Oct 30 2019

Revelation chapter 12 verse by verse

Revelation chapter 12 - Satan's fall

© 2011, 2012 Craig C. White

Revelation chapter 12 verse by verse

The fall of Satan, the rise of the Antichrist, the rejoicing of the Church in heaven, the persecution of Israel, and the escape of Jewish Christians

By Craig C. White

Euphoria or Grief, which would you prefer? Every person chooses between the two. In Revelation chapter 12 God throws Satan out of heaven. That event divides salvation, and rejoicing in heaven from wrath, and grief on earth. This passage covers the events leading up to Satan’s fall. It may seem cryptic at first but with a little understanding we can decipher it. This chapter is not about Church age believers but it is about the nation of Israel. It is particularly about the Jews living in Jerusalem and the surrounding region of Judea during their great tribulation.

Revelation 12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:

Israel is pictured here. The LORD is her light (Isa 60:19-20); she is crowned with twelve sons, the tribes of Israel.

Remember Joseph’s dream? The twelve stars are the twelve sons of Jacob whom God named Israel. There are only eleven stars in Joseph’s dream because Joseph himself is the twelfth star (or son).

Gen 37:9-10 And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me. 10 And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?

Revelation 12:2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

The child is Jesus Christ; God in human flesh; the child given to the world by way of Israel (Isa 7:14). Jesus was born at his due time; Christ also died in due time (Rom 5:6).

Revelation 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.

The dragon is Satan; the god of this world. The seven heads are the seven gentile world empires of world history; Egyptian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, Grecian, Roman, plus the final gentile world empire yet to come. Ten horns are ten kings that rule that final world empire (Dan 7:24). Satan is the influence behind world empires. He wants to be worshiped as the god of this world (Isa 14:12-14).

Revelation 12:4a And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth:

One third of the angels in heaven follow Satan. He will throw them to the earth with him. The following verses refer to Antiochus Epiphanies the king of the Seleucid dynasty of the Grecian Empire. It may also more directly apply to the Antichrist and Satan at the time of the devil’s fall.

Dan 8:9-11 And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land. 10 And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them. 11 Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down.

Revelation 12:4b and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

Satan influenced Herod, the king of Judea to kill all male children around Bethlehem that were less than two years of age in order to eliminate the messiah (Mat 2:16).

Revelation 12:5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

Jesus was born through the nation of Israel. His destiny is to rule all the earth from Jerusalem forever (Isa 9:6-7). After Christ’s resurrection he was taken up to heaven to sit at the right hand of God until his return (Mar 16:19).

Revelation 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

During the second half of the seven year long Tribulation period (called Jerusalem’s great tribulation in Matthew 24:21) the people of Judea (which is the region around Jerusalem) will flee to the mountains where God will sustain them for three and a half years (Mat 24:15-16, Luke 21:21-22). I think that this place is on the east side of the Jordan River near Jericho and Mt. Nebo, where Israel entered the land after the exodus. It is also the place where ravens fed Elijah as he hid (1Ki 17:3).

Revelation 12:7-9 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

There will be a war in heaven and Satan and his angels (devils) will be thrown out. This war may be going on right now. We will know officially that the war in heaven is over and that Satan has been cast to the earth when we see the Antichrist sitting in the temple in Jerusalem (2Thes 2:4). But allow me to warn you that Satan’s fall may be apparent well before the Antichrist sits in the temple. Luke chapter 10:18 says, “And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.” Satan is tossed out of heaven and then gives the Antichrist influence on earth.

Revelation 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

The casting out of Satan marks the beginning of God’s great judgment of the rebellious. It marks the beginning of God’s final dominion on earth. Only the seven year tribulation period precedes the day that Jesus Christ takes his thrown in Jerusalem. Today Satan accuses believers of sin in front of God in heaven. Soon Satan will be cast out of heaven for good. According to 2 Thessalonians 2 Satan is cast out of heaven before the Antichrist is revealed as he sits in the temple. Satan empowers the Antichrist on earth. Satan’s removal from heaven is called “the falling away”.

Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

At this point in Revelation chapter 12 Satan has just been cast out of heaven. He can no longer stand before God to accuse Christians of disobedience. Folks, I think that the previous verse refers to Church age believers that have been taken up into heaven at the Rapture. So the Rapture occurs either before or at the time that Satan falls from heaven. In the next verse the inhabitants of heaven rejoice when Satan is cast out of heaven. I think that the Church age believers in Jesus Christ are in heaven when Satan is cast out. The only way that a person can be with God in heaven is to trust in Jesus Christ’s blood sacrifice as payment for their sins (John 1:29).

Revelation 12:12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

The Church will rejoice in heaven while people on earth will be subject to the wrath of Satan and the judgment of God during the seven year long Tribulation period (Mat 24:21).

Revelation 12:13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.

After Satan is cast out of heaven, Satan and the Antichrist will persecute the nation of Israel. This is known as the seven year long Tribulation period. In the middle of this seven year period the Antichrist will launch a surprise attack on Jerusalem and Judea. The second half of the Tribulation period is called Jerusalem’s great tribulation in Matthew 24:21. Jerusalem will suffer greater anguish than they ever have at any time throughout history. Jerusalem’s great tribulation is also known as “the time of Jacob’s trouble” in Jeremiah 30:7.

Revelation 12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

The term “wings of a great eagle” probably has nothing to do with the United States. It means that God is helping the Jews to escape. God carried the Jews on eagles wings when they escaped Egypt (Exodus 19:4).

Jesus warned the people of Judea to keep watch for the Antichrist as he comes to attack Jerusalem. When they see him coming they are to flee to the mountains to the east of Jerusalem. Isaiah 16:3-5 says that the Jews who flee Judea will take refuge in the province of Moab in Jordan. Today there is a significant refugee camp in the town of Kerak, Jordan. Kerak is in the Moab province of Jordan. Perhaps the Jews who flee Judea will live in refugee camps in Kerak. These Judean refugees will be cared for for three and one half years.

Mat 24:15-16 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

Luke 21:20-22 And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. 21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. 22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

Jesus may have been referring to the same warning that Jeremiah gave in the Old Testament.

Jeremiah 6:1 O ye children of Benjamin, gather yourselves to flee out of the midst of Jerusalem, and blow the trumpet in Tekoa, and set up a sign of fire in Bethhaccerem: for evil appeareth out of the north, and great destruction.

OK now let’s think about what has happened so far. Satan has fallen from heaven to the earth. Christians have been taken up into safety in heaven while Satan and the Antichrist cause a lot of trouble on earth. The Antichrist has suddenly attacked Jerusalem and Judea, but some of the Jews have escaped to Jordan.

Some of the Jews have fled to the mountains! That means that some of the Jews have believed Jesus Christ’s warning! That means that there are believing Jews in Israel after the Rapture of the Church and during the Tribulation period.

Revelation 12:15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. 16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

I think that the verse above is describing the army of the Antichrist as they pursue the fleeing Jews. The armies are somehow stopped by the earth. Perhaps by an earthquake or an opening fault line. God drowned Pharaoh’s army in the Red Sea when Israel escaped Egypt. Perhaps God will drown the Antichrist’s army in the Jordan River.

Revelation 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

I’m not exactly sure who this verse refers to but this verse is probably not referring to Church age Christians. Instead it could be referring to the Jewish refugees that have fled away from southern Israel in order to escape the Antichrist’s invading army. These refugees will live in Jordan for three and one half years but at the end of that time several nations will attack them (Psalm 83). These Jewish refugees have believed the warning that Jesus gave them in the New Testament. They have fled into the wilderness. On the other hand Revelation 12:17 may refer to Jewish believers who have believed in Jesus but who haven’t escaped out of the land of Israel.

By the way Psalm 83 is the plea of the Judean refugees for God’s help. After living in Jordan for three and one half years their enemies are about to attack them again.

