Satan’s attempt to kill the Messiah
“The woman fled into wilderness to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.” Revelation 12:6. The “woman” here refers to Mary, the mother of Jesus, the Messiah. Why did the woman flee to the desert? God instructed the Magi to return home another way, not to go to Herod. When Herod realized the Magi did not return to him, he became furious. So, he ordered that all male children two years or less be killed. However, King Herod did not count on God being in charge always. To show that Herod was doing Satan’s work, John inserts the account of the war in heaven. Lucifer rebelled against God, so he was cast out of heaven. He subsequently gained this world as his principality; therefore, he wanted to kill the Messiah to preserve his principality. However, despite Herod’s effort, God saved the child, Jesus.
“The woman was given two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach.” Revelation 12:14. Here, John refers to Satan as a serpent. Why? Satan, in the garden in Eden, approached the representative of the old humankind through a serpent. Therefore, to eliminate the representative of the new humanity, he presents himself as a serpent. The representative of the first humankind sided with the dragon who spoke through a serpent. The dragon, Satan, enslave the old humanity in his kingdom of sin and darkness. So, he did not want the second Adam, Jesus, to free humankind. The child Messiah was born of old humanity in the flesh. However, His life, spirit, was from God. Therefore, the old humanity was destroyed in the body of Jesus on the cross and replaced with the new. 2 Corinthians 5:17.
“Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river, to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent.” Revelation 12:15. In the Bible, the water represents people and nations doing Satan’s work against God’s people. However, God’s plan for humankind could not fail because He is the Only Sovereign owner and ruler. “But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.” Revelation 12:16. The Sovereign God ensured that the woman and child could escape swiftly and effectively (on the wings of a great eagle) to Egypt’s desert territory. King Herod could not reach them in Egypt’s desert. Magi’s gifts to child Jesus preserved Joseph’s family and Jesus for three and a half years in Egypt. The escape of Jesus to Egypt fulfilled Hosea’s prophecy, “Out of Egypt I called my Son.” Matthew 2:15; Hosea 11:1
Why was Satan opposed to the coming of the Messiah? Next blog.