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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The Dragon began his war on the “seed of the woman” by summoning his “seed,” the beast from the sea – Revelation 13:1-5.
The “Dragon” was poised to launch his “war” on the “seed of the woman.” Standing on the seashore, he began to summon his own “seed,” beginning with the “beast from the sea.” Having failed to destroy either the “son” or the “woman,” he determined to annihilate her “seed,” those who have the “testimony of Jesus.”
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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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Defeated by the messianic “son,” the Dragon was expelled from heaven, while victory was declared for the saints – Revelation 12:7-12.
With the exaltation of the “Son,” the “Dragon” was expelled from heaven, having lost the battle with Michael and “his angels.” The narrative now makes the identity of the “son” explicit – He is none other than Jesus – and when his victory and enthronement took place – “NOW is come salvation and the kingdom…by the blood of the Lamb.”
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SYNOPSIS – War breaks out in “heaven” with the “Dragon” poised to destroy the “son” as soon as he is “born” – Revelation 12:1-6.
Next. John saw a new “sign” in the heavens – A woman “clothed with the sun, and the moon beneath her feet,” and upon here head a “crown of twelve stars.” She was pregnant and ready to give birth to a “son.” The birth of this child was in fulfillment of the messianic promise recorded in the second Psalm – The prophesied descendant of David who was destined to “rule the nations.”
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SYNOPSIS: The saints overcome the Dragon and his forces through the death of the Lamb and their faithful witness, “even unto death” – Revelation 12:11.
In Chapter 12 of the book of Revelation, the “sign of the Great Red Dragon” appears, a sign that war has commenced “in heaven,” the battle between the Dragon and Michael the Archangel. Continue reading Victory over the Dragon