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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Destruction of the Last Enemy, #9
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. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. (Revelation 12:7-9)
We are encouraged by the fact that, according to the New Testament, the day will come when the wrestling match has been concluded. Satan has been completely defeated by Jesus Christ working through the victorious saints.
God always has been able to empower Michael and his angels to cast out Satan from the heavens. But first the obedience of the saints, the Lord's judges, has to be brought to perfection.
And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. (II Corinthians 10:6)
As soon as Satan has been overcome by the obedience of the saints, almighty God will empower Michael and his angels to prevail against the accuser of the brothers.
The perils and sufferings of the great tribulation will be necessary in order to separate the Lord's firstfruits from the man-centered Christian organizations, to purify their moral nature, and to teach them to lean wholly on the Lord.
If this sounds like something you desire, then go to the Lord and grasp His will for yourself. Claim your mountain!
When the holy remnant of believers have allowed the Holy Spirit to put down every rule, every power in them, until only the Lord is exalted, then the Father will breathe power into Michael and his angels and they will drive Satan and his angels from the heavens.
After some additional events the Lord will appear and call to Himself, from one end of the heavens to the other, those who are living by His body and blood. Believers who are alive on the earth at that time will feel their flesh and blood life leaving their body. They will die on their feet so they may be made eternally alive by the Life of the Spirit of God.
It will require great faith and experience in the Lord in order to not look back once the change begins to take place. Remember Lot's wife! The change into eternal life will take place in a moment. There will be no time to consider whether we are willing to enter death to the body. In that moment we shall have to press forward into the Lord, just as we do when being saved, healed, or receiving the baptism with the Holy Spirit.
When we are ready to enter the resurrection the Lord will return. Let us hasten His coming by living a godly life.
Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto [hastening] the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? (II Peter 3:11,12) (from The Destruction of the Last Enemy)