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Revelation 12: Summary

SIH STSTA ICONSUMMARY OF THE CHAPTER: 

In Revelation chapter 12, we will be looking at another of John’s visions that reveals the history of God’s kingdom (the woman) and the first coming of Christ (the child) to the earth.  It will emphasize the attempts made throughout history to stop Christ from accomplishing His work and destroy His people from whom He came.  A short outline of this chapter is as follows:

 

The Woman With Child & The War In Heaven 12:1-17

  1. The Woman and the Child 1-6
  2. Michael’s Defeat of the Dragon 7-12
  3. The Persecution and Flight Of The Woman 13-17 

 

SUMMARY OF EACH DIVISION OF CHAPTER:

 

  1. Revelation 12:1-6 – The Woman and the Child

John sees a woman appear in the sky. This woman symbolizes those who are saved in both Old Testament and New Testament times.  This woman is seen about to give birth to a child (Jesus Christ being born into the world).

John then sees a great red dragon appear in heaven (Satan).  He is symbolically represented as the one that controls the worldly empires of this fallen world.  He is seen opposing the birth that is about to take place.  He is preparing to destroy the child at the moment he is born.

This helps us to understand that Satan opposed the first coming of Christ.  He did all he could to stop Christ from coming and attempted to hinder Christ during His life on earth.  Satan did all of this in an attempt to stop Christ from going to the cross which would completely defeat Satan and the powers of darkness.

We see that Satan could not stop Christ, as He won the victory over Satan at the cross.  This victory was clearly displayed at the resurrection, ascension and exaltation of Christ to the right hand of God.

Following the victorious ascension of Christ, the Christians who are alive upon the earth are pictured as living in a spiritual wilderness (this fallen world) who is given a place of refuge (in the presence of Christ) for protection from the many attacks of Satan.

 

 

  1. Revelation 12:7-12 – Michael’s Defeat of the Dragon

The vision now “flashes back” to the original fall of Satan to the earth, which took place prior to the fall of man.  Satan’s fall is pictured as a war that took place in heaven.  This war was made up of two warring parties Michael the archangel (probably symbolic of Christ) and the elect angels of God versus Satan and the angels that fell with him.

The casting out of Satan to the earth was proof that Christ would ultimately defeat Satan on the cross which took place 4000 years after Satan’s fall.  This is why God’s people praise the Lord for the fall of Satan and his upcoming defeat on the cross.

Once Satan arrives on earth, out of anger and desperation, he acts as an accuser of the brethren, finding fault with God’s people and seeking to gain their rejection by God.

 

 

  1. Revelation 12: 13-17– The Persecution and Flight of the Woman

As the dragon (Satan) opposes the woman (God’s people on earth), she is given a place of refuge in the presence of the Lord.  She is given two wings (God’s strength and enabling grace) which enable her to flee the dragon’s attacks and dwell safely in the presence of the Lord.

As a last resort, Satan sends forth false teaching as a flood in to the world.  This is an attempt to hinder the works of God’s people.  This false teaching is readily accepted by the lost world (the earth swallowing the flood) while being rejected by the people of God.  This results in a clear distinction between those who are truly saved (rejecters of Satan’s error) and those who are lost (those who are accepting of these false teachings).

This war that takes place between Satan and the people of God continues to this day, and will continue, until the second coming of Christ.

 

WHAT’S COMING NEXT IN THIS SERIES?:

In Revelation chapter 13, we will begin to learn more about the workings of Satan as he opposes God’s people on the earth.  We will be seeing two main figures, and their workings, that are used by Satan to oppose the people of God…

  1. The Beast of the Sea – The Political Kingdoms of This World (13:1-10)
  2. The Beast of the Earth – The False Religions of This World (13:11-15)
  3. The Mark of the Beast – The Number of Man (13:16-18)

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to see Jesus in the pages of the book of Revelation.

 

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Are We Willing To Be Persecuted For Christ’s Sake?

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 12:13 KJV  – And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the dragon… persecuted the woman”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 12:13 KJV

And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.

 

 

Persecution.  We read about the horrible persecutions of Christians that have taken place in times past.  We hear about the current persecution of our spiritual brethren in other nations of the world.  Even in our nation, we are experiencing light forms of persecution among us.

Persecution has always been, and will always be with us.  Why?  It is because Satan is behind every form of persecution that a Christian may face and he will not cease to oppose God’s people until our Lord comes again to take us home to be with Him.

