“ A mouth was given to him to speak boasts and blasphemies. He was also given authority to act for 42 months. He began to speak blasphemies against God: to blaspheme His name and His dwelling-those who dwell in heaven. And he was permitted to wage war against the saints and to conquer them. He was also given authority over every tribe, people, language, and nation.”
I thought saints were supposed to be victorious overcomers. What is this three and half years of being conquered? Never forget that the events of this Book are orchestrated to bring everything to the conclusion God has ordained.
By human standards it seems that "all is lost" right before the very end, but wait! The final victory stands just around the corner from this terrible time and we must use the periscope of faith to look around the corner and see the end!
Is there a "war against the saints" going on now? Are some being conquered in the battle? The answer is yes and yes.
But the end of the Book does not have Satan winning over the righteous. Jesus wins and those who love and follow Him rule and reign with Him forever.
The road to victory for saints is perseverance and faith! Nothing else will do!