Dragon cast to earth
And when the dragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth
Satan is now on the earth having been thrown down to the earth (Revelation 12:9).
He has resorted to persecuting the woman (Israel).
This woman gave birth to the male child (Jesus).
Persecution here refers to “Satan’s hostile pursuit and persecution of the Jews as they flee into the wilderness (12:6; 13:4-7).” (MacArthur, John. New Testament Commentary: Revelation 12-22. [Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2000], 29)
Satan wants to destroy Jesus, Jews, and those who believe in Jesus.
14. But the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman
“The reference to the two wings of the great eagle suggests swift and powerful protection.” (Easley, Kendell H., Holman New Testament Commentary: Revelation. [Nashville: B&H, 1998], 213)
See Exodus 19:4 for how God protected Israel when they escaped from Pharaoh. (Easley, 213)
God is again showing provision (nourishment) and protection for Israel.
“The mention of time and times and half a time is the only instance that Revelation uses the phrase (but see Daniel 7:25; 12:7).” (Easley, 213)
God is protecting Israel.
Satan may know where the Jews are, but he will not be able to get to them because God is protecting them. (MacArthur 32)
15. And the serpent
The serpent here is figurative, not literal. This is a characterization of Satan.
“The water he spews like a river out of his mouth is likely symbolic as well.” (MacArthur, 33)
So that he might cause her to be swept away with the flood.
This is another tactic Satan uses to destroy Israel.
16. But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth
How can the earth help?
Remember during the Exodus that God split the waters for the Israelites to walk though on dry land. God will do it again! Exodus 14 and 15 (15:12)
Here the earth opened its mouth
What did the earth do?
Drank up the river which the dragon poured out of his mouth.
We do not know how God does this, but He uses the earth to accomplish His purpose.
Easley says, “God will use the forces of nature on behalf of his people when it suits him. (214)
17. So the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her children
Uh OH!!! Satan is enraged! He is going after Israel’s (and redeemed believers) children.
Who are these children?
Those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.
Are you keeping the commandments of God?
Do you believe in Jesus as your savior?
James 2:19 tells us “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” (KJV)
You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. (NASB1995)
The devils believe and know who Jesus is, but have not accepted Him as their Savior.
In Revelation 12 we have learned that Satan is trying to destroy the Israelites (Jews).
All anti-Semitism is Satan inspired and will finally culminate in Satan’s making a supreme effort to destroy the nation of Israel. From the brickyards of Pharaoh’s Egypt, Haman’s gallows, Herod’s cruel edict, through Hitler’s purge, and to the world of the Great Tribulation, Satan has led the attack against these people because of the man child—Jesus Christ. (McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume V: [Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983], 995)
Your choice is to either follow Jesus or follow Satan.
What will it be?
Do you want to believe in Jesus? Accept Jesus today.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB1995. Copyright by The Lockman Foundation.
Easley, Kendell H., Holman New Testament Commentary: Revelation. Nashville: B&H, 1998
MacArthur, John. New Testament Commentary: Revelation 12-22. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2000
McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume V: Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983