Summary: A study of chapter 12 verses 1 through 17
Revelation 12: 1 – 17
Back To The Future
1 Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. 2 Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth. 3 And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. 4 His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born. 5 She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne. 6 Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days. 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. 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. 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. 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.” 13 Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child. 14 But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. 15 So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. 16 But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. 17 And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Have you ever dreamed or thought that you would have loved to exist in a time in the past? There have been some popular movies dealing with a ‘Time Machine’ where you could go back in time. One such movie which produced three films dealing with this thought was titled ‘Back to the future’. If you could go back in time what period of man’s existence would you like to visit? I’ll give you two choices.
For me I would first want to go back to the time our Lord Jesus was here on earth. I want to slip in with His disciples and witness all the things we read about in the Gospels. For my second choice I would like to go back to the time of James Garfield. He was President of the US a little after Abraham Lincoln. Why would I select this time period? If you ever have the time read up on this time. If amazes me how our Precious Holy Spirit gave out wisdom to a lot of people at this time whose inventions change the course of history such as Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison among other great inventors.
So, today folks, strap on your seat belts for our Great Holy Spirit Is taking us back in time to help us see the future.
As we begin our study let us first take a look at the last verse in chapter 11.
And the temple of God which is in heaven was opened; and the ark of His covenant appeared in His temple, and there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder and an earthquake, and a great hailstorm.