In the twelfth chapter of Revelation, John has identified the “woman,” which is the nation of Israel; the “red dragon,” who is Satan; and finally the “child,” who is the Lord Jesus Christ.
John then went on to write about the intense battle that took place in heaven as Satan and all his demons were expelled by Michael, the Archangel. Satan was expelled and forbidden ever to enter God’s presence again. Realizing that his time is short, Satan increases his evil destructive plans on the earth and on those who are still alive during this Tribulation Period.
As we look at this third section of Revelation 12, we are once again reminded of the terrible death and destruction that has followed the history of the Jewish people. Understandably, much of their suffering has come from God through chastisement because of their disobedience and His attempts to bring them back to Himself. Sadly, though, the vast majority of their persecution and destruction has come from Satan and his desire to destroy God’s plans and purposes which have always included the people of Israel.
If you look back through the history of Israel, you will realize that there has not been a time in the history of the Jews that they have not been the object of anti-Semitism. From Abraham to the twentieth century Holocaust of Hitler, the Jews have been displaced, persecuted and killed. But despite their history of suffering, Satan and man have been unable to wipe them out—they remain resilient, only because God has a plan for them.
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