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Revelations in the Bible

To understand this portion we need to comprehend that Revelation is consider an apocalyptic literature. An apocalyptic intends to show a future anticipated truth about the end time. John wrote Revelation and he intend to reveal the truth that is to come. The truth is overwhelming that John's words cannot properly convey his vision, therefore John wrote it in symbols and codes. Revelation has a narrative framework that is build on a dualistic understanding of reality. That there are two eras which consist of the present and the future where humans have to choose sides according to Blount. Humanity does not have to wait for God to act because God has already done so, therefore responding correctly to the past act will transfigured the future. The Christian apocalyptic encompasses a concern for the whole world and not just on the individual.

According to NRSV, Revelation 12:7-12 is labeled Michael Defeats the Dragon. Just reading the title, it suggest that good will defeat evil. The main characters used in this section are: Michael, God, and the Dragon. In verse 7, it is indicated that the war started in heaven where good and evil were still co-existing together in heaven. John's description of "war of heaven" is a combination of Satan and Leviathan tradition to persuade his constituency, God's team had to fight on two fronts at the same time. The war breaks out at God's initiative where the dragon and those who represent God will battle. John does not put God in this battle because the dragon is not consider on the same level of power as God. Therefore Michael will be God's representative to engage the dragon directly and Michael is capable of performing this task.

Michael is the archangel that will act on behalf of God, ...

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...gry, the dragon has his sight on Christians (12:17). The dragon is set on destroying each faithful Christian with violence, power, and evil. Only God has the strength to fight off the power of dragon and save his faithful people. Donelson consider Revelation to be an intense account of an absolute conflict consisting of good versus evil to be a bloody war. The war was bound to happen and there will be no compromise because there will be an absolute victor.

Works Cited

Brian K. Blount , Revelation: A Commentary (New Testament Library: John Knowx Press, 2009), Kindle edition 5%.

Pagels, Elaine H. 2006. The Social History of Satan, Part Three: John of Patmos and Ignatius of Antioch: Contrasting Visions of "God's People". The Harvard Theological Review. 99, no. 4: 489.

R. Donelson, From Hebrews to Revelation (Westminster John Knowx Press, 2001), 153.
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