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Revelation 12: The Accuser of The Brethren

Alistair Huong

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  • July 19, 2008
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our father in heaven we are thankful that you have woken us to a new Sabbath and that you have blessed us with yet another opportunity to study your word as we take a glimpse into the gray controversy today may we recognize our role in this great collective battle and may we choose the right side this is our friend Jesus and relationship to twelve last week we covered sort of half of the chapter what we did was we give you a brief outline of what the chapter is a balance and then we skipped around a little bit to what we talked the last week was the woman the woman clothed in light of the sun standing on the moon crown of twelve stars saw that represented God 's pure church and that church was not one specific static entity it started out at the Jewish nation because we saw that the woman with travail in birth gave birth to Jesus Christ but later I was persecuted in the wilderness including the ballot no longer the Jewish nation and became the fewer church of the wilderness some people call it and we also saw the Dragon the Dragon was this typically identified in verse nine as Satan or the Devil and synonymous with being a serpent but the Dragon is also obese and we saw it that this chapter describe the seven headed dragon as a political power through which they can work so initially it was the pagan Roman Empire that tried to kill Jesus of the baby and then transitioned into the papal power which persecuted the church during the dark ages for the four hundred sixty years at the the point to remember because Revelation chapter seventeen we see another beast with seven heads and does give us a clue how to interpret that seven had to get a happen to be a matter of great contention within the church or not there quite yet so you have to wait till we get there and we also talked about the other three divisions of the woman or the church apostolic church which happens prior to the twelve sixty the wilderness church which happened during the twelve sixty and then the remnant church would take place after the twelve sixty and we talked about apostolic church already and we started to touch on the wilderness church but when you shift you the mobility and try to go in order now through the rest of this chapter last week when so let's begin verse six is readable quickly so we get our bearing verse six and the woman fled into the wilderness where she had a place prepared of God and they should fear they are a thousand two hundred threescore days so we begin by looking at the wilderness experience the woman squeezed to the wilderness then we went down to verse thirteen and fourteen we see the Dragon is persecuting the woman who brought forth the man is how the children to win Michigan limited wilderness for time time after time so repeat the time frame again but in between those verses we have sort of a parenthetical reference parenthetical insertion where the scene changes is prior to this we would look yummier the woman was an entity that was operating that existed on the earth under seven we looks in heaven okay so verse seven a verse twelve is a parenthetical insertion and give the some back story it's like a flash I give us some context about why this is happening between the woman and Dragon okay and you got understand the Jewish mind when John was writing is not a very is not logically or sequentially organized like me think of helping should be organized we say we go through chronologically directing down they write things down as the slot best should be presented so it's organized by thought pattern and so the book of revelation notice in vitro study can't a lot speak and be in trouble but if you study at based on themes and ideas then your young better ground they suggest little side note the less of a volunteer who can regress versus seven three nine Revelation twelve and Mike in front twelve verse seven through nine and there was war in heaven Michael and his angels on against the Dragon and the dragonfly and his angels and prevailed not neither was there found anymore it neither what was their place found any more in heaven and the great dragon was cast out that old serpent called the Devil and Satan which to see that the whole world he was cast out into the air at his angels were cast out with him or I so in a very brief nutshell we see a picture of what happened in heaven and according to this visa versa it's uncertain when this took place but we know based on other sources it's bright and smart sources and also to reasoning through Genesis enough of a good joke we know this to place actually prior to the creation of the world there was war in heaven Michael and his angels for off and dragonfly now I am not intending to go in death about Michael but let me suffice it to say that Michael is Jesus Jesus is the Archangel Michael the Archangel is what is called in other places Archangel simply mean leader of the Angels it does not mean he is of the same creative status as the Angels again we put that Revelation chapter ten Jesus is described as a mighty angel revelation separate he was an angel standing before the golden altar with evidence with insights sent seven cents so I want into that we have to many other things to cover but so Jesus and his angels fought against the dragon and the dragonfly and his angels and prevailed not in the devil and his angels were cast out where they were cast out into the earth and notice that he was cast out Seda cast out now let's have someone read for the first ten and eleven Eric