Thursday in the Twenty-Eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Revelation 19:17-21

The End of That Unholy “Trinity”

We have noted before that the devil can create nothing but only ape.  It is true that we can create nothing if that means, “out of nothing.”  But man, created in God’s image and better yet filled with His Spirit, can make beautiful things, whether we are speaking of the arts, crafts, or sciences.  But not Satan.  He can only pervert, twist, and destroy.  It is his nature, and all things act according to their natures.

We have seen throughout Revelation Satan’s aping many things.  He mimics the Lamb with the beast who also has seven heads.  He imitates God’s sealing of the 144,000 with the mark of the beast also on the forehead.  He apes the Bride of Christ with the “great prostitute.”  He copies Christ with the Antichrist.  But perhaps the most blasphemous of all is his demonic impersonation of the blessed Trinity with himself (Father), the beast (Christ the Son), and the false prophet (Holy Spirit).  It is this most sublime and wondrous revelation of the gospel which lies at the heart of the Christian faith.  God is love and has ever been in relationship among His triune self.  He created us not out of need but out of his own freedom and desire to have a people whom He would love for all eternity, having provided for their redemption through His Son’s blood, and birthed them unto faith through His Holy Spirit.  His is not just plain “God” who saves us but the Triune God who saves us—the only God.

And it is this blessed doctrine that the devil apes along with his pathetic beast and false prophet.  And it is these who are captured in the battle of Armageddon, begun in 16:12-16 and concluded here.  For their labors, the latter two are “thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur.”  The devil, we discover in the next chapter, is bound and cast into the bottomless pit for a thousand years.  And so ends their brief and ignoble reign.  It never even began to measure up to what it claimed to imitate.  Evil is irrational, even pathological.  It makes no sense.  But here we are with our own sin natures to contend with.  We don’t even understand the things we do (Romans 7:15), let alone Satan.  But then we do understand in the sense that we are plagued by the same temptations and ills.  We must never boast in ourselves but only in the God who saves us.

God has won the victory for us.  Let us rejoice and walk in godliness before Him.  He has revealed Himself to us and we are privileged to worship the Triune God in the splendor of holiness (19:6-8; Psalm 29:2).

Author: The Reformed Baptist

My name is Stephen Taylor, ordained Baptist minister of eighteen years pastoral experience with a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Better than that, I am married to a godly woman, Karla, who has been very patient with me since 1989. I have two daughters, both of whom I homeschooled for extended periods of time, who became godly young women, and who ran off and married godly young men, all of which is very proper. The oldest daughter has even seen fit to bless me with a grandson and a granddaughter, and my youngest daughter with a grandson, all three of whom are bundles of exceeding joy. As you can see, I am quite blessed. This website is dedicated to helping people grow in the wisdom and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ through the gift of writing that the Lord has given to me. It is specifically about helping His people grow in godliness, the theme you see repeated above. I write devotions with this aim and hope that they might be of some help to God’s people. Full disclosure: I am of a Reformed bent, meaning that my understanding of Scripture is primarily informed by the Reformers and their successors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. However, as a student of church history and theology, I strive to remain true to that teaching handed down once for all unto the saints through every age of the Church. I like to think of myself as a “catholic” Christian, as the Reformers thought of themselves. At any rate, feel free to read, pray, and contact me if you wish, or correct me if need be. As you can see, I tend to follow the church year. Of course, I make no special claims about these devotions. I know very well that others have written better and plumbed the depths of God’s word with greater insight. But if my musings help someone draw closer to the Lord, well then, I have my reward. Blessings to you and may the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ speak to you that word which He knows you especially need to hear. Grace & peace, Stephen Taylor

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