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Summary: A Sermon based on Revelation 12 that presents the nativity story as a cosmic drama depicting the real war of good against evil

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The Real War Against Christmas

Revelation12:1-17 (see also Psalm 2:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12)

I. A Cosmic Drama

1. Our text this morning is from the book of Revelation

2. The word “revelation” in Greek means “to show – to reveal – to unveil – to manifest – to cast light upon for understanding”

3. The book of Revelation is best understood as a drama – drama at the cosmic level

4. The stage is the whole of creation – heaven and earth – sky and sea

5. As hard as it is to believe, the book of Revelation was not intended to be difficult to understand – it is meant to be understood

6. We may not be able to understand everything in the book of Revelation – maybe we are not supposed to – but the main themes of the book are clear

8. Apocalyptic literature is a literature of symbols – it is not allegory!

9. Many of the images are “window dressing” – simply part of the scenery

10.Don’t get overwhelmed or trapped by the details

11.Look for the primary truth of the main symbols

12.Our SCRIPTURE READING is Revelation 12:1-17

13.Listen with inspired imagination (NOTE – AT THIS POINT I HAD THE CONGREGATION FIND THE SCRIPTURE IN THEIR BIBLES AND FOLLOW ALONG AS WE PLAYED A DRAMATIZED READING OF THE SCRIPTURE PASSAGE)

II. The Nativity Story As You Have Never Heard It Before

1. The major theme of this drama is the spiritual conflict between good and evil that envelopes the whole of creation

2. Paul reminds us that the people of God are involved in spiritual warfare (Eph 6:12 - KJV)

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

3. These verses tell us of the age-long conflict between the forces of Satan and the people of God

4. This conflict is presented in the form of visions or symbols (signs – signified – Rev 1:1)

“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John”

5. If you want to understand the book of Revelation you have to understand the symbols, the code words that are used

6. The use of symbols does not mean that they are not “true” – Jesus spoke in parables – declaring truth through fictional stories

7. As we read the book of Revelation, we must not press the symbols into a wooden literalism that destroys the symbol

8. For example - the “great red dragon” is NOT a “great red dragon”

9. We have to ask “What does a great red dragon represent?”

10. The symbol of the dragon represents something much worse than a mythological creature that flies and spits fire

11. The opening verses of Rev 12 are clearly pointing us to the events surrounding birth of the Promised Messiah

12. There was a lot more going on than the naked eye could see!


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