Monday, February 21, 2022

Time Is Running Out

“Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time” (Revelation 12:12 NKJV).

When I was a brand-new Christian, maybe a few weeks old in the Lord, I was at a meeting where we were singing some songs and praying. Someone there came up with the idea of praying for Satan’s conversion. I was listening to this and thinking, “This is nuts.” Even as a new Christian, I thought that wasn’t possible. And it isn’t.

Scripture is clear about the origin, agenda, and ultimate destruction of Satan. James 2:19 says, “You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!” (NKJV). Another way to translate this would be, “Even the demons believe—and shudder!” It conveys a sense of horror, causing the hair to stand on end.

This may surprise you, but demons, though wicked, are actually quite orthodox in their beliefs. I’m not suggesting they believe in Jesus, because they are in rebellion against Him. But there are certain things they actually believe.

They know, for instance, that Christ has supremacy over them. In fact, demons said to Jesus, “What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?” (Matthew 8:29 NKJV).

The Devil knows that a time of judgment is coming. He knows that he ultimately will end up in the Lake of Fire. Revelation 12:12 says, “For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time” (NKJV)

I believe that we are living in the last days and that Jesus is coming back again. And that is why, in these last days, the Devil is pulling out all the stops. His goal is to wreak as much havoc as he can until that day.

As Christians, we should be at least as motivated. What are we doing for the Lord? When is the last time you shared the gospel with someone?

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