Are You Ready to Head-Butt Satan?

And the dragon was enraged with the women, 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. Rev.12:17 NKJV.

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Enraged, orgizo Strong’s #3710. To provoke to anger, this NT verb is always in the passive. It describes a passion that is furious and raging with a desire for revenge. It is so intense a passion that it will terminate by attempting to kill.

The dragon, (Satan) because he has already been defeated (Col.2:14, 15), is relentless struggling to retain claim on the planet he has lost. Revelation 12:12 points out that Satan is enraged because he knows that he has a short time. He sets out to persecute the woman, which is the witnessing church. In verse 14 the two wings of a great eagle is symbolic prototype of God’s protection and nourishing of His people in their deliverance from bondage in Egypt (Ex. 19:4). Verse 15, 16 the serpent utilizes all resources to destroy the woman. The flood symbolizes the peoples of the world (Isa.17:15).

The earth here is God’s creation which is used to preserve His people (Ex. 15:12). Frustrated in his failure to destroy both the Messiah and his community, the dragon makes war with individual members of the witnessing church in verse 17.

I think a lot is said here about what is coming to the Body of Christ. God’s provision is always present, if we take heed and are prepared. History repeats itself especially in the Bible; many choose not to believe it. I feel we are experiencing Satan’s frustration and his imps are working overtime in the minds and daily lives of many people and people groups throughout the world. All the recent atrocities are examples confirming Satan’s frustration.

It is very sad to hear grown people talking about “rapture drills.” One of the works of the Holy Spirit is to fashion us to the image of Christ. To me that speaks of Christian  men and women who are mature and are witnessing to the lost; people with the character of Christ. Our Lord stood against the entire world system by Himself as a man.commandmentkeppers

 

Are we ready to stand and head-butt Satan?

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Oct 30, 2013 @ 21:05:26

    I hope so, my friend.

    “Rapture drills?” I’ve never heard of them. I agree that most of the events in Revelation are future events and that Christ’s coming may be soon.

    Thanks for explaining a term of which I’ve never heard: orgizo.

    Henry Morris, in the Revelation Record, has a little different view of the flood in verse 15. He sees it as “an overwhelming army dispatched by the beast, as instigated by the serpent. This would be the obvious reaction of the irate dictator when the Jews suddenly flee Jerusalem and such a meaning is also consistent with the use of the same figure of speech in the Old Testament. For example, when the Egyptian armies came against Babylon, Jeremiah said: “Eqypt riseth up like a flood and his waters are moved like the rivers; and he saith, I will go up and will cover the earth; I will destroy the city and the inhabitants thereof: (Jeremiah 46:8). Note also Jeremiah 47:2 and Daniel 11:26. Whatever the meaning of the figure, Satan will mount what would seem to be an invincible attack against the godly remnant of Israel in their desert stronghold.”

    Of verse 16 he states, “The overflowing horde of men and weapons sent after the Jews in the wilderness by the beast (If that, indeed, is what the river from the serpent’s mouth depicts), though infinitely superior to the unarmed refugees in might, is utterly unable to conquer them or even to reach them. A great chasm will open in the earth, already trembling and unstable from the worldwide earth movements of the tribulation period and swallow them up.”

    He also writes about verse 17: “Apparently there will also be many Gentiles in the nations of the world who will become believers during this period. Revelation 7:9-14 speaks of a great multitude from all nations who come out of the great tribulations and will then be martyred during its second half. Some will survive, however, and will constitute the remnant who will populate the millennial world when Christ returns.”

    Anyway, I just thought I would share one man’s view. I don’t know if I agree with Mr. Morris as Revelation is interpreted so many different ways.

    His view is one of the most literal you will find.

    Notice that he is not certain about the depiction of the river from the serpent’s mouth.

    It is very possible that “The flood symbolizes the peoples of the world (Isa.17:15).”

    God’s blessings…

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  2. Mannyr
    Nov 01, 2013 @ 15:47:39

    The Rapture drills are from TBN and Jan Crouch (I have not watched this program for a number of years. It is a hobby horse with her). I agree, there are so many interpretations. I find the book of Revelation to be very fascinating as well as scary. :-).

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