Surrendering to Christ and His body, the church is the most essential commitment we can make for this new year.
Scripture: Revelation 12
- Surrendering to Christ and His body, the church is the most essential commitment we can make for this new year.
- Twelfth Night is a reference to Shakespeare's comedy and the worship of the magi at the feast of Epiphany.
- In Rev 12:1, the woman is both Israel and the Church, and the twelve stars are the people of God.
- The dragon is the great sea monster of the Old Testament that opposed God and His righteous rule.
- In ruling the sea, in walking on it, Jesus is Lord even over evil and the things that oppose Him.
- Rev. 12:5. The Christ is born and He ascends to God after His victory over the dragon on the cross.
- Rev. 12:7-8. The dragon is defeated.
- Rev. 12:10-11. The testimony of the saints is not just in their words, it includes their actions.
- There is an attempt to silence the church in Canada.
- Enmity toward and persecution against the church worldwide is due to the principalities and powers at work.
- Rev. 12:6, 13-17: The woman flees from the persecution of the dragon and escapes into wilderness. Water is spewed out after her,
- The wilderness is a place of treachery and danger.
- The dragon has been defeated but not eradicated.
- The people of God are stood upon by the beast. They are engulfed by the sea.
- The Christian faith is spreading despite persecution.
- Who is represented by the dragon in Rev. 12? Whom does the woman represent? Who is represented by the child?
- What does the defeat of the dragon mean for the people of God?
- Was the dragon eradicated? What are the implications of this for the Church?
- Do we, like the saints in verses 10-11, have a strong testimony?
- How ought we to live in this new year in light of the message of Revelation 12?