As a few here have stated, sin is the result of ''quote//paperclip..Sins are temptations of flesh. All our sins have something to do with material
world. We have a soul, which is supposed to be strenghtened through spirituality so it is easier for us to resist the temptations of flesh.
And so "I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman... Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide
in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth
much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing" (John 15:1, 4-5).
And, in accordance with the words of the Savior, "joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons,
which need no repentance" (Luke 15:7).
Our world is like a battlefield, and maybe it is in the center of the struggle in which God and Satan fight for each and every human soul.
Indeed, the front line of this war goes far beyond the boundaries of our universe, and the Heavenly Church takes very vigorous action in the struggle
with the dragon and its servants. We are able to watch only a minor portion of this arduous, tense spiritual war.
In order to see this battle in a wider scale, it should be looked at through the eyes of the Holy Visionary, the Apostle John the Theologian, the
writer of the Book of Revelation.
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against
spiritual wickedness in high places" (Ephesians 6:12).
The devil hates the good and persecutes those trying to set themselves free of his power.
God permits devil to tempt people for their own benefit, as struggle with temptations helps man improve and strengthen spiritually. An ancient thinker
was right, saying, "Without the devil and temptations, there would have been no saints."
Although the devil out of malice often sets off physical persecution of the faithful, it needs to be clearly understood and remembered that he can
seize and ruin a man only through sin!
Mean and experienced psychologist, the devil artfully adjusts his tactics of temptation to individual weaknesses of the man he wants to incline to
So he tempts lascivious people primarily with fleshly sins; people attached to material goods - with love of money; vainglorious people - with pride;
pusillanimous and cowardly - with fear of persecutions, and so on. When the devil succeeds to incline a man to sin, then the devil wins; when a man
repulses the temptation, then the man is the winner.
Our entire life is woven out of episodic wins and losses. The summary will be made at the end of a man's life.
Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a
short time. And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and
times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
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.
And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
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" (Rev. 12:1-17).
The Woman clothed with the Sun is the Church. The moon, stars and the sun that decorate Her are to symbolize Her spiritual beauty and glory. Travails
and pains of childbirth represent the austerities of Christians in the way of their spiritual rebirth.
The red dragon is the devil with his servants. Of course, a few details of this description are unclear to us, but the sense and the result of
spiritual warfare are obvious.
The dragon proved to be powerless to hurt the Woman and destroy her children. The Woman's two wings can be perceived as fasting and prayer, which
spiritually enrich a man and take one nearer to God.
The flood that the dragon cast out after the Woman can be viewed as temptations. The dragon's allurements were swallowed up by the earth, which some
Church Fathers understand as humbleness because no temptation can attract a humble man, committed and fully obedient to God.
It is noteworthy that the faithful suffered no harm from the dragon and even overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, by receiving the Body and Blood of
The flight into the wilderness can be understood both literally and figuratively — when the faithful voluntarily and completely separate themselves
from the sinful society and its vanity, in order to submerge entirely in spiritual life.
Mentioning of Archangel Michael and other heavenly hosts that overthrew the dragon is obviously related to the time preceding the creation of our
tangible universe, when the angels, who were faithful to God, expelled Lucifer's rebellious angels from the Paradise (it was the first
So it is doubtless that the vision of the Woman is a combination of events from different epochs. It also contains elements from the life of the Holy
Virgin: birth of Christ (the Firstborn of the Church), and the flight to Egypt, — and persecution of Christians in various periods.
In other apocalyptic visions, the Holy Apostle John reiterates the description of persecutions of the faithful but from a different perspective that
will be discussed later. In Chapters 19 and 20 of Revelation, the Apostle John depicted the conclusive defeat of antichrist, false prophet and the
ancient dragon, which would be thrown into the lake of fire — the place of their never-ending torture..
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