first ten eleven and I heard a loud voice saying in heaven now is come salvation and strength in the kingdom of our God and the power of his Christ for the accuser of our brethren is cast down is that before our God day and night and he overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony and they loved not their lives unto the death RI we see that verse ten now something else happens but I'm about to tell you something that may not make sense but I think the following first-hand when the Bible says now is the salvation and strength and acumen gunpowder surprised when that comes that is actually not at the moment that Satan was cast out of heaven what I say to you remember inverse nine the devil and his angels they were tasked out but in verse ten Satan is cast down is a difference you can be cast out but you can also still be not tested down now when you look out that is verse when is it a salvation and strength in the kingdom of God and the power was present when that realized exactly it was at that happened at the cross prior to Jesus death on the cross salvation what had not fully what is not fully I may be careful what I say was had not the propitiation has not been given the sacrifice had not been given and in addition you can study this out the idea of the character of God was not clearly revealed to the unfallen universe until Christ came and died on the cross after Christ's death on the cross there is no more sympathy for Satan in heaven and that is why he cast down and that is why in verse twelve is set therefore rejoice ye heavens but will be under them who live on the earth because things and as far as having a concerned they are not to be tempted by Satan any longer because they party scene his true colors of the those of us on the earth we still have we still have to be convinced and we still have some time okay I guess that back here verse ten gives us the clue of what type of war this is about we see them like a one of angels thought against the dragon and his angels and in our modern day and age we think about fighting as the physical contention between two parties young nuclear war or may be no some space laser bathers whatever but the Angels really rough it out in August wrestling and elevated what the other wings burst ten tells us what kind of a war this was the war of words Satan accused the brethren 's accusations came up before God and the unfallen world day and night so now the question is what were his accusations and what were those accusations that at the cross Christ was able to answer into silence what what were those accusations okay let's look at a few verses together let's all volunteered you can look up Zachariah chapter three verses one through four Zechariah chapter three verses one through four okay the front that he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Lord and Satan standing at his right hand resistive and the Lord said in a statement Lord rebuke thee O Satan even the Lord that has chosen Jerusalem rebuke the is not this a brand plucked out of the fire now Joshua was closed with filthy garments and stood before the angel through before yes and he answered and spake unto those that stood before him saying take away the filthy garments from him another name you said behold I've caused that iniquity to pass from the will close the with the change of raiment and very moving story here the parable in a way I see Joshua the high priest who is a representative of God 's people and Satan was standing there in the Kenyans as to resistant the modernist is to be an adversary or by could use the word as his accuser we don't see exactly what Satan says here the weekend induce we can look at and figure out what he was basically accusing God and Joshua what did not actually say to Satan though first of all did he argue with them the reason within with a Gothic the Lord rebuke the and then he and God continues to go on to do the work that he was about to do for Joshua which is change his raiment our righteousness is as filthy rags but Christ righteousness is the white and clean linen that is spun in the loom of heaven something to that effect but here we go we see here at the first accusation and Zachariah although Satan doesn't say it we can see it Satan says God you have no right to forgive this sinful man you cannot forgive him and the logic if you forgive him God forgive me accusation number one and what was God 's response of accusation accusation against God 's forgiving power does God even begin to reason with Satan he just said the Lord rebuke you I have nothing the city didn't be behind me Satan right next accusation was look in the book of Job Job chapter one verses sixty six through twelve Job chapter one verses sixty twelve it am a volunteer quickly quickly anyone to hear monde in the front thank you and much chapter one verses six through twelve now there was a day when the sons of God can't present themselves before the Lord and thing came also among them and the Lords into saying in a cell and thing answered the Lord and said from going to a growing era from walking up and down in it and the Lord said unto Satan five thousand and my servant Job there is none like him in the air the perfect and upright man one nephew of God and is she with you and Satan answered the Lord and said that killed your God for naught has not now made in hedge around him about him and about his house about all this had on every side of his blasts the work of his hands in his substance is increased in the land but put forth thine hand now and such already had and he will curse the genetic basis and I like that into same before all that he had it in my power only upon himself but not forth thine hand so Satan