Today I Ponder – Revelation
I was taught something this morning. A bit of humbleness along with health dose of realization that chewing on some well roasted ‘crow’ can be a vitalizing thing.
We left Crossbridge Community Church last night and the discussion ensued regarding Satan’s current ability to access heaven.
When my wife brought this up that the women’s study had talked about ‘Satan having access to heaven’, I bristled up big time.
NO WAY! I simply couldn’t believe my ears what I was hearing. The devil was cast out of heaven, there isn’t a way that he could come back to hassle that City of God.
I exchanged a few emails with my pastors and went to bed still convinced that this was an impossibility. I also had made up my mind that I would follow this up with some research because where I had come was that while this was possible prior to the resurrection of Jesus, that after our Lord had vanquished sin and death, that the devil was severally inhibited in his actions.
My scenario seemed to fit rather well I thought!
Then this morning pastor sent me an email to check out Revelation 12 about chapter 7. I did and here is what I found.
Then there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and his angels. And the dragon lost the battle, and he and his angels were forced out of heaven. This great dragon—the ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world—was thrown down to the earth with all his angels.
Revelation 12:7-9 (NLT)
This answered my curiosity and at the same time set me straight, as I had figured that the truth was something other than this, but clearly as we approach the end of days, there is a war with Satan and his crew in heaven! A war he loses and get thrown out.
I was happy to learn something new that I hadn’t known before. The thing is, last night I was absolute certain that all this was wrong in so many ways. This underscores that we always want to reserve for ourselves the ‘right to be wrong’. Especially in minor spiritual matters.
Where the devil allowed to pass or not has zero impact on my salvation. The blood of Christ washed me and that is that. So, this was a knowledge nugget and nothing more. But I initially was a bit indignant about how someone could have the audacity to allow the devil into the glorious city.
This morning when I read that passage in Revelation, I quickly remember how important it is to temper our zeal with the assurance that we could be wrong about things we think we understand clearly.
Even more important is the fact that, God’s intellect makes our brightest minds seem like black holes. It’s not mine to second guess Him. I’m not going to try and compete with Him. He is God. He does what He sees as best, and I’m just doing good if I can keep relative track of the score.
So I wash down this helping of crow with my morning coffee and thank God that I’m His and He is mine.