How Church History can be summed up in Revelations 12:1-6: The Woman, The Dragon, and The Baby
Revelations 12:1-6 says:
“A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads. Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.” And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. The woman fled into the wilderness to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days. ”
Watch this video for clear interpretation to this scripture:
When we interpret the woman as the church, the dragon as Satan, and the child as Jesus, we know that Satan wants to devour Jesus, and targets the church to do so. Unfortunate for him, Jesus has been taken to sit on the throne in Heaven, and God protects those who follow Him.
1. How The Dragon Attempted To Devour The Baby
In the Bible, and in church history, you can see how John’s dream has been constantly manifested. During the time of Jesus’ birth, the Roman King, Herod, tried his best to kill Jesus. After hearing of the birth of the “King of the Jews”, he attempted to get as much insight about his location as possible, but God fulfilled His plan thru Jesus. Matthew 2:16 says, “When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.”
2. How The Dragon Attempted to Attack The Woman
Revelations 12: 13-17:
“When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach. Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river, to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent. But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring—those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.”
Church history tells us 2000+ years of Christian persecution in various forms beginning with the first century disciples of Jesus. As you know, Jesus was crucified. Crucifixion is the most brutal form of execution, and was a punishment given to people who had committed horrific deeds. Jesus was convicted of blasphemy with no evidence besides claims that He called Himself the Son of God. Following his crucifixion was the persecution to death of each of his 12 disciples, and for centuries since, persecution has escalated.
In his book, Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians, Paul Marshall, Lela Gilbert, and Nina Shea talked about the millions of persecuted Christians today. Many in western culture do not see the martyrs of today or in church history because we are reaping the benefits of bold Protestant Christian men who stood strongly for religious freedoms in the foundation of America, but others, are not experiencing that same freedom. With the huge differentiation of what Christians live like across the nation, Christians living in the western world have grown a huge tolerance to religious diversity (even to the extreme that majority have become religious pluralists). Roadside bombs are being thrown at people out of hate for the woman and the child of Revelations. Large numbers of people are being beheaded out of hatred for the woman and the child of Revelations. People are being imprisoned out of hatred for the woman and the child of Revelations. The dragon is still in action! When you study church history, you can understand how this dragon attacked before, and better prepare for how he may strike tomorrow and on other instances in the future. But, for now, here are some breathtaking statistics from Seeking Truth Ministry’s website:
- More Christians were martyred in the 20th century than in all other centuries combined [christianity.com]
- It is claimed that 105,000 Christians are martyred for their faith each year [Deseret News, 2011]
- Currently over 100 million Christians are being persecuted worldwide [Reuters, 2013]
- 70 percent of the world’s population lives in a religiously intolerant environment [Pew Forum, 2011]
- North Korea: in 2014 it continues to be the worst country in the world for persecution
1. Know that people are being persecuted everyday for standing firm on the gospel message: Jesus is the only way for salvation.
2. Study your current events and be aware of how the dragon is attacking people around the world
3. Sound the alarm! Tell others of your observations, and publically stand for what is right and true
This playlist will help you to see current events, historic events, how you can sound the alarm, and stand on the truth:
In His service,