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What the Bible actually says
- And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven diadems. His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it.
Quotes of William Branham
Then look over in First Peter here again, 3:19; watch how this reads now.
- For by which also he went and preached to the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the long-suffering of God waited in the days of Noah,… (See, it was the messengers of that day: messengers.)… while the ark was being prepared, wherein… that is, eight souls were saved by water.
Now, if you'll notice when those beings were in heaven… Now, over in Revelations 11—or the 7th chapter, I believe—or no, no, it's the 12th chapter, He gives a picture of the woman standing, the moon at her head and the sun—or, the sun at her head and the moon under her feet. And the red dragon stood to devour the child as soon as it was born; and he took his tail and pulled a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. Did you notice that? Now, that doesn't mean that Satan has a—a long tail that he hooked around people, but the tale that he told, and pulled a third part of those stars. Those stars were Abraham's seed.
Abraham said, "Oh…"
God told Abraham, "Look up to the heavens and number the stars if you can."
He said, "I can't do it."
He said, "Neither will you be able to number your seed," the stars.
Who is the Bright and Morning Star? Jesus of Nazareth, the brightest that ever lived in human flesh. He is the Bright and Morning Star. And He is the Seed of Abraham, coming through Isaac. And we, being dead in Christ, take on Abraham's Seed and are heirs according to the promise.
So the stars of the heaven represented the spirits of men here. And when the red dragon (Rome, under its persecution) hugged in two thirds of the—or a third of the stars, and cast them down, that was at the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus when they rejected Him and He was—and cast Him out and had nothing to do with Him; there was that third part of the angelic stars, the angelic beings.
- The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), Re 12:3–4.
- 57-1006, para. 624, Questions And Answers On Hebrews #3