The Dragon’s Flood…Revelation 12 pt 10

 When And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. 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. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.(Revelation 12:13-18)

What have we seen in this vision so far? We have seen the completion of Genesis 3. The woman in the garden has become a very pregnant Israel, the “daughter of Zion” and wife of Jehovah. She writhes in the agony of labor for to her was granted a great task, to be the receptacle of the Word of God and of the MEssiah.

The serpent in the garden has become a Dragon, with all worldly power; political, military, economic, media, put to his disposal.His identity is revealed in the same vision. He is “The serpent of old”,the fallen Angel who deceived our first parents, and brought about the fall of man and the ruin of the first creation.

And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.(Revelation 12:9)

He is also described as “the Devil”, a compound word Dia and Bolos– Dia meaning “to divide”” and bolos meaning “to throw”. He throws lies and innuendo out to divide people. He divided Adam and Eve from God, from each other, and has perpetrated every other division between people since.

The Dragon is also referred to as “Satan”, the adversary, for he brought constant charges against God”s people before the bar of Divine justice, like a prosecuting attorney.Thus he is referred to as “The accuser of our bretheren”.

Finally he is described in the vision as, the one that “deceives the whole world”. The entire world, except for the seed of the woman, are entrapped in the various lies of this arch liar.

The ultimate lie is that man can make it on his own without the God of the Bible, but for everyone on earth there are variations of the lie.Whether it be re-incarnation,(you shall not surely die), or the lie of Islam,or of evolution,or the apparitions of the virgin Mary, or Aliens, they all amount to some kind of deification of man and proclaim that humankind s advancing towards a godless Utopia.

However, the “seed of the woman” is born in spite of the dragon’s opposition. He is the man-child, destined to rule the world with a rod of iron, and to crush the serpent’s head.The serpent couldn’t dissuade him or stop Him. After the man-child did His saving work, crushing the serpent, at the cost of great personal pain, He ascended to Heaven!

Now the serpent is wroth with the woman and the remnant of her seed. The woman flees to the wilderness, but the serpent belches out of his mouth a flood, to destroy the woman.

What is the nature of that flood? There may be much more to it, but I already think I have an answer to that question, and that we are seeing this flood play our currently.

The devil is pouring out of his mouth a flood of…words.

That’s right, with all of the world’s Media at his disposal, The Serpent is pouring out floods of propaganda, turning the world’s opinion against Israel, implying things which are not true, and repeating the big lies over and over again, no matter how outrageous and far-fetched they are. Here is just a recent sampling of headlines coming out, slanted against Israel;

*“Israeli Police Shoot Man in East Jerusalem”, was the headline of an AP story after a terrorist rammed a car into a crowd in Jerusalem, killing a baby and wounding 8 people waiting for train station.

*When two Palestinian Terrorists carried out a murderous attack on a Synagogue in Jerusalem, in November,2014, killing four Jews and injuring six others,

CBC news reported “Jerusalem Police Fatally Shoot Two After Apparent Synagogue Attack”

The BBC reported the same incident with this headline“Jerusalem Synagogue Kills Four Israelis” The story reports, “At least four Israeli’s have been killed and seven injured in what police say was a “terrorist attack” at a Jerusalem Synagogue”

When CNN reported on it, one was left to wonder who was the attacker? “Four Israeli’s,Two Palestinians Killed in Synagogue Attack,Israeli Police Say”

What we are constantly seeing, not just in News Reporting but in sermons, political speeches, street protests, University courses, theatrical dramas, tweets, blogs, television, Radio, and a host of other forms of media, is a steady stream of slanted, biased words, designed to change people’s opinions about Israel, and to elicit sympathy for Israel’s enemies.

Joseph Goebbels, Adolph Hitler’s propaganda chief would have loved to have had the sophisticated social media, internet, tweet and other forms of modern communication.He is the one who gave us the adage, tell a lie often enough and people will begin to repeat it and accept it as common wisdom.

The Serpent is pouring out Words calculated to incite; accusing Israel as an Apartheid state(Preposterous), or that Israel has committed “War crimes” and that the Palestinians are an oppressed people.Comparisons are made between Israel and Nazi Germany, and the Palestinians and Joseph and Mary, Israel as Goliath and Palestinian terrorists as David.

