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I. Opening video details follow.
In the previous article, we discussed the subject of, “Satan Thrown Out Of Heaven,” which was accompanied by the video, “Who is the dragon described in Revelation 12?” John Ankerberg Show – Published on Sep 10, 2018. The video that accompanies this article is titled, “Who is the child mentioned in Revelation 12?” The Child of Revelation Chapter 12, as was stated in the video is, “Christ, our Lord and Savior.”
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. https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/sources-of-information/
II. Sources Of Information.
The comments in this article come from the writings of Drs. Charles Ryrie, John Walvoord, C.I. Scofield, J. Dwight Pentecost, and John MacArthur, and will be preceded only by their capitalized last names. The credentials of these men, as well as other credible sources, can also be found in the above link.
III. Preface to article.
With Chapter 12 being the approximate mid point of the book of Revelation, this is a good place to bring some key things into focus which relate to the presence of key players. It will also be good to identify a key player of scripture that is not present. The players that are present will be identified by the verse, and will have the NKJV identity.
v1, woman v2, child v3, dragon v4, dragon, Child (notice the capital C) v5, She, Child, God v6, woman, God v7, Michael and his angels, the dragon and his angels v9, the great dragon, devil, Satan and his angels v10, God, His Christ, “accuser of our brethren and his angels” v11, Lamb v12, inhabitants, devil v13, dragon, woman, male Child v14, woman, serpent v15, serpent, woman v16, woman, dragon v17, dragon, woman, God, Jesus Christ.
It is very noticeable that there are repeated words and names above. But, in keeping with the time from the Day of Pentecost until the time of the rapture, there is a significant word that is missing; that word is “church.” The church is never mentioned in the Book of Revelation, nor is it present on earth, after the end of Chapter 3. The focus of the Book of Revelation, however, relates to the attack of Satan, through the forces of the anti-christ, on Israel and Jews everywhere (consider the world today, and the overwhelming number of opponents of Israel and Jews). The reason for the absence of the church, after Rev Chapter 3, is that it has been removed from the earth by way of the rapture, also known as the catching up of the saints. At the closing of this article, in Paragraph V., there will be a discussion on the rapture of the church and the tribulation.
IV. Article Details.
Revelation 12:10-12 (NKJV)
A Shout From Heaven
10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.
SCOFIELD. The Dispensation of the Kingdom (2 Samuel 7:16 refs.) begins with the return of Christ to the earth, runs through the “thousand years” of His earth-rule, and ends when He has delivered up the kingdom to the Father. (See Scofield “1 Corinthians 15:24”).
SCOFIELD. (Scofield 1 Corinthians 15:24. “Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.” Kingdom (N.T.), Summary: See “Kingdom (O.T.)” Genesis 1:26-28. (See Scofield “Zechariah 12:8”). Kingdom truth is developed in the N.T. in the following order (Scofield note).
MAC ARTHUR. accuser. See note on v. 9. Satan will no longer accuse believers before the throne of God because he will no longer have access to heaven.
WALVOORD. 12:10-12. Beginning at this point in Revelation, Satan and his hosts are excluded from the third heaven, though their temporary dominion over the second heaven and the first heaven continues. Satan’s defeat in heaven, however, is the occasion for him to be cast into the earth and explains the particular virulence of the great tribulation time. Note that even as Satan accuses the brethren before God day and night prior to his being cast out of heaven, so the four living creatures of 4:8 cease not day or night to ascribe holiness to the Lord… Though the events of this chapter deal in general with the end of the age, it is clear that they do not come chronologically after the seventh trumpet. Rather, the fall of Satan may be predated to the time of the seals in chapter 6, or even before the first seal. His fall begins the great tribulation.
PENTECOST. The word, “brethren,” relates to Israel.
My note. Both, here in Rev 12:10, and in Matt 25:40, the word, “brethren,” relates to Israel, as follows:
Bible Hub note. Lexicon, Strong’s concordance: “of our brethren ἀδελφῶν (adelphōn) 80: a brother”.
11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
MAC ARTHUR. blood of the Lamb. No accusation can stand against those whose sins have been forgiven because of Christ’s sacrificial death (see Rom. 8:33–39).
12 Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”
MAC ARTHUR. he has a short time. Knowing that his time is limited, Satan will intensify his efforts against God and mankind, and specifically target Israel (v. 13, 17).
WALVOORD. 12:10-12. The short time or season (Gr., kairos) refers to the time of the great tribulation after which Satan will be bound for the duration of the millennial kingdom. Though many of the judgments of God inflicted on the earth during the great tribulation “originate in divine power” rather than satanic influence, the afflictions of the inhabitants of the earth spring largely from the activities of Satan, resulting in the martyrdom of countless saints and in widespread human suffering of every kind.
