May 16

Written by Bill Grandi on May 16th, 2022

I’m looking this morning at Revelation 12. I don’t know what to make of it in the “Revelation scheme” frankly, but I do see something else. That in a moment.

To begin with there are 4 principle characters:

  1. The woman (1-2). I always thought this was Mary, but think this may be Israel, the “genetic” home of Jesus’ physical body.
  2. The red dragon (3-4). We are told this is Satan in verse 9. The dragon is pictured as waiting to devour the child from verses 1-2.
  3. The Male child (5-6). Without a doubt this is Christ.
  4. The angel, Michael (7). Michael and his angels wage war against the dragon and his angels.

This scenario confuses me a bit. It seems to picture Satan and his angels being cast out of heaven, which is depicted in Isaiah 14: 12-15. But at the same time, I’m confused as to when this is taking place. The beginning of time? Are the prophecy gurus correct that this is during the Tribulation following the Rapture? I don’t know.

He is my “something else” I mentioned above: The victory is ultimately God’s. Not only is the dragon cast down, but verses 10-11 leave little doubt who will win. I encourage you to read that on your own and then adopt it as a battle cry. I particularly like the words in verse 11: “And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb, and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.”

GOD. WILL. PREVAIL. God’s people will also. There will be persecution and hard times but stand strong.

“Father, You win! He could not defeat the Son so he heads off, and even now, is waging war against Your people. Help me to remember I can overcome by the blood of the Lamb.”


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Yes, God has the victory!
    Blessings, Bill!

  2. Ryan S. says:

    Definitely a lot if imagery going on here… I think the important thing to note is that our battle is cosmic, it is spiritual, it is not earthly and isn’t against flesh and blood, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world (Eph 6:12). I agree with “your something else”, the battle has been won… not it will be won, not it might be won, not that it is possible it could be won… IT HAS BEEN WON! So we can stop living a life of defeat and woundedness and live a life of VICTORY! and PEACE and JOY! I know there will be valleys I must continue to go through… but God says to walk through it, not camp out in it… Not build a home, not make it a permanent residence.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      I agree Ryan that it is a spiritual battle. And most certainly agree that we can go through and not camp out in the valley. Praise God for the victory!

  3. gail says:

    Father, sometimes navigating through Revelation is as tricky as navigating through life itself. The battle has already been won, and no matter what we face here on earth, we know that we are fighting from a point of victory, not defeat. Thank-you Father, the Cross has already secured the victory.