War in Heaven.

And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, Revelation 12:7.

For many years I remained somewhat baffled by this verse, for the very notion of a war being fought in heaven, just didn’t seem quite right somehow, or at least, not according to my concept of the third heaven, or paradise, as the apostle Paul called it. However, and as is so often the case, my understanding of Scripture was flawed, and it’s only been in more recent times that the Lord has opened my eyes to what the verse in question actually refers to.

The Law of First Mention.

The “law of first-mention” dictates a principle that requires one to go to that portion of the Scriptures where a subject first occurs, in order to establish the fundamental meaning of a particular thing. Once that meaning has been established, then continue with the same thought in mind wherever the subject is mentioned, unless the surrounding context dictates otherwise.

The term heaven or heavens, appears around 700 times in the Bible, and can refer to either the heaven wherein the birds fly, that which we call ”space,” or the third heaven or paradise, the abode of God, depending upon the context of the verse.

Except for the opening verse, the first use in Scripture of the word ”Heaven”, appears in Genesis 1:8. Although one has to look at verse 17 to see what heaven actually refers to, it’s the only occasion out of the 700 plus, where in the KJB, the word heaven is capitalized.

Not only is this highly significant, because it draws our attention to a specific Truth, but it also occurs on the 2nd day, which is the only day out of the six, which God didn’t immediately bless by declaring it to be good.

This was the day when God restructured the deep, and he done so by dividing the waters with a firmament. He next placed the sun, moon, and stars within the firmament, and called the now star-filled firmament Heaven.

Genesis 1:17. And God set [the sun, moon and stars] in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,

Genesis 1:8. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

Nowadays we refer to the star-filled firmament as the Universe, but God still calls it Heaven.

Therefore, when applying the principle of first mention, according to the Bible, the angelic war which wages in ”heaven,” is not being fought in paradise, but within the firmament which God called Heaven, and which we call the Universe. A battle between opposing armies of angels is being fought in Outer Space, and unfortunately for mankind, the malevolent warriors are heading toward Earth.

Revelation 12:7.And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

Revelation 12:9. And the great dragon was cast out, that 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.

Harsh as it may seem, when evil angels come to earth it’s because God has sent them, and they come to bring about the judgement of God. Neither do they come from a far country at the end of the earth, but from the end of HEAVEN.

Psalms 78:49. He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them.

Isaiah 13:5. They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the LORD, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land.

With this understanding in mind, an entirely different picture begins to emerge from amongst much of the end-times prophecy contained in the Old Testament.

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