THE CASTING OUT OF SATAN
Revelation 12:7-9
James A. Gunn
Preached on August 5, 2007
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Revelation 12:1-9

1 Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars.
2 Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.
3 And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads.
4 His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born.
5 She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne.
6 Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.
7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought,
8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer.
9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

In Revelation Chapter 12:1-6 we have the woman clothed with sun with the moon under her feet and crowned with twelve stars. This can be none other than the Church of Jesus Christ as John the Revelator reaches back to the beginning of human history and symbolizes the Church of the redeemed of the Lord as she waits as a woman in travail of birth pains for the birth of the promised Seed.

The prophecy made by God to Satan after the original sin and fall of Adam and Eve was that the Seed of the woman would bruise the head of the serpent even though the heel of the Seed would be bruised.

IN verse 3 another being in this Revelation of Jesus Christ is brought forth and it is Satan symbolized as a fiery red dragon that has great power although his power is always under the omniscient and omnipotent constraint of God.

Satan’s consuming desire is to thwart the purpose of God which is to have the angelic hosts serve the human creature. This theory of the motive for Satan’s rebellion is supported by another passage that I read only yesterday.
Paul, writing to the saints at Corinth correcting their practice of taking each other to civil court; telling them that they should be able to judge matters among themselves; says:

1 Corinthians 6:1-6

1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints?
2 Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
3 Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?
4 If then you have judgments concerning things pertaining to this life, do you appoint those who are least esteemed by the church to judge?
5 I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you, not even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren?
6 But brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers!

Human believers are the saints and humans were made a little lower than the angels but ultimately the angels will serve humans. The epitome of this truth is that Satan must serve the Man, Christ Jesus!

This knowledge of God’s purpose was the motive behind Satan’s rebellion which resulted in His being cast out of heaven.

The “Casting Out of Satan” then is the message of our text, Revelation 12:7-9.

Throughout the entire history of the earth the Church has survived every attempt by Satan to destroy the promised Seed. Cain killed righteous Abel; Pharaoh drowned the baby boys; and when Jesus of Nazareth was born of the Virgin, even then Satan put into the mind of King Herod to kill all of the baby boys two years old and younger in another vain attempt to devour the promised Seed.

The Child of verse 5 can be none other than Christ who rules all nations with a rod of iron just as the prophecy of the Second Psalm tells us.

Psalm 2:7-9

7 "I will declare the decree:
The LORD has said to Me,
'You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
8 Ask of Me, and I will give You
The nations for Your inheritance,
And the ends of the earth for Your possession.
9 You shall break them with a rod of iron;
You shall dash them to pieces like a potter's vessel.'"

Failing to kill the Christ at His Incarnation, Satan can now only attack the woman who is the symbol of the Church. The woman flees into the wilderness for 1260 days. The period in the wilderness is the span of time that the Church while still on earth must endure until the Lord returns at the end of this present age.

Be reminded that the exact number of 1260 days means that the exact duration of the time of her persecution is known to God although the spread of time is not known to man. There are several ways that this length of time is expressed:
3 ½ years; time, and times, and half a time; 42 months; 1260 days.

A war broke out in heaven: 

After the woman fled into the wilderness, she is protected by God.

There is another character introduced into the drama.

Michael comes leading the armies of heaven against the Dragon and his evil minions. We shall show that Michael is Christ.

I am well aware that not all commentaries agree that Michael is Christ but this is my conclusion after studying the arguments for and against.

But first where is this heaven where war breaks out?

We must be very careful as we read our Bibles that we do not impose our preconceived notions on a given text. Of course, we may be correct, but then again we may be wrong. We must use the analogy of Scripture; comparing Scripture with Scripture; and the NT always interprets the OT.

Just as we learned that the temple of God is not always a stone building but in the NT the Church is called the temple of God; we need to learn that “heaven” also has more than one meaning.

In the Jewish mind, there was a heaven in which the birds flew; there was a heaven where there was the sun and the moon and planets and stars. Of course there is the heaven where God in Spirit reigns on a spiritual throne. But there is also a spiritual realm that is not physical at all but is as real as anything else that you know about.

So in verse 7, if we can only think of heaven as the final abode of the redeemed we will have a war taking place where there can be no pain and sorrow.

The heaven in verse 7 is not the place of eternal peace but it is the spiritual realm of which Paul wrote about in Ephesians 6:10-13.

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities , against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 
13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

We will deal more fully with the identity of Michael in a few minutes but we are told that Michael cast Satan out of heaven and into the earth and his angels were cast out with him.