went forth from the presence of life and you familiar story right Joe the book of Job opens with a scene in heaven the sons of God and meeting the representatives of the unfallen world gather before God so that the no little report or load counsel maybe and Satan comes as a representative of this earth and gone venture is to say have you considered Joe and then Satan then hurls the next accusation against God the accusation is simply this your people assume a Job in this case obey you only because you bless them so the second accusation has to do with the holy lives the obedience of God 's people number one was forgiveness the material was obedience and what was God 's response in this case custom God says have at it do whatever you want them Chapter two we see that it continues God says do anything you want them except take his life and there were a lot of things worse than being dead and Jill went through it he went through it so now the second accusation and it's interesting to see God 's responses to each of these accusations but there's a third accusation the first one forgiveness at one obedience third one it's in the book of Jude Jude only one chapter and you first nine Jude verse nine just one birthday Rachel thank you Jane first nine Michael Archangel and content what the devil when he disputed about the body in those days dared not bring against him and reviling accusation that said the Lord rebuke you so here we see a third activation between Michael the Archangel or Jesus and Satan and what were they disputing about the body of Moses and what did Jesus want to do with Moses raising from the dead how we know that while we know this because he was resurrected he was that he appeared to Jesus on amount of transfiguration that he was resurrected but here we see Satan 's accusation is God you have no right to resurrect the dead they belong to me I see that accusation and gone what was his response the same response at the doctor I am the Lord rebuke you the free activation the first one has to do it forgiveness the second one has to do it obedience third one has to do it the resurrection and in the first case with forgiveness God simply says I'm not an argument you Satan I rebuke you with resurrection God said the same thing I'm of an argument you understand and do it get a behind the lot when it comes to the life the holiness of God 's people God says you can test them I many give you some chat some chances here something interesting to think about were to come back to that but if I can put it this way these three accusations cries completely annihilated I can say at least for the unfallen universe these accusations no longer hold any water the first one is the idea of justification second one sanctification and the third one glorification or in other words the plan of salvation answered Satan 's accusations to the plan of righteousness by faith cries can one by one annihilate every single accusation but this requires a choice on our part and that is why Revelation chapter twelve verse eleven this is what we see relationship to twelve verse eleven is said and they overcame him meaning God 's people overcame him by the blood of the land and the blood of the land is what grants justification from our sin by the word of their testimony the word of from alive a testimony of a holy life a life that is in harmony with God and they loved not their lives and death why because there could be resurrected one these are the three tools by which Satan will at last it requires a choice in our part Christ at his death she told why did the provision for every single one of these steps justification the blood was shed testimony or where the testimony Christ holy life was an example to us to follow his footsteps his death and resurrection was the first fruits he became the first begotten so we have the assurance that we too can love not a life and that could one day we can happen blessing of resurrection as well to see the gray controversy at the cross at the crux of fulcrum if you well what the tipping point by yet the conflict is not over for the heavenly intelligences it is Christ adequately proved the point but for those on earth there are still some unresolved issues with it what about birth twelve therefore rejoice ye heavens and ye that dwell in them well to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea for the devil is come down unto you having great wrath because he knows that he hath but a short time why is it why why should the heavenly intelligence rejoice because Satan will no longer harass them he's done with them but they are done with him I should say a wallaby and authors to live on this earth because Satan his fury is focus like a laser beam specifically on us and from there John transitioned back to the wilderness church and that he thought a thing by the way everyone this is why the Dragon is so angry with the woman that make sense why he went to the flashback not coming back now I get some context about why the devil is so angry and so we see that the woman flees into the wilderness and by the way there is so much the study did not forgive just like hopping and skipping there a lot of things I I know I'm not going in depth into but anyway one thing though that I and I will say as as an application I was talking with a doctor in Malaysia for weeks ago who is been a missionary to Africa and India several times he said malaria five times and he lived down the boondocks of no electricity amazing guy he told me something that you know it makes a lot of sense the most feared warriors soldiers are those who are unafraid of death that they are the most dangerous and so the Christians as Satan fear the most are those who don't fear death