Good Tuesday morning. Happy Birthday to Shawna, yesterday. I hope she had a wonderful day and her year will be full of blessings.

Revelation 12: 7-12

7 “And war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought back, 8 but they were defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. 9 The great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming,

“Now have come the salvation and the power

    and the kingdom of our God

    and the authority of his Messiah,

for the accuser of our comrades has been thrown down,

    who accuses them day and night before our God.

11 But they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb

    and by the word of their testimony,

for they did not cling to life even in the face of death.

12 Rejoice then, you heavens

    and those who dwell in them!

But woe to the earth and the sea,

    for the devil has come down to you

with great wrath,

    because he knows that his time is short!”

A war breaks out in heaven! This time, John doesn’t make us guess who the dragon is: the devil, satan, the deceiver, the accuser. He and his legion of angels is thrown out of heaven, down to earth. There are many ancient stories that this could have been drawn from, but in Isaiah 14:12 we read, “How you are fallen from heaven,

    O Day Star, son of Dawn!

How you are cut down to the ground,

    you who laid the nations low!” or from the New King James translation, ““How you are fallen from heaven,

O Lucifer, son of the morning!

How you are cut down to the ground,

You who weakened the nations!”

In 1 Timothy 3:6 we read the qualifications for a Bishop, ” He must not be a recent convert, or he may be puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil.”

There is a strong and definite line of thought in the Old Testament in which Satan is still an angel and is still under the command of God and still has access to the presence of God. We read about that in Job 1:6-9; 2: 1-6 and in Zechariah 3: 1,2. Satan has his own place in God’s design as the adversary of men. When a man is on trial before God, Satan is the angel who is the counsel for the prosecution and says all that is to be said agains the man. (according to Barclay) For the most part in the Old Testament, Satan is very much under the jurisdiction of God.

That’s enough for today. Tomorrow, we’ll see what the New Testament calls Satan.

Blessings on your day,

Pastor Sue