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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Revelation 12

 

 

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Introduction
1A woman clothed with the sun travails.
4The great red dragon stands before her, ready to devour her child;
6when she is delivered she flees into the wilderness.
7Michael and his angels fight with the dragon, and prevail.
13The dragon, being cast down into the earth, persecutes the woman.

Verse 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:
there
3; 11:19; 15:1; 2 Chronicles 32:31; Mark 13:25; Acts 2:19
wonder
or, sign.
Matthew 12:38; 24:30; Luke 21:11,25
a woman
Isaiah 49:14-23; 54:5-7; 60:1-4; Hosea 2:19,20; John 3:29; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:25-27,32
clothed
21:23; Psalms 84:11; Isaiah 60:19,20; 61:10; Malachi 4:2; Romans 3:22; 13:14; Galatians 3:27
and the
Galatians 6:14; Titus 2:11,12
crown
1:20; 21:14; Isaiah 62:3; Zechariah 9:16

Verse 2
And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
travailing
4; Isaiah 53:11; 54:1; 66:7,8; Micah 5:3; John 16:21; Galatians 4:19,27

Verse 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.
wonder
or, sign.
1
a great
4,9,17; 13:2,4; 16:13; 17:3,4; 20:2; Isaiah 27:1; 51:9
seven heads
13:1,3; 17:9,10
ten
17:3,7,12,16; Isaiah 9:15; Daniel 2:42; 7:7,8,20,24
seven crowns
13:1

Verse 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.
his tail
9:10,19; Daniel 8:9-12
of the
17:18
the dragon
2; Exodus 1:16; Matthew 2:3-16; John 8:44; 1 Peter 5:8

Verse 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.
she
2; Isaiah 7:14; Jeremiah 31:22; Micah 5:3; Matthew 1:25
rule
2:26,27; 19:15; Psalms 2:9,10
caught
11:12; Mark 16:19

Verse 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.
the woman
4,14
that
1 Kings 17:3-6,9-16; 19:4-8; Matthew 4:11
a thousand
11:2,3

Verse 7
And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
war
13:7; 19:11-20; Isaiah 34:5; Ephesians 6:12; *Gr:
Michael
Isaiah 55:4; Daniel 10:13,21; 12:1; Hebrews 2:10; Jude 1:9
and his
Matthew 13:41; 16:27; 24:31; 26:53; 2 Thessalonians 1:7
the dragon
3,4; 20:2
his angels
9; Psalms 78:49; Matthew 25:41; 2 Corinthians 12:7; *Gr: ; 2 Peter 2:4

Verse 8
And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
prevailed not
11; Psalms 13:4; 118:10-13; 129:2; Jeremiah 1:19; 5:22; Matthew 16:18; Romans 8:31-39
their
Job 7:10; 8:18; 20:9; 27:21-23; Psalms 37:10; Acts 1:25; Jude 1:6

Verse 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.
the great
3,7; Luke 10:18; John 12:31
that
14,15; 20:2; Genesis 3:1,4,13; Isaiah 27:1; 65:25
the Devil
9:20; 16:14; 18:2; Matthew 4:1,5,8; 13:39; Luke 8:12; John 8:44; 1 Timothy 3:6,7; Hebrews 2:14; 1 John 3:8-10; Jude 1:9
and Satan
2:9,13,24; 3:9; 1 Chronicles 21:1; Job 1:6-12; 2:1; Psalms 109:6; Zechariah 3:1,2; Matthew 4:10; Luke 13:16; 22:3,31; Acts 5:3; 26:18; Romans 16:20; 2 Corinthians 2:11; 11:14; 2 Corinthians 12:7; 2 Thessalonians 2:9
deceiveth
13:14; 18:23; 19:20; 20:3,8,10; Matthew 24:24; Romans 16:18; 2 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 4:14; 2 Thessalonians 2:3,9-11; 1 Timothy 2:14; 2 Timothy 3:13; 1 John 5:19
he was
9:1; Ezekiel 28:16; Luke 10:18; John 12:31
into
Job 1:7; 2:2; Isaiah 14:12; 65:25; John 14:30; 16:11; 2 Corinthians 4:4; 1 Peter 5:8

Verse 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.
I heard
11:15; 19:1-7
the kingdom
1 Chronicles 29:11; Psalms 22:28; 45:6; 145:11-13; Daniel 2:44; Matthew 6:10; Luke 11:2
the power
2:26; Psalms 2:8-12; 110:5,6; Matthew 26:64; 28:18; 1 Corinthians 5:4; 2 Corinthians 12:9
the accuser
Job 1:9; 2:5; Zechariah 3:1,2; Luke 22:31; Titus 2:3

Verse 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.
they overcame
2:7,11,17,26; 3:5,12,21; John 16:33; Romans 8:33-39; 16:20; 1 Corinthians 15:57; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5; Ephesians 6:13-18; 2 Timothy 4:7,8; Hebrews 2:14,15; 1 John 2:13,14; 4:4; 1 John 5:5
the blood
7:10-14; 14:1-4; 15:3
the word
17; 1:2,9; 6:9; 11:7; 19:10
they loved not
2:10,13; 20:4; Luke 14:26; Acts 20:24; 21:13; Hebrews 11:35-38

Verse 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.
rejoice
18:20; 19:1-7; Psalms 96:11-13; 148:1-4; Isaiah 49:13; 55:12,13; Luke 2:14; Luke 15:10
Woe
8:13; 9:12; 11:10,14
because
10:6; Hebrews 10:37; 2 Peter 3:8

Verse 13
And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
4,5; Genesis 3:15; Psalms 37:12-14; John 16:33

Verse 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.
to the
Exodus 19:4; Deuteronomy 32:11,12; Psalms 55:6; Isaiah 40:31
she might
6; 17:3
for a time
11:2,3; Daniel 7:25; 12:7

Verse 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.
cast
17:15; Psalms 18:4; 65:7; 93:3,4; Isaiah 8:7; 28:2; 59:19

Verse 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.
Exodus 12:35,36; 1 Kings 17:6; 2 Kings 8:9

Verse 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.
the dragon
12; John 8:44; 1 Peter 5:8
to make
11:7; 13:7; 17:6,14; 18:20; 19:19; 20:8,9; Genesis 3:15; Daniel 7:23-26; 11:36
which
14:12; 22:14; Matthew 28:20; 1 John 5:2
and have
11; 1:2,9; 6:9; 20:4; 1 Corinthians 2:1; 1 John 5:10

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Revelation 12:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/revelation-12.html.

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Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019
the Week of Proper 24 / Ordinary 29
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