Revelation (14 of 24) War In Heaven

11:15-12:17 War In Heaven

Memory Verse: Revelation 12:11

11:15-19 The Seventh Trumpet Is Blown

  • 11:15 The Seventh Trumpet (The Third Woe): When the seventh trumpet was blown, there were great voices in heaven declaring that the kingdoms of the Earth now belong to God and Jesus, and shall be eternally under Their reign. This means that the result of the seventh trumpet will set things right. Satan is the current prince of this world, but he is going to be dealt with, punished and defeated. The host of heaven start rejoicing before the judgement is even carried out because they know it will come to pass.
    John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11
  • 11:16-18 The twenty-four elders, who are representatives of the church, fell upon their faces, and worshipped the almighty and eternal God, giving Him thanks because He has taken great power and reigned. Their prayers are finally being answered. The elders continued, saying that the “nations were angry” meaning they resented and were in rebellion against God. But God’s wrath and time for judgement has arrived. Unbelievers (the dead) will be judged for punishment. They have destroyed the earth with their sin and God is soon going to make all things new. Believers will also we judged, but for reward. All (small and great) of God’s servants, the prophets, the saints and them that fear His name will be rewarded and ushered into the kingdom of God.
    Matthew 25:34–46
  • 11:19 Following the sayings of the elders, the temple of God was opened in heaven and John saw the ark of God’s testament. John who has already seen the heavenly throne and heavenly altar is now able to see into the heavenly Holy of Holies, which is the location of the ark. Both the location and the ark represent the confidence believers have in their relationship with God by the blood of Jesus. Also, there were lightnings, voices, thunderings, an earthquake and great hail—all symbolizing the coming judgments.
    Exodus 25:11-18; Hebrews 9:23; 10:20

12:1-12 Three Symbols: A Women, A Male Child, And A Dragon

  • 12:1-2 The symbol of a women (the first wonder): John sees a great sign in heaven appear to him and he describe is as follows: (1) It was a woman, which most likely represents Israel. (2) She was clothed with the sun, and the moon was under her feet, which could represent Israel’s glory as God’s chosen people. (3) She wore a crown of twelve stars upon her head, which could represent the twelve tribes of Israel. (4) She was pregnant and crying out in birth pains and pain to give birth. This represents the coming Christ (Messiah) and the pain represents what Israel went through until He came.
  • 12:3-4 The symbol of a dragon (the second wonder): Then John sees another sign in heaven appear to him and he describe is as follows: (1) A great red dragon, which represents Satan. (2) He has seven heads with seven crowns, which represent seven leaders of seven world empires (Revelation 17:9-10). (3) He has ten horns, which represent Satan’s final kingdom made up of a ten-nation confederacy (17:12). (4) His tail drew one-third of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth. This represents that in Satan’s original rebellion he convinced one-third of the angels (stars) to rebel with him, thus being cast to the earth as demons. (5) He stood before the woman ready to give birth so he could kill the child upon birth. Satan did not want the Messiah to be born. He was try to stop it from happening or he wanted to murder the Messiah if He was born.
  • 12:5-6 The symbol of a child: Israel (the pregnant woman) brought forth Jesus (a man child). Jesus was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. Jesus was caught up unto God, and to His throne. God has made a promise to save Israel (the woman) and thus God will provide safety and food for them in the wilderness for one-thousand two hundred and thirty days (1,230 days / 30 days = 42 months / 12 months = 3.5 years).
    Matthew 24:15–21
  • 12:7-9 After three important people (Israel, Jesus, Satan) are introduced, next we are shown there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against Satan (the dragon) and demons (the dragon’s angels). We don’t know any details about how angels fight in war. We are just told the outcome of the war: Satan lost the heavenly war. (Satan is know by the following names through scripture: the great dragon, that old serpent, the Devil, Satan, and the deceiver of the whole world. They represent his continued rebellion and evil character from the beginning.) He and his demons were cast out of heaven to the earth. Even though Satan lost, he won’t give up and will continue to device people (just like he does today) and try to fight against God and Jesus.
  • 12:10-12 Then John hears a loud voice in heaven saying that now has come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ because Satan has been cast down. The saints in heaven were rejoicing that Satan was defeated in the first battle and He could no longer be in the heavenly realm where he could accuse the believers on Earth before God. Even so, the believers in the tribulation overcame Satan: (1) by the blood of Jesus (the Lamb) who paid the price for every sin—no accusation can change that; (2) by the word of their testimony, meaning they remained faithful even through persecution; (3) they loved not their lives unto the death, their faith was so real to them they were even willing to die for the sake of the gospel. Therefore all the inhabitants of heaven should rejoice. But woe to the inhabiters of the earth and sea because Satan has come there with great wrath and only has a short time to fight (3.5 years).

12:13-17 Satan’s Three Attacks

  • 12:13-14 The First Attack: Satan is angry and starts to persecute the Jewish believers. But God supernaturally (two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place) is going to protect and nourish them for the whole three and a half years (a time, and times, and half a time).
  • 12:15-16 The Second Attack: Satan launches a great attack against Jewish believers (water as a flood, not sure what it symbolizes), but it fails when supernaturally the earth (possibly an earthquake) intervenes, causing the attack to be swallowed up.
  • 12:17 The Thrid Attack: Finally, Satan was furiously with the Jewish believers and decides to make war with any and all believers, not just Jewish believers (remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ). This attack as with the first two will ultimately fail.

Review Questions

  • What happens when the seventh trumpet is blown?
  • What does the women, male child and dragon represent?
  • What was the outcome of the war in heaven?
  • How did tribulation saints overcome Satan?
  • What does Satan do when He is cast to the earth?

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