Continuing our study of Revelation 12.
Revelation 12:7 ‘And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and the dragon and his angels fought back.’
It is written, almost matter of factually, of a time of war in the heavenlies. There was an initial rebellion in the beginning but there will also be an end-time war.
Some assert, with good reason, that there will be an end-time battle where the enemy will be cast to the earth by Michael and his angels and that this was seen by Daniel.
Daniel 12:1 ‘At that time, Michael, the great prince who protects your people will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then.’
Michael will rise up in the end-times and fight with the enemy and his corrupt and fallen angelic forces. Some will argue, with strength, that this battle is presently being fought today in the heavenly realms.
The enemy will be cast down to the earth and will inhabit the end-time beast, who will surrender his very self to the enemy completely, forming an evil incarnation.
There is a fair amount of debate on this subject but I hope I have explained it clearly.
- 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!