“And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads (vv.2-3)”.
We have had color code for horses before. The red horse with the rider (Re.6:4) signified war. It was further reinforced by a great sword that was given to him. In the vision of Zechariah also we find a red horse and a man among the myrtle trees. He was sent by the Lord to walk the length and breadth of the earth. Nothing war-like there. So color is not what we rely on. The very purpose of Satan is to undo that of God. He nearly succeeded with Eve by deceiving her. He did that through the serpent. When the Spirit mentions serpent here below(v.10) we are on the right track to name him Satan. From the Book of Job we know that he is an angelic being who is allowed to go any where and he presents himself before God his reason to show up cannot be anything good. From what epithets he carries he is a Liar,- and he is the father of his lies. In the Book of Job he was there only to cast bad motives on Job. God is long suffering and he would not judge before time. So we can understand why Michael, the archangel while contending with the body of Moses dared not curse him (Jude 9). Red Dragon had ten horns. Horns, as in the visions of Daniel might suggest principalities under his control, -it shall however remain merely conjecture than facts.
“And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born (vs.4)”
The vision being set in God’s Time is giving us a capsule history of angelic revolt (Jude.6) and while studying their fall we need give heed to the warning of St John in his epistle (1 Jn.4:1-3). Stars fallen (or angels) are not of God. Satan has caused them instead to disseminate false doctrines on the earth and are sent to distract and undo the work of his apostles. Elymas the sorcerer for trying to pervert the right ways of the Lord was struck blind. Paul called him ’Thou, child of the devil.’ He tried to stop Paul from preaching the word of God to the deputy of Paphos (Ac.13: 8-12). False prophets of our times are sure sign that the spirit of antichrist is already come. In the next chapter we shall discuss the world governments that shall take control of a world already in turmoil would make lawlessness as the new normal.