Posts tagged Revelation
Satan Will Be Cast Out of The Church

The “woman clothed with the sun” is a great sign: she is herself and portends or points to something else, namely, “the Great Day of Almighty God” [16:14].  But, the proximal result of this “great sign” is that Saint Michael and his angels [angelic and human] cast out Satan and his angels [angelic and human] from heaven “unto the earth”; and in 12:12 a “loud voice in heaven” declares the time of this event,

“Woe to the earth and to the sea, for the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has a short time.”

This implies that, as Satan was cast out of the Church, so he will be cast out of the world [the earth and sea].  Therefore, the term “a short time” can refer to only one period: the last 3½ years of the second woe.

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The Problem With Symbols

John, under divine inspiration, deliberately wrote the Apocalypse rife with symbols and subtleties, so that the book would not be a breeze of a read for anybody.  He understood that the symbols and subtleties constituted a major problem, one that would occasion many a pounding on pate and tearing of hair, and, perhaps, even splitting of wits and spitting of his name--none of which, may I point out, deterred him from his task; yet, it ought not to be thought that the Seer, a man whose mansuetude pervades every page of his epistles, had even one mean bone in his body.

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