Revelation 12:13

Sunday, 7 March 2021

Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child. Revelation 12:13

The previous verse revealed that the earth’s inhabitants would face woe. The devil, being filled with great wrath, knows his time is short. With that context in mind, John next says, “Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth.” As seen previously, the dating of when this event occurred is debated.

The heavenly scene John is witnessing is showing truths that have occurred or will occur, but when each occurs can be hard to pin down. Whether the dragon was cast down in a heavenly battle at the beginning, whether it was at the time of Christ’s crucifixion, or whether it occurred at some unstated point in history, it did occur. The most likely timing of the event was at the beginning. During Christ’s ministry, he was already dwelling on the earth. This is because Jesus says as much in John 12:31 –

“Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.”

The implication is that he was already cast out of heaven. He then deceived the man and became the ruler of the earth. At the time of Christ’s cross, he was then cast out of his authority to rule on the earth.

In being cast down, the dragon is working his evil within the confines of time, and time is ever moving forward. In this futile state, he will continue his attempt at thwarting the plan of God. He did this to Israel before the coming of Christ, to Christ in the temptations recorded in the gospels, and in his continued attempts to thwart God’s plans since then. John next records who his continued target is, saying, “he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child.”

As has been seen, it is common for scholars to claim this is the church. The idea is, “Israel is no longer God’s people, Jesus has prevailed and is in heaven, and so this must be speaking of the church.” That is incorrect. Christ came from Israel, not the church. The biblical fact is that though Israel has been under punishment for rejecting Christ, they are still God’s people, and the Lord has made promises to them that stand. The devil, persecuting Israel, is an attempt to – once again – thwart the plans of God.

Life application: The terrible time of tribulation for Israel was prophesied by Jeremiah and will be a time like no other in their history –

“Alas! For that day is great, So that none is like it; And it is the time of Jacob’s trouble, But he shall be saved out of it.” Jeremiah 30:7

This “time of Jacob’s trouble” will be an immense test for Israel. Yet Jeremiah assured us in speaking the word of the Lord, assures us that “he shall be saved out of it.” No matter how tough the times are, God has and always will preserve His people Israel. This is because He is the great covenant-keeping Creator.

As this is so, and especially considering the fact that Israel completely rejected Him when He came in the flesh, how much more sure should we be that He will keep His promises to us. Israel is a template for individual salvation. Just as the Lord has faithfully kept His word to them, despite their rejection of Him, He will faithfully keep His covenant with us when we fail Him. This is because He is the faithful covenant-keeping Lord. He is JESUS!

How absolutely precious it is to know that You are ever faithful to Your people, O God. When You speak, it is in absolute truth. And when You raise Your hand in a vow, nothing in all of creation can nullify Your word. Thank You for Your steadfast faithfulness to the people of Your flock. Amen.




5 thoughts on “Revelation 12:13

  • Sunday, March 7th, 2021 at 8:03 am

    amen we are so blessed , no greater gift could HE give us than the knowledge of HIS SON JESUS . thanks be to GOD for HIS indescribable GIFT . thank you love and prayers

  • Sunday, March 7th, 2021 at 8:49 am

    Praise God for he is true to his words! Never changing always steadfast, always wanting what is best for us Amen

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

  • Sunday, March 7th, 2021 at 9:23 am

    Glory to God for another day to read his word and praise his names. Jesus is the Messiah from Nazareth in Galilee. He is the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to God our creator, except through him. He is the flaming sword of Genesis. He is the guardian of the narrow passage. He is the Jehovah Tsabaot, LORD of Hosts. He is the son of God. Who are we to be blessed with any understanding. Who are we to be blessed with the privilege of placing our praises and petitions at the feet of him. Praise you and thank you Holy King Jesus for your mercy is beyond our understanding. We bow with all our hearts, soul and strength. Help us to simply do the father’s will, without complaint, without testing you, but in faith. כי לעולם חסד הללויה
    (Forever mercy hallelujah)

  • Monday, March 8th, 2021 at 12:46 am

    Thank you Charlie! O God, thank you for always keeping faithful to your covenant even when we repeatedly fail you. You ask for little in return, but give abundantly, even your own Son. May we praise you to be heard by unbelievers and, by your grace, motivate them towards faith.

  • Monday, March 8th, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    Thank each of you for sharing in the word each day. Sermon typed for the week. Thank the Lord!


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