Peace and grace in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.Revelation 12:3-18
12:3. And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads.
Revelation 12:3-18 refers to the clear appearance of Satan which is completed with the six activities as follows:
- [Revelation 12:4a] His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth (it is explained in Bible Study Service in Malang, November 24, 2020).
- [Revelation 12:4b] Devouring.
- [Revelation 12:7] Fighting.
- [Revelation 12:13] Persecuting or catching up fast.
- [Revelation 12:15] Causing the woman or the church of God to be carried away by the flood.
- [Revelation 12:17] Making war or persecuting the left sons of God.
ad. 1. His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth
Specially, the star refers to the pastor. Generally, it refers to ones who are used by God for glorifying Him and becoming blessings for others, so they will be glorified by God someday up to the eternal glory. The star is never dreary. Isaiah 9:149:14. The elder and honorable, he is the head; The prophet who teaches lies, he is the tail.
The tail of the dragon refers to the false teachings or lying spirits.
The false teachings refer to the reversing of the Bible or the interpretation according to the will and logic of men. It means that the verses in the Bible are added or taken away according to self- will or self-interest. Isaiah 9:15-169:15 For the leaders of this people cause them to err, And those who are led by themare destroyed.
9:16 Therefore the Lord will have no joy in their young men, Nor have mercy on their fatherless and widows; For everyone is a hypocrite and an evildoer, And every mouth speaks folly. For all this His anger is not turned away, But His hand is stretched out still.
'the leaders of this people
' = the pastor.
If a pastor is drawn by the tail of the dragon and he teaches the false teachings, the congregation will be scattered or not be shepherded. No one will be responsible of the salvation. They are in weariness; even they lose the direction to the New Jerusalem, and perish forever.
Adding and taking away the verses of the Bible has happened in Garden Eden. It also lasts until the end of age and increases rapidly like a serpent in Garden Eden which has turned into a dragon.
Genesis 3:2-33:2. And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden;
3:3 "but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.' "
Genesis 2:162:16. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freelyeat;
Eve took away the word 'freely.' It means the bad ears which are controlled by the deaf spirit. Genesis 3:33:3. "but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touchit, lest you die.' "
Genesis 2:172:17. "but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die."
Eve added the word 'touch.' It means the bad mouth which is controlled by the dumb spirit. Revelation 22:18-1922:18. For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book;
22:19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Luke 9:37-399:37. Now it happened on the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, that a great multitude met Him.
9:38 Suddenly a man from the multitude cried out, saying, "Teacher, I implore You, look on my son, for he is my only child.
9:39 "And behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out; it convulses him so that he foams at the mouth, and it departs from him with great difficulty, bruising him.
This is about the deaf and dumb spirit.
Mark 9:259:25.When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, "Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!"
The deaf and dumb spirit or the false teachings causes us to go towards the valleys, namely the false worship to the Antichrist.
The consequence is the spiritual epilepsy.
It means as follows:
- Not feeling guilty in sins. It means the self-truth. One never feels guilty, but always blames at others and God.
Feeling righteous, one will feel great and blessed by God although actually he is poor, blind, and naked.
- Being epileptic or only committing sins up to the peak, namely the sins concerning eating-drinking and marrying-being given in marriage.
Therefore, we must hold fast the true teaching Word. Do not give any chance for hearing the false teachings.
Luke 9:28-299:28. Now it came to pass, about eightdays after these sayings, that He took Peter, John, and James and went up on the mountain to pray.
9:29 As He prayed, the appearance of His face was altered, and His robe became white and glistening.
If the teaching is true, the direction will be up to the mountain of worship and the New Jerusalem.
We get the power of resurrection. The number 'eight
' refers to the resurrection.
The power of resurrection is the same as the power of the horns on the Golden Altar of Incense.
The horn comes from the bone material. The bone refers to the power of resurrection.
Who has the power of resurrection? Jesus has. None of His bones was broken on the cross. Therefore, He is called as the horn of salvation. Luke 1:67-691:67. Now his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying:
1:68 "Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited and redeemed His people,
1:69 And has raised up a horn of salvationfor us In the house of His servant David,
Jesus must die on the cross, but He is risen for being the horn of salvation.
Thus, the worship prayer means that we are holding and getting the power of Jesus' resurrection. This is the mercy of God for us, the Gentiles.The results are as follows
- The mercy of God for enduring and being victorious.
8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
8:36 As it is written: "For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter."
8:37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
Let us worship God much more. We make our best efforts, but God determines all things.
- The mercy of God gives us extra power, so we can endure for facing the threats and problems.
It means that we do not get disappointed and hopeless as well as leave God, but keep faithful and fervent in spirit in the service and ministry to God. We keep on worshiping God.
God looks at our faithfulness and seriousness in the service and ministry to Him.
85:11. Truth shall spring out of the earth, And righteousness shall look down from heaven.
85:12 Yes, the LORD will give what is good; And our land will yield its increase.
Having the faithfulness, we will receive the justice from God, namely our right is returned to us and added with goodness, so all things become good.
- 'we are more than conquerors' = the mercy of God is able to make us more than conquerors.
It means that we can defeat the stronger enemy although we are small and powerless. All impossible problems are finished by God.
We get the peace and all things become easy and light.
- The mercy of God is able to renew us from the fleshly men to the spiritual ones like Jesus.
3:17. The LORD your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing."
3:18 "I will gather those who sorrow over the appointed assembly, Who are among you, To whom its reproach is a burden.
What must be renewed? The heart must be renewed.
21:3. Simon Peter said to them, "I am going fishing." They said to him, "We are going with you also." They went out and immediately got into the boat, and that night they caught nothing.
21:4 But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.
21:5 Then Jesus said to them, "Children, have you any food?" They answered Him, "No."
21:6 And He said to them, "Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some." So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish.
The disobedient heart must be changed into the meek heart, namely obedience until the flesh does not speak anymore.
Being disobedient, one will decrease to the valley of failure or fall up to the valley of death or perdition.
Being obedient, God will lift us up. All things are successful and beautiful in time of need. All things are restored and used by God for His glory and being blessings for others.
We get the miraculous preservation until the time when the Antichrist reigns over the world.
When Jesus comes a second time, we will be changed to be as perfect as He is and worthy for welcoming His coming on the glorious clouds.
God blesses you.