SYNOPSIS: The Abyss is the source of satanic attacks against the people of God, yet it is under the authority of the Lamb – Revelation 11:7.
A place called the “Abyss” is introduced when the fifth trumpet sounds in Chapter 9 of the book of Revelation, a deep pit from which a horde of locust-like creatures ascends to torment the “inhabitants of the earth.” In Revelation, this deep place is the source from which satanic agencies ascend to wage war against the “saints.” It also functions as a “prison” to hold satanic forces until their appointed time to “ascend” and wreak havoc on their victims (Revelation 9:1-2, 13:1-2, 17:8, 20:1-3, 20:7-10).
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SYNOPSIS: The Beast from the earth mimics the Lamb but is the mouthpiece of the Dragon and the Beast from the sea – Revelation 13:11-15.
Earlier, John “heard a great voice in heaven” proclaim victory because of the blood of the Lamb – Salvation and the reign of the Messiah had arrived, and the Dragon was “cast out of heaven.” The voice called on the “heavens and they who tabernacle in them” to rejoice. But the Dragon was not finished, for the voice also declared – “Woe to the earth and the sea, for the Devil is come down to you having great wrath” – (Revelation 12:9-12).
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SYNOPSIS: The Dragon begins his war on the “seed of the Woman” by summoning his “seed,” the Beast from the sea – Revelation 13:1-5.
Chapter 12 portrayed Satan as the Dragon, the Old Serpent from the Garden of Eden. He was poised to destroy the promised seed, the “son” born from the “Woman clothed with the sun.” However, his effort failed. God countered when He elevated the “son” to reign from the Throne.
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SYNOPSIS – The vision of the “Dragon” persecuting the “seed of the Woman” represents Satan’s present “war” against the saints of God – Revelation 12:1-17.
In Chapter 12 of the book of Revelation, a great sign appeared in heaven, a woman “arrayed with the sun and the moon beneath her feet.” She was in labor pains. The description borrows language from the dream of the Patriarch, Joseph, in which he saw the sun, the moon, and eleven stars rendering homage to him. The stars represented the twelve tribes of Israel paying homage to the twelfth star, that is, to Joseph (Genesis 37:9, Revelation 12:1-5).
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SYNOPSIS: Expelled from Heaven, the Dragon attempts to destroy the Woman by persecuting her “seed,” followers of Jesus – Revelation 12:7-17.
The battle between the Dragon and Michael is the heavenly counterpart to the earthly conflict described in verses 5-6 of Chapter 12, the attempt by the Dragon to destroy the son and his subsequent exaltation to the Throne of God. This passage interprets the vision described in verses 1-5.
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SYNOPSIS: War breaks out in “heaven.” After the Dragon fails to destroy the “son,” he persecutes the followers of the Lamb, the “seed of the woman” – Revelation 12:1-6.
John next sees a new “sign” in the heavens, a woman clothed with the sun, and with the moon beneath her feet. She is pregnant and gives birth to a “son.” This is in fulfillment of the messianic promise recorded in the second Psalm, the promised descendant of David destined to rule over the nations.
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