"VICTORY OVER SATAN,
SELF AND THE WORLD"
February 20, 2000 pm
Revelation 12:10-11 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.
Revelation 12:11 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.
1John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God
overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world,
[even] our faith.
Romans 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but
overcome evil with good.
The Bible teaches us that the three enemies of the believer are Satan,
self or flesh, and the world.
And we also see that there is victory to overcome these three enemies.
Comparing EXODUS and the BOOK OF REVELATION, we see a PATTERN of how we
can overcome Satan, self and the world.
EXODUS foreshadows our salvation from the world, and REVELATION is a revelation
of Jesus Christ (Revelation 1:1).
FIRST ENEMY: SATAN
In the beginning portion of the book of Revelation, 5:9, we read that the
blood of lamb redeemed mankind.
Let us study that event.
This beginning note of Revelation, after the seven letters and the vision
of Christ glorified is mentioned, parallels with the beginning of Israel's
release from Egypt by the BLOOD OF A LAMB.
Exodus 4:22-23 And thou shalt say unto
Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel [is] my son, [even] my firstborn:
And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse
to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, [even] thy firstborn.
God told Pharaoh that Israel was God's firstborn son.
Plague after plague hit Egypt, and time after time, Pharaoh refused to
Should Pharaoh refuse to release His firstborn then God would kill Pharaoh's
THe firstborn of one's family represented something particular in the Bible
God could have killed Pharaoh's firstborn son the first time Pharaoh refused
But He didn't.
He did not want to destroy Pharaoh's son.
God is so longsuffering and gives everyone as much of a chance to repent
But finally, after 9 plagues and Pharaoh still would not release Israel,
God had to do what he warned Pharaoh about.
Exodus 12:29 And it came to pass, that
at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from
the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the
firstborn of the captive that [was] in the dungeon; and all the firstborn
Genesis 49:3 Reuben, thou [art]
my firstborn, my might, and the beginning
of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the
excellency of power:
When God destroyed Pharaoh's firstborn, he destroyed Pharaoh's might, beginning
of strength, excellent dignity and excellent power.
PHARAOH DEPICTS THE DEVIL.
The Devil has been defeated by the Blood of the Lamb.
God showed how He would destroy the Devil's MIGHT, POWER, DIGNITY AND STRENGTH.
God did it by the blood of the lamb when He set us free.
Some might ask why Pharaoh was able to chase after Israel when his POWER,
MIGHT, DIGNITY AND STRENGTH was destroyed.
Today, Satan has no more power over a child of God than Pharaoh had over
Israel after the blood of the lamb was shed to save Israel and death took
Notice that Israel escaped and came to the Red Sea.
If Pharaoh's strength was destroyed when his firstborn was killed, what
would the aries of Egypt represent?
Pharaoh's might was destroyed.
But something remained that assisted Pharaoh in pursuing Israel in attempts
to bring Israel back into bondage.
THE ARMIES OF EGYPT.
In order to discover that, we must see what God did to the armies of Pharaoh,
and compare that with the New Testament teachings.
If Pharaoh represents the Devil, and Pharaoh's firstborn is representative
of the Devil's power being destroyed, what does the armies of Egypt represent?
Exodus 14:22-28 And the children
of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry [ground]: and the
waters [were] a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.
And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea,
[even] all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. And it came
to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the
Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the
host of the Egyptians, And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave
them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of
Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians. And the LORD
said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may
come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen.
And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to
his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against
it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.
And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, [and]
all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained
not so much as one of them.
The Red Sea drowned the armies of Egypt so that not so much as one of them
Paul compared the Red Sea crossing with our water baptism.
And whereas the armies of Egypt were washed away in the Red Sea, what is
washed away in our baptism?
They were baptized unto Moses.
We are baptized unto Jesus!
Acts 22:16 And now why tarriest
thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling
on the name of the Lord.
Although Satan's power is destroyed by the blood of the Lamb, it is not
until we are baptized in Jesus' name, in an act of faith that we died with
Christ, that our SINS are washed away.
The Devil's back was broken, but we still need the armies of Satan washed
away in water baptism.
Our sins are represented by the armies of Egypt.
Our SINS assist Satan in capturing us again.
We need our SINS removed.
The only power the Devil has over a true believer, is the power to holler
at us from across the Red Sea, and try to DUPE us and FOOL us with temptations
So, first of all, learn that WE OVERCAME THE DEVIL BY THE BLOOD OF THE
He cannot grab you and make you suffer, as he could before you escaped
Egypt, so to speak.
You are freed from him now.