In the context of Revelation Chapter 12, in verse 5 the woman, who is a symbol of the Church, has given birth to the Man-Child and the Child is Christ. In verse 7 it is Michael who comes forth to fight and cast to the earth the old serpent, the devil.

Such a triumph as this over Satan could never be accomplished by any created angel. This casting out of Satan took place at the resurrection of Christ, Victory over death and the grave. The serpent’s head has been bruised. Satan must be defeated by Christ. No created being, man or angel, could defeat the devil.

When Jesus Christ rose from the dead and then ascended to the right hand of God the Father a cataclysmic change occurred in the spiritual realm.

The same apostle John writes about this in the Gospel of John at 12:23-33. We will only refer to some selected verses from this passage in order to see what Jesus Christ prophesied about the casting out of Satan.

23 But Jesus answered them, saying, "The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified.  …

27 "Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? 'Father, save Me from this hour'? But for this purpose I came to this hour. 
28 Father, glorify Your name."
Then a voice came from heaven, saying, "I have both glorified it and will glorify it again."
29 Therefore the people who stood by and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, "An angel has spoken to Him."
30 Jesus answered and said, "This voice did not come because of Me, but for your sake. 

31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. 
32 And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself." 
33 This He said, signifying by what death He would die.

The ruler of this evil world system is the Devil and the lifting up of Christ refers to His atoning death on the cross.

The casting out of Satan does not mean that he is completely destroyed; that comes at the end of the world when he is cast into the lake of fire.

The casting out of Satan means that the tyranny over the minds of the nations of the earth, who were in almost total idolatry, will be broken by the spread of the Gospel. Read you Bibles very carefully and you will discover that in the days of the Old Testament there were very few men who knew God, even among the Hebrew people. All of the history of the Jews is characterized by unbelief of the vast majority of the people.

The Jews were greatly blessed as Paul says in Romans 3:1-4:

1 What advantage then has the Jew, or what is the profit of circumcision?
2 Much in every way! Chiefly because to them were committed the oracles of God.
3 For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect?
4 Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar.
As it is written: [quoting Psalm 51:4]

"That You may be justified in Your words,
And may overcome when You are judged." 

The problem of the Jews in the day of Jesus and of Paul is that they thought they were justified from sin and guilt because they were Jews. And that error remains with us to this day, not only among those who claim to be Jews, but those Christians who hope for a future Israel in all of her past glory.

But Christ has come according to the Scriptures and has taken on the form of a Servant in a true humanity and He obeyed the demands of the holy, just, and good law of God and it has pleased the Father to bruise Him. “It is finished!” is the cry of victory!

Satan has lost but he still has a short time and because Satan is not omniscient he continues to try to overthrow God.

In these last days which began at the cross of Christ, Satan cannot ever again incite ungodly men to get their wicked hands on the Christ; but for reasons known only to God Satan is allowed to attack the Church while she is still on the earth.

The casting out of Satan into the earth coincided with the return of the Seventy from their mission to the towns and villages of Israel. They rejoiced that “even the demons were subject unto them.”

Luke 10:17-20

17 Then the seventy returned with joy, saying,
"Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name."
18 And He said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 
19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 
20 Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven."

31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. 
32 And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself." 
33 This He said, signifying by what death He would die.

This was the turning point in spiritual history. No longer does Satan have liberty to deceive the nations. The Gospel will be preached and souls will be delivered from sin and darkness until the Lord returns in glory.

So Satan is cast into the earth but he still has awful power.

Satan can influence otherwise intelligent and learned theologians to deny the deity of Christ.

Satan can devise a mindset called pluralism that believes that any and all religions are valid and that the exclusive claims of Jesus Christ as the only Savior of men is repulsive to “good” people.

Satan has been successful in convincing the vast majority of the educators of our children and youth to deny the truth of the Creator and replace the only true God with the twin idols of time and chance called “evolution.”

Satan can build religious empires with complex sacramental magic that can deceive many otherwise sincere souls and have them worshiping the Virgin Mary and praying to “saints” and believing that another sinful man just like themselves, called a “priest”, has the power to forgive sin and can turn the bread and the wine into the literal body and blood of Christ. And no matter what the Book of Hebrews says, they celebrate “mass” and “crucify” Christ hundreds of thousands of times on any given day.

“… so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many.” Cf. Hebrews 9:28

Satan has warped the minds of the great thinkers so that human reason explains the universe and its mysteries better than the Bible. This is rationalism, the worship of the human mind.

