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10:1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a [GBT: the] rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were [G: omits] the sun, and his feet as [B: +it were; T: +that were] pillars of fire:
10:2 And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set [GBT: Put] his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,
10:3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered [T: spake] their voices. qtext
10:4 And when the seven thunders had uttered [T: spoken] their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered [T: spake], and write them not. qtext
10:5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,
10:6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever [GBT: evermore], who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, [T: omits] and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer [G: time should be no more]:
10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound [G: blow the trumpet; BT: blow], [GBT: +even] the mystery of God should [GBT: shall] be finished, as he hath declared to [B: declared to; T: preached by] his servants the prophets.
10:8 And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.
10:9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.
10:10 And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as [G: but when] I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.
10:11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples [GBT: among the people], and nations, and tongues, and [GBT: +to many] kings.
(Rev 10:3) GF7: 98 
(Rev 10:3f) JN1: 83; EQ 174
(Rev 10:7) GF5: 131
(Rev 10:11) LB (E171)
GF7:98 (1655): All Friends, in the spirit of the living God wait upon God, to learn of and to be taught by him. For now doth the beast open his mouth in blasphemy [Rev 13:6], speaking great swelling words [2 Pet 2:18, Jude 1:16]. And now is the cage of unclean birds, and the unclean spirits [Rev 18:2], which are gone forth into the earth [Mat 12:43?], seen. And now are the locusts seen [Rev 9:3], and the caterpillars [Psa 78:46] known. And now are the seven thunders [Rev 10:3] uttering their voices. And now are the hailstones falling [Rev 16:21], and the vials of the wrath of God [Rev 16:1] pouring out upon the beast and the false prophet.
JN1:83 (1653): ...these many hundred years have the dark ministry reigned; but now the God of power is uttering his thunders [Rev 10:3f] and making his power known, and the eternal word of God is made manifest in us....
EQ 174 (Francis Howgill, 165-): And all that ever I had done was judged and condemned, all things were accursed; whether I did eat, drink, or restrain, I was accursed. Then the lion suffered hunger [Psa 34:10], and the seals were opened, and the seven thunders uttered their voices [Rev 10:3f]. My eyes were dim with crying, my flesh did fail of fatness [Psa 109:24], my bones were dried [Ezek 37:11] and my sinews shrunk. I became a proverb to all [Psa 69:11]....
11:1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying [T: it was said unto me], Rise, and measure [GBT: mete] the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. qtext
11:2 But the court [T: choir] which is without the temple leave [GBT: cast] out, and measure [GBT: mete] it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. qtext
[forty-two months, cf Rev 3:5]
11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. qtext
11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. qtext
11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth [BT: shall proceed] out of their mouth [GBT: mouths], and devoureth [BT: consume] their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner [GBT: thus (BT: this wise) must he] be killed.
11:6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy [GBT: prophesying]: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
(Rev 11:1-11) EQ 174; HPS 428 (EB)
(Rev 11:1) MFS 114; MFU 390, 452; HPS 253 (MF)
(Rev 11:1f) IP1: 347; IP2: 8, 103, 280, 430, 434; IP3: 119, 246; IP4: 194, 267
(Rev 11:2) WDS 139; IP1: 22, 57, 139, 185, 216, 252, 391f, 397; IP2: 2, 11, 15, 161, 282; IP3: 46, 52, 53f, 169, 235; IP4: 56, 113, 128, 432; WPR 127
(Rev 11:2f) IP1: 163
(Rev 11:3) GF5: 242; GF7: 342 ; IP1: 346; IP2: 15, 18, 432; IP4: 55; EQ 542 (BR)
(Rev 11:3f) GF4: 276f
(Rev 11:4) GFT 105, 138; IP3: 81
MFS 114, MFU 452, HPS 253 (1690): Those who keep single and chaste unto him: they need not fear evil tidings [Psa 112:7] nor what man can do [Heb 13:6], for He that has all power in heaven and earth [Mat 28:18] in his hand–He will surely keep His own church and family, those that worship him within the measuring line that measures the temple, the altar, and those that worship therein [Rev 11:1]. They are kept safe, as in the hollow of his hand.
