|Mystic Figure, Angel Michael,
Verse 7-17 (NASB)
And there was WAR in heaven,
Now this really goes against our preconceived idea of heaven being a
peaceful place filled with beautiful music and so on, but there is WAR
in heaven. This may well be a different kind of WAR than what we know
here on earth. Spiritual warfare is soul and spirit related; two areas
we are not but should be very familiar with.
This verse must be tied to the hymn in verse 10
and following. Thus the redemption by the Son's blood was fought over
in heaven long before/or even til the earthly conflicts we have. Christ
WINS THEM ALL!
Michael and his angels waging war with the
Michael is found five times in the Bible, and he always is associated
with the protection of Israel:
From the reference to the 1,260 days in the previous verse, we know
that this WAR must take place during or at the end of the tribulation
period. The earthly saints have been translated into heaven and only
the woman/man-child problem for the dragon remains. Recall the 'great
sign' of the woman appeared IN HEAVEN.
- this verse
And the dragon and his angels waged WAR.
This WAR was an all out conflict between 'stand ins': Michael (for
Christ) and his angels vs. the dragon (for devil) and his angels. There
was a direct one on one confrontation between Jesus and the devil
recorded in Matthew
4:1-11 and Luke
4:1-13. The quotation of scripture was how these
overcome. This verse doesn't indicate if Michael and his angels use
scripture to fight this WAR at this 'opportune time'. Also compare this
22:13-23 where a spiritual conflict was between ONE prophet,
Micaiah verses many 'false prophets'. The conflict in this verse is
and they were not STRONG ENOUGH,
There is no doubt that Satan and his army could wage a strong fight.
The archangel Michael had to come to fight the 'prince of the kingdom
of Persia' (Satan) in Daniel
10:13, after the angelic messenger sent to Daniel had
with him 21 days. Now the messenger may have been a 'lower' angel (Daniel
10:21) but that shows, even in the heavenly realm, Satan is
strong and powerful.
and there was NO LONGER a place found
for them in
Satan, at this time, still has access to heavenly places. He
continually is accusing the saints before God (Job
3:1). Even today, every time we make a request of God, Satan
there to say its a lie, or we won't keep our commitment, and so on.
Since we still have the privilege of making choices, Satan is the
'politician' trying to swing our vote his way. BUT, Satan is NOT STRONG
ENOUGH when we
have made our
Overthrows of Satan
||Jesus saw Satan falling from heaven like
disciples took authority over Devil.
||Here Satan is removed from heaven entirely
||Satan is removed from earth and jailed in
||Satan is released from the abyss after the
for a short time and then forever cast into the lake of fire and
There was a brief moment at the 5th trumpet where Satan (Revelation 9:1, a star) was
forced to come
down and open the bottomless pit. He was not required to stay in the
pit. There is a king over the residents there (Revelation
9:11) who probably is not Satan, but is under Satan's
Note the consequence of Satan losing this fight (Revelation
12:12): the tribulation period will be awful!
And the GREAT DRAGON was THROWN DOWN,
The GREAT DRAGON is symbolically equal to evil. It is clear that evil
was defeated first in heaven and then on earth. Believers can take
comfort in this. No matter how bad things get on earth, the GREAT
DRAGON is already DEFEATED (Romans
the serpent of old who is called the DEVIL
No mistaking this dragon; he is the same as in Genesis
3:1-7. His works are evil and are destroyed by Christ (1
3:1-10). He is the same one who is prowling seeking believers
to devour (1
who DECEIVES the WHOLE world;
Humanly, it is difficult to believe that one being would try to do
this. The deception starts in the minds of the unbelieving (2
4:1-4-6 and 2
Next, the deception moves into the church as "servants
11:7-15) to try to divert the nominal believer. The
parable of the sower explained in Matthew
13:18-23 indicates this takes place where the seed is sown.
"seed sowing" is done in or is left up to the church.
The deception goes all the way to humanism which says
ultimate reality, but that the universe, science, and knowledge are the
only lasting reality. When the absolutes of God and His Word are
denied, only a humanistic process is left. Humanists ought to look
closely at the results of the deception. The list is given in Revelation 21:8; if the
GREAT DRAGON can
deceive you into being one on this list, he has accomplished his plan.
he was THROWN DOWN to the earth; and his
DOWN with him.
