MP3: The Mighty Angels of Revelation 12
Hosts: Nathan Jones & Vic Batista
The Feeding Angels
Vic Batista: Revelation 12:3 describes Satan as being “a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads.” Later in Revelation 17, along with Daniel 2 and 7, these passages when describing all these heads and horns can confuse people. But, they need not be confused if they’ve read the whole Bible and so can place these images in their proper context, right?
Nathan Jones: You are absolutely right. Most people when they get to Revelation they just give up. They are like, “Wow! What’s with all the symbols?” But, the Bible tells us what these symbols are, but you just have to know where to find them throughout the Scriptures.
We also can know what the timeline is. The Tribulation will last for seven years, as mentioned in both the books of Daniel and Revelation. The Tribulation is seven years long with the second half naturally being 3.5 years long. We’ll read more about this later in Revelation 13 and can also in Daniel 9, but at the middle of the Tribulation Satan will desecrate the Third Temple in Jerusalem. Bear in mind that today the Third Temple hasn’t been built yet today, but it will be fully constructed during the Tribulation.
When the Antichrist desecrates the Temple, the Jews according to Revelation 12 will flee into the wilderness, most likely to Petra in Jordan. There God will protect them during those remaining 3.5 years. As Revelation 12:6 foretells: “Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.”
Who are the “they” who feed the Woman, whom in the last segment we identified as the nation of Israel? If God prepared the place, then His servants are the caretakers, and that could only be angels. The Tribulation Saints are under persecution and the Church hasn’t returned with Christ yet, so angels are what’s left to carry out God’s protection of Israel.
Vic Batista: Revelation 12:7-9 describes something most exciting — angel wars!
“And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 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.”
Yet another very interesting portion of Scripture! Could it be that millions, even billions, of angels are part of this civil war in Heaven? This civil war is the origin story for all the fallen angels and demons. This number harks back to Revelation 12:4 which reads: “His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth.” This passage talks about how a third of the stars of heaven were thrown down to the earth. While there’s a spiritual war taking place right now that we cannot see, there are real battles being waged in the angelic world, right?
Nathan Jones: According to the Bible, before the Fall of Man, there truly was a battle where Satan tried to overthrow God and a third of the angels joined him. The Bible calls these angels “stars of heaven.” They were driven out of Heaven and thrown down to the earth.
In this next passage of Revelation 12, Satan tries one last time to overthrow God in Heaven. It’s a repeat takeover attempt of the earlier rebellion, met with the same result — exile. This time, the exile is for good. No demon will ever step foot in Heaven ever again.
Vic Batista: Right, and with Satan cast out, his wrath is turned full force on God’s people. But, God is always protecting His people. This is why we need to pray for the Church and Israel today. A lot of the persecution we are seeing today is just preparation for what an unleashed Satan will be doing tomorrow.
Nathan Jones: Satan hates the Jewish people with a passion. He hates all of humanity really, but the Jews especially. There is no doubt that Satan is extremely jealous of humanity. Even though angels are so much more powerful and they get to live with God and have fellowship with God face-to-face, mankind has been given promises and will be put into positions of power over angels in the Eternal State. Satan for some reason absolutely hates God for that.
We read in Isaiah how Satan is full of pride and envy. He wants to be greater than God and rule over all the universe. His mission is really to destroy all of humanity, but particularly the Jewish people, because through the Jewish people God promised redemption for mankind as well as for the Messiah’s Kingdom to come through the Jewish people. We’ve seen throughout history the attempts of Gentile nations trying to annihilate the Jewish people, particularly during World War II during the Nazi Holocaust. But, and I hate to say this, during the Tribulation the Nazi Holocaust will seem very tame when compared to the Holocaust that will happen to the Jews during that awful time.
Vic Batista: Christians should pray for the peace of Jerusalem, as God calls us in Psalm 122:6 to pray for the Jews. Even though we know these horrific persecutions are coming upon the world, we know that according to statistics more Jewish people being saved now than ever before, and as a result are returning to their promised land.
