Now, they and their successors had overcome Satan and his party. They had driven him from his previously-dominant control of the Roman Empire. And henceforth, the Christians themselves would now begin to exercise that control now that Rome had been christianized, at least nominally.
For "the Kingdom of our God and the power of His Christ" had now come to a position of "salvation and strength"539 or blessing and vigour or health and haleness. Indeed, that had now occurred even within the very leadership of the Roman Empire itself.536
"Therefore rejoice you Heavens, and you who dwell in them!"540 Rejoice you Heavenly Bodies; you Stars; you now-christianized Political Leaders!522 And rejoice you who dwell in such heavenly places; you who live within the now-at-least-nominally christianized Roman Empire! Rejoice because now you can rest from the persecutions which your fathers suffered here and there, from time to time, in the Roman Empire before Satan was dethroned in its territories!
Rejoice too, you Westerners of the twenty-first century, in your freedom to worship God in Spirit and in truth! Rejoice in the freedom most of your forefathers in less-christianized times and lands did not have!
Indeed, rejoice all you peoples everywhere! Rejoice in the benefits of Western civilization, itself the fruit of its earlier christianization in spite of its recent backslidings especially since the French Revolution!
539 Rev. 12:10f cf. the heading (11) in the Geneva Bible at this chapter (Rev. ch. 12). 540 Rev. 12:12a.
Christ ejects Satan from Above, and Christians too overcome Satan
See in Satan's Roman dethronement (and in his being cast out thence onto the "Earth"), a blessed foretaste of his ongoing dethronement everywhere! We conclude from all of this, the actuality and the ever-increasing certainty of Satan's progressive arrest and his relegation even into the bottomless pit to which he has so justly been predestinated.541 For, as the Calvinistic Geneva Bible again comments when Satan "was cast onto the Earth," he "was overcome by Christ."541
O Christian, may we too overcome Satan and all his followers in our own day! May we overcome him by the blood of the Lamb and by the Word of our testimony! And with those spiritual weapons, may we cast Satan's cohorts too out of all of their positions of influence!
May we see to it that Christians replace them there to the glory of God! May salvation and strength and the Kingdom of our God and the power of His Christ come into their own even among us! And may we ever rejoice to see Satan and his followers cast down and Christianity everywhere on the rise toward its ascendancy!
So on, then, Christian soldiers! Onward, to victory!
541 Rev. 20:2f cf. our study at its n. 196f.
Furious Satan fails to harm and cannot even reach the True Church
Revelation 12:14-17 December 19
"Then to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle so that she might fly into the Wilderness, into her place where she is nourished for a time and [two] times and half a time, away from the face of the Serpent…. Then the ground helped the woman. And the ground opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the Dragon cast out of his mouth."542
It should not be presumed that the nominal christianization of the Pagan Roman Empire during the fourth century A.D. represented the termination of the struggles of Christ's Church even within that Empire. To the contrary. In some respects, it chiefly changed merely the nature of the struggle between the Christians on the one hand and the Devil's party on the other.