Text: Rev. 12:7-11
Title: "Overcoming By the Blood of the Lamb"
Subject: The Christian's victory is in the blood
Intro: The Bible says, "These things I have spoken unto you, that in
Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but
be of good cheer; I have overcome the world"
I have noticed a disturbing trend among Christians, and I believe
many of you might have some of the symptoms! This trend entails the
giving up of a supernatural gift, bought and paid for by the shed
blood of Jesus Christ, and replacing it with the anguish of your
circumstances. The gift I am referring to is the "peace that passeth
understanding," that supernatural peace that came the moment you
placed your trust in Jesus Christ for salvation. Yet, I wonder how
many this morning are, in a state of war over some circumstance in
your life? By war, I mean you are in the midst of agitation and
tumult, facing a battle, whether marriage, family, finances, job,
health, spiritual responsibilities, or any other aspect of life that
has robbed you of your peace! Before God you would have to confess,
"I do not have peace this morning"!
But the Bible says, "These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me
ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be
of good cheer; I have overcome the world"
Bro. Darst, I am not really at war, but I am anxious (that's sin!);
uneasy (that's sin!); worried (that's sin!); apprehensive (that's
sin!); I have a sense of foreboding (that's sin!); concern (that's
sin!); tension (that's sin!); fretfulness (that's sin!); dread
(that's sin!); fear (that's sin!); and/or alarm (that's sin!)!
Though each of these fears are human, they are still sin. You see,
anything less than total dependence on, trust in, and peace through
Jesus Christ is sin! And anything less than experiencing the fullness
of Christ's peace is living beneath your privileges as a child of
God! You don't want to do that and neither do I.
The Bible says, "These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye
might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of
good cheer; I have overcome the world"
Our message this morning is going to focus on war, tribulation, and
how to overcome these circumstances of life.
Rev. 12:7-11 -- "Overcoming By the Blood of the Lamb" -- prayer
Context: The time frame of this passage is the middle of the Great
Tribulation Period of 7 years. This is the next great prophetic
event on God's calendar.
First, all those who have received Jesus Christ as Saviour, have
been caught up (raptured) to meet Christ in the air. The the Jews
have made a covenant with the anti-Christ for the sake of "peace,"
which by the middle of the Tribulation period has been broken. The
two Jewish prophets have been slain in the streets, and then
resurrected from the dead before the TV cameras of the world. The
remnant of the Jews have fled Jerusalem for the safety of the
wilderness city of Petra. Many Gentiles have received Jesus Christ
as Saviour, and most are quickly put to death. God's full wrath is
about to fall on this earth and all who inhabit it. While chaos
consumes this earth, the Bible directs our attention toward heaven,
as the heavenly war to end all wars takes place!
I. THE REALITY OF WAR (v7-9)
A. War in Heaven (?) (v7-8) (The last place we would suspect!)
1. The adversaries
a. Michael, the archangel, and the elect angels
b. Satan, the anointed cherub, who fell from angelic grace taking
1/3 of the angelic host with him, which are now known as demons.
B. War on Earth (v9)
Note: If there will be war in heaven, should we be surprised by war
on earth? Shall not Satan and his host, cast from access to heaven,
spill their venom on the inhabitants of earth? Will not the great
deceiver have as his goal to rob every believer of the peace he/she
has in Christ and to keep every unbeliever from experiencing this
same peace in Christ? Will he be satisfied with less?
Though this war is still future, it is as sure as tomorrow's dawn,
and Satan's continuing activities and ultimate defeat have present
effects on the inhabitants of earth.
1. Dishonored (v8) ("their place not found")
a. Pride causes a loss of peace
2. Displaced (v8) ("from heaven")
a. Covetousness causes a loss of peace (longing for things that do
not & probably should not belong to you)
3. Great dragon (v9) ("large kind of serpent, known for its sight")
a. Lust of the eyes causes a loss of peace
4. Old serpent (v9) (shining reptile)
a. Lust of flesh or desire for outward adornment (materialism) causes
a loss of peace
5. The Devil (v9) ("slanderer")
a. Slandering the acts or motives of others causes a loss of peace
6. Satan (v9) ("adversary")
a. To be in competition with others, to be an opponent causes a loss
7. Deceiver (v9) ("to make to wander, lead astray; religious deceit,
a. To not know what and why you believe what you believe causes a
loss of peace
b. To be self deceived causes a loss of peace
"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth
is not in us" 1 John 1:8
1) Whole world is deceived, and you are influenced by the world
8. Demonic multitudes (v9)
a. The underestimating of the power of our adversaries causes a loss
9. Accuser (v10) ("to speak against; before judges")
a. Knowingly giving ammunition to the Devil to accuse us before the
Father causes a loss of peace
1) Day and night
b. Accusing the brethren causes a loss of peace
Note; There is your unrest, , there is your battlefield, there is
your possible defeat!
"From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence,
even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not:
ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war,
yet ye have not, because ye ask not." James 4:1-2 Your unrest, or
lack of peace, is a sin problem!
"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul" 1 Peter 2:11 Your
unrest, or lack of peace, is a spiritual problem, which goes to the
very depths of your person!
"And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask any
thing according to His will, He heareth us: And if we know that He
hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that
we desired of Him. 1 John 5:14-15 When your confidence is restored
in Christ, you will experience His peace!
