Revelation 17:12-14 “The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. 13 They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast. 14 They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.” NIV
The scripture is clear in Revelation that in the end the Lamb- Jesus Christ our Lord- will triumph over the Beast. The Lord has recently opened my eyes to this scripture in a new and powerful way. Have you read this passage before? Verse 14 says that the enemy will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is the Lord of lords and the King of kings. In the thick of this spiritual end times battle, will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.
These followers will be with Jesus in the battle. Are you joining him? The battle is raging now. Are you so eager to get back to your normal way of life from before Covid that you are missing your place in the battle that is raging in the unseen realm around you?
You may wonder what you can do in such a great battle. Let me get you in on a secret. You don’t have to know how to fight in the physical realm. This is a spiritual battle. Those who miss this delicate and important point are not going to be joining in the fight at all. Jesus told a parable in the gospel of Luke that he ties to the end times. It is such an eye-opening parable.
Luke 18:1-8 “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”
And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
In this parable, a defenseless widow is all alone in an unjust world. All she has is her tenacity to go before an unjust judge. He keeps refusing to give her justice, but what makes this widow special? She won’t give up! She keeps pleading.
Jesus ties this together marvelously by drawing the parallels to our struggles in prayer. Unlike the unjust judge- God is just! If an unjust judge will listen to a persistent cry for justice, how much greater will our good Father and judge hear our prayers?!
Jesus wraps up this teaching on prayer with an interesting perspective- the time of his return. He wonders, when he returns will he find people like this woman? Will he find desperate people living in an unjust world pleading with God for mercy and justice until they get it? Or will he find a sleeping bride whose oil has gone out of her lamp?
So many times I hear people speak about praying and not receiving their answers in a specified time table, or about specific things that God supposedly can’t heal in a person’s heart. Many are discouraged with unbelief, claiming that there are some things God just doesn’t answer prayer on. But, Jesus wants us to know that in this terrible last days, we will need a prayer life like this widow. We will need to keep on knocking on heaven’s door with confidence. Be the squeaky wheel that gets the grease!
This is how we will battle with Jesus against evil in the heavenly realms. We battle now. It says in Ephesians that our battle is in the heavenly realms and that we are seated with Christ above all the rule and authority in the heavenlies.
This is not a time to be lazy or defeated in our prayer life. This is time to worship, pray and fast, fighting for the kingdom of God to come and his will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. It’s time to pray for the lost. It’s time to do spiritual warfare for our families. It’s time to pray for the unity of the Body of Christ.
It’s time to pray!