IP1:347 (1660): For, Rev 11:1-2 there was a measuring of the building which God's own spirit had built, part whereof was reserved for God, part given to the Gentiles, or uncircumcised in heart...; That which God reserved for himself was "the altar, the temple, the worshippers within"; all these are inward. The outward court was given to the Gentiles ...; and this they get and cry up, and tread underfoot the holy city, trampling upon the inward and undervaluing it. Christ within, the spirit within, the law within, the power within, becomes a reproach; and this they have power to do, even to keep down the inward, and cry up the outward, all the time of the forty-two months....
WDS 139 (1655): And all thy strict observing of the outward forms, is but imitating the saints' practices, in the Babylonish and heathenish wisdom. So there is nothing but confusion in thee, and all thy outward forms are the outward court, which is without the temple, that the angel was not to measure; for it is given to the Gentiles, and the holy city shall they tread under foot [Rev 11:2].
WPR 127 (1672): ...this heavenly Light brings [righteous judgment] upon the professor, that is [at ease in the] outward courts of profession (that were given to the gentiles, to tread [down and which] were left out in measuring the evangelical temple of God [Rev 11:2])....
IP1:163 (1659): But Sion, all this while, hath lain in the dust, and been despised: she hath had no building, no fence, but hath been trampled under [Rev 11:2] by every unclean beast; her witnesses have been clothed with sack-cloth [Rev 11:3] (a garment all the lofty inhabitants of Babylon disdain) her fare hath been hard in the wilderness, only a little manna [Exo 16:14-25] (which, with the fleshly Israel, who lust after rich and large knowledge, is counted light bread, and their souls soon loathe it [Num 21:5])....
GF7:342 (1669): But when the apostasy came in, and the true church fled into the wilderness, which was to continue there one thousand two hundred and sixty days [Rev 12:6], and the witnesses prophesied in sackcloth one thousand two hundred and sixty days [Rev 11:3], and the beast was worshipped just so long, one thousand two hundred and sixty days [= 42 months x 30, Rev 13:5]; and then all things went out of order, and every thing was wanting in that time they worshipped the dragon and the beast; and the devil made the world like a wilderness [Isa 14:12-17].
EQ 541f (Robert Barclay, 1676): There might be some scattered ones here and there in a nation, and now and then one in an age who by the power and virtue of the Spirit of Life [Rom 8:2] working in them might be truly sanctified, yet these were but as "witnesses in sack cloth" [Rev 11:3], no ways sufficient to give these assemblies in which they were engrossed the appellation of the Church of Christ.
GF4: 276f (1661): And the witnesses which prophesied in sackcloth and ashes, which were the two olive trees which bore the oil to anoint the nations, and the two candlesticks which bore the light before the God of the whole earth [Rev 11:3f], who was persecuted and killed, and made merry over, yet these were never against the Higher Power [Rom 13:1], (mark) made merry over by them that sent gifts to one another, that had been tormented by their prophesying [Rev 11:10], that were to prophesy 1260 days in sackcloth [Rev 11:3]. And it was spiritual Sodom and Egypt which killed them, and crucified Christ, in whose streets their bodies lie [Rev 11:8].
11:7 And when they shall [GBT: omit] have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth [GB: cometh; T: came] out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. qtext
11:8 And their dead bodies [G: corpses; BT: bodies] shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also [BT: omit] our Lord was crucified. qtext
[cf Isa 24:10: city of confusion]
11:9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations [G: Gentiles; BT: they of the nations] shall see their dead bodies [G: corpses; BT: bodies] three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies [G: carcasses; BT: bodies] to be put in graves. qtext
11:10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry [GBT: be glad], and shall send gifts one to another; because [GBT: for] these two prophets tormented [GBT: vexed] them that dwelt on the earth. qtext
11:11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life [GB: +coming] from God entered [GB: shall enter] into them, and they stood [GB: shall stand up; T: stood up] upon their feet; and great fear fell [GB: shall come; T: came] upon them which saw them. qtext
11:12 And they heard [GB: shall hear] a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended [GB: shall ascend] up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld [GB: shall see; T: saw] them. qtext
11:13 And the same hour was there [GB: shall there be] a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell [GB: shall fall], and in the earthquake were [GB: shall be] slain of men [G: in number; BT: names of men] seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted [G: were sore feared; B: shall be afraid; T: were feared], and gave [B: give] glory to the God of heaven. qtext
11:14 The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly [GBT: will come anon].
