This chapter describes in detail the persecution of Israel by the great red dragon. The chapter opens with a sign from Heaven called a great wonder, and another sign which is the great red dragon with ten horns and seven crowns. We see this dragon cast out of Heaven and one third of the stars of Heaven are cast out with him. We see the dragon has a name and that he is cast out into the earth and his angels with him. We will see war in Heaven and the protection of Israel.
Revelation 12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
Revelation 12:2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
Now I am going to give you quite a bit of scripture for the purpose of proving that the woman depicted in these verses is in fact the nation of Israel. Remember that this book of Revelation is all about Israel with just a little Gentile thrown in so that we do not forget them.
Dr. Pentecost states that “the major emphasis in Revelation 11:19-20:15 is the attack of Satan against the people with whom God is dealing at that time” and I certainly agree with his statement.
We will see three personalities or personages in this chapter. The first would be the woman clothed with the sun, and this person brings with it the most controversy. The great red dragon of verse 3 would be next, and we will get a confirmation of the who the dragon is in Revelation 20:2. After the dragon, we will see the man child and will be able to find a quotation from the Messianic Psalm 2 that tells us who the child is.
We will start with the Woman first and give evidence that she is Israel.
Could this woman be Mary the mother of Jesus Christ? The Roman Catholic Church says that it is, but it is most likely not, for Mary was not persecuted as we see that this woman is. The facts of chapter 12 cannot be twisted far enough to make the woman fit the life of Mary.
Some believe that the woman is the Church, but that cannot be supported either. The Church has already been taken out of the world. Jesus Christ gave birth to the Church, the Church did not give birth to Jesus Christ. We would have to spiritualize or allegorize the scripture to come up with this interpretation which would then violate the literal method of interpretation.
Now this next view may cause you to giggle just a bit but bear with me as I relate it to you. The Christian Scientists movement, according to Dr. David Jeremiah, believes that the woman depicted in this chapter is none other than its founder Mary Baker Patterson Glover Eddie, we know this because she said it of herself, that she was the woman.
Now I am not sure what happened to this view when she died and she certainly did die in 1910. She also believed that the dragon that would fight against her was the mortal mind. Now as the late Dr. Walter Martin would have said, (my paraphrase) “This is so far out there that we cannot get a radar fix on it.”
Now, have we ever seen in scripture, Old or New Testament, that the sun, moon or stars are used in conjunction with or in relation to Israel? Yes we have, and the following scriptures will bear this out.
Genesis 37:9 Now he had still another dream, and related it to his brothers, and said, “Lo, I have had still another dream; and behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”
The eleven stars representing the other eleven sons of Jacob with Joseph being the twelfth. These twelve sons are Israel and the twelve tribes. Next, look at the Old Testament book of Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 31: 35 Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name:
Jeremiah 31:36 If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever.
Jeremiah 31:37 Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD.
Once again this links Israel with the sun and moon and stars.
Then we have the book of Joshua. Joshua 10:12 Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.
Joshua 10:13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.
The heavens are always associated with the nation Israel as in the following passages also.
Psalm 89:35 Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David.
Psalm 89:36 His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me.
Psalm 89:37 It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.
Now we come to the number twelve and we find that it is associated with government. Dr. Pentecost writes in his book Things to Come: “The number twelve not only represents the twelve tribes of Israel but is used in scripture as the governmental number.”
Look at the following verses and consider them as those that will judge Israel (govern).
First we have the books of Matthew and Luke.
Matthew 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Luke 22:28 Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations.
Luke 22:29 And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;
Luke 22:30 That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Israel is promised the governing rule of the twelve tribes in the kingdom of God. Now, just one more passage should settle the matter on who the woman is.
Romans 9:1 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,
Romans 9:2 That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart.
Romans 9:3 For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:
Romans 9:4 Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises;
Romans 9:5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.
This passage tells us in no uncertain terms that Christ came out of Israel and that all of the promises, adoption, glory and covenants were given to Israel.
Now the last bit of wisdom is that the Church is never called a woman but is called a Bride or a chaste virgin never a woman. Israel is referred to as a woman in the Old Testament in passage after passage.
