(7) 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 anymore in heaven. (9) And the 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.
So we are continuing the study of Revelation chapter 12. Today we will look at verses 7-12. In these particular scriptures the apostle John is returning to the past to explain what he saw with Satan and his rebellious angels. They were cast out of heaven and from Peter’s scripture in 2 Peter 2:4 we know that the angels are in chains, even now. Jesus also revealed to us in the Gospels that he saw Satan fall like lightening.
(18) And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightening fall from heaven. ~ Luke 10:18 KJV
Jesus was telling his disciples a piece of history regarding Satan, that old serpent, called the Devil, which was cast out of heaven and thrown to the earth.
(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.
Now the apostle John reveals what happened in heaven when Jesus overcame death and resurrected to heaven. He gave everyone on earth salvation and power. That is why it says Now is come salvation and the power of his Christ.
(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.
Believers in Christ are able to overcome the accusations and deceptions of the devil because they believe in the blood of Jesus that was shed. They share testimonies and through those testimonies others are able to overcome. Testimonies of overcoming a struggle or trial stir up faith in other believers. That is why they are so important to share.
(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.
Therefore rejoice in the heavens and those that dwell in them. The inhabiters of the earth need to be on alert and watch out because the devil has come to earth and he is angry with great wrath and he knows he has a short time to cause havoc and destruction. He lost his battle in heaven but he is still allowed to roam on the earth.
(13) And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. (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.
Upon reading these two scriptures the apostle John has returned to an image of the past. He is showing us how the dragon, also known as Satan, persecuted Mary who brought forth the Messiah. But using the analogy of an eagle that flies high he shows us she was able to escape the attacks upon her and Jesus when he was a child.
(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 opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
In the scriptures above the Lord is giving the apostle John a visual of what it was like if the story was to be described. If you visualize a flood it is strong and powerful. It would definitely drown and kill you but the flood was swallowed up and it did not destroy her. It was diverted. In other words, the devil’s attempt to kill her and the Messiah were diverted and unsuccessful.
(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.
So on this last scripture Satan was very upset with the woman who got away. We know her as, Mary, the mother of Jesus. Satan then goes to war with the remnant of her seed. The seed is Jesus and the remnant of that seed is the church. All of his believers, all that keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ are the remnant of the “seed”.
Hopefully this brings clarity for you to this chapter of Revelation.