Most stories presented in books, movies, or television shows, typically follow a basic pattern of events, where the good contends with the bad, the bad overwhelms the good for a season, but in the end, the good prevails. I’m a huge fan of Marvel and DC comics, partly because I’ve stored a collection of cards and books since the early 90’s, and also because the more modern movies have been really good. Heroes usually struggle against their rivals and foes in the comics, but they get the last laugh in the end.
In real life, similar stories can be found in the lives of all those who are heroes for the Gospel of Christ. All who are baptized in God’s Spirit, have been blessed with immense power and authority to do things that can never be accomplished by normal human strength. In The eyes of God, we are heroes, but have to contend against our arch nemesis, satan, and his band of evil spirits. There will be days when we will struggle, and maybe even fall a few times, because satan’s schemes can be very enticing, but our temporary downfalls don’t compare to our eternal victory.
In John’s vision, in our text, the Spirit of God showed him very unique, and powerful things to come. It appears that the church today, is on the losing end of the great spiritual battle, as we see good men and women fall to the wickedness of satan, but his works will soon come to an end, when the angel comes down from Heaven, binds him in a great chain, then casts that old serpent into the bottomless pit for a thousand years. This is only the beginning of his eternal beatdown. Believers need not worry concerning our adversary, because his defeat is inevitable. We are guaranteed victory in this life, and the next, so we shouldn’t fear nor faint when our lives are attacked. Knowing that our living won’t be in vain, should motivate us to push harder in our witnessing and ministering efforts. Because of Christ, and His unbelievable example He left for us to follow, we can overcome evil with good. We don’t have to submit, nor give in to the pressure of this new world order. Times are changing, and many are falling, but the power of God that created everything, still exists to be used by His children to root out the seed of wickedness that tries to settle in the lives of God’s people, to pull down every stronghold that is set to fight against the believer’s purpose and mission, to destroy every plan that satan sets in motion to ensnare the Saints, to build and edify the body of believers, and to plant seeds of love in every person we meet.
Many of the Saints have, and still will suffer in this life for spreading the testimony of Jesus, not worshipping the beast nor his image, and for not taking his mark upon their foreheads nor their hands, but all those who are slain for Christ sake, will reign with the Savior a thousand years. “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years” (vs. 6).
Walk in love,