(Rev 11:7-13) GF6: 124
(Rev 11:7-11) LB (E115, M38); MFU 238
(Rev 11:7) GF4: 235; GF6: 280; GF7:165 , 261 ; JN3: 85, 251; WDS 212; IP2: 432; HPS 92, 464
(Rev 11:7f) MFU 72, 132
(Rev 11:8) GF4: 277; GF5: 393; GF7: 45 , 165 , 185 , 208 , 255 , 256 ; GF8: 26,27 , 72 , 151 ; GFT 18, 181; MFU 125, 211; JN1: 141, 171; JN3: 111; IP1: 130, 144; IP3: 45; IP4: 296; HPS 328; 408 (EB); WPR 159; SBD 6, 47
(Rev 11:9-11) GF5: 242
(Rev 11:9f) HPS 338
(Rev 11:10) GF4: 276f; IP2: 15; RBA 451
(Rev 11:11) GF7: 165 , 262 
(Rev 11:12) IP1: 193
(Rev 11:12f) IP1: 394
(Rev 11:13) IP2: 93
HPS 464 (Anne Gilman, 1662): ...the beast is let loose out of the bottomless pit [Rev 11:7], and his fury is very great, because he hath but a short time to reign [Rev 12:12]: therefore he doth roar after his prey [Psa 104:21] with a devouring voice.
MFU 72 (1654): And thou that saith thou art not in Egypt, and that Pharaoh is dead, thou art the liar; for Pharaoh is alive in thee, which keeps the seed of God in bondage. And thou art in the house of darkness and bondage [Exo 13:3]: and the witness of God [1 Jn 5:9f] lies slain in thee [Rev 19:7], as the Scripture saith, their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt [Rev 11:8]. But thou who art the dark spirit which ascendeth out of the bottomless pit [Rev 11:7], looks upon it carnally.
frequent refs to "spiritual Egypt" or "spiritual Sodom".
GF7:255 (1664): Christ's rod [Rev 12:5] shall and will devour all the serpents and lying wonders of the spiritual Egypt and Sodom [Rev 11:8], yea, and all the serpents that be in all nations; for all nations are to be ruled by it. And Moses' song was sung [Exo 15] when his rod had devoured the serpents [Exo 7:12], and the outward Egyptians in the sea [Exo 14]: so the lamb's song [Rev 15:3] shall be known, as all the spiritual Egyptians' serpents are devoured by Christ's rod; and the spiritual Egyptians being overthrown in the sea, the Jews in spirit [Rom 2:29] shall rejoice and sing the song of the lamb.
IP3:45 (1667): Is there not that which is spiritually called Sodom and Egypt [Rev 11:8]? And do not they which dwell there, instead of eating Christ's flesh, and drinking his blood [John 6:53f], put his flesh to pain, crucifying it in and to themselves [Heb 6:6], trampling under foot the son of God, and counting the blood of the covenant an unholy thing? [Heb 10:29]
SBD 6 (1750): For no man can be righteous and wicked at one time; we must first be brought out of the bondage of corruption (Rom 8:21] under spiritual Pharaoh and Egypt [Rev 11:8], into the wilderness, before we can offer acceptably unto God.
GF5:242 (1676): And you may see in Rev 11:9 [-11] how the kindreds and tongues were against the two witnesses that prophesied [Rev 11:3], and when they had killed them, they made merry over them, and sent their gifts one to another, but they rose again to their torment; and so doth not the testimony of Jesus, the spirit of prophecy [Rev 19:10] torment you now?
GF4:276f: [Rev 11:10, see under Rev 11:3f]
GF7:165: [Rev 11:11, see under Rev 14:6]
IP1:193 (1659): And ... the witness shall ascend to heaven in the sight of their enemies [Rev 11:12]; even into the new heaven and the new earth, where righteousness dwells [2 Pet 3:13]; and the old heavens and the old earth (with all their inhabitants) shall be burnt up [2 Pet 3:10-12]: and then it shall be seen that righteousness becomes, and belongs to, the house of God for ever [Psa 93:5].