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You can read my article Revelation 12 sign – September 23 Rapture here

Read my commentary titled Psalm 83 War

Read my book The Fall of Satan and Rise of the Antichrist

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Oct 29 2019

Turkish President Erdogan is a man of his word

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Turkish President Erdogan is a man of his word

Turkish Army targets Tell Rifaat

By Craig C. White

One year ago the Kurdish YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces gained control over the northwestern Syrian town of Tell Rifaat. So what right! So, Tell Rifaat is identified in the Bible by its ancient name of Arpad. In Jeremiah 49:23 the northwestern Syria towns of Hamah and Arpad (Tell Rifaat) hear reports about a coming invasion. According to Jeremiah; after Hamah and Tell Rifaat hear these reports then the residents of Damascus will flee and Damascus will be destroyed.

Jeremiah 49:23-25 Concerning Damascus. Hamath is confounded, and Arpad: for they have heard evil tidings: they are fainthearted; there is sorrow on the sea; it cannot be quiet. 24 Damascus is waxed feeble, and turneth herself to flee, and fear hath seized on her: anguish and sorrows have taken her, as a woman in travail. 25 How is the city of praise not left, the city of my joy!

One year ago Kurdish forces took Tel Rifaat amid heavy shelling from the Turkish Army. Tell Rifaat is located just 10 miles from the Turkish border. At that time Turkish President Erdogan vowed to defend the Syrian town of Azaz situated between Tell Rifaat and the Turkish border. Today the Turkish Army has entered northwestern Syria and has full control over Azaz. Turkey continues to send heavy weaponry and troops into Azaz with the stated goal of taking Tell Rifaat. Turkish President Erdogan said that the Turkish Army could attack Tell Rifaat at any moment. By the way, Erdogan also admitted in a public speech that the sole reason why the Turkish Army has entered Syria is to remove Syrian President Assad from power in Damascus. The battle for Tell Rifaat is drawing the Turkish Army into Syria in greater force. We no longer need to wonder. Bible prophecy is being fulfilled in Syria. The destruction of Damascus by the Turkish Army along with its partners the Al-Qaeda led Free Syrian Army is near!

One year ago Turkey launched its first military foray inside of Syria called “Euphrates Shield”. The Turkish Army along with Turkish supported Al-Qaeda rebels (Free Syrian Army) took control of the Syria border towns from Azaz (located just to the north of Aleppo) and eastward to Jarablus (located on the western side of the Euphrates River). The goal was to prevent a contiguous Kurdish State from being formed inside of Syria. One year latter Turkey now has plans to clear out the Kurds from the westward corridor beginning at Tell Riffat towards Afrin.

Meanwhile back to Jeremiah chapter 49. Jeremiah identifies the Syrian city of Hamah as well as the city of Tell Rifaat. Jeremiah doesn’t explicitly identify the nation (or nations) that attack these towns. The Turkish Army is mounting an attack on Tell Rifaat. That is clear to see. The Turkish Army is being helped by the Free Syrian Army. The Free Syrian Army is not Syrian. The Free Syrian Army is comprised of Sunni Muslim Al-Qaeda rebels from places like Libya and Sudan. The Syrian Al-Qaeda affiliate Tahrir al-Sham (formerly known as Al-Nusra) is fighting against the Syrian Army in Hamah. The Iraqi Al-Qaeda affiliate known as ISIS is also fighting against the Syrian Army in Hamah. Right now the Syrian Army seems to have gained the upper hand but fighting has intensified during August 2017. Turkey is supporting the Sunni Muslim Al-Qaeda rebel groups in Syria. Expect Turkey together with Al-Qaeda to attack Hamah and Tell-Rifaat in force and probably simultaneously.

Turkish President Erdogan said that Turkey would defend Azaz. Turkey now controls Azaz. Turkish President Erdogan said that the Turkish Army would take Tell Rifaat. Turkish heavy weapons and troops are now gathering in Azaz. The stated goal is the conquest of Tell Rifaat. Turkish President Erdogan said that the sole reason that the Turkish Army has entered Syria is to remove Syrian President Assad from power in Damascus. The Bible warns about an attack on Hamah and Tell Rifaat and also warns about the subsequent destruction of Damascus. The Bible is true. We should be on the lookout for these events. Turkish President Erdogan has proven to be a man of his word. We should believe him when he says that he intends to conquer Damascus.

