“Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred three score and six,” Revelation 13:18.
During the ministry of Jesus, He encountered many who opposed Him. As you read through the Gospels, you might be surprised to notice that many people who opposed Him were possessed by powerful demons. Some demons worked so powerfully in the lives of their victims that the person was unable to speak or walk, or possessed super-human strength. It is interesting that the opponents of Jesus never questioned the strength of demons or the power of Satan, they simply refused to believe that Jesus was on God’s side. One day, they even accused Jesus of casting out demons by the power of Satan (Matt. 12:22-32), to which Jesus replied, “If Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?” (verse 26).
Here is the point. If Jesus recognized and battled against the power of Satan, even calling it a “kingdom,” why would we think that he is not just as powerful today and in the days to come? In the Revelation text, one of the most powerful teaching points is that Satan has the power to deceive large crowds of people. He has the ability—allowed by God —to perform works that most people will label as supernatural. Today, alarmingly, many Christians have become quite comfortable with Satan. In our minds, he may have become a mythical legend instead of a powerful fallen angel hell-bent on destroying every work of God. Do not take the enemy of God too lightly. Remember the words of Paul, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Eph. 6:12).
JUST A THOUGHT
Will you arm yourself against Satan today?