Week 52   Day 4


There is much in  Revelation that we do not understand


We know that John will use a word to represent something else

            like in his second letter he addressed it

            to the "elect lady"

            when he was actually sending it

            to a church (probably to the men in the church) 


So in the revelation he uses words

            but does not mean the word

            in a literal sense


Other things confuse too 

            how can there be war in heaven 

            and what is the Devil doing there 

but in asking these questions I am taking the vision literally

            and missing the point


I need to stand way, way back when I read this 

            if I stand too close

            I get distracted by many details 

from the vantage point of distance 

            I am better able to see the whole story

            and receive the message God has for me.




                           BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

      A birth and a war in heaven; Satan is thrown out.

                                        Revelation 12


    1Now a great sign appeared in heaven:  a woman clothed

with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head

a garland of twelve stars.  2Then being with child, she cried

out in labor and in pain to give birth. 

   3Another sign appeared:  a great fiery red dragon having

seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. 

4His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them

to the earth.  The dragon stood before the woman who was

ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was


    5She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with

a rod of iron.  Her Child was caught up to God and his throne. 

6Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a

place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one

thousand two hundred and sixty days.

    7War broke out in heaven:  Michael and his angels fought

the dragon and his angels, 8who did not prevail, nor was a

place found for them in heaven any longer.  9So the great

dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil

and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to

the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 

    10Then I heard a loud voice saying, "Now salvation, and

strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His

Christ have come.  For the accuser of our brethren, who

accused them before our God day and night, has been cast

down.  12Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell

in them!  Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! 

For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath,

because he knows that he has a short time."

    13When the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth,

he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child. 

14But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that

she might fly into the wilderness, where she is nourished for

a time and times and half a time.  15So the serpent spewed

water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman.  16The

earth helped the woman, and opened its mouth and swallowed

up the flood. 

    17The dragon was enraged with the woman and went to

make war with the rest of her offspring, those who keep the

commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus.
            This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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