“Then the devil, who had deceived them, was thrown into the fiery lake of burning sulphur, joining the beast and the false prophet. There they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”
Although we should not underestimate the temporal power of the enemy, we should not either underestimate the power of Jesus Christ. In John’s revelation of what will happen in the ‘end times’ we learn that the devil will once and for all be defeated. Wasn’t he already defeated I hear you ask?
Yes he was, however, when Jesus was crucified on the cross and rose again, he defeated the power of death and sin and it’s strongholds on mankind. Jesus defeated the consequence of sin and the pain that sin brings. He took back the keys to the world that Adam so ignorantly gave to the enemy when he sinned in the garden of Eden. The enemy was defeated on the cross. Yet it was not a final death. His authority was relinquished and the power he had, limited, but he is very much still alive and active.
However his reign is will soon be over, his power is limited and his time will soon be done! In John’s revelation, we read that the devil’s time will finally be up. On the day of judgement, he and all his followers will be thrown into the lake of fire where they will burn forever. Finally defeated. All pain, sorrow, death, temptation, sin and everything else we associate with him, will be burned with him……Forever!!!
We have victory both now and eternally because Jesus bought it with His blood. We are on the winning. When we are with Jesus we can only win! In Him is only victory. Choose the winning side!