Verse By Verse Through Revelation (12:11-17)

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11 They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.

The phrase “They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb”, points back to Exodus 12.

  • Vs. 3 Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb for his family, one for each household.
  • Vs. 22-23 22 Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. None of you shall go out of the door of your house until morning. 23 When the Lord goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down.

The houses with the blood of a lamb on it were pointing to Jesus’ death on the cross that by faith in Him we would receive His blood to cover us and protect us from the wrath of God being poured out on the wicked.

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who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.


12 Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.”

After Satan’s defeat in heaven, he will come down to earth with the resolve to destroy those who worship Jesus Christ.


13 When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child.

The first one on his list to destroy will be Israel. The reason is given in the verse itself. Israel produced the Savior of the world.


14 The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach.

The phrase “The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle” refers to being rescued swiftly and taken to a country that will protect the Jews that God has prepared from the Antichrist’s army in the last part of the tribulation.


15 Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river, to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent.

“Water like a river” refers to a great multitude (see Revelation 17:15) or a big army to overtake the Jewish people while they are fleeing.


16 But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.

Most likely God caused an earthquake to take place to swallow up the army who were pursuing His people.


17 Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring—those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.

The dragon and the Antichrist were powerless to do anything to the Jewish people so they turned their focus to the number two on their list, Christians.

 

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Verse By Verse Through Revelation (12:6-10)

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6 The woman fled into the wilderness, where she had a place prepared by God, to be fed there for 1,260 days.

In verses 1-5, the woman mentioned was Mary as the context went back in time to the dramatic scene of King Herod who Satan used to try to kill Jesus when He was an infant. Now the scene jumps all the way to a future not yet come which is the great tribulation. Here the woman represents Israel meaning the Jewish people who fled by way of help into a safe place, away from the Antichrist for 3 1/2 years.

Most likely this event, the Jews fleeing, will occur when the Antichrist puts his image in the corner of the third temple in the middle of the great tribulation or the last 3 1/2 years.

In Matthew 24:15-18 it sheds light to that event which says, 15 “So when you see the abomination that causes desolation, spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place” (let the reader understand), 16 “then those in Judea must flee to the mountains! 17 A man on the housetop must not come down to get things out of his house. 18 And a man in the field must not go back to get his clothes.

According to the Book of Zechariah, not all of the Jewish people will escape or survive as seen in Zechariah 13:1-5 which says, A day of the Lord is coming when your plunder will be divided in your presence. 2 I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem for battle. The city will be captured, the houses looted, and the women raped. Half the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be removed from the city. 3 Then the Lord will go out to fight against those nations as He fights on a day of battle. 4 On that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. The Mount of Olives will be split in half from east to west, forming a huge valley, so that half the mountain will move to the north and half to the south.


7 Then war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and his angels also fought,

While the Antichrist is trying to destroy Israel and proclaim to all the people that he is God (2 Thessalonians 2:4) so that he can be worshipped, the scene then changes to a climactic scene of the final spiritual battle that takes place in heaven.

This is Satan’s ultimate goal since the very beginning, to take full unlimited control of earth as well as the kingdom of God in heaven. There are two major battles going on for pure domination. Satan and his fallen angels go to make war in heaven against Michael, the chief prince, and his angels. Here we see that Satan wants to make into reality what was said about him saying in Isaiah 14:12-14 which says, 12 “How you are fallen from heaven,
O Lucifer, son of the morning!
How you are cut down to the ground,
You who weakened the nations!
13 For you have said in your heart:
‘I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
I will also sit on the mount of the congregation
On the farthest sides of the north;
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will be like the Most High.’


8 but he could not prevail, and there was no place for them in heaven any longer.

Satan unquestionably was no match for Michael, the chief prince, and his angels. The red dragon was defeated and permanently was kicked out of heaven.


9 So the great dragon was thrown out—the ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the one who deceives the whole world. He was thrown to earth, and his angels with him.

This verse makes it clear who the dragon was which the title “ancient serpent” reveals that Satan was the one who deceived Eve in the garden (Genesis 3). Satan and his fallen angels are the ones responsible for all deceptions that have occurred on earth through false religion, atheism, and the occult.


10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
The salvation and the power
and the kingdom of our God
and the authority of His Messiah
have now come,
because the accuser of our brothers
has been thrown out:
the one who accuses them
before our God day and night.

After the defeat of the red dragon and his fallen angels, there is a celebration that takes place in heaven, giving glory to God the Father and God the Son because justice and judgment are quickly approaching to take place against the devil for all that he has done.

Verse By Verse Through Revelation (12:1-5)

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1 A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.

The sun, the moon, and the 12 stars represents the lineage (Genesis 37:9-10) that the promised Messiah would come from (Genesis 22:18).

