LISTEN: Revelation 12: War in Heaven

Saint Michael fighting the dragon, Designed by the painter Hennequin de Bruges and woven by the weaver Robert Poisson, between 1375 and 1382, Image: Wikimedia Commons

Last week we started a series on idolatry; this presents a challenge to all of us. As we continue, in the context of the Feast of Michael and All Angels, Rev. David Pileggi exhorts us that book of Revelation is to be read and cherished. It is a Revelation of Jesus Christ; we see him as the Lion, The Lamb. The book could be a manual of divine worship. It is full of warnings about idolatry and immorality to the Church. It also discloses the unseen world which is more important than the seen world. The angels we read about are warriors and are involved in the process of judgement. In Revelation 12 they are involved in a war. Satan has been corralled and defeated but is still dangerous, his place of operations has been severely limited. 1. In the process of this war we may sometimes underestimate Satan’s influence as a deceiver. The question arises, “Who will you worship? Will you worship God alone?” Idolatry is found in every single human institution. 2. We can make the mistake and habit of focusing on the devil. We need to practice the presence of the Lord. The basis of ’Spiritual Warfare’ is “The Lord rebuke you, Satan.” The presence of a devil does not diminish human responsibility. It starts in our heart and in healing our broken places. Don’t give the devil a foothold! 3. The defeat of Satan comes from the Blood of the Lamb and the Word of our testimony; bringing things into the Light, and finally, “They loved not their lives unto death”.

Readings: Genesis 28:10-17, Revelation 12:7-12, John 1:47-51

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David Pileggi lives in Jerusalem with his wife Carol and their three adult children where he is the rector of Christ Church in the Old City of Jerusalem. They have lived in Israel for 33 years where David has worked as a journalist/researcher and for 19 years was director of a study program dedicated to teaching Christians about the Jewish context of their faith. David has an M.A. from the Hebrew University in Jewish Studies and is a licensed tour guide.