I. The Reality of War
II. THE REALITY OF VICTORY (v10)
A. What Comes (as to source) From Our God
1. Salvation ("deliverance; final victory; safety, preservation from
a. God's deliverance for God's children
2. Strength ("power; power capable of action & power in action":
a. God's strength to strengthen His own
3. Security ("kingdom of our God")
a. God's imparted knowledge of our final destination
b. [Millennial] Kingdom of our God
4. Power ("authority; ability to use power")
a. Of His Christ (uniquely related to, anointed, and appointed by
b. The power resides in God, but the authority to use the power
resides in Christ
5. When it Comes From God
a. Now! At the moment of need! The eternal now!
1) There are 396 "nows" in the N.T.! God is a God of now!
Note: How many times this past Wed. did Alice and Kathy say that God
provided just in time--now! Why are you waiting to trust God for
your need? Why not just trust Him--now! and let Him meet the need
now!, though the visible answer might come later--in His time!?
B. What is the Responsibility of Man (v11)
1. "And they overcame," ("to be victorious, to conquer")
Note: While waiting for the manifestation of God on our behalf, we
are to be victorious overcomers! The Christian who lives in defeat
is defeated for sure, but the Christian who lives in victory,
overcomes defeat, despite outward circumstances!
a. A direct act of the will (Christianity is hard work!)
"I will approach Thee--I will force my way through obstacles to
To Thee for strength will have recourse, to Thee for consolation
2. To apply ("by") the Blood, the Word, and our lives
Note: We are not just to appreciate the Blood, we are to apply the
We are not just to read the Word, we are to apply the Word!
We are not just to live our lives, we are to apply our lives for His
C. What is the Responsibility of Jesus Christ
1. It is represented by "the blood"
a. "The blood" speaks of death
"For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received,
how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and
that He was buried...," 1 Cor. 15:3-4
Note: Ah, there you have it preacher! You claim you can be an
overcomer, and that you can gain the victory, but the One you follow
died in defeat on the cross, and was buried once and for all!
Ah, but unbelieving friend, you did not let me finish the sentence:
"...and that He rose again the third day according to the
scriptures" 1 Cor. 15:4
"I Am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I Am alive for
evermore..." Rev. 1:18
b. "The blood" speaks of death and resurrection!
Note: Defeat, unrest, and loss of peace are a direct result of
losing the sense of awe and wonder at the sheding of the blood, the
death, of Jesus Christ for you!
2. It is represented by "the Lamb"
a. "The Lamb" is the Lord Jesus Christ, and He is so called 24 times
in the book of Revelation. John the Baptist, a man sent from God,
identified Jesus Christ as "the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin
of the world."
b. "The Lamb" speaks of a substitutionary sacrifice for sin
"But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever,
sat down on the right hand of God" Hebrews 10:12
Note: The responsibility of the blood of the Lamb is to provide us
with access to the Father, and therefore, all the necessary power
and provision that the Father wields on our behalf.
D. What is the Responsibility of the Word? (v11)
1. The "Word" is the incarnation of Jesus Christ committed to
writing; inspired, inerrant, infallible, and preserved to make one
wise unto salvation.
"And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which
are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in
Christ Jesus." 2 Tim. 3:15
2. It is to give us a truthful basis for our testimony ("a bearing
"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to
give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope
that is in you with meekness and fear" 1 Peter 3:15
E. What is the Responsibility of Our Lives? (v11)
1. "To love not our lives"
a. To live before the world as dead men
"And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the
soul: but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and
body in hell." Matthew 10:28
2. To live before God as resurrected men
"For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death,
we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection" Romans 6:5
3. To live willingly for Christ, and to die willingly for Christ
"They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain
with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins;
being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not
worthy:)..." Heb 11:37-38
I. The Reality of War
II. THE REALITY OF VICTORY
III. THE METHOD OF OVERCOMING
A. Remember that the blood of the Lamb has overcome Satan. He is a
defeated foe. Do not live in the realm of war and unrest any more,
but rest in the peace provided through the Lord Jesus Christ.
B. Remind yourself that the blood of the Lamb has removed your sins
as far as the east is from the west. Though you have an accuser who
will dredge up the darkness of your past and the folly of your
present, remind yourself that you also have an Advocate with the
Father, Jesus Christ, the righteous, who pleads His blood on your
C. Realize that the blood of the Lamb has made a way in your present
circumstances. Despite the darkness of your path, the Lord is a
Light unto your feet. Realize that your present circumstances are
for your benefit and His glory. It is when we replace the darkness
of our circumstances with the light of His presence, and the glory
of our future, that we can have peace though our world disintegrates
D. Rejoice that the blood of the Lamb provides access to the very
throne room of heaven, and to the windows of heaven that pour out
their blessings. Look at your circumstances through God's eyes, put
them into God's perspective, and see if there is anything to hard
E. And finally, realize that the blood of the Lamb has made you
accepted in the beloved. Rejected and scorned by all or by some, yet
accepted into the very presence of God the Father.
Concl: "And they overcame by the blood of the Lamb, the word of
their testimony, and loved not their lives unto death." Where are
some of you today? Are you shell-shocked at the turmoil around you?
Are you at your wits end over some circumstance in your life?
Perhaps the world has so drawn and persuaded you that you are ready
to throw in the towel? Are you so sick of being ill that its
affecting your health? Have your thrown up your hands at your
marriage, your children, your job? In sum, have you lost one of the
most precious possessions of a Christian--your peace?
Get it back, and get it back now! Say, "Dear God, I have lost my
peace over this circumstance! I have not trusted your deliverance,
your strength, your security, your power, or your provision in my
life! Abba, Father, restore unto me the peace and joy of my
salvation." Will you do it? Will you be restored to full spiritual
Lost friend, you have no peace, and you will have no peace until you
settled accounts with God and come to Jesus Christ for salvation.
How about it? Will you do it today?