If the devil believes he will become greater than God by mastering the
earth, then that is where he should be confined to. Sad to say, the
devil believes that destroying the earth has an impact on the spiritual
life of the believer. And he does if the believer is laying up
treasures HERE ON EARTH (Matthew
Note: the phrase "THROWN DOWN" is used three times in
There is no doubt this event will take place forceably by Michael and
his angels (verse 7).
And I heard a LOUD VOICE in HEAVEN, saying,
This may be a relative "sound level". If the last part of this verse
goes on continually, then heaven must have been/now is a very noisy
place. Consider how many people are continually being accused before
God (and Jesus). Silence in heaven is a very rare thing (see Revelation 8:1); if the
praising, the devil and his followers are accusing.
But now that the devil and his cohorts are "THROWN DOWN"
earth, John hears the LOUD VOICE. This voice stands out above the rest
of the loud voices when the seventh trumpet is sounded (Revelation 11:15).
Once again, time enters the picture. NOW the fullness of salvation is
realized. Here salvation is more than the act
which gives a person eternal life. It includes the purging of
heaven from evil for eternity. This is part of the John
14:1-11 "I go to prepare a place for you" Jesus talked about.
This POWER is the gospel (Romans
1:16-17). Note also that as in the Lord's prayer (Matthew
6:5-15), POWER is tied to
- the KINGDOM of OUR GOD and
This is not the first appearing of the KINGDOM of our God. It has been
in existence forever. However, it is going through the "redemptive
process" even as discussed in Revelation
- the AUTHORITY of HIS CHRIST have
This is the AUTHORITY totally in command in heaven. It is on earth,
too, as Jesus said in Matthew
28:18-20. But on earth while that AUTHORITY is superior, it
is tolerating the presence of the devil (but not for long, verse12)
for the ACCUSER of OUR BRETHREN has been
In action, Jesus Christ has just had enough. As High Priest (Hebrews
9:11-14), he stands at the right hand of God intercepting the
accusations against mankind being hurled toward God. By action, Jesus
indicates that because of HIS BLOOD (next
God cannot hear the accusations of the devil. The devil and his
followers might as well reside on the earth and talk to the residents
there, verse 12.
The use of the pronoun, OUR, indicates this is a
This is confirmed in the next
who accuses them before OUR GOD day and night.
When a person
their sins, the
accusations become more intense. While the devil doesn't want anyone to
accept Christ as Savior and the one with AUTHORITY, the believers are
the ones he really would like to deceive and get back. So at this
point, the accusations become more mental than physical. This allows us
to understand what Paul meant when he says that Christ "cleanses our
conscience" in Hebrews
Science indicates that the brain is very active even while we are
asleep physically. This mental accusation also stops when we receive
completely into our lives.
This is the second stanza of the three-stanza (verse)
explains the cause of Satan's removal from heaven.
"And they (our brethren)
OVERCOMERS are a major theme in Revelation. The OVERCOMER's reward is
found in Revelation 2:10
Can you claim and speak these three things today? Why not?
- because of the BLOOD OF THE LAMB and
We, believers, have no concept how powerful the BLOOD of Christ is. It
is a cleansing agent (1
1:7,9) at the same time it is the victorious life (1
- because of the WORD of THEIR
It is imperative for a believer to SPEAK of what Christ did for them.
Check it out: Romans
19:14; and 1
3:15. Compare this to John's view of the TESTIMONY in Revelation 1:9; Revelation
6:9; Revelation 14:12;
and Revelation 20:4.
That is how important
SPEAKING THE WORD of TESTIMONY is.
- and they did not love their LIFE
even to DEATH.
Being "sold out" to Christ says my earthly life is not important
compared to my eternal life. Jesus talked about this in Matthew
10:34-39 and Mark
The reason is the devil and his followers are removed FOREVER from
- REJOICE, O HEAVENS and you who
dwell in them,
There always is joy in heaven; in the past it was over a repented
15:8-10). But this is different,. It is over the removal of
devil and his followers from heaven. Angels don't have to do the
spiritual warfare in high places anymore. There is a new freedom in
heaven which is cause for REJOICING.
