Revelation 12:12

Saturday, 6 March 2021

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.” Revelation 12:12

The previous verses relayed the fact that the devil and his angels were cast to the earth. However, those who had come to Christ “overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony.” With that in mind, the words of this verse now are a point of rejoicing for some, and of terror for others. In them, John begins with, “Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them.”

The word translated as “dwell” is skénoó. It signifies the pitching of a tent, and thus tabernacling. HELPS Word Studies says, “For the Christian, 4637 (skēnóō) is dwelling in intimate communion with the resurrected Christ – even as He who Himself lived in unbroken communion with the Father during the days of His flesh (Jn 1:14).”

Those who “did not love their lives to the death” of the previous verse are now given their rest as they rejoice and tabernacle in intimate communion in heaven. However, John continues with, “Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea!”

The word translated as “inhabitants” is set in contrast to those who tabernacle. It signifies one who is a permanent resident. The earth is his home. Whereas those who gave up their lives found life, those who keep their lives will only find woe. The reason for this is then given by John, saying, “For the devil has come down to you.”

This has been true since he was cast out of heaven, but now there is a difference and a sense of urgency to the matter. Christ has come, the redemptive plan of God has been worked out for two thousand years, and during that time the devil has continued to wreak havoc among men. However, those who were Christ’s have always been safely guarded by Him. But with the church gone at the rapture, and with those who followed that event through martyrdom, there is only the world with very little resistance left.

Because of this, the remaining part of the tribulation period will be as close to hell on earth as anything man has ever seen. In fact, Jesus said as much –

“For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.” Matthew 24:21, 22

It is now, during this period that the devil will bring great chaos to the earth. He is, as John says, “having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.” The devil is aware of what lies ahead. He knows he will be bound for a thousand years. But before that happens, it is his intent and design to bring utter ruin to as many as he can. He will work as much devastation in just a few years as he has brought in eons before this.

The sad part of this is that the words are written for any and all to see. Countless houses have a copy of the Bible lying around, and yet how many will see this terrible time firsthand because they failed to simply pick it up and accept God’s pardon which has been offered through the giving of Christ.

Life application: The devil knows the Bible and the prophecies it contains. The world has come to the point of the tribulation period where there is no remedy left. The remaining amount of time is known directly from the Bible. It is a three- and one-half year span where the devil will work his iniquity. He will do this through the antichrist and the false prophet, and the world will follow their lead.

Once the wheels are placed in motion, nothing can stop them because the book is sealed. In our hands is God’s eternal and unchanging word – the Holy Bible. It is a roadmap to the events to come and it is completely reliable in all it contains and proclaims. The world will face many great calamities during this period. This is not only spoken in Revelation. Isaiah speaks of what is coming as well. In his prophecies, he says that man will become more rare than fine gold.

Few will survive the calamitous events of the last half of the tribulation. But for the people who trust in the Lord, there will be rest. Now is the time to call out to Him and be saved. Now is the time to put your hope, trust, and faith in JESUS.

Surely there is a time for rejoicing and a time for mourning. Lord, in the life of those who have called on you, there is the surety of eternal salvation. But in the lives of many others, there isn’t that assurance. Please hear our prayers for those who have not yet called on Jesus. We pray that they will know You before their time of judgment comes. Amen.

 

 

5 thoughts on “Revelation 12:12

  • Saturday, March 6th, 2021 at 8:40 am
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    thank you love and prayers

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  • Saturday, March 6th, 2021 at 8:44 am
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    T-68
    Yes Amen to your prayer Charlie! May the eyes of many, loved ones and friends be opened NOW as time is up! Let them be saved now through the grace of Jesus rather than later when their proclaiming Jesus as Lord and their lives will be required for them to be saved and join us with the lord.. salvation, ABC simple and yet they still ignore it please open their eyes lord in these last moments before you bring us home! I would say give them a reality slap upside the head but as we have seen that is exactly what you have been doing for the last 72 years. It’s started with gentle taps when the Jews returned to Israel.now the world is shaking itself apart evil and perversion are rampant in the world, already a 3rd of all animal life has died off and the world is in shake and bake mode with volcanoes and earthquakes happening by the hour now. Today we are at the crowning moment and the baby is about to be born! We are going home Amen Amen Amen

    We are another day closer to home
    Grace, Mercy and peace on you and yours
    God Bless my friends we fly soon

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  • Saturday, March 6th, 2021 at 9:03 am
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    Gory to God for another day to read your words and praise your names. Jesus is the Messiah of Nazareth. Praise God it is all in his hand. I just pray for mercy and to shield us from the wrath of satan during his period of harvest. It will come and I pray mercy, mercy. But even during this time, Jesus will have all authority. Hide us in you Jesus. Continue to nourish us in this wilderness. Blessed is he who comes in the name of our LORD. Let us make great petitions now for this horrible time will come.
    We petition for a short judgement for our nation and for hearts to turn quickly to you. For you to heal us and our land. Expose the deceiver’s lies. Allow us to live in the truth of you. Give us righteous leadership that fears you. Please cast satan from our land and ultimately the earth. Yet your will be done. In Jesus name.

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  • Sunday, March 7th, 2021 at 12:12 am
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    Thank you Charlie! People have lost hope in a Savior by adorning themselves as educated and unwilling to accept God’s Will as explained in the Bible. People are now destructive in conforming the world to their selfish desires. Please God stir up the conscience in people to see the absurdity of their thinking and to thirst for you than feast on the empty superficiality of this destructive culture!

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  • Sunday, March 7th, 2021 at 5:27 am
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    Yes, let us pray that eyes will be opened. The time is surely running out. For those not on the Express to heaven, big choices must be made.

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