IP2: 93 (1660): When God beginneth to shake the heaven and earth [Heb 12:26] in nations, ... whether there can be any firm settlement upon the old foundations? There may appear some hopes and probability of a settlement again, which man may be tempted to fasten upon; but this will but provoke God to shake more effectually: for when God ariseth to shake, he will not give over till he hath made that fall, which he began to shake. Rev 11:13. O England, take heed!
11:15 And the seventh angel sounded [G: blew the trumpet; BT: blew]; and there were [BT: +made] great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ [GBT: our Lord's, and his Christ's]; and he shall reign for ever and ever [GBT: evermore]. qtext
11:16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat [BT: sit] before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,
11:17 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee [GBT: received] thy great power [GBT: might] , and hast reigned. qtext
11:18 And the nations [G: Gentiles] were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. qtext
11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament [G: covenant]: and there were [BT: followed] lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great [GBT: much] hail. qtext
(Rev 11:15-18) GF5: 131
(Rev 11:15) GF3: 222; GF7: 93 , 143 ; DGA 203, 212; MFS 31; JN1: 92, 482; EQ 114 (JN); IP2: 91, 92; IP3: 397; EQ 403
(Rev 11:17) IP2: 92; WPR 112, 135
(Rev 11:18) GF6: 144; GF8: 223 ; GFEJ 410; MFU 231; IP1: 399; WPR 337
(Rev 11:19) IP1: 169; IP3: 394; IP4: 83; EQ 173
GF7:143 (1657): And in the son of God's power live, for all power in heaven and earth is given to him [Mat 28:18]; who is to subdue all the powers of darkness [Col 1:13], and to make the kingdoms of the world his kingdom [Rev 11:15].
MFS 30f (1660: His kingdom, which shall never be destroyed (and shall not be left to other people, but will break in pieces and consume all kingdoms) [Dan 2:44]: this is arising. The Ancient of Days is coming to sit in judgment in the saints of the Most High [Dan 7:22]. The kingdoms of the world are becoming the kingdoms of the Lord and of his Christ [Rev 11:15]. The little one shall become a thousand and the small one a great nation. The Lord will hasten it in his time [Isa 60:22].
EQ 114 (James Nayler, 1658): Now you that cry, "The kingdoms of the world are become the kingdoms of the Lord and of Christ" [Rev 11:15], see that it be truth in you, and that you lie not within yourselves. The Lamb's War you must know before you can witness his kingdom, and how you have been called into this war, and whether you have been faithful and chosen there or no [Rev 17:14].
WPR 112: [Rev 11:17, see under Rev 6:10]
GF6:143f, GF8:222f (1682; 6:142-4 = Ep 381, 8:221-3): [context; against encouraging drunkenness.] 1. You destroy the good creatures of God. 2. You destroy them that have not power over their lusts, no more than a rat or swine, who will drink until they are drunk.... "God will destroy them which destroy the earth." Rev 11:18.
[Other texts citing Rev 11:19: EQ 173 (Mat 24:6f)]
IP1: 169 (1659): And though Babylon, the great whore [Rev 17:1,5] (who in all her transformings hath still remained an enemy to the life), hath great power and great wisdom, and can shift very subtly to save herself by both; yet strong is the Lord God who judgeth her [Rev 18:8], and he also is wise [Isa 31:2]; and she shall not escape his hand, but he will pursue her with his voices, with his thunderings, with his hail-stones, with his earthquakes [Rev 11:19], with his woes [Rev 9:12], with his cups of indignation [Rev 14:10], till he hath made her manifest, till he hath broken her in pieces....
12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: qtext
12:2 And she being [GBT: was] with child [GBT: +and] cried, travailing in birth, and [G: +was] pained [GBT: +ready] to be delivered.
