The images of Satan being a ghastly dragon in the End Times is sobering, but we must always remember...he is a created being. This means that he is not equal to nor does he pose a threat to Almighty God.
So, as I discuss him briefly here, don't take a stance of fear. We are victorious over him through our Savior, Jesus Christ!
It may surprise you to learn that our arch enemy's role is mostly backstage in the End Times. We see the dragon in numerous places in the book of Revelation and chapter 13 shows my point.
Note that the dragon here gives his authority to the beast. He has a kingdom of darkness and he does have power and authority. But just as the beast derives his power and authority from the dragon, so the dragon derived his from God...
The dragon's power is limited...God's is limitless (omnipotent).
The dragon's authority is restricted...God's is ultimate.
The dragon is the leader of the powers of darkness, but his authority has been given to him. He has a finite amount and has to share it with the Antichrist and then he goes into hiding so to speak.
The Antichrist is his puppet as they try to destroy God's people once again. They can't harm God Himself, so they try to strike the apple of His eye.
The dragon (and possibly you) thinks he gains a victory when we are killed. If God does choose to take me or my family at the hand of Antichrist one day then that is how I was designed to go...to live is Christ, to die is gain. Instantly I will be with my Savior. Then I will come with Him at His Second Coming and watch the King of kings send the dragon to his doom.
As you study Armageddon in my book you will note that the leader of the kingdom of darkness is conspicuously absent. He watches as the Antichrist and False Prophet go to their doom.
The dragon is then bound for the Millennium...again behind (or under) the scene.
After the Millennium he is let loose for one
final battle which he miserably loses (ah, did you think Armageddon was the
last battle?...not true.) He is then
cast into the lake of fire never to be heard from again.
His doom is sure.
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Knowing the End Times Chronology and what Satan will be doing when helps to keep him in a proper biblical perspective. Get to know that chronology and keep the dragon in the downgraded role he deserves!