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Michael's Angels Fight (Revelation 12.6-9)

"The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days [or "three and a half years."] Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in Heaven. The great dragon was hurled down - that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him." (Revelation 12.6-9)✞

Woman Fled Into Desert

PellaWe have already seen in Revelation 12.6 that "the woman fled into the desert place" was probably a reference according to the Greek historian and commentator Eusebius (263 -339 AD) in "The Ecclesiastical History 3.5" to the escape of the Church to Pella on the other side of Jordan before the final destruction of Jerusalem. Eusebius became the Bishop of Caesarea about 314 AD and is today known as "the Father of Church History."

Woman and the Dragon

Bronze dragon on plinthIn the escape of the woman and in the attack of the dragon, John of Patmos uses these two pictures which were very familiar to those who knew the Old Testament. With God's help, the woman escaped into a desert place which had been prepared for her where she could be nourished for a while. This is indicated as incomplete by the number of 1,260 days which is equivalent to three and a half years.✞

"Michael's Angels Fight"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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