Turkish President Erdogan is a man of his word

Read this article on the Daily Sabah Afrin: Response to PYD’s fait accompli

Read this article on Reuters Heaviest clashes for months hit Syria’s Hama province: monitor

Read my commentary titled The nations are disquieted over Syria

Read my book The complete guide to Syria in end time Bible prophecy

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Oct 27 2019

Al-Baghdadi has been killed. Expect a message from him to his ISIS fighters.

Al-Baghdadi has been killed. Expect a message from him to his ISIS fighters.

Nahum predict one last call to arms in Mosul

By Craig C. White

ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi has been killed in the Idlib province of northwestern Syria. Let me take a moment and say that the Turkish Army controls Idlib and is the major supporter of the Al-Qaeda factions fighting there. That probably means that Turkey has knowingly been harboring the ISIS leader for some time. ISIS is an Al-Qaeda faction. Both Turkey and Al-Qaeda are Sunni Muslim. There have been reports that there are ISIS members included among the Turkish supported Free Syrian Army. I am saying that Turkey supports ISIS.

But that isn’t what this article is about. ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi may be dead but I don’t think that we have heard the last from him yet. The book of Nahum predicts the destruction and flooding of Mosul in northern Iraq. Mosul is the hometown and headquarters of ISIS. Al-Baghdadi was the head of Al-Qaeda in Mosul before he declared himself the Caliph of the Islamic State.

Here is the interesting part. Nahum predicts that the ISIS leader will address his troops for one last rebellion in Mosul. On a side note, I think that ISIS might overrun Kobani in northeastern Syria first. Nahum tells us to expect one last message from the leader of Mosul.

Messages from ISIS leader Al-Baghdadi have been few and far between. His last recorded message was in September 2019. Before that he released a message in October 2017. In 2017 Baghdadi informed his troops that Turkey was about to attack the Kurds in northeastern Syria. As you know, Turkey has attacked the Kurds. In 2019 Baghdadi instructed his ISIS soldiers to release their brothers that were being held in Kurdish prisons. When Turkey attacked the Kurds in northeastern Syria several hundred ISIS prisoners escaped. I think that Turkey purposefully helped ISIS to escape from the Kurdish prisons. At any rate Nahum says that the ISIS leader will address his troops one last time.

In the following verse Nahum says that Mosul’s wicked leader will formally address his troops just before the city of Mosul is destroyed by a flood of water.

Nahum 2:5 He shall recount his worthies: they shall stumble in their walk; they shall make haste to the wall thereof, and the defence shall be prepared.

In October 2017, ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi released a 46 minute long voice recording addressing his ISIS troops in Iraq and Syria and around the world. He said…

“Oh Soldiers of the Caliphate, fan the flames of war on your enemies, take it to them and besiege them in every corner, and stand fast and courageous.”

“Beware of retreat, or the feeling of defeat, beware of negotiations or surrender. Do not lay down your arms,”

Al- Bagdadi hadn’t given a public address since 2016. In Nahum 2:5 The phrase “recount his worthies” means to “bring to remembrance (or to mention) his gallant men”. This is exactly what the ISIS leader did in his recorded call to arms. This is exactly the sort of speech that reading the book of Nahum would lead you to expect.

In the very next verse Nahum describes the flooding of Mosul.

Nahum 2:6 The gates of the rivers shall be opened, and the palace shall be dissolved.

The Prophet Nahum gives us remarkable insight into end time events. Nahum may even describe Jesus Christ as he returns to earth at the Resurrection and Rapture and to also do some housecleaning on the Golan Heights as well as in Mosul.

It is evident in his recorded message that ISIS leader al-Baghdadi has Turkey on his mind! Al-Baghdadi said that war between Turkey and the Kurds is “inevitable”. I’ve been saying that for seven years now but nobody is listening. At least al-Baghdadi knows what’s going on. I wonder if he reads my books?

Expect one last call to arms from Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi to his ISIS soldiers!

Al-Baghdadi has been killed. Expect a message from him to his ISIS fighters.

Al-Baghdadi has been killed. Expect a message from him to his ISIS fighters.

Read my commentary titled The End of ISIS is near!