Words are powerful, they work. Through well-chosen words, the serpent is deceiving the whole world.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and for Israel, that they might see the Messiah whom (we) they have pierced!

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The Woman Must Flee to the Wilderness…Revelation 12 pt 9

And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days… And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.(Revelation 12:6,14)

The Dragon hates the woman. Though Satan couldn’t stop the birth of the Messiah, his triumphant life and ministry, and his death and resurrection, He still utterly hates Israel for being the vessel used by God.

This is what has driven the two-thousand year history of anti-Semitism throughout the world.

A survey of the previous century alone reveals the hideous truth of near universal hatred of Jews.

Early in the century the slanderous lies of the popular book, The Protocols of the Wise Men of Zion, poisoned he minds of intellectuals throughout Europe. This poured fuel upon the already rampant antisemitism expressing itself in raging pograms throughout Eastern Europe, the Ukraine and Russia. World War One set the stage for the Nazi holocaust and slaughter of one-third of all world Jewry, the success of which depended in large part upon the apathy of America and Europe to Jewish suffering.

After the Second World War the world said “never again” would they sit by idly while Jews are slaughtered. Then came the rise of Petro-Arabia, and through that Petro-wealth came a resurgent Wahhabi Islam, spreading the most extreme and virulent strain of Islam throughout the world. As the century closed, the lights began going out in Europe for Jewish life, as the persecution began again in earnest, this time through Moslem Immigrants.

Satan is raging! Through mass immigration of Muslims into the civilized world, combined with lowered birthrates due to abortion and birth control, The stage is being set for the final holocaust.

How bad will it get? So bad that the Jewish people will have to flee to the wilderness for a while, and to re-live the Exodus, complete with having to live in tents and booths in the wilderness.

On the one hand it will be a flight for Israel’s life. Somewhere in that last period of time, there will be a very public display of blasphemy, by the anti-Christ. This display, is called “The abomination of desolation”, and was predicted by Daniel the Prophet.

In Matthew 24, Jesus was making a definitive description of the “End of the Age”, and was listing te various signs of the times and of his coming, he listed many universal spasms such as earthquakes, famines, pestilences and wars. But in verse 16 Jesus suddenly speaks to a specific location;

When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.(Matthew 24:15-20)

The tribulation will commence when the abomination of desolation is committed. On that day, Jesus warns those in Judea ( Currently called, The West Bank, or te Occupied Territory), To flee to the wilderness. Something so awful will begin to happen, and the urgency will be so great, Jess tells the Jews of Judea not to even go into the house to pack.

The U.N. spends about a third of all of its time deliberating these tree separate but connected issues; the status of Jerusalem, the borders of Israel, and the establishment of the Palestinian state, in Judea and in the Gaza. Those Jews who live in Judea, are consider occupiers and interlopers. The world hates them and pressure is constantly being put on Israel to force them out of the area just as the Israeli government forced jews out of the Gaza.

The situation will explode,near the end, to the point where Jews will have to flee out into the wilderness to relive the exodus, and to be sustained by God himself. The “wings of the great Eagle” spoken of in Revelation 12 are an allusion to God’s own description of the Exodus experience and his tender care for the young Israel.

He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye. As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings:(Deuteronomy 32:10-11)

Hosea had warned that God would take Israel, his unfaithful wife, back out into the wilderness, that he might rekindle their love. They would once again call each other husband and wife, and be betrothed anew as a result of the trip to the wilderness…

Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her…. And it shall be at that day, saith the Lord, that thou shalt call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali. For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name… And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies. I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the Lord.(Hosea 2:14-19)

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Three And A Half Years…Revelation 12 pt 8

And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. … Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.(Revelation 12:5-12)

The Woman eventually gave birth to the Man-child. The promised seed of the woman was born, the Dragon was unable to prevent him, nor stop him in his mission to bring salvation and deliverance to men.

