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Compositions for Our Savior

Revelation 12:7 (KJV): And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

“War in heaven” refers to an analogy of the tumultuous events on Earth during the Tribulation which find their counterpart in Heaven. A state of war has existed since the fall of Satan. Compare these 2 verses for reference:

Daniel 10:13 (KJV): But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.

Jude 9 (KJV): Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

Obviously, something will intensify that warfare, possibly the raptured saints passing through the realm of the “Prince of the Power of the Air” as seen in Ephesians 2:2-3?

Ephesians 2:2-3 (KJV): And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

I believe that the angel Michael is a very high ranked angel directly under Jesus’ command. He is highly touted in the Bible, and mentioned as “one of the chief princes” in the Book of Daniel. The dragon here is Lucifer, which as we know is an evil archangel who once possessed great beauty and power under God.

Revelation 12:8 (KJV): And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

The vision of a war in heaven anticipates Satan’s exclusion from Heaven and his restriction to the Earth during the last half of the Great Tribulation. Knowing this, we understand that Satan must thereafter confine his activities to the earthly sphere. We also know that Michael the archangel is the leader of God’s Holy angels:

Daniel 10:13 (KJV): But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.

I believe there is an order of command in Heaven just as there is here on the earth with our common governments and local agencies. In these lines in Revelation, we see that not only the church of the Lord Jesus Christ is being attacked here on the earth, but that there is war in Heaven as well. We see the defeat of Satan to such an extent that he is not even allowed in Heaven anymore - not even to accuse the believers! His defeat on the Earth is complete as well - his doom was sealed when Jesus died on the cross and was resurrected.

Revelation 12:9 (KJV): And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Now, we see several names for the Devil here. One key fact is that we are told that the serpent that tricked Eve was the devil as well - something hotly debated among Christians, even though the answer is plain as day in the Word. More on that later.

For now, you can call him by whatever name you want to. If it is evil and meant for bad, it is the devil’s handiwork. Here we see that he deceiveth, which is continually deceiving, the whole world. That, however, does not include the believers in the Lord Jesus. In a sense, you can some it up as we are in this world, but we are not of this world. Throughout Scripture, we are told that everyone except the elect of the Lord will be deceived. The elect of the Lord are believers, strong believers, and I’d go as far as to say students of the Word, and it is because of this that we won’t be deceived because we know the Word inside and out.

This line also reads, “That old serpent … cast out into the earth”. This is where some get confused and wonder if this happened already or will it happen in the near future. Satan and his demons were cast out of heaven at the time of their original rebellion, but still have access to it. We know this by cross reference of Scripture. Compare Job 1:6 and 2:1:

Job 1:6 (KJV): Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them. (if you have read any of my prior studies, we know that the the “sons of God” mentioned here are the fallen angels, which also goes back to Genesis when these same “sons” mated with the daughters of men and created giants/Nephilim)

Job 2:1 (KJV): Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the Lord.

That access will be denied, and they will be forever banned from Heaven.

In conclusion, Satan is given many mentions for us to not be deceived or confused about his identity:

1 - The “dragon” pictures his monstrous character as the enemy of God

2 - As prior mentioned, being called “Serpent” connects him with the deception of Eve in Genesis 3

3 - The word Devil means “slanderer”, as we will see later in Revelation 12:10

4 - The name Satan means “Adversary”, as seen in 1 Peter 5:8 (KJV): Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:)

5 - He is also the one who deceives the whole world: Revelation 20:8 (KJV): And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

As is his motto throughout human history, Satan will deceive people during the Tribulation period:

Revelation 13:14 (KJV): And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

Revelation 20:3 (KJV): and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

John 8:44 (KJV): Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

And after his temporary release from the pit at the end of the 1000 years, after he will briefly resume his same old ways, he will be put away once and for all:

Revelation 20:10 (KJV): And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

The devil is destroyer at the end of the day, and he loves to appeal to the flesh and sensory systems of humans. After all, things that feel good are hard to resist. He appealed to Eve’s flesh and destroyed her.