If he could make you do anything, how come you are here today in Church
If the devil had his way, he would have you all killed on the way to service
All he can do is Lie to you.
So you need to know the truth.
SO MANY BELIEVE HIS LIES BECAUSE THEY DO NOT LEARN THE TRUTH.
SECOND ENEMY: SELF
Our real problems with the devil are over after we are saved by the blood
of the lamb.
The next series of events in the Book of Revelation, following the BLOOD
OF THE LAMB is the BREAKING OF THE SEALS.
After Israel overcame PHARAOH, they entered the Wilderness.
In the wilderness, it was not whips and taskmasters of Egypt, but their
own murmuring and complaining and rebellion that worked to defeat them.
This corresponds to our second enemy that we will face, and that is our
It was not Pharaoh that gave them any trouble in the wilderness.
He was overcome.
But it was ISRAEL THEMSELVES who were their problems, then.
Jesus' words in Matthew 24:1-31 repeat the SEALS OF REVELATION in perfect
order as they are listed in Revelation 6.
The seals of Revelation speak of our WILDERNESS experience, so to speak.
And in speaking these words that correspond to the seals of Revelation
6, Jesus was speaking to His disciples, saying things like:
He spoke first about FALSE CHRISTS, as the first seal was the WHITE HORSE
GOING TO CONQUER.
He spoke next about wars and rumours of wars, as the second seal was a
red horse given a sword to take peace from the earth.
He spoke thirdly about famines, as the third seal was a black horse with
balances and a declaration of the extreme expense of grain, as would be
the case in famine.
He spoke fourthly of disciples being taken to judges and some killed, as
the fourth seal was a pale horse called death with hell following.
Jesus then spoke of enduring to the end to be saved, as the fifth seal
showed martyrs who were told to endure and wait.
And the sixth thing Jesus spoke of in Matthew 24 was the sun turning black
and the moon to blood after the tribulation, when the son of man would
come, as the sixth seal showed the sun black and the moon bloodied when
the wrath of the lamb is come.
Matthew 24:4 And Jesus answered
and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
They are warnings to the DISCIPLES to be careful and to hold on.
Matthew 24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and
rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all [these things]
must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Matthew 24:8 All these [are] the beginning
Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure
unto the end, the same shall be saved.
EXODUS AND REVELATION COMPARE PERFECTLY.
And the first five seals depict TRIBULATION, because the words or Jesus
that correspond to the sixth seal of the sun blackened and the moon bloodied
state "After the tribulation of those days..."
So the seals depict tribulation.
They depict our wilderness wanderings, so to speak, after we are saved
by the blood of the lamb, just as the wilderness occurred with Israel after
the escape out of Egypt by the blood of the lamb.
The thing that will give us problems when false Christs arise, and wars
and famines, etc., arise, is OUR FLESH.
What happened to the doubters of Israel in the wilderness?
We must ENDURE to the end.
We are going somewhere.
Like Israel going to the Promised Land, we are on our way!
But Israel's carnality stopped so many from finishing their journey, and
many died in the wilderness.
Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure
unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Numbers 14:27-33 How long [shall
I bear with] this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard
the murmuring of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me.
Say unto them, [As truly as] I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken
in mine ears, so will I do to you: Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness;
and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from
twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against me, Doubtless
ye shall not come into the land, [concerning] which I sware to make you
dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.
But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring
in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised. But [as for] you,
your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness. And your children shall
wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your
carcases be wasted in the wilderness.
The OLDER GENERATION DOUBTED GOD and He decreed they would DIE, and THEN
the younger generation would enter the land.
The OLDER GENERATION represents the OLDER PART OF US that was in the world
before we were saved.
The YOUNGER GENERATION represents the NEW MAN, the NEW BIRTH.
DEATH OF THE OLDER WOULD MEAN ENTRANCE INTO THE LAND BY THE YOUNGER.
WHen you look at a bright light, and turn away, the light is no longer
before your eyes.
THE OLD MAN IS PERISHED.
We do not carry our OLD MAN from the world into our new creaturehood as
Then how does the OLDER GENERATION REPRESENT anything if our old man is
Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our
old man is crucified with [him], that the body of sin might be
destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
So the way we overcome the FLESH, is to HAVE OUR MINDS RENEWED.
BUT YOUR VISION STILL BEHOLDS A REMAINING AFTER-IMAGE from that light.
You see a purplish and reddish after-image when you turn your eyes away
from the light.
THAT AFTER-IMAGE is like the OLDER GENERATION THAT DOUBTED.