Now for the first time fallen men were rendered able to overcome the Dragon. By his death and resurrection, The Man-child conquered death, and brought men back into fellowship and righteousness with God.He put men back on God’s side.

The shed blood of the Man-child, would be fallen man’s answer to God for their sins. Sinners could now renounce their own sinful lives, and exchange them for His substitute life. Satan would no longer reign supremely, because self would be dethroned, through the sacrificial death and resurrection of the Man-child.

They no longer fear death, for they have been delivered from sin, which is the sting of death.

And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.(Revelation 12:10-11)

Now on earth, there is a company of believers, who have died and been raised again unto new life, the vanguard of a New Creation,out of the grasp of the serpent and into the hands of God, in the world but not of it. They also are the seed of the woman, for the church is in a direct continuity with Israel.

The day will come, when the Dragon will lose all access to the courts of heaven.Satan has long stood there as the adversary and prosecuting attorney, bringing charges before the Lord, against Israel and the church.

But as this present age draws to a close, Michael the Angel and defender of Israel rises up, and war breaks out in Heaven (and on earth).

And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.(Daniel 12:1)

The result of the war in heaven? The Dragon, who is the serpent of old, the devil and Satan, is cast out of the heavens to the earth, for a short time. How long? Three and a half years.

This time period is so important, it is repeated in three different ways in scripture.

And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.(Revelation 12:6)

And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.(Revelation 12:14)

And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.(Revelation 13:4-5)

The woman flees, into the wilderness where she is helped by God, repeating the Exodus, dwelling in tents and sustained by God, for three and a half years.

The Devil is cast down to earth in great fury, for a “short time”, three and a half years.

The Dragon receives worship through his human regent, the Beast, for three and a half years.

Woe to the inhabiters of the earth, and of the sea, (The earth is Israel, the sea are the nations)! The Devil has come down to you …knowing he has but a little time. The time is called “The affliction”, the “Time of Jacob’s trouble”, “Night”, and “The great tribulation“, and “Tribulation such as the world has never seen before nor shall it ever see again“.. How long Oh Lord, How Long?

A time,times and a half a time, or forty-two months, or 1,260 days…three and a half years.

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The Seed Of The Woman…Revelation 12 pt 7

And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.(Revelation 12:1-5)

The woman travailed in birth to bring forth a man-child. This is the meaning of so much of Israel’s sufferings. She was chosen to be the receptacle of the Messiah. This has incurred upon her the opposition and hate of the serpent.

Why did the Pharoah twice take Abraham’s wife? (Genesis 12 & 20)This was a Satanic attack on the seed. Isaac was to be a miracle baby, and so also the Messiah. Consider the implications had Pharoah slept with Sarah! Another Pharoah also took Isaac’s wife Rebecca. A Later Pharoah sought to kill all Hebrew baby boys.

Years later upon the death of King Ahaziah of Judah, Queen Athaliah, (Ahab and Jezebel’s daughter, but married to the King of Judah) seized power and slew all of her children and grandchildren except young Joash. He was hidden by priests, until he came of age. This son of David, was in the line of the seed, he was an Ancestor of Jesus, the Messiah. (2 Chronicles 22&23)

Always the Dragon stands before the woman trying to destroy the seed of the woman to thwart the prophesied salvation. Finally we had the tyrant Herod seek to kill all of the baby boys born in Bethlehem over a two year period.

This corresponds with the prediction in Genesis 3 of the enmity between the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent,

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.(Genesis 3:15)

The prophecy has a two tiered fulfillment. There would come an individual, born of a virgin, to crush the serpent’s head. This is the Messiah.He is destined to recieve all of the Kingdoms of this world, and to rule and reign with a Rod of Iron over all of the earth. Now would be a good time to recieve the meesage of the second Psalm,

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him(Psalm 2).

And of course of the serpent, there will soon emerge an individual, who will take power on earth, this is He…

Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.( 2 Thess 2:4)

But only for a short time.

And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,( 2 Thess 2:8-9)

The seed of the woman and of the serpent also has a corporate meaning. Humanity from the beginning would divide, going one of two ways; The way of Cain, or the way of Abel.

