12 Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. 2 Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.
3 And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. 4 His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born. 5 She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne. 6 Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.
1. Satan is loosed for a little season.
“And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.” (Revelation 20:3) (The little season is the short time.)
2. Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus were in Egypt for 3.5 years.
6 Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.
3. The period of time in Egypt was called a little season?
“The little season of Revelation 20:3 ties in with the earlier visions in chapter 12. The Dragon threatened the woman and made war with her other offspring…”
As we come to our present passage, we find another instance of this brevity of time, expressed in the words “a little while” (Revelation 6:10-11).
This short season will be a feature of certain visions in the latter half of the book of Revelation…
- Revelation 11:9-11 “three and a half days”
- Revelation 12:5 “1260 days”
- Revelation 12:14 “a time, times, and half a time”
- Revelation 13:5 “42 months”
- Revelation 14:12-13 “the patience of the saints”
- Revelation 17:10-12, Revelation 18:10,17,19 “one hour”
- Revelation 20:3 “a little season”
- Revelation 22:10,12 “the time is near”
- Revelation 12:12 “a short time”, (Satan knows he has a short time)
This short time is the main period in focus in the book of Revelation. It should be viewed not as a particular point in history (past or future) but as a time of personal experience.”
4. Can we assume from this Bible that the short or little season that Satan is loosed is 3.5 years. I think so but it is an assumption. But the proof is in the pudding, if we see war in Israel starting in about 3 years then it is almost Satan’s time up, the time when Jesus will intervene and dump him into Hell. The war has to last some amount of time, say years, in order for Israelis to be captive and moved to other nations as Zechariah 14 predicts.
I think most of the world knows that something strange has happened such as Satan let loose. The good news is that while it may not be 3 and 1/2 years, it could be 3 years or even 2 years. In His grace and mercy God knows that even His people are suffering during this pandemic. Granted He according to Revelation 7–and we never get tired of hearing and seeing it–believers will be sealed during all of tribulation:
7 After these things I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree. 2 Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, 3 saying, “Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.”
Still His people suffer because of this pandemic because of lack of work, lack of child car, cannot get out and travel, struggle to educate their children, and suffer from loss of unbelieving relatives and friends and our Heavenly Father looks down and sees all this and He cares for His people that Christ died for. The Bible says the times and the seasons are in His hands, perhaps because of what He sees He may shorten the little season to help us out. There are examples in the Old Testament where God even lengthened the days of people as they prayed for more life. Let us pray that the time be shortened and Jesus come quickly. He does tell us to watch and be ready! They would include the woes of the sounding of the sixth trumpet where so many soldiers are killed including Americans. He is hard to understand but as the vicious army of the Babylonians descended on Jerusalem there were good figs and bad figs in Israel, and God protected the good figs for capture instead of death, He can do the same for the last battle for Jerusalem.
Recall that the sounding of the fifth angel with the virus is a green grass flashback, and the sixth angel is a flashback also, but amazingly the loosing of the four angels by the sixth angel is a flashback within a flashback because George Bush eliminated Iraqi as an obstacle to the kings coming across from the east. Once Iraqi and Iran had their armies fighting all the time, and there is no way the kings of the east could come unhampered across the Euphrates had Iraqi not been wiped out to clear the way.
The loosed Satan is fighting hard now to do two things in the little time he has left: (1) the destroy by death as many people as he can so they will not become believers, and defeat the virus vaccine with variants as many ways as he can; and (2) he is going forth to the nations to deceive them in order to bring them to battle against Israel–“ Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. 9 They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them.” (Revelation 20:7-9)
NOTE: We can speculate but we do not know what methods Satan will use to deceive the nations. He does not have to work too hard with the new leader of Iran, he is a Muslim and they survey Allah (Satan) anyway. But the nations of the whole four corners of the earth, that is more than a United Nations effort. It will have to be in terms of some human rights issue.
Several words and phrases are attempts to explain something that will happen in the future (that has happened in 2020). Something hard to visualize by humans until they saw it in the corona virus of 2020.
1. smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit
2. locusts out of the smoke.
3. power as scorpions of the earth have power.
4. torment is as the torment of a scorpion when he strikes a man.
5. shape was like battle horses.
6. heads like crowns of gold (recall any photo of the virus shows crowns, therefore it is called corona virus for the crowns).
7. faces as the faces of men (men and women are the carriers of the scorpion/virus.
8. hair like women (yes the women are also carriers).
9. teeth like lions (have a big bite).
10. breastplates of iron (very, very hard to eradicate as protected).
11. sound as wings of horses (travel through the air).
12. tails like scorpions and the sting was in their tails.
13. power to hurt men 5 months (general span of the virus 5 months in the individual as an average).
14. They had a king over them which was the angel of the bottomless pit (Satan).
The big step of faith in the Bible is that the virus only attacks unbelievers, those that do not have the seal of God.
NOTE: The explanation is so clear it needs no explanation, the two signs are obvious, first Mary and then Satan attempting to destroy the Child that was to rule the new world with a rod of iron.
7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they [a]did not prevail, nor was a place found for [b]them in heaven any longer. 9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. 12 Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.” (Revelation 12:7-12)
NOTE: I think we are feeling the great wrath of the devil now in this first virus part of tribulation now, and the news begs of something else. The weather and much else in the world is not right. People intuitively know that something out of their control is not working right. Last week my Kroger shopper said people are scared still, last weekend the store shelves were emptied.
13 Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child. 14 But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. 15 So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. 16 But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. 17 And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus [c]Christ.
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