Three-fold Reference to the serpent:
- … “And the great dragon was cast out, the old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” (Rev. 12:9). (Emphasis added).
- … “And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.” (Rev. 12:15). (Emphasis added).
- … “And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years.” (Rev. 20:2). (Emphasis added).
Commentary: serpent is not capitalized. serpent is intended as a description, not a name or title. The reference of the description is to that of the serpent in Genesis; lying, deceiving, intent on destroying and manipulating, corrupted, slithering in the shadows and hiding in the dark (spiritually). These adjectives can be summed up one description … serpent. The descriptive use of serpent is included in a foursome (4) referenced as dragon, serpent, Devil and Satan. dragon / serpent are two (2) descriptions, Devil / Satan are two (2) names. (2 + 2 = 4). This is a double of a double, or a duplicate measure of two (2). Four (4) denotes foursquareness in symmetry and balance of plan or purpose. Two (2) signifies that God is solidy confirming a matter by adding an equal measure. Flood is mentioned twice (2), casting out is mentioned twice (2). The two descriptions plus two names perfectly indicate who is being mentioned. There is no question as this entities status or who he is. Two (2) things happen to him, 1st he is cast out of heaven and onto the earth, the 2nd occurs when he is bound and placed into the bottomless pit for 1,000 years. These verses also indicate that he does two (2) things; the 1st is that he deceives the whole world, the 2nd is that he tries to destroy Israel by a flood. Here again, there is a “double of a double”, (2 +2 = 4), he does two things and two things are meted out to him. The last double of a double in these verses occurs when the foursome of descriptions/names (dragon, serpent, Devil, Satan) is repeated twice, once in 12:9 and one again in 20:2.Through the Holy Spirit, God uses a description element of serpent three (3) times in Revelation.
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