There is no question that the Dragon is Satan or the devil because we are plainly given that information, but who is Michael? Michael leads the armies of heaven against the armies of hell. Michael is Christ.

When I first studied this verse quite a few years ago I resisted the notion that Michael was Christ. My reasoning was influenced by the error of the Jehovah’s Witness cult. Jehovah’s Witness teach that the archangel Michael became the man Jesus Christ. They say Michael is Jehovah’s first created being.

They misinterpret Colossians 1:15 by twisting the meaning of the word “firstborn.” It is true that firstborn can refer to the one born first in a family. But the word firstborn can also mean the one in first place or preeminent. And the context of the passage gives that as the meaning. The passage also says that Christ created all things; did He create Himself?

Colossians 1:15-20

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.
18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
19 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell,
20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

So before you reject the notion that Christ is called Michael think for a moment on how many other names are given to Christ in the Bible.

He is Emmanuel, God with us; He is the divine Logos or wisdom of God; His name is Wonderful; He is the Second Adam; the Amen; the Ancient of Days; the Beloved; the Anointed; the Branch; the Chief Corner-stone; the Light; the Life; the Altogether Lovely; He is Shiloh; the Seed; the Temple; the Sun of Righteousness; and there are about 100 such names. I remember Brother Barnes teaching a Bible study here a few years ago on the 100 names of God.

So we must not be surprised when Christ is also called Michael the Archangel.

There are a vast number of angels: good and evil.

There are two angels named in the Bible: Gabriel and Michael.

The uninspired Apocrypha names an angel Raphael.

Gabriel is the angel who is the messenger of God who was sent to give the prophecy of the “seventy weeks” to Daniel. Gabriel is also sent by God to announce the birth of Christ to Mary and Joseph.

But what about Michael?

Michael is mentioned five times in Holy Scripture; three times in the Book of Daniel, once in Jude, and here in Revelation. John draws much of the symbolism in Revelation from the Book of Daniel so it is not surprising that he would call Christ by the name Michael.

Notice again that the context of Chapter 12 is not broken as the Child is born
[verse 5], the woman flees into the wilderness [verse 6], and war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels … [verse 7].

It is my opinion that Michael also appears on many occasions in the Bible where He is not named as Michael but under the title of “the Angel of the Lord.

This Bible fact may surprise you; there is only one archangel in the Bible.

Last Wednesday we sang “Praise Him, Praise Him”, number 12 in the Celebration Hymnal, and in the first verse there is the phrase “highest archangels [plural] in glory;” That’s okay. Fanny Crosby was one of God’s gifts to the church and the song is really pertinent to our text: “Jesus will guard His children” she says in the same verse.

That’s what Revelation 12 is teaching: “Jesus will guard His children”.

We find the word “archangel” in only two places in the Bible:

1 Thessalonians 4:16

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Jude 9

9 Yet Michael the archangel , when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not [dared not] bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. KJV

In Thessalonians it says, “… with the voice of the archangel, ….”

The definite article “the” is not in the Greek text in Thessalonians but there is only one archangel mentioned in Scripture (Jude 9) and his name is Michael; the word archangel denotes, not "chief angel," as top ranking among other angels, but "chief or ruler of the angels." In Jude 9, the Greek does have the definite article “the” which indicates that there is only one archangel.

The Pulpit Commentary:
With the voice of the archangel; or rather, of an archangel. There is only one archangel mentioned in Scripture (Jude 9); … Accordingly, some suppose that Christ himself is here meant, as to him alone, it is asserted, does this title belong; Christ is called the archangel because He is the Chief of the angels.
This is how Christ is known to the angels as “the likeness of God.”

Michael means: who is like God?

Christ did not become an angel, not did an angel become a man, But the eternal Word became flesh; became truly Man, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried. And He is forever a glorified Man with a true human nature, in the same body which lay in a tomb for three days and three nights.

Hebrews 2:16

For verily he took not on him the nature of angels;
but he took on him the seed of Abraham.

There may be an imagined difficulty with Daniel Chapter 10 where Michael appears to Daniel as one of the chief princes.

Daniel 10:12-14

12 Then he said to me, "Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words.
13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia.
14 Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision refers to many days yet to come."

Is Michael just one among several equals? No, in Daniel the angelic beings are attached by the Sovereign Ruler of all things to various thrones and kingdoms of the earth, as executors of divine providence. Satan also has his “princes” who have certain principalities to rule.

