Continuing my study of Revelation 12.
Revelation 12:3a His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to earth.’
This is not an easy verse to explain. We can presume that ‘stars’ represent ‘angels’ in this verse.
We know that in the past, the enemy caused grave disruption in the heavenlies and was evicted.
Ezekiel 28:12 ‘…You were the model of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty…v.17 Your heart became proud on account of your beauty and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendour. So I threw you to the earth.’
Isaiah 14:12 ‘How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star son of the dawn…v.13 You said, in your heart “I will ascend to heaven…v.15 But you are brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit.’
His corruptive ways caused many angels to sin.
2 Peter 2:4 ‘For if God did not spare angels when they sinned but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons…’
Jude 6 ‘And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own homes – these he has kept in darkness….’
Jesus records, or perhaps prophesies, the fall of the enemy.
Luke 10:18 ‘He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”
Wherever the enemy goes, on earth or in heaven, he spreads corruption and evil. His very nature is to corrupt the righteous and bring them to his own sordid level.
I confess that this is not the best commentary I have ever given but it is the best I can give at the moment.
- Revelation 16:1 Painful SoresAnd so we enter into a grim and melancholy chapter. There is little cheer to be found here. Those who have taken the mark of the beast, hoping to find some form of reward or relief, and having surrendered their soul to the worship of the beast in some shape or form, now find themselves reaping a bitter harvest of ugly and painful sores.
- Revelation 15:8 HolinessPlease click image and scroll down to see full picture. Once again, these precious verses remind us that God moves in heavenly righteousness. The seven angels are dressed in robes of perfect holiness and they carry the seven plagues that will purge and cleanse this corrupted world. The temple is filled with the glory of God as He brings perfect holiness and righteousness to bear down on this earth.
- Revelation 15:3 A Deeper UnderstandingPlease click image to reaf full post and scroll down. If you struggle with the horror of Revelation then you are certainly not alone. The absolute horror reflects the weight of sin that has corrupted man to the core. But as we embrace these sacred truths, they will bring us deeper, far deeper than ever before, into an understanding of the heart, into an understanding of the perfect holiness of God.
- Revelation 15:3 Moses and JesusPlease tap image to see full post The mention of both Moses and Jesus the Lamb in the same sentence strengthens the idea that Jesus will be the perfect Moses, who will deliver Israel, imprisoned or exiled by the antichrist and lead them victoriously back to Jerusalem.
- Revelation 15:1 Glass and FireThe bitterness of martyrdom gives way to eternal celebration. Their victory has always been dependent upon the strength that God provides and this is reflected in the harps given to them by God. And what a glorious celebration. The enemy has been defeated and the bowls of wrath will bring this evil age to a conclusion. The joy of eternity awaits!