“The Dreaded Generation”
In Revelation chapter twelve the spiritual battle of the ages is seen involving Satan the eternal enemy of God and God’s chosen people Israel. At the very end of the chapter “The Dreaded Generation” is introduced: “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Revelation 12:17)
These faithful Jews called “The remnant of her seed” are scattered throughout the planet and are the generation that will be greatly dreaded by the devil himself because the Lord will give His people increased spiritual power in abundance according to Revelation 12:10:
“And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven: Now is come salvation, and strength, and the Kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.”
At this point in time, the midpoint of the 70th Week, these Jews called the remnant or rest of her seed are found within the church, the body of Jesus Christ. The 144 Thousand who are later sealed before the Rapture and the Day of the Lord are part of this group of faithful Jews but the majority of these believers will not be in the land of Israel which is alluded to in Revelation chapter seven:
“And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God; and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to who it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.” (Revelation 7:1-3)
There are a total of sixteen different characters or people groups mentioned in Scripture who play a part in the second half of the 70th Week of Daniel which is when Revelation 11, 12, 13, 14 and Daniel 7, 8, 11, 12 take place:
1. The Woman (Revelation 12:1ff)
2. The Dragon and his Angels (Revelation 12:3)
3. The Man Child [Messiah/Son of God] (Revelation 12:5)
4. Michael and his Angels (Revelation 12:7)
5. The Overcomers (Revelation 12:11)
6. The Inhabitants of the Earth (Revelation 12:12)
7. The Overcome (Revelation 13:7; Daniel 7:21, 25)
8. The Remnant [Rest] of Her Seed (Revelation 12:17)
9. The Fallen Away/Jews who forsake the holy covenant (Daniel 11:30; II Thessalonians 2:3)
10. The Many Jews who are instructed (Daniel 11:33)
11. The Jews that do know their God and understand/are wise (Daniel 11:32-35; 12:3)
12. The Two Witnesses (Revelation 11:3-12)
13. The Antichrist (Revelation 13:1-10; Daniel 7, 8, 11)
14. The False Prophet (Revelation 13:11-18)
15. The 144 Thousand (Revelation 7:1-8, 9:4, 12:17, 14:1-5, 17:14)
16. The Lamb/The Peace/Our Peace (Revelation 14:1; Micah 5:5; Ephesians 2:14)
However, the 144 Thousand, the mightily prepared young men will be greatly dreaded by the dragon and his angels because of their great spiritual prowess due to this increased access to the Throne of God which will be given to all believers during that time. This increased access comes about after the devil and his angel’s access to the Throne of God is eliminated when they are cast out of heaven into the earth by Michael the archangel and his angels: “And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven.” (Revelation 12:7)
The devil turns up his affliction of the saints in that day which is called “great tribulation such as was not from beginning of the world to this time, no nor ever shall be” (Matthew 24:21). But, notice what the Lord does to counter the devil’s “great wrath” (Revelation 12:12):
“And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony: and they loved not their lives unto the death” (Revelation 12:10, 11)
The word “Now” indicates there will be a change in the warfare blessings listed in these verses for in that day the Lord will allow His servants increased access to His Throne where all authority and power reside. This change created at the throne of God by Michael the archangel’s victory is the reason this increased warfare blessing will take place for all heaven rejoices at this great turn of events: “Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhibiters of the earth and of the sea, for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time.” (Revelation 12:12)
Now, the Lord’s “Salvation” or deliverance, as this word emphasizes in this passage, will be as the days of old when He gave David the supernatural physical ability to win battles time and again as witnessed in the book of Psalms. In like manner, in that day, He will deliver those warriors of the Cross who serve Him during this time of maximum persecution from the great enemy of their soul when affliction, tribulation, persecution and martyrdom is at its zenith.
But, the devil will no longer be able to accuse them before the Throne of God and the Lord will deliver and preserve His servants that they might fight and win the battle bringing forth their complete ministry as priests unto God as they get the victory by mediating on behalf of those “Souls for Jesus” whom God will call in that day! “Souls for Jesus” must be our continuing battle cry today as the Coming of the Lord draws near!
This deliverance is only the beginning of the Lord’s increased spiritual blessings for His warriors as He will also give the “Strength” of His Holy Spirit in great measure. This word “Strength” is the Greek word ‘dunamis’ which is usually translated “Power”. The source of all true ministry must come from the power of the Lord’s Spirit for “Without Him we can do nothing” (John 15:5). “Not by might nor by power but by My Spirit says the Lord of Hosts!”(Zechariah 4:6).
In addition there will be increased access and awareness of the Kingdom of God for His eternal Kingdom is operating at the present hour but in order to be aware of His working believers must be aware of His moving in their midst. In that day the Lord will give His servants increased ability through His Holy Spirit to “See” the Kingdom of God operating in their midst!
The last of these spiritual blessings “The power of His Christ” is the most necessary blessing of all for as mentioned above without the Lord Jesus Christ we can do nothing (John 15:5)! God will shed forth the power of His Anointed One in great abundance in that day which will supply His servants exactly what they need to get the victory during the most intense period of persecution God’s people will experience.
Notice in Revelation 12:11 exactly how these warriors of the Cross get the victory. Yes, it is by utilizing the precious Blood of our Savior, the Lamb of God, our Lord Jesus Christ: “And they overcame him [The devil] by the Blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”
All three of these spiritual weapons must be employed in order for the Christian to get the victory over the devil:
1. The Blood of the Lamb [Giving complete access to the Throne of God]
2. The Word of their Testimony [Blamelessness/personal holiness]
3. The Fully Surrendered Life [The loved not their lives unto death]
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