Some would have an inward affinity with the chastened Adam and Eve, and thus become through repentance, the spiritual “seed of the woman”; humbly acknowledging that sin deserves death and the need of God’s redemption, patiently enduring all things whilst awaiting the triumph of the Messiah, living as pilgrims and strangers in this world.

But the rest would go in “the way of Cain” (Jude) and spiritually have an inward affinity with the serpent in his rebellion. No one describes this as well as GH Pember, in his book Earth’s Earliest Ages,

…the enmity should not be confined to the serpent and the woman, but should also extend to their seed. Who, then, are the seed of the serpent ? They are those who manifest that spirit of independent pride by which their father the Devil fell : those who will not acknowledge their own hopeless condition, and submit to be saved by the merits of the Son of God; but will either themselves do what is to be done, or else proudly deny the necessity of any doing at all, and clamour against God -if they have any belief in His existence-because He does not at once gratify all their wishes without any reference to His broken law. For blinded and maddened by self-conceit they believe the lie of the serpent, and, considering themselves as God, have, consequently, no reverence for Him, nor hesitate to defy His will if their own inclination prompts them to do so. Such are the serpent’s seed, distinguished by the spirit which animates their father and federal head, and doomed at last to share with him the Lake of Fire.

Neutrality is impossible, a non decision is a decision, but there is still time to examine yourself, to see which side you resonate with, and to “Seek the Lord while He can be found and call upon Him while He is Near…”

He is near….”time to examine yourself, to see which side you resonate with, and to “Seek the Lord while He can be found and call upon Him while He is near….”

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Why The Dragon Hates Israel…Rev 12 pt 6

And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.(Revelation 12:1-4)

There is a special relationship between Genesis 3 and Revelation 12, for both feature a Serpent(Dragon) and a woman, and a special enmity between the woman and the serpent.

In Genesis 3, after the fall, there was an arraignment of the offenders before the bar of Divine justice. Though they had hidden themselves from the Most high, there are shadows of the final judgment to come in the account, for God sought the guilty couple out and summoned them into his presence for questioning.

And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?(Genesis 3:9-11)

The Lord God asked Adam questions,although He already knew the answers? Why? Because the LORD intended to save the fallen man, and wanted to elicit a humble confession from Adam. But Adam refused accountability, blaming his wife and the LORD who gave her.

The LORD then passed from the man to the woman, seeking by questioning to obtain from her some acknowledgment of guilt also. But the woman also refused accountability at that point.

The LORD then turned to address the serpent but there would be no questions this time, seeing the LORD had no intention to save the Devil. Instead a sure and lasting judgment was pronounced upon the serpent.

And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.(Genesis 3:14-15)

“I will put enmity between thee and the woman…”. There is a deeper level of meaning in this brief proto-evangel, but on the surface of it lies a profound truth; though Satan hates all of the human race, He harbors a special hatred for women. Satan successfully seduced the woman and her husband into defecting from God, but in God’s mercy the woman would be specially involved in the salvation.

Salvation would come through the birth of a miracle baby, the ” seed of the woman”. He would enter into the world to break the head of the serpent and to undo the primal curse.

Satan hates women. Consider the Satanic religions, such as Islam. How Muslims are taught to hate and despise women! So also the Satanic religion of secular humanism, and it’s deformed spawn, feminism. Feminism isn’t based upon love for women, it is instead hatred and contempt for all that is unique to women, the role of wife, mother, nurturer.

Abortion which springs out of the nihilism of the secular humanistic worldview, is an unnatural act which kills both the baby, and anything it also slays motherly in the soul of the unfortunate young woman talked into the practice. Behold the fruit of the sixties sexual revolution; in the tattooed, androgynous, haggard, jaded, masculinized young women we see everyday in the streets, not to mention the confused and feminized, and at other times barbaric young men also.

The serpent has always harbored a special enmity for women, seeking to denigrate and demean the beautiful God assigned role of wife, mother, nurturer and help-meet.

In view of the specific identity of the woman as being Israel, we see in this vision an answer to the inveterate problem of anti-semitism. Why is there almost universal Jew hatred? The Serpent hates Israel, has always hated Israel, and will eventually seek to marshal the world’s forces to obliterate Israel.

