War In Heaven
Dr. Jerry Vines
It's been a few weeks now since we have looked at the book of The Revelation together and it might be helpful for us to just review and understand where we are at this particular point in our study. Beginning in the 12 th chapter and going on into the 19th chapter, the Spirit of God goes over the same basic territory He has gone over in chapters 6 - 11. In those chapter we have the chronological account of the details of the Great Tribulation period. In chapters 12 - 19, the Spirit of God portrays for us and highlights some of the personalities prominent during the days of the Great Tribulation. For instance, we have already identified the dragon as Satan. We have discovered that the woman mentioned in this Chapter is the nation of Israel. The man child represents the Lord Jesus Christ. So, in this chapter, we are seeing the great conflict that will go on between the forces of good and the forces of evil as everything comes to consummation on this earth during great tribulation days. This chapter is, indeed, a chapter of conflict. In the first six verses we have seen a conflict between the dragon and the nation of Israel. In the chapters we are going to study tonight we will see a conflict between the dragon and Michael, the archangel. Wh-en you read the seventh verse, it kind of jolts you. When you read it, you are not all prepared for what you find in that verse. It begins by saying: "And there was war in heaven..."
I'm really not prepared for that. That's not at all I would expect the Bible to say about the place called heaven. We know many things about heaven. Jesus said, "I'm going to prepare a place for you." We know that heaven is going to be a wonderful place of tranquillity and peace. So, for us to think about war in connection with heaven is an altogether foreign thought, normally, to what we understand about heaven. One of the things we are going to have to do as we study these verses ...
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