Revelation 12:7-12 Questions:
1. Rev 12:7: “And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought.”
a. Explain this “war” in heaven. How can there be war in heaven, where God Himself dwells?
b. When does this war in heaven occur?
c. Who is Michael and his angels? Who is the dragon and his angels?
d. Read Daniel 12. Who specifically does Michael go to battle for? Can this be applied w/in the context of Rev 12? If so, how so?
2. Rev 12:8-9: “but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 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.”
a. Before the “great dragon” was cast out of heaven, what did he do when having access to heaven?
b. What do the names “Devil” and “Satan” mean? How do these names describe his diabolical works? How does Satan exercise these diabolical works, particularly during this time when he has access to heaven?
c. Since the “great dragon” in Revelation is identified w/ “that serpent of old” in this verse, it allows us to look to other Scriptures referring to the “serpent.” What significant Scriptures on the “serpent” can you list?
3. Rev 12:10: “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.”
a. Who is the voice in heaven?
b. Who is the “brethren” when it says, “the accuser of our brethren”? Is this “accuser of our brethren” verbiage used anywhere else in the Bible?
4. Rev 12:11: “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.”
a. Who is the “they” and “their” in this verse?
5. Rev 12:12: “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.”
a. What will be one of the main objectives that the Devil will have when he is confined to this earth? How would this objective, if achieved, affect God’s word and promises?
6. How many proclamations are made toward Egypt in these chapters?
7. While the prophesies in Eze 29-32 are spoken about Egypt [and particularly Pharaoh], it is unlikely that Egypt (or Pharaoh) heard them. They were, however, heard by the exiles in Babylon. Why do you think the Lord prophesies in this manner? i.e., Why would the Lord prophesy about a pagan to minister His word and direction to His children?
One Year Bible Reading: The Gospels:
8. What is the significance of the Matthew 13 parables? Why do you think these parables are unique in how they are delivered in Matthew as to the other Synoptics [i.e., Mark and Luke]?
9. Why do you think there are no parables in the Gospel of John?