Moving right along to the ‘great fiery red dragon’ we see in the following verses:
Revelation 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
Revelation 12:4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. Translate the word wonder to the word sign and this will make better sense.
There are 12 references in Revelation alone about the dragon, not counting the references in the Old Testament, where there are 6 more about a dragon.
The dragon that we have here in Revelation 12 is shown to be a great red dragon and in scripture the color red always depicts death just like the red horse of chapter 6 verse 4 depicted war and death.
We see a description of the dragon in verse 9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Scripture calls the dragon Satan, Devil and that old serpent, so there is no doubt about his identity. We will see in the following chapters and verses how Satan has attempted to destroy or sidetrack Christ so that the plan of God would be foiled (as if that could happen), and what he is, and will be doing in attempting to thwart the plan of God for the nation Israel. Remember this book is about Jesus Christ, it is the unveiling of Christ and of His judgment upon the nation Israel.
The seven heads and ten horns with ten crowns are very interesting. I am reluctant to go into much detail here in this chapter because we will visit this again in great detail when we get to Revelation chapter 17.
There is much controversy as to the meaning of the seven heads being the seven mountains. Some believe that they are literal mountains where the old Roman Empire was located. Some believe that the seven mountains (heads) indicate seven rulers of Rome with the eighth still to come.
Others believe that the ten horns with the crowns are kings that have not yet received a kingdom. Some think the European common market is meant others the United Nations and some believe it will be a revival of the League of Nations.
Almost every work written on this time period depicts the ten horns residing on one head, not all heads with one horn each. This would show that all of the kings were under the authority of one central king and may I say that this is what it will be like during the tribulation period.
Revelation 12:4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
We see here that during the fall of Satan there were other angels that joined with him and fell. Some of these angels are confined in the river Euphrates, some are in the bottomless pit and others are free to roam the earth as demons.
Satan is depicted as waiting for the woman to deliver her child so that he might destroy the child. Think back to what Herod did to the children that were 2 years of age and under, did he not have them killed?
Matthew 2:16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.
Matthew 2:17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying,
Matthew 2:18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.
Yes he did, because he thought that he would get the child that was born of the woman killed. I believe that Satan used Herod so that he could kill the Messiah before the cross and thereby thwart the plan of God. Well it did not work because Joseph was warned in a dream to get out of Jerusalem and go to Egypt thereby thwarting Satan’s plan.
Matthew 2:12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
Matthew 2:13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
Matthew 2:14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:
Matthew 2:15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.
We see that God’s plan worked because Christ was brought forth of the virgin of Israel and went to the cross. Satan could not stop the crucifixion, he could not stop redemption, and he could not stop the veil of the temple from being rent into two pieces. Satan is a defeated enemy but he will not go down gently. He will kick and scream and take as many souls with him as possible.
Revelation 12:5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.
Christ was born, crucified on the cross of Calvary, buried, laid three days in the grave, and then rose again. He was seen of about 500 people and then ascended to Heaven to be with God the Father and sit at His right hand.
1Corinthians 15:5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
1Corinthians 15:6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
1Corinthians 15:7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
1Corinthians 15:8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
Revelation 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
We get a picture of this by looking at the wanderings of Israel in the wilderness after coming out of Egypt, but that is not what is happening here.
The 1260 days is our clue. I believe that we see God’s protection of the remnant of Israel during the tribulation period. God will watch over and protect His people just as Christ watches over the Church and provides His protection.
Notice the following verses that depict the war in Heaven.
Revelation 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
Revelation 12:8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Once again, as in previous studies, we see that Michael is the protector of Israel and is now fighting for them. Michael fights with Satan and all of the fallen angels and defeats them. Satan is once again called the deceiver that deceives the whole world and is now cast out into the earth and is no longer granted access to Heaven.
In the Old Testament books of Ezekiel and Isaiah Satan was cast out of his position before God but here he is cast out of Heaven never again to have access to the throne room of God. I believe that this happens at the mid point of the tribulation period.
Ezekiel 28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
Ezekiel 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
Ezekiel 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
Ezekiel 28:16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
Ezekiel 28:17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
Ezekiel 28:18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.
