SYNOPSIS: The Beast from the earth mimics the Lamb but is the mouthpiece of the Dragon and the Beast from the sea – Revelation 13:11-15.
Earlier, John “heard a great voice in heaven” proclaim victory because of the blood of the Lamb; salvation and the reign of the Messiah had arrived, and the Dragon was cast out of heaven. The voice called on the “heavens and they who tabernacle in them” to rejoice. But the Dragon was not finished, for the voice also declared – “Woe to the earth and the sea, for the Devil is come down to you having great wrath” (Revelation12:9-12). Continue reading Beast from the Earth
Synopsis: The saints overcome the Dragon and his forces through the death of the Lamb and their faithful witness, “even unto death” – Revelation 12:11.
In Chapter 12 of the book of Revelation, the “sign of the Great Red Dragon” appeared, a sign that war had commenced “in heaven,” the battle between the Dragon and Michael the Archangel. This “war” is the heavenly counterpart to the earthly events described in the passage: The Dragon’s attempt to devour the Son at his birth from the Woman clothed with the Sun. This “son” is a messianic figure destined to “shepherd” the nations. But the Dragon fails when the Son is exalted to God’s throne (Revelation 12:1-12. Compare Revelation 5:5-12, Psalm 2:7-9). Continue reading Victory of the Saints over the Dragon
SYNOPSIS – Expelled from Heaven, the Dragon intensified his “war” against the “woman” and “her seed” – Revelation 12:7-17.
With the exaltation of the “Son,” the “Dragon” was expelled from heaven, having lost the battle with Michael and “his angels.” Enraged, he intensified his “war” against the “woman clothed with the sun,” especially against the “rest of her seed.” With the victory of the “Son,” the “war” waged by the “Dragon” entered its final phase – the “short season” that remained.
Continue reading WAR IN HEAVEN
The Woman Clothed with The Sun – (12:1-2)
(Revelation 12:1-2) – “And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman arrayed with the sun, and the moon beneath her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars; and she was with child, and crieth out, being in pangs and in anguish to bring forth.”
The noun sémeion or “sign” is related to the verb sémainō rendered “signify” Revelation 1:1 (“and he signified”). The “sign” of a Woman in the sky symbolic, not literal. “Heaven” the same locale where John just saw the sanctuary of God opened and the Ark of his Covenant within (Revelation 11:19). Continue reading Woman, Son & Dragon – (Rev 12:1-6)