In the NT we read that Paul, referring to some false teachers, delivered them over to Satan that they might learn not to blaspheme.” [1 Timothy 1:20]

And in Romans 1:28 God “gives over to a reprobate mind” those who do not like to retain God in their knowledge.

So in Daniel Christ is Michael your Prince who stands for His people.

Daniel 10:21

But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.

In Daniel Michael is ‘one of the chief princes’ because the other princes or supernatural powers had special charge of earthly kingdoms. But Michael is head over all the angelic hosts, good and evil.

Jude 9 is said by some to prove that Michael cannot be Christ.

Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said,
"The Lord rebuke you!"

The argument against Michael being Christ is that one who “dares not”, with the connotation of “afraid to” address Satan in railing terms could not be superior to him in rank or power. The argument ignores Zachariah 3:1-2:

Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him. 2 And the LORD said to Satan,
"The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?"

In Zachariah it is the Lord God who rebukes Satan but never in abusive or undignified terms. Jude is making a comparison of the behavior of wicked men who had infiltrated the Church with the Lord Himself.

Jude 8-11

8 Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of dignitaries.
9 Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, "The Lord rebuke you!"
10 But these speak evil of whatever they do not know; and whatever they know naturally, like brute beasts, in these things they corrupt themselves.
11 Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.

We are warned not to strut about like some of the false teachers on TV, railing against this mighty fearful being that even in his fallen state is to be treated with respect. He is fulfilling God’s sovereign and divine providence. Even the Lord does not rail against him.

The “dares not” does not mean “afraid to” but is a recognition of the power given to Satan by God for the working out of His holy purpose.

We see this being worked out in the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus.

Luke 22:52-53

52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests, captains of the temple, and the elders who had come to Him, "Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs? 
53 When I was with you daily in the temple, you did not try to seize Me.

But this is your hour, and the power of darkness."

It was Satan who entered into the heart of Judas Iscariot as God allowed his wickedness to fulfill the Scripture in the betrayal of Christ.

John 13:2

And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray Him,

Acts 2:22-23

22 "Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know — 
23 Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death;

This shows the rule of God over all evil and good. Satan does not intend to do the will of God when he acts as the instrument of God’s purpose, but he acts as though he were independent of divine control.

That Michael is Christ is supported by such men as Mathew Henry and John Gill.

Of course, John Calvin did not write a commentary on the book of Revelation but what he writes about Jude 9 seems to support that Michael is Christ.


We will conclude our study with a look at Michael the archangel in Jude 9 and The Body of Moses.

Jude 9 Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, "The Lord rebuke you!"

Now “archangel” is mentioned only two times in the Bible and here in Jude he is named Michael. This is Michael the chief of the angels who wars against Satan and his minions.
What does Jude refer to here in verse 9?

Back in the year 2000 I taught from the Book of Jude for 8 months. Eight months on just 25 verses? That is what exposition does; it expounds the Scripture in order to bring out its full meaning. That does not mean that I believe that we can ever plumb the depths of Scripture but we will come closer than most preachers who just skim the surface of a text. Especially those preachers who read a line or two of Scripture and then talk about everything but what the text says.

Jude is the most contemporary book in the Bible. By that I mean it deals with issues that are most current in the Church today.

There is first our “common salvation” which means salvation is the same for all who are saved. Our common salvation is regeneration.

“You must be born again,” says the Lord Jesus Christ, you must be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. And Jude is writing in the context of Old Testament believers.

Does Jude not give examples from the Old Testament?

Those who came out of Egypt and who wandered in the wilderness for forty years and yet died in unbelief; the reprobate angels who were cast out with Satan; the sexual perverts in Sodom and Gomorrah; wicked Cain; mercenary Balaam; rebellious Korah; all examples of unbelief from the OT that are as up-to-date as today’s newspaper.

And so if you must be born again there must be something wrong with your first birth. Your problem and mine is that we are born “dead in trespasses and sins” and we must be born of the Holy Spirit or we will die in unbelief just as did those mentioned in Jude.

Too many preachers today will not preach about sin and depravity. They will give a little sermonnete that flatters the ego of man of then ask them to “decide” for Jesus, whoever you might imagine Him to be. 

Well, the problem that Jude is dealing with is unregenerate men in leadership positions in the church who had “crept in unnoticed” and was causing great harm.

Jude calls them “brute beasts” who practiced ekpornea. Ekpornea is beyond sexual immorality. Fornication and adultery are immoral sexual sins but homosexual practices go beyond pornea; it is ekpornea. These men that Jude condemns were in leadership positions in the church. Does that sound up-to-date enough to you?

