Satan (the Devil) has begun to step up his persecution because he knows that his time is short. We are living in the last days and Satan' s work has become more intense.
Even though he is very powerful, as we can see by the condition of the world, he is always under God's control.
One of the reasons God allows Satan to work evil and bring temptation is so that those who pretend to be Christ's followers will be weeded out from Christ's true believers. Knowing that the last great confrontation with Jesus is near, Satan is desperately trying to recruit as great an enemy force as possible for the final battle.
SATAN'S TIME IS SHORT
Revelation 12:12 (NASB) says “For this reason, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them. Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time.”
HIS HATRED FOR CHRIST
Revelation 12:13 (NASB) says “And when the dragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child.”
Note: The woman represents faithful Jews and the child represents Christ.
HIS HATRED FOR GOD'S PEOPLE
Revelation 12:17 (NASB) says “So the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.”
Note: The rest of her offspring represents all believers, both Jew and Gentile.
HIS POWER AND AUTHORITY
Revelation 13:2 (NASB) says “And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority.”
Note: We are in a spiritual battle and we are guaranteed victory as long as we don't lose the battle for our own souls. Don't waver in your commitment to Christ. There is no time for indecision!
HIS POPULARITY AMONG UNBELIEVERS
Revelation 13:4 (NASB) says “they worshiped the dragon because he gave his authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?””
HIS BLASPHEMY AGAINST GOD
Revelation 13:6 (NASB) says “And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against God, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, that is, those who dwell in heaven.”
HIS WAR AGAINST BELIEVERS
Revelation 13:7 (NASB) says “It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him.”
Note: The Beast will conquer God's people but he will not be able to harm them spiritually.
He will establish worldwide domination and demand that everyone worship him. And, many will worship him – everyone except true believers.
Refusal to take his mark and worship the beast will result in temporary suffering for God's people, but they will be rewarded with eternal life in the end. When that time comes, pray that God will give you the strength to stand and be true to your faith.
HIS ABILITY TO DECEIVE
Revelation 13:14 (NASB) says “And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who had the wound of the sword and has come to life.”
Note: In the Last Days, there will be counterfeit miracles performed to deceive. Allow the Bible to guide your faith and practice during these times so you will not be deceived by these false signs, however convincing they appear to be.
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