either and that is why the Bible says they loved not their lives and that in the final generation if we are to finish the work but were afraid to die and were not to be doing as much as we can something to think about else the revelation fourteen verse six thirteen is also promise were not there yet but I did inject this is said Blessed are they would die from henceforth the work works do follow them those to preach the three angels message it is a blessing for those even if they do die okay back to the church in the wilderness KM unit hop and skip here last week we talked about significance of being in the wilderness for three and a half years because there is another profit who was in the wilderness for three and a half years or so to say three half years in a profit with Elijah and half years of no rain and this wilderness church for three and half years with receiving get training because in Malachi four versus five and six is a prophecy that before the great and dreadful day of the Lord your life you will come again for this church in the wilderness they were being prepared for the final Elijah message and also we talk about another Bible story that gives us the food that nourishes got people in the wilderness because your revolution twelve we see that she is nourished for a time and number six is that they should feed her there is a very specific than the wilderness she's eating something she receiving nourishment and what is wilderness nourishment what does God do this people when they're traveling in the wilderness matter was looked in Revelation three very quickly to go backwards a little bit Revelation chapter three verse twenty and twenty one reference this on not having read it in the church at five Tyra which is the church and not darkness in the Middle Ages we see Jezebel okay Jezebel the prophetess verse twenty one God says I gave her space to repent and space in ancient Israel and Jezebel of the live how long was it that God gave her the chance to repent three happy years he can also see this in the book of James but right prior to this God promises to those who overcome something very special what is the foot and her seventeen church appurtenant to those who overcome I will give to eat the hit in that so you see I'm not disappointed that they are here with connecting this to the seven churches prior to the twelve hundred sixty days of darkness that you you're right it's aptitude sorry I was the getting myself in chapter two so this wilderness church receives hidden manna and Nana is bread from heaven and bread can also be a word so in a broad sense they were given word the word of God that was not publicly available to other people but specifically the truth that Nana was to teach the children of Israel you can look it up and at the sixteen is to teach them the Sabbath so the Sabbath message was that hidden manna and while it hidden because it was so obscure the Sabbath was almost lost her in the dark ages but God miraculously preserved is through his faithful people you don't here and there small pockets not the majority by by far as of this church is about to come out of the wilderness she's been fed with wilderness through hidden and secret of the Sabbath the verse fifteen in Revelation twelve now we see and the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman I see my closet each fadeaway of the flood now couple applications here you notice that the Dragon now becomes a serpent we know that they're the same person since the same devil Satan Satan but how a person is described often gives a little hint of what is the characteristic that is being emphasized so what is the characteristic of the serpent when he appeared for the first time in the Bible what was he doing good liar deceiving exactly right so the serpent represents deception Satan working through deceptive means the dragons he's working through political means or political power or brute force military force serpent represents deception as a during the twelve and a sixty years did that Satan tried to ruin the church through deception oh yes many deceptions Sunday sacredness is one of them and also the priesthood of all believers was undermined justification by faith with undermine in the list goes on and on bond on idols also at the thing was specifically what was the deception the first deception by the Satan about a certain he said thou shalt not surely die so what is one of the main deceptions that creeps in to take the church of the flood it is idea of immortality of the soul immortality of the soul and we are told of the great controversy immortality of the soul as well as Sunday sacredness will be true of the great final deceptions and it comes as a flood but a couple of applications here when a beast you know I've would looking at the Dragon inverse scene we see that the flood also is attributed to the Dragon when a dragon up or a political beast something comes out of his mouth what does that represent when a political beats weight in chapter thirteen we do see this again when a beast speaks that's right legislation and a flat waters Revelation seventeen verse fifteen why does represent multitudes peoples nations and talks so there is legislation for a mass persecution through political means and in the dark ages that's exactly what we saw attempted mass extermination of the Waldensians in the Alps Saint Bartholomew 's massacre that you can does exactly that that's what Fouad I believe the Calvinists they would want be massacred in that case and also the Inquisition legislated means to exterminate NASA's groups of people only look at the Bible we see that the earth helped the woman verse sixteen we see that the earth opened her mouth and swallowed up