Revelation 12: The serpent’s mouth

Continuing our study of Revelation 12.

Revelation 12:15  ‘Then from his mouth, the serpent spewed water like a river, to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent. But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.’ 

To be honest with you, I have read a fair number of commentaries on this verse and I have never really been satisfied with any of them. No-one seems to be very sure what it really means. 

One can say though:

A remnant of Israel has fled to the wilderness and is protected by God. This will make the dragon furious.

The inflated dragon has returned to being a serpent and hence will use his usual tactics of deceit and guile. 

Some suggest this might include false teachers and signs and wonders.

Nevertheless, his tricks and tactics will be of no avail. 

Some compare this vile river of overwhelming evil with the purity of the river of life that flows from the throne of God. 

Further than that we cannot say.

Tomorrow: the dragon makes war against the followers of Jesus.

Thank you…

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