Our Lord told us it would be this way…  “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.”  Mat 24:9 KJV

But along with His affirmation that we would face persecution comes, the promise that He will be with us to comfort, strengthen and enable us…
“But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.
And it shall turn to you for a testimony.
Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:
For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.”  Luk 21:12-17 KJV

Previously I said that we face in our country only “light persecutions”. Why would I say this?  Certainly in our country our brethren, and perhaps ourselves, have been sued, lost promotions or entire jobs, imprisoned, and shunned for our faith etc etc.  But these persecutions are only light in comparison to what our brethren have faced for Christ.  A quick study of history reveals that Christians and their loved ones have been flogged, crucified, beheaded, stoned, fed to wild beasts, burned as lamps, pulled apart by horses, etc etc.   We have been so blessed that in our country we have yet to face these types of harder persecutions.

May we always keep in mind that, as Christians, persecutions are to be expected.  But the Lord promises to be with us as a Comforter, Enabler, and Friend as we go through these things.  In addition, when we consider the limited types of persecution we are facing, we should take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to be shining lights for Christ in the midst of a sin darkened world without fear of death.   We are blessed with the great privilege of being representatives for Christ to the lost world around us.  Let us be faithful in the task at hand knowing that in doing so, others are seeing Christ in us!…
“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
So then death worketh in us, but life in you.”   2Co 4:8-12 KJV

 

 

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The Devil Is Among Us…. Are We Properly Prepared For His Desperate Wrath?

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 12:12 KJV

(12)  Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

 

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Revelation 12:13-17 “The Persecution and Flight Of The Woman”

SIH STSTA ICONTHE TEXT:

Rev 12:13-17 KJV

(13)  And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
(14)  And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
(15)  And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
(16)  And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
(17)  And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

Following the sounding of trumpet seven, in preparation for the completion of God’s wrath upon lost mankind and the kingdoms of the world, John’s attention is now turned to another amazing symbolic vision.

To help us better understand the contents of the seventh trumpet, the Lord gives to John a vision that will explain, in great detail, the history of the world’s kingdoms.  This will keep the wrath of trumpet seven in the context of world history and the great wrongs that have been committed by the world’s kingdoms, and the judgment that they face because of those wrongs.

A short outline of chapter 12 includes:

  1. The Woman and The Child (12:1-6)
  2. Michael’s Defeat Of The Dragon (12:7-12)
  3. The Persecution and Flight Of The Woman (12:13-17)

 

 

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

Please keep in mind, in the previous verse we saw the saints of God in heaven praising the Lord for gaining the victory over Satan on the cross..

“Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.”

 

This thought continues in our text for this morning….

Rev 12:13-17 KJV

(13)  And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.

When Satan “saw that he was cast out on the earth”… in other words, when Satan saw that, in the future, he would be defeated by Christ…  Please keep in mind that his casting out heaven was proof that, in the unchangeable counsels of God, he would be defeated by Christ on the cross.  At his casting out he recognized he was a defeated foe.

Based upon his defeat he, angrily, began to seek out God’s people (the woman) seeking to hunt down, oppose, abuse, and martyr God’s people (Rev 12:12).

 

(14)  And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place,

The woman (symbolic of the believers on earth) is said to be given two wings.  These wings picture for us God’s protection (Exo 19:4) and strength (Isa 40:30-31) being given to them as they continue to serve Him on earth.  These wings will allow the people of God to keep close to Him where they will find healing and comfort in the midst of Satanic opposition (Mal 4:2, Psa 55:6, 1 K 6:24-27, etc).

This is a vivid picture for us of the wonderful promise that the Lord has given to us, who remain on the earth (John 14:16-27)…

“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.
These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

 

where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

During the time of Satanic opposition against the people of God, God’s people will be nourished (cherished, needs supplied).   Note this care of the Lord’s people will be given in a place of refuge from Satan.   Although Satan can attack God’s people from the outside, inwardly God’s people can have peace, security, strength and rest in Christ as they walk in close communion with Him.

Keep in mind, the phrase “time, times and half a time” refers to the time period between Babylon’s defeat of Judah and Christ’s second coming.  It is symbolic of the times on earth when the worship of God is publically opposed by the world’s kingdoms under the leadership of Satan.   The time period we are looking at here, (from the ascension of Christ to His second coming), takes place DURING this “time, times and half a time” era.

 

(15)  And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.

Just as the gospel message is described as “living waters”, so too, false teaching from Satan is pictured as a harmful flood.

One of the greatest ways that Satan opposes the worship of God is through false teaching that contradicts the Word of God.  He uses false teaching in an effort to make ineffective, and ultimately destroy, the ministry of God’s people while on earth.

