Author’s Note: Most are afraid of the Book of Revelation. Christians are often easily frightened by the misconceptions of “Armageddon,” fabrications, or Hollywood’s portrayal of merely bad theology. Furthermore, most who attempt to read the book are easily confused. Therefore, More Than Judas will be spending the next several weeks analyzing the Book of Revelation.
Please understand this study will not attempt to expound on every minute detail in Revelation. 2 Minutes With God would quickly escalate into 2 Hours With God. However, this analysis will consider the critical aspects of each chapter, as well as their underlining purposes and application of the Scriptures. Each study will contain five critical points and one main idea. Because the text is so complicated, this will streamline the material in a “layman” reader friendly format.
For those who would like to further research this book, I suggest Warren W. Wiersbe’s, Be Victorious Study Guide on Revelation, or John MacArthur’s, Revelation-The Christian’s Ultimate Victory. Outside of scholarly publications, both accounts have been very influential to me in understanding such a difficult text.
Lastly, this daily devotional will be written for the common man- not the theologian. I seldom ever debate Eschatological perspectives. Nor do I ever plan to. I know brilliant biblical scholars on all sides that can make valid arguments for explaining their positions regarding Revelation. The most important task at hand is glorifying Jesus Christ- not to win the arguments amongst faithful Christians.
Nevertheless, for the case of this MTJ Study, everything will be considered through a Progressive Dispensationalist-Premillennial Viewpoint, a Pretribulation point of view concerning the Rapture, as well as a literal interpretation, which allows for symbolism of Scripture and Christ’s Second Coming. Please feel free to post any specific questions concerning the text in the Facebook thread.
Discussions regarding particular theological inquiries or philosophies can be had there.
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“13 When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. 14 The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach. 15 Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river, to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent. 16 But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. 17 Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring—those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.” ~ Revelation 12: 13-17
Here is the main idea of the passage: Satan, the Dragon, is attacking Israel, the Woman. Nevertheless, God will protect His Children.
- But first Let’s review: Brief synopsis of the symbolism:
- Woman = Israel
- Clothed with the Sun= Speaks of glory, dignity and exalted status of Israel.
- Moon under her feet= Describes God’s covenant relationship with Israel.
- 12 Stars= 12 Tribes of Israel
- Great Red Dragon= Woman’s mortal enemy, Satan.
- Red= Bloodshed
- Seven Heads and Crowns= Satan’s domination of 7 past worldly kingdoms or the totality of Satan’s control on the earth.
- Ten Horns= Satan’s control of 10 future worldly kingdoms. (Daniel 7)
- 13-16- There is an intense spiritual warfare occurring between Heavenly Angels vs. Demons amidst
the Great Tribulation, but throughout the course of time as well.
- 14- “But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle….” Eagle’s wings are an emblem from the Exodus deliverance (Exodus 19:4), another way of connecting these people with Israel.” (David Guzik Commentary) “Frustrated in his attempt to devour the woman’s child (v. 5), the dragon pursues the woman herself. This explains her flight to the desert described in verse 6. Like Israel in ancient times (Ex 19:4), the woman is carried by the two wings of a great eagle to her place of protection for a time, times and half a time (compare Dan 7:25; 12:7). Hers is the promise of Isaiah, that “those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Is 40:31).” (The IVP New Testament Commentary Series)
- 15- After the Abomination of Desolation occurs, there is an unprecedented rage unleashed upon Israel. However, God will protect His chosen people.
– Matthew 24: 15-22
- 17- “…her offspring.” Represents the Church and those faithful followers of Jesus Christ.
How is this passage applicable to the 21st Century?
If you have watched the news lately, you’ve seen the turmoil occurring in the Middle East. Yet, despite the constant fury directed toward the Israelites, they have flourished as a country. Why? Because they are the Lord’s chosen people.
Not only does this affirm prophecy, but most importantly, the inerrancy of the Bible. God is faithful. He will never break a promise.
Notwithstanding the violence or intense desire to eliminate the Jewish race, God has offered a seal of protection from all enemies. Conversely, The Lord does the same for those who follow Jesus. However, this does not mean our lives will be without struggles or hardships. Quite candidly, the complete opposite will occur. Jesus actually said, “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Chaos will occur in our lives. This is another promise of the Scriptures. Bombs will explode unexpectedly. Missiles will be launched by our neighbors, just as Israel has experienced. Regrettably, our own family or friends may even be the ones directing the weaponry our way.
Yet, no matter the number of fiery arrows you are being targeted with, Christ will always give His sustaining peace. This is a free gift. A surrendered heart is the only stipulation required to be a Jesus Freak. But God’s seal of protection is measured not only in this life, but all throughout eternity. The Bible, Jesus’ promises, and Jesus’ victory on the Cross at Calvary, all affirm this one sacred truth!
Quote: “The enemy always fights the hardest when he knows God has something in store for you.” Unknown
Additional Reading: Revelation 12
Prayer: Father God, help me love genuinely for you. Forgive me for my shortcomings. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.