the flood and specifically the earth what does it represent the opposite of water water multitudes nations peoples sons whether the earth represent and unpopulated region and around and of this twelve hundred and sixty days about seventeen ninety eight or thereabouts was there fairly unpopulated land that call that was an Avenue to help stop the persecution we are standing on the soil of that nation the United States arose at about the right time right at the end the dispute of persecution for God to move the faithful took place within can have freedom to develop the remnant church the remnant church and this is all that be expanded in Chapter thirteen member chapter twelve is an overview chapter thirteen is emphasizing Satan the dragons activities chapter fourteen emphasizes the remnants activities so this the phone overview the first seventeen this is where I want to focus the rest of our time I think I'm about ten minutes and adrenaline seven minutes oh boy so in verse twelve verse seventeen were to go through this quickly the dragon was lost with the woman and went to make war with the remnant of her seed which keep the commandment of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ we are to know why the wide assortment was angry for one reason on how much you going to let him I didn't reference the Bible story numbers chapter sixteen we see a story in which the earth opened up swallowed something it was the rebellion of Clore and in that case core also was accusing God specifically accusing God leadership God 's appointed sources of authority and they were claiming to be that sort of authority the fatalist doing the same thing claiming to be in the place of God got all allow the earth open up her mouth to swallow up the flood which identify that God was actually on the side of the woman that's exactly happen a number sixteen on open of the mouth or the earth open of his mouth and out God 's way of indicating I am standing on Moses and Aaron side not on chloro date in the Byron side case of Satan especially now is very upset because God had made abundantly clear I'm not standing on your side I am picking the woman and the remnant of receipt of their other reasons year this can know we can talk by the remnant the relationship of the seed about how the woman gave birth again all of these terms in the Bible travailing in birth at the end of time but they have the commands of God to keep the commands of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ revolution chapter nineteen verse ten tells the test made Jesus Christ is the spirit of prophecy revelation chapter at twenty two those two the bread and the prophets are also those who am I refer to as having a testimony of Jesus can look at those verses later I think that's something that you must have heard before but let's look in Matthew chapter five keep your fingers in Revelation twelve Matthew chapter five Matthew chapter five verse seventeen and believe on Disney does for the sake of time it sets Gina says think not that I'm come to destroy the law or the prophets I am not come to destroy but to fulfill for verily I sent to you till heaven and earth pass one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass in the law till all be fulfilled Jesus said when he came to this earth he was to fulfill the law and the testimony and that heaven and earth will not pass away as long as the law stands let's look in second Peter second Peter chapter three second Peter chapter three verse ten and eleven ten to twelve against the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise and the elements shall melt with fervent heat the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved what manner persons like to be in all holy conversation and godliness looking for an hasting unto the day of the Lord where in the heavens being on fire to be dissolved the elements melt with fervent heat the Jesus and Matthew says till all be fulfilled heaven in our shall not pass but in second Peter we see that some day heaven and earth will pass so stands to reason that there can come a time when the law and the prophets will be fulfilled and if you look in Revelation chapter twelve verse seventeen this remnant church they keep the commandments of God which is the law of God and have the testimony of Jesus which is the spirit of prophecy for this remnant church specifically has the law and the prophets and his remnant church specifically revelation fourteen brings about close of this world history so what that means that this remnant church is going to fulfill the law and the prophets what does that mean I am running out of time but let me give you this reference Hebrews chapter ten and it's actually the whole chapter specifically versus twelve versus ten I believe a twelve to seventeen or sixteen or seventeen specifically the fulfillment of the law is when God writes the law in your heart and in your mind and that chapter proves that by saying the law the sacrifices of bolding goats they cannot take away the conscience of sin but when gone right along their hearts and rights in your mind to blot out your sins and you remember the no more and God doesn't remember your sin you better believe that you are not in a remember your sense fulfillment of the law means the law being written in our hearts and minds last point fulfillment of the prophets relationship contender seven Revolution September seven sets are inundated with voices and Angel Monsieur God shall be finished as with the cleared to the prophets and the law and the prophets will be fulfilled by the remnant church development affect okay you ran out of time I miss it down now and God bless you

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