In addition through false teaching, Satan attempts to accomplish two important goals: lead astray the lost (2 Thess 2:9-12) and confuse the saved (Matt 24:24).  However, if a person is truly saved and mature in the faith, they will be able to recognize false teaching and stand against it (John 16:13, John 10:27, John 14:26).

 

(16)  And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

As the flood of false teaching spreads over the earth, lost mankind blindly accepts these false teachings as the truth.  Because of this, they continue on with their sinful lifestyles and teachings, never being made a new creature in Christ, living holy lives for Him.

How does the lost’s acceptance of false teaching help the people of God? It makes it much easier to recognize those truly saved and those who are lost.   If all lost men intellectually accepted the truths of God Word, they could be more easily mistaken as those who are saved.  However, with their beliefs based on false doctrine, it becomes very easy to discern those who need Christ around us.

One of the most common proofs of a person’s spiritual condition can be seen by asking the simple question… “What do you believe about Christ”?   Their answer, although not perfect proof of their spiritual condition, does go a long way to helping us discern if they are saved or lost.

Also, when the world sees the godless lifestyles of the lost…. it is the lost’s beliefs that help the world understand they are not Christians, and their lifestyles should not be looked upon as a Christian lifestyle.  Sadly, however, there are many professing Christians who also live ungodly lifestyles in the world around us.  It is those professing Christians that are hurting the cause of Christ and the service of those Christians who are seeking to please the Lord with their lives.

 

(17)  And the dragon was wroth with the woman,

The dragon (Satan) is enraged at the woman, seeing that she is protected by Almighty God and his false teaching has been turned on its head and used of God to further the ministry of the woman (Psa 76:10).

 

and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Satan’s anger drives him to continue to conflict with the succeeding generations of God’s people.  As each generation comes and goes, the genuine Christians hand down God’s truths and continue in their faithful lifestyle.  Everything Satan has “thrown at them” has come to nought. This enrages him that much more and continues the fight.

Why are the descendants of the woman described as a “remnant”?   “Remnant” means “the remaining ones”.  Keep in mind, as each Christian generation comes and goes they are only a small part of the entire family of God (spiritual Israel).  Most of God’s people (in OT and NT) have already gone home to be with the Lord, the ones that live, and will live, on earth are few in comparison to the whole.  They are the ones that will “remain” and serve the Lord following the example of those who have gone before them.

 

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

We can see Christ revealed to us as the great protector of His people.  Throughout God’s Word, the Lord is described as a refuge in the time of storm for His people…

Psa 9:9-10 KJV – “The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.   And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.”

2Sa 22:3 KJV – “The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.”

Psa 37:39-40 KJV – “But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble.   And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.”

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

When we are confronted and opposed by those who hold to false teachings, we need to remember their great need of Christ.  They are blinded to His truths and following the path that was laid by the god of this world (Satan).

As easy as it is to become angry towards them and desire to retaliate, one of the greatest testimonies we can have is to love our enemies in the midst of their opposition.  This love for them can be displayed by kindly, humbly sharing the Word with them, followed by consistent prayer, while attempting to meet their physical needs will go far as we seek to minister to them.  This is pleasing to the Lord, displaying His mercy and grace to the lost that are around us…

Luk 6:27-35 KJV – “But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,  Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also.  Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.
And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.  And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.  And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.”

 

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to see Jesus in the pages of the book of Revelation.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath”

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Rev 12:12 KJV – Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

 

Although the casting out of Satan from heaven proves that Satan has been defeated by Christ on the cross (John 12:31-33), it also created a problem for each one of us.  Now, while on the earth, Satan and the fallen angels (demons) are now actively opposing the people of God.

 

In our text, we can learn two great truths about the workings of Satan among us…

  1. First of all, Satan’s workings are not only motivated by his pride and covetousness, but he also acts out of overflowing, all-consuming fury against the One that has brought him to defeat… the Lord Jesus Christ. Why is he so angry?  He knows he has been defeated and all hope of victory has been taken away from him (1 John 3:8-9, Col 2:13-14) .  He is destined to defeat and consignment to the Lake of Fire for an eternity (Rev 20:10).
  1. Secondly, we can see that Satan’s workings of retaliation among us are done relentlessly, out of a spirit of desperation. He is condemned and he knows it.  He is defeated and awaiting God’s wrath, and he knows it.  He knows his time is limited… what he wants to do, he must do quickly.  This is why he acts relentlessly …  he never “takes a break” or a “time-out”, he is constantly walking this earth “seeking whom he can devour” (1 Peter 5:8, Job 1:7, Job 2:2).

