3. Three main figures in Rev 12 – Woman, Child, & Dragon
- Woman (wife, woman Strongs) clothed with the sun (also east, as in rising sun Strongs)
- Israel (AMP)–The Jewish Age
Israel’s worship of God foreshadowed the church. Israel’s light can be compared to the moon (now under her feet) which gives off no light of its own. Its light is an indirect reflection of the sun’s light, but it did rule over the night which has now passed.
- The pure Church, His Bride—The Church Age
The Bride of Christ–“The Jewish system of types and shadows has been superseded by the birth, life, crucifixion, death, resurrection, ascension, and intercession of Jesus Christ.” *
- The twelve stars may represent–
- The twelve apostles, the founders of the Church. See Daniel 12:3
- The twelve tribes of Israel
- Israel (AMP)–The Jewish Age
Let us be glad and rejoice,
and let us give honor to him.
For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb,
and his bride has prepared herself. Rev 19:7 NLT
- Firey Red Dragon, the Ancient Serpent —
- Satan, the deceiver, the Ancient Serpent (Rev 12:9)
- Ancient Roman Empire*
- Pagan Worship
The heathen Roman empire is called a Red dragon, and so we find from the testimony of ancient writers that the dragon standards of the Romans were painted red. *
4. a. Satan’s profile
- Tempts us to disobey God
- Tempts us to gratify our flesh
- Crafty (subtle, skilled in deceit) AMP
- Plays into our misconceptions about God–God did not say if they touch the fruit, they would die. He only said don’t eat it.
- Makes us think what we have and what we know is insufficient
- Plants seeds of doubt– about God’s love, honesty, and wanting what’s best for me
- Lies to us
- Cursed by God–degraded and punished *
- Father of lies
- Hates the truth
- Enemy of believers
- Prowls around like a roaring lion
- Fiercely hungry and seeking someone to devour (AMP)
b. Satan’s influence
- Unrighteousness leads men to suppress the truth. Romans 1:18
- They develop perverted logic and idolatrous presumption. Strongs #3154 futile–See Romans 1:21
- They become fools. Their “stupid hearts became darkened.” (Wuest) Romans 1:22
- “God delivers them over to the passionate cravings of their hearts…” (Wuest) Romans 1:24
- Every imaginable and unimaginable sin runs rampant in their lives. Romans 1:29-32
- They deserve death. Romans 1:32
Our only hope:
We were all on the same sinking boat. None of us live 100% sin-free.
But even if we did live 100% right and do lots of good deeds, that wouldn’t earn us eternal life.
Not even for Abraham.
But “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” Romans 4:3 NLT
That’s why God sent His Son Jesus. “While we were still helpless [powerless to provide for our salvation], at the right time Christ died [as a substitute] for the ungodly.” Romans 5:6 AMP
5. a. God’s protection
The baby was snatched away and caught up to the throne of God before the dragon could devour him.
The mother “fled into the wilderness, where God had prepared a place to care for her for 1,260 days.” Rev 12:6 NLT
The way God aids the woman in her escape to the wilderness reminds me of His protection of Hagar. (Gen 21:14-21 — Not that the woman and child in Rev 12 refer to the same woman and child.)
b. The hand of God in my life
My parents saw to it that I lived a sheltered life with very little access to television and movies. It frustrated me to no end at the time.
Thankfully, my parents and I met zealous believers during my early years. My natural openness for anything truly spiritual, especially the supernatural, could’ve easily left me open for the occult.
God saw my interest and sensitivity. I’m so thankful for the mentors He strategically placed in my life.
One pastor’s wife was really into a girls’ missionary organization. Her influence through that program led me to memorize entire passages of scripture, write essays on Paul’s missionary journey’s etc.
Despite being raised by parents in ministry, temptation still found ample opportunity. I certainly wasn’t perfect.
I’m encouraged, though, as I write this. I’ve asked the Lord for a friend and/or mentor(s) who can share in my current journey. Remembering how He was faithful to provide contacts in the past builds my faith.
The nature of the content I’m sharing isolates me. I don’t feel it would be a good idea to tell other members of my BSF chapter what I’m doing. I’m also careful what I share in group sessions.