She(Israel) gave the world the Word of God, and through her came the Messiah. Israel’s existence is a constant reminder of the existence of God. Her birth was a miracle, so also her rebirth in 1948. The Devil would wipe Israel off of the globe if He could. Every census, pogram, holocaust, anti circumcision law,intifada, and Jihad that has occurred over these long centuries has borne testimony to the truth that the Dragon hates the woman.

Thus Israel’s longtime song has been;

In my distress I cried unto the Lord, and he heard me. Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue. What shall be given unto thee? or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue? Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper. Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar! My soul hath long dwelt with him that hateth peace. I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war.(Psalm 120)

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The Dragon Identified…the Serpent of Old…Revelation 12 pt 5

And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.(Revelation 12:3-4)

The vision of Revelation 12 corresponds to the account of the fall of man in Genesis 3. What do we have in Genesis 3? A Woman,a Serpent and the promise of the birth of a Savior.

By the time of Revelation 12, The Woman is clothed in the Sun,Moon and Stars, and is pregnant. The Serpent has become a Dragon, invested with great power and authority.

We need not speculate the identity of the serpent for this vision gives the identity,

And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.(Revelation 12:9)

Without explaining the details of the seven heads and ten Horns and the crowns, suffice it for the time to consider this; all political and worldly power is handed over to the Dragon, “the Whole world lies n the wicked One”. The powers of this world are increasingly put into the disposal of the Devil, “This is their hour and the power of darkness”.

What is the difference between a serpent and a dragon? A serpent has to be subtle. We can see something of the subtlety of the serpent in the garden of Eden.The following is an excerpt from a book I have written about Genesis 1-11,Creation,Fall and the Promise of the Seed;

Now the Serpent was subtil…but can a snake be subtil? Isn’t subtlety a feature of intelligence? Subtlety is an attribute that can only be given to a responsible, moral being, therefore the scripture itself is being subtle, for it is implying that something more than a mere reptile is involved in this story.The serpent is the vehicle for another malevolent personality.

We are told without explanation, that the snake spoke to the woman. We remember that to the man, Adam, had been given the task of naming all of the animals. The act of naming the animals carries with it the idea that the one who names, has dominion over the ones named. This is in accord with the original commission given to the man, to rule over creation.

But something is amiss, for in the fact that the serpent spoke to the woman, there is rebellion against the divine order. It is the man’s wife that the serpent addresses, not the man standing there, the one who named the serpent. Obviously there is something very much out-of-order here.

The method of seduction is enlightening. The serpent probes the understanding of the woman, not by proposition but by loaded question;

Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

What a masterpiece of insinuation! He is not saying that God did say that, nor is he denying God said that, he is merely asking a question.

Yet the question itself is slanted- it could be paraphrased, Did God really deny you the freedom to eat of every tree of the garden? The serpent insinuated that God’s sole limit upon the couple was altogether unreasonable, not by stating so, but just by asking the loaded question.

The woman’s response offered the serpent clues to the couple’s inner state, openings to exploit;

And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

Her answer betrayed a slight hint of dissatisfaction. First, she maximised the prohibition of God, (though not as greatly as the serpent ), by saying that not only were they not to eat of the tree, they weren’t even supposed to touch it! Thus she portrayed her benevolent, Creator in a harsh light, as though he were being unreasonable.

Secondly she minimized the sanction, by saying that God said , lest ye die, when originally God had said, You shall surely die! As if it may or may not be true that those who transgress the word of God are liable to the revealed punishments. Maybe not?

Now the Serpent perceived that the couple, (for Adam had been standing there also ),were ready to hear God’s Word openly denied;

I have seen the serpent become a dragon in my own day. I wrote a book about the Prophetic Movement in 1999 called Beware the New Prophets. In the research I had to use a lot of discernment and prove by scripture that the “Words” of those prophets were unscriptural. It took a lot of wok because back then they were subtle.

But when A publisher asked me to update the book and do a study on the newer prophets, such as Bill Johnson of Bethel church,in Redding California, and Mike Bickle of IHOP, I was amazed. These people aren’t even subtle anymore!