 

Folks, by understanding these aspects to the workings of Satan, we can come to a better understanding of the ferocity and consistency of his opposition against us.  There is no wonder that the spiritual opposition we face seems to never end.  It helps to explain why he seems so desperate to win victories in our lives by bringing us to spiritual defeat and shipwreck.

May we all take these truths very seriously and seek God’s grace to enable us to always be prepared for Satan’s attacks upon us.

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.    Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.    For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”   (Eph 6:10-12 KJV)

 

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Christ’s Intervention Stands In The Way Of Satan’s Accusations Against Us!

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 12:10 KJV

(10)  And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the accuser of our brethren is cast down”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 12:10 KJV

(10)  And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

 

Satan is described in this verse as “the accuser of our brethren”.   In other words, he finds fault with the spiritual brethren recalling their sins and attempting to persuade God to judge them.   But thanks to the Lord, he is not successful in his attempts.  Our Lord is constantly making intercession for us, reminding God that these same sins were paid for on the cross.  They are paid, forgiven and cast behind God’s back never to be recalled again…

Rom 8:34 KJV – “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” 

 

Although Satan fails as he accusers us before the Lord, he does not stop there. In a last ditch effort, He comes before us and accuses us of our sins by bringing them back to our minds.  He constantly tells us we are no longer of use to God.

Satan whispers in our ear “You have ruined your testimony. After all, think of all the horrible ways you have fallen short of your Lord’s desires for your life. You are a failure, why don’t you stop trying to do what you obviously cannot do.”   Hebrews 12:1-3 addresses this issue for us….

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”

 

When Satan brings our sins to our minds what are we to do?

  1. Remember the Old Testament saints listed in Hebrews 11: who committed many sins yet were still used in great ways by the Lord.
  2. Remove the burdens of sin we are carrying through confession and repentance
  3. Patiently continue on in service to the Lord recognizing we will never be perfect this side of heaven.
  4. Keep our eyes on the Lord and His work on our behalf. He died for us, we are delivered from all our sins, past, present and future.  We are His for eternity and He dwells in us!
  5. Allow Christ’ work on the cross. Let’s allow his death to motivate us to serve Him without reservation or doubt. He gave His life for us, we should love Him, appreciate His sacrifice, and be willing do the same for Him.
  6. Allow the Hebrews 11: saints’ example of faithfulness, be a blueprint for our faithfulness to Him. They faced many of the same trials as we do.  They failed the Lord, just as we do.  And yet, they continued on in service to Him.  Therefore, we are to follow their wonderful example of “running with patience the race that is set before us”

Folks, when Satan whispers “you are no longer of any good to your Lord”,  we are to respond by saying “we are forgiven, we have the Lord indwelling us and we are overcomers by His grace.”  “Get thou behind me Satan”.

 

May the Lord bless each one of us as we struggle with the past sins in our lives and seek to remain faithful to Him.

 

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Sin In Our LIfe Doesn’t Harm Us ? Ask Satan!

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 12:9 KJV

And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 12:9 KJV

And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

The casting out of Satan is an event that changed the world.  In the Bible, we find two main texts that explain some of the details of what took place…

Isa 14:12-14 KJV

“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!    For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”

In this text, we learn about the specific sin(s) that were committed by Satan that resulted in his casting out.  It was a combination of pride and covetousness.  (Note: the title “Lucifer” means “the morning sun/star”, it implies boasting and drawing attention to oneself)

Pride, in that he thought that he could be equal with God and deserving of the honor and glory that is reserved only for God.    Covetousness, in that he saw how great God was and the glory and worship that is reserved for God alone Satan desired these things for himself.

Eze 28:12-18 KJV

“Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.   Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.   Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.   Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.  

Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.  Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.”

In this passage, although it is addressed to the physical King of Tyrus, is clearly an account of the rebellion of Satan against Almighty God.   The King of Tyrus is given the example of Satan and his fall to reveal to the king the sin in his life and the coming punishment that awaited him.

What does this Scripture teach us about Satan?  It explains Satan’s condition before his fall, the sin he committed, and the punishment that he received…

Satan’s condition prior to his fall is described as being sinless, wise, beautiful, dwelling in a perfect environment, and set apart for a special area of service to God.
Satan’s sin involved thinking too highly of himself due to his beauty, misleading himself from the truth of God, and filled with lust and anger.
Satan’s punishment is presented as being out of God’s presence, destruction, humbled and humiliated, a public example of sin’s results and God’s wrath.

In these accounts of Satan’s fall, we find very important truths about sin and its results.  May we all take these truths in a very serious way, knowing that we all have sinned and because of those sins have God’s wrath upon us.