Ezekiel 28:19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.
Isaiah 14:9 Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.
Isaiah 14:10 All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us?
Isaiah 14:11 Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.
Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
Isaiah 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
Isaiah 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
Isaiah 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
Isaiah 14:16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
Isaiah 14:17 That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?
Isaiah 14:18 All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house.
Isaiah 14:19 But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet.
Isaiah 14:20 Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned.
Revlation 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
Once again as in previous studies we see that Michael is the protector of Israel and is now fighting for them. Michael is the only angel that is ever called an Archangel. Michael fights with Satan and all of the fallen angels and defeats them. Satan is once again called the deceiver that deceives the whole world and is now cast out into the earth and is no longer granted access to Heaven. In Ezekiel Satan was cast out of His position before God as the most beautiful Cherubim as we saw in the Ezekiel passages referenced above.
Satan is pictured as one that covers the Holy Mountain of God. Satan is a created angel and was given authority, power, position and dominion in like manner that the king of Tyrus was given that type of position.
Here Satan is called the accuser of the brethren and we see that Satan has been there day and night telling God about all of the faults of His people just as he attempted to do with the Old Testament saint, Job. The New American Standard Bible (NASB) edition of the Bible has a slightly different rendering of this passage, it reads as follows:
Revelation 12:10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night.
We pay attention to the last line where it reads who accuses them before our God day and night. This version which has what I believe to be the best rendering of the Greek word ‘kat-ay-gor-eh-o’ is translated as a ‘Plaintiff, to charge with some offence, accuse’. This is a present tense usage which would mean that Satan was in Heaven until the time he was cast out attempting to slander the people of God. The Greek word for devil is ‘Dee-ab-ol-os’ meaning slanderer.
Now even if we use the King James Version (KJV), I believe that we see the same thing. The KJV uses the word ‘kat-ay-gor-os’ which means basically the same thing, ‘accuser, Plaintiff’. The KJV seems to use the word in a past tense way that would indicate something that was done before Satan was geographically cast out of Heaven, but he was doing it until the time he was cast out.
Chapter 12 is rather unique in that it starts out showing Israel to us as the woman preparing to birth the Lord Jesus Christ, and then continues on to show that Satan wanted to destroy Christ before He could accomplish His mission, the cross where He paid for the sins of the world and the resurrection that proved that He was and is indeed the Christ.
We then jump ahead to the start of the tribulation where we see the great red dragon, and we see Satan being cast out of Heaven at the mid point of the tribulation.
Good Bible scholars all agree with this rendering, i.e., Dr. Barnhouse, Dr. McGee, Dr. Pentecost, Dr. Lightner, Dr. Hocking and Dr. Jeremiah just to name a few that all come together on this passage and believe that we must hold this view if we believe the overall teachings of the Bible.
The question was raised that God is Holy and cannot stand face to face with evil, but just the opposite seems to be true. Jesus Christ stood face to face with Satan during the temptation in the gospel of Matthew.
Matthew 4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
Matthew 4:2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
Matthew 4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Matthew 4:5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
Matthew 4:6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Matthew 4:7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
Matthew 4:8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
Matthew 4:9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
Matthew 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
Matthew 4:11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
God the Father stood face to face with Satan in Heaven when referring to His servant Job, and since Satan was in the Garden of Eden deceiving Eve which had to be before Job’s time, we see that Satan has been doing his slandering and deceiving for a long time.
Now to be fair and balanced look at the following passage and then I will give you the explanation.
Habakkuk 1:13 Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?
Now you might say does this refute the things that you just said and the answer is no, not at all.
For you see the Hebrew rendering of this text, which the KJV is translated from, is different than what we see here. The word for look is the word ‘naw-bat’ which means ‘regard with pleasure’. God does not regard with pleasure the evilness in the world today, and that is why we see the judgments of the book of Revelation. God is punishing sin and those that participate in it.
Now, because I have a lot of faults, I am glad that Jesus Christ is our advocate (defense attorney) that stands before God the Father, and each time I sin, tells Him “Not guilty Father, he belongs to Me.”
