By Mark A. Finley
In spite of this oppression, Christ’s followers have not yielded their faith. Their love for Jesus has kept them secure in times of fiercest opposition. Their commitment to His cause has kept them loyal in the face of life’s greatest trials. In today’s lesson we will study how we can triumph with Jesus over all of the forces of evil and reign with Him through all eternity.
The conflict began in _________________________________________________________.
In your own words, describe why you think God allowed such a conflict to break out in heaven.
2. Who won this first battle in heaven?
place found for them in _____________________ any ___________________” (Rev. 12:7, 8).
The devil and his angels lost this first battle in heaven. In fact, the devil has never won a battle against Jesus. Jesus is the Conqueror whose almighty power is placed at the service of every disciple who seeks to remain faithful to Him.
3. Where did the devil go when he was cast out of heaven?
The devil was cast to the ______________________________________________________ .
The devil has made it his special work to deceive and destroy God’s people through the centuries. Revelation 12 tells the story of his attempt to destroy Jesus when He was born, and persecute His people throughout the centuries. Although Satan has always oppressed God’s people, the war will intensify in the last days.
4. On whom will Satan focus his attacks in the last days?
Satan will make war with those who ____________ the __________________of ____________
and have the ______________________________of _________________________________.
The word “offspring” means “descendents of.” The King James Version of the Bible translates this expression as the “remnant.” The remnant, or descendants, of our Lord are those men and women who remain loyal to Jesus and faithful to His commandments. Through His grace they stand firm for the truth of His Word.
5. Revelation 17 reveals that there will be a massive church/state alliance in the last days. Oppression and persecution will replace religious freedom. How does Revelation describe this union?
This confederation of church/state powers is of one __________________________________.
They oppress God’s people and eventually gather _____________________________________
to make __________________________________________________________ against Him.
6. Who will win earth’s last war?
The _________________________will __________________________________ them, for He is
___________________________of lords and _____________________________________ of kings.
7. How will this war eventually end?
The ____________________________of this world have become the ____________________
of our __________________________and of His ___________________________________ .
Good news on the way! Satan and all his evil forces will be defeated and destroyed. God’s eternal kingdom will be established. We need not fear; we’re on the winning side. Christ and His kingdom will triumph at last, and we will triumph with Him.
Next month’s study will focus on “Revelation’s Last-Day Church.”