May we all turn to Christ and trust in Him for forgiveness of sins, enabling us to have a familiar and close relationship with Him!

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The Names Of Satan Reveal His Workings Among Us…

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 12:9 KJV  –  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan,”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 12:9 KJV

(9)  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

 

There is much we can learn from the titles that are given to Bible characters.  In this text we find four titles given to the fallen angel, or demon, that is commonly called “the Devil”…

 

1.  the great dragon – one that fascinates, mesmerizes, enchants 

He is described as a dragon because he uses temptations to captivate the thoughts of individuals, causing them to become obsessed and desirous with sin and acts of rebellion against God…

Gen 3:6 KJV – “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”

 

2.  that old serpent – the ancient one that is sly, cunning, deceitful

He is described as a serpent reminding us of his deceiving, misleading ways that result in a person becoming confused and uncertain of the truths of God and His Word…

2Co 11:3 KJV – “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”

 

3.  Devil – accuser, slanderer

He is the one that accuses the brethren before God…

Rev 12:10 KJV – “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.”

 

4.  Satan – adversary, opponent, enemy

He is the enemy of the cause of Christ, always seeking to hinder the Lord’s receipt of honor and glory from His people…

Mat 16:23 KJV – “But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.”

 

Folks, this same demonic being is constantly “on the prowl” seeking out those he can destroy…

1Pe 5:6-9 KJV  – “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:  Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.”

How do we oppose such a great foe?  In this set of verses we are given the keys to successfully overcome Satan’s workings…

  1. Humble ourselves before the Lord. This means we recognize our inability to oppose Satan of our own power and we look to the Lord for enablement.
  2. Give our concerns to the Lord. Do not allow Satan to work in our minds, taking our attention off the Lord by causing us to worry about our lot in life.
  3. Be ever watchful and alert. Recognize Satan’s workings in our lives.  Do not allow him to worl unawares in our minds.
  4. Resist Satan’s workings by faith. We look to the Lord trusting Him and His grace in our lives to enable us to stand firm against Him.  By faith continue to serve Him even when Satan makes it appear as if we are losing out on the sinful pleasures of the world.  By faith serve the Lord even when it does not seem to “make sense” to do so.
  5. Keep in mind, any opposition we are facing have been faced by our other brothers and sisters in Christ. We are not alone. There are others facing the same temptations that are watching who we handle this situation.  Will we set the example of faithfulness or be a stumbling block to others trying to serve our Lord?

 

By God’s grace may we all stand firm against the wiles of Satan and be victorious in our service to our Lord.

 

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Whose Side Are You On?

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 12:7 KJV – “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,”

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “Michael, the One that is like God”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 12:7 KJV

(7)  And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

In the prior portion of this chapter, we saw how Satan had used all the forces at his disposal in an attempt to stop Christ from finishing the work that His Father had given Him to do… redeem His people and conquer death, sin, and the powers of darkness.

Here, we see Michael the archangel and the elect angels of God going to battle against the dragon and the angels that fell with him.  This represents for us the war that took place between Christ (Michael) and Satan (the dragon) which was won at the cross of Calvary.

The relationship between Christ and the archangel Michael is a very interesting one. .

But who is Michael?  His name means “One that is like God”.  Also, his title “archangel” means “ruler of the angels”.  Both of these titles perfectly describe Christ.

Also, it we look at the times that Michael is mentioned we find that he is mentioned in the Bible four times…

  1. Daniel 10:13-21 – Michael aids messengers of the Lord to deliver the truths of God
  1. Daniel 12:1 – Michael is said to send God’s wrath upon earth in latter days
  1. I Thess 4:16 – Christ’s second coming is accompanied by the voice of the archangel (Michael). In other words, it is Christ Himself shouting at His coming.
  1. Jude 9 – “Moses body” in this passage is referring to Israel (the body of people that were physically led by Moses).   Satan was constantly at work trying to overcome Jerusalem (the capital of Israel) with deceit and the powers of Gentile nations around them (Zech 3:1-2).  This was an effort to stop the first coming of Christ by destroying His ancestry prior to His birth.  Michael is the One that is seen intervening and protecting Israel from its spiritual and physical enemies.

Also, keep in mind, “the Angel of the Jehovah (the Lord)” is another title that could very possibly refer to pre-incarnate appearances of Christ in the Old Testament.  And in Malachi 3:1, Christ is described as the “Angel (or Messenger) of the covenant”.

