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PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: Our topic for today is titled “War in Heaven? Part 4” from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book “Revelation: Unlocking the Future.”
It is obvious that John the revelator wrote these two chapters (Revelation 12 & 13) to help us identify the major players in the apocalyptic drama. He certainly did not intend their identities to be a mystery. In fact, he even went so far as to make their identities obvious. He tells us, for example, that the great Dragon is Satan. He also tells us clearly that Satan’s time is short, for he has been cast to the earth.
We must remember that these chapters belong to the entire section of the Revelation that deals with “what must take place after these things”. Everything in chapters 4-22 falls into that category. It was part of John’s vision of the future. Certainly, the allusion to the birth of Christ and His ascension into heaven refers to a past event, but it does so in the context of a future prophecy related to the persecution of the woman.
OCCUPY TILL I COME: We are continuing our journey through the book, “Coming Events and Present Duties,” by J.C. Ryle. This section is titled, “Watch” (Part 34) based on the parable of the foolish and wise virgins in Matthew 25:1-13. J.C. Ryle writes:
Is there a man or woman who ever laughs at true religion? Is there one who persecutes and ridicules vital godliness in others, and dares to talk of people being over-particular and righteous? Oh, beware what you are doing! You may live to think very differently! You may live to alter your opinion — but perhaps too late!