The Book of Revelation  

Chapter 12

Bible Study-REV-Chapter 12

    We’ve got to stop here, for a moment, and see exactly where we are, where we’ve been and what’s been covered so far, and what’s coming up next. As I said before, Revelation is not laid out with each chapter progressing into the next with the culmination, the plot exposed, in the last chapter. It’s not a novel, as such.

     Chapter 12 is a record of events that will happen before chapter 6 and will lead up to and run parallel with what is written in chapter 6. I know that sounds confusing but if you read chapter 12 and think that it’s a continuation of chapter 11 you’ll never understand what it’s talking about.

     What’s written in chapter 12 goes back to what was written in chapter 6. Here’s an example:

     In chapter 11, that we just studied, in verse 7 we read that Satan/Antichrist came to make war against the two witnesses. Chapter 12 takes us back to the time of chapter 6 to show us HOW Satan/Antichrist GOT there to make war against the two witnesses. The events of chapter 11 are now put on hold until we find out how Satan/Antichrist got on earth to start with.

     The next thing that is happening in this chapter 12 is that we zoom out, in space and time, and this chapter is even going to take us back to “the world that was” before the attempted overthrow of heaven by Satan.

     Of course, he wasn’t called Satan back then, he was the cherub that covereth. He was one of two cherubim that guarded the Mercy Seat, and through conceit and ego, he tried to take control away from our Father and rule heaven by himself.

     It takes a pretty big ego to think that you can conquer and defeat the very supernatural entity that created you to start with. Did it not occur to him that our Father could destroy him as easily as He created him? Apparently not.

     It’s always difficult to learn something new but just take it in, meditate on it, ask the Holy Spirit to give you clarity and just relax. The good part is that many of you have never been taught this book so you don’t have a lot of “junk information” to get rid of, given to you by some wanna-be preacher who didn’t understand this book to begin with. I mean, they only spent one week on this book in seminary school anyway. (Preacher school).

     Many preachers, due to denominational tradition, try to bring their “holier-than-everyone-else church” into this book and other than the first three chapters, where the churches are talked about ONLY because Christ wanted to warn us about what five of them DID NOT teach, and in chapter 22, where Christ told the churches specifically TO TEACH the congregation the prophesies of this book.

     Ref: Revelation 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. KJV

     Do you ever hear anything concerning this book in your church? This book is prophesy, directly from the mouth of our Lord, straight to your eyes and ears. It tells you what to anticipate and look for if you are here during the end times.

     Alright, all of the trumpets have sounded with the exception of the seventh. We are now going to drop back in time to events happening before and during chapter 6. Let’s see what our Lord has to say to us.

     Revelation 12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: KJV

    This woman is Mother Israel and Satan/Antichrist is going to persecute her but we’ll see that our Father is going to protect her.

     Revelation 12:2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. KJV

     This is going all the way back to the age that was, that St. Peter wrote about in 2nd Peter, chapter 3. There are other places in Scripture where the three earth/heaven ages are written of but only here is it presented so concisely:

      Ref: 2nd Peter 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

     Ref: 2nd Peter 3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

     Ref: 2nd Peter 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. KJV

  • The world that then was

     The first heaven/earth age.

  • But the heavens and the earth, which are now

     This present heaven/earth age.

     2nd Peter 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. KJV

  • Look for new heavens and a new earth,

     The heaven/earth age that follows this one that we’re in. There will be a 1000 year period, the Millennium, of teaching and discipline between this age and the final eternity.

    The woman being with child is a look at Israel and through these people would come the birth of Emmanuel, the Christ Child.

     Revelation 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.

     This second wonder is Satan; not only the enemy of Israel but of all nations.

     Revelation 12:4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. KJV

     Clearly, Satan’s plan of action is given to us here for he truly wanted to devour the Christ child.

     Satan first attempted to take over and control heaven. Kick our Father to the curb, if you will. And because one-third of all creation at that time followed him, our Father could have done one of two things: destroy heaven and ALL of His creation or save His creation by giving them another chance at survival.

     Two-thirds of His children either stood my Him or were so weak that they never stood on one side or the other. His love for them is why He “redesigned” the earth’s surface, put us all in flesh and blood bodies and gave us a chance to choose, this time, who we loved more: Him or Satan.

     As the world began to populate with humans from the sixth-day creation, Adam and Eve would be the beginning of a specific race, the Israelites. And through this race would come the Savior.

     Now, Satan, not being all that stupid, realized that if Christ, the Son of our Father, Savior of the human race should they believe on Him, were born that he was in some deep trouble and it became his all-consuming goal to destroy this Savior before He was even born.

