THE SEVENTH TRUMPET – TWO SPIRITUAL WONDERS IN A STRUGGLE                           REVELATION 12:1-5 – CONTINUED

Today in our study we are going to consider a little further our archenemy – Satan.  Last study, we considered the first character, that is Israel.  Further, we reviewed some of what the Scripture says about the second character, Satan.  Today, we want to continue our study of Satan.

The second character of Revelation 12:5 is the great red dragon, that is, the devil.  Again, note that the dragon is also said to be a WONDER or sign in heaven.   In our previous study, we considered THREE SIGNIFICANT THINGS about Satan and the woman.  Today we will extend our study.

1.There is the description and authority of the dragon or devil. Note what these verses in Revelation 12:1-5 say:

  • The dragon is also said to be a wonder or sign in heaven.
  • This is a description of the authority of the dragon, or the devil.   Note: We considered this area last week.
  • Remember, when the Scripture speaks of Satan as a red dragon, it is referring to the evil work he does, not to his looks or appearance.
  • Today we want to recognize Satan’s power and authority that God has allowed through the use of Satan’s titles in Scripture.
  • Satan carries the title as the GOD OF THIS WORLD who blinds men’s minds.  This is a special and powerful title and it reminds us that when witnessing to someone, we should not get discouraged, if at first, they reject God’s message of salvation.  Remember, that they are not rejecting you but God’s message. Why?  Because they have been blinded by Satan, God’s enemy! This title reminds us that Satan is currently active in the other person’s mind.   It is vitally important that we don’t give up after our first session or meeting with them.  Go back home and continue in prayer for the unsaved person and continue keeping Philippians 4:13, 19 in mind.  Satan is not greater than our God so don’t get discouraged.  Scripture reminds us that with God nothing is impossible and that includes our witnessing to other people.
  • There are many reasons why someone might reject God’s free gift of eternal life when you first extend the gift to them. So, don’t get discouraged.
  • Seek God in prayer (John 3:16; Romans 10:9-13).

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them” (2 Corinthians 4:4). 

Remember, it is not the soul winner that brings people to salvation.  It is the Gospel when applied by the Holy Spirit to that life.

  • Satan also has the title of the prince of this world given to him in Scripture:

“Now is the judgment of this world: now shall THE PRINCE OF THIS WORLD be cast out” (John 12:31).

“Hereafter I will not talk with you: for the PRINCE OF THIS WORLD COMETH, AND HATH NOTHING IN ME” (John 14:30).

“Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged” (John 16:11). 

  • Satan is designated in Scripture as THE PRINCE OF THE POWER OF THE AIR.

“Wherein in time past ye walked (lived) according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:”  (Ephesians 2:2).

The believer is to WALK (live) IN CHRIST.  He is not to walk [live] as unsaved men walk.  The reason is clearly stated in Ephesians 4:20-24).   Believers did not learn such a sinful life from Christ.  Christ did not live a sinful life, and He has not taught us to live a sinful life as other unsaved men do.

If a man has heard Christ [accepted Christ as Lord and Savior] and has been taught by Christ, then he has heard and been taught THE TRUTH.

NOTE that the teacher is Christ Himself, not the minister or the soul winner.  The Holy Spirit/Christ uses the body and voice of the pastor to teach people how they are to live.  If a person has really heard Christ speaking to their hearts, then what they heard was not the kind of life of an unbeliever.  The true believer’s walk is a walk in Christ, and a walk in Christ involves three actions.

1. The believer is to PUT OFF the old man (Ephesians 4:22).

“That ye put off concerning the former conversation (life) the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;”

NOTE: Old Man: the “old man refers to what a man is BEFORE HE ACCEPTS CHRIST.  It is the very NATURE OF MAN, THE NATURAL, CORRUPTIBLE SEED WHICH IS PASSED ON FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION AND LEADS TO DEATH.  It is what is called the nature of Adam.

2. The believer is to be renewed in the spirit of his mind (Ephesians 4:23). “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;”

3. The believer is to put on the NEW MAN (Ephesians 4:24).

“And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”

See I Corinthians 2:14 “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

Note:  three things:

1. The believer’s old man has already been put to death. It was crucified with Christ (Romans 6:6).  When the believer received Christ, God began immediately to count him buried with Christ and united with Christ in the very likeness of His death.

2. The deeds of the old man have been PUT OFF from the believer (Colossians 3:9). “Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;”

The power of evil deeds has been broken and the believer is no longer in bondage to them.

3. In this passage, the believer himself is exhorted TO PUT OFF THE OLD MAN. He is told to exercise his own will.  How? By putting off the old man and realizing and acting upon three truths.

a. The old man, from God’s perspective, is counted as being dead. Therefore, the believer COUNTS his old man as already being dead.

“Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed    unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:11).

b. The old man is recognized as being very much alive.  The old man is tempted to LOOK, TASTE, FEEL, THINK and to experience sin but he refuses to participate in sin.  He puts off the old man as he walks day by day IN THE POWER AND STRENGTH OF JESUS (Ephesians 6:10; Ephesians 5:1-20).

“Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God” (Romans 6:12-13).

c. The old man (including all creation) is seen as aging and dying day by day.  The believer realizes that this  world and all that is within it, including his old man, is in a constant process of dying.  Therefore, the believer puts off the old man and puts on the new man — by faith in the love of God.

When a person believes in the love of God, God responds by loving him so much that He makes a permanent man out of him, a new man who is to live eternally and become a citizen within the new heavens and earth.

“Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin” (Romans 6:6).

“That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;” (Ephesians 4:22).

“Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have PUT OFF the old man with his deeds” (Colossians 3:9).

“For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:” (I Peter 4:3).

“But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins,” (2 Peter 1:9).

Now let’s think about Ephesians 4:23 and the mind, including the word renewed:  “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;”

The believer’s mind is to be renewed (ananeousthai), which means to be made new, readjusted, changed, turned around, and regenerated.

a. The mind of man has been affected by sin. It desperately needs to be renewed.  The mind is far from perfect.  It is basically worldly, that is…

*SELFISH                   *centered on this world

*self-centered          *centered on the flesh

*self-seeking            *centered on this life

Scripture is clear about the corruption of man’s mind.  The human mind has just been tragically corrupted by man’s selfishness and sin.  Man’s mind… Note 8 things:

1. has become vain, empty, and futile in its imaginations.

“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened” (Romans 1:21).

2. has become REPROBATE – DEPRAVED.

“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;” (Romans 1:28).

3.  has become carnal and full of enmity against God.

“Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be”  (Romans 8:7).

4. has become blinded by Satan lest it believe the glorious gospel of Christ.

“In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious  gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them” (2 Corinthians 4:4).                                 

5. has become full of vanity, futility.

“This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of the mind,” (Ephesians 4:17).

6.  has become focused upon earthly things.

“(For many walk [live], of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things)” (Philippians 3:18-19).

7. has become alienated and an enemy to God.

“And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled” (Colossians 1:21).

8. has become fleshy.

“Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his   fleshly mind” (Colossians 2:18).

NOTE The mind is renewed by the presence of Christ in the life of the believer.  When a person receives the Lord Jesus Christ as His Lord, the man is spiritually…

  • born again (John3:3-8; I Peter 1:23).
  • made into a new man (Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:10).
  • made into a new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17).
  • given the mind of Christ (I Corinthians 2:16).

There is still much to study about the mind and we will study further about it in our next study.  May God bless you richly as you dig into the Word of God.

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