After we are saved, and our "old man" is gone forever, WE STILL HAVE A
LOT OF THINKING that we received from that NOW-DEAD OLD MAN, and that kind
of thinking is not of God.
The originator of that thinking is gone.
But the thinking remains in our minds and we will find ourselves in trouble
if we CONTINUE IN THAT KIND OF THINKING.
Israel was out of the world, but the world was still in their MINDS.
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed
to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,
that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will
This is the Word to CHRISTIANS who already are freed from Satan's kingdom.
After Israel left Egypt, the Ark of the covenant was constructed.
The word to sinners is to apply the blood of the lamb to their own experience
and identify with the Lamb's death, burial and resurrection.
But the word to christians who already overcame the devil, is to RENEW
SELF and not the devil is a Christian's big battle now.
The blood of sacrifice was between the two cherubims that were at either
end of the MERCYSEAT.
They did not have the Ark when they left Egypt, but they had the Ark when
they entered Canaan.
The ark looked like the EMPTY TOMB OF JESUS.
Exodus 25:19 And make one cherub on
the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: [even] of the mercy
seat shall ye make the cherubims on the two ends thereof.
Leviticus 16:14 And he shall take of the
blood of the bullock, and sprinkle [it] with his finger upon the mercy
seat eastward; and before the mercy seat shall he sprinkle of the blood
with his finger seven times.
John 20:12 And seeth two angels
in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where
the body of Jesus had lain.
Whereas the blood of the sacrifice was between the two cherubims on the
mercyseat, the sacrificed body of Christ laid on the place between two
angels in the tomb.
So the picture is that we have to go back to what first saved us when we
want to have victory over the flesh.
And with the Body of CHrist risen from that place, we can see that the
ark of the covenant represents THE GOSPEL.
The tomb had two angels at either end of where Jesus' body laid, but yet
His body was gone.
DEATH , BURIAL AND RESURRECTION are therefore symbolized by this picture
Death an BURIAL, because it was a tomb.
And RESURRECTION because the tomb was empty.
Notice that verses 14 and 22 say that we are freed from sin and that sin
shall not have dominion over us?
They carried the ark in the wilderness and into Canaan as a symbol to us
that we renew our thinking and remind ourselves that we died with Christ.
The old thinking must be replaced with new thinking.
Did you know that so many saints SIN because THEY EXPECT TO SIN.
And if you expect to do something, you're probably going to find a way
to do it.
Why do they expect to sin?
Because they do not understand THEY DO NOT HAVE TO SIN, BECAUSE THEY ARE
DEAD WITH CHRIST.
Romans 6:6-7 Knowing this, that our
old man is crucified with [him], that the body of sin might be destroyed,
that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that
is dead is freed from sin.
Romans 6:10-11 For in that he died, he
died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto
God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed
unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have
dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
Romans 6:22 But now being made free
from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness,
and the end everlasting life.
That is why Paul repeated so many times in this same chapter:
How is that so?
It is because verse 7 says that he that is dead is freed from sin.
How are we dead?
WE DIED WITH CHRIST.
Many Christian do not look at it that way, and that is why they continue
to EXPECT TO SIN.
But if you read Romans 6 carefully, you will realize you do not have to
expect to sin.
YOU ARE DEAD TO SIN.
RENEW YOUR MINDS.
Overcome your flesh BY RENEWING YOUR THINKING.
Romans 6:3 Know ye not, ...
What destroys them?
Romans 6:16 Know ye not, ...
Romans 7:1 Know ye not, ...
Hose 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack
THIRD ENEMY: WORLD
After we read about the seals of tribulation, the next series of events
is the SEVEN TRUMPETS.
Revelation 8:1-2 And when he had
opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of
half an hour. And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to
them were given seven trumpets.
Notice the sequence.
Watch what happened after Israel left the wilderness.
SILENCE and the 7 TRUMPETS.
Josh 6:4 And seven priests shall
bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams' horns: and the seventh day
ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with
The seven trumpets after the blood of the lamb and the seven seals perfectly
coincides with the thought of Israel escaping Egypt by the blood of the
lamb, the tribulation through the wilderness, and the downfall of Jericho
by 7 trumpets IN THE LAND.
Josh 6:10 And Joshua had commanded the people,
saying, Ye shall not shout, nor make any noise with your voice, neither
shall [any] word proceed out of your mouth, until the day I bid you shout;
then shall ye shout.
Leaving the wilderness and overcoming the flesh is what we read of here
at this point.
Josh 5:2 At that time the LORD said unto Joshua, Make thee sharp
knives, and circumcise again the children of Israel the second time.
