Revelation 12:10

Thursday, 4 March 2021

Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. Revelation 12:10

The translation should connect “loud voice” with “heaven.” Thus, it should read, “Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying…” Also, it omits definite articles that should be included: “the salvation, the power, and the kingdom of our God.” In this, it signifies that these things are firmly manifested. Also, the word “accused” is a present participle. It should read “accuses.”

Of the contents of this verse, Charles Ellicott is right when he says, “…it is not the full establishment of the kingdom which is here described; it is rather the manifestation of it.” In other words, the victory is won, even if it is not yet fully realized. This is speaking of the state of things as fulfilled even while the actual occurring of the event is future.

With these things understood, John begins with, “Then I heard a loud voice in heaven saying” (NASB). It is a divine proclamation with the intent of conveying an absolute truth that can be held to for those who hear it. With that in mind, John continues with, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come” (NASB).

The verb is in the aorist tense, signifying that these things have come at a specific point in time. And yet, as just noted, these things are made manifest even though they have not been established. The only way to make this understood in English is to state them in the perfect tense.

To understand, if a new president is elected, the people can say, “Now is the time for our tax breaks, and now reason will be brought back to the White House.” It is something that is assured, even though there are still several months before the new president is seated. This is the same idea here.

In saying, “Now is the salvation,” it means that complete deliverance from Satan’s power is realized through what has occurred, even if Satan is still affecting those who are saved. In saying, “Now is…the power,” it conveys the idea that all that is necessary to ensure the final consummation of things has been put in place. And in saying, “Now is…the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ,” it means that these things are assured for His people because of what has occurred.

To then explain why this is so, John next says, “for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them before our God day and night” (NASB 1977). Because Satan was cast out of heaven, he has no ability to accomplish anything within the heavenly realm to thwart the redemptive plan. Instead, he can only work within the limits of time to stand and accuse the people of the world. That is why the present tense “accuses” is used. It speaks of his ongoing accusations against humanity.

However, the words “our brethren” indicate that the accusations are against God’s people, the redeemed. As such, they carry no weight. This will be seen in the coming verse. For now, the verse speaks of the reality of what God has done being made manifest. It cannot be thwarted, and the redemptive narrative that is prophesied in Scripture will certainly come about, exactly as the word reveals.

Life application: Since the beginning, Satan has continued to bring accusation and destruction to humanity. He did it in the Garden of Eden. He did it during Job’s time – attempting to malign and destroy that godly man. He did it after the exiles of the Babylonian captivity when he stood accusing Joshua the High Priest in Zechariah 3:1. And, he stood to oppose Jesus during His time of fasting in the wilderness.

Satan has been active throughout the ages and he continues to accuse the church, even to this day – “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8

The devil has been active, but the book is written, and the writings are sealed. His time is limited, and he will be cast down. Great is the Lord who has defeated the devil! Great is the One who has prevailed. He is our Savior. He is JESUS!

Heavenly Father, please give us strength to resist the devil. Be with us, O God, in our times of weakness and temptation. We know the victory is won, but in our flesh, we are still weak and at risk of falling. Help us to never do that which would bring dishonor to You and Your glorious name. Amen.

 

 

10 thoughts on “Revelation 12:10

  • Thursday, March 4th, 2021 at 7:43 am
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    Good Day SW church family
    This has been an encouraging word for me today. Our enemy was defeated at the cross but one day he will not be able to accuse or trouble us any more. I am thankful for the prayer in today’s lesson because I am facing an onslaught his attacks in my family. I have one niece is who is a believer but who is getting married next week
    ( despite tremendous Christian counselling) to an unbeliever- some one who does not believe in Jesus. This has torn our family apart, and what should have been a time of joy has become for us a season of mourning. The ceremony is what they call a neutral one. What this means is that we must not mention the name of Jesus. I know you all will understand my pain. But it has helped me to pray more for those of you who have unsaved loved ones and are praying that they would get saved.
    Thank you Pastor Charlie for your teaching today.
    Grace and Peace to all as we await His return.

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    • Thursday, March 4th, 2021 at 9:04 am
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      Praying for this situation Ruth. Even Saul was changed in a moments notice.

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  • Thursday, March 4th, 2021 at 8:18 am
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    praying for your family ruth and for all our love ones who refuse to bow their knee to JESUS our LORD AND SAVIOR . help us LORD to be a light . thank you love and prayers .

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  • Thursday, March 4th, 2021 at 8:43 am
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    Glory to God for another day to read his word and praise his name. Jesus is the Messiah of Nazareth. Worry about nothing but continue to pray for all your needs. Be confident that your petition is in front of God through Jesus. Often we have to endure our trials and bad choices to bring us closer to our need for a savior. God has blessed your family and this unbeliever with prayers. What a blessing if another soul is brought to Christ through marriage. May God transform him into a new creation as your family witnesses to him.
    Ruth the Moabite was not of Jewish descent but was also redeemed through marriage.
    Jesus has all authority in heaven and earth to his infinite praise.

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  • Thursday, March 4th, 2021 at 8:51 am
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    Amen. I’m sure glad I know the end of the story. We should be encouraged.

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  • Thursday, March 4th, 2021 at 9:26 am
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    Amen all, Ruth we will keep this in prayer, we will just keep praying and trusting the Lord and live our lives as this prayer of Charlie’s today. Praise be to God who hears our prayers!
    God bless you all. As Gordon says; we fly soon.

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  • Thursday, March 4th, 2021 at 10:16 am
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    Amen and to God be the glory!

    Good word today, brother.

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  • Thursday, March 4th, 2021 at 11:04 am
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    T-70 days 🙂

    It’s amazing as we think back to just 10 years ago, reading the verses in the Bible that describe this very situation that you Ruth and many others of us are going through right now, I for one was hoping we would be home now before it got this bad and yet here we are watching it get worse by the day! When a congressman says in congress that “Gods Will is no concern of this congress” can we we not be only moments away from going home!!! Hopefully we have seen the worst of it concerning this world and what comes next is for the unbelievers to deal with. God help them.

    We are another day closer to home
    Grace, Mercy and peace on you and yours
    God Bless my friends we fly soon

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  • Thursday, March 4th, 2021 at 11:27 pm
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    Thank you Charlie! Ruth, I am sorry to hear of the pain and turmoil you and your family are going through. I hope your niece’s fiancee does become a believer. I will pray for you and your family. We have hope in Jesus. Through God’s grace, may we be useful to Him to reach through to others with the great news about Jesus! May our love of Jesus through God overcome our fears and pry open the shells of unbelievers to accept Jesus as Savior!

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  • Friday, March 5th, 2021 at 1:37 pm
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    Good stuff. Thank you for your wonderful words. Please each of you have a great weekend.

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