V. The rapture and the tribulation. Persecution by anti-christ. Judgments of God. God is in control.
The following discussion is necessary for an understanding of the absence of the church after Revelation Chapter 3.
Key to understanding God, during the tribulation, is His focus on drawing unbelieving Israel to belief in Christ as Messiah. There will also be gentile unbelievers whom will have missed the rapture and will remain on the earth with the unbelieving Jews. The oppression of the anti-christ, and the judgments of God, will fall on all of those “who dwell on the earth” (Rev 3:10) during the tribulation (“ALL OF THOSE LEFT ON THE EARTH; NO EXCEPTIONS.”). Both of those groups of unbelievers can come to saving faith in Christ, and enter into the Kingdom Age at the end of the tribulation (Matt 24:40-41, righteous Jews are “left” to enter the Kingdom. Matt 25:34, righteous Gentiles are allowed to enter the Kingdom). During the tribulation, The forces of the Anti-Christ will persecute and kill the Jews (consider the world today), as well as anyone else, who will not follow the anti-christ (Rev 13:15-18).
It is important to understand that the church is not present on earth from Revelation Chapter 4, forward. So, where is the church? The answer is simple. The church, to include small children, will be caught up in the rapture, and taken to heaven. Consider the words of John 14:2-3, “2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” These words were spoken by Christ to His disciples on the night before He was crucified. The disciples were born again, and are an example of the church. They were told that Christ was going to prepare a place for them in Heaven, and that He would return to earth and take them to Heaven with him. In 14:6, Christ explained the way that the disciples (and all believers) would be taken to Heaven. “6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Many people have used this verse (6) to prove that only through belief in Christ, can a person be saved. The words of vs 6, actually say that Christ will return to earth and take His believers to Heaven with Him, and that only He can take his born again believers to Heaven. Therefore, v6 is an action statement. Included in the rapture of believers will be small children. God does not have a problem with small children, or with born again believers in Christ. Christ has a problem with people that have refused His offer of salvation through belief in Him (John 3:16-18).
Rev 12 is a key example that shows that the focus of the Book of Revelation is on the Jews; that is why there is no mention of the church in that chapter (12), or anywhere else after chapter 3. God is in the process of fulfilling the Abrahamic Covenant with Israel (Gen 15:18-21), which will be fulfilled after the end of the tribulation, when Israel possesses the promised land of the Kingdom, “thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, in earth” (Matt 6:10). The promised land extends eastward, from the Nile River in Egypt, to the Euphrates River in Iraq. As of yet, Israel has not possessed that promised land.
The raptured born again believers in Christ will spend seven years in heaven with Christ while the tribulation is taking place on earth. A promise was made to believers in Christ, that wherever Christ would be, His believers would also be also (John 14:3, 1 Thessalonians 4:17).
Consider the seven years of tribulation.
My note, from competent sources. Seven years equal one week, which is the length of the tribulation.
Daniel 9:27, “Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; But in the middle of the week
He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.”
MC ARTHUR Daniel 9:27, “He shall confirm.” “He” is Antichrist who comes in the latter days.
RYRIE Daniel 9:27. The prince of verse 26, the anti-christ previously introduced in 7:8, 24-26, who will make a pact with many (of the Jewish people) at the beginning of the tribulation period. But “in the middle of the week” (i.e., 3 1/2 years later) anti-christ will break his covenant and desecrate the Temple by demanding worship of himself in it (Matt 24:15, 2 Thes 2:4). At Christ’s second coming, anti-Christ and his false prophet will be cast into the lake of fire (Rev 19:20).
WALVOORD Daniel 9:27 The final period of seven years begins with the introduction of a covenant relationship between the future “prince that shall come” (anti-christ) and “the many,” the people of Israel. This covenant is observed for the first half of the future seven-year period; then the special liberties and protections granted Israel are taken away; and Israel becomes persecuted in their time of great tribulation. The beginning of the last three and one-half years of the seventy sevens of Daniel is marked by the desecration of the future temple, the stopping of the sacrifices, and the desolation of the Jewish religion.
Forces of the anti-christ will persecute anyone who will not follow the anti-christ, Rev 6:1-11, 13:16-18. In Rev 6:12, and forward, we see the judgments of God coming on the whole earth, which will affect “those who live on the earth (Rev 3:10).” From Rev 6:1, forward, God’s wrath is shown in all of the judgments, as well as in the persecutions of the anti-christ. God is in control of all that is described in Rev 3:10, which will begin with Rev 6:1. The anti-christ is a tool of God.
Please remember: The raptured born again believers in Christ will spend seven years in heaven with Christ while the tribulation is taking place on earth. A promise was made to believers in Christ, that wherever Christ would be, His believers would also be also (John 14:3, 1 Thes 4:17, Titus 1:2).
VI. Closing Video
Does the rapture take place before the Tribulation?
Dr. Renald E. Showers (Deceased)
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