I Saw An Angel

I Saw An Angel

15 September 2009


1 Then I saw an angel come down from heaven with the key to the bottomless pit and a heavy chain in his hand. 2 He seized the dragon—that old serpent, the Devil, Satan—and bound him in chains for a thousand years. (Revelation 20:1-2 NLT)

This morning I read from Ezekiel 38-39 and Revelation 20. Ezekiel and John, writing more than 500 years apart each saw visions of the distant future. Both visions involved Gog and Magog and vast armies gathered against God’s people. Both saw God’s miraculous intervention on behalf of his people.

God showed Ezekiel and John a slice of the future. That means that God has the power to make the future as certain as the past and the present. God can show his prophets the future because it’s a done deal – God is in control.

Then one of God’s angels bound Satan for a thousand years. Not only is God so in control of the future that he can describe it in the past tense, God is so much more powerful than Satan that he has angels that can bind Satan when the time is right.

These readings help me think of the sovereignty of God. God really is in charge. If God were not in control of past, present, and future, he couldn’t show Ezekiel and John pictures of the distant future.

I need to pray and watch and listen. I need to obey whatever direction or instruction God gives me. That’s my part. God’s part is to determine the outcome – to control the future for individuals, for nations, for everything. That seems like a good division of responsibility, don’t you think? I pray, listen, and obey. God does everything else. Nice!


Thanks for being in charge, Father. I take courage from the fact that you can describe the future in the past tense! I appreciate living in a world where someone knows what’s going on and where you have already determined that the good guys win. Thanks. Amen.

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