of Prophetic Visions
Philip Mark Ames
John describes this second
display as a great fiery dragon having seven heads and ten horns. This great
dragon is identified for us in verse nine as the archaic serpent, the one called
Devil and Satan. This is an allusion to the character first introduced in the
third chapter of Genesis.
You are no doubt familiar
with the history of Adam and Eve and the forbidden fruit. Eve ate of that fruit
after the serpent deceived her. She then gave some to Adam and he ate it.
Later, God pronounced sentence upon all this guilty parties. In sentencing the
serpent, God decreed a state of enmity between the serpent and the woman. (Gen.
3:15) Ever since then, womankind has hated the serpent or snake. But, in God's
judicial sentence upon the serpent, there was implied a deeper meaning.
In the greater fulfillment
of that prophecy, the "woman is the thought-creation of all those humans
who willingly submit to God's will. She is one of the two principal characters
of the twelfth chapter of the Revelation. The "serpent", against whom
the pronouncement is directed is the other main character of Revelation 12.
Between the two, there is constant enmity.
But, what really is the
serpent or dragon? Why is it called Devil and Satan? Why does it have seven
heads? What are its ten horns? Between the first and last books of the Bible
there is much information about this great enemy of God's woman.
The natural, physical
serpent in the garden of Eden did not speak of its own volition. It acted only
as the mouth- piece for the great serpent-like being dwelling in the third
heaven. This archaic serpent, the 'one called Devil and Satan, is not just one
individual spirit person or angel. Nor is he a trinity. No, but rather, he is
the thought creature of the angels who have rebelled against God. Even as the
ideological thought-pattern of Communists pervades the masses of individual
adherents, joining them, mind and body, into one great organizational being
(and the same is true of Catholics, Moslems, and Protestants, as well as of
those God-fearing persons who make up God's woman); so also does the thinking
of wicked spirits unite them into an organizational entity, a corporate being.
This evil thought-creation appears in heaven as a great fiery dragon. And, even
as God's woman, though embodying thousands of individual believers, is referred
to by the singular pronouns, "she" and "her"; so, likewise,
is the dragon, though made up of several unholy angels, rightly called
"he", "him", or "it" rather than "they"
Having fabricated defamatory
lies against the righteous and truthful character of God, this fifth-dimension
serpent is called Devil, meaning Slanderer. Also, by acting in opposition to
God, the dragon earned the name Satan, from the Hebrew word meaning Adversary.
These names apply to the entire organization of evil spirits collectively, as
well as to those several wicked angels, individually. The majority of these
devils are of relatively low intelligence; they are called demons. They like to
dwell in the bodies of living things, both human and animal. One of the powers
which Jesus gave to his early disciples was the ability to cast these demons
out of persons (Luke 8:26-39; 10:17-20). As the body of any creature is
controlled by its head, so these demons are ruled by beings of a higher
intelligence. (Luke 11:14-20)
Written by: Philip Mark Ames - - -
© 1975 Philip Mark Ames. All rights reserved.