Continuing our study of Revelation 12.
Revelation 12:4a ‘The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth so that he might devour her child, who will rule all the nations with an iron sceptre.’
This verse is so very clearly describing the birth of Christ Jesus. The enemy was determined to destroy him from the outset, knowing the harm that the Messiah would bring to his evil ambitions.
Matthew’s narrative describes how King Herod was used by the enemy to fulfil his purposes and thus became a type of the end-time beast that is to come.
When Herod heard of a king who was to be born he became disturbed. He gathered his priests and teachers and hatched a plan.
Magi came to Jerusalem seeking the king who was to be born. Herod sent them on their way to Bethlehem but told them to return when they had found the king, that he might go and worship him too. Of course, he had no intention of doing so and his plans and motives were evil.
The magi found the baby Jesus and were overjoyed. They were warned though, in a dream, not to return to Herod and give the whereabouts of the baby king. They went back by another route.
An angel warned Joseph to escape to Egypt with Mary and baby Jesus. Meanwhile Herod ordered all two year olds and younger in Bethlehem to be killed.
Joseph, Mary and the baby king returned after the death of Herod.
Thus we see the demonic plans of Satan being thwarted. The dragon stood, as it were, in front of Mary, in order to devour Jesus when he was born but his efforts were in vain for God’s plans and will are supremely sovereign.
Tomorrow: the iron sceptre rule.
- 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!