Defeating the Dragon
Applying the Bible to our daily lives in this day and age can seem complicated and confusing, but if you spend a little time in the word everyday it will get easier with time and understanding. The first six verses of Revelation chapter twelve may seem like a fantasy story playing out but knowing what each character represents will help with understanding and application.
Read through Revelation Chapter 12:1-12
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In verse one of Revelation chapter 12, the woman mentioned represents the people of Israel. In verse three the dragon represents satan and the stars are the fallen angels or demons he commands. The child in verse five is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The woman mentioned in verse six represents the 144,000 Israelites the flee during the tribulation period. Now, trying reading through the verses again with this perspective.
“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. Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.”
(Satan and his fallen angels)
“And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born. 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.”
(144,000 Israelites that fled)
“Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.”
Now, understanding who we are reading about, it’s easier to see the message in these verses and apply it to our day. John is explaining how the nation of Israel suffered through it’s journey to see the King of Heaven born as a child while the enemy lay in wait, tormenting them. Though satan has no power over Christ, he does have power over this world and he uses it to attack the believers, especially God’s chosen people. God has promised to protect His people but they will continue to suffer on this world until He returns to Reign one thousand years after the tribulation.
Applying this message to our lives is a simple as understanding that faith is what keeps us close to God. Though may times we struggle with our faith when things become difficult or we are distracted by the world and all it has to offer, if we refocus and return to living for Christ, He is always there waiting for us. The enemy will throw all his arrows at us and our faith is the shield that blocks them. If you were to stand in front of a dragon today, would you not want to be wearing armor?
Satan doesn’t always present himself as the enemy and that is what makes it hard to stay strong. Sometimes he comes to us looking like a friend, offering something we like but the Holy Spirit warns us if we are paying attention. The thing we need to do most is to be prepared for the lies and deception. The only way to know when you hear a lie is to be sure of what is true. Read your Bible daily and fill your mind and heart with the truth of God’s word so when the lies are whispered in your ear you will know for certain what they are.
“And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 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. Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.””
Little sparrows, don’t let the accuser tell you that you are unworthy, that you are broken, or that you aren’t worth saving. Know your Bible and be confident that you are made whole in Christ Jesus and He cleanses His children from all unrighteousness. Trust in His promises. The only requirements are that you believe Jesus is God, repent of your sins, and take up your cross to follow Him. It won’t be a smooth path but it will be worth every bump in the end. The enemy will still come after you but now you have the armor of God prepared to stand in battle.