“The curtain that separates us from the unseen world of spirits is here pulled aside for a moment as we are given a glimpse of a titanic struggle of spirits, a a struggle that goes on all around us, even though we do not see it with our own eyes. What I mean, of course, is the struggle of angels against the spiritual powers in the air.”(Herman Veldkamp, Dreams and Dictators: On the Book of Daniel, p. 215).
“The battle that issues in the dragon’s expulsion from heaven is not the primeval conflict before Adam’s fall, when Satan and other angels who had been created good inexplicably turned against their Creator. Rather, the war in heaven that John sees in symbol was fought on earth, when Jesus suffered and died on a cross outside Jerusalem and then rose from the dead. The dragon’s banishment from heaven to earth marks the coming of God’s kingdom and of his Christ’s authority (Rev. 12:10).” (Dennis E. Johnson, Triumph of the Lamb, p. 184).
“Israel, after the exodus from Egypt, wandered in the desert. This desert gave them relief from the idolatry and oppression of Egypt. But it was also a time of testing, when they were tempted to lose faith and rebel. They were to look forward to rest and satisfaction in the Promised Land. Similarly the church looks forward to final rest in the new heaven and the new earth. But for now, she is subject to testing on earth.” (Vern S. Poythress, The Returning King, p. 136).
Quotes used in the Reflection for Trinity Presbyterian Church.