Revelation Chapter 12
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.
Anonymous's Revelation Chapter 12 comment about verse 1 on 8/13/2014, 9:15pm...
The note on Rev 12 1 in a study bible I own reads "12 1 The number twelve suggests that the woman represents God 's people cp. 12 15 17 see Jer 2 32 2 Cor 11 2 Eph 5 32 , from whom came the Messiah. This woman is marked by God 's glory in contrast with the prostitute see 17 1 6 , who is destined for destruction. "
Benjamin Gonzales's Revelation Chapter 12 comment about verse 11 on 8/08/2014, 10:35am...
Powerful passage for sure!! God has shown me that most understand the blood of the Lamb, but leave out the power of the testimony?? We at best get up and give a good sermon, yet the alters remain barren?? Would love to have at least on person be allowed more than 2 minutes to share how God has transformed their lives. Chances are someone if not many will recieve hope from this!! 1 Peter 3 15 Respectfully yours, Benjamin Gonzales
Pastor kusiima godfrey's Revelation Chapter 12 comment about verse 11 on 7/28/2014, 8:01pm...
The lord revealed to me , the highest sacrifice ever made that nullifies and lenders other sacrifices powerless whether past ,present,or future is the blood of jesus and the word of their testimony emanates from abiding with the revealed word of God, when you obey rhema you walk daily with God in obedience. Having done the said the devil will try by all means to torture your life. But be of good cheer for Jesus has overcome.
NIGEL MCMILLAN's Revelation Chapter 12 comment about verse 1 on 7/11/2014, 7:13am...
With respect to the views of others who have commented here I must respectively disagree. We must remember that no scripture is open to our personal interpretation. This scripture must be compared with others and the whole context of the scene examined. Woman in prophecy is always represented as a 'church ' which in this verse the church has the real light surrounding her. This woman is God 's true church and not Marry as when we read on reveals that she fled into the wilderness, something Marry never did , however God 's true church did under Roman persecution which is to repeat itself in the future. Another woman was also mentioned, which is a false church clothed with artificial light. Verse 17 Reveals the true church which is perused by the Dragon keeps the ten commandments and has the testimony of Jesus Christ. REV 19 10 tells us the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
Del Olds's Revelation Chapter 12 comment about verse 4 on 6/11/2014, 12:14pm...
The 1 3 part of the stars in chapter 4 is us, you and me. Satans and his angels were cast out with him by Micheal in 12 9.
Joe's Revelation Chapter 12 comment about verse 4 on 5/26/2014, 5:50pm...
How can so many educated people be so wrong? read and re read the Good Book you will come to the conclusion that it is indeed talking about those fallen ones 3rd part? Unmistakable makes you wonder are these people deliberately giving false info or is it the spirit of the beast?
Stephen Pierce's Revelation Chapter 12 comment on 4/29/2014, 11:41pm...
I tell you the truth The woman represents Gods people who are faithful and not conformed to worldly things. The crown is the 12 tribes of Israel. The Great Dragon was the monarchies that formed the Roman Empire, and the tail of the dragon was the military might of the empire. It standing before the woman was King Herod and the slaughter of innocence. The birth was the messiah, Jesus Christ and the resurrection meaning he went to God alive. Because of the resurrection Satan lost his right to accuse men before the throne of God. Thus he rebelled against God and was cast out on to the earth. So he no longer has the right to accuse, and he no longer has the right to come and go between heaven and earth because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ who paid for our sins. Now cast out, he uses the monarchies and the empire to persecute the Jewish people and the newly formed Christians. As a new era comes and the empire of Rome transforms to the European Monarchy, it will hand its authority to a new beast rising up out of the sea America.
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