12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. qtext
[cf Rev 12:17]
12:4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven [T: omits], and did [GBT: omit] cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born [G: when she had brought it forth]. qtext
[cf Isa 9:15]
(Rev 12 - 13) GF4: 227f; GF6: 449
(Rev 12) DGA 206 IP2: 10f, 18, 161, 279, 427, 430; HPS 74, 92, 181
(Rev 12:1-8) IP4: 312
(Rev 12:1) GF2: 305; GF6: 449; GF8: 304f ; MFU 59; EQ 477; IP1: 182, 394; IP3: 31, 82; IP4: 55, 81
(Rev 12:1f) IP3: 88, 129
(Rev 12:3-9) GFEJ 301
(Rev 12:3-6) IP4: 55
(Rev 12:3-5) MFU 78; JN1: 115
(Rev 12:3) IP2: 121; IP4: 350
(Rev 12:3f) GF6: 449
(Rev 12:4-6) GF4:178, 234f, 240, 276; GF5: 132; IP1: 182f;
(Rev 12:4) JN1: 115; JN2: 452? JN3: 48; IP1: 296, 415; IP2: 14, 121, HPS 408
[Other texts citing Rev 12:1: IP3: 31 (Mat 1:16)]
GF8:304f (1686): you that believe in the light, have the light of life [John 12:36/8:12], and are clothed with the son of God that doth not change [Heb 13:8], and are the true and living members of the church of Christ Jesus, that is in God, and have the moon (that is changeable) under your feet [Rev 12:1]. So all changeable religions, worships, ways, churches, and teachers, which are like the changeable moon, and the changeable world, with its changeable fashions; the true church of Christ, that is clothed with Christ, the son, that doth not change, hath all these changeable things, like the moon that changes, under her feet.
MFU 59 (1654): ...verily the living God thou art ignorant of, and yet thou takes the apostle's words, and saith, that he forbids a woman to speak in church [1Cor 14:34], but thou knows not the life and substance which was in him: for he knew the woman clothed with the son [Rev 12:1] & the woman that sits upon the many waters [Rev 17:1], which thou dost not, and cannot put a difference betwixt the precious and the vile [Jer 15:19].
EQ 477 (Edward Burrough to Margaret Fell, 1655): Oh thou daughter of God, and a mother in Israel [2 Sam 20:19], a nourisher of the father's babes and children, who are begotten by the everlasting word; thou art comely in thy beauty clothed with the sun, and the moon underneath thy feet [Rev 12:1].
IP3:31 (1667): It hath pleased the Lord, as he manifested his Christ gloriously before the apostasy, so to manifest him again. For he was not only born (in the flesh) of the virgin Mary [Mat 1:16, 20-25]; but he was also born in the Spirit of the woman clothed with the sun, which had the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars [Rev 12:1]. She also brought forth the man-child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron [Rev 12:5].
IP3:88 (1668): In that day the woman was clothed with the sun [Rev 12:1] (for as many as are truly baptised into Christ, have put on Christ, Gal 3:27)....
MFU 78 (1654) [identifies the pope and the Catholic Church with the dragon, quoting Rev 12:3-5] But thy crowns is falling and thy power is limited ... and the dragon is coming to be chained [Rev 20:1f], and the man child is brought forth, and is caught up to God, & to his throne; who doth rule the nations with a rod of iron, and doth dash to pieces [Psa 2:9] thee and all thy power.
IP4:350 (167-?): ...this seed felt springing up in the heart, and joined to, brings down and keeps down all that is contrary to God.... Yea, the devil, the great red dragon [Rev 12:3], the god of the world [2 Cor 4:4], the mighty spirit and power of darkness, being resisted in this, is still overcome.
GF6:449 (168-?): And John said, "There appeared a wonder in heaven, a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his head," [Rev 12:3] the old serpent, the devil, and satan [Rev 12:9]. Was not this a proud devil? And his tail drew the third part of the stars from heaven (had not these been some stars in the earth?) and cast them to the earth [Rev 12:4]. These stars were lights in the night [Gen 1:16-18]; but he was cast out of heaven, and persecuted the woman the true church [Rev 12:13], which had the moon under her feet [Rev 12:1].
IP1:296 (1659): These false apostles [2 Cor 11:13] ... fought against the true church, and true ministry of Christ.... we find related in Scriptures, that at length they did prevail, insomuch as the third part of the true ministers were shaken, and swept down from their place and standing by them, Rev 12:4.
