After presenting the first three literary cycles of seven letters, seven seals, and seven trumpets, John unveils a dramatic narrative about a woman and a dragon. Depicting the devil’s ferocious onslaught against the people of God, this central cycle of Revelation offers a vivid account of the trials and tribulations that Christians experience on earth. Nevertheless, this account also offers God’s people encouragement and hope that the dragon is defeated and their victory is assured.
In one of the most famous sections of the book of Revelation, John imparts a vision of the great dragon, Satan, looming by the side of the sea and summoning forth a powerful beast to wage war against God’s people. To reinforce this beast’s power, a second beast emerges from the earth and seeks to persuade all people to worship the first beast. This unholy trinity, which dominates the central literary cycle of Revelation, has prompted debate, discussion, and speculation among interpreters for centuries. In this lesson, Dr. Godfrey will examine this vivid passage and reveal its message of practical …