In verse 3 we see the descripition of Satan and of his power and authority in the seven world empires, and that he is the king over each empire (world govt). In verse four we look at his dealings with the saints and his plans for the woman's child.
KJV Revelation 12:4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
The dragon ( Satan) draws a third ot the stars from heaven. The "stars" are a type of the saints, Dan 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. (see Re 1:20)
He casts them to the earth : Paul speaks of a great "falling away" before the "catching away of those in Christ" in 2Thes 2:3; Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition ( the antichrist)
Remember, in Eph 1:3 and 2:6 we are seated in the heavenlies WITH Christ. The dragon ( Satan) draws a third of the stars ( saints ) from their heavenly position in Christ. Esau sold his birthright for a mess of pottage. So it is that many will sell their birthright to rule and reign with Christ for the momentary pleasures of this world.
How does he draw them down? His "tail" speaks of "deception". He comes from behind and lures them. Who does he "draw away" through deception ( his tail ) : a. those who do not love the word of God above all tradition and philosophy b. those who leave have not "died to self" c. those whose hearts are set on this life (Lu 21:41-45) d. those who make allowances and excuses for lust of the flesh, pride of life, etc e. those who will not follow the word (Rev 2:16; )
He draws them with his tail ( deception) and casts them to the earth. They loose their position in Christ, they fall away by means of this deception and apostatize (2Thes 2:3 )
Verse 4 goes on to say : "and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
He knows this child is in the womb of the church, and he wants to devour it when it is born. He can't get to it while it is still in the womb, but he is waiting for the chance to kill it when it comes out.
Remember, we are looking at a woman in the 7th world govt (yet to come) a dragon who sweeps a third of the stars ( saints) from heaven ( which has yet to happen ); And he is waiting to devour this child, which has yet to be born, because this event happens in the future 7th world govt.
He is standing in front of this woman in the time of the 7th ( and last) world gov't. in which time she " is about to bring forth" ....... and his intent is to devour and destroy.
In the preface of this study, I gave several reasons why this child cannot be Christ Jesus, and why the woman cannot be Israel. This child has not been and will not be born until the "dragon" sweeps one third of the stars from their place, and that has not happened yet. This is a future event, one which in all likeliness is not far away at all.
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