The Red Dragon
In Daniel Chapter 7, Daniel had a vision of four beasts. These four beasts were described as “four Kings.” The first three Kings are well known, but the fourth King is more surprising.
The first beast was Babylon, represented Nebuchadnezzar, the Great. He was the image of Gold in Chapter Two. The second beast was Persia, represented by Cyrus the Great. He was called “great” in Chapter Eight, verse 4. The third beast was Greece, represented by King was Alexander the Great, who was called “very great,” in Chapter Eight, verse 8.
The fourth beast was an exceedingly dreadful beast, having ten horns, and coming up among the ten horns, was a little horn, whose appearance was different than the others.
Then in Chapter 8, Daniel brings us into the spiritual world, where the little horn came out of the four winds, the four spirits of heaven. It caused the stars, the angels, to fall to the earth. In Revelation 12, the Apostle John called a great Red Dragon, that swept away a third of the stars with his tail.
Red was the color of Rome. The Red Dragon represented the political and military power that crucified Christ and persecuted the saints. In verse 9, John told us that this Dragon was Satan.
In Daniel Chapter 8, Daniel told us that he “became exceedingly great.”
In Chapter 9, he was called “the Ruler of the people to come who makes a covenant with many.”
In Chapter 10, we meet the Captains of the Angels of the Armies of Persia, Greece, and Israel. These are the Captains of Angels. The Captain of the Armies of Israel, was Christ, called Michael, WHO IS LIKE GOD.
In Chapter 11, Satan, the Captain of the Armies of Rome was called the “Ruler of the Covenant.” He was the Ruler who made a covenant with many.
The Little Horn
In Daniel Chapter 8, Daniel explained the little horn that came up among the ten horns in Chapter 7, as the power of Satan.
First Daniel saw a Ram with two horns. These two horns were identified as the Kings of the Medes and Persians, in verse 20. In verse 4, we are told that the Ram became “great,” and one horn was greater than the other. The greater horn represented the power of Cyrus, the Great, and the lessor horn represented the power of Darius the Mede.
Then a Goat appeared with a large horn, which was broken, and replaced by four other notable ones. The Goat became very, very great. In verse 21, we are told that the Goat is the kingdom of Greece. The large horn is the first King, and the four horns that stand up in its place are four kingdoms that will arise in its place, but not with its power.
We know the large horn represented the power of Alexander, the Great, and the four horns that replaced him represented the power of his four generals, who set up four kingdoms.
Verse 8 tells us that these four horns went up to the four winds or spirits of heaven, the spiritual world, and out of one of them came a little horn, the power of Satan.
Why would the power of Satan be described as a “little horn?”
Because Satan’s power is only the power of a lie.
Verse 24 says “his power shall be mighty but not by his own power.” Satan deceived the Romans to use their power against Christ and His disciples; and Satan persuaded the Bishop of Rome to excommunicate the Churches of Asia. Verse 25 says, “through his cunning, he shall cause deceit to prosper . . .”
The Woman in Labor
In Revelation Chapter 12, we meet the Woman who fled into the wilderness for time, times and half a time. She is the bride of Christ.
She is clothed with the sun, has the moon under her feet, and is surrounded by twelve stars.
In Chapter 21, she becomes the wife of the Lamb, surrounded by twelve Angels, which are the twelve stars. She is the Holy City of New Jerusalem, where the light of God and Christ replace the light of the sun and the moon. Here, we learn that the sun represents God, and the moon represents Christ.
The Woman was in labor and in pain to give birth. Jesus described this pain, before He went to the cross, saying, “Whenever a woman is in labor she has pain, because her hour has come; but when she gives birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy that a child has been born into the world.”
But the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her first Child.
But He ascended to God and His throne as soon as He was born. He was “declared the Son of God . . . by the resurrection from the dead” (Romans 1:4) and He became the firstborn from the dead (Colossians 1:18).
So the Dragon was enraged with the Woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her offspring who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus (Revelation 12:17).
The Woman represents the saints “who dwell in heaven” in Revelation 12 and 13. Those who worship the beast, the false Christ, are called “those who dwell on the earth.” In Chapter 21, she comes out of heaven in God, and becomes the wife of the Lamb.