They openly deny the Word of God, advocating without irony that the church go to the New Age movement to find out what they are doing right to produce their miracles, or endorsing obvious charlatans such as Todd Bentley, a man who left his wife for another and continues to minister!

This says more about the people than it does about these ‘prophets’. If there wasn’t a Todd Bentley or a Mike Bickle, someone would have to invent one, because there is such a market for these frauds among God’s confessing people.

A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof? (Jeremiah 5:30-31)

The Serpent has become a Dragon! The people are ready and willing to hear God’s Word openly denied. The end brings a horrifying clarity as the devil comes out in the open, and in the fierceness of his malice, to oppose the woman and her seed.

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The Woman is in Labor…Revelation 12 pt 4

And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.(Revelation 12:1-5)

The woman in the vision is a spiritual body, the true people of God. Specifically she is Israel, the “daughter of Zion” and the wife of Jahweh. She is in pain, crying out, waiting to be delivered.

In what sense has this vision already been fulfilled? Is there yet a future fulfillment of this part of the vision?

Consider the history of the Holy Nation. What was she chosen to do? God gave Israel, through Moses and all of the prophets, the Word of God. She was to be the custodian and bearer of the testimony of God to all of the nations. Bringing the Word of God into the world and preserving it through all kinds of opposition, internal and external, has been a great part of Israel’s travail.

Bearing the Word of God, has exposed the nation to every sort of persecution, Satanic opposition, and internal strife. Preserving worship, priesthood and sacrifice and temple certainly cost something. Nothing good comes into this sinful world without pain. Child birth is the example and metaphor of his truth.

Israel has also been the specific nation which served as the receptacle of the Messiah. All of her previous history; her Exodus, the Land of Promise, her Kings, the exile and return to the land, the opposition to her from the nations, (and Satan). as well as all of her dealings with God were preparation for this one great task; she would be the people through whom the Messiah could come.

Her sufferings for Christ have served as labor pains, so also her rejection and reproach from this world. Her internal struggles have served her as well. The Prophet Micah said as much when he prophesied to her,

Now why dost thou cry out aloud? is there no king in thee? is thy counsellor perished? for pangs have taken thee as a woman in travail. Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the Lord shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies. Now also many nations are gathered against thee, that say, Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion. But they know not the thoughts of the Lord, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor. Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass: and thou shalt beat in pieces many people: and I will consecrate their gain unto the Lord, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth…(Micah 4:9-12)

The Prophet tells us that the nations gathered against her, have misinterpreted Israel’s labor pains, for “their thoughts are not “of the LORD”. They Imagine she is God forsaken, and vulnerable to their ravaging, for who is more vulnerable than an expectant mother?

The Nations didn’t realize then that Israel was travailing to bring forth the Messiah, that thus out of her(Israel’s ) weakness and pain would come the one whose “Goings forth have been of old, from everlasting”.

…But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel. And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.(Micah 5:2-4)

There is another sense in which Israel is still in labor. There is coming to this earth a brand new Age, called “the regeneration of all things”(Matthew 19:27-30), and “the glory that shall be revealed”(Romans 8:17-18), in which the Messiah will rule from MT Zion and the nations will stream to Jerusalem to learn of God’s ways.

But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it. For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever.(Micah 4:1-5)

But that glorious day cannot dawn until Israel, the estranged wife of Jahweh acknowledges her offense, and admits to her one great sin. In that sense you could say that she travails in birth waiting for the Age of Righteousness, the Millennium.

If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me;(Leviticus 26:40)

I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.(Hosea 5:15)

The phrase above,”their Affliction” is a reference to the coming “great Tribulation”.

The coming of the Lord is likened to the birth of a baby. Jesus likened the signs of his coming, earthquakes, pestilences, wars and rumours of wars, as “the beginning of sorrows”, literally “Birthpangs”. Zion is said to go into travail when the tribulation breaks out as “the pains of a woman with child”.

Like as a woman with child, that draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain, and crieth out in her pangs; so have we been in thy sight, O Lord. We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.(Isaiah 26:17-18)

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