Do you have that assurance that Christ stands between you and The God of creation that must punish evil? Do you know for sure?
I pray now that you will take a moment and reflect on your salvation experience, and make sure that you have in fact really had a salvation experience.
If you have not asked Jesus the Christ into your life to be the Lord of your life I will guarantee that He is not there. We all must invite Him in. I did and He came in and restored me to a newness of life and gave me the guarantee that I will live with Him for eternity in the place called Heaven with streets of gold.
Now, moving right along, we see in the previous verse that Satan is now confined to planet earth and will soon be wreaking havoc with the inhabitants.
Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Revelation 12:12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
These two verses speak of receiving Jesus Christ and overcoming the power of Satan by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony. This speaks of the word of God which they testified to and believed even though it cost them their lives.
May I say that the Christian will not bow down to any idol or false god because the word of God and the indwelling of the Spirit of God will sustain them even to the laying down of their lives.
The believer will live and die victoriously because of Jesus Christ. The believer is promised a dwelling place (mansion) in Heaven. It is said that we will rule and reign with Christ and I cannot think of anything that would be better than reigning with the Lord Jesus.
Verse 12 tells us that the heavens are to rejoice and the inhabitants to rejoice, because the Devil has come down unto the inhabitants of the earth. Because he knows that he has just a little time left, he is full of great wrath. Satan lost the conflict in Heaven so he will now bring his war to the earth.
It is quite interesting that during this time of wrath that God will protect His people. Those that die will be taken directly to Heaven and those that live will be ushered into the Millennial reign of Christ to rule and reign with Him for a thousand years.
If we think back to verse 6 and remember where the woman fled we can see a picture of God’s protection of the nation Israel.
Revelation 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
Notice that this verse says that the place was prepared by God.
David fled to a wilderness area when he was pursued by King Saul, because he could hide in the many caves and rocky areas. This wilderness area is just south and east of Jerusalem, it is a desert area and it also has mountains.
Tour groups do not go into this wilderness area for fear of getting lost. It is said that this is the area where Bishop Pike wandered into and got lost. They eventually found him dead in this wilderness. I think that this area is today called En Gedi.
God has always protected the people that worship Him and are true to Him, and He will continue to protect His people.
Now the following verse shows us that when Satan is cast down he now persecutes the woman whom, as we have seen before, is Israel through whom the Lord Jesus Christ came.
Revelation 12:13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
Now, let me give you a clue as to just how evil and disgusting Satan really is. Satan would rather kill all of the people left on the earth and his followers than to see them turn to Jesus Christ for salvation. Satan will destroy his own worshipers, those people that bow down to him and call him lord, rather than take a chance that one of them might turn to Jesus Christ for help. We see this in the destructive forces of Satanism today.
We see again in the next verse that God will protect His people, Israel.
Revelation 12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
The wings represent swift flight and Israel will certainly be quick to exit when Satan starts the war here on planet earth. God fed Israel in the wilderness for 40 years, and He can certainly feed them again for three and one half years.
Revelation 12:15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
Revelation 12:16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
Revelation 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Remember the teaching about the words like and as? We see them here at the start of verse 15 for we see here the word as which means a similarity in action or quality.
We thus interpret this passage to mean that Satan comes after Israel with a great rush or gushing as would be the case of a dam breaking and the water flowing out suddenly. Immediately after being cast out of Heaven Satan rushes to destroy Israel.
Israel has had three and one half years from the rapture of the Church until now where they have been in relative safety and now Satan in his wrath is out to destroy them.
Verse 16 says that the earth helped the woman by swallowing up the flood which is symbolic of Israel being able to hide in the wilderness and Satan not being able to find them. We see that this so enrages the dragon that he now returns and tries to make war on anyone that professes to have received Jesus Christ into their lives.
Satan now attacks anyone who keeps the commandments, speaks about Jesus Christ, preaches about Jesus or gives any outward sign that they are believers.
Please keep in mind that Satan is a defeated enemy and no matter what we see happening in this book, God is still in charge, Jesus Christ is still at His right hand and prayer moves the hand of God.
May God richly bless you as you study His word.