Who does the Dragon in Revelation Represent?

Who does the Dragon in Revelation Represent?  The dragon is the devil.  He is dangerous and the description in Revelation emphasizes that he is powerful, deceptive, and is constantly trying to steal everyone’s soul.  There is but one life and God wants all to be aware of what is at stake for them by describing the devil as a great red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and on his heads, seven diadems.   The seven heads, ten horns, and seven diadems are a deception that the devil uses to pass himself off as divine in order to steal souls through false teachings.  Chapter 12 explains that God has more power than the devil and believers are safe from the power of the devil through the blood of Jesus.   Jesus defeated the devil so that all who believe in him have eternal life; the devil lost.  God is giving believers both a warning and assurance during the end times.  His warning is that there will be false teachings coming from within the church that might be overlooked as minor and do not affect our salvation.  God describes the devil in Revelation in this figurative way so that one takes God’s word seriously, realizing that the devil is like a roaring lion looking constantly to devour believers.

The assurance God gives us is that as one follows His Word, the devil cannot harm us because Jesus paid the debt of sin when he died on the cross and rose again.  What a wonderful blessing for believers!

God’s word on the devil:  NIV, Mathew 13: 36-43; 1 Peter 5: 8-9James 4:72 Timothy 4: 3-5Rev. 12: 7-17; Rev.20: 10.

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