September 1: The Revelation of Jesus

Read Revelation 19:11-21

I remember it like it was yesterday. I was in Israel, standing on the historic Mount Carmel. Just to my left was the supposed spot where Elijah rained down fire from heaven in front of the prophets of Baal. (See 1 Kings 18.) Just in front of me was the mountainside down which the prophets fled and Elijah slew them. Off in the distance to my right was the very road on which Jesus healed ten lepers. (See Luke 17.)

Straight in front of me was the Valley of Megiddo. I had heard about how big it was. It’s even bigger in person. This was probably the site I was most looking forward to seeing during my trip to Israel. In this valley, set in front of me, is where it will all end. Millions of troops will gather in this valley and get ready for the battle that will usher in eternity. On one side will be the armies of man, the demons of Hell, along with Satan, the Antichrist, and the false prophet. On the other side, Jesus, the saints of Heaven and believers.

Revelation 19:11 starts into the description of the General of Heaven: He is riding a white horse – symbolizing the fact that the one riding it will be victorious in battle. Victory is sure. The physical descriptions of Jesus are enough to give us chills. Just as He approaches the valley, we can’t help but think of the reactions of Satan and his army. James 2:19 tells us that demons already know their destiny. They will know their demise is at hand.

Through the crucifixion, Jesus has defeated Satan, and, here, that victory will be demonstrated once again. Ever since Jesus died and rose again, sin no longer has power. (See 1 Corinthians 15:55.) When Jesus rose from the grave, He secured eternal life for us.

The principle in all of these studies is consistent: God has a plan for the end times. The purpose of the end times is to display God’s power and justice and to show us, as believers, that He knows what is to happen because He crafted it into place.

While the victory over Satan happens at the Valley of Megiddo, victory was already secured when Jesus died and rose from the dead. Jesus said, “. . . the prince of this world now stands condemned” (John 16:11). You have victory, and He planned for it!

jdl

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