THE SEVENTH TRUMPET IN DETAIL (PART D)
TWO SPIRITUAL WONDERS STRUGGLING
BEHIND THE GREAT TRIBULATION 12:1-17
Today we will start where we left off in our last study, by continuing our study in Revelation chapter twelve.
We will be looking at how Satan has attempted to hurt God by doing all he could to devour the woman. The line of Israel.
Note Satan’s frustrations:
- He did all he could to keep the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, from being born.
- Now that Christ has come, Satan DOES ALL HE CAN DO TO TURN PEOPLE AWAY FROM GOD.
- Even when people do repent and turn to follow Christ, Satan does all he can to turn the followers of the Lord away from Him.
- This is the battle/combat/struggle that is going on behind the scenes in the spiritual world.
- This battle, this war, will continue on and on until the world ends.
- The point of Revelation 12 is to show how the struggle will intensify, in the GREAT TRIBULATION, as we approach the end of time.
- During the GREAT TRIBULATION Satan will use all the resources that he has to destroy the “seed of the woman, the followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.
- He will do all he can to cut and hurt the heart of God.
- God is not willing that a single soul shall perish.
NOTE: Although the present passage is dealing primarily with the great tribulation, the same spiritual struggle is waged in every generation. It is a simple fact that Satan is out to turn every person he can away from God. Satan wants the obedience of people; instead, people are giving their obedience and loyalty to God.
(Revelation 12:5): Jesus Christ is the third character in the great tribulation. Note two points:
1. Jesus Christ was born [sent by the Father] sent into the world to rule. He was sent by God to bring godliness and righteousness to earth, to use a rod of iron of judgment in order to get rid of sin and ungodliness in the world.
a. This He did by the cross. Upon the cross Jesus Christ made it possible for men to be FORGIVEN their sins and to stand before God, free of sin. He did this by bearing the sins of men, women and children upon himself when He died on the cross. He took our sins and punishment of sins upon Himself.
Therefore, upon the cross Jesus Christ made it possible for men to be forgiven. Therefore, men can now be free of sin and be acceptable to God. Jesus Christ JUDGED SIN, condemning it on the cross. Therefore, we can say the rod of iron was used, first upon Satan when Jesus Christ died on the cross. Jesus Christ judged and destroyed the power of Satan and the sin on the cross.
“Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the PRINCE OF THIS WORLD be cast out” (John 12:31).
“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through DEATH he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;” (Hebrews 2:14).
“And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it [the cross]” (Colossians 2:15).
“…For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil” (I John 3:8).
b. Jesus Christ will also use the rod of iron against the nations of the world – against all the ungodly and evil of the world — in the end time. Jesus Christ shall rule all nations and bring righteousness and godliness to this earth by exerting all the authority and discipline of God. He shall bring the kingdom of God to earth.
“Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel” (Psalm 2:9).
“And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father” (Revelation 2:27).
“And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God” (Revelation 19:15).
2. Jesus Christ ascended and was exalted to the throne of God (Revelation 12:5). This is proof that He shall rule and reign and bring righteousness to the earth.
“Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God” (Luke 22:69).
“And declared to the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:” (Romans 1:4).
“Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,” (Ephesians 1:20).
“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11).
“Who (Jesus v-5) is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him” (1 Peter 3:22).
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal Of the LORD OF HOSTS WILL PERFORM THIS” (Isaiah 9:6-7).
Now let’s move to The Great Spiritual Struggle Behind the Great Tribulation 12:6-17.
Introduction: the curtain has been rolled back between earth and heaven, and we have seen a great spiritual conflict going on behind all the ungodliness and evil of this world. We have seen that the dragon, the devil, is out to hurt and cut the heart of God. He does this by turning people away from Christ and leading them to destroy their lives by following evil.
The Revelation has shown us three things:
- The rampage of the devil against God.
- The rampage of the devil which will intensify in the end time.
- The intensifying of Satan’s rage will grow and grow, especially during the great tribulation.
The great discussion of this passage: the spiritual struggle behind the great tribulation – the dragon’s (Satan’s) attacks against the woman (Israel).
- The woman flees for her life (Revelation 12:6).
- The great war over Israel and God’s people is fought in heaven (v. 7-9).
- The great victory and salvation are won (v. 10-11).
- The warning to earth is given (v. 12).
- The dragon launches an attack upon the woman (v. 13- 17).
REVELATION 12:6 – ISRAEL — GREAT TRIBULATION: The woman flees for her life. This is the picture of the terrible holocaust of the end time. We know this because of the thousand two hundred and sixty days (three and one-half years) mentioned.
NOTE: This is the period always referred to as the GREAT TRIBULATION. The woman, Israel, is going to be severely persecuted by the Antichrist in the end time. The Jews are going to have to flee for their lives, flee to the wilderness of the mountains, hills and forests — to every hiding place they can find.
NOTE: However, we must always keep in mind that the holocaust is going to be launched against the Gentile believers of the end time as well.
There will be literally be millions – a numberless number of Gentiles slaughtered right along with the Jews (Revelation 7:9).
“After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; and cried with a loud voice, saying Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen” (Revelation 7:9-12)
All believers and Israel (the Old Testament people of God), will be fleeing to every corner of wilderness in the world, seeking any place they can to hide.
NOTE The wonderful promise: God has a place for His people to hide. God is going to save a remnant of believers. He is going to use this persecution to turn even more Jews to Him, who is the true Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ.
“God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the Scripture saith of Elias? How he maketh intercession to God against Israel” (Romans 11:2).
“For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?” (Romans 11:15).
“And they [Israel] also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again. For if thou [Gentile believers] wert cut out of the olive tree [Israel] which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?” (Romans 11:23-24).
“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that the blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:” (Romans 11:25-26).
“For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day” (2 Timothy 1:12).
“Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge until these calamities be overpast” Psalm 57:1).
“Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep” (Psalm 121:4).
“For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall” (Isaiah 25:4).
“…I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou are mine.
When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shall not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee” (Isaiah 43:1-2).
(Revelation 12:7-9) – Satan – The Great Tribulation – The end time: Most interesting topics to study. Are you ready to really dig in?
The great war over Israel and God’s people is to be fought in heaven. The great struggle for the believer’s soul occurs in the spiritual realm, the spiritual world or dimension of being. This is the picture of these three verses, Revelation 12:7-9).
Again, the great struggle for the souls of Israel and the believers in the end time will be occurring in the spiritual world. Remember: Israel and the believers are having to flee for their lives from the worst holocaust the world has ever seen. It has been launched by the Antichrist, the one man who embodies the very evil of the devil himself. These verses (7-9) show us what lies behind this terrible holocaust, what is causing the terrible attack against Israel and the believers.
As we continue our study in Revelation we will see the forces of the spiritual struggle in which we will see Michael and his angels. We will also attempt to understand Satan and his fallen angels. Please read Revelation 12:7-9.
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