Daily Bible Reading – Ezekiel 38, 39; Psalm 145; Revelation 20
Today’s Key Passage – Revelation 20:1-10
In September 2011, some friends and I went to the theater to see the movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes. We walked into the movie with great anticipation, but I must admit that all of us left a little disappointed. We were hoping to watch a dramatic, drawn-out battle in the movie, but what we found instead was about an hour and forty minutes of building followed by about 15 minutes of actual battle, which left us unsatisfied.
Those looking for a long, drawn-out battle will not find it in Revelation 20 either. Though the entire book of Revelation (and really the entire Bible) builds toward a battle between the forces of good and evil, the actual event is quite short. In fact, Satan’s ultimate defeat – the event we have waited for since his first appearance in Genesis – is dealt with in a single sentence. When I thought about this today, I concluded that I believe God did this on purpose. I believe God wanted John to only spend one sentence on Satan’s final destruction as a way of demonstrating His power. There is no doubt that Satan is powerful. There is no doubt that he attacks us and that his attacks can be quite strong sometimes. The wonderful truth, though, is that as powerful as Satan may be, he is no match for God. Our Lord Jesus is so powerful, in fact, that He can dispense with Satan in a single blow, and can throw him into the lake of burning sulfur to be “tormented day and night for ever and ever”. (20:10) While this battle will be short, it will not leave any one of us unsatisfied, because Satan’s defeat will mark the end of all evil and sin. What a glorious day that will be indeed.
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Posted on September 15, 2014, in 27 - Revelation and tagged Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, Faith, God, God's Character, Jesus, Judgment, Religion, Salvation, Sin, Waiting. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.