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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes
Revelation 12



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Verse 1

And . . . heaven = And a great sign was seen in heaven.

appeared = was seen. App-133.

wonder. App-176. What follows is a sign.

heaven. See Revelation 3:12.

woman. i.e. Israel. See John 16:21.

twelve stars. Probably the zodiacal signs, representing the Israel nation in embryo. See App-12.

Verse 2

cried = crieth out.

travailing, &c. Greek. odino. Only here and Galatians 1:4, Galatians 1:19, Galatians 1:27. See Micah 5:3.

pained. Literally tormented. See Revelation 9:5.

Verse 3

another. App-124.

behold. App-133.

dragon. Greek. drakon. First of thirteen occurances in Rev. only. (App-10and App-197) See Revelation 12:9.

seven heads . . . heads. "Signs" of universality of earthly power.

crowns. Greek. diadema. Only here, Revelation 13:1; Revelation 19:12.

Verse 4

And his, &c. Refers to Satan"s first rebellion and to those who followed him.

drew = draggeth. See John 21:8.

did. Read "he".

earth. App-129.

stood = is standing. Perf. tense, indicating abiding action.

was . . . delivered = is about to bring forth.

for = in order. Greek. hina.

devour. Same word as Revelation 10:9, Revelation 10:10 (eat up); Revelation 20:9. From Genesis 3:15 till now Satan stands ready to devour the promised "seed",

child. App-108.

Verse 5

man child = a son (App-108.) a male (as Luke 2:23).

was = is about.

nations = the nations. Compare Psalms 2:9.

rod. See Revelation 2:27.

up = away.

unto. App-104.

God. App-98.

to. The texts add pros, as above. An interval of years occurs after this verse.

Verse 6

Anticipatory, the flight being consequent on the war in heaven (Revelation 12:14).

into. App-104.

wilderness. Compare Ezekiel 20:33-38.

that. Greek. hina, as Revelation 12:4.

Verse 7

was = came to be.

heaven = the heaven. See Revelation 3:12. A particular sphere above earth which is dwelt in by, or accessible to, the dragon and his evil powers. Compare Job 1and Job 2. Zechariah 3:6. See Luke 10:18.

Michael. See Daniel 10:13, Daniel 10:21; Daniel 12:1. Jude 1:9, and App-179.

fought against. The texts read "(going forth) to war with".

against. Greek. meta. App-104.

Verse 8

prevailed. Greek. ischuo, as Acts 19:16, Acts 19:20. Only here in Rev. Compare App-172.

neither. Greek. oude.

more. First occurance: Matthew 5:13 (thenceforth).

Verse 9

cast out = cast down, as Revelation 12:10.

that = the

old = ancient.

serpent. See Revelation 20:2. Genesis 3:1, and App-19.

Devil. Literally slanderer. See Revelation 12:10 and Matthew 4:1.

Satan = Adversary. Compare Matthew 4:10. See App-19.

which deceiveth. Literally the one deceiving. App-128. See Revelation 20:3.

world. App-129.

Verse 10

The central verse in Revelation.

loud = great.

salvation = the salvation.

strength = the power. App-172.1; Revelation 176:1.

kingdom. See App-114.

power. App-172.

Christ. App-98.

accuser. Greek. kategoros. Only here in Rev.

is = was.

cast down. As "cast out", Revelation 12:9, with the texts.

accused = accuseth. First occurance: Matthew 12:10; last, here.

Verse 11

word. App-121.

testimony. See Revelation 1:2.

loved. App-135.

lives = life.

the. Omit.

Verse 12

Therefore = For this cause.

heavens. In Rev. only here in plural, while fifty-one occurences in singular. See Revelation 3:12 and Matthew 6:10.

dwell. Literally tabernacle. See Revelation 7:15 and Revelation 13:6.

Woe. Third and most terrible of the three woes (Revelation 8:13).

the . . . of. The texts omit.

come = gone.

wrath. Greek. thumas. First of ten occurrences in Rev.

because . . . that = knowing (App-132.) that.

time. Greek. kairos. App-195.

Verse 13

saw. App-133.

east = east down, Revelation 12:9.

man child = male. See Revelation 12:5.

Verse 14

two = the two.

a = the.

great eagle. Great is emph. Compare Deuteronomy 32:11, Deuteronomy 32:12.

might = may.

fly. Greek. petomai. See Revelation 12:6. Compare Exodus 14:5. Psalms 35:1-5. Isaiah 11:16. Ezekiel 20:33-38. Hosea 2:14, Hosea 2:15. Zephaniah 2:3. Matthew 24:15-28. Mark 13:14-23.

time, &c. See Revelation 11:2 and App-195.

from, &c. See Septuagint of Judges 9:21 for same Figure of speech Idioma (App-6).

Verse 15

out of. App-104.

flood = river.

carried . . . flood. Greek. potamophoretos. Only here.

Verse 16

opened, &c. See Numbers 16:30.

swallowed up. Greek. katapino. Occurs seven times in N.T. See 1 Corinthians 15:54. Compare Isaiah 59:19.

Verse 17

went = went away, as in John 11:46.

remnant. App-124.

seed. Believers, Jew and Gentile, who are seen Revelation 7:9.

and have = holding.

Jesus. App-98.

Christ. The texts omit. They add here the first clause of Revelation 13:1, altering to "he stood".


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Revelation 12:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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