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Part I

The "Dragon"
Verse 1
Does This Woman Represent
the Sarah Covenant?
Verse 2


Part II

Verse 3
Verse 4
Verse 5
Verse 6


Part III

Verse 7 
Verse 8 
Verse 9 
Verse 10
Verse 11
Verse 12


Part IV

Verse 13
Verse 14
Verse 15
Verse 16
Verse 17


Part V

Revelation 16:12,13
Last Look at This Unholy



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Part IV


Verse 13

"And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child."

    The story of this chapter has movement and a build-up of conflict, first between the "dragon" and the "man child," and then the "devil" in anger turns his persecuting power against the "woman." It is ironic that the "dragon" does much of its persecuting work directed by the "man child."

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The Spanish Inquisition

The papal forces engaged the civil powers to carry out the most ruthless persecutions against the faithful Christians as represented in the "woman."

It was at the behest of the papacy that the "Holy (?) Inquisition" arose.

    Actually, the "dragon" never had any affection for this "woman." The "dragon" had a history of animosity and persecution of the early Church. The persecution abated when the "dragon" wished to control the "man child."
    However, once the "dragon" was cast out of the ruling spiritual realm, the "woman" was no longer exempt from his hatred. Unless the Lord had intervened on her behalf, she would have perished.

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Verse 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."

"Two wings of a great eagle" are the "wings" of the Old and New Testaments. You never saw an eagle fly with one wing. Both are needed for flight.
    From Peter Waldo on, the messengers to the Church engaged in bringing the Bible to light. Peter Waldo translated the four Gospels into French. Wycliff translated the Bible into English, as did Tyndale. Luther gave us the German Bible.

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Woman in the Wilderness
Revelation 12:14

It was on the wings of a "great eagle" that the "woman" was transported into the "wilderness" of separation in spirit from the "face of the serpent." This expression in itself is most interesting.

We are told the "times of refreshing shall come from the presence [out from the face of] of the Lord [Jehovah]." (Acts 3:19)

This conveys the thought that God’s favor is turned toward man. When the "serpent" turns his "face" toward the "woman," it indicates he has turned his full attention toward destroying this "woman" or toward her "seed."

    God has a "place" for the "woman," underneath the "wings" of the Almighty. "She is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time from the face of the serpent."
    This is a specific time prophecy covering from CE 539 to 1799. It was because of God’s tender care and providence that the "woman" was sustained against the penetrating anger of the "serpent."
    As the twelve hundred and sixty-year time period neared its close, the "serpent" became exasperated and frantic. He must somehow overwhelm this "woman" whom he loathes. Desperate ones must take desperate measures.

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Verse 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."

    Normal serpents are not known to be able to cast out large amounts of water. This "serpent" is in fact that "old serpent," the devil. Water is a symbol of truth of any kind
either spiritual, or human rights and dignity pertaining to mankind.

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The French Revolution

The devil tried a bold move in France, a nation that never had a reformation and where the truth never penetrated as it did in England and Germany.

The "serpent" raised up gifted men of letters who awakened the sleeping nation of France to what America was all about.

    These men such as Robespierre, Voltaire, Rousseau, Danton, Mirabeau, etc., were brilliant writers who with penetrating analysis exposed the evils of royalty and priestcraft. Also, there was no shortage of evil to expose.
    However, most of these men renounced all Christian values and exalted the goddess of reason. The devil’s first love of paganism was reinstituted. Nonetheless, many truths of human dignity and human rights were proclaimed and were anxiously received by the masses.
    "Satan" was never good in handling truth, and in this instance he more or less shot himself in the foot. His design was to make the revolution in France so bloody and repulsive that all the nations of Europe would cringe at what happens when you give people that much freedom. He expected such revulsion on the part of the nations that they would clamor to go back to the old papal controls and authority.
    Satan badly misjudged matters. These reforms were so overdue that the people and nations received them gladly. Once you spill water on dry ground it is hard to get it back again.
    The world could look at two revolutions now, one in France and the other in the United States. The difference was that France took the pagan route and the United States took the Christian path of reform. It was easy to see which bore better fruitage.
    The real purpose of the "serpent’s" strategy was to have "true Christianity," represented in the "woman," "carried away of the flood." He misjudged how thirsty the earth was for this refreshing water. Consequently, the last state was worse than the first.
    He succeeded in causing light and liberty to prosper to his own disadvantage. Satan performs better in darkness than in light.

