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THE BATTLE IS NOT YOURS ALONE!
Published On : June 21, 1998
Last Updated : March 11, 2011
Roman Historian Publius Tacitus, The Heavenly Host Engage In Battle In The Skies Over Jerusalem, Jesus Comes In Great Power And Glory With The Angels And The Heavenly Host, Our Light Affliction, Our Resurrected Bodies, Satan's Defeat Two Thousand Years Ago, Satan Cast Out Of Heaven, His Final Fate In The Lake Of Fire, Go On The Offense And Fight The Battle!
To my knowledge, Tacitus was not a Christian, yet for some unknown reason, he thought it important enough to include this amazing description of events in the skies overlooking Jerusalem in his account. Due to the variety of sources that he utilized, I am not certain from where he obtained this particular information. Considering that he and Roman Jewish historian Flavius Josephus were contemporaries and friends, I have pondered the possibility that Josephus may have been the original source of the account. After all, Josephus does tell us that he was an eyewitness to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. At any rate, some scholars regard Tacitus as the greatest of Roman historians, and he is viewed as being both scrupulous and meticulous in his work. This would seem to add a great deal of reliability to his account concerning what is apparently the Heavenly Host engaging in Celestial Battle over Jerusalem in 70 AD. Personally, I am amazed by this; particularly because it is coming from a non-believer.
It is plain to see then that we are certainly not alone. Not only is Jesus symbolically right by our side and fighting our battles with us, but He also has the entire Heavenly Host at His royal command. While by God's Design these mighty Angelic Forces may remain invisible to our human eyes at this current time, the following verses make it quite evident that one of these days, they will return to this planet in great power and glory, in order to take over this sad world and return it to its rightful owner; and Jesus will surely be in the lead:
"And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other."
Matthew 24:30-31, KJV
"When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:"
Matthew 25:31, KJV
"Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven."
Matthew 26:64, KJV
"And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth."
Matthew 28:18, KJV
"Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."
Mark 8:38, KJV
"And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power."
Mark 9:1, KJV
"And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven."
Mark 13:26-27, KJV
"And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven."
Mark 14:62, KJV
"For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels."
Luke 9:26, KJV
"And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory."
Luke 21:27, KJV
"Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God."
Luke 22:69, KJV
"Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all."
1 Corinthians 15:24-28, KJV
"For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God."
Romans 14:11, KJV
"The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,"
Ephesians 1:18-22, KJV
"Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
Philippians 2:9-11, KJV
"Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day."
2 Thessalonians 1:6-10, KJV
"And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean."
Revelation 19:11-14, KJV
Having now understood the great power that is at the command of God the Father and Jesus His Son, it seems rather silly for us to worry about Satan's futile attempts to defeat us. Clearly, he is no match for the Heavenly Pair and the great Celestial Army who do their bidding. In fact, you may recall that the Apostle Paul referred to our current tribulations in this life as "our light affliction". This is a person who not suffered all manner of threats and persecutions at the hands of his enemies, but who also, according to some sources, was ultimately beheaded by the Roman authorities. Yet, in spite of his personal tribulations, Paul stood firm until the end and wrote the following words, because he had the Heavenly Vision, and the hope of Salvation, burning in his heart:
"For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life."
2 Corinthians 4:16-5:4, KJV
Please understand that when Paul uses the words "tabernacle" and "house", he is actually talking about our body of flesh, and not about a physical building or tent. He is saying that even though our flesh body shall someday perish, either by way of persecution or natural death, when that happens, we will be clothed in our immortal body of the Spirit, exactly as we find discussed in the following verses as well:
"Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself."
Philippians 3:21, KJV
"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is."
1 John 3:2, KJV
"There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed."
1 Corinthians 15:40-52, KJV
Having this knowledge regarding Satan's defeat, and realizing what a glorious future lies ahead for us, should encourage us all, and motivate us to go on the defense. Have no doubt; his doom is sure. Furthermore, as I explain in a number of other articles, in reality, Satan was defeated two thousand years when Jesus was victorious over death and hell. Not only that, the Scriptures indicate -- depending on your understanding of them -- that Satan has already been, or perhaps will soon be, cast out of Heaven permanently. Ultimately, he will meet his final fate when he is cast into the Lake of Fire, as we can see by the following verses:
"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!"
Isaiah 14:12, KJV
"And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven."
Luke 10:18, KJV
"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. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time."
Revelation 12:7-12, KJV
"And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season . . . And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever."
Revelation 20:1-3, 10, KJV
"Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished . . . Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall."
Proverbs 16:5, 18, KJV
While that old serpent still lies to us, and vainly tries to convince us otherwise, and tells us that he is the master of this world, the truth of the matter is that he has been on the defense for the past two millennia; and that is why he is so full of rage, because he knows that his time is short. So again, instead of allowing Satan to put you on the defense, go on the offense yourself. Tell him that he is a liar and the father of lies. Quote him the Word just like Jesus did in Matthew chapter four. If you do this by the Power of God's Spirit, that old demon will be forced to retreat from the battle; because as Jesus and the Apostle James said:
". . . and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
Matthew 16:18, KJV
". . . Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."
James 4:7, KJV
With these thoughts, I will bring another series to a close. I trust that it has been a blessing and an encouragement in your life. Keep your eyes on Jesus, fight the battle, and keep the faith!