In today’s passage, we see how easily the devil is defeated by God. The whole mighty army of Satan is consumed by fire from heaven, and the Devil himself is thrown into a fiery lake. Then, in the second paragraph, we read of the day of Judgement. A day on which the grave gives up it’s dead, and all are judged according to their deeds. Both Satan and the grave are completely commanded by The Lord whose power is absolute and complete. This is the hope that under pins the faith of all true Christians. We may well be engaged in a spiritual battle with Satan, but God is not. God is superior to Satan and has already won the victory over him. But the battle for our souls goes on. My only thought is this: if the Satan seems to us to be so powerful in the light of our sin ravaged world, imagine how very much more powerful God is, who has so completely defeated him.
Revelation 20:7-15 NLT
When the thousand years come to an end, Satan will be let out of his prison. He will go out to deceive the nations—called Gog and Magog—in every corner of the earth. He will gather them together for battle—a mighty army, as numberless as sand along the seashore. And I saw them as they went up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded God’s people and the beloved city. But fire from heaven came down on the attacking armies and consumed them. Then the devil, who had deceived them, was thrown into the fiery lake of burning sulphur, joining the beast and the false prophet. There they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
And I saw a great white throne and the one sitting on it. The earth and sky fled from his presence, but they found no place to hide. I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books. The sea gave up its dead, and death and the grave gave up their dead. And all were judged according to their deeds. Then death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This lake of fire is the second death. And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.
Now, I can’t say with any degree of certainty who has their name written in the book of Life, but I can say that I know what God requires of his children. I know that if I am to be a child of God and not be a slave of satan, I must listen to, and obey, the Lord’s commands and instructions as given to us in the scriptures. I must turn my life to his service and confess my failures to him. I must believe in him and share with others what I know of God. Above all, I must love The Lord my God above all others, and humbly strive to reflect God’s astonishing and all conquering love, into the lives of those around me who are still fighting a losing battle against the devil.
Zechariah 14:1-21, Revelation 20:1-15, Psalms 148:1-14, Proverbs 31:8-9