“And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:” (Revelation 2:26)
As quoted above from an earlier post referring to Rev 17:1-5, spiritual Babylon has power over the nations to deceive them and make them drunk on what “they speak.” But if you be true to Jesus, he also will give you power over the nations. Power to overcome the fear of the religions of nations so you can be true to Jesus. Power to testify of the truth of Jesus’ word. Power to bear the cross of Christ when you are persecuted by the religions of nations for doing so.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:35-39)
But Jesus clearly states that the ones to receive “power over the nations” are those who “keepeth my works unto the end”. The “works” of Jesus, accomplished by his blood sacrifice: salvation and the sanctifying of the nature along with the infilling of the Holy Ghost.
“And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” (Luke 24:47-49)
The power of the Holy Ghost was sent down from above, and gave them power to be the sons of God, and to live with the power of holy living in their lives.
“He (Jesus) was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:10-13)
This power from God, through Jesus Christ, enables anyone who will believe and fully obey the truth in the scriptures to have power over the devil and the nations.
“Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ” (Romans 1:1-6)
As stated above in Romans the first chapter – we are also called of Jesus Christ to have this power “among all nations”. This power comes from Jesus Christ and the power of his salvation to deliver us from the power of sin and the power of temptation and deception.
“For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:7-14)
The devil’s power is to tempt, and for those who take pleasure in sin, to deceive them, even to the point that they can believe lies, including the lies of religion, and the lies of false Christianity. But the power of God can over come all the devil’s power to tempt and deceive, if people will believe and obey with all their heart.
“To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.” (Acts 26:18)
You must overcome by keeping Jesus’ works unto the end if you are going to have “power over the nations.” Otherwise when the temptation is great enough, and the religions of the nations put pressure on you, you will just give in. You won’t have any power to overcome. Only by the full work of the salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ and the sanctifying and infilling of the Holy Ghost can you have “power over the nations.”