THE VICTORY OF JESUS
And I will punish Bel in Babylon, and I will bring forth out of his mouth that which he hath swallowed up: and the nations shall not flow together any more unto him: yea, the wall of Babylon shall fall. Jeremiah 51:44
There were several things written in the scripture before Jesus was born that He had to fulfill. For example, in Luke 4:18, Jesus stated, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised..." This exact scripture was prophesied about Him by Isaiah 61:1.
Jesus fulfilled many other scriptures while He was on earth, but there was one he had to fulfill, which was not going to be on earth, and that scripture is Jeremiah 51:44 — He had to punish Bel in Babylon.
Bel is one of Satan's titles, and Babylon signifies the territory where he reigns, and that is Hell.
Before that time, everyone that died was Satan's prisoner, and he held them as captives in Hell. This included Abraham, Isaac, David, Job (who said in Job 19:25 – For I know that my redeemer lived and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth — a prophetic statement about the Messiah), and many others. When Jesus hung on that cross, He was the sacrificial Lamb that carried the sins of the world, and it was because of the sins He carried, God turned His back on Him — Which is why He cried, "My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken Me (Mark 15:34). In that state, He couldn't go to Heaven when He died, so He went to Hell.
In Hell, Satan took Him prisoner and rejoiced as the greatest prisoner of all time had been captured. Jesus the Righteous was a prisoner in the pit of Hell.
On the third day, after the Father had accessed Jesus' blood and declared it spotless — meaning it was pure enough to pay for the sins of mankind, Jesus became a rebel in Hell. He threw off all those devils that tried to force Him to bow and faced Bel or Satan one on one (Colossians 2:15, Hebrews 2:14). You know the story. He beat Satan mercilessly and made him declare with his mouth an eternal oath that JESUS IS LORD! Hallelujah!!
That's why demons are so terrified when they hear that Name. Every time I cast them out using that Name, I see the terror in their eyes as they are in a hurry to go.
On defeating Satan, he went to the other side where the departed saints were and broke the chains of brass and cut the bars of iron that held them bound and set them free (Psalm 107:15-16). Armed with eternal victory, He came out from the grave with a shout! He had punished Bel in Babylon and had taken from his mouth all he had swallowed. Oh hallelujah!!
Today, we have been given the victory of Jesus, and we can exercise His authority over Satan, sin, sickness, disease, defeat, and death.
JESUS IS LORD!!!!!!