Summary: The Dragon Wars is a sermon dealing with Revelation chapter 12. The first war is against Israel and the Messiah The second war is against heaven, and the third war is against believers. It also addresses a believer's victory over Satan.
The Book of Revelation
“The Dragon Wars”
We are living in a day when most people want to deny the real cause of the trouble we see in our world. We don’t want to see the results of what’s going on in our world or even in our lives as the works of sin and the devil.
Yet this is exactly what we see happening as the author of sin is on a warpath, and we’re his intended targets.
Dragons are mythical creatures that haunt the culture of every civilization, from the Babylonians to the Chinese to the Europeans. Long ago, when much of the world was still undiscovered, mapmakers would insert the ominous lines—“here be dragons,” and dragons would be drawn by these map makers in the blank spaces.
Today most of us leave dragons for fairy tales, books, or movies. But the dragon we’ll be looking at today is no fairy tale. He is real, and he’s been around a long time, and he’s just as deadly and diabolical as he’s ever been.
He is the monster behind all other monsters, the ultimate horror of the universe. And this monster, this dragon wages war right now against Israel and Jesus Christ, not to mention you and me.
And so in our time together I’d like to look at three wars that Satan gets engaged in and we need to understand so that we can be not only wise, but overcomers.
Read Revelation 12
The First War – Against Israel and the Messiah
This dragon stands in front of the woman, waiting greedily to devour the child as soon as He’s born. Suddenly the pains increase, and the Child enters the world, but before the dragon can destroy the Child, He is snatched up and taken to heaven, to God’s throne, and the woman flees into the desert to a refuge prepared by God for 1260 days.
What does it all mean? To begin, this is a past, present and future war that has been, and continues to be played out in our midst.
In this chapter there are three main characters.
The Woman: Israel
John says in verse one, “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.” (Revelation 12:1 NKJV)
This has interesting parallel to Joseph’s dream back in Genesis. In this dream his father was the sun, his mother the moon, and his brother’s stars. Jacob and his 12 sons represent the nation of Israel. And so the 12 stars on her head symbolize the 12 tribes of Israel.
The Child: Jesus
The male child is Jesus the Messiah. Verse five says, “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.” (Revelation 12:5 NKJV)
The iron scepter comes right out of Psalm 2:9 speaking about the Messiah who shall be King, who is no one less than the Son of God. It says of Him that He “Shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter's vessel.” (Psalm 2:9 NKJV) The “them” are the nations that rise up against God and His Messiah.