Full text of Bible teacher Derek Prince’s talk: “God’s Atomic Weapon: The Blood of Jesus”.
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Derek Prince – Bible Teacher
I’d like to read by way of introduction from the 12th Chapter of Revelation. Revelation, the 12th chapter reading from verse seven, through verse thirteen. If you have your Bibles, follow with me;
Revelation 12:7-13: ‘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 into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now is 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. And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.’
Now I have been bringing a message, a series of messages on the theme of effective praying. The last message in that series dealt with spiritual warfare and spiritual weapons. And in a certain sense, what I’m going to bring you now is a continuation of this theme, though it can be taken entirely on its own.
But I want to revert to a chart that I used for that previous series of messages. So I’m going to place this chart up here for a moment, opening at one particular diagram, which is here.
Now, I want you to view the diagram in the light of the Scriptures that I have been reading to you. We read there in Revelation, chapter 12:7, there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels fought, and the dragon… and we’re told that the dragon is the devil and his angels fought, and prevailed not, neither was their place found anymore in heaven. Neither was the place of the devil and his angels anymore in heaven.
Now, I’m aware that there are various different ways of interpreting the Book of Revelation. And I’ve given some considerable thought and attention to this. Personally, I am convinced that the events described here in Revelation chapter 12, the passage that I’ve just read to you is still in the future. This has not yet had its fulfilment.
Now, I have studied interpretations of Revelation from what is called the “historicist school”, which seek to show that the events of history from the Christian era, until now have been set forth in types and symbols and patterns, and so on in the book of Revelation. And I’ve given careful consideration to these, but I am unable to believe them.
As far as I’m concerned, they do not do justice to the facts of history and they do not do justice to the facts of Revelation. Neither history, nor the facts of the book of Revelation can be made to fit in with a theory, which is that the great day of God’s wrath came when the Ottoman Empire dried up, and so on. I’ve been into all that I am unable to believe it. For me, it is clear that the situation described here in Revelation 12, is still in the future.
And in the scene described here, Satan and his angels are still in the heavenlies. And only at this point, are they cast finally out of the heavenlies. And the passage closes with the statement “that the dragon came down to earth”.
Now I’m sure many, many Christians find it hard to understand how Satan right at the close of the Bible, in the book of Revelation is still in the heavenlies. Now we’ve dealt with this in the last of our series on effective praying, and I sought to portray the situation with this chart.
And now I’m just going to go back briefly over the material in this chart. The chart shows what I would call three levels of heaven. There is the third heaven, which is referred to in Second Corinthians 12:2 to where the apostle Paul says, that he knew a man in Christ, who was caught up into the third heaven, and he indicates that that was where paradise was, the presence of God.
Well as I said before, if there is a third heaven, there must logically be a first and a second heaven, you cannot have a third of anything without the first and the second. If a lady comes to me and says, this is my third child. I know without a shadow of a doubt, she had two children before that one, otherwise it wouldn’t be her third child. Likewise, if there is a third heaven, there must be two other heavens.
And I believe that the Scripture speaks about something which we could call the “Mid-heaven”. This word is taken from the book of Revelation. And the Scripture reveals that at the present time, Satan’s headquarters are in the heavenlies.
Ephesians 6:12: ‘Our wrestling match is not against flesh and blood, but against rulerships, and the realms of their authority, against the world rulers of the darkness of this present age, against the spirits of wickedness in the heavenlies.’