The Emphasis and Intensity of God (3)
Three’s (3) Denote God’s emphasis and Intensity. Three scoops of ice cream are better than one or two scoops! If you want to impress upon someone, give them three scoops. That will be about as much as most people can handle. Emphasize three scoops of someone’s favorite flavor and that will wake up their taste buds … now that is intense! God uses three’s (3) to say what he means and to mean what he says.
Three-fold Reference to Satan’s Battle in Heaven:
- … “And there was a war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon fought and his angels,” (Rev. 12:7). (Emphasis added).
- … “And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.” (Rev. 12:8). (Emphasis added).
- … “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” (Rev. 12:9). (Emphasis added).
Commentary: The rebellious mutiny in heaven is put to an end. Satan knows his time is short and his evil influence on things is coming to an end. At a point in the Tribulation, God has determined that Satan has had enough time in heaven and access to the throne of God (accusing the brethren day and night). Nothing that Satan does goes without God knowing about it, or allowing it. Time is up. And like a belligerent, screaming three-year old child, Satan does not want to permanently leave heaven and his access to it. He fights, kicks and screams to stay up past his bedtime. God will have none of this and orders one of his mightiest warrior angel generals (Michael) to kick Satan and his cohorts out of the house, permanently. Satan fights back, and loses (for the umpteenth time). Michael has a 2:1 ratio of ‘good guys’ (Holy angels) to Satan’s ‘bad guys’ (evil angels). Satan is finally kicked out of heaven “neither was their place found any more in heaven.” When Satan is kicked out of his heavenly home to the curb, where does he end up? Earth, “he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” Satan is not cast out to the sun, moon, mars or some far away galaxy. He gets booted to earth, along with his army of deceiving angels. Could this be a foreshadowing of the Great Deception allowed upon the earth for mankind? What will this massive influx of fallen angels do on earth when they arrive?
Twice in the book of Revelation, we are told that John, the Apostle (one of Christ’s most holiest and key apostles) was inclined to fall at the angel’s feet and worship his heavenly messenger. Revelation 19:10 and 22:3-4 both indicate that John received a stern admonition from the angel, “See thou do it not.” This exact phrase was repeated twice (solid confirmation of a matter). He is told to worship God. Let this sink in for a moment. John the Apostle almost worshiped an angel, a heavenly messenger from God! Few scholars would argue against John being one of the major Apostles for Christ. Yet, here he is, almost worshiping an angel. Let us consider this scenario. Evil angels are kicked out of heaven (along with Satan) and sent to earth. What do they do during this time on earth during the Tribulation and Great Tribulation? No, they don’t play X-Box or a PS3 gaming system. Satan knows his time is short and rallies and motivates his troops to cause all kinds of mayhem and deception. These evil angels are not going to sit quietly on the sidelines and watch what transpires on earth. THEY ARE INVOLVED. I believe their deceptive activities along with those of the beast/antichrist/man of sin and false prophet is to lead men away from the gospel, Christ and the saving knowledge of forgiveness through Christ’s shedding of blood and resurrection. If it took the holy angel to warn John to not worship him, what will restrain evil men from worshiping fallen angels (that will encourage such worship). ‘Worship us and we will tell you the mysteries of the universe.’ I can only imagine evil men being sucked into these abominations of lies. The fallen angels will back up these boasts with false miracles, to extend the scope of deception among mankind. Mark 13:22 states “For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.” This deception is so great that even if there were Christians on the earth, they could possibly be deceived, as much as John the Apostle might have been.
Just for the sake of clarification, it is not possible to deceive Christians, since they are not on earth during the Tribulation. “If it were possible” is a figure of speech. Satan’s rule on earth during the Tribulation through his antichrist, false prophet and fallen angels is founded on deception and lies, plain and simple. Lies, deceit, forgery, false substitutes, smoke and mirrors, false miracles, false doctrines, false religions, false worship, false peace, false security, false resurrection, false immortality. His angels will play a role in the Great Deception, having been kicked out of heaven. They are angry, bitter and resentful of man. They hate God, Christ, man and the other Holy angels. They are on the losing side and they know it. However, when they show up on the earthly scene, they want evil men to think that they are on mankind’s side and have their best interest in mind! A major deceptive lie! Those in heaven are thrilled, they are told to rejoice once the troublemaker is kicked out of the house, “Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them.” (Rev. 12:12). Conversely, why do you think the Bible continues to say in Rev. 12:12, “Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” First thing the great voice in heaven says is “WOE.” The great voice knows the mayhem and deceit that will be unleashed when Satan and his corp. of devils arrive on the worldly scene. The great voice in heaven knows that Satan is beyond angry or ticked off, he has “great wrath” (or fury). The great voice in heaven also knows that Satan “knoweth that he hath but a short time.” Satan is kicked out of heaven and has his back against the wall on earth. The angriest and deadliest animal is one that is cornered or wounded (pride). Satan is both.
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