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Serpent Spewed Water
(Revelation 12.15-13.1a)
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"Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river, to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent. But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring - those who keep God's commands and hold fast their testimony of Jesus. The dragon [some manuscripts "and I"] stood on the shore of the sea." (Revelation 12.15-13.1a)✞

Soars Away On Eagle's Wings

Eagles WingsWhen the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, "he pursued the woman." The woman was given the wings of an eagle in order to soar away from her pursuer to the desert. The serpent tried to wash her away with a torrent of water, but the earth assisted and opened up to drain away the threat. The serpent spewing water and the pursuit of the woman are parallels to the Egyptian's chase of the people of Israel into the wilderness in the story of the Exodus. "The two wings of a great eagle" echo the assurance of God in Sinai, "I bore you on eagle's wings and brought you to myself" in Exodus 19.4. The dragon can injure the child by injuring the mother. To injure the Church is to injure Jesus Christ. Note that "The dragon" in some manuscripts reads "and I" stood on the shore of the sea" as if John of Patmos was watching the action from the sea shore as it unfolded.✞

Persecution of Christ

Saul on the road to DamascusThe words of the Risen Christ in Acts 9.4. to Saint Paul on the Damascus road were, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?" Paul's persecution had been directed against the Church, but the Risen Christ made it clear in this Revelation passage that persecution of his Church was persecution of himself.✞

"Serpent Spewed Water"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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