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Friday, February 08, 2008

Revelation 12

Woman sees dragon, runs

Summary:
A big amazing pregnant woman was in labour, then a maddive 7-headed red dragon appeared who caused a third of all the stars to fall. The dragon waited to eat the child, who was to rule the world, but God kept the child safe and the woman hid. After battling with Michael and the angels, the dragon, or the devil, was cast down to earth.

Be happy and rejoice because the devil has been beaten by Jesus' blood. Now the kingdom of God can start.

The dragon chased the woman and threw rivers at her, but she got away. The devil went to chase other prey.

Key verse:
9. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.

My thoughts:
So my first thought is that the woman is pretty much Mary and the child is then Jesus. But, even though Revelation isn't exactly chronological, it would be weird for Satan to be thrown from heaven after Jesus was born. There's also kinda the implication that Michael and the angels may not've won, which is a little dualistic.

It may be talking of some other random future event.

Here's a weird thought. Perhaps Jesus came into the world when he did because it was only at that point that Satan was defeated so that God could get his ultimate victory through Jesus. That's why he didn't do it early. That would kinda take power away from God though!

What's the implication of Satan being thrown to earth? How does that affect us?

Ah, Revelation is weird.

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