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Sunday, December 11, 2022

Revelation Advent Calendar - Chapter 9

And the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star fallen from heaven to earth, and he was given the key to the shaft of the bottomless pit. (Revelation 9:1)

This song starts off with Satan's fall from Heaven, which is in Revelation chapter 9, but if there's any doubt who this verse is talking about:

Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. (Revelation 12:7-9)

And, just because we want to, why don't we preview the inspiration for the last verse of this song?

...and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. (Revelation 20:10)

Since Petra is one of my lifetime all-time favorite bands, and this is an amazing song that is not to be missed, I'll give you two versions to choose from. If you're a lover of hard rock music, here's the original version:

If you're more of a late '90s acoustic rock type and want a slightly mellower presentation, here's your ticket to ride:

Son of the morning, highest of all
You had so much going till you took the fall
Had a place in the glory but you wanted it all
Impossible odds but you had the gall

It seemed so unlikely that you would rebel
Such a worthy opponent that you knew so well
But you went down fighting when you heard the bell
Took a third of all heaven when you went to hell

This means war, and the battle's still raging
War—and though both sides are waging
The Victor is sure and the victory secure
But till judgment we all must endure
This means war

Then came the cross. You thought you had won
You thought you had conquered God's only Son
"So much for Jesus", you said in jest
Then you got a visit from an unwelcome guest

Now it's all over, down to the wire
Counting the days to your own lake of fire
But you'll go down fighting for all that you're worth
To try to abolish His image on earth

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