John W. Ritenbaugh Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. 9:27) and the invasion from the north is seen to be the cause of the breaking of the covenant (Dan. Proud member However, He is resurrected, so no really serious damage occurs to the Child born of the woman—Israel. Some serpents are indeed said to eject from their mouths poisonous bile when they are enraged, in order to annoy their pursuers; and some sea monsters, it is known, spout forth large quantities of water; but the representation here does not seem to be taken from either of those cases. That place is, I believe, where the Israelitish nations are located today. of He has Masters degrees in Biblical Exposition and Old Testament from Talbot School of Theology (BIOLA) and a PhD in New Testament from Andrews University. 11:26; Rev. From now on in the book of Revelation. This takes us in time sequence up through the Middle Ages—through the Inquisitions, Crusades, and tribulations of the times where the church hid in the mountains, hills, and Alpine valleys of central Europe. It has my testimony in it. This is the first time John reveals explicitly who is behind the persecution: “that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan” (12:9). Interestingly, Revelation 12:15 pictures this flood spurting from the serpent's mouth, the very place on the body where words emanate! I let the common sense of the prophecies as they relate to current events. 11, 12, edit. The Beast from the Sea, Caligula, and the Beast from the earth, Agrippa I. Salem Media Group. John W. Ritenbaugh i., pp. of Craig Koester also considers 11:19-15:4 as a unit describing “the conflict between the Creator and the destroyers of the earth” (Revelation, AB, 523). Caligula ordering Agrippa I to build a giant statue of himself and place it in the holy of holies. Revelation 12:13–17 depicts the dragon pursuing Israel in an attempt to destroy her. In verse 1, Israel is described as a Woman clothed with the sun and moon and wearing a crown of stars. and grow in your knowledge of the Bible with videos highlighting John W. Ritenbaugh Salem Media Group. Verse 17 provides a hint, mentioning "the remnant of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood; along with the empire, and be no more; but his designs were frustrated, and he disappointed; so people, nations, and tongues, are compared to waters in ( Revelation 17:15 ) ; see ( Isaiah 8:7 ) ( 28:2 ) , which the Targum interprets of the armies of much people. Aimed directly at the woman, that torrent is a diabolical and merciless attempt to sweep her away! 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. This usage, in turn, has a direct connection to another usage important to this article and understanding Revelation 12:15-16. All rights reserved. But also by this danger the woman remains unharmed, because the earth absorbs the stream. Since the covenant is said to be broken in the middle of the week (Dan. This is the same invasion spoken of in Revelation Rev. A.F.V Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. The Anchor Bible Commentary by J..Massygberde Ford places its origin to the time of the Baptist. Otherwise, why would verse 11 say they "overcame . Learn how your comment data is processed. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. In other words, the Woman who fled and her offspring that keep the commandments are, at the time verse 17 occurs, at different locations. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your account. 2 J. Dwight Pentecost, Things to Come: A Study in Biblical Eschatology (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1958), 352. Also, as you know, Revelation was written closer to AD 90. It is the mere product of the imagination, but the sense is clear. Daniel 1:8-16 - What was Wrong with the King’s Food? The dragon spoken of in Revelation 12 is clearly Satan, who desires to destroy Israel and her child, Jesus Christ. It is Israel the nation that is fleeing, not the church. The seven units have the same 4 + 2 + 1 pattern with a brief interlude between the sixth and seventh unit. Verses 10-11 allude to the church by mentioning people overcoming the Dragon by the blood of the Lamb. The Woman who gave birth to the Messiah is specifically named. See what over 145,000 subscribers are already receiving each day. - Revelation 13:16-18. Revelation 12:15 shows the serpent, Satan, spewing a torrent of "water out of His mouth like a flood"!Aimed directly at the woman, that torrent is a diabolical and merciless attempt to sweep her away! Words, like water, have awesome power to do good or bad. Revelation 11:7 mentions the beast for the first time, but who or what the beast refers to is not developed until Revelation 13. In verse 16, it is Israel the nation that is helped by the earth by swallowing up the flood. But “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on” (Rev 14:13). Revelation 12:15, CSB: "From his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river flowing after the woman, to sweep her away with a flood." 1809, "a man was called to fix upon the period in the history of the world, during which the condition of the human race was most calamitous and afflicted, he would, without hesitation, name that which elapsed from the death of Theodosius the Great to the establishment of the Lombards in Italy, a period of one hundred and seventy-six years. At the end of the chapter, we find the church again experiencing another, far more intensive tribulation that will be not only intense but much encapsulated in time. Who Are the Seven Angels in Revelation 8:2? In the past, we have always applied verse 14 to the church, but there is nothing to indicate any change in subject has taken place! 3 Frederick William Danker and Walter Bauer, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2000), 694. 2 She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. Some commentators group chapter 15 with chapter 16 since the pouring of the bowls is introduced in 15:1 and executed in chapter 16. He and his human agents will be soundly defeated, and Satan will be bound in the bottomless pit for a thousand years. The Beast and Babylon (Part Four): Where Is the Woman of Revelation 17? It is interesting to note that the letters to the Thyatira, Sardis, and Philadelphia churches in Revelation 2 and 3 mention a remnant: "the rest in Thyatira" (Revelation 2:24); "a few names even in Sardis" (Revelation 3:4); and implied in the direct promise, "I also will keep you from the hour of trial" (Revelation 3:10). Revelation 12-15 is a major section of the book patterned in the same style as the other three sets of seven in the book (seals, trumpets and bowls). God is figuratively, symbolically pointing in the direction of the origins of the true church. This site is a proud member of the Salem Web Network, a subsidiary of Salem Media Group. Be inspired in your walk with Jesus Christ It is true these savage nations were much more intent upon the acquisition of wealth and dominion than upon the propagation or support of the pagan superstitions, nor did their cruelty and opposition to the Christians arise from any religious principle, or from an enthusiastic desire to ruin the cause of Christianity; it was merely by the Instigation of the pagans who remained yet in the empire, that they were excited to treat with such severity and violence the followers of Christ." Verse 13, which follows the interlude involving the Dragon being cast to earth, clarifies the object of the prophecy up until verse 17: "Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child." And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood, &c.] Which cannot design any persecution before the fall of Paganism, either of the Jews, or of the Romans; nor indeed the Arian persecution, since the casting out of this flood is distinguished from the above persecution, and was after the church began to flee upon that persecution; though it is not unusual for … In John 7:38-39, water clearly represents God's Holy Spirit. The seven units have the same 4 + 2 + 1 pattern with a brief interlude between the sixth and seventh unit. I have a new article I”m posting on my website. Rev. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. Long has taught full time at Grace Christian University since 1998, specializing in Bible and Biblical languages. Laodicea, though, must go through the fire (Revelation 3:18-19). Flood is ποταμόν [ potamon] , used to describe a large quantity of water, as during a natural disaster (Mtt. 9:27) has evidently guaranteed Israel an inviolate right to the land. Then, in verses 7-12, the narrative digresses somewhat, showing us something yet to occur: a war in heaven between Satan and his demons and Michael and the angels.