|This passage is now
fairly well explained. It is good,
however, to nail down a couple of symbols, as they will recur.
|• The dragon means
Satan. This is a useful distinction,
for we will soon see (Chapter 13) a beast which has some similar
characteristics. Recalling Daniel, we
can now say the dragon is Satan, the spiritual, fallen angel; the beast is an earthly dominion of some
|• Stars, again, are
angels (or demons) or, in a more general sense, spiritual powers. Recall that Paul told us that pagan gods
were actually demons. (1 Corinthians 10:19-20).
|Again, for the
historicist this fall happens at the ministry of Christ (or at the end of
paganism in the Roman Empire); the
futurist says it must happen in the middle of Daniel’s 70th week.