Jesus Christ will conquer Satan
Hi good friends out there in internet land. I have reviewed the first eight chapters in the book of Revelation in a very detailed way giving the readers many cross references to each verse but due to time and the fact that I must move on to other writing projects in the Bible the remaining chapters (Revelation chapters 9-22) will be completely quoted with some comments at the end of the chapter. I really do desire to cross reference every verse in these chapters but this would take me way to long thus leaving out other vital biblical studies that are also needed and desired to people that are very hungry for the word of God. There will still be many interesting insights after the chapter is quoted so please enjoy the rest of the study in this fascinating last book of the Bible.
(1) "And there appeared a great wonder in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stairs: (2) And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. (3) And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. (4) 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. (5) 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. (6) 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. (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 deceived 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 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. (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." Revelation 12: 1 - 17.
The nation of Israel is a very interesting country and is the center land of end time biblical prophecy. There are many "Twice" regarding this nation. There has been much persecutions against Israel. They had their homeland torn from them two times. They were led as captives two times into other areas. They survived two different times when in foreign lands. They returned two different times to reestablish their country. Two is the number of division in the Bible and this is a nation that has certainly been divided.
From 70 A.D to 1948 Israel was dispersed and scattered. They were severally persecuted during this time period but still managed to survive as a distinct race. This is anti - Semitism. The bad news that the Bible teaches is the worst is yet to come in the last three and one half years of the future tribulation.
Four main characters are introduced in Revelation chapter twelve. (1) The women who is Israel. (2) The great red dragon who is Satan and the final world kingdom he will control. (3) The male child is Jesus Christ. (4) Michael is the chief angel in this context representing the angels of God. The great tribulation revolves around these four characters.
Israel is introduced as a great sign which is supposed to cause us to see the hand of God in history and prophecy. In this chapter there are symbols that make up her unusual clothing. Joseph had a dream in Genesis chapter 37 and the sun represented Jacob (his father). Jacob is Israel. The women gave birth to the male child who is Jesus Christ. This women is obviously Israel because there is a long list of Hebrew lineage in Matthew chapter one. It is this country and Jewish people that did more to show individuals about a personal relationship with God. They are a physical people that God allowed His Son to be born into this world.
Satan has a special hatred for Israel and Jesus Christ. The dragon is red because of all the wars throughout history. He has seven heads and ten horns which is symbolic of Satan but also describes a world alignment in the seven year tribulation period regarding the nations. Satan deceived one third of all the angels in eternity past. They were cast out of heaven. Satan tried to annihilate the whole race of Jews to prevent Jesus Christ from being born. Herod ordered all baby boys under two at the time of the birth of Jesus Christ to be killed.
Satan is known as a snake or that old serpent because he deceives people and keeps them from a saving knowledge through Jesus Christ. In verse ten Satan is referred to as the devil which means slanderer or accuser. He accuses believers day and night before the throne of God. Verse twelve says the devil is come down to you with great wrath because he knows he has a short time. He can no longer go before the throne of God and this also includes his minions.
Remember the prophecy in Genesis. "And I will put enmity between thee and the women, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." Genesis 3:15. Satan will lose this battle. The women bearing the child is in the first book of the Bible and the pregnant women is found in the last book of the Bible. In both cases the child (Jesus Christ) is to crush Satan. "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:" Hebrews 2:14. Jesus Christ will rule and reign in the 1000 year millennium after the seven year tribulation.
In verse eleven the text writes about the tribulation saints. Jesus Christ conquered death through His blood. They will overcome Satan through the blood of the Lamb and their testimony and these strong believers will be willing to die. They will be martyrs. The word martyr mean, "A witness." They will count the cost of being a disciple of our Lord. Satan will be very angry with the Jewish people that finally placed their faith in the true Messiah Jesus Christ. They will flee to the mountains (Matthew 24: 16 - 17) and they will not stop to go back to their houses. The antichrist will allow Israel to rebuild their temple but he will turn on them when Satan is cast out of heaven. This is the point that Satan indwells the man of sin.
Satan has always desired to be worshipped as God which goes all the way back to Isaiah chapter 14. The antichrist will enter the newly rebuilt temple and place a statue of himself in the holy of holies proclaiming himself to be God. He will demand that all people worship him and his statue. Not only did Daniel write of this horrible truth in Daniel 9:27 and Daniel 12:11 but Jesus told about this in Matthew 24:15. This will be the abomination of desolation. I can not help to believe that many Jewish people will have their eyes opened to understand who the true Messiah is and of course His name is Jesus Christ.
The Jewish people will probably flee to the city of Petra. It is a city of rock in the Jordanian wilderness south of the dead sea. The martyrs of course will not be hurt by the second death but live forever with God; however, perhaps the Jewish remnant will enter into the millennial kingdom in their mortal bodies.
Jesus Christ will conquer Satan in His way and His timing because He is All Knowing and All Powerful so good will defeat evil. If you desire to know this God accept Jesus Christ into your heart as personal Savior and Lord by repenting of all your sins and invite the Son of God into your life. If you just made that decision it is just as important to live for Jesus Christ. We find the truth in the Bible. Abide in Jesus Christ and do the will of God. If we do this we will be on the narrow righteous path with our names written in the Lamb's book of life.
God bless you,