Purple - The Dragon, the serpent, or any part of him, is Satan
In section 3.5 we saw four powers taking over the world. There were also 10 horns.
In section 3.6 we saw that a little horn, that came out of one of the original horns, it uprooted three horns and then became great.
Now in this section, section 3.7, we see what the little horn (also the king of the south) does to the people of God. It also takes away the daily and places there the abomination of desolation. This power is the one that wears out the saints and casts truth to the ground. It makes war with the saints hoping to overcome them.
The dragon is the one who gives power to the beast and it is the dragon who gives the beast a mouth. This mouth is the king of the south, the little horn and it has power to continue this war against the righteous for 42 months.
In Revelation 11 and 12 we see the activities of the dragon itself. Originally, there was a war in Heaven and Satan with his angels were cast to the earth. One might think that this was the original time he was kicked out of Heaven, and it might be. However, we read in Revelation 12:10, that the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accuses them before our God day and night! So, not only has the Devil been deceiving the whole world, but he has been able to accuse those he tempts before God Himself.
This means that Satan will be kicked out of Heaven for the last time. He will no longer be able to accuse us anymore before the throne of God! Now he knows that he does not have much time left. So he will be attacking God's people with all the fury of revenge that he can think of. No longer it is said in Revelation 12:12 "Woe to the inhabitance of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down to you having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a little time left."
Revelation 12 continues with a general description of what the Dragon will do to the Church of God in this time. The woman is attacked by the serpent; However, the woman is helped by God. He helps her to find places in the wilderness to hide out during this time. Satan will try various ways to get at her, such as forming a flood, but God will allow the earth to protect the woman.
Revelation 11 describes a time at the very end when the dragon will be able to silence the witness of the two witnesses. (look in section 3.6 to see what the activities of the two witnesses were.) For about 3 and 1/2 days, their bodies will lie in the streets, but after the three days they will rise up and go into heaven, probably to take part in some aspect of Judgment. Since in the past it always took two witnesses to condemn a person to death!
Daniel 11:5-28 could be describing how the king of the south had gained power.
Daniel 11:29-39 describes the terrible things that the little horn does except that now we see that it is the Southern King that is doing these things.
There seems to be an endless series of wars described in Daniel 11. We almost seem to get lost in the description. This could be a problem, because it seems that many years are involved in the process.
The period of time that the little horn controls the temple is 2300 evening morning. The meaning of that could either be 2300 days, 2300 years, or 1150 days. The 2300 or 1150 days is a more literal approach, but the 2300 years uses the year for a day approach.
Gabriel in Daniel 8:15:15-27 then explains in more detail what has already been seen in the vision. He mentions the kings of Media and Persia as being the two horns of the Ram. Today these could be Iran and some power between Syria and Iraq, possibly the Curds of northern Iraq.
The male goat is said to be the kingdom of Greece in the Bible; However, on looking at the original language, we see that Greece could be replaced by some power from the west.
The later rising of a cunning power described in verses 23-26 is really the little horn of both Daniel 7 and 8.
In verse 25 we see that this cunning king will be broken with human hand. This matches the destruction of the little horn when the terrible beast is destroyed.
Verses 15 to 18 recaps the first part of chapter 7. Four kingdoms arise out of the earth but the saints will possess the kingdom that was given to Jesus.
Point 2 verses 19-22
Daniel seems especially upset over the terrible beast since he sees that it does terrible things to the people of God. It devoured and broke in pieces and trampled the residue with its feet. We often speak of the remnant of God's people, well the residue is the same thing. The terrible beast is killing God's people until judgement begins.
Point 3 verse 23-25
Finally Daniel receives some more information on the terrible beast with the great horn.We see that this terrible beast will triumph over the whole world and it will subdue it. We could even understand from the text that the actual world could be destroyed from verse 23 (And shall devour the whole earth, trample it and break it in pieces.)
We see that the ten horn are ten kings of this power. Some new power will rise and he will subdue three of these kings. Once his place is assured he starts a war against the people of God, and God says that the saints will be given into his hand for three and a half (part) years.
A new point is given us, this king will think to change times and laws. We know that the Sabbath will be attacked by Satan. This is a clear indication of this attack.
Point 4 verses 26-28
The judgement and the inheritance of God's people is expanded. . . .
The beast rising out of the sea is described elsewhere in prophecy as is seen in the harmony. However, there are specifics found here that are not found anywhere else.
Chapter 13 can also be seen as a parallel to chapter 12. Both cover the activities of Satan during the 1260 days (42 months or three and a half years). In addition, both concentrate on the activities of Satan to kill the saints.
The difference between chapter 12 and 13 lies in the way Satan's activities are seen. In chapter 12, Satan's position and loss in heaven is the concentration. Because he was ousted, he returned to earth really angry and decided to really attack the woman and her offspring because he knows his time is short. The prospective is of the great controversy between him and heaven.
Chapter 13 on the other hand specifically centers on the manner in which he is able to persecute the righteous.
This beast rising out of the waters represents a great system of government that will rule over the people of the world. It could very well be the New World Order that today is slowly gaining strength.
This power very specifically is given power to blaspheme God's name and to overcome the saints.
Who or what is the two witnesses. A prominent position that the two witnesses represent the old and new testaments of the Bible. A careful reading should discount that idea.
In the Bible, the two witnesses are real messengers with real bodies that lie dead in the streets fore three and a half days!
Looking at what these two witnesses do it becomes easy to guess who they might actually be. One has the power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy. The other is able to turn water into blood, and to strike the earth with all plaques as often as they desire. Look up the following verses 1 Kings 17:1; 2 Kings 1:10; Exodus 7:19
These are the things that Moses and Elijah did. The Jews for a long time have known that Moses and Elijah will come back before the Messiah is to come. Read the prophecy of their appearing:
"Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse." Malachi 4:4-6
Some wonder at having Moses and Elijah come back to die. Why would they do that? We'll have to wait on the whys later. One thing is sure, Jesus came to die on this world first. The idea of one coming to this world to die is not totally foreign to us.
Notice that the time period is the same period that the court of the temple, the holy city will be tread underfoot for 1260 days. Presumably both occur at the same time, the same 1260 days.
Chapter 12 concerns itself with the woman and how the Dragon persecutes her as well as her offspring; However, John does not seem to cover the conflict in an orderly sequence. Instead, John seems to go over the scenario twice.
In the first six verses, John takes time to describe the woman, the red dragon, and also the circumstances concerning the birth of the male child. Then he mentions that the woman flees into the wilderness for 1260 days.
John then starts over and discusses how Satan comes down to earth and why he is angry at the woman. John then goes into quite some detail of the battles during the 42 months (also 1260 days, the same period of time).
This second time, John says that the woman was able to fly into the wilderness where she is protected from the serpent for 42 months.
It is easy to see that Satan doesn't wait until some group tells him he is worthy. He is definitely not worthy for anything except death. In chapter 12 we see that Satan runs on fear, anger, and hate. He only seeks death and destruction for others.