Revelation 12

Highlight:

Revelation 12:10–12 (NKJV) 

10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. 12 Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.” 

Explain:

Revelation 12: 1-9: John now sees a pregnant woman giving birth, clothed with the sun and moon beneath her feet and 12 stars on her head. A red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns, whose tail sweeps away 1/3 of the stars. He is ready to devour the son the woman is about to deliver. The son the woman bears is meant to rule the nations and is snatched from the dragon and caught up to God, while his mother escapes to the wilderness 1260 days. In a heavenly battle, Michael and his angels defeat the dragon (who is Satan) and throws him down to earth. 10-12 A loud voice proclaims that Christ has been given all authority because Satan has been thrown down to earth. Followers of Christ have defeated Satan by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony because they have been willing to give their lives for their faith in Christ. Terror, however, has come down to earth because Satan, knowing that he has little time, has been thrown down. 13-18: On earth, Satan pursues the woman, but is given wings and escapes into the wilderness to be protected there for 3.5 years. Satan tries to drown the woman with a flood of water out of his mouth, but the earth swallows the water. He then declares war on followers of Christ taking his stand on the shore beside the sea.

Specifically, the Preterist approach seems most logical to the interpretation of this passage. From the very birth of Christ, Satan was trying to “devour” Him. Finally, through the crucifixion, he makes war on Him and, through Christ’s resurrection, Satan is defeated. He is no longer able to stand in Heaven to accuse the saints because Christ’s blood has atoned for us. We have overcome Him, not by our own strength or goodness, but through the blood of the Lamb and the word (our confession of Christ) of our testimony. This testimony is proven in our lives when we are willing even to give our very lives for Christ.

Apply:

Since I no longer have an accuser in heaven:

  • I will be confident in living my life here. If God is for me, who can be against me?
  • I will be deaf to the accusations of my life by Satan. My sins—past, present, and future—are atoned for and I will not face them because of the victory Christ won. 

Since Jesus, the Lamb of God, shed His blood for me.

  • I am an overcomer. I cannot be defeated by the schemes or power of Satan

Respond:

I will share this with staff.

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