A Comprehensive View
Revelation 11:19 Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail...
Symbolism is plentiful throughout Revelation 12. We start out with the image of the pregnant woman crying out in birth pains and a red dragon (vs. 1-3). Now at this point, we're looking back at events that have already taken place. The woman is a depiction of Israel out of which Jesus will come, and the red dragon is Satan. The woman gives birth (to Jesus) and He is caught up to God and to His throne (vs. 5). In these first few verses we also see that Satan draws 1/3 of the angels in heaven to join him in his rebellion against God (vs. 3-4).
The text then moves on to a battle between Satan and Michael the archangel with his angels (vs. 7). Michael and company defeat Satan and his evil angels and they are thrown down to earth (vs. 9). We don't have a specific time reference for this event. We're then told that Satan pursues Israel but that Israel flees from Satan into the wilderness where she is protected and provided for (vs. 14). Satan tries again to overcome Israel in verses 14-15 but is unsuccessful. His wrath intensifies and he then makes war against all those who keep the commandments of God (vs. 17).
This chapter gives us a really good view of Satan and his goal which is to destroy the followers of God and His Son, Jesus. Right now, Satan is bent on destroying us as we stand for God in this world. We are his target.
So what can we do now, today, to keep Satan from being successful in his efforts against us? Think about it. What's your battle plan? Tami W.
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