12:5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to [GBT: which should] rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child [BT: son] was caught [GBT: taken] up unto God, and to his throne [T: seat]. qtext
[cf Psa 2:9 LXX; Rev 2:27, 19:15]
12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath [BT: had] a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. qtext
(Rev 12:5) GF4: 228, 229; GF5: 250; GF6: 39; GF7: 255 ; GF8: 185 ; DGA 194; JN1: 43; JN2: 470, 569; IP3: 31, 88, 129, 184, 396; IP4: 81; WPR 129
(Rev 12:5f) GF7: 165 , 255 ; MFU 387; IP1: 25; IP2: 11, 103, 155; IP3: 516; IP4: 221; HPS 74
(Rev 12:6) GF4: 328; GF7: 127 , 139 , 261 , 342 , 261 ; DGA 191; IPL 46; IP1: 147, 182, 185, 252f, 296, 347, 419; IP2: 8, 11, 121, 161; IP3: 397, 398; HPS 92; WPR 572, WPT 351
GF5:250 (1676): And doth not the apostle say, "Let Christ rule in your hearts by faith [Eph 3:17] who shall rule all nations with a rod of iron [Rev 12:5, 19:15]?" so is he not a sufficient rule in the heart by faith, and a sufficient rule to rule the nations, yea, and sufficent to rule the heathen.
JN2:569 (1655): fear not, for greater is he that is in us than he that is in the world [1 Jn 4:4]; we have with us a king of kings [Rev 17:14, 19:16], who is risen to rule in righteousness [Isa 32:1]; he is coming to disquiet the inhabitants [Jer 50:34] of the earth and to take the kingdom, who is to rule all nations with a rod of iron [Rev 12:5].
IP3:185 (1668): Then the birth of life is witnessed; then the man-child is witnessed, ruling with a rod of iron [Rev 12:5], dashing in pieces [Psa 2:9] all motions and temptations to corruption, and all that would defile, so that they cannot enter the mind; and guarding it in the pure peace, unspeakable joy [1 Pet 1:8], and rest of the Son continually.
GF7:165: [Rev 12:5f, see under Rev 14:6]
the true church fled into the wilderness [Rev 12:6] = long dark night of apostasy
IP1:252 (1659): Now mark: he that calls anything the church, but what this book calls the church, he adds [Rev 22:18]; he that doth not know the wilderness, and own the church in the wilderness [Rev 12:6], he diminishes [Rev 22:19]. The church of Rome [Scotland, England] is not the church in the wilderness; the several gathered churches are none of them the church in the wilderness; all these have sprung up since the church's flight, and have appeared in her absence, usurping her name, and appropriating it to themselves; but God, who gave it to the church, hath not given it to them; and so they must lose it again, when God brings back the church out of the wilderness.
WPR 572/WPT 351 (1694): Now it was, that the true church fled into the wilderness [Rev 12:6], that is, from superstition and violence to a retired, solitary and lonely state; hidden, and as it were, out of sight of men, though not out of the world.... In this state many attempts she made to return, but the waters were yet too high [Rev 12:15], and her way blocked up, and many of her excellent children, in several nations and centuries, fell by the cruelty of superstition, because they would not fall from their faithfulness to the Truth.
12:7 And there was war [GB: a battle; T: great battle] in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against [BT: with] the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, qtext
12:8 And [GB: But they] prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole [GBT: all the] world: he was cast out [GBT: omit] into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him [T: also]. qtext
(Rev 12:7-9) GF6: 124; MFU 162; IP2:10, 121
(Rev 12:7) MFU 32, 79; JN1: 482; JN2: 152, 316; JN3: 588 (MS); IP2: 429; DQC (MF)
(Rev 12:8f) IP2: 12
(Rev 12:9-12) GF5: 132
(Rev 12:9) GF6: 449; GF7: 133 ; MFU 78; JN1: 51, 58; JN3: 298; WDS 194f
(Rev 12:9f) JN3: 10
[Other texts citing Rev 12:7-9: GF6:124 (under Rev 12:13-17)]
MFU 162 (1656?): And though thou dragon casts forth thy flood [Rev 12:16] after this book, which was given forth in love to the lost, yet Michael fights and his angels, and thou dragon the old serpent (which deceiveth the world) is to be cast out into the earth [Rev 12:7-9].
