During my time at a cult church, its self-proclaimed anointed teacher asserted that Islam was the “great red dragon” of the Bible’s final book. I knew nothing back then of apologetics, the art of defending Scripture with well-studied arguments based upon a nuanced understanding of each verse’s context.
I’m currently editing How I Was Razed, a memoir of my time spent with that errant congregation, my rejection of God because he failed to heal my eyes, and how I eventually discovered what biblical Christianity is. Here’s an excerpt from the chapter of my manuscript which demonstrates why that cult’s leader was a complete impostor.
Brother H’s teaching on Revelation chapter twelve was one of his most blatant misinterpretations. Now that I have removed his theological glasses, I can see that all seventeen verses actually refer to the incarnation of Christ as well as the battle between God and the Devil. Satan is the dragon mentioned in verse three, not Islam as our false teacher claimed. This truth is consistent all through scripture. The woman represents the nation of Israel. The sun, moon, and twelve stars refer to Jacob and his family. See Genesis 37:5-10 for the dreams of Joseph. The child isn’t the group of new converts but Christ. Satan tried to kill him at his birth and he was taken up into heaven after his resurrection. The woman fleeing into the wilderness is obviously not the elect Christians, particularly not members of Thee Church being flown to the Nahanni Valley to live in the city of refuge. I believe it more than likely has to do with Christ being taken to Egypt after Herod had all the boys in Bethlehem under two years old killed.
Some Christians believe this portion of Revelation refers to Israel during the great tribulation before Christ returns. Whichever is correct, Revelation chapter twelve can’t mean what Brother H forced it to say.
In addition to this book, I’ve also written When a Man Loves a Rabbit (Learning and Living With Bunnies) and Deliverance From Jericho (Six Years in a Blind School). Please click here to check them out.