- WOE to the earth and the sea,
because the DEVIL has
DOWN to you, having GREAT WRATH, knowing that he has only a short time.
What a study in contrasts: WOE versus REJOICING. Any doubt that the
devil is mean, terrible, and wicked is removed by the use of the word
"WOE". However, he still is a great deceiver and master of disguise (verse 9 and 2
The use of the phrase "and sea" is interesting in
implies that even evil spirits will experience the wrath of Satan.
Recall that water or the sea sometimes refers to the "container of
spirit beings". See Revelation
The GREAT WRATH is prompted by the short time the
Verses 6 and 14
how much time this is. There are three things that are in the devil's
- In 3 and 1/2 years, he will cease to operate on
- his "jail term" of a 1000 years will begin (Revelation 20:2)
- and his ability to deceive ends at the judgment
throne (Revelation 20:10).
And when the DRAGON saw that he was THROWN
DOWN to the
Being "THROWN DOWN" (verse 9)
quickly that the devil couldn't believe his eyes.
he PERSECUTED the WOMAN who had given birth
to the MALE
Up to this point, the DRAGON (devil) has other fallen angels doing the
"dirty work" on earth. Now he himself realizes he has to take charge
and destroy Israel once and for all. He can't touch the MALE CHILD
anymore (verse 5)
because he has no more
On earth, the two witnesses (Revelation
11:3) have been vocal in their testimony. They, the two
are no longer in Israel, but their prophesies will haunt the DRAGON.
The two witnesses, too, are out of harms way (Revelation
If the devil himself is going to take charge of events
against Israel, one cannot help but feel for our Jewish brothers. It
was prophetic of David to request that we "Pray for the peace of
122:6). In this verse in Revelation, that peace will be gone
the WOMAN is forced to flee (next
And the two wings of the GREAT EAGLE were
given to the
In the covenant made with Israel upon leaving Egypt, the "wings of
19:3-6) is the expression used to describe how quickly the
made. In this verse, during the tribulation the WOMAN (Israel as a
nation) is transported very quickly to the wilderness. Some biblical
scholars feel that the United States or other ally of Israel will
provide aircraft or helicopters to "fly" the people to the wilderness.
However, the use of "GREAT EAGLE" (fourth
chapter - see verse 1) would indicate a supernatural
(like the way through the Red Sea). Jesus talked about how quickly this
must happen in Matthew
in order that she might FLY into the
wilderness to HER
The "wilderness" is where God holds court. Ezekiel explains in Ezekiel
20:32-39. And after the judgment, a bonding will take place
His chosen people again (Hosea
2:14-23). The last part of the Hosea prophesy indicates that
Gentile believers will be considered part of "My people". Some scholars
use this to say that "the WOMAN" here refers not only to Israel as
God's chosen people but also to all born-again believers. See also Deuteronomy
32:4-18 and Isaiah
where she was nourished for a time and times
and half a
Even in the harshest of conditions, God still NOURISHES! This is both
spiritually and physically.
Note the precision of the time period: time equals a
equals two years, and total time is 3 1/2 years or 1260 days (verse 6).
from the PRESENCE of the SERPENT.
How comforting to know that believers are protected from the devil when
they are "feeding on God's Word". We don't have to try to eat and watch
over our shoulders for an evil attack. This is a deep spiritual truth
that even David recognizes in Psalm
23:5. There is a reference switch here from DRAGON to
the equivalence of the two. The switch back to DRAGON is made in verse 16.
And the serpent poured WATER like a river out
after the WOMAN,
This could have two meanings. Literally, there would be a river
diverted, perhaps the Euphrates where the four ugly angels were chained
(Revelation 9:14), to
Recall that there has been much geologic activity in the previous
chapters of Revelation which could alter the terrain around Israel.
However, the symbolic meaning is the most likely due to
'serpent' for the devil. It shows a great outpouring of demonic
activity against Israel. Since demons usually reside in people (~75%
water), this would imply that a flood of people will try to
"drown"/kill the Jews in Israel.
That water is symbolic of evil spirits is given
scripture. Egypt, a type of evil master, pursued Israel to the Red Sea.