Read this article on Reuters: Islamic State’s Baghdadi, in undated audio, urges militants to keep fighting

Read this article on Rudaw: Purported Baghdadi recording predicts war between Kurds, Turkey

I talk about ISIS in Mosul in several of my books. There’s a flood coming. You don’t want to miss the boat! For starters read my book The End of ISIS is near! also read 2017 The Year of Fulfillment

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Oct 27 2019

Turkish Army preparing to attack Tell Rifaat in northwestern Syria

Turkish Army preparing to attack Tell Rifaat in northwestern Syria

By Craig C. White

Turkish Army preparing to attack Tell Rifaat in northwestern Syria

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October 20, 2019: I heard two first hand reports that the Turkish Army is gathering a major offensive on Tell Rifaat.

One week ago the Turkish Army entered the Kurdish held region of northeastern Syria. The planned attack on Tell Rifaat in northwestern Syria is in a different region to the west of the Euphrates River. Tell Rifaat is the last remaining Kurdish held town west of the Euphrates.

Meanwhile in Hamah; the Syrian Army is busy fighting against Turkish supported Al-Qaeda rebel groups. The Turkish Army also is amassed next to Hamah in the Idlib province. Turkey has recently threatened to attack the Syrian Army in Hamah.

October 22, 2019: Turkey and Russia make agreement for the Kurds to leave Tell Rifaat. The Kurds have not yet agreed.

The Prophet Jeremiah says that when Hamah and Tell Rifaat in northwestern Syria hear evil reports then the residents of Damascus will flee and Damascus will be destroyed. Tell Rifaat is called Arpad in Jeremiah 49:23 below.

Jeremiah 49:23 Concerning Damascus. Hamath is confounded, and Arpad: for they have heard evil tidings: they are fainthearted; there is sorrow on the sea; it cannot be quiet.

Events in Syria are just about to mirror what the Bible says. Things are about to get real. Turkey will attack the Syrian Army in Hamah and will also attack the Kurds in Tell Rifaat.

October 26, 2019: Shots between the Kurds and Turkish Army are exchanged in Tell Rifaat. Turkish helicopters flying overhead.

The Turkish Army is staging troops for a major assault on Tell Rifaat. Turkish President Erdogan said that if the Turkish Army accomplishes one thing in Syria it will be to conquer Tell Rifaat. The attack on Tell Rifaat has not reached the main stream media yet but it is coming. End time Bible prophecy is about to begin in earnest. It is High Time to Awake out of our sleep because our salvation is nearer than when we believed (Romans 13:11).

Turkish Army preparing to attack Tell Rifaat in northwestern Syria

Read my commentary titled The nations are disquieted over Syria

Read my book The complete guide to Syria in end time Bible prophecy

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Oct 23 2019

The complete guide to Syria in end time Bible Prophecy

The complete guide to Syria in end time Bible Prophecy

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By Craig C. White

The fuse has been burning in Syria for eight years. Now the powder keg is about to explode! Isaiah 17 predicts the destruction of Damascus, Syria.

Isaiah 17:1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

Now more than ever it is important for Christians to be alert to the Bible prophecy that is unfolding in Syria. For that reason I have edited and compiled all of my commentaries about Syria into this one book. These commentaries appear throughout several of my other books. This book contains everything that you need to know about Syria in Bible prophecy as you watch events unfold in the coming days.

The city of Damascus is the capital of Syria. It is a large prosperous city with modern amenities and an ancient history. Damascus is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. It was founded by the Aramaeans over four thousand years ago, and was inhabited two thousand years before that. Damascus is a living depiction of human history. Today Damascus is dying.

According to Old Testament prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah; Damascus, Syria will be destroyed. I think that the Bible tells us that Turkey will enter Syria and destroy Damascus. This could be the prophetic event that puts the end time into high gear!

Syria has been fighting for the past eight years, in the midst of a hostile takeover by outside forces. During that time Damascus has suffered some damage, but has been mostly spared. Now Turkey has amassed 400,000 soldiers on the Syrian border. Now Turkish President Erdogan has vowed to remove Syrian President Assad from power in Syria’s capital city of Damascus. Now Turkey has acquired world wide support for their invasion into Syria.

The complete guide to Syria in end time Bible Prophecy

For a verse by verse study read Isaiah 17 predicts the destruction of Damascus

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