Paul continues to look at Revelation chapter 12. Does this chapter show conclusively that the Book of Revelation is unfolding throughout history or does it show that these events are still in the future? Is the theology of Dispensationalism consistent and correct or were the reformers correct when they saw this book as something that was unfolding throughout history since the first century?
What lessons can be learned from this important book when properly understood?
“It is generally agreed by the most learned expositors that the narrative we have in this and the two following chapters, from the sounding of the seventh trumpet to the opening of the vials, is not a prediction of things to come, but rather a recapitulation and representation of things past, which, as God would have the apostle to foresee while future, he would have him to review now that they were past, that he might have a more perfect idea of them in his mind, and might observe the agreement between the prophecy and that Providence that is always fulfilling the scriptures. In this chapter we have an account of the contest between the church and antichrist, the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent.”
“From the birth of Popery in 606 to the present time, it is estimated by careful and credible historians, that more than fifty millions of the human family, have been slaughtered for the crime of heresy by popish persecutors, an average of more than forty thousand religious murders for every year of the existence of popery.”
–John Dowling, History of Romanism, pp. 541, 542.