Satan Is The Great Antagonist Of The Jewish People

A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads. Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.”[a] And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. (Revelation 12:1-5)

This vision that John sees describes Satan’s great antagonism towards the Jewish people, and against Jesus the Messiah in particular. The woman, as I explained in my last post, represents the Jewish people. She is pictured here as being in “pain” about to give birth. This represents that great persecution/trials/hardships that the Jewish people have experienced over the years. Ultimately, however, their birthing pains were not in vain: the Jewish people eventually gave birth to a “male child” who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.” This male child, of course, is Jesus the Messiah. There is a great “dragon” pictured as standing right in front of the woman in order to devour the Messiah as soon as He is born. The dragon is Satan (verse 9). He sweeps “a third of the stars out of the sky” which many believe to be the angels which he persuaded to follow him in his rebellion against God. He is attempting to destroy Jesus so he can take His kingdom. But Satan fails to kill the Messiah, who is “snatched up to God and to his throne.” This picture’s Jesus’ ascension to heaven. The Dragon failed to destroy Jesus when He came to Earth the first time, and yet Jesus did not stay on Earth to challenge Satan’s Earthly kingdom at that point. However, Jesus will come again, at which point He will destroy Satan’s dominion on Earth and “rule all the nations with an iron scepter.”

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