SEED OF THE WOMAN

SYNOPSIS – The “Dragon” set off to wage war on the “seed of the woman,” those who have the “testimony of Jesus” – Revelation 12:17

Having been expelled from heaven, the “Dragon” pursued the “woman.” However, his effort to destroy her was thwarted with help from the “earth.” Enraged, he went off to wage war against the “remnant of her seed,” A group identified as those who “keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus.” The two descriptions provide verbal links to other passages in Revelation.

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SHEPHERD OF THE NATIONS

SYNOPSIS – Jesus is the promised ruler from the line of David, the Shepherd of ALL nations – Revelation 12:5

The woman “clothed with the sun” gave birth to a “son.” The passage leaves no doubt about his identity. He is the promised Messiah destined to “shepherd the nations.” Following his enthronement, heaven declared victory – “Now is come the kingdom of God and the authority of His Christ.” His triumph over the “Dragon” means he now rules over the “whole habitable earth” to “shepherd” the nations to “New Jerusalem.” The “city” will be inhabited by an “innumerable multitude” redeemed from EVERY nation.

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WOMAN, DRAGON, SON

SYNOPSIS – War breaks out in “heaven” with the “Dragon” poised to destroy the “son” as soon as he is “born” – Revelation 12:1-6.

Next. John saw a new “sign” in the heavens – A woman “clothed with the sun, and the moon beneath her feet,” and upon here head a “crown of twelve stars.” She was pregnant and ready to give birth to a “son.” The birth of this child was in fulfillment of the messianic promise recorded in the second Psalm – The prophesied descendant of David who was destined to “rule the nations.”

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AN ANCIENT BEAST

SYNOPSIS – The “beast from the sea” is the latest incarnation of an ancient creature that has been active since the fall of Adam

In Revelation, the “Dragon, that Ancient Serpent” was poised to make “war” on the “seed of the woman.” Satan was standing on the seashore to summon his “seed” to execute this “war” – The “beast from the sea” and the “beast from the earth.” His intended victim was the “seed of the woman,” a group of men and women comprised of those who have the “testimony of Jesus” – (Revelation 12:1-17).

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COUNTERFEIT FAITH OF THE BEAST

SYNOPSIS – The “beast from the earth,” the “False Prophet,” mimics the Lamb with a counterfeit of the true faith – Revelation 13:11-18.

The visions of Revelation include images of two different “beasts” – The “beast from the sea” and the “beast from the earth.” The first “beast” is a composite of the four creatures Daniel saw “ascending from the sea,” a figure given authority over all nations and peoples. In contrast, the second “beast” was “ascending from the earth.” His function is to deceive the “inhabitants of the earth” into giving their allegiance to the first “beast.”

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BEAST FROM THE ABYSS

SYNOPSIS – The first appearance of the “beast” is at its ascent from the “Abyss” to wage “war” against the “two witnesses” – Revelation 11:7

In Revelation, the “Abyss” first appears when the “fifth trumpet” sounds, a dark pit from which a cloud of smoke and demonic creatures “ascend” to afflict the “inhabitants of the earth.” Several times in the book, satanic forces “ascend” from this place to wreak havoc on the earth and to wage war against the “saints.” In the vision of the “two witnesses,” the “beast ascended” from this pit to “slay” the “two witnesses” after they “completed their testimony” – (Revelation 9:1-3).

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The Last Days in light of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus

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