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“Revelation 12:5”
by Art Sadlier   
April 26th, 2009

We saw last week that Satan hates Christ because Christ is promised to bring about Satan's destruction, Gen. 3:15.

"And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne." verse 5.  In this one short verse we have the whole span of Satan`s attempts to take Christ's life. From the ages that Israel travailed to bring forth the child and to the time He was caught up to God's throne.

This verse also looks forward to the millenial kingdom when Christ will rule the nations with an iron hand.

When Christ was caught up to heaven that ended Satan's attempt to defeat him who is promised to destroy  him.

Satan's only hope was to destroy the people of Christ, whether it be Israel or the Church.  If Satan can destroy Israel then Christ cannot come to rule and reign over her and God's purposes and promises will fail. That is the only hope left to Satan.

Since Israel has been temporarily set aside and God is calling out a people for His name, the Church, Satan has fought with all his strength and resources to destroy the church. When the church is raptured the battle of Satan against the church will be over forever.

However at that time God will return to working with Israel, to redeem them and set up His earthly kingdom and rule over them. Then Satan's last opportunity will be ended.  Christ will have finally  manifested His triumph over His adversary the devil.

In verse 4, we see Satan standing before the woman to devour her child.  Satan did that all down the long centuries of Israel's history. A careful study of the Old Testament will reveal dozens of attempts by Satan to destroy the line of the Messiah.  At the cross Satan rejoiced in his triumph over Christ, but Christ arose from the dead to seal Satan's defeat.

Satan never knew when the child would come so he persisted  over the centuries, how Satan hates God and His Christ. We see that same hatred for Israel today as he enters the hearts of men and women to fight against Israel. We see in the suicide bomber the satanic hatred for the Jew.

Satan will never give up until He is bound in hell. Satan's greatest fury against God's people Israel is yet future. The mid tribulation period will see the greatest violence the world has ever known. Multiplied millions of tribulation saints will be slaughtered, perhaps hundreds of millions. Zechariah tells us that two-thirds of all living Jews will die at the hand of Satan and his man of sin, that could be as many as 8-10 million.

We often fail to realize that we are in a monumental warfare with Satan and his, perhaps billions of demons. The greatest tool of Satan in the last days according to Jesus in Matthew 24, is religious deception. How we need to guard against spiritual deception. We are seeing this subtle attack all around us. Bringing the world into the church, the world's music, the world's methods and entertainment. Christ is no longer the center and circumference of the church. Sometimes the church seems to go on as before but Christ is on the outside looking in and the Spirit of God has departed. The saddest thing of all is that no one understands what has happened. Spiritual deception comes from the Lord and it is in response to indifference and hardness of heart.

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