Nathan Jones: At last count I believe over six million Jews have made aliyah to Israel. Soon up to seven million Jews will travel back to Israel. That’s half of the world’s Jews now living in Israel! God is fulfilling His promises made throughout both the Major and the Minor Prophets that the Jewish people would be regathered back a second time into the land of Israel, and that the whole world’s anger would burn against them because the whole world from the background is being controlled by Satan. Satan’s anger through the nations is against Israel for the purpose of bringing a remnant of the Jewish people, a third of the Jews actually, to finally accept Jesus as Savior upon Christ’s return.
We know from Scriptures that two-thirds of the Jewish people will be killed by the Antichrist. So, we are saying with 12-14 million Jews total, two-thirds is about 8-9 million Jews who will be killed during the Tribulation time period. So, praise the Lord that so many Jews today are starting to accept Jesus as their Messiah and can have the blessed hope of being in the Rapture of the Church!
Vic Batista: This is why Christians should never stop praying for the Jewish people, for the Holy Spirit is still at work in their redemption. God never stops working out salvation. God is never through with any of His people.
Nathan Jones: Not at all. Today when a Jewish person becomes saved, they become part of the Church, and as a member of the Bride of Christ, they will be raptured before the Tribulation begins. They are Jews by nationality, but now saved they are rebirthed into the Bride of Christ.
Vic Batista: Here in Aventura we have a very large community of Jewish people. I want to say maybe the third largest, Boca Raton is maybe second, and New York City might be first, except for Israel, of course. My church prays for the salvation of the Jewish people because they are literally right next door to us. They are a little difficult to reach in terms of how we normally evangelize the Gentiles, but nevertheless they are responding, they are noticing Yeshua, and learning that their Messiah Yeshua loves them. By simply showing a Jewish person the love of Christ, God is opening up their hearts to the Gospel. Jews coming to accept Yeshua as Messiah, I believe, is a sign that lets us know that the Lord is coming back very soon.
Nathan Jones: As for end times signs, not only are the Jewish people coming back into the land of Israel again, and Israel is a nation once more, but we are seeing some of the Jewish people accepting Jesus Christ as Savior. We live in a time where the Gospel goes forth unlike any time in history. I, too, believe that this is another sign that Jesus is coming back soon.
Vic Batista: Now jumping forward from this Church Age to the mid-point of the Tribulation, we are looking here at God’s protection for His people. The Enemy, the Dragon, is going to come in like a flood desiring to destroy the Jews in their Tribulation exile. God takes this remnant into a protective place where He provides for them there. It is much like we saw in the Old Testament, right?
Nathan Jones: Yes, in the Old Testament, Yahweh sent Jesus as the Angel of the Lord and other angels who were always protecting Israel. The General of the Lord’s Army led Joshua to victory over Jericho. King David in faith was able to defeat Goliath. The army of Deborah was able to overcome its enemies. Throughout history the Jewish people were supernaturally protected by God.
And, even to this day, when the Jewish people have to go to war against Gaza or Lebanon or any other attacking nation, Israel remains always miraculously protected. Israel’s victories are so dramatic that even their enemies notice and verify God’s hand is in it. Clearly the Lord is protecting Israel, even during the Tribulation despite the two-thirds death toll, for God will protect a remnant who will accept Jesus as Savior by the end of the Tribulation.
Vic Batista: Absolutely, there is always hope and encouragement in the Lord Jesus Christ. Receiving that hope all begins by starting a relationship with Him. How can people start a relationship, even right now if they so choose?
Nathan Jones: To accept Jesus as Savior, accept John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” If you accept Jesus Christ is the Son of God and Savior in faith, then pray from your heart, “Dear, Jesus, please forgive me of my sins and be my Savior.” Jesus promises to forgive you of your sins, cleanse your guilt away, and will give you an eternal life and hope in Him.
Vic Batista: God has a wonderful plan for your life. He is coming very, very soon to take you home.
In the twenty-sixth segment of our series “The Mighty Angels of Revelation,” a fiery-red dragon will persecute the Woman.