“Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.” Revelation 12:12
While still looking into an unknown time frame, John had just shown that the devil was cast down by God. All believers who believed in Jesus and gave testimony of it had triumphed, even if they were killed.
Now John tells the heavens and anyone who dwells in the heavens to rejoice, but gives a warning of woe to those on the earth because that is where the devil is right at this moment. The devil is angry because he knows that he is losing the war and will be defeated soon.
You may focus on the aspect that the devil is here on the earth now wreaking his havoc. This would bring you great sorrow and woe. It will probably set you into a mindset of fear. No one really wants to go up against the devil. No believer wants to be in his target range. You do not want to be around someone who is full of fury and wrath, it usually means harm is coming.
Look back at the first part of this verse about those dwelling in heaven are to rejoice. Why should they rejoice? It is because they know that the devil has been and is being defeated.
How does this affect you today? Think about where you dwell. Yes, you dwell on this earth right now….physically, but where is your real home? If you believe in Jesus, this earth is only your temporary home. Some day heaven will be your permanent home.
Everything you say and do should be done with the mindset of heaven some day as your home. As a believer, you are seated with Christ in the heavenly realms. Although physically you are not in heaven, spiritually you are there. Your heart and mind should be sitting with God everyday. Make your dwelling in heaven with God while doing His work here on earth.
As you have this type of mindset, the things of this earth will grow dim. You will not care what the devil is trying to do to you. You know that in a short time he will lose the battle. You have won the battle by the blood of Jesus. Do not fear the devil. Keep your focus on God and heaven. What God has for you will be greater than anything you can dream up or imagine. Soon you will be in heaven for eternity.
I pray today that God will fill you with the hope and joy of His salvation; that God will give you a vision of the defeat of the devil; that God will remove any fear of evil brought against you; and that you will rejoice in what Jesus has done and is doing for you.