Revelation 12. Forum Discussion

Good vs. evil

As you read chapter 12, keep reminding yourself that much of the book of Revelation has to deal with the struggle between good and evil (past, present and future). Also, keep in mind that many of the signs described by John in this chapter are just that, “signs.” This part of Revelation uses symbolism to describe the real struggle between good and evil.

In this chapter, Satan (depicted as a red dragon) is defeated by a powerful angel named Michael along with some other angels fighting for the side of good. Evil is defeated, and sent out from heaven forever. This is great news for those of us hoping to spend eternity there!

At this point in the book of Revelation, we are talking about future events leading up to the great tribulation. Satan is banished from heaven, but has plenty of havoc left to unleash on earth, as we will soon see.

The heavens rejoice because the blood of the Lamb has removed Satan and cast him away. Then a loud voice from heaven sends the following warning:

“Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time.” – Revelation 12:12.

The entire book of Revelation is a book about choices and consequences.  Many will follow Satan and ignore God’s commandments.  Many will seek their own pleasures and disobey God. Those who follow Jesus will be rewarded. Those who do not will be punished.

God gives us freewill.  If we choose not to follow Him, He will let us.  However, there will be dire consequences. Fundamentally, we all must decide between good and evil.  It is a question that has been around forever, dating all the way back to the Garden of Eden.  God knows our hearts.  He knows how we feel inside.  When we choose God, we are blessed.  When we choose God, we receive His mercy, and not His judgment.  When we choose God, we receive His grace and not His punishment.

If we choose to follow Satan, God will let us, and Satan will be happy to have another follower.  Those who follow Satan ultimately will be defeated and their punishment will be like no other in the history of the world.  They will be condemned to a fiery pit for all of eternity.  

Therefore, the choice is ours to make.  Will we choose to follow God, or will we choose to follow Satan?

We will end today’s study with a quote from Joshua 24:15:

“Choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

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John

If it seems like our entire lives are a test between good and evil, it's because it is. Look how much of the Bible - especially in Revelation discusses the struggle between these opposing forces.

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James Oldham
John

And Revelation 12:17 tells us how to win the fight with Immanuel of Isaiah 7:14 and Matthew 1:23 by keeping the laws , commandments , and testimony of Immanuel to His disciples . Also in Isaiah 8:20 , and Revelation 14:12 and 15:1-4 .

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