Well, let’s get back to verse 9:

Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil,
when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, "The Lord rebuke you!"

The Lord brought Moses to the top of Mount Pisgah and let him see the land of the promise given to Abraham’ seed. But because of Moses’ provocation he was not allowed to enter the land of promise. The Lord God took the life of Moses and buried his body in a secret place. The Lord knew that if these idolatrous Hebrews could get their hands on Moses’ body they would worship it just as they had the bronze serpent that was raised up in the wilderness.

Deuteronomy 34:5-8

5 So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD.
6 And He buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, opposite Beth Peor; but no one knows his grave to this day.
7 Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died. His eyes were not dim nor his natural vigor diminished.
8 And the children of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days. So the days of weeping and mourning for Moses ended.

NEHUSHTAN -  of copper; a brazen thing a name of contempt given to the serpent Moses had made in the wilderness (Num 21:8), and which Hezekiah destroyed because the children of Israel began to regard it as an idol and "burn incense to it." The lapse of nearly one thousand years had invested the "brazen serpent" with a mysterious sanctity; and in order to deliver the people from their infatuation, and impress them with the idea of its worthlessness, Hezekiah called it, in contempt, "Nehushtan," a brazen thing, a mere piece of brass (2 Kings 18:4).

Don’t think that we are much better than these Jews because we are all idolaters by nature. Anything that you put before the Lord Jesus as a priority in your life is an idol. It can be money: having it or wanting it. It can be anything that routinely hinders your meeting with the church. 

Now I do not believe that Jude 9 refers to a dispute over the literal body of Moses.

Moses went to heaven and we find Moses and Elijah in their bodies with Jesus Christ on the Mount of Transfiguration.

Luke 9:28-31

28 Now it came to pass, about eight days after these sayings, that He took Peter, John, and James and went up on the mountain to pray.
29 As He prayed, the appearance of His face was altered, and His robe became white and glistening.
30 And behold, two men talked with Him, who were Moses and Elijah,
31 who appeared in glory and spoke of His decease which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.

There are Moses and Elijah, talking with the Lord about how He, Jesus, was about to fulfill all that the Law and the Prophets had said about Him.

Jude says: Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil,
when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, "The Lord rebuke you!"

The “body of Moses” is what Moses stands for in the Bible, i.e. the Law.

Satan always accuses on legal grounds. Satan says God is not just to take Moses into heaven with his sins not atoned for!

But the sins of Moses were as much under the blood of Jesus as were the sins of Abraham and the sins of all the other saints who believed the Gospel and died in faith long before the Lord Jesus Christ actually died on the cruel cross.

Romans 3:21-26

21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets,
22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference;
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed,
26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

The “body of Moses” that Michael contends for is that “body” of the Law that Moses represents through out the Bible.

The Law demands perfect obedience and no one can obey it completely for an entire lifetime. I can’t obey the Law for even a few minutes without thinking sinful thoughts.

Yet, one Man did perfectly obey the Law, even Jesus of Nazareth who lived under the Law and demonstrated that except for sin the Law can be obeyed.

Brother Walter, we can “Delight in the Law of the Lord” [Psalm 1] by seeing that it is holy and just and good, and that the problem is not with the Law but with my sin sick soul. But the answer to the prophet Jeremiah’s lament is that there is a “balm in Gilead”.

Jeremiah 8:20-22
20 "The harvest is past,
The summer is ended,
And we are not saved!"
21 For the hurt of the daughter of my people I am hurt.
I am mourning;
Astonishment has taken hold of me.
22 Is there no balm in Gilead,
Is there no physician there?
Why then is there no recovery
For the health of the daughter of my people?

To repeat what I said earlier:
In the context of Revelation Chapter 12 the woman has given birth to the Man-Child and the Child is Christ. In verse 7 it is Michael who comes forth to fight and cast to the earth the old serpent, the devil.

Such a triumph as this over Satan could never be accomplished by any created angel. This casting out of Satan took place at the resurrection of Christ, Victory over death and the grave. The serpent’s head has been bruised. Satan must be defeated by Christ. No created being, man or angel, could defeat the devil.

Michael is Christ.

That is what I believe our text means when it says “… he was cast out to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” The Gospel of repentance and faith in Jesus Christ will be preached until the end of this present age.

Have you repented of sin and put you trust in Jesus Christ?

Stop loving sin more than Christ and trust Him. He loves to save sinners.

Let us now remember what the Lord Jesus Christ has done for us when we observe the Lord’s Supper at the close of this service.

Amen