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December 28 - Morning

"A great and wondrous 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 his heads.
 His 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 he
might devour her child the moment it was born.

She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter. And her
child was snatched up to God and to his throne.

The woman fled into the desert to a place
prepared for her by God, where she
might be taken care of for 1,260 days.

And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. 
He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.

When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. The woman was given the two
wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to
the place prepared for her in the desert, where
she would be taken care of for a time, times and
half a time, out of the serpent’s reach.

Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river, to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent. But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. 

Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring—those who obey God’s commandments 
and hold to the testimony of Jesus.

- Revelation 12:1-7, 13-17

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The Woman vs. the Dragon    

In chapter twelve John sees a vision that includes a woman and a dragon. This vision captures the battle between God's promises and Satan's opposition from the beginning to its final conflict.

12:1  A great and wondrous 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.
Her crown is the stephanos or the victors crown. John's use of the word "sign," semeion, refers to a miraculous event that points to some deeper spiritual significance.

12:3  Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads.
The crowns here are diadama, or "diadems" which is a royal crown.  The royal crown symbolized political authority and denotes sovereignty. "seven heads and ten horns" are the same as what belongs to the beast in:

  • Rev.17:7: "which has the seven heads and ten horns."  
  • Rev. 17:9, "This  calls for a mind with wisdom.  The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits.  They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for a little while."
  • Rev. 17:12   "The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast.  They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast."  

The seven heads are Satan’s seven world empires that ruled the earth: Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Rome and the Antichrist’s. The seven crowns were originally on these seven heads. They were diadems. These are crowns of ruling power and authority.

In Revelation 13:1 it says: “I saw a beast coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name.”

The beast is the anti-christ. The ten horns are the 10 nations from Daniel that are subdued and used by the anti-christ. The beast has the historical backing of Satan’s kingdom but also the contemporary authority of the ten nations ruling for Satan.

12:5  She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.  And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne.
"Snatched" is the word harpazo which means "to seize, to snatch, to take away" It is the same word as is used in 1 Thessalonians concerning the rapture. The child came, accomplished his purpose, but it was not yet time to rule all the nations with an iron scepter, so he was snatched up to his throne. The "child" is Jesus, the Messiah, who is described in the Old Testament:

"Who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter." - Psalms 2:9

"In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man,. . . .He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away. . ." - Daniel 7:13, 14,  

12:6  The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.
Who and when does this happen?
a)  The escape of the Christian/Jewish community to Pella in 66 Ad before the Roman invasion?
b)  The preservation of the 144,000 Jewish people during the tribulation?
c)  The hiding of the church in the world during the church age?

12:7  And there was war in heaven.  Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back.  
This second half of the vision is recorded in two parts:
a) the battle in heaven
b) the hymn of victory
Michael won the battle but the verses of that record the hymn shed light on some important details:

  1. the battle was won in heaven due to the blood of the Lamb
  2. the victory included the redeemed giving their testimony

Satan’s kingdom is on the earth and the earth’s atmosphere.

  1. Satan is the “god of this world” (2 Cor.4:4)
  2. Satan is the “prince of the power of the air (Eph.2:2)
  3. Satan controls the demonic powers called “spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph.6:12)

The Greek grammar clearly indicates that the dragon or Satan will start this battle, and so the Greek could be translated, “Michael and his angels had to fight the dragon.”

12:8  But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven.
This was the final blow to Satan which resulted in his expulsion to the earth. Now the battle on the earth will intensify.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"Religion is us trying to prove to God how important we are...spirituality is being humble enough to allow
God prove to us how
important He is."







Something to Ponder??

In 325 AD the recently Christianized Roman Empire of Constantine was set back with a theological issue revolving around the nature of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Was Jesus eternally God or was he like the Father, but more like a divine-human superhero of Greek mythology?

The issue persisted when Arius from Alexandria, Egypt continued to press the issue that Jesus was created and not eternal. Soon riots around the empire were erupting and the Emperor Constantine could no longer consider this a mere "religious issue. He ordered the meeting of the Church Council of Nicaea. And, Constantine would oversee this council himself.

In the end Arius' view, called Arianism, lost and the view of Athanasius was adopted as correct doctrine which describes the Son as
"true God from true God, begotten not made, of one substance with the father."

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
Bakah (Hb) - Weeps (Eng) - bakah is a Hebrew verb that means "to weep" and, depending on the context, "to wail." Bakah is used over 100 times in the Hebrews Old Testament.  

A massive reservoir from the time of the Solomon's Temple has been found on the west side of the Temple Mount in the Central Valley (Tyropoeon Valley). This was a water source used publicly in addition to the water from the Gihon Springs.
(Details here and here.
Great Images here, here, here)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I understand that the world is not the place to have my best life?
The world is a battle ground where evil is trying to overcome righteousness, but evil will be destroyed.
This world is not the place to enjoy the very best of life...atleast, not yet!
  "He who robs his father or mother and says,
' It's not wrong' -
he is partner to him
who destroys."
- Proverbs 28:24
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Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC
This is a view looking south-southeast down into the Hinnom Valley.
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Details of the Burnt House on the Stepped Stone Structure under the royal palace in Jerusalem.
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