Revelation 12

In Revelation 12, John begins to introduce the main characters of the Great Tribulation.  According to Guzik, here are the key characters we’ll see in the next few chapters:

  • The woman, representing Israel
  • The dragon, representing Satan
  • The man-child, referring to Jesus
  • The angel Michael, head of the angelic host
  • The offspring of the woman, representing Gentiles who come to faith in the Tribulation
  • The beast out of the sea, representing the antichrist
  • The beast out of the earth, representing the false prophet who promotes the antichrist

This is the first of seven signs that John reveals that will describe the outcome of the Great Tribulation.

The woman faces an enemy who is out to destroy all things related to God.  The dragon has great power and claims royal authority. The crowns represent his presumptive claims of royal authority against the true King.  The end times are definitely a battle between good and evil.  The enemy makes one last attempt to push God off His throne.  And less we be unclear, Satan is “the deceiver of the whole world”. He not only has much power, but his number one quality is that of deceit and lies.  He’ll come up short, but the battle is real today and will be real in those days too.

The good news is that John gives us the rest of the story and we get to see the end before it happens – “he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him”.  We know the end of the book and God wins.  And it isn’t even close.  “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”.  The enemy will accuse and try to derail Christ Followers in their walk, but God has won and we are on the winning side.  He’ll end it all once and for all!

John talks about the victory over evil – “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”.  Satan’s work of accusing only ends here, when he is cast out from his access to heaven. Today, we have an intercessor and advocate in Jesus Christ, who sits on the throne at the right hand of the Father and intercedes for us.  So what are we to do given this truth?  “Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them”!  We have much to be grateful for and should rejoice and let the world know that Jesus reigns!

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