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“Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child. But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
 
12:13
Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child.
 
God cast Satan out of heaven to earth. “Earth” is the theater whereby God works out the angelic conflict and the test of man in that conflict. Israel is a central player in that program.
 
The persecution of Israel (the woman) here is the beginning of the Great Tribulation.
12:14
But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent.
God gave Israel special supernatural powers to flee from Satan (Matthew 24:16). These are Jews who accepted Jesus as the Messiah in the first half of the Tribulation (Matthew 24:14). God always preserves a godly remnant.
The length of Satan’s persecution of Israel is “a time and times and half a time.” This is three and a half years (Daniel 7:25; 12:7).
12:15
So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood .
This “flood” may be a huge flood of soldiers sent by the Antichrist. Satan seeks to exterminate the remnant of Israel from the face of the earth.
12:16
But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.
God intervened into nature and supernaturally delivered Israel from this peril of the Antichrist’s armies.
12:17
And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
The word “rest” means remnant. This is a godly remnant. God always keeps a godly remnant for Himself. These are clearly Tribulation saints.
Principle:
God calls upon Christians to resolve the angelic conflict in terms of how he lives out his individual life.
Application:
This passage gives much information about Satan. There are many myths about Satan, most of which originated from him. Many people think Satan is in hell. But he is not. He never has been. Though God will cast him into hell on a future day, but he is not presently in hell. Other people picture the Devil as a red monster with forked tail, cloven hoofs, horns and a pitchfork. That too is a fairy tale.
The Devil loves to give distortions of himself so that we miss the real issue.The fact is, we face issues where fallen angels (demons) seek to undermine our Christian lives. One reason God placed us here on earth is to show that Satan did not have to fall. Jesus is the prime example of someone who overcame Satan and his temptations.
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