Here is another example of a "double appearance" that I forgot to add
when commenting on the Book of Revelation last week. The previous
examples included the double appearance of the Whore of Babylon, the
twice fallen city of Babylon, and the double appearance of the
Spiritual Man "who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron."
Well, here is another example. Again we're dealing with an event. A
mighty angel comes down from heaven "clothed with a cloud" [Rev.
10:1]. This is none other than Archangel Michael. His face is
radiant like the sun. His feet are pillars of fire. If you meditate
upon the surreal form of Michael you'll see that his body forms a
gateway of sort; this gateway opens into a new "round" of conscious
evolution. This round began c. 1888.
Two chapters later, in REV 12:7, Michael and his angels fight the
dragon: casting him from heaven to the earth. "And the great dragon
was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which
deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his
angels were cast out with him."
Again, two chapters separate the beginning of the Michael Event and
the end—a giant space by Revelation standards. The beginning starts
with the appearance of Michael in the clouds and ends with the
Michael casting Satan to the earth during the War in Heaven. Here is
"And I heard a voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and
strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ:
for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them
before our God day and night." [REV. 12:10]
This is why I say it is difficult to date events in the Book of
Revelation. The War in Heaven and Michael's appearance occur
simultaneously, c.1888. Yet, in the Book of Revelation, these two
events seem disconnected. Between the time Michael makes his
appearance and the War in Heaven we hear the "seven thunders,"
the "second woe" and then the "third woe."
Obviously the Apocalypse doesn't follow a sequential time line. The
story we are reading is almost circular in shape; the beginning is in
the end and the end is in the beginning. You must feel the
underlying pattern forming beneath the surface to understand the
major dominant themes. The thunders and woes are reverberations
radiating outward from what transpired as a result of the Michael
Event. All the events in chapters 10, 11, 12 revolve around this
drama--a drama etched in the soul of the world and extending beyond
the outermost galaxy. More importantly it is a drama living in our
souls. We are experiencing, through time and space, what took Michael
an instant to achieve in the year 1888.
The apocalypter is telling us to be hopeful, that the battle has
already been won, Satan has been defeated, and all that is required
of us is that we remain vigilant.
"Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to
the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come
down unto you, having great wrath. Because he knoweth that he hath
but a short time." [REV. 12:12]
(What heavy metal song begins with the above passage?)
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