IP2:121 (1660): That there was a fight between the dragon and his angels, and Michael and his angels, concerning the New-Testament church and ministry, is manifest even from the letter of the Scriptures, Rev 12[:7-9]. That the dragon and his angels, though they could not get the better, as relating to the power, yet that they did get the better, as relating to the form, insomuch as that they overcame the third part of the true ministers [Rev 12:4], and drew them from their standing in the firmament of God's power [Psa 150:1], off to their earthly ministry; and that the church herself also was fain to fly into the wilderness, from the face of the dragon, for her safety and preservation, where she was to be nourished and fed by God all the time of antichrist's reign [Rev 12:6, 14]; this likewise is not only revealed from the Spirit, but it is also manifest from the letter.
[Other texts citing Rev 12:7: Margaret Fell (DQC, under Jude 1:9)]
JN1:482 (1655): we are separated out of the kingdoms of this world into the kingdom of Christ [Rev 11:15?], for which they hate us and would devour us; but Michael our prince is risen [Dan 12:1], and the war is begun with the dragon [Rev 12:7], the beast, and the false prophet [Rev 19:20]; but the Lamb shall take the victory [Rev 17:14]; and woe unto them that are found upholding the beast and the false prophet: for he that helpeth and they that are holpen shall fall together [Isa 31:3]....
GF7:133 (1657): For the devil was the deceiver [Rev 12:9], who abode not in the truth [John 8:44], and there is the false prophet [Rev 19:20], who speaks of his own, and not from the Lord [Jer 23:16]...
12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come [T: in heaven is now made] salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren [T: he] is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. qtext
12:11 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. qtext
12:12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters [G: inhabitants] of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having [GBT: which hath] great wrath, because he knoweth [G: knowing] that he hath but a short time. qtext
(Rev 12:10) GF7: 72 , 212 , 279 ; MFU 188; JN2: 190f; WDS 195; WPR 139; WTG 142, 242 (EH)
(Rev 12:11) GF3: 548; GF5: 448; GF6: 280; GF8: 85 , 130 , 232 ; JN3: 107; WDS 212f, 303, 314, 316; IP2: 16, 432; HPS 409 (EB)
(Rev 12:12) MFU 29, 144; JN1: 230; JN2: 238; HPS 41 (MF), 464
[Other texts citing Rev 12:10: WPR 139 (John 8:44)]
GF7:72 (1654): In the time of thy weakness the accuser of thy brethren is got in [Rev 12:10]; Therefore mind the seed of God [Gen 3:15] to cast him out, and what may hinder thee from eating the things of the creation [1 Tim 4:1-4].
WTG 242 (Mary Smith, 1750): ...desire that love, fellowship and union may increase and be continued and the accuser of the brethren cast out [Rev 12:10]
GF8:85 (1675): And, friends, keep your testimony to the Lord in all your sufferings and afflictions; for by the testimony of Jesus, and the blood of the Lamb, did and do the saints overcome [Rev 12:11]; and the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy [Rev 19:10]; by which they see him that gives them their victory; and they feel him that suffered for them; and in all their sufferings and afflictions, he suffers with them, and is afflicted with them; who is able to save to the uttermost [Heb 7:25], and to help and succour you in all distresses; who is blessed for ever. Amen.
WDS 314 (1682): [All] who seek the peace of his people in the measure of the grace of God in Christ [Eph 4:7], may stand as saviours upon Mount Zion [Oba 1:21], to the honour of the name of the Lord our God, and the eternal comfort of all that love not their lives unto death [Rev 12:11]....
JN2:238 (1655): all is at work, Gog and Magog against the Lamb and his despised ones where he is [Rev 20:8]; the prisons are fulfilled throughout the nation, and the devil is come down in great rage [Rev 12:12], and the nations are mad, yet can you not believe that this is the work of the devil to make havoc [Acts 8:3], though none of God was ever found in it, but his time is short [Rev 12:12], and to judgment he must come, head and tail, root and branch [Isa 9:14]; the day is at hand: here is the faith and patience of the saints [Rev 13:10]....
HPS 41 (Margaret Fell, 1653): They shall find, that the Lord of the vineyard is coming to look for fruits [Mat 21:40f] and will reward every man according to his deeds [Mat 16:27] for the Keeper of Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps [Psa 121:4] but takes notice of all the actions, words, thoughts and intentions of his enemies. So let them act what they can, their compass is known, their time is but short [Rev 12:12].