Notice what also occurred when they entered Canaan.
Recall that the OLDER GENERATION had to die first.
Until we lose our old way of thinking, we remain in the wilderness.
God looked at Israel as ONE SINGLE PERSON.
Notice that the circumcision occurred as soon as the older generation was
And this individual had to be circumcised a SECOND TIME.
The first circumcision, so to speak, occurred at the RED SEA, when Pharaoh
and his armies was CUT OFF.
The SECOND CIRCUMCISION was the CUTTING OFF of the older generation.
Josh 5:4 And this [is] the cause why
Joshua did circumcise: All the people that came out of Egypt, [that were]
males, [even] all the men of war, died in the wilderness by the way, after
they came out of Egypt. Now all the people that came out were circumcised:
but all the people [that were] born in the wilderness by the way as they
came forth out of Egypt, [them] they had not circumcised. For the children
of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people [that
were] men of war, which came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they
obeyed not the voice of the LORD: unto whom the LORD sware that he would
not shew them the land, which the LORD sware unto their fathers that he
would give us, a land that floweth with milk and honey.
Josh 5:9 And the LORD said unto Joshua,
This day have I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you. Wherefore
the name of the place is called Gilgal unto this day.
Israel came across JERICHO.
The two thoughts tie together.
God called is the ROLLING AWAY THE REPROACH OF EGYPT.
Our carnal minds that think the way we did in the world are A REPROACH
FROM THE WORLD CLINGING TO US, and are in NEED OF BEING REMOVED, by NOT
THINKING THAT WAY ANY MORE.
So we are transformed when we renew our thinking.
We were translated when we were first saved.
But we need to be TRANSFORMED afterwards.
Notice where the priests got the horns from.
Jericho is not the DEVIL nor the FLESH.
IT IS THE WORLD.
And we overcome the WORLD at this point.
Josh 6:4 And seven priests shall
bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams' horns:
The seven trumpets were RAM'S HORNS.
Revelation 5:6 And I beheld, and, lo, in
the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the
elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven
eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
(We take what we already used for victory in the past, and keep it for
future victories, and then add more blessings with it for further
victories as we travel along.)
And the very lamb whose blood saved us at the first had SEVEN HORNS.
The reference to SEVEN TRUMPETS being sounded to overcome the WORLD in
Revelation 8, take us back to the SEVEN HORNS OF THE LAMB.
Notice that every victory, whether it be against the DEVIL, the FLESH and
the WORLD, is accomplished THROUGH THE LAMB in some form or another.
The blood of the lamb in the beginning.
The ark and the blood in the wilderness.
The ark, blood and RAM'S HORNS in the land.
Since the LAMB slain and risen had SEVEN HORNS, and SEVEN TRUMPETS defeat
the world in Revelation 8, we see a truth.
Blowing seven trumpets of the lamb's seven horns speaks of victory by declaring
the POWER OF THE LAMB.
Recall David's return of the Ark.
The power to overcome the WORLD is DECLARING THE TRUTH OF THE DEATH, BURIAL
AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS.
Blowing trumpets speaks of DECLARING TRUTH.
Isai 58:1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift
up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people
Count how many men had trumpets, to be blown BEFORE THE ARK.
1Chronicles 15:24 And 
Shebaniah, and 
Jehoshaphat, and 
Nethaneel, and 
Amasai, and 
Zechariah, and 
Benaiah, and 
Eliezer, the priests, did blow with the
trumpets before the ark of God: and Obededom and Jehiah [were]
doorkeepers for the ark.
7 trumpets when David brought the ARK HOME.
And seven trumpets were sounded BEFORE THE ARK as they marched around
Josh 6:4 And seven priests shall
bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams' horns:
As the ark, depicting the GOSPEL in symbol form, was marched, SEVEN TRUMPETS
OF RAM'S HORNS blew before it.
HORNS speak of POWER.
It was as though we read of a declaration of the ALL-POWER (7 horns) of
Jesus (THE LAMB) as we CARRY THIS GOSPEL FORWARD.
SEVEN speaks of ALL.
LAMB speaks of JESUS.
After Jesus rose from the grave, He said....
Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and
spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven
and in earth.
And we read of the Gospel to BE PREACHED... SEVEN TRUMPETS BLOWN.
Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of
the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations;
and then shall the end come.
The Gospel will go all the way with you!
The GOSPEL truth applies to salvation and LIFE AFTER SALVATION also.
From the first day you are saved, until you overcome everything.
Always go back to the ROCK OF YOUR SALVATION when you need to overcome.