7 And there was war in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the
dragon fought and his angels, *(22)
8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
9 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
10 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.
11 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.
|*(22) War in Heaven, Satan, Deceiver of the Whole World -- This is an allegorical description of a |
giant spiritual confrontation between the sons of light and the sons of darkness. They symbolically depict
the spiritual forces, good and evil, that battle for dominion in the minds of men. "And the great dragon
was cast out, that old serpent called the devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world" (12v9). This
scripture speaks to the establishment of institutionalized deception under the dominion of the Spirit of
Err, which caused the masses of the earth to be afflicted with death, destruction, poverty, fear, anxiety,
pollution, perversion, degeneracy, dis-respect, immorality, plagues, sickness, and disease. This means that
entire evil concepts, systems and implementation devices have been set up for and accepted by the people
as correct and normal lifestyles. By institutionalizing deception, Satan has been given a seat in the
governments of the world that legislate his evil policies and maintain his rulership. ---12v7