Verse 12 (NASB)
International Version God's WordTM
12. "For this reason, rejoice, O heavens and
you who dwell
them. Woe to the earth and the sea; because the devil has come down to
you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time."
The reason is the devil and his followers are removed FOREVER from
- REJOICE, O HEAVENS and you who
dwell in them,
There always is joy in heaven; in the past it was over a repented
15:8-10). But this is different,. It is over the removal of
devil and his followers from heaven. Angels don't have to do the
spiritual warfare in high places anymore. There is a new freedom in
heaven which is cause for REJOICING.
- WOE to the earth and the sea,
because the DEVIL has
DOWN to you, having GREAT WRATH, knowing that he has only a short time.
What a study in contrasts: WOE versus REJOICING. Any doubt that the
devil is mean, terrible, and wicked is removed by the use of the word
"WOE". However, he still is a great deceiver and master of disguise (verse 9 and 2
The use of the phrase "and sea" is interesting in
implies that even evil spirits will experience the wrath of Satan.
Recall that water or the sea sometimes refers to the "container of
spirit beings". See Revelation
The GREAT WRATH is prompted by the short time the
Verses 6 and 14
how much time this is. There are three things that are in the devil's
- In 3 and 1/2 years, he will cease to operate on
- his "jail term" of a 1000 years will begin (Revelation 20:2)
- and his ability to deceive ends at the judgment
throne (Revelation 20:10).
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