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Ruthe's Secret Roses - by Ruth Marlene Friesen
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Michael Makes War in Heaven

The only reference to war in Heaven is in Revelation 12:7-9, where the angel Michael and his warrior angels make war against the dragon. Those verses explain that the dragon is also known as Satan and the devil, and that he and his angels have been leading the whole world astray.

This may be an astonishing revelation to you, if you've always assumed all angels are good and feminine, or fat little babies. (I've not found any baby angels in the Bible; in fact, the ones in Revelation are much larger than humans, swift to obey, and extremely powerful creatures!)

Apparently, Satan, the dragon, still has some access to Heaven, but when the archangel, Michael and his angels fight Satan and his bad angels, they overcome them, and will hurl them down to earth.

John, who is experiencing all these dramas as prophetic visions of what is to come, hears a loud voice in Heaven saying, "Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ."

The voice goes on to say that the Accuser of the brethren (believers), who accused them before God day and night, has been hurled down; that in fact, he was overcome by the blood of the Lamb, and by the testimony of those that were not afraid to die for their faith.

So everyone who lives in Heaven, including the Believers that have arrived, are to rejoice. But woe to those still left on the earth. The devil is down there in person from that time on, and he is furious! He knows his time is short. He has just three and a half years left.

The scene shifts to earth where the dragon chases the woman who had just given birth, but the earth helps her by opening up and swallowing the river of hate spewing from the dragon's mouth. She is given eagle wings and flown into hiding in the desert.

A terrifying beast arises out of the sea, and another beast out of the earth. They wreck tremendous havoc, especially against those who have refused the mark of the beast, and who choose to trust in God even when all the earlier Church age believers have been raptured up to Heaven.

We also see the Lamb (Jesus) with the 144,000 redeemed and pure Jews He brings up into Heaven from Mount Zion. They sing a new song there that no one else can sing.

What do these revelations have to do with us?

I rejoice that evil is finally going to be overcome! God will deal with the Wicked One quite thoroughly. Hallelujah!

In the meantime, we can practice the advice given twice in this book; "This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints." (Rev.13:10b). And again, "This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God's commandments and remain faithful to Jesus." (Rev.14:12).

Let's hang on, keep on believing and obeying, even if it should mean being killed for our faith. For sure the battle will be won, and the bad angels put away forever!


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