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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Revelation Chapter 12

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: John the Apostle
Date Penned: (95 AD)
Overview: God Reveals the Future to John (c 1-22)
Theme: Messages for the Church (c 4-22)
Message: The Warfare Between Good and Evil (v 1-18)

Revelation 12 Commentary

(12:1-18) The Woman and the Dragon - The seventh trumpet (11:15) ushers in the bowl judgments (15:1–16:21), but in the intervening chapters (12–14), an interlude, John saw several signs regarding the cosmic warfare in Revelation—the conflict between God and Satan. He saw the source of all sin, evil, persecution, and suffering on the earth, and he understood why the great battle between the forces of God and Satan must soon take place. In these chapters the nature of evil is exposed, and Satan is revealed in all his wickedness.In 12:1-6, the reader is given a description of the scene; the rest of the chapter (12:7-17) amplifies various parts of that basic scene. The picture of warfare between good and evil—between God and Satan—is found in 12:1-6. The next three sections—12:7-12; 12:13-17; and chapter 13—expand the story of 12:1-6. Much like a symphony where the first movement sets the theme and the rest of the movements supply variations on the theme, so the first six verses set the theme and the next three “movements” supply the variations. The scenes focus on three characters—the dragon, the woman, and the child. The first scene records the birth of the child (12:1-6), the second highlights the expulsion of the dragon from heaven (12:7-12), and the third shows the dragon attacking the woman and her children (12:13-17). Not many of these details can be traced to specific people or events but are used to depict God’s victory over evil and our need to trust in him.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

It is Still the Blood

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we Continue in the book of Revelation with Chapter 12 and in today's text we see The 7th trumpet in Revelation 11:15 that ushers in the vial judgements in chapter 15 but in the intervening chapters of 12-14, John sees to conflict between God and Satan. He sees the source of all sin, evil, persecution, and suffering on the Earth. John sees and records the great battle between the forces of God and Satan that are taking place. In making application my attention is focused on verse 11 when evil is overcome by the blood of the lamb. At the end of Earth it is still the Blood of Christ that overcomes evil. It is that blood that still saves the sinner when it is applied by faith to our sin debt. There is movement in some Churches to remove the preaching on the Blood saying it has lost place and is too gruesome, or even some call it a slaughterhouse religion and that it has lost its place in the modern day Church. As we can see in our text today that at the end of time on Earth it is still the Blood that has power. Have you experienced salvation through the Blood of Jesus? If so, do you recognize that it is the Blood of Christ that continually cleanses us from our sin? It is the Blood that gives us victory. Let us continue to preach, sing, claim, and exalt the Blood of Christ for there is truly, "Power in the Blood"


Revelation 12

Revelation 12

 1And 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:

 2And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

 3And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.

 4And 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.

 5And 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.

 6And 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.

 7And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

 8And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

 9And 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.

 10And 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.

 11And 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.

 12Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. 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.

 13And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.

 14And 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.

 15And 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.

 16And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

 17And 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.