Please note that Michael pictures the Person and Work of Christ in many ways.  It is very possible that He is not simply picturing Christ, but He is literally Christ.  That helps us to understand, that throughout the OT, Christ is known as “the Angel of Jehovah”, “the Messenger of the Covenant”, and “Michael, the archangel”.

In our Revelation text, we can see that Christ has defeated Satan and brought deliverance to His people through His sacrificial death on the cross (Heb 2:14-15 KJV)…

“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”

This is the One that has led the angels of God and His human messengers (the saved) against the powers of darkness and led them to victory!  May we all praise the Lord for the great victory He has won on our behalf leading those of us who were the captives of sin to become His possessions and gave many graces to us!

Eph 4:8 KJV – “Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.”

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Are We Dwelling In The Place He Has Prepared For His People…Under His Wings?

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChrist(Rev 12:6 KJV)  And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

 

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Revelation 12:7-12 “Michael’s Defeat Of The Dragon”

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THE TEXT:

Rev 12:7-12 KJV

(7)  And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
(8)  And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
(9)  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
(10)  And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
(11)  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
(12)  Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

THE INTRODUCTION:

Following the sounding of trumpet seven, in preparation for the completion of God’s wrath upon lost mankind and the kingdoms of the world, John’s attention is now turned to another amazing symbolic vision.

To help us better understand the contents of the seventh trumpet, the Lord gives to John a vision that will explain, in great detail, the history of the world’s kingdoms.  This will keep the wrath of trumpet seven in the context of world history and the great wrongs that have been committed by the world’s kingdoms, and the judgment that they face because of those wrongs.

A short outline of chapter 12 includes:

  1. The Woman and The Child (12:1-6)
  2. Michael’s Defeat Of The Dragon (12:7-12)
  3. The Persecution and Flight Of The Woman (12:13-17)

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

Rev 12:7-12 KJV

(7)  And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

John now sees a war that is taking place in the abode of God.  Please notice in this context “heaven” clearly is describing
God’s abode, it was from this “heaven” that Satan was cast out at his fall (vs 8-9).

This war consists of two warring parties, Michael and his angels versus the dragon and his angels.  As we saw previously in this vision, the “dragon” is symbolic of Satan with “his angels” referring to the fallen angels (demons) that were cast from heaven with him.

But who is Michael?  The archangel, Michael, is mentioned in the Bible several times…

  1. Daniel 10:13-21 – Michael revealed truth to Daniel
  2. Daniel 12:1 – Michael is said to send God’s wrath upon earth in latter days
  3. I Thess 4:16 – Christ’s second coming is accompanied by Michael’s voice
  4. Jude 9 – Many people believe that this is speaking of Michael opposing Satan concerning the disposal of Moses’ body (God buried Moses’ body which reflects the victory Michael had over Satan through intervention of God Deut 34:6) It appears that Satan wanted possession of Moses’ body (for an unknown reason) but Michael opposed him and won the victory. This is what allowed God then to bury Moses’ body.

However, it is important to remember that “Moses body” could be referring to Israel (the body of God’s people that were physically led by Moses).   Satan was constantly at work trying to overcome Jerusalem (the capital of Israel) with deceit and the powers of Gentile nations around them (Zech 3:1-2).  This was an effort to stop the first coming of Christ by destroying His ancestry prior to His birth.  I believe this is a better, more clear understanding of this verse.

Please note that Michael pictures the work of Christ and, perhaps, is actually Christ in each of these activities.  Michael reveals truth to man, he sends wrath upon sinful man, and his voice is heard at Christ’s second coming.  Christ is victorious over Satan by relying upon His Father and His Word.

All of this helps us to see that throughout the Bible Michael is a picture of Christ (or perhaps Christ Himself).  Keep in mind the name “Michael” means “who is like God” and the title “archangel” means “rule or rank above angels”.  Both of these can easily refer to Christ Himself.

If Michael is a picture of Christ, what then is this war that is taking place?

This war was Satan’s attempts to stop Christ before He could be crucified and complete His ministry…
“Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.” (Joh 12:31 KJV)

Why did He say this when Satan had been cast out of heaven prior to the fall on man 4000 years prior?   He said this in reference to His crucifixion which would be the basis of Satan’s defeat and His authority over Satan (Hebs 2:14-15, 1 Peter 3:18-22).     In that sense, the judgment of this world was accomplished and Satan was cast out of heaven at His crucifixion.

At His crucifixion, Christ (Michael in this vision) was victorious over Satan (this dragon).  He had overcome all of Satan’s attempts to stop Him and He had won the final victory over Satan and the powers of sin and death.  (Heb 2:9-18)

 

(8)  And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.  

