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The Big Picture. Revelation 12. Revelation 12 Introduction. Revelation 12 Introduction. This is a “big” chapter for two reasons: I t repeatedly uses the Greek word megas , meaning “big, great, grand, loud or large.”

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The big picture

The Big Picture

Revelation 12


Revelation 12 introduction

Revelation 12 Introduction


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Revelation 12 Introduction

  • This is a “big” chapter for two reasons:

  • It repeatedly uses the Greek word megas, meaning “big, great, grand, loud or large.”

  • It gives us the “big picture,” of the age-old angelic struggle and how the nation of Israel fits in, especially at the time of the end.


Revelation 12 outline

Revelation 12 Outline


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Revelation 12 Outline

  • The Woman, the Dragon, the Child 12:1-6


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Revelation 12 Outline

  • The Woman, the Dragon, the Child 12:1-6

  • War In Heaven 12:7-12


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Revelation 12 Outline

  • The Woman, the Dragon, the Child 12:1-6

  • War In Heaven 12:7-12

  • Hell on Earth 12:13-17


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Revelation 12 Outline

  • The Woman, the Dragon, the Child 12:1-6

  • War In Heaven 12:7-12

  • Hell on Earth 12:13-17

  • Conclusion: Defeating the Devil


The woman the dragon the child 12 1 6

The Woman, the Dragon, the Child 12:1-6


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The Woman, the Dragon, the Child 12:1-6

  • 12:1-2 Who is the woman?


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The Woman, the Dragon, the Child 12:1-6

  • 12:1-2 Who is the woman?

  • Some would say the Virgin Mary.

  • As a result, Marian iconography has often used the symbolism of a 12-starred garland around Mary’s head.


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The Woman, the Dragon, the Child 12:1-6


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The Woman, the Dragon, the Child 12:1-6

  • 12:1-2 Who is the woman?

  • No can argue that Mary gave birth to the Child in question in this chapter.

  • Nonetheless, the rest of the chapter doesn’t match up with anything we see in the Bible pertaining to Mary

  • Further, John describes the woman as a “sign,” anticipating further symbolic meaning.


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The Woman, the Dragon, the Child 12:1-6

  • 12:1-2 Who is the woman?

  • If we look for similar symbolism elsewhere in the Bible, we find something significant way back in Genesis 37:9-10.


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The Woman, the Dragon, the Child 12:1-6

  • 12:1-2 Who is the woman?

  • If we look for similar symbolism elsewhere in the Bible, we find something significant way back in Genesis 37:9-10.

  • Jacob interpreted Joseph’s dream as pertaining to the whole family of Israel.

  • Why are there 12 starts here rather than 11?

  • Because Joseph is also part of the nation that gives birth to the Male Child.


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The Woman, the Dragon, the Child 12:1-6

  • 12:3 Who is the dragon?


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The Woman, the Dragon, the Child 12:1-6

  • 12:3 Who is the dragon?

  • This one turns out to be easy, because John tells us down in 12:9.


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The Woman, the Dragon, the Child 12:1-6

  • 12:4 What are the stars?


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The Woman, the Dragon, the Child 12:1-6

  • 12:4 What are the stars?

  • Stars in Revelation frequently refer to angels.

  • We have the seven angels of the seven churches at the beginning of the book.

  • A star falls from heaven in Revelation 9:1 and is given the key to the bottomless pit.


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The Woman, the Dragon, the Child 12:1-6

  • 12:4 What are the stars?

  • Here Satan throws one third of the stars of heaven to earth.


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The Woman, the Dragon, the Child 12:1-6

  • 12:4 What are the stars?

  • Here Satan throws one third of the stars of heaven to earth.

  • Does that mean 1/3 of the angels of heaven were involved in the rebellion of Satan and have now become “fallen angels” or demons?

  • Biblically, this is not a dumb idea.


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The Woman, the Dragon, the Child 12:1-6

  • 12:4 As for the dragon attempting to devour the child as soon as it was born, we may remember Herod’s reaction to hearing that there was another King of the Jews.

    • See Matthew 2:16 if you want to read about it.


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The Woman, the Dragon, the Child 12:1-6

  • 12:5 As for the Male Child:

  • In Psalm 2:7-9, a messianic passage, we see the imagery of the rod of iron.

  • If you want to read about Christ’s ascension, the reference is Acts 1:9-11.

  • Fun Fact: The word John uses, translated “caught up” is the same one Paul uses referring to the rapture of the church.


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The Woman, the Dragon, the Child 12:1-6

  • 12:6 At some point after Christ’s ascension, the woman is forced to flee to the wilderness.

  • Later we’ll see why.

  • The 1260 days are equal to 42 months of 30 days each. (Remember Israel was on a lunar calendar, so the months are all equal.)

  • This is also referred to as “a time and times and half a time” (12:14) or 3 ½ years.


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The Woman, the Dragon, the Child 12:1-6

  • 12:6 The 3 ½ year time period indicates that the woman will be protected for the latter half of the seven-year period.

  • The seven-year period is defined back in Daniel 9:27, in the prophecy of the 70weeks.


War in heaven 12 7 12

War In Heaven 12:7-12


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War In Heaven 12:7-12

  • 12:7-8Michael is one of the chief angels in heaven and has a special association with the nation of Israel.

    • See Daniel 12:1.

  • The dragon and his angels lose in an epic struggle with Michael and his angels.

  • Notice that Satan, though powerful, is on the same level as Michael, not as God.


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War In Heaven 12:7-12

  • 12:9 The great dragon, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan

  • He is all of these things and is identified by various terms throughout the Bible.

  • One of his favorite pastimes is deceiving the whole world.

