9.0.16c The Book of Revelation as a Prophecy to the Lord’s Churches. “And there was War in Heaven”.

The Book of Revelation

as a Prophecy

to the Lord’s Churches.

John also describes

the Book of Revelation as a Prophecy,

in

Revelation 22:10, 18;

“And He Said to me,

Seal not the Sayings of

The Prophecy of this Book:

for the Time is at Hand…”

“…Because I Testify to every man

that hears the Words of

The Prophecy of this Book,

If any man will add to these things,

God Will Add to him

the Plagues that are Written in this Book”

Now according to the apostle Paul,

he who prophesies speaks to men for Edification,

Exhortation, and Comfort,

as we read in 1 Corinthians 14:3; 

“But he that Prophesies

speaks to men to Edification,

and

Exhortation, and Comfort.

This short definition wonderfully captures the flavor

—and the Purpose—of the Revelation.

Everywhere we turn, we hear the exalted Christ

Prophesying to His Churches.

Everywhere we find Him Teaching, Warning,

and Encouraging her,

so that she may “Overcome” all opponents

and Safely Enter the Completed Kingdom

at JESUS’ RETURN

seen in Revelation 2:11, 2:26;

“He that has an ear,

let him hear

what the Spirit Says

to the churches;

He that Overcomes

Will Not Be Hurt of the Second Death…”

“And he that Overcomes,

and

Keeps My Works to the End,

to him

Will I Give Power

Over the Nations.”

Since this idea is so important

—namely, that the Revelation

is essentially an extended Prophecy

—let us develop it a little further

by looking at the three fundamental ways

in which

THE LORD GOD, JESUS CHRIST

here Prophesies to His Beloved Bride.

The Prophet JESUS CHRIST

Teaches His Churches.

First, Jesus Christ Teaches His Churches.

Here I especially have in mind the way

JESUS Builds Up the Church Militant

in her understanding

of her True Place in the World

and

in History;

in other words,

the way in which JESUS

Gives her a Biblical Worldview.

In this regard, Revelation 12 is central.

It begins with a Vision of the Bride,

God’s Elect who have been

Called Out of the World,

to Assemble as JESUS’

Organized Institution.

Please see:

AWARE of the churches

of the GODHEAD BODILY.

From the very outset,

we see her as God Sees her:

She is a Heavenly Woman

with an Earthly Mission, in Revelation 12:1;

“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.”

In her OT embodiment,

she gives birth

to the promised Seed of the Woman

—to Christ (12:5a; Gen. 3:15).

“And she Brought Forth a Man Child,

Who was to Rule All Nations

with a Rod of Iron.”

When she does, the Dragon

and his demonic minions try to kill the infant Jesus,

but cannot, in Revelation 12:4;

“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.”

Yes, they succeed in putting the Lamb of God to Death,

but they altogether fail in “devouring” JESUS,

for JESUS Rises from the Dead

and

Ascends to the Father’s Own Right Hand,

where

JESUS now Sits

as High Prophet, Priest,

and

King of Kings in Heaven.

And from that Heavenly Seat

JESUS Will Soon Come Again,

This Time to Act the Part of a Shepherd

against the enemies of His Flock,

Shattering them once and for all

with a Rod or Iron (12:5b, Psalms 2:9, 23:4).

For now, however, the Woman

(i.e., the Bride in her specifically NT embodiment)

must remain upon the Earth.

Therefore, in

“THE LAST TIMES” EXODUS

from the Domain of Darkness,

she Flees into the Wilderness

of this fallen evil World, in Revelation 12:6;

“And the woman

Fled into the Wilderness,

where she Has

a Place Prepared of God,

that they Should Feed her there

a thousand two hundred

and threescore days.”

There she will remain for “1260 days”

(or “a time, times, and a half a time,” or “42 months,”

Revelation 11:2, 12:14, 13:5).

Recalling the prophet Elijah’s

three and a half year exile in the wilderness,

these symbolic numbers mark

the entire inter-adventual era

—the Era of Proclamation—,

WHICH IS FROM

JESUS’

ASCENSION INTO HEAVEN,

UNTIL

JESUS’ RETURN

BACK FROM HEAVEN,

as a Season of Exile

and

Tribulation for the People of God

(1 Kings 17:1f;).

