Revelation 12


Revelation 12:10

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night.

(a) Salvation. The original word for salvation means deliverance or rescue. Jesus is the great Deliverer who rescues us from our enemies (Luke 1:71). See entry for Salvation.

(b) The salvation… of our God; see entry for Rev. 19:1.

(c) The accuser. Accusations against you will typically come from three sources: (1) the Accuser, a.k.a. Satan (see previous verse), (2) law-lovers who are opposed to grace (see entry for Matt. 12:10), and (3) a conscience mindful of the law (Rom. 2:15). What these three things have in common is an affinity for using the law as a weapon of condemnation. The original word for accuser (kategoros) is similar to the original word for accuses (kategoreo), and the latter means to bring a criminal charge.


Revelation 12:17

So the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.

Keep the commandments of God means to believe in Jesus. “This is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ” (1 John 3:23). This is the only commandment that counts. See entry for Rev. 14:12.


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