Four characters of good and evil

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Symbols

Chapter 12 is made up of symbolism. It opens with the symbol of a woman and describes four characters of both good and evil during the end times:

  1. The Woman, Israel (vv. 1-2) - This woman who is clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of 12 stars on her head represents Israel who gave Christ to the world (v. 5) and who will be persecuted severely during the Tribulation (v. 13).
  2. The Reg Dragon, Satan (vv. 3-4) - Satan is described as a dragon having seven heads, ten horns and seven crowns. Ten is the number of universality, and the goal of Satan is world domination. The seven crowns may indicate Satan’s objective to reign over all men at all cost. The stars that plunged to earth with him are usually considered to be the angels who fell with Satan and became his demons.
  3. The Male Child, Christ (vv. 5-6) - This child is described as a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter. This child obviously is Jesus Christ. Israel flees into the desert during the first half of the Tribulation and is cared for as miraculously as she was in her wilderness journey from Egypt to the promised land (v. 6).
  4. The Angel, Michael (vv. 7-9) - Michael the archangel is given the power to challenge Satan in a war in heaven during this end time. He is a high ranking angel. The Scripture is clear that Satan is not a symbol,he is very real. Even though God permits him to do his work in this world, God is still in control.

Application

Satan is working hard to defeat me as a Christian because he knows that his time is running out. Do I have complete dependence in Christ or are there some areas I am trying to take care of?

Revelation 12:1-9 (English Standard Version)

And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth. And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven diadems. His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it. She gave birth to a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne, and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which she is to be nourished for 1,260 days. Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world--he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

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