The following is an excerpt from an article written by Rich Holdeman, Pastor of Bloomington Reformed Presbyterian Church.

She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne. (Revelation 12:5, NKJ)

When the Son of God came into the world in the incarnation, the dragon’s doom was sealed.  This is why throughout history, the serpent tried everything in his power to wipe out the seed of Eve.  Against the people of God, he tried to use infertility, idolatry, unfaithfulness, incest, betrayal, violence, slavery, fickleness, immorality, pagan syncretism, military defeat, exile, infighting, oppression, religiosity, foreign occupation, and many other things all in an effort to prevent the divine Dragon-slayer from coming into the world.  This vast history is summarized powerfully and succinctly in Revelation 12:4, which says, “And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it.”

During the whole period of time from the Fall until the birth of Jesus, the church had been preparing to bear a child who would be the Deliverer of God’s people and the devil had been seeking to devour Him.  Satan’s efforts to stop the Messiah continued after Jesus was born…

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