Revelation 12:12 The Devil’s Time Is Short

Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell within 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

During times when a person is fighting for his life, he will do all he can. However, there can come a time when he realizes that his chances of winning the battle is nearly obsolete. At that point, he begins to throw out all rules and fight with everything that is in him to win the battle.

This becomes a matter of life or death.

In his vision of heaven, John sees that the devil is cast down to the earth and heaven rejoices. However, there is a woe to the earth because the devil is angry and knows he only has a short amount of time.

For the young person a hundred years feels like a very long time. It is not until one is much older that he realizes how short that hundred years really is.

Although it has been several thousand years since the devil has been cast down to the earth, it is a short time for him in light of eternity. The goal of the devil is to destroy all the works of God, to get as many people to reject God as possible.

The longer God holds Jesus back from returning, the shorter the devil’s times is on this earth. With that he is willing to fight harder and harder against believers. No holds are barred and it is a fight to the death.

Knowing this, the believer must be ready for the attacks against him. He must be willing to stand strong for God, putting on His whole armor for the battle for his soul. At the same time he must rejoice, knowing that the devil’s time is short and Jesus will return soon, putting an end to all sin and suffering.

The devil is out to destroy you by any means possible. He will do what he can to stop you from following and obeying God. These attacks can and will be severe, but you must remember that with God all things are possible and that God wins in the end. These attacks are only for a short time.

Hold on to God and keep fighting the battle. It will be worth it when Jesus returns and destroys the devil and all sin.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will strengthen you for the battle for your soul; that you will stand strong in God’s power; that you will know that Jesus is returning soon; and that you will know that God will win in the end.

Daniel 12:3 Shine Like The Stars

Starry sky

Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. Daniel 12:3 

It is very common for most people to want to shine. They want to look great before others. People want their hard work recognized and exalted by others.

Many people want to be the best at what they do and receive the honors to go with it. Singers want the number one recording. Actors want to gain the Oscar. The sports player wants the player of the year award. Having these things makes a person shine brightly and will be remembered longer.

As Daniel closes out his book, he is given a vision of the very end of time on this earth. In the end there will be a time of judgement. Those who are wise will shine forever and ever.

In another location in the bible it states that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. Doing what God wants is the greatest wisdom that a person can possess. It goes beyond any wisdom that this world can offer, because it is eternal.

The greatest work that a person can do for God is to lead other people to righteousness…to Jesus…to God. Doing that was the entire goal of Jesus when He walked upon the earth and He passed that mission on to every believer.

There are many believers who have taken the step to live for God, but are not moving forward in being wise and leading others to God. They are not striving to be a witness of who Jesus is to this fallen world. This is not true wisdom, nor love of God. It is selfishness to live for self and gain life for one’s own self. He must work to build God’s kingdom.

As a believer you must ask yourself if you are being wise. It is wise to believe in Jesus, but it does not end there. Believing in Jesus will also mean that you will do what He desires.

Jesus wants you to be His witness and point the lost and dying to Him. He wants you to train others up in the ways of God, the ways of righteousness and holiness. To do anything less, is to not fully love God or others.

When you are being His witness and building His kingdom, you will shine like the stars for all eternity.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s heart for other people; that you will be wise in God’s ways; that you will carry out God’s mission for you on this earth; and that you will shine for God in this dark world.