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).