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Exploring Revelation
“Revelation 12:17”
by Art Sadlier   
July 12th, 2009

We are at the midpoint of the tribulation period. The final phase of the age long war between God and Satan now begins. "And the devil was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ", verse 17.

Why is the dragon,Satan, so angry with the woman, Israel? Satan now sees his opportunity to establish his kingdom slipping away, he knows that God is about send Christ to rule over Israel on the throne of David. Satan knows that if he can destroy Israel he can frustrate the purposes of God, so he sets out through Antichrist to annihalate Israel.

This is the third attempt to destroy Israel in the last days scenario.

The first is taking place right now as the world is now turning against Israel and demanding that they surrender to the demands and purposes of the Islamic nations, which would bring about her destruction.  Antichrist will soon come along and become Israel's counterfeit deliverer with his psuedo peace treaty. Satan 's man wants a temple on the Temple Mount, he desires not only to be worshipped in place of God, but he wants to be worshipped in the very place that God has been worshipped in the past. He wants Israel to set up the temple worship and then he will present himself in the temple and demand that the whole world worship him as god. That has always been Satan's goal.

The second attempt to destroy Israel will take place very early in the tribulation period when Russia and Iran and their Muslim neighbours attack Israel as recorded in Ezekiel 38-39.  God will intervene with fire from heaven and deliver Israel from this attack.

The third is mentioned above where God intervenes and hides Israel in the wilderness mountains of Petra.

The fourth will be at the close of the tribulation at the battle of Armageddon, when Christ will descend from heaven and destroy Antichrist and his armies with the breath of His mouth.

I believe we see two groups represented in this verse. First it says, "with the woman", that is Israel.

Then it refers to another group, "the rement of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ". This is the seed of Israel by faith, those gentiles who are being saved in the tribulation period. We read about a great multitude of gentiles being saved and martyred during that time, these are the ones Satan has made war with and killed in great numbers. This cannot refer to Israel because Israel does not turn to the Lord in large numbers until the very end of the tribulation.

The war between God and Satan is gaining momentum and is now about to come to great climax. What is at stake is who will rule the earth, the kingdom of Satan or the kingdom of Jesus Christ.

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