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Revelation 12 - Disappointed Dragon

It's often when things look hopeless to us that God's power appears the greatest.

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Revelation 12 Summary

So far the first half of the Apocalypse (Revelation) has been about the conflict between the Church and the world. The first of the seven perspectives of Christ's victory showed His concern for the Church in the letters He wrote to us. In the next perspective, we saw how the slain Lamb was the only one worthy to open the sealed scroll containing God's plan of salvation. The third perspective showed seven trumpets sounded to warn all people of God's coming judgment. All of these perspectives, which tell of the same events, ended with Christ sitting down on the throne in victory.

As the second half of Revelation begins here in chapter 12, the language & symbolism gets more and more fantastic and hard to even imagine. As the complications and details add up, it is critically important for you to keep the overall theme of Revelation in mind: The Victory of the Christ & His Church over the Dragon & his Helpers.

This fourth perspective on Christ's victory has three characters: The radiant woman who represents the Church; The child representing Christ; And the dragon symbolizing Satan.

In a way that fulfills God's promise to Eve in Genesis 3, God rescues the child, the seed of the woman. Satan is cast out of heaven, and since God's elect are fully righteous in the blood of Christ, Satan can no longer accuse you before God (the name satan = the accuser), so all he can do is persecute the woman (Church).

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Things appear hopeless for the woman just as she is giving birth, as the dragon stands ready to devour her child, the Savior of the world, immediately after His birth. But before he can, the child is miraculously caught up to God (v5).

Keep this in mind the next time things look utterly hopeless for you. It may seem like the devil is crouching at your doorstep ready to crush you, but know that your Father in heaven is constantly watching over you so that not even a hair can fall from your head without His will.

AAA Prayer :

  • ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: Dear Father in heaven, sitting victoriously on the throne, who continuously watches over His saints (v5).

  • ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Help me to trust in your salvation even when things look bleak.




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