Revelation 12:10 – Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “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 brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.”
As we read through Revelation, we are given some amazing word pictures of the plan of God. Revelation 12 cannot be read without our imaginations conjuring up what this event must have looked like as Satan is defeated and cast down to the earth. It is quite natural to focus on the momentous battle in heaven being fought by Archangel Michael and the angels against the great dragon and the eventual victory, but there are some priceless words in verse 10 that describe the complete result of the battle. We read in verse 10, “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah.” Let’s take a moment to focus on the four significant results of the defeat of Satan.
Jesus Christ came to this earth, lived a sinless life, was crucified and died on the cross taking on the penalty for our sins (the wrath of God), and rose again as our Savior and King. It is through our Messiah we all have salvation. The defeat of Satan removes him as our ‘accuser’ because through the righteous Christ we stand blameless before God, ensured of our eternal standing with God because of what Jesus did. Salvation is complete in Chris; the enemy has no power to change that.
As we read through Revelation, we become acutely aware that Jesus Christ is the one with all the power. Our Messiah will return to this earth with power from on high to once and for all establish His kingdom on the earth for eternity. Hebrews 1:3 states “And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power.” We too are promised to walk this earth with power. Jesus is seated at the right hand of God the Father, and He gives us the power to face down evil and win. It is true many Christians are martyred every year for their faith, but even in martyrdom, they are exhibiting power. Many a story has come back to us about a martyr’s faith being so strong, and unyielding it changes even those causing their death. I always think of the famous story we know by the book and movie titled “End of the Spear” about the real-life martyrdom of Christian missionaries in Eastern Ecuador. The power of their witness by refusing to fight back and willingly die for the gospel impacted the members of that tribe so deeply it changed their hearts, and many were brought to know Jesus Christ. Now THAT is the power that comes from Christ!
Kingdom of our God
When Jesus was in the wilderness, He was tempted by Satan three times. The last and final temptation was when Jesus was brought up to a high mountain and told if He worshipped Satan, He would be given all the kingdoms on the earth. Jesus knew who was the real King of Kings and corrected Satan by referencing Deuteronomy 10:20 that states we are to worship God and only God. Jesus Christ is the ultimate King of Kings. Chapter 1:5 of Revelation states “…and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth to Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father – to Him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.” We are a part now, and will be a part of His kingdom which will last forever. What an amazing promise for us.
Jesus Christ is given all authority on heaven and earth (Matthew 28:18) and Paul reminds us of that in Colossians 2:9-10 – For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. The defeat of Satan simply validates His authority over all of heaven and earth. Additionally, Jesus gives us authority on earth today to accomplish His will. We find this in his final instructions to the disciples in Matthew 28 in what we have come to call ‘The Great Commission’. John Piper says this about verses 18-20:
“The courage to go, the audacity to make disciples for Jesus from followers of other lords and other religions, the authority to baptize in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, are all based on the rock solid foundation of the words – and the reality – ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.’”
All of us carry the authority of Jesus to bring hope and truth to the world through the message of the Gospel. And joyously we walk forward with that gospel and authority.
Let’s continue to read Revelation from this perspective of the victory Jesus Christ brings both now and at the end when Satan is finally, one and for all, taken out of the picture and the righteousness of God is established on this earth for eternity.