Satan and the other fallen angels were unable to overcome Michael and his followers (Luke 19:38, Col 1:20).  This was the basis of Satan’s and the fallen angel’s banishment from heaven and the presence of God.  it is as if this is now a “flashback” to Satan’s fall showing John what had taken place because Christ had defeated Satan on the cross.

Note: In God’s mind, even before the world began, the crucifixion of Christ was as good as done.  Christ had been promised to come in the future and be the Defender and Savior of His People.  God cannot lie, He is faithful to His promises.  Although this took place prior to the coming of Christ… it was an absolute certainty…Christ would come and defend and deliver His people and defeat Satan, Death and Sin.  Because of this, Satan could be cast out based upon Christ’s death that had not yet taken place.   Likewise, the salvation of the OT saints was fully accomplished during the times of the Old Testament, even though Christ’s death had yet to have taken place.

(9)  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

At the casting out of Satan (following his sin, at the beginning of the world), he then is found upon earth with the other fallen angels (demons) (Isa 14:12, Ezek 28:17, John 8:44, 1 John 3:8) .  Satan and his demons, because of their sinful condition is now actively working on the earth, seeking to hinder the work of Christ by opposing the people of God (1 Peter 5:8-9, Job 1:8, 2:1).

Note the names of Satan in this passage:

  1. old serpent – sly, cunning, harmful – He uses deceit and cunning to lead us from God’s will.
  2. Devil – accuser, slanderer – He is an accuser of the brethren
  3. Satan – adversary – he opposes Christ and His people seeking to stop them from their appointed ministries
  4. great dragon – enthrall, captivate, mesmerize – A part of his deceitfulness is making sin look beautiful and desirous.

In general, we can say that deception is the prime weapon that Satan uses against us.  He is able to deceive the whole world (men of every race, nation, family, language, etc) (2 Copr 4:3-4).  However, through the gracious intervention of the Lord in our lives He can open the eyes of the blinded and deceived and show them the truths of His Word (Acts 26:18, Eph 1:18, 2 Cor 4:6).

(10)  And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

Now John hears the voice of God’s people which are in heaven.  Why just one “voice” instead of “voices”?  Perhaps this shows one purpose and motive behind this saying.  Those in heaven are perfectly united to honor and glorify Christ, their Savior.

They are praising the Lord for the victory He has gained over Satan as He was crucified and arose again, and its results.  One of which was clearly seen in the casting out of Satan.  Now they begin praising Him for other results as well…

  1. salvation – the deliverance of His people from sin, death, and Satan’s grasp
  2. strength – the strength given to His people enabling them to overcome Satan and the forces of darkness.
  3. kingdom of God – the rule of the Lord in the hearts of His people removing them from sin and Satan’s bondage.
  4. power of Christ – the authority Christ given to His people to be overcomers (victors) in the face of Satanic opposition.

Satan is described as “the accuser of the brethren” in this passage.  The key to understanding this title is found in Zech 3:1-2…

“And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.  And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire? “

Satan accuses the people of God if their faults, sins, and times of failure in their service to Christ.  Following their salvation, he is attempting to gain their rejection by the Lord for their sinful deeds.  In this case, he was trying to find fault with Jerusalem, for whom Joshua the priest was making intercession.  The Lord’s response, Jerusalem had been chosen by God, therefore there is nothing Satan could do to bring separation between the two.  Satan was to be rebuked for his deceitful criticisms of Jerusalem.

Rom 8:33-34 KJV –

“Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.   Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.”

(11)  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

Satan’s accusations of God’s people, were to no avail.  All of their sins had been paid for (past, present and future) by Christ on the cross, although they still committed sin all had been paid for by Christ, covered in His blood.  Believer’s sins were no longer an issue.  (Romans 8:33-39)

They had overcome all of Satan’s accusations by the blood of Christ (blood of the Lamb), their speech (word of their testimony) and their actions (loved not their lives unto death) which proved they were genuinely saved.

(12)  Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

Based upon Satan’s inability to separate God’s people from the Lord, all in heaven are to rejoice.  Those who have already died, at the time of Christ’s death, are with the Lord in heaven and have nothing about which to be concerned.

However, God’s people who are yet living on earth and in the sea, are facing tremendous harm at the hands of Satan.  They are to greatly beware of his workings in their lives.  He burns with anger at the people of God because he has been defeated by Christ at the cross and now he wants vengeance.  He knows his time is short and he must work quickly to hinder as many of God’s people as is possible.

