“When the dragon saw that he had been thrown to earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child. The woman was given two wings of a great eagle, so that she could fly from the serpent's presence to her place in the wilderness, where she was fed for a time, times, and half a time. From his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river flowing after the woman, to sweep her away in a torrent. But the earth helped the woman. The earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the river that the dragon had spewed from his mouth. So the dragon was furious with the woman and left to wage war against the rest of her offspring-those who keep God's commands and have the testimony about Jesus.”
It is very tempting to place parts of these verses into a contemporary time frame and see their fulfillment in the news of the day. We do know from verse 12 of this chapter that the dragon is the Devil and of course the woman who gave birth to the male child is the Jews.
Persecution of Jews is because of Jesus. There is nothing that Jewish people can do to change the fact that Jesus was a Jew. Even though many Jews reject Jesus as the Messiah they were still the people God used to bring Jesus into the world.
The dragon is waging war as well against those who keep God's commands and have the testimony about Jesus. That would be Christians!
Even as a man who jumps in the sea will be wet all over, the man who jumps into the arms of the Lord in faith and loving discipleship will draw the attacks of the dragon. So many worry because they are being attacked by the Devil. You should worry if you are not being attacked by Satan. If you are at peace in this world wake up, turn your heart to Jesus and head in to the battle that is raging all around!