Jesus Cures All – Daily Message
April 28, 2021
Revelation – my humble translation and things to ponder
We will be spending the next 22 weeks studying Revelation – the book of hope. It was written by John near the end of his life after he received a vision from Christ. He recorded this for the benefit of the seven churches of Asia and for Christians throughout history.
Though most associate this book with only the end times, this is the only book in the Bible that promises a blessing to those who listen to its words and do what it says.
As always, I will be providing my humble translation and some things to ponder.
12 The Woman, the Child, and the Dragon
1 Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars.
2 Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.
3 And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads.
4 His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born.
5 She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne.
6 Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.
Satan Thrown Out of Heaven
7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought,
8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer.
9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.
11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
12 Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”
The Woman Persecuted
13 Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child.
14 But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent.
15 So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood.
16 But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.
17 And the dragon was enraged with the woman, 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.
My Humble Translation:
In verses 1-6, John’s vision is really the story of Christ’s birth…Mary is the woman, Christ is the child and Herod is the dragon who attempted to kill Jesus as an infant.
The story in verses 7-12 is pretty clear as Satan is thrown out of heaven onto the earth; and begins a reign of terror.
In verses 13-17 we should picture the ‘woman’ as all believers who receive God’s protection as satan rages war on them.
I really hadn’t thought about this before, but just like God created mankind and gave them one rule not to break (don’t eat from the Tree of Life); it appears also so that God created the angels and satan decided that he was just as powerful as God and broke away.
One More Thought
One Good Choice for Eternity
It would’ve been nice if God had let us order life like we order a meal. I’ll take good health and a high IQ. I’ll pass on the music skills, but give me a fast metabolism.
Would’ve been nice, but it didn’t happen. When it came to our lives on earth we weren’t given a voice or a vote. But when it comes to life after death we were. In my book that seems like a good deal. Wouldn’t you agree? Have we been given any greater privilege than that of choice?
We’ve all made some bad choices in life, haven’t we? We’ve chosen the wrong friends, maybe the wrong career, even the wrong spouse. We look back and say, “If only—if only I could make up for those bad choices.” Well, we can.
One good choice for eternity offsets a thousand bad ones on earth. The choice is ours.
© Credits: Alan Dupuis & Max Lucado – with All the Glory to God