Summary: A study of Isaiah chapter 27 verse 1
Isaiah 27: 1
‘Doctored’ Photos Of The Antichrist
1 In that day the LORD with His severe sword, great and strong, will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent, Leviathan that twisted serpent; And He will slay the reptile that is in the sea.
I am sure that you are familiar with actor/producer Mel Gibson. In the Christian circle of course he is most identified in his production of the movie – The Passion. In another film, called – Signs – He performed as a minister who lost his wife in a bizarre accident. You have to watch it yourselves to really understand my point, for it keeps you in suspense and to a large degree confusion as to what was really going on. In other words things that were going on were happening for other reasons. Do I have you completely confused by this point?
In the book of 2 Corinthians chapter 4 we read this, “18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
There you go. Now everything I am trying to point out to you is clear. No? Are you still unsure of my point? In the book of Revelation we get confused easily because it is written in signs or a better description is symbols. Why all this mystery? Simple, dear Watson. You see when you go back in the Apostle John’s time you could very easily be put to death for pointing out certain truths especially about Caesar. In addition, seeing into the future to describe something never seen before is hard to put down on paper. So, the apostle John writes down in the beginning of his book something symbolic and then he goes on to explain what he means by the symbol. From this point on he will use symbols and want us to understand from other scripture to know what he is talking about. Let me give you an example from the book of Revelation chapter 1, “9 I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, 11 saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.” 12 Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. 14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; 15 His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; 16 He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. 17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. 18 I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death. 19 Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this. 20 The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches.’
Please look at the last verse again. After giving a symbolic description of His angels and churches our Lord then tells us plainly what they represent. He says the stars are the churches and the lampstands are angels. This is an example of how we should look at the entire book where John will again use symbols but not tell us what they represent. How come? The answer to that question is that our Lord has already told us in other parts of the bible.
Here let me ask you here to describe some symbols? First of all what does the word dragon represent? You said the dragon represents Satan and you are correct. But how did you know that answer? You are probably saying, ‘because it says so somewhere in the bible.’ That’s true, but where in the bible does it say that? We first come across the word dragon and its identity in the book of Revelation chapter 12 where it says in verse 8, “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.”