12:13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which [G: +had] brought forth the man child. qtext
12:14 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 [GBT: presence] of the serpent. qtext
[Rev 12:14 cf Rev 12:6, Dan 12:7]
12:15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as [G: like; BT: as it had been] a flood [T: river] after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away [T: because she should have been caught] of the flood. qtext
12:16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood [BT: river] which the dragon cast out of his mouth. qtext
12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make [GBT: and made] war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. qtext
[testimony of Jesus: cf Rev 19:10]
(Rev 12:13-17) GF6: 124
(Rev 12:13) GF6: 449; MFU 144; JN1: 115
(Rev 12:14) GF4: 235, 240; IP1: 185, 347f, 419; IP2: 12, 121, 161; IP3: 398
(Rev 12:15-17) IP2: 11, 16; IP3: 140; IP4: 150
(Rev 12:15) GF7: 177 ; MFU 158; JN2: 544; IP1: 394; IP2: 103; HPS 407f (EB); WPR 572, WPT 351
(Rev 12:15f) MFU 78; IP1: 375
(Rev 12:16) GF4: 276; MFU 162, 242
(Rev 12:17) GF3: 542, 548; GF4: 240; GF5: 132, 207; GF7: 99 , 208 , 256 , 262 ; GF8: 33 , 40 , 58 , 85 , 289 ; GFEJ 454; JN1: 396 (JA); IP1: 25, 167, 347f, 395; IP2: 66, 123, 432; IP3: 397; IP4: 55; EQ 133; WPR 157
GF6:124 (1682): And again, you may see how the dragon persecuted the woman, the true church, which brought forth the man child [Rev 12:13], after he was cast out of heaven by Michael and his angels [Rev 12:7-9]; but the woman (or true church) was nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, in the wilderness [Rev 12:14]; and the earth helped the woman [Rev 12:16]; and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood, which the dragon cast out of his mouth after her [Rev 12:15]; and the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which kept the commands of God, and have the testimony of Jesus [Rev 12:17].
JN1:115 (1653): wherever the seed of God is raised up then they in whom the seed of the serpent is head [Gen 3:15] seek to devour it. The dragon not having power to devour the man child [Rev 12:4f], yet he will still persecute the woman in whom he was brought forth [Rev 12:13].
IP2:121: [Rev 12:14, see under Rev 12:7-9]
IP2:11 (1660): For the true church being fled into the wilderness [Rev 12:6], the field was left to [the dragon]; and there he sets up his false synagogue, in the sight of the world, calling her the true church, and her seed the true catholics; but casting a flood of reproach after the woman, reviling her (who was indeed the true church) for a strumpet, and all her seed for seducers, schismatics, heretics, &c., even such as were not fit to be suffered in the earth, but to be made war with, both by the spiritual and civil sword. Rev 12:15, 17.
JN2:544 (1655): For the devil knows unbelief is that which keeps from entering into rest [Heb 3:18f]; so he strikes off faith. But many are entered in who have heard his voice [Heb 3:15], and such will believe thee no longer; so thou casts out thy flood [Rev 12:15] after such as is out of thy reach.
GF7:256 (1664): All you prisoners of the Lord [Eph 4:1] for his truth's sake, and for keeping the testimony of Jesus Christ [Rev 12:17], against all the evil inventions, traditions, rudiments [Col 2:8], will-worships, feigned humilities [Col 2:23], and self-righteousness of them that be in the fall, who are out of God's power and righteousness, who have no weapons but carnal [2 Cor 10:4], like themselves carnal.
GF8:40 (1672): Women are to prophesy [1 Cor 11:5]; and prophecy is not to be quenched [1 Th 5:19f]. They that have the testimony of Jesus, are commanded to keep it [Rev 12:17], whether men or women.
IP1:167f (1659): For this [persecution] is the engine, whereby the dragon makes war with the true woman's seed, (which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ) [Rev 12:17], even by this false woman which rides on the beast [Rev 17:3], by whose power and strength she overcomes the saints [Rev 13:7]. She sets up a way of doctrine, a way of worship in a nation, and gets laws made for the defence of it, and against them that will not submit to it; and ... by this means she overcomes the martyrs and witnesses, and keeps the truth down, and keeps up her way of deceit; which, without this prop, would soon fall.
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