Revelation 12

Israel and God’s people in Christ have been in a spiritual battle for centuries.  That battle is depicted by imagery that represents one side as a woman and the other as a dragon.  The dragon, which is Satan has one more act to play in God’s great plan.  Apparently Satan is not mad enough or crazy enough in history to this point.  Satan is finally cast from heaven with his rebellious angels.

This begs the question, “What is the heaven here that Satan is finally cast from?”  He was allowed into the presence of God according to the beginning of Job.  Heaven is in some sense the presence of God.  God and Satan will have no further dealings.  Satan and his creator are finally cut off in some sense and Satan is only now able to roam the Earth.  Maybe this means that he is limited in his access to the spiritual domain as a whole.  It is difficult to tell anything with clarity when the form of literature is apocalyptic.

Revelation 12

 1 A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. 2 She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. 3 Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads. 4 Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born. 5 She gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.”[a] And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. 6The woman fled into the wilderness to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.

7 Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 8 But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. 9The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.

10Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:

   “Now have come the salvation and the power    and the kingdom of our God,    and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters,    who accuses them before our God day and night,    has been hurled down. 11 They triumphed over him    by the blood of the Lamb    and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much    as to shrink from death. 12Therefore rejoice, you heavens    and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea,    because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury,    because he knows that his time is short.”

13 When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. 14 The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach. 15 Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river, to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent. 16 But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. 17 Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring—those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.

Questions

  1. What happens to the woman?
  2. What happens to The Messiah (her offspring)?
  3. Where does Satan end up?
  4. How has Israel been a focus in recent years?
  5. What is your personal opinion about Israel’s significance in God’s plan?

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About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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