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.
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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.
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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