Summary: This is a message on eschatology taken from Pastor ALderman’s book on Revelation.
CONFLICT INVOLVING SATAN
Conflict involving Satan has been going on at least since he originally appeared as a serpent in the Garden of Eden. His relentless evil has been going on without mercy for all of that time. There are no kind ways to refer to such a beastly dragon as he. When you study about Satan in the Scriptures, you will notice that the existence of Satan is taught in seven Old Testament Books and in all of the New Testament Books. The greatest authority on the existence of Satan is that Jesus, Himself, taught of Satan (Matthew 13:39; Luke 10:18).
His name, Satan, means adversary; Devil means slanderer. Lucifer means son of the morning according to Isaiah 14: 12. He also carries the name, Beelzebub and Belial. As you can see, none of these names are very attractive.
Satan was cast out of his original position in heaven according to Ezekiel 28:13-15.
Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone [was] thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou [art] the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee [so]: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
Satan will be cast out of Heaven midway the tribulation period when he fights against Michael the archangel. This is what our lesson will involve as we study Revelation chapter 12. This chapter will begin with the study of a great wonder involving a woman clothed with the sun. There are four representative women found in the Revelation. The first mentioned is Jezebel who represents false religion (Revelation 2:20) and the woman here mentioned pictures Israel. The third woman mentioned, the scarlet woman, represents the apostate church (Revelation 17:1). The final woman mentioned is the Lamb’s wife, who represents the true church.
There are several clues given that indicate that this woman represents Israel. In Genesis 37:9-11, we find that Joseph had an unusual dream. In that dream, he dreamed that the sun was a type of Jacob. He dreamed that the moon pictured his mother, Rachel and that the eleven stars were his brothers (the tribes of Israel) which bowed down and worshiped Joseph.
In several places in the Scriptures, Israel is referred to as a woman. (Isaiah 54:1-6; Jeremiah 3:20; Ezekiel 16:8-14; Hosea 2:19-20). With this brief background study, may we now consider the Conflict Involving Satan.
I. THE SATANIC WAR COMMENCED. (Vv. 1-12).
This scene opens with one of the seven wonders of Revelation. The first wonder is called a great wonder. In verse number three, we read of another wonder that is in great contrast to the first wonder. One being Israel, and the other being Satan. The last chapter ends with the temple of God being opened in heaven with the ark of the testament being seen. This Ark of the Covenant is identified straight back to Israel and the promises that God made to Israel. It is of no wonder, that the first great wonder is that of Israel in such close association with the mentioning of the ark. All of the activities that surrounded the revealing of the ark such as the thundering, lightning, earthquake, voices and great hail were there to signal attention to the fact that God was going to show His faithfulness to Israel, even though Satan was and still continued to be an enemy to Israel. Notice how Israel and Satan are referred to as wonders in our study.