     Eve was a good place to start. She and her mate, Adam, were the first two of this race and if he could destroy that bloodline from the beginning all his worries would be over. He succeeded to a certain degree because Cain would be his child and he would kill his brother Abel. But then Seth was born and the race continued to grow in numbers.

     In Genesis chapter 6, the 7000 fallen angels, Satan’s personal army, left their place in heaven and tried to destroy that bloodline a second time by having children with the daughters of Adam and the other ethnic races. Father stopped that by having a localized flood kill every soul except Noah and his immediate family.

     In Exodus chapter 1 Satan’s plan was to destroy all of the first born male children among the Israelites. We are told that the reason was Pharaoh’s attempt to stem the growth of these people so that they could never leave Egypt.

     Moses made it through this infanticide and the male lineage continued.

     These are just four of Satan’s early attempts to devour the child, the Christ child.

     But here we are taken to the first heaven/earth age and we’re presented with a big ‘ole red dragon. Who or what is this? Just another name, another role that Satan plays:

     Ref: Revelation 20:22 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, KJV

     Dragon-Serpent-Devil=Satan. This is Satan in the age that was, with the same system that he would establish during his five months as Satan/Antichrist to bring peace to the entire world. You can add serpent and the shining one and many other names that he will go by.

     We’ll cover the seven heads, ten horns and seven crowns in the next chapter.

     Our Father’s children, their souls and spirits, are often called stars. The bad souls are called wandering stars in the book of Jude:

     Ref: Jude 13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever. KJV

     And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven. In his attempt to control heaven Satan convinced one-third of all the angels to follow him. Seven thousand, after they denounced our Father’s rule over them, would leave heaven in Genesis 6 to mingle and marry the daughters of Adam and of the Gentiles.

     Revelation 12:5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. KJV

     The woman which was ready to be delivered is Eve in the Garden, plus a lot of generations into the future and then Mary would have a child. The child would be Jesus Christ. I told you that this chapter would cover a huge amount of time.

     Eve would be the beginning of the Hebrew race, not the beginning of the human race, and many generations down the road Mary would give birth to He that would be called Messiah and that’s the last thing that Satan wants to see happen.

     After the crucifixion Christ ascended up to the heavens and joined His Father who sits on the throne.

     Revelation 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. KJV

     The length of the time that the two witnesses would prophesy in this heaven/earth age.

     Revelation 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, KJV

     The war that was called the katabole’. The archangel Michael and his one-third of the angels fighting against the dragon/Satan and his one-third of the angels. Well, what about the other one-third, what did they do? They did just what a lot of people do in this age and time: not much. They didn’t/don’t stand for much of anything. Just waiting to see what everybody else does and then follow behind.

     Revelation 12:8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. KJV

     Satan and his 7000 angels are expelled but at a yet future time. These angels will be released from the pit that was full of smoke.

     Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. KJV

     Cast out for that five month period that we’ve talked about so much in this book so far. These angels are also written of in 1st Corinthians and it’s a warning that our Father gives to the women of this world:

     Ref: 1st Corinthians 11:10 For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels. KJV

     The power on her head  is the knowledge of Jesus Christ, the knowledge that He is not only Savior but Messiah as well. These angels know exactly what’s going on during this time and any woman who is more concerned with her nails and her makeup and her soaps will be fair game and these angles will take full advantage of it.

     To put it bluntly: these angels are beautiful and they will have sex with every woman they can, to deceive them with their lies and take their mortal soul to hell with them.

     They are not something to fool around with and if you don’t know what’s going to happen during this time you’re going to be caught in their trap and not be able to get free. Some might say:

 

     “Well, what if I die before these angels and Satan come?”

 

     Fair question.

     Then you won’t have to deal with it but how do you know when it’s going to happen? You don’t. We found out what the season was but not the exact time. Why take a chance anyway? Get your heart and soul right with our Father and His Son and you won’t have anything to worry about no matter what or when it happens.

     Revelation 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. KJV

     Ole chatterbox up there pointing out every time you screw up.

     Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. KJV

     For the accuser of our brethren is cast down. I mentioned this in an earlier chapter. Let’s find out a couple things about Satan.

     Obviously he was in heaven during the first heaven/earth age.

     After that katabole’ he was given a sentence of death in the Lake of Fire but not until the final Judgment. When this present heaven/earth age began he was already in the Garden having some fun with Eve so we know that he was here on earth. The book of Job makes it very plain:

     Ref: Job 2:2 And the Lord said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. KJV

     After his temptations of Christ he was exiled to heaven and not allowed to actually be here on earth from that point on. He would be held behind Christ in heaven, guarded by the archangel Michael:

     Ref: Matthew 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. KJV

     And we have since found out that he will be booted out of heaven and onto this earth for the five-month tribulation.

