Jesus Christ]; he [Jesus] shall bruise [crush] your head, and you [Satan] shall bruise His [Jesus'] heel" (Genesis 3:15).
Satan bruised Christ's heel on the cross, but Jesus crushed the serpent's head. The writer of Hebrews says: Through death He . . . destroy[ed] him who had the power of death, that is, the devil (Hebrews 2:14). Satan is destroyed-Jesus crushed the serpent!
The serpent's seed has constantly been against the woman. What is meant by that? The whole Bible can be put into perspective with these two statements: (1) The line of Christ begins with Adam, passes via Golgotha, and leads to the heavenly Jerusalem; and (2) The line of Antichrist begins with Cain, passes via Babel, and leads to the lake of fire. There are only two families-God's and Satan's; two destinies-heaven and hell; and two choices-repent or reject. You either belong to one family or the other. You choose your own eternal destiny.
Two programs are at work in the world: God's program of salvation and Satan's program of sin, which is called "the mystery of iniquity" in the Bible. God has a timetable for His program, and nothing Satan does can change that timetable. Just as there was a "fullness of the time" for the coming of Christ (Galatians 4:4), so there is a "fullness of the time" for the appearance of the Antichrist. Nothing will be off schedule. Once the restraining ministry of the Spirit of God has ended, the next event can take place.
Every time we are transported into the throne room, there is a powerful display of God's majesty and omnipotence, and Revelation 11:19 with its "lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail" is no exception. We also see similar displays of His awesomeness in Revelation 4:5, 8:5, and 16:18. These demonstrations of God's might are to remind us of what an incredible God we serve! Are you worshiping and adoring the Lord God Almighty as He deserves?
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