“They overcame him because of the Lamb’s blood, and because of the word of their testimony. They didn’t love their life, even to death. Therefore rejoice, heavens, and you who dwell in them. Woe to the earth and to the sea, because the devil has gone down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has but a short time.”
There is now seen a war in heaven, not the third heaven where God dwells, but the heavens above the earth. It is a war of attrition of the angels of God and the dark angels of the forces of evil led by the great dragon, Satan. Michael the archangel makes war against the dragon and overcomes him by the power of the shed blood of Christ. The victory os secured in the death by the death of the only Saviour and Lord, Jesus the Saviour of our souls. This is the power of our salvation, the blood that washes clean from sin and purges away our guilty stain.
Satan is thrown down to earth, as there is no place for him in heaven. He is a beaten and a spent force that can only deceived the daughters and sons of human kind which he does with great malice.
A voice is now heard, that tells John that the kingdom of God is now come in the world, for the enemy is now defeated. The people for God are safe from him, since he can only accuse. They overcome through the blood of the Lamb and because of the faithful word of their testimony. These true and faithful believers are willing to give their lives for the sake of the Lord and many will lay down their lives before the end comes. They are faithful unto death and therefore gain a crown of everlasting life.
The blood of Christ has redeemed them from the prison house of sin and Satan and has set them free. They are bought with that precious blood, shed for sinners and shed for us, that we might be free from the accusations of the holy law of God and the accusations of the evil one. We are free people and rejoice in that sacrifice made for us.
“But now once at the end of the ages, he has been revealed to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. Inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once, and after this, judgment, so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, without sin, to those who are eagerly waiting for him for salvation.”
The people of God rejoice in the victory achieved at the cross of Christ and they overcome in the power of the spilt blood of the Lamb. The earth and all that is in the earth experiences great woe, for the devil is aggravating, tempting and deceiving it’s people and causing great harm. He is allowed to do this and he carries out in his spite for he knows his time is short.
We gave nothing to fear from him, as the people of God, for he has no hold on us. He is a spent force and we are not unaware of his schemes. Christ rules supreme…
“Since then the children have shared in flesh and blood, he also himself in the same way partook of the same, that through death he might bring to nothing him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might deliver all of them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”