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Verse 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."

    Try as the "serpent" would, we see his utter frustration and the defeat in this most carefully thought-out plan to harm the "woman." The world was never going back to the old papal way of doing things. The cloak-and-dagger politics where popes and kings could closet themselves in dark design were ending. The people had been treated as serfs and peasants and were tired of the castles and churches on the hill while they dwelt in hovels in dark valleys.
    For the common people the terrors of the revolution were not all that bad. They felt a sense of just retribution on the wickedness of the royalty and priests.

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The Bastille Prison
stormed in the French Revolution

When the people stormed the Bastille in 1789, they got a first hand look at what had happened to their friends and neighbors who had been carried hither.

The human mind cannot imagine how terrible were the instruments of torture, how creative the demonic skills of men, and how poor victims were tortured mercilessly.

    The papal powers would never be able to return to such depths of wickedness. The "serpent" could not recover a drop of water he cast out after the "woman."
    His boldest scheme had failed. He was not only frustrated now but angry. Things were not going better for him. From this point on, every move he made in his warfare against true Christianity found him losing more than he gained. His options were running out and he found himself being moved against his will toward the "bottomless pit."
    While the "serpent" may still score some points, yet each step he takes will require greater loss than his overall gain. In simple language, he is taking a beating. Notice that while the "dragon" is outraged with the "woman," he no longer will be able to persecute her.
    Whatever happens to this "woman"? We are not told. She just fades away and ceases to be involved in the struggle.
    In the "time of harvest" the body of believers is separated
the "wheat from the tares." The general body of believers is separated into those truly consecrated saints and those who are merely parading as Christians.

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Verse 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."


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The Dragon
"Went to Make War
with the Remnant of Her Seed."

To the saints living in these last days of the Gospel period, this last verse is of paramount importance. Here we have absolute information of what lies before us.

Yes, there can be no doubt, the "dragon" "went to make war with the remnant of her [the woman’s] seed."

    Here God is telling us that those "which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ" must at some point meet the "dragon" head on in battle. Is that battle over, or is it future? If it is past, it has been an easy victory for us.
    Most of the Lord’s people believe this is future. They will be well-advised if they make every preparation for this confrontation. This time around, the devil is going to be better prepared than he was in the French Revolution, when he badly misjudged what the results would be. This will be his last chance at crushing the saints.
    They have "smart bombs" now. Precision weapons are replacing wholesale blanket bombing. We would be well-advised to expect the "dragon" to join the battle with hi-tech focused weapons, with the name of every saint clearly marked on it before being sent forth.
    Just because the "dragon" has been slow to make this last assault does not lessen the reality of what must yet take place. The very Word of the Lord makes it clear: the "dragon … went to make war with the remnant of her seed." It has not been consummated yet, but the Word of God cannot be broken. This will occur just as certainly as the sun will rise on the morrow. Dismiss this warning at your own peril.
    Our story does not end in this chapter. The last verse prepares the reader for the battle that the "dragon" has been carefully plotting. In the old days when kings were uncertain that they could win, they sought allies in the battle. We notice the "dragon" does not rush into this conflict. As a matter of fact, he is forced into it.
    In Revelation sixteen, we learn that "seven angels" are each sent forth from the "temple" with a "golden vial [bowl]" to be "poured out" just like "smart bombs." Each has a designated destination
earth, sea, rivers and fountains of water, sun, seat of the beast, the great river Euphrates, and the air.
    These messages will be directed by God to reach their target. The effect of these "plague" messages will be painful and will pull away the cloak that has hidden the operations of the rulers of "darkness." The devil has really been slow about entering this final battle. Anyone would be slow to enter a battle you know you will lose.


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