Seeing into the spiritual realm, John sees the source of all evil – the dragon.
The pregnant woman being attacked by the dragon gives birth to a child who reigns over all the nations. Some think the woman is Mary, the mother of Jesus. Some think the woman could represent Israel as Jesus was the Jewish Messiah.
Some think the woman was Eve as God tells the serpent (the dragon) in Genesis 3 that “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” This snake crusher was Jesus who was killed by evil by dying on the cross, but the serpent would actually eventually lose because of Jesus’ sacrificial death.
Evil fights against those who follow Jesus. Our faithfulness in following Jesus’ commands and in telling others about Jesus changing our lives even in the midst of persecution helps win the battle in the spiritual realm. We have a part to play by not giving into evil in our minds, in our hearts, and in our actions and instead trusting the way of Jesus.
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