Is it a coincidence that we see a continued rise in the “feel good” gospel? The one that’s all-inclusive and constantly talks about living your best life now? The one that is afraid to condemn certain sins even though the Bible is clear on it for fear of losing followers and money? Beware this church and these “Christians” - they fear man, not God. Sin is sin at the end of the day and the Word deems it as such. You aren’t banishing anyone nor forcing a belief by preaching what is Written - you are doing what Jesus commanded. There are instances where it seems certain sins are inherently worse in God’s eyes, but they also seemingly wrap up in Revelation in certain groups as the same in His eyes - sin that must be justified. We should, however, avoid taking this so far as to say “Oh well all sin is all sin, do what you want!” because that is going right in line with the current problem we have with the all-inclusive New Age church movement, among others. The intent to sin plays a major part as well, and is often forgotten.

Consider what we know from Numbers 15:27-31 (KJV), which clearly indicates a method of deeming some sin worse than others in regards to the purposeful intent to sin: And if any soul sin through ignorance, then he shall bring a she goat of the first year for a sin offering. And the priest shall make an atonement for the soul that sinneth ignorantly, when he sinneth by ignorance before the Lord, to make an atonement for him; and it shall be forgiven him. Ye shall have one law for him that sinneth through ignorance, both for him that is born among the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourneth among them. But the soul that doeth ought presumptuously, whether he be born in the land, or a stranger, the same reproacheth the Lord; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people. Because he hath despised the word of the Lord, and hath broken his commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him.

But don’t forget what we also know from Romans and Revelation, where it seems some sinners are grouped together as equal to have their part in the lake of fire, with a key point made that they didn’t repent of their ways ahead of time:

Romans 1:18-22 (KJV): For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

Revelation 21:8 (KJV): But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Revelation 9:21 (ESV): nor did they repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.

Is it a coincidence that we see a rise in the church that starts off like a mini rock show, and the “sermon” involves not one single Bible being opened, feels more like a talk show, and maybe quotes Scripture 2 or 3 times in the whole “message”? There is nothing inherently wrong with an awesome, loud and modern praise and worship, and actually I enjoy it at times, but if you lose the whole point of church after that and don’t teach people anything from the Bible about God or Jesus or living by His command, or about sin and repentance, just get them in get them out, take their tithe, then are you even a church of Christ, or are you more of a cult and a business?

Obviously, based on human morals, not all sins are equal, and we would do well to remember this. But we should not allow this to go to our heads and assume that our little white lies aren’t as bad as lust, cheating, homosexuality or murder. We need to remember that even something small like a white lie is still sin and each sin carries its weight in consequences because all sin invades, harms, destroys, and disrupts the good design that God so desperately wants for our world. One thing we do need to remember when we do mess up is the Cross. All sin is the same on the Cross, which renders it all the same: Forgiven. We need only to ask, seek Him, and repent.

Overall, Verse 9 is just a repetition of what we have already been talking and reading about - Satan and his angels, well, actually demons now. The devil runs throughout the earth seeking whom he may devour, and in actuality, he devil does not even bother the lost at all because he already has them. He is after the believer, and trust and believe he comes to church regularly, trying to coax you away. He brings false doctrine and strife in the church.

So what can we do? Check everyone and everything they say by the Word of God. The deceiver will come dressed in sheep’s clothing:

Matthew 7:15 (KJV): Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 

Why Did God “Make the Devil”?

For starters, Satan was not always a fallen angel, but out of hatred in his heart allowed by God’s permissible will to give all creation free will, he chose to rebel.

Ezekiel 28:11-15 talks about Satan’s dazzling beauty:

Ezekiel 28:11-15 (KJV): Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

In contrast, Isaiah 14:13-14 and 1 John 3:8 talk about his motivation to challenge God:

Isaiah 14:13-14 (KJV): For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

1 John 3:8 (KJV): He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

Now, the question, why did God create Satan or the serpent? Well, Satan, being a fallen angel and, thus, a supernatural spirit, had possessed the body of a snake in its pre-fall form, and we learn this from analyzing several Scriptures. The serpent was a creature created by God but used by Satan:

John 3:8 (KJV): The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

Revelation 12:9 (KJV): And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Revelation 20:2 (KJV): And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

John 8:44 (KJV): Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Overall, it really is quite simple when you analyze Scripture. Possession wasn’t out of the ordinary in Biblical times, and may not even be now for all we know, but one thing is clear, and that is the identity of Satan and his role in the end times.