     These are the places, in sequence, where Satan was actually allowed to be:

  • Heaven----In the first heaven/earth age.

  • On Earth----In this present heaven/earth age.

  • Heaven----In this present heaven/earth age.

  • On Earth----In this present heaven/earth age.

     So, for the accuser of our brethren is cast down is Satan being here during the five months. And while in heaven, behind Christ for all these years, his chatter box mouth has pointed out to all every time that you or I have screwed up in this life. That’s why there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. He was no longer up there accusing night and day.

     And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb. There you have our Father’s promise that not one hair on your head will be touched during these five months if you believe in Him, know the difference between the fake and the real, and have enough faith to believe that He will protect you.

     I know, we’re all quivering little human beings and how can we stand up against all of this but many, especially those two witnesses, were more focused on having a part in thrusting our Father’s truth into the world, that they gave little concern for their own lives.

     Many, many rewards will be waiting for you in the eternity if you have that kind of grit, spunk, and attitude and act on it if a situation presents itself.

     Revelation 12:12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. KJV

     Woe to the inhabitors of the earth because Satan has been released and he is now among us, portraying himself as the messiah. This short time that he has is the five months that we read about in chapter 9, verses 5 and 10.

    Revelation 12:13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. KJV

     Israel. The country of the Hebrew people through which the Christ child was born. This word persecuted means to pursue and he will do just that. The Jews didn’t believe in Christ as the Messiah the first time, perhaps they can be convinced by the fake christ but I don’t believe it.

     Remember the 144,000 that had to receive the seal of God in their mind before He would let the four angels release the four winds? These 144,000 are Jews from all twelve tribes, they are the only ones that will see the truth before the seventh trumpet is sounded. The rest of the Jews will still be unbelievers.

     Revelation 12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. KJV

     Who is the serpent? Satan, the Devil, Lucifer, the Dragon. Time, and times, and half a time is a figure of speech that means 3 ½ years which has been shortened to five months.

     Who is the woman? Israel. They will be under our Father’s protection for that period of time,

     Revelation 12:15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. KJV

     AS a flood of water, not a literal flood of water, for what good would  water do at this time? It’s a flood of lies coming from the mouth of the great impersonator saying I am Christ.

     Revelation 12:16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

     Revelation 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. KJV

     I said at the beginning of this lecture that chapter 12 would go back in time, even to the first heaven/earth age and we would find out how Satan got here for these five months. And we have seen it. He was kicked out of heaven by the archangel Michael.

     People have been taught that this five-month tribulation of Satan/Antichrist would be bloody. Violent. But let me ask you one thing: is that the way that Jesus did things when He was here? Satan/Antichrist is going to look exactly like the real Jesus Christ and he could not win the souls of people over to him if his game plan was destruction.

     Certainly things will get hard for those that do not go along with the program. If you have that seal in your brain you may not be able to buy or sell things. Maybe you should take stock and stow away some food items. It’s only going to last five months.

     Satan/Antichrist is not going to be able to control the world by individual countries but their leaders will all be in agreement with Satan’s plan. Each government will do the regulating of the economy, allowing all to participate if they just follow a few simple rules.

     Many years ago people would have called you a fool for even talking about the U.S. Government having that kind of control over its citizens but listen to the news today. At the start of this year, 2015, the entire adult population of this country is forced, under penalty of fines, to join the national healthcare system. Obamacare.

          And it’s not just the federal government. Why do you think that Kroger wants you to use their card at checkout? So you can get a discount? That’s only the bait that they dangle in front of you so you use the card. They jack the price of their food up if you DON’T use their card.

     They track what you buy. It’s recorded in their computer. They know who you are. You gave them all the information that they needed when you filled out the application for the card. They record every item you buy every time you go there. Are you still surprised that some of the things you buy regularly are in the flyer they send to your mailbox every Wednesday? How did they know what you eat?

     Don’t you think that the federal government can do all this better than Kroger?

     Uh, oh.

     Everybody, it seems, wants to control what you do, where you go, what you eat and who you talk to. Without sounding like a conspiracy theorist, we’re all being prepared, to make it easy for the fake god that’s coming.

     In the next chapter we’re going to find out what Satan/Antichrist’s plan is and how it works. We are still in the time of the sixth trump and there is a lot more to come. 

 

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13 February 2015

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