The churches

of the GODHEAD BODILY

 will not, however, Endure it alone:

The Lord Will Faithfully Nourish

and

Aid His People

all throughout their Long Wilderness Sojourn,

even as He did Israel and Elijah

in theirs, as seen in Revelation 12:6 ( above )

& Revelation 12:14-16;

“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.”

But what exactly will the Church in the Wilderness

be doing as she awaits Jesus Christ’s Return?

The answer is found in verses 7-12:

She will be Waging War.

Revelation 12: 7-12;

“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 deceived the Whole World:

he was Cast Out into the Earth,

and

his angels were Cast Out with him.

“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.

Therefore Rejoice, ye Heavens,

and

you 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 knows

that he has but a short time.”

Yes, the text itself says that Michael and his angels

will wage war against the Dragon and his angels.

But on closer inspection,

we realize that this is simply a picture

of heaven’s part in a war

that the saints will be waging on earth.

It is a not physical war, but a Spiritual

2 Corinthians 10:4;

“( Because the Weapons of our Warfare

are not carnal, but Mighty through God

to the Pulling Down of Strong Holds;)”

Ephesians 6:12;

“Because we Wrestle

not against flesh and blood,

but against Principalities, against Powers,

against the Rulers of the Darkness of this world,

against Spiritual Wickedness in High Places.”

THE LORD’S DIVINELY INSTITUTED

NEW TESTAMENT BAPTIST CHURCHES

are the Fulfillment of the Great Commission;

the Proclamation of the Gospel;

the Declaration of the Saving Power

of the Blood of the Lamb;

the Faithful Testimony of the People of God

to the Person and Work of the Christ of God

Revelation 12:11; 

“And they Overcame him 

( the Great Dragon…

that Old Serpent,

called the Devil,

and Satan, Revelation 12:9 )

by the Blood of the Lamb,

and

by the Word of their Testimony;

and they Loved Not their lives

unto the death.”

As 

THE LORD’S DIVINELY INSTITUTED

NEW TESTAMENT BAPTIST CHURCHES

Preach and Teach

—and as God’s Elect everywhere Hear the Truth

and Receive it

—The Kingdom of Christ

Continually Pours into the Earth,

  seen in Revelation 12:10;

“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.”

Then, as

The Kingdom of Christ

Continually Pours into the Earth,

the kingdom of Satan,

who formerly deceived and ruled the Whole World,

is continually spoiled and cast to the ground

  Matthew 12:28, 29;

“But if I Cast Out devils by the Spirit of God,

then

The Kingdom of God is Come to you.

“Or else how can one

enter into a strong man’s house,

and

spoil his goods,

except he first bind the strong man?

and

then he will spoil his house.”

Hence Satan’s fury against the Woman;

hence the Groom’s diligent watch-care

over His Beloved and Persecuted Bride

in Revelation 12:13-17;

“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,” as seen in

The Recorded History of Baptists

as an Historical Record

of ‘The Churches that JESUS BUILT’

AND

PROMISED TO BE WITH, “ALWAYS”.

Here, then, in a Prophetic Vision

of Stupendous Theological Reach and Power,

we find Jesus Christ teaching the Church Militant

who she is, what she is about,

what she can expect,

and upon whom she can count,

as she makes her way out of

“THE END TIMES” EGYPT,

through

“THE END TIMES”

Wilderness of Sin,

and into

“THE END TIMES”

Promised Land.

Fittingly, this rich chapter

stands in the middle of

The BOOK of REVELATION,

for in many ways it supplies us

with the keys to the Whole Book.

Thanks be to God

for such a Wonderful Prophetic Gift !

*****

NOTE: This essay is adapted from

The High King of Heaven, by Dean Davis

and deals with the Revelation.

( my edits & comments are added to his material,

which include, “CHURCH TRUTH”,

being the Historical Reality

of Jesus Christ Founding

HIS CHURCHES

During His Earthly Ministry,

which HE CONTINUES BUILDING,

UNTIL THIS DAY;

so for the original; please buy it and memorize it ).


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