Revelation 11:7 “And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.”
A troubling yet encouraging dialogue is shown about what will happen during the seven-year tribulation period. God will send two witnesses to prophesy or preach against the people for one thousand two hundred and sixty days. That is nearly three and one-half years that these people will hear these men preach. The preaching of these men will not be to comfort or condone what these people have done but to condemn and bring judgment upon these people.
However, the beast will ascend out of Hell to make war with these prophets and will “overcome them, and kill them.” One might think that these men had lost. One might think that everything these men did was wasted because they were overcome. But, hold on; the story is not over. Though those who overcame these prophets rejoice, they have not considered that God is not done. Verse 11 says, “And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet;…” Just like the Pharisees and Pilate thought they had overcome Jesus, there was a resurrection that they had not considered. They may have had their day, but in three days, there is a resurrection.
Do you feel like you have been overcome? The word “overcome” means to be beaten, defeated, gotten the better of, or to be overpowered. You always expect to win when you are serving the LORD, but there are going to be times when you have been overcome by the enemy. My friend, just because the enemy has had a victory does not mean they have won the war. We know that there is a resurrection coming. We know how this all ends. You may have been overcome, but you have not been destroyed. Let me share a few thoughts of encouragement with you about being overcome.
First, just because you were overcome does not make what you were doing wrong. These witnesses did the right thing by serving God, but they were overcome. Does that mean they were wrong? Absolutely not! They were right even though they were overcome. The three Hebrew children seemed to have lost, but they were still right in not bowing to the golden image. It seemed that Daniel’s stand to pray despite the government mandate not to pray had caused him to lose, but he was still right to pray even though the government authorities threw him into the lion’s den. We could talk of Abel, the Apostles, the church of Jerusalem under great persecution, and even our Saviour Jesus Christ who all seemed to have lost, but they were still right even though the enemy had a temporary victory. Right is right even when you lose doing right. Never forsake right even when right loses.
Second, the enemy’s victory is only a temporary victory. So, the enemy had a victory, that does not mean they won. You cannot quit because the enemy triumphs over you with one victory. Believers have the promise that they will win, even if the final victory is at the end. You may have lost, but you don't have to stay down in defeat because, if you keep doing right, there is a resurrection day coming.
My friend, do you feel like doing right has caused you to lose? Don't despair; there is a resurrection day coming. The enemy may have temporary rejoicing, but you will win at the end if you don't let their short victory cause you to quit.