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“Revelation 12:12”
by Art Sadlier   
June 14th, 2009

As we come to Revelation 12:12, we read, "Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them". We can hardly imagine the joy of the inhabitants of heaven when Satan is cast out of heaven. We can almost hear the praises and hallelujahs as the courts of heaven ring. Not only is Satan cast out of their presence forever but the signal is given that the final overthrow of Satan is now underway. I suspect those who are in heaven have a clearer perspective of the awfullness of sin and Satan. The blackness of Satan is contrasted by the holiness of God which they can behold as we cannot. The hundreds of millions of men and women deceived and cast into hell by the deceptions of Satan and the affront he pours out upon a Holy God. The pain and anguish and sufferings upon the people of God, all purposed and brought about by this evil dragon. What joy fills all of heaven as he is reckoned with.

The Lord Jesus Christ now reigns supreme in all three heavens, again cause for more rejoicing!

The announcement of Satan`s casting out of heaven is simultaneous with sounding of the seventh trumpet in 11:15-19.

We read, "Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time". When Satan is cast out of heaven he has great wrath because he knoweth that he has only a short time. It seems that Satan is surprised that he is cast out, incredibly, he had thought that he would be victorious over the Lord! The great deceiver was deceived himself. We catch something of the depths of deception that comes over men and demons.

We are overwhelmed by the depths of deception that comes upon the hearts and minds of men and women. We tremble at the horror that many will enter into as they stand before Christ convinced that they are saved and hear him say, "I never knew you, depart from me". We are filled with foreboding as we look out upon evangelicals today, deceived by New Evangelicalism. Our only consolation is that,"The Lord knoweth them thar are His".

This event takes place at the mid trib point as confirmed by Christ in Matthew 24:15. "He knoweth that he hath but a short time". Satan knows that his only hope now of defeating Christ is to destroy Israel, if he can destroy Israel he has defeated God, so he furiously attacks Israel. Again we see the depths of deception that comes upon those who rebel against God and His word.

We think of the multitude around us who merrily go on their way, oblivious of the flames of hell, thoughtlessly driftimg into hell itself, blinded by the great deceiver who is himself deceived.

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