CHRIST REVEALED:

IN this part of the vision Christ is seen as the One who is victorious over Satan and his spiritual kingdom.  It is through the victory that Christ has won on the cross that Satan was cast from heaven and eternally defeated and Christ’s people are safe in Him.   It was at the cross that Christ’s blood was shed gaining the ultimate victory over Satan, his demons and the worldly kingdoms that oppose the will of God.

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

We can learn two different truths from our text.  First of all, we can learn that Christ has won the ultimate victory over Satan and his demons.  Because of this victory, in the midst of Satan’s many accusations concerning us, we need not fear that he can separate us from the Lord and the forgiveness that He has given to us…

 

Rom 8:33-39 KJV

Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.

Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We should be honoring Christ every day for this great victory, and the accompanying eternal security we have been given.

However, we also need to realize that because Satan’s defeat included his ejection from heaven, we now face a very powerful foe here on earth.  Although he has been defeated, he still is very active and angrily seeking to hinder our every act of obedience to Christ.

Based upon this, we are to always be on guard against the workings of Satan realizing he in our midst seeking to frustrate our service to Christ.

May the Lord bless us as we seek to see Jesus in the pages of the book of Revelation.

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “she hath a place prepared of God”

SIH TOTT ICON(Rev 12:6 KJV)  And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

 

 

 

Following Christ’s ascension to be with His Heavenly Father, God’s people (symbolized by the woman) now is seen fleeing into the wilderness (this fallen world).  While in the wilderness, she has been given a place of refuge, “a place prepared of God”.

 

What is this place and where can it be found?

There are many ways that we can describe this place of safety given by God for His people.  One of these ways is found in Psalm 91:1-2…

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.   I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”

 

This wonderful place prepared of the Lord is found under the shadow of the Lord’s wings, protected and secure in His presence.  Folks, this is the special place He has prepared for His people.

 

David understood this truth…

“To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave. Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.”   (Psa 57:1 KJV)

 

As did Isaiah…

“And the LORD will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence.  And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.”   (Isa 4:5-6 KJV)

 

Folks, may we all learn to dwell in the presence of our Lord as we journey through our life here on earth.  How do we dwell in His presence?  By allowing ourselves to always be humbly in submission to His will.

This will only take place when we possess:

  1. a recognition of our sinful condition,
  2. a true sorrow for our sins,
  3. a change of mind causing us to turn away from our sins
  4. and a consciousness of our constant need of grace …

“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.    Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.   Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.   Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.   Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”   (Jas 4:6-10 KJV)

 

May we all seek to continually dwell in our Saviour’s place of refuge that He has prepared for each one of us.

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Christ Rules Over All!

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChrist(Rev 12:5 KJV)  And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron”

SIH TOTT ICON(Rev 12:5 KJV)  And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

 

 

 

Christ, the man child in John’s vision, is said to “rule all nations with a rod of iron”.   This phrase comes from a prophecy found in Psalm 2:7-9…
“I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

 

What does the phrase “rule/break with a rod of iron” teach us about the ministry of Christ?

1.   The Old Testament (Psalm 2:7-9) vocabulary for this phrase means “to break with a fighting stick of iron”…
This emphasizes the Lord’s strength, authority and victory over His enemies at His second coming.  Note this phrase is accompanied by the phrase “thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel” which emphasizes the destructive, victorious use of the rod over His enemies.

2.  The New Testament (Revelation 12:5) vocabulary for this phrase means “to shepherd with a walking staff of iron”…
In this context, it emphasizes Christ’s ministry to His people (both Jew and Gentile alike), during His first coming.  In this phrase, we can see His authority and care of His people.  He acts as a shepherd to both Jewish and Gentile believers… leading, feeding and protecting them as He walked upon this earth.

(Note we find the phrase “rule with a rod of iron” in two other texts [Rev 2:27 & Rev 19:15], when kept in context, both refer to His dominance of His enemies at His second coming.)

 

 

Folks, how precious are these truths to His people…

First, we can see Christ as the One who is ultimately victorious over His enemies giving us hope and courage as we face the many spiritual battles in this fallen world around us.  He gives us future security, knowing Satan is a defeated foe.

But secondly, we can see Christ as our Lord and Shepherd.  He gives us current security, as the One that leads us, feeds us and protects us during our journey on this earth.

May we all think upon Christ today as Our Victorious Lord and Gracious Shepherd who has made our current and future lives secure in Him!

 

 

 

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The Child (Christ) Won The Ultimate Victory Over The Dragon (Satan)!

SIHs HALTAL ICON RevChristRev 12:4 KJV – And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

 

 

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