Revelation Chapter 12
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4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
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Matthew Henry's Revelation Chapter 12 Bible commentary...
A description of the church of Christ and of Satan, under the figures of a woman and of a great red dragon. (1-6) Michael and his angels fight against the devil and his angels, who are defeated. (7-12) The dragon persecutes the church. (13,14) His vain endeavours to destroy her, He renews his war against her seed. (14-17)1-6 The church, under the emblem of a woman, the mother of believers, was seen by the apostle in vision, in heaven. She was clothed with the sun, justified, sanctified, and shining by union with Christ, the Sun of Righteousness. The moon was under her feet; she was superior to the reflected and feebler light of the revelation made by Moses. Having on her head a crown of twelve stars; the doctrine of the gospel, preached by the twelve apostles, is a crown of glory to all true believers. As in pain to bring forth a holy family; desirous that the conviction of sinners might end in their conversion. A dragon is a known emblem of Satan, and his chief agents, or those who govern for him on earth, at that time the pagan empire of Rome, the city built upon seven hills. As having ten horns, divided into ten kingdoms. Having seven crowns, representing seven forms of government. As drawing with his tail a third part of the stars in heaven, and casting them down to the earth; persecuting and seducing the ministers and teachers. As watchful to crush the Christian religion; but in spite of the opposition of enemies, the church brought forth a manly issue of true and faithful professors, in whom Christ was truly formed anew; even the mystery of Christ, that Son of God who should rule the nations, and in whose right his members partake the same glory. This blessed offspring was protected of God.
7-11 The attempts of the dragon proved unsuccessful against the church, and fatal to his own interests. The seat of this war was in heaven; in the church of Christ, the kingdom of heaven on earth. The parties were Christ, the great Angel of the covenant, and his faithful followers; and Satan and his instruments. The strength of the church is in having the Lord Jesus for the Captain of their salvation. Pagan idolatry, which was the worship of devils, was cast out of the empire by the spreading of Christianity. The salvation and strength of the church, are only to be ascribed to the King and Head of the church. The conquered enemy hates the presence of God, yet he is willing to appear there, to accuse the people of God. Let us take heed that we give him no cause to accuse us; and that, when we have sinned, we go before the Lord, condemn ourselves, and commit our cause to Christ as our Advocate. The servants of God overcame Satan by the blood of the Lamb, as the cause. By the word of their testimony: the powerful preaching of the gospel is mighty, through God, to pull down strong holds. By their courage and patience in sufferings: they loved not their lives so well but they could lay them down in Christ's cause. These were the warriors and the weapons by which Christianity overthrew the power of pagan idolatry; and if Christians had continued to fight with these weapons, and such as these, their victories would have been more numerous and glorious, and the effects more lasting. The redeemed overcame by a simple reliance on the blood of Christ, as the only ground of their hopes. In this we must be like them. We must not blend any thing else with this.
12-17 The church and all her friends might well be called to praise God for deliverance from pagan persecution, though other troubles awaited her. The wilderness is a desolate place, and full of serpents and scorpions, uncomfortable and destitute of provisions; yet a place of safety, as well as where one might be alone. But being thus retired could not protect the woman. The flood of water is explained by many to mean the invasions of barbarians, by which the western empire was overwhelmed; for the heathen encouraged their attacks, in the hope of destroying Christianity. But ungodly men, for their worldly interests, protected the church amidst these tumults, and the overthrow of the empire did not help the cause of idolatry. Or, this may be meant of a flood of error, by which the church of God was in danger of being overwhelmed and carried away. The devil, defeated in his designs upon the church, turns his rage against persons and places. Being faithful to God and Christ, in doctrine, worship, and practice, exposes to the rage of Satan; and will do so till the last enemy shall be destroyed.
Bill's Revelation Chapter 12 comment about verse 7 on 3/03/2014, 9:07am...
I was taught that after the war in heaven Lucifer Satan along with a host of angels perhaps 1 3rd was cast out of heaven and exiled to a place of utter desolation Is this accurate If so where does it fit into the story of creation and the Garden of Eden
Peter's Revelation Chapter 12 comment on 2/20/2014, 9:19pm...
revelation is about the end times not about past events verse one will take place on Sept 22 or 23 2017 and the planets and other stars are involved Virgo will give birth to Jupiter and there is a red dragon constellation at her feet verse 14 could be about the rest of the church after the rapture of the elite whom the Lord will nourish in the wilderness for 1230 days
Grateful to God's Revelation Chapter 12 comment about verse 1 on 2/18/2014, 12:49am...
September 12 3 B C John is giving the date of Jesus birth Just after sunrise in Israel looking East into the Sun is Virgo the Woman virgin the Moon is at her feet and there is a conjunction of Regulus King of Stars and Jupiter King of Planets above her head in Leo Judah For does not the heavens declare the glory of God
William Kroupa's Revelation Chapter 12 comment about verse 1 on 2/05/2014, 9:32pm...
The woman could possibly represent Mary giving birth to a son JESUS(verse 5) , who is destined to to rule all nations with an iron rod. It then sounds like God prepared a place for her for quite a few days.
Faithfull's Revelation Chapter 12 comment about verse 17 on 2/01/2014, 3:26pm...
And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant (then that stayed behind) of her seed (the woman did not take her whole family with her), which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Even though the family knew to “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven
Because the whole worlds nations gave ear to the beast and their is no nation that is worthy, no city that shall stand the great and terrible day of the Lord. Only the wilderness is left not being ruled by men.
Faithfull's Revelation Chapter 12 comment about verse 13 on 2/01/2014, 3:11pm...
And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
Satan seeing his days were numbered having been cast into the earth, persecuted the woman causing chaos in the tabernacle's of God bridging Union and church, and decreeing that a mark should be put upon all lawful people in this denouncing God all together. A nation without God is dead already. America still believes in God, and always will!
Faithfull's Revelation Chapter 12 comment about verse 12 on 2/01/2014, 2:58pm...
Revelation 12:12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
Knowing that he has but a short time Satan (the Great Red Dragon) sought out to destroy Gods Heaven Earth and everything in and on it!
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