Our brothers and sisters won the victory over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the truth which they proclaimed; and they were willing to give up their lives and die.” (Revelation 12:11, GNB)

A “loud voice from heaven” proclaims the message that Satan, the great dragon, the accuser, has been thrown out of heaven and been defeated.  Somehow, in God’s mysterious providence, martyrs who gave up their lives because they were followers of Jesus participate in the great defeat of Satan.  The truth of the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the willingness of his followers to give up their lives in proclamation of that truth become used of God for the final defeat of Satan which was proclaimed with authority at the resurrection of Jesus.

The martyrs are safely home.  Satan is defeated.  The blood of the Lamb has triumphed.  Oh to see the coming of that day.