The Dragon may seem more obvious, but, still the answer is given to us in verse 9 — he is “Satan, who leads the whole world astray”.

Do you see any place where it tells what happens to those who do not overcome? He would destroy all godly ones if he could; and though he cannot, such is his inveterate hate, that he worries those whom he cannot devour with a malicious eagerness.

He is your federal head, and you being members of his body did in him what he did. Satan would deny her, but in the power of the blood she takes possession of covenant blessings. Amongst men in these lower places of conflict saints overcome through the blood of the Lamb by their testimony to that blood. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

The world is foul with evil, like a stable which has long been the lair of filthy creatures.

It is time that I now showed you how this same fight is carried on on earth. They call us old fools.

It has a fascination about it. prince.

The Blood of the Lamb- speaks of the finished work of Christ on the Cross.

The blood of the Lamb and how the remnant overcomes by it is stressed in the last portion of Revelation 12.

I have seen the captive shake the iron bars, but he could not break them, or break from them.

Is it not written that we are made nigh by the blood?

In the fulness of time each redeemed one individually accepts for himself the great atonement by an act of personal faith, but the atonement itself was made long before.

When evil appeared in an angel, straightway there was war in heaven.

If anything can make a man holy it is a firm faith in the atoning sacrifice. By faith we rise into the conquering place this day. WHEREVER evil appears, it is to be fought with by the children of God in the name of Jesus, and in the power of the Holy Ghost. By his agony and bloody sweat, by his cross and passion, by his precious death and burial, I beseech thee hear me! It is not said that they overcame the arch-enemy by the blood of Jesus, or the blood of Christ, but by the blood of the Lamb; and the words are expressly chosen because, under the figure of a lamb, we have set before us a sacrifice. In calling him the dragon, the Holy Spirit seems to hint at his mysterious power and character. Listen! He has steeped the minds of men in delusion, so that they cannot see that they should worship none but God, their Maker. The sufferings of Jesus Christ might be set forth by some other figure, but his death on the cross requires the mention of blood. “Now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.” — Hebrews ix. Your hope lies in the blood of the Lamb.

To thee for strength will have recourse,

This would tell us that “she” could be the Church, for this is what “births” believers, and is a consistent symbol throughout Scripture (the Church being a woman from which is born children of God).

Why I think it’s both/and is because that happened before human history, I believe. Some of you hardly dare speak about the blood of Christ in any but the most godly company; and scarcely there. Verses 1-6 set the stage by telling us what has already happened:  Jesus, the Jewish Messiah was born. He does not let one of your wickednesses drop out. Beloved, we are sure that he had offered an acceptable and effectual propitiation when he said, “It is finished.” Either he did put away sin, or he did not.

The Blood of the Lamb, the Conquering Weapon “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”—Revelation xii.11.

He has implored us to set him free by some means; but we have been powerless.

It’s an ever increasing fultillment of the promise.

He is then thrown down to the Earth. We shall never give up the doctrine of atoning sacrifice to please modern culture. Coming forth to the service of God in the power of our victory in heaven gained by pleading the blood of the Lamb, we march on conquering and to conquer, and no power of the enemy is able to stand against us.

I have violated thy law in a thousand ways, and I cannot justify myself.” Now is your opportunity for overcoming through the blood of the Lamb.  To thee for consolation flee!”. Evil in its highest, strongest, and proudest form is to be assailed by the soldier of the cross, and nothing must end the war but complete victory. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. That dragon voice is silenced by the blood of the Lamb.

You must first overcome in the heavenly places before the throne; and when you have been thus triumphant with God in prayer, you will have grace to go forth to service and to defeat evil among your fellow-men. Thus, being victorious in the heavenlies, we come down to the pulpit or to the Sunday-school class made strong in the Lord and in the power of his might. Our text brings before us a very important subject for consideration:— What is the conquering weapon?

Generally that’s how you know it’s a symbolic section — you’ll see certain characters (“the woman”, “the beast”, “the dragon”), and John will clue us in on who it really is. He deludes, he deceives; in fact, he is said to deceive the whole world. He knows the sins of darkness, the sins of the bedchamber, the crimes of the inner chambers of imagery.