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REVIEW OF ACT I. Throne Room of God-4 Scroll on God’s lap-5 Lamb to open scroll-5 Six seals opened-6-9 John gets another scroll-10 Seventh seal--11. ACT II. John sees a woman standing on the moon, sun around her shoulders, and 12 stars around her head She is about to bear a child

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review of act i
REVIEW OF ACT I
  • Throne Room of God-4
  • Scroll on God’s lap-5
  • Lamb to open scroll-5
  • Six seals opened-6-9
  • John gets another scroll-10
  • Seventh seal--11
act ii
ACT II
  • John sees a woman standing on the moon, sun around her shoulders, and 12 stars around her head
  • She is about to bear a child
  • Standing by to devour the child is a great, red dragon
satans 1 st attack
SATANS 1ST ATTACK
  • The Dragon is

Satan

  • The child is

Christ

  • Satan’s first attack is to stop Christ’s work on earth
satan s 2 nd attack
SATAN’S 2ND ATTACK
  • Satan tries to prevent Christ from taking His place as Savior
  • Michael and the good angels defeat Satan and the bad angels.
  • The accuser is thrown down
satan s 3 rd attack
SATAN’S 3RD ATTACK
  • Satan attacks the woman
  • God protects her for a time, times, and half a time.
  • This equals three and a half years, 42 months, 1260 days
  • This is the time of persecution led by the beast
satan s 4 th attack
SATAN’S 4TH ATTACK
  • 12:17—against the offspring or children of the women
  • These obey God and hold the testimony of Jesus
  • Christians of the early centuries
  • Satan will attack Christians
the woman
THE WOMAN
  • But who is the woman?
  • Gives birth to Jesus
  • Attacked by Satan but God protects her.
  • The mother of Christians
the woman1
THE WOMAN
  • Mary?—birth to Jesus
  • But not mother of Christians
  • Jews?—birth to Jesus
  • But not mother of Christians

for they rejected Jesus

the woman2
THE WOMAN
  • God’s Eternal Plan
  • Began before the world began—Eph. 1:3-11
  • Gave birth to Jesus
  • Satan wanted to stop it
  • Gave birth to Christians
satan s four attacks
SATAN’S FOUR ATTACKS
  • Christ on earth
  • Christ in heaven
  • Woman (plan) of God
  • Christians by persecution

Revelation is to help Christians meet this fourth attack

satan s two allies revelation 13
SATAN’S TWO ALLIESRevelation 13
  • The First Beast—

7 heads (kings & hills)

Like Daniel’s 4th beast

Rules over the earth

Persecutes Christians

All worship him

satan s two allies revelation 131
SATAN’S TWO ALLIESRevelation 13
  • So the first beast is
  • The Roman Empire
  • whom Satan brings up to help him destroy the church
  • A very powerful ally
  • Now Satan brings up another ally—another beast
satan s two allies revelation 132
SATAN’S TWO ALLIESRevelation 13
  • Satan’s second beast has two horns like a lamb
  • He has one purpose:
  • To make people worship the first beast, mainly its heads
  • Thus this is the Cult of Emperor Worship
satan s two allies revelation 133
SATAN’S TWO ALLIESRevelation 13
  • So Satan thinks he will win—
  • If Christians refuse to worship the Emperor they will be killed.
  • If they do worship the Emperor, they will have abandoned their faith.
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SATAN’S TWO ALLIESRevelation 13
  • Either way, Satan wins.
  • Christ is urging a third way. For Christians to be faithful to Christ even if it means their deaths. Thus people will be drawn to a religion that means enough to die for
satan s two allies revelation 135
SATAN’S TWO ALLIESRevelation 13
  • The Roman persecution on the church lasted from about 90 AD to about 300 AD. The symbolic 1260 days
  • Millions of Christians killed.
  • Their faithfulness defeated Satan’s fourth attack.
announcement of the fall
ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE FALL
  • What does 14:1, 3-4 say of the martyrs.
  • They are on Mt. Zion
  • Heaven
  • Following the Lamb.
  • Singing a song
announcement of the fall1
ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE FALL
  • 14:8
  • Fallen is Babylon
  • A code name for Rome
  • So the announcement that God will soon destroy Rome
  • Rev. 11 and Rev. 11-14 overlap.
destruction of the persecutor
DESTRUCTION OF THE PERSECUTOR
  • Revelation 15
  • Those victorious over the beast
  • Martyrs but they won the victory
  • These anticipate the defeat of their enemy.