God parts the WATERS and Israel, God's chosen people, crosses on DRY
14:15-20). After the wilderness wanderings when Israel
Jordon River into the Promised Land, Israel crosses on DRY GROUND (Joshua
3:14-17) after the priests holding the Ark of the Covenant
into the river (full and flowing swiftly). Jesus makes a curious
observation in Matthew
12:38-43-45 about demons needing WATER to survive.
So most likely, the Israeli nation will be pursued by a
demonic onslaught; the Holocaust will appear minor (birthpang - Mark
13:1-8) compared to this outpouring!
so that he might cause her to be SWEPT AWAY
One must realize that the devil was the reason for the great flood in
Noah's day (Genesis
6:11-12). His reasoning must go something like this: if God
destroy all mankind (Nahum
1:8) except Noah and his family (Genesis
7:1-5) using water, I can use the same technique to destroy
The devil, as believers know, is not very "creative", but tends to copy
what God does (part of the
this expression for destruction by an enemy (Psalm
69:1-2; and Psalm
124:2-5). But God in His supernatural way will not let this
onslaught approach or even touch His people (next
And the EARTH helped the WOMAN,
The earth originally was created pure and later became cursed because
of the sin (Genesis
3:17-19) of the first man, Adam. Besides end time events,
of Revelation is about the redemption of the earth from its sin curse.
So it is entirely appropriate that the earth should help the WOMAN.
It was clear to Moses that the Lord is Master over the
9:29). David declares in Psalm
24:1-2 that the earth is "established upon the rivers". David
it correct in that the earth is superior to rivers. The devil, true to
his subversive ways, is trying to make the river superior to the earth.
The devil can't succeed.
and the EARTH opened its mouth and drank up
DRAGON poured out of his mouth.
Physically, the African and Indian tectonic plates meet at the Jordan
River, Dead Sea, Gulf of Araba, and Red Sea. With all the natural
disasters, earthquakes, and stars falling from heaven to earth, it is
easy to imagine that the plates shift and "drink up the water" sending
it into the Indian Ocean.
Symbollically, the Lord uses the EARTH to keep the WOMAN
dry. That is, while the DRAGON (devil) tries to destroy God's Chosen
people, Israel, through an onslaught of demons (previous
verse), the Lord provides a supernatural detour to Sheol (the
of departed spirits). The family of Korah due to exaltation or pride (Numbers
16:1-7) also took that detour (Numbers
16:25-35) straight to Sheol.
Prophetically, Isaiah talks about the protection of
43:2; and Isaiah
50:2) in terms of earth covering or water being diverted or
After the tribulation, Israel will not need to be protected anymore.
But it will be "healed" along with all the other nations on the NEW
EARTH by the leaves of the trees along the river of the water of life (Revelation 22:2). This is a
straight from the throne of God and of the Lamb (Revelation 22:1)!
And the DRAGON was enraged with the WOMAN,
As much as the DRAGON is enraged with the WOMAN, God still doesn't want
to see the devil perish (2
3:8-13). If only the DRAGON would humble himself and repent.
Present day boastings from Arab leaders and terrorists to "get the
Jews" are but a precursor to the wrath the DRAGON shows at this
and went off to MAKE WAR with the REST OF HER
Some scholars believe this refers to the final battle of Har-Magedon
(Armageddon). If the "river" in verse
against Jerusalem, then the rest of her offspring could have fled
elsewhere like the plains of Megiddo (2
35:20-27). Megiddo is somewhere between Egypt and the
Euphrates River. Most maps place it west of the Jordan River and north
Note the interesting paradox here. The WOMAN (nation of Israel) in the previous verse is
protected, while the
(Jews in other countries and/or all other believers) are at WAR with
- keep the COMMANDMENTS OF GOD and
- HOLD TO THE TESTIMONY of JESUS.
Likewise to those who ignore the Old Testament teachings
are not under LAW but under the New Testament GRACE should understand
the conjunction here is "and". The Old Testaments contains ten
COMMANDMENTS not SUGGESTIONS. This makes KEEPING the COMMANDMENTS of
GOD part of the TESTIMONY of JESUS. This just reinforces the "I AM"
foreverness of God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Exodus
3:13-14; Revelation 1:8;
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