  • Sun-Jacob who was the son of Isaac who was the son of Abraham
  • Moon-Jacob’s wife
  • 12 stars-Jacob’s 12 sons which became the 12 tribes of Israel

2 She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.

This is a reference to Mary about to give birth to Jesus Christ.

Some interpret the woman in verses 1-2 to be Israel. The reason that the woman is not Israel but Mary is that in the context it makes the “son” literal. If the son is literal so must the woman be. It also brings the reader back to Matthew 1-2, the birth of Christ and how Satan wanted to kill Him.


3 Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads.

The red dragon is Satan, see verse 9.

The meaning of the seven heads, ten horns, and seven crowns are as follows:

  • Seven heads: Seven mountains which are also seven kings. Revelation 17:9-10
  • Ten horns: Ten kings who will come later to rule with the Antichrist for a short time. Revelation 17:12
  • Seven crowns: On each crown are names that blaspheme God and those in heaven with Him. Revelation 13:1

The red dragon’s appearance with the seven heads, ten horns and seven crowns and that of the Beast (The Antichrist) are the same because Satan will rule the people through the Antichrist.

Revelation 13:2 The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority.


4 Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born.

The phrase “Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky” refers to angels who Lucifer convinced while in heaven to rebel against God with him. Those angels are now called demons.

The dragon who wanted to devour the child is referring to Matthew 2:7-8, 16-17 which says, 7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” 16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.


5 She gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.” And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne.

“She gave birth to a son” Mary gave birth to the Savior of the world.

“will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.” In the millennial reign, Jesus will be King of kings and Lord of lords and will rule the world and bring true peace.

The phrase “And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne.” It refers to the ascension of Jesus after His resurrection, away from Satan’s threats. Luke 24:50-53

 

Verse By Verse Through Revelation (11:16-19)

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16 The 24 elders, who were seated before God on their thrones, fell facedown and worshiped God,

“The 24 elders” are believers that might represent the 12 tribes of Israel and the 12 Apostles.

God was worshipped by the 24 elders who saw God’s justice displayed on the earth.


17 saying: We thank You, Lord God, the Almighty, who is and who was, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign.

The phrase “who is and who was” is a reference to the Alpha and Omega as seen in Revelation 1:8. In verse 18 of chapter 1 of Revelation, it gives a more specific meaning of the phrase.

“Who is” means the Living One or the I Am (Exodus 3:14-15, John 8:58)

“Who was” means His death on the cross but in Revelation 1:8 it adds “who is coming” which is the second advent of Christ.

“have began to reign” refers that Satan’s power on earth is dwindling and Jesus millennial reign will commence very soon.


18 The nations were angry, but Your wrath has come. The time has come for the dead to be judged and to give the reward to Your servants the prophets, to the saints, and to those who fear Your name, both small and great, and the time has come to destroy those who destroy the earth.

The anticipation in heaven to see Jesus reign on earth for the 1000 years is great. The heavenly host has seen the destruction of Satan and his fallen angels have caused to the human race but now finally justice for all the evil that was done is quickly approaching.


19 God’s sanctuary in heaven was opened, and the ark of His covenant appeared in His sanctuary. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings of thunder, an earthquake, and severe hail.

“the ark of His covenant appeared in His sanctuary” was to show the people of all nationalities who have rejected Christ have broken His covenant law by worshiping false gods.

The earthquake and the severe hail is in response to rejecting Jesus as their Lord and God (John 20:28).

Verse By Verse Through Revelation (11:11-15)

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11 But after 3½ days, the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet. So great fear fell on those who saw them.

God allowed them to be killed so at their resurrection they would bring fear on those watching. Fear is the beginning of knowledge (Proverbs 1:7) and fear, in this case, is to wake the people up and understand that God is in control and rejection of Him brings major consequences.


12 Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” They went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies watched them.

God’s enemies were celebrating their death and now in defeat, seeing them alive and going up to where the Lord dwells. They are realizing their doom if they continue to persist in rejecting Jesus, knowing that no one can defeat God.


13 At that moment a violent earthquake took place, a tenth of the city fell, and 7,000 people were killed in the earthquake. The survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.

In response to their wickedness for killing God’s servants, an earthquake occurred that has never been seen on earth before. It took 7000 people to die in a violent earthquake so they could wake up from their stupor and give God glory.

“gave glory to the God “ could mean that the people repented.


14 The second woe has passed. Take note: The third woe is coming quickly!

The first woe was the locusts (Revelation 9) that tormented people who didn’t have God’s mark.

Now, the second woe killed 7000 people in judgment for killing God’s two witnesses.

The word “woe” means to utter in grief, in other words, to suffer greatly.

The woes are not done but one more is yet to come.


15 The seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven saying: The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Messiah, and He will reign forever and ever!

The seventh trumpet announces Jesus’ millennial reign is coming quickly.