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Revelation 12:17

“And the dragon was wroth with the woman and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”

Many today have set forth varying ideas and postulations about the events and persons of the book of the revelation. Some speculate that this woman who brought forth the man child was the virgin Mary. Others say it represents the nation of Israel and still others say it is Eve, the mother of all mankind. But since we are told that there is no private interpretation of the scriptures and since we have the witness of the scriptures to themselves we believe that all of the information needed has been set forth by the Holy Spirit and that when He teaches His people they shall now the truth.

This woman cannot be anything after this earth because of the attributes of her seed. They keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. If this seed gave evidence of these attributes after the nature of Adam then could we conclude that their mother was also after Adam, but these attributes come not after the will of the flesh nor by the power of man. They are the evidence of being ‘born from above’ as a partaker of the new covenant. God has written His law upon the new heart of flesh that He has put in them, He has placed His Spirit within them and caused them to walk according to His commandments. They have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the communion of the Father and the Son which is Christ in you the hope of glory. This is the testimony of Jesus Christ. It is founded in the immutability of the Godhead and His promises and rests in His sovereign will to cause all things which He has said to come to pass. It is communicated from faith to faith and it compares spiritual things with spiritual things and therefore cannot be of this world. If this be the seed then the woman, their mother, must be ‘Jerusalem which is from above the mother of us all’.

This dragon is the serpent that was created by God, cast out of heaven and sent into the garden to tempt Eve. It is his seed whom God caused there to be enmity between and the seed of the woman. No not Eve, she had been deceived and had come short of the glory of God and this enmity is not something that started in the garden after the fall. The seed of the serpent, they who are after their father the Devil, are kin to Esau, whom God hated before the world was formed. Not because of what he did or was about to do or might have done, but according to the election of grace, God loved Jacob with an everlasting love and hated Esau and the seed of the serpent with the same intensity.

God is not a respecter of persons or influenced by actions and when He created this serpent, being more subtle than all the beasts of the field, He created him complete, beautiful and fully equipped to perform His Will. When iniquity was found in him because his heart was lifted up by means of the beauty wherewith God had created him, he immediately had enmity against those “who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ”. He was summarily cast out of heaven and caused to walk to and fro upon the earth (Job 1:7) and his people, his seed, was upon every nation, every tribe and every tongue, therefore, John saw a beast rise up out of the sea (Rev. 13:1 and one come up out of the earth (13:11). Now the waters are peoples, multitudes, nations and tongues (17:15) and the one who sits in the midst of the waters and proclaims, “I am God” is not a god but is a man (Ez. 28:2) and although God has given to him to fulfill His will and to make war against the remnant of the seed of the woman, yet shall he not prevail. He shall amaze the world, being the god of this world, and they shall worship and honour him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world. He mimicked the true Lamb with the wonders which he performed, and appeared as one who had himself come back from the dead (13:3) all by the power that was given to him.

But he has no power over those who have the testimony of Jesus Christ for He has overcome the world and His witness is that in all these things His people are more than conquerors through Him that loved them and gave Himself for them (Roms 8:37). Those who ‘have’ this testimony do not possess it of their own for it is not of this world. Let the inhabitants of the earth speak with great swelling words and the wisdom of man yet shall they not have (Gk. echo) the Word of God. Only when there is life within and the mind of Christ after the inward man can and does the remnant of her seed echo the songs of Zion and the words of truth. Christ said, I came not to do my own will but the will of Him who sent me. He spoke the words that He was given and glorified the Father in all that He did. Can it be any different for His children? If they bare witness to themselves then are they false witnesses and do not know the truth. But since He is the truth and He dwells in them they know the truth, have the love of the Father in them and love one another as themselves. “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, since ye have love one for another”. This is the second commandment, which is like unto the first, and the beast has no power over that.

The second manifestation of the beast is the one coming out of the earth. Unto him it is granted to imitate the Lamb by causing his people to receive his mark in the right hand or on their forehead. The true child of grace has been sealed with his Father’s name in his forehead and his name has been engraved upon the palm of the redeemer. This beast causes an engraving of his name into the right hand of his people for all the world to see. Since the nature of Adam is stimulated by sight and recognition, the world sees and acknowledges this mark as a sign of kinship, piety and zeal as they buy and sell the merchandizing of this world and of the dragon (13:17 & Ez. 28:16-19).

“Herein is wisdom and understanding.”

This is not the mark of a divine creature or a sovereign god. It is not a leader of the powers of this land or the world. It is not the IRS, the social security administration or any other strange ideas that people have put forth to explain what the mark is. It is the mark of man and NO MAN shall inherit the kingdom of God. NO MAN is worthy to open the seals of the book, NO MAN knows the name of God (yet this beast blasphemes the name of God, the tent in which He dwells {Emmanuel} and those who dwell in heaven); NO MAN can sing the songs of Zion, has any right or part or memorial in the blood of the Lamb; No MAN knows the new name given to the redeemed of God, so, NO REDEEMED CHILD OF GRACE CAN RECEIVE THE MARK OF MAN, for they have been chosen, washed, sealed and secured.

“Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.” (13:10)

“All that the Father has given unto ME I have lost none”

”My sheep hear My voice and I know them and they follow Me, and I give unto them eternal life and they shall never perish, neither shall any MAN pluck them out of MY hand. My Father, which gave them to Me, is greater than all and NO MAN is able to pluck out of My Father’s hand” (John 10:27).

Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
December 12, 2010