Satan drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth
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:
2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
My highlghted verses: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.
Oh, Satan drew 1/3 of God's children into his camp of deception and caused their downfall, "brought them down" as we say, cast them to the earth! Got it? There's now big trouble in God's family! One third of His children have forsaken Him.Rev. 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.
Our Father then held the first judgment of one of His sons, Lucifer. And He sentenced him to "perish", to die the 2nd Death in the lake of fire. So you can see there was a price to pay for sin even in the "world that then was". That price was death! Satan's sentence is so recorded in Ezekiel 28:
Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.
"And never shalt thou be any more" is exactly what "perish" means! Satan is even called the son of perdition, the son who will perish. He's as good as dead which is why he is also called "death", to whom some of you will be delivered up to. All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.
But our loving Father did not judge the rest of His children, because the penalty for those found guilty would be death also! Sentencing your children to die is not something anyone would want to do. So He postponed that judgment until after the Millennium, after His plan to salvage His children, His plan of salvation, is fulfilled.
He would make man, His sons, to dwell in flesh bodies fashioned after the very likeness of themselves, and yet be born innocent, which imeans WITHOUT knowledge of the world that then was. That way they could be free from interference to chose whether to love God or once again follow Satan's tail.
But the penalty for sin would still be death and so our Father, in His infinite love for His children, decided to pay the price Himself, to DIE FOR US, in our stead, that we might be redeemed to Him and love Him as He so wants His children to do.
Is that not the most awesome thing you've ever heard?
Those of you who have children know
full well that you cannot order or command or decree by law that your children
It must come from their hearts.
And so it is with our Father and we His children.
The price has been paid.
We can live eternally with Him, if we'll turn to Him and love Him, for He first loved us and He still does.
What say ye?
War in heaven?Rev. 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
But I thought everything was peaceful and serene there with harps of gold and people sitting on fluffy clouds saying holy, holy, holy! War in heaven?
Welcome to reality! Heaven is where Satan and his angels are right now, and wherever he is there's trouble. Yes, he's been here on earth in person before. He was in the garden and he was here when he tempted Christ.
But don't worry, he's no match for Michael and the rest of the Christian Army there.
See what I mean? He's a loser. And it's time this whole bunch of losers, Satan and his angels, get kicked out heaven, to the earth. Woe! So when the war is finished on that battle front it resumes here on earth. Have you got your gospel armour on (Eph. 6)? And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
"So that's OK Michael, send them down, we'll take it from here. Jesus has given us power over all our enemies. And believe us, were thankful and give praise to Him because our names are written in the Book of Life."
Let's see now. When Michael stands up and fights against the dragon, it will be "woe" time, Woe Trump time, to the inhabiters of the earth (vs. 12), i.e. big trouble here. Hmmmm. That's exactly what Daniel said concerning the end time.Luke 10:19-20
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.  Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
Again, if your name is written in the book, that would be the Book of Life, then Satan is ordered to leave you alone.Daniel 12:1
And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
Let there be no doubt about who the great red dragon is. He is the Devil, Satan himself, that old serpent who was in the garden of Eden and seduced mother Eve.Rev. 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
He is cast to this earth! And he fools a couple of people? No, he deceives the WHOLE WORLD. He's really good. He's coming disguised as Jesus. He will sit in the temple claiming to be God (2 Thes. 2). And remember, we just read he drew away 1/3 of God's children in the "world that then was", but it will be even easier to deceive them in their flesh bodies. They will be impressed when he snaps his finger and calls fire down from heaven.
they will say! "Woe",
we will say!
Rev. 12:15 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.
With God and mother nature
on our side (remember the two witnesses)
he doesn't have a prayer of a chance!
 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.
But you know, to Christian
there's nothing funnier than an angry, out of control,
flailing dragon, puffing smoke!
After kicking him around
awhile to show others he's a loser
just take the sharp two-edge sword and go for the head!
And he makes war with the remnant of her seed.
know that this old serpent has been after the "seed" of the woman
from the very beginning.
the beginning of this chapter we saw the picture of him standing there
in the first earth age waiting with "baited breath" for the chance to devour.
when this flesh age began and God placed Adam and Eve,
though whom the "man child" would eventually come,
in the garden, then lo and behold,
there he was just chomping at the bit!
Here is what our Father had to say to him:
Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
you see, "the losers",
Satan and his offspring, the kenites,
only bruised the heel of the "man child".
This happened when the stake was driven through His feet at Calvary.
"the winners", the seed of woman,
the real bruisers,
take the head off that old serpent, the dragon, the devil, Satan.
We have the victory!
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