Revelation 12:17

Thursday, 11 March 2021

And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Revelation 12:17

Verse 12:16 showed the protection of Israel when “the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.’ Thus, it is revealing that the force that is coming against Israel will be thwarted. With that in mind, John next says, “And the dragon was enraged with the woman.”

In the failed attempt to overwhelm and destroy Israel, this great satanically inspired coalition of nations (see comments on Revelation 12:3) led by the antichrist will be furious. But without the power to accomplish this, it will direct its fury elsewhere. How this comes about will continue in the chapters ahead, but for now, John continues with, “and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring.”

The fury of this body will be directed toward those who have understood the importance of Israel in the end times scenario, supporting its right to exist. Thus, they are called “her offspring.” The male Child is Jesus. Therefore, it can logically be stated that the woman’s offspring here are those who are akin to Jesus through faith. As it says in Hebrews 2:11, “For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren.”

John then goes on to confirm this, saying that they are those “who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” The words, “the commandments of God,” are not referring to the Law of Moses. That is set aside through the work of Christ. This is evidenced in verses such as 1 Corinthians 7:19 –

“Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is what matters.

Circumcision is a precept mandated in the Law of Moses, and yet Paul says that in Christ circumcision is not a consideration. Therefore, he cannot be referring to the Law of Moses when he says, “keeping the commandments of God.” Rather, this is referring to faith in Christ. As this is so, then it is evident that John is now using parallelism in this verse in Revelation by equating keeping the commandments with having “the testimony of Jesus Christ.”

The antichrist will seek to destroy any believers because of their faith in Christ. That faith will lead to their support for the cause of Israel in the end times.

The sentiment of this verse is seen in Daniel 11. Towards the end of that chapter comes a passage that has clearly been understood to be referring to the antichrist of the end times. There, Daniel says –

“At the time of the end the king of the South shall attack him; and the king of the North shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter the countries, overwhelm them, and pass through. 41 He shall also enter the Glorious Land, and many countries shall be overthrown; but these shall escape from his hand: Edom, Moab, and the prominent people of Ammon. 42 He shall stretch out his hand against the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape. 43 He shall have power over the treasures of gold and silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt; also the Libyans and Ethiopians shall follow at his heels. 44 But news from the east and the north shall trouble him; therefore he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many. 45 And he shall plant the tents of his palace between the seas and the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and no one will help him.” Daniel 11:40-44

Though what is recorded in these verses from Daniel are written in a single paragraph, they will span quite a bit of time. These are certainly the events being relayed by John now. In the coming pages of Revelation, the details will be filled in, but they correspond to what then begins Daniel 12 –

“At that time Michael shall stand up,
The great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people;
And there shall be a time of trouble,
Such as never was since there was a nation,
Even to that time.
And at that time your people shall be delivered,
Every one who is found written in the book.
And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake,
Some to everlasting life,
Some to shame and everlasting contempt.
Those who are wise shall shine
Like the brightness of the firmament,
And those who turn many to righteousness
Like the stars forever and ever.” Daniel 12:1-3

Life application: The message of the two witnesses of chapter 11 will have gone out to the post-rapture world and a great multitude will believe. They will accept Jesus Christ and will not bend the knee to the global system that has been developed.

In the chapters ahead, the penalty for rejecting this global system will be seen. There will be war against the saints because they will not accept being part of this system. The commandments of God are centered on faith in Jesus. It is this faith that cannot be tolerated by the world of wickedness that seeks to rule apart from God. This was the case before the Flood of Noah, and it has been repeated throughout the ages. But for those who hold fast to their faith, there will be great rewards.

The beautiful part of Scripture is that there is no time that God’s mercy is not seen, even after the rapture, many will come to faith in Christ and be saved. This is because of the love of God which is found in the giving of His Son. Such is the love of God as is found in JESUS.

Lord God, You have called us to faith and promised us rewards for that faith. In this world, it can mean trials, troubles, and difficulties, but it is worth it! The promise of life to come far outweighs the short-term gains of this temporary walk. Help us to keep our priorities straight and to focus on You every moment we walk upon this world. Amen.

 

 

5 thoughts on “Revelation 12:17

  • Thursday, March 11th, 2021 at 6:36 am
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    Amen

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  • Thursday, March 11th, 2021 at 8:22 am
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    amen thank you , blessed are those who call on the name of the LORD JESUS . thank you love and prayers .

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  • Thursday, March 11th, 2021 at 9:06 am
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    Praise God for another day to read his word and praise his name. Jesus is the Messiah of Nazareth. I was unable to read this word until the presence of Jesus’ spirit allowed me. It is so exceptional. It is an infinite word as he is. Who are we to be blessed this way. Accept his gift of salvation and forgiveness of sin, and invite him into your heart and then read this precious word. Search for him with all your heart, soul and strength. Every word is true, and this word is a light. Read it in haste.
    Thank you God for blessing Charlie with insight, understanding, restraint and love for your holy word.

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  • Thursday, March 11th, 2021 at 9:17 am
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    I made this comment on a friends YT channel and it seems to fit here too.
    T-64 days till Israel’s 73rd birthday, a 64 day high rapture watch, maybe the highest watch ever for the rapture! The bottom line this year is the year of the rapture the signs are everywhere! Saudi Arabia just opened the door for the temple to be built on the Temple Mount by saying the Temple Mount and the al-Aqsa, mosque are NOT IMPORTANT TO ISLAM!!! Bible prophecy exploding out of the Bible right before our eyes. There is no time left for those still on the fence for Jesus. They can’t see they are hanging on to that fence by their finger tips and they are on the wrong side of the fence. It’s time to use all their strength to pull themselves up and over that fence and into the waiting armies of Jesus. This is your last chance to be saved by grace, your next and very last chance to be saved will be during the imminent tribulation. You will have to refuse the anti Christ, refuse the mark of the beast, proclaimed Jesus as lord and die for your belief, that is how tribulation saints will be saved. Right now it’s ABC simple and the only death required for our salvation was Jesus, through him and only him are we saved and all we are asked to do is believe on him and what he did for us Amen what in Gods name is the hold up people salvation is free escape from the tribulation and all it’s horrors is being held out to you! Just reach out and take it and be saved. Remember God does not send people to hell the people send themselves through their free will choice and that choice is accept Jesus or reject him! This is your choice choose wisely because your eternal life depends on it. Amen we are flying home at any moment

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  • Thursday, March 11th, 2021 at 11:12 pm
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    God, thank You for Your Word and Charlie who teaches it with love, care, and respect. This is an age of arrogant, sinfully proud people who will only become increasingly worse in their rejection of You, but in Your plan, there will be those who will rise against them with the courage You blessed them with. May we too fight for Christianity to give You Glory and Praise!

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