The Woman and the Dragon

The woman and the Dragon makes an interesting study. This is a mini picture of what has happened in the past from the birth of Christ all the way up through the seals and the fate of what happens to the Jews and Christians during the great tribulation.

many churches teach today israel the land and the jews will be protected by God but the fact is bible prophesy teaches for 42 months the holy land will be trampled until jesus returns, one day Israel will be attacked so bad they will have to run for their lives, and then Satan’s eyes will turn on the christians, even though yes, we should pray for israel God’s plan will be fulfilled, jesus reveled this in revelation, we can’t stress this verse enough

Revelation 12:11 And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.

ESV Revelation 12:1 And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. 2 She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth.

John is given this picturesque view of this great scene, in verses 1 and 2 where it talks about the woman, this is obviously speaking about Israel because of the symbolism which is around her. She is pregnant, which is speaking about the soon birth of the Messiah.

Revelation 12:3 And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven diadems. 4 His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it.

This is another obvious sign which represents Satan the adversary, who has been trying to stop the coming of the Messiah into the world. The symbols which describe the Dragon show he has power over the kingdoms of the world.

Here he is waiting for the man-child (Jesus) to be born so he can kill Him. This is the time when King Herod told his soldiers to kill all male children in Bethlehem who were two years and younger.

Revelation 12:5 She gave birth to a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne,

So, Jesus is born and was protected and eventually ascended into the heavens. This made the Devil mad.

Revelation 12:6 and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which she is to be nourished for 1,260 days.

Those in Israel who make it to the wilderness will be protected by God during the last 3 1/2 years prior to the coming of Jesus

Now the story starts talking about the event which sets off the seals.

Revelation 12:7 Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, 8 but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world–he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

It is when Satan is cast down to the earth that starts the seals.

Revelation 12:10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.

Up to this time Satan had access to the heavens and could accuse the Christians before God, but now he is cast out and can no longer make his accusations against us.

Revelation 12:11 And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.

The Christians have overcome Satan by believing and standing on the Word of God and by their faith in Jesus. Not even death could sway them in the steadfast faith.

Revelation 12:12 Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”

Because Satan knows he has but a short time(3 1/2 years) and he can’t accuse the Christians anymore before God he turns his anger toward Israel who first gave the world the Messiah and follow God unwaveringly.

Revelation 12:13 And when the dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. 14 But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle so that she might fly from the serpent into the wilderness, to the place where she is to be nourished for a time, and times, and half a time.

But God protects Israel from the Dragon during the last 3 1/2 years.

Revelation 12:15 The serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, to sweep her away with a flood. 16 But the earth came to the help of the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed the river that the dragon had poured from his mouth.

God has Israel spread out throughout the nations so the Devil cannot find them as a group and sweep them away.

Revelation 12:17 Then the dragon became furious with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. And he stood on the sand of the sea.

So, Satan being very very angry with not being able to find Israel goes after her offspring, the Christians who sprung up as a result of the Messiah coming. We know the offspring are the Christians because they follow God’s commandments and have the testimony of Jesus.

The last couple verses speak about the same time period as the seals and what the Christians are going to go through and why. We need to be ready for this time so it won’t catch us off guard. There are too many organizations out there which completely ignore the fact Christians face persecution. Our reward is in heaven and we may never see prosperity in this life. We should plan for the future and ask Jesus into our hearts so we can have peace knowing our reward will be great in heaven.

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