We live in a scary, violent world, which is getting worse and worse all the time. If we read the Book of Revelation and take it to heart, we wouldn’t be surprised at all. Forget all the interpretation disputes and hobby-horse theories about this book, it’s going to get worse before it gets worse. Aren’t you glad you read this devotional today?!
Wait a minute. I did say to take the Book of Revelation to heart, didn’t I? There are some really amazing verses that should give us lots of hope and confidence for the days ahead. Not that the worst won’t get worse (for it will), but that Satan will be defeated once for all. Revelation 12: 7-12– you’ll find out that the devil, called a deceiver and destroyer, will be totally conquered by Jesus through His blood on the cross.
There’s more good news: Satan knows that his time is short (v. 12). Times will deteriorate, but it will be for a short season ending with the forces of evil crushed and defeated. Without a doubt. Beyond even its shadow.
God has promised. He has given His Word. Revelation says it again in chapter 17:10–talking about coming beasts and wicked kings. At the end of that verse it says, ‘…and when he does come he must remain only a little while’. Did you hear that? Only for a little while. The forces of evil have but a short time.
Now read Revelation 17:14–‘They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with Him are called, chosen and faithful’. Jesus reigns triumphant…and we, His followers, are right there with Him! Safe and secure. They may kill the body but not the soul! Our souls are with Him. Safe and secure.
Have you read those verses in Revelation 18 yet? This whole chapter pictures the fall of evil in all its forms; political and economic, in particular. Six times it uses the phrase ‘no more’ to spell the end of this wicked, godless world. Six is a symbolic number for Satan in this last book of the Bible. You know the infamous 666– a number referring to Satan. No more…no more…no more evil. For the enemy of God and his devilish allies, time will be no more.
But for us, who know Jesus, who have received His new life, no matter what, no matter where, no matter when, our time will be in His hands. With no looking back over our shoulders ever again!
Prayer: Thank you Lord, for ultimate victory in Jesus your Son. Amen.