12. The dragon pursued the woman.
The Woman likely symbolizes Israel. Despite all of her unfaithfulness to God (the birth pangs), God was still faithful to His promise.
Her child was the Messiah.
When the dragon was unable to devour the child, he followed the woman trying to destroy her.
Satan repeatedly attempts to destroy God’s plan. He tried to kill all the men of Israel through back-breaking labor under Pharaoh.
Satan also led Pharaoh to kill all the male babies. Moses survived because God hid him–right under Pharaoh’s nose!
Satan led King Herod to kill all the male children in and around Bethlehem when he heard a king was born. An angel of the Lord warned Joseph in a dream to take Mary and the baby to Egypt.
I love that God is able to hide His plans from Satan. He may know a special child is born, but God prevents him from knowing which child or where he is.
The woman’s offspring
Her child was whisked away to the throne of God.
And the dragon was angry at the woman and declared war against the rest of her offspring—all who keep God’s commandments and maintain their testimony for Jesus. Revelation 12:17
The Child didn’t have any direct, naturally born descendants:
he was led away.
No one cared that he died without descendants,
that his life was cut short in midstream.
But he was struck down
Israel’s natural lineage ended with the birth of Jesus. Although Jesus produced no offspring in the natural, We are His brothers and sisters.
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.
So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.
And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering. Romans 8:14-17
Since Jesus and God are one, would that make us Jesus’ offspring as well?
13. a. Genesis 3:15 God curses the serpent
And I will cause hostility between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring.
He will strike your head,
and you will strike his heel.
The Lord Jesus, born of a woman crushed Satan at the Cross.
The human race will someday completely triumph over the Evil One.
He told the Woman:
“I’ll multiply your pains in childbirth;
you’ll give birth to your babies in pain.
You’ll want to please your husband,
but he’ll lord it over you.” Genesis 1:16 MSG
And to the man he said,
“Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree
whose fruit I commanded you not to eat,
the ground is cursed because of you.
All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it. Genesis 1:17 NLT
God drove Adam and Eve out of the garden paradise. People now had to till the ground and grow their own food. And contend with weeds and thorns in the hot sun.
Adam and Eve’s earthly bodies will die. That’s actually better than living forever in a fallen world.
I feel like I got all the curses because I do the gardening and gave birth with great difficulty.
Because of Adam’s sin, everyone inherited a sin nature.
Since everyone sinned, they, too, experienced death.
Because of Jesus’ life, we can experience eternal life.
As Paul said in Ephesians 2:3, “And were by nature the children of wrath.” This is why we “must be born again” (John 3:7). We received our sinful nature through our natural birth, and we only receive a new nature through a spiritual birth. AWMI
This spiritual birth is available to everyone—Every race, every language, and every nation.
Because I received God’s wonderful grace and His free gift of righteousness, I live in triumph over sin and death. All thanks to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
14. Romans 8:35-39
Nothing can separate me from Christ’s love.
He still loves me when I have trouble or calamity.
And when I’m persecuted,
And hungry or destitute,
And when I’m threatened with death.
I’m absolutely convinced that nothing can ever separate me from God’s love.
Neither angels nor demons,
Neither my fears for today nor worries about tomorrow–
Not even the powers of hell can separate me from God’s love.
No power in the sky above or in the earth below.
Nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate me from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus my Lord. Based on NLT
My answers—not THE answers—to study questions for BSF Revelation Lesson
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