I was having problems with getting the mp3 player to work properly in my car but I finally got it settled and in good timing too. I did not have anything planned for the Holy Week. Without much of a thought, I proceeded on with the rest of Carson’s mp3s on Revelations 12. As it turns out, the message was a resounding one:
The Evil One has been defeated. He has been thrown down and he is full of fury. He knows his time is short and therefore he is taking the opportunity to pull down as many people as possible. Over the centuries, ever since Jesus' crucifixion on the cross and his glorious resurrection, the Evil One has been actively doing that. But the redeemed in Christ has been defeating him and will continue to overcome him. This is because of three things (Rev 12:11).
And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.
It is first and foremost, the blood of the Lamb, then it is the word of our testimony and denying of self because of the cross. This is a great challenge for us who are covered by the blood of the Lamb to hold on to our duty to testify for His namesake and present ourselves as sacrifices, to deny ourselves for the sake of Christ.
For this reason, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them. Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time.