Verse 9 (NASB)
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9. And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
Next, the deception moves into the church as "servants of righteousness" (2 Corinthians 11:7-15) to try to divert the nominal believer. The parable of the sower explained in Matthew 13:18-23 indicates this takes place where the seed is sown. Today, "seed sowing" is done in or is left up to the church.
The deception goes all the way to humanism which says God is not the ultimate reality, but that the universe, science, and knowledge are the only lasting reality. When the absolutes of God and His Word are denied, only a humanistic process is left. Humanists ought to look closely at the results of the deception. The list is given in Revelation 21:8; if the GREAT DRAGON can deceive you into being one on this list, he has accomplished his plan.
Note: the phrase "THROWN DOWN" is used three times in this verse. There is no doubt this event will take place forceably by Michael and his angels (verse 7).
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