  • Here’s what Jesus says about him in John 8:44.


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War In Heaven 12:7-12

  • 12:9We are not really told why the devil and his angels have access to heaven now.

  • We are told that they will one day lose that access to heaven once and for all.

  • From this point, half way through the 70th week of the prophet Daniel, the devil’s days are literally numbered.


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War In Heaven 12:7-12

  • 12:10-11The great dragon, identified as the serpent, the Devil and Satan, is here called “the accuser of our brethren.”

  • One of his other favorite pastimes is that he accuses us before God day and night.

  • Each of us has no doubt given him way too much material to work with.


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War In Heaven 12:7-12

  • 12:10-11 The voice from heaven declares that these Tribulation saints were able to defeat the devil in three ways:

    • By the blood of the Lamb

    • By the word of their testimony

    • And they did not love their lives to the death.

  • We’ll talk more about Defeating the Devil in our conclusion.


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War In Heaven 12:7-12

  • 12:12 Heaven just got more heavenly, because the devil will never be allowed to show his ugly face up there again.

  • The earth, on the other hand, is about to get more hellish. The big dragon has big wrath.

  • Thomas: “A portion of the world already in the throes of God’s wrath must now add to that the fury of the archenemy of God.”


Hell on earth 12 13 17

Hell on Earth 12:13-17


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Hell on Earth 12:13-17

  • 12:13 When the devil gets bored with lying and accusing you and me, his final favorite pastime is persecuting the nation of Israel.

  • We can see it from the time of Pharaoh, to Haman, Herod and Hitler, through the Holocaust and down to the present day.

  • What nation has had so long a history and so many enemies who were so fully determined to see that nation destroyed?


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Hell on Earth 12:13-17

  • 12:13 The best explanation we will ever have for it is that the devil hates the Jews and loves to deceive the nations.

  • God loves the Jews – and through them He gave the world its Messiah.


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Hell on Earth 12:13-17

  • 12:13 The best explanation we will ever have for it is that the devil hates the Jews and loves to deceive the nations.

  • God loves the Jews – and through them He gave the world its Messiah.

  • Mental Note 1: That alone is enough reason for the devil to hate them.


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Hell on Earth 12:13-17

  • 12:13 The best explanation we will ever have for it is that the devil hates the Jews and loves to deceive the nations.

  • God loves the Jews – and through them He gave the world its Messiah.

  • Mental Note 1: That alone is enough reason for the devil to hate them.

  • Mental Note 2: That alone is enough reason for Christians to love them dearly.


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Hell on Earth 12:13-17

  • 12:14 This flight into the wilderness is the same one Jesus spoke about in His Olivet Discourse – which we find at the end of the first three Gospels.

    • For example, in Mark 13:14-23.


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Hell on Earth 12:13-17

  • 12:14 The imagery of eagle’s wings was used in the Bible before, to refer to Israel’s exodus from Egypt.

    • See Exodus 19:4

  • This time they will actually be leaving their own land and seeking shelter in the wilderness.


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Hell on Earth 12:13-17

  • 12:14So where does the woman go?


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Hell on Earth 12:13-17

  • 12:14So where does the woman go?

  • This verse tells us she has a special place to hide from the serpent.

  • Earlier, in 12:6, we read that the place was prepared especially for her by God.

  • One possibility is found in Isaiah 16:1-4.

  • The name Sela means “rock” and is an ancient city now commonly known as Petra in Jordan.


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Hell on Earth 12:13-17


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Hell on Earth 12:13-17


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Hell on Earth 12:13-17


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Hell on Earth 12:13-17

  • 12:15-17 It’s probably too speculative to try to say how this is exactly going to look.

  • The water or flood could be literal, but there is biblical precedent for it to be an attack by invading armies.

  • Either way, the woman is protected, the dragon is enraged and spends the rest of his energies making war with anyone left who is a follower of Jesus Christ.


Revelation 12 conclusions

Revelation 12 Conclusions


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Revelation 12 Conclusions

Defeating the Devil


Defeating the devil

Defeating the Devil


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Defeating the Devil

  • Knowing Your Enemy

  • Resisting Your Enemy

  • Overcoming Your Enemy


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Defeating the Devil

  • Knowing Your Enemy:


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Defeating the Devil

  • Knowing Your Enemy:

    • The name Satan comes from Hebrew and means “opponent, enemy or adversary.”

    • Devil comes from Greek and means “slanderer or accuser.” He is one who speaks maliciously against others – against people like us.

    • He also speaks evil of God to people.

    • He is the great Deceiver or Father of Lies.


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Defeating the Devil

  • Knowing Your Enemy:

  • In this chapter we’ve seen that the devil loves to spend his time in three related activities.

    • Deceiving the whole world.

    • Accusing God’s people.

    • Persecuting the Jews – and any others who would keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.


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Defeating the Devil

  • Resisting Your Enemy:


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Defeating the Devil

  • Resisting Your Enemy:

    • When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, He responded to each temptation by quoting from Scripture.

    • Apply the Word to your temptation. It pits the truth against the devil’s lies.

    • James 4:7-8 connects resisting the devil to repentance and submission to God.


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Defeating the Devil

  • Overcoming Your Enemy:


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Defeating the Devil

  • Overcoming Your Enemy:

  • Revelation 12:11 showed us three things related to overcoming our Accuser. They were:

    • The blood of the Lamb.

    • The power of our testimony or “witness.”

    • Not loving our lives to the death.


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Defeating the Devil

  • Getting the big picture about life in this universe means giving Jesus his rightful place – on the throne of our lives.

  • And giving the devil his – in the garbage dump of eternal dishonor.


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