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I. Video details follow.
In the previous article, “Who is the woman described in Revelation 12?” (Rev 12:1-6), we determined the identify of the woman as being Israel – John Ankerberg Show – Published on Sep 10, 2018). In this article we will determine the identify of the Dragon (Rev 12:7-9).
From the series, “Revelation: The Last Words of Jesus” featuring very special guests Dr. Ron Rhodes, Dr. Ed Hindson, and Dr. Mark Hitchcock. To obtain this entire series, please visit https://www.jashow.org/resources/the-…
The credentials of each of the video speakers can be found by clicking onto the following link. Scroll down past the list of sources, and you will see biographical data of each of the speakers.
II. Sources Of Information.
The comments in this article come from the writings of Drs. Charles Ryrie, John Walvoord, and John MacArthur, and will be preceded only by their last names, capitalized. The credentials of these men can also be found in the above link. Additionally, many years of end times study have helped me to develop a personal philosophy on the end times, which has also led me to follow key theologians whom are highly regarded for their knowledge of the end times (Please check the above link.) As a personal note, everyone should have a MacArthur Study Bible, as it contains extremely great data and detail in its comments.
III. Preface to article.
Most of the events of the book of Revelation show an earthly place of happening. However, as you read through this article, you will understand that it is simply, “out of this world!” It is important to know that the time of this event is midway through the tribulation, at the beginning of the “great tribulation” (RYRIE Note. Tribulation is Matt 24:4-28, vs 15-28 is Great Tribulation RYRIE Note).
The details of this article go back to the time prior to the time of Adam and Eve. The following piece of information is provided by Got Questions, and is an excellent “lead-in” to this post.
Question: “How, why, and when did Satan fall from heaven?”
Answer: Satan’s fall from heaven is symbolically described in Isaiah 14:12-14 and Ezekiel 28:12-18. While these two passages are referring specifically to the kings of Babylon and Tyre, they also reference the spiritual power behind those kings, namely, Satan. These passages describe why Satan fell, but they do not specifically say when the fall occurred. What we do know is this: the angels were created before the earth (Job 38:4-7). Satan fell before he tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden (Genesis 3:1-14). Satan’s fall, therefore, must have occurred somewhere after the time the angels were created and before he tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Whether Satan’s fall occurred hours, days, or years before he tempted Adam and Eve in the Garden, Scripture does not specifically say.
Consider the parallel verse to Revelation 12:9: Ezekiel 28:17, “I cast you to the ground.”
IV. Article Details.
Revelation 12:7-9 New King James Version (NKJV)
Satan Thrown Out of Heaven
Revelation 12:7-9 New King James Version (NKJV) – Satan Thrown Out of Heaven
7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
WALVOORD. Though the conflict of the end of the age is primarily on earth, attention is directed in this section to the war which will be waged in “heaven.” Michael and his angels (that is, the holy angels) fight against the dragon (identified in verse 9 as the devil, Satan) and the wicked angels associated with him, with the result that Satan and his hosts are cast out of heaven. The concept that there is a spiritual warfare in the very presence of God “in heaven” has been resisted by some expositors, preferring to regard this war as being fought in the atmospheric or the starry heaven rather than in the very “presence of God.” The event here prophesied was predicted by Daniel the prophet in Daniel 12:1, where it is recorded that Michael shall “stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people.” This event marks the beginning of the great tribulation defined in Daniel 12:1. It is undoubtedly the same event as in Revelation 12.
MAC ARTHUR. A state of war has existed since the fall of Satan. Something will intensify that warfare—possibly the raptured saints passing through the realm of the prince of the power of the air.
9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
WALVOORD. The devil, Satan, and the wicked angels associated with him, are cast out of heaven.
RYRIE. 12:9-11. Notice two of Satan’s activities in these verses to deceive the world and to accuse the brethren. The believer’s defense against Satan is (1) to bank on the merits of the death of Christ, (2) to be active in witnessing, and (3) to be willing to make any sacrifice, including death (v 11). 12:9. Several judgments have and will be passed on Satan: (1) his removal from guarding the throne of God (Ezek 28:14, 16); (2) the prophecy in the garden of Eden (Gen 3:15), (3) his defeat at the Cross (John 12:31); (4) his being barred from Heaven (here in v 9); (5) his confinement in the abyss (20:3); and (6) his torment in the lake of fire forever (20:10).
MAC ARTHUR. dragon was cast…to the earth. Satan and his demons were cast out of heaven at the time of their original rebellion, but still have access to it (cf. Job 1:6; 2:1). That access will then be denied, and they will be forever barred from heaven. Devil and Satan. Cf. 20:2. “Devil” comes from a Gr. verb meaning “to slander” or “to falsely accuse.” He is a malignant liar (John 8:44; 1 John 3:8). His accusations against believers (v. 10) are unsuccessful because of Christ our Advocate (1 John 2:1). Satan, meaning “adversary,” or “enemy,” appears especially in Job and the gospels. deceives the whole world. As he has throughout human history, Satan will deceive people during the Tribulation (cf. 13:14; 20:3; John 8:44). After his temporary release from the bottomless pit at the end of the Millennium, he will briefly resume his deceitful ways (20:8, 10).
Let’s consider the “lead-in” words of Revelation 12:7 again, “War broke out in heaven.”
Let’s consider the affects on earth of Revelation 12:9, that are provided in the notes above.
The time of Revelation Chapter 12:7-9 is midway through the tribulation. The following video will provide an idea of what life will be like on earth during that time. The tribulation is discussed in Revelation Chapters 6-19, where the oppression of the anti-christ and the judgments of God are described. It is important to know that the cataclysmic disturbances that will take place during the tribulation are not caused by “Mother Nature,” or by “global warning.” As it is written in the tribulation chapters, God is in charge of every oppressive act of the anti-christ, and every judgment that will take place. As you watch the video, you may see small children present, which will not be the case during the tribulation. The scenes in the video show things that may take place at various times during the tribulation. That which is shown in the video is the situation that awaits those whom will be left behind when Christ catches up His believers at the time of the rapture, prior to the tribulation (John 14:2, 3, 6; 1 Cor 15:50-54; 1 Thes 4:13-18). God will unleash His judgments on the earth during the tribulation, to include the oppressive acts of the anti-christ. The purpose of the tribulation is to bring unbelievers to saving faith in Christ (Rev 3:10). The rapture has nothing to do with small children, or with those whom have accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior, prior to the rapture taking place (John 14:2,3, 6; 1 Cor 15:50-54; 1 Thes 4:13-18). When the rapture takes place, all born again believers in Christ are taken from earth to heaven, by Christ.
Click on the image, and click on the arrow, to see “End Time Events – Seals, Trumpets, Great Tribulation, Antichrist, Rapture” – OTG Ministry – Published on Jul 23, 2017
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