Continuing my study of Revelation 12.
Revelation 12:3 ‘Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads.’
The heavenly woman has so far taken central focus in Revelation 12 but now the image of a dragon appears. The dragon is clearly identified, a few verses further on.
Revelation 12:9 ‘The great dragon was hurled down – that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the world astray.’
The manipulative serpent of Genesis 3:1 has reappeared in the form of a dragon. But now he is puffed up in size, and self-adorned with horns and crowns. He is the god of this age but yet his authority is limited and short-lived. He will have his moment of pitiable self-glory but no more.
The dragon will bestow his presumptuous authority to the end-time beast, as we will see later.
Revelation 13:2 ‘The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority.’
The enemy, in the form of a dragon/serpent has been seen throughout biblical history, and described in Genesis 3:1; Psalm 74:12-15; Ezekiel 29:3-5, and Job 40:18.
One could, tenuously, link the red colour of the dragon with the fiery red second horseman who comes with persecution and bloodshed.
Revelation 6:4 ‘Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword.’
The true nature and purpose of the dragon is hence revealed.
Tomorrow: fallen angels.
- 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!