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A Tale of Two Kingdoms

The greatest earthly kingdoms in history pale in comparison to the two greatest spiritual kingdoms in history: the world (the devil’s kingdom) and the Kingdom of God. The battle between them has been raging for thousands of years. Since the kingdoms are spiritual, the battle between them is also spiritual but no less militaristic than our wars as the occasional glimpses in Scripture reveal…

Elisha was one of the most amazing men in the Old Testament, given a real window into the spiritual realm and the conflict taking place around us. One time his servant thought the two of them were terribly outnumbered, but Elijah told him, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “LORD, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the servant and he saw…the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha (2 Kin 6:16-17)

One of the most fascinating discussions of the battle occurs when an angel tells Daniel a demon known as the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood him in battle for 21 days until Michael the archangel arrived to help (Dan 10:13). The angel also said he had to return to continue the fight against the demon, because soon another demon called the prince of Greece would come and only Michael the prince or guardian of the Jews would assist him (Dan 10:20).

Revelation 12 describes a battle in heaven during the Great Tribulation between the devil and his equal, Michael the Archangel. Currently the devil has access to heaven (Job 1 & 2), but verse 7 says, War broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 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.” Within a few short years of this defeat the Second Coming takes place and the devil is imprisoned during Jesus’ thousand year reign. After the Millennium he’s released for a final rebellion that ends with his army being destroyed by fire from heaven, and him being cast into the lake of fire (20:9-10). Finally the conflict between the two kingdoms come to an end. The devil’s kingdom is completely destroyed and the Kingdom of God is completely victorious.

Which side are you on? In Matthew 12:30 Jesus said, “Whoever is not with Me is against Me.”

Here’s a sermon I preached on 8/11/13 discussing the two kingdoms in more detail as well as the greatest example of single combat that’s taken place between their captains: Jesus and the devil.

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