Enmity

And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.

(Revelation 12:13) KJV

The whole of the narrative of Revelation 12 centers on the enmity, or hatred, between Satan, the dragon, and the woman. If we apply the relationship of cause and effect we can again place this event after the fall of man.

And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

(Genesis 3:14-15) KJV

Enmity between serpents and the woman, as we see in Revelation 12, was part of the curse placed on the serpent at the fall of man in Genesis 3. This means that the fall of man had to have been before the war in heaven.

Serpent is a broad term which includes a variety of creatures according to several Biblical synonyms. We compiled the list below by analyzing couplets in which the word serpent occurs.

Hebrew Words for Serpent

EnglishHebrewTransliterationMeaning
Adderשְׁפִיפֹ֖ןshephiphonhorned viper
Adderפֶ֥תֶןpethen (python)translated (a venomous serpent) perhaps cobra but phonetically the word sounds like python.*
Adderעַכְשׁ֑וּבakshubasp, viper
Adderוּֽכְצִפְעֹנִ֥יtsephaadder
Aspפְּתָנִ֖יםpethen
(python)
(a venomous serpent) perhaps cobra but phonetically the word sounds like python.*
Cockatriceצֶ֔פַעtsephaadder (identification dubious; (‘possibly’) daboia xanthina, a venomous viper, but vipers do not lay eggs; Furrer proposes ailurophis vivex.)
Dragonתַּנִּינִ֖םtanninserpent, dragon, sea monster
Serpentוְשָׂרָ֣ףsaraphserpent (a flying serpent, or dragon)
Serpentנָחָשׁ֙nachasha serpent
Serpentכְּנָחָ֣שׁnachasha serpent
Viperאֶפְעֶֽהepheh(a kind of) viper (snake)
* Howard Bass personal communication Streams in the Negev

Considering the amount of biological variability that this encompasses we give serpent the taxonomic rank of Order. Serpentes is an order the class Reptilia. Serpentes includes dragons, like Satan, but Serpentes isn’t ONLY dragons, and there are many more kinds of serpent of which the garden of Eden serpent is just one.

Satan, Classification

  • Phylum Cordata
    • Subphylum Vertebrata
      • Class Reptilia
        • Order Serpentes
          • Suborder Squamata
            • Family Dragonis
              • Genus Dragonis
                • Dragonis satanas (Satan, the Devil)

The enmity has has had a profound influence on history. The dragon, Satan, is making war with the remnant of the woman’s seed, humanity, specifically the church. This has manifested in many ways but in our time it’s most clearly seen as the power of popular science (SciPop) to make people think that the Bible is irrelevant and stupid.

Travailing in Birth – Navigation

SectionTitleScripture
1IntroductionRevelation 12:1-2
2War in HeavenRevelation 12:7-9
3Deducing the Timing of the War in HeavenRevelation 12:17
3.1Labor PainsGenesis 3:16
Hebrews 9:23
3.2EnmityRevelation 12:13
Genesis 3:15
3.3Is Satan Limbless?Revelation 12:4
Job 1:7, 2:2
4Spaghetti Theology and Inductive ReasoningTitus 3:9
5SalvationRomans 10:9-10
– Navigate your way around the travails of childbirth.

July 2nd – Travailing in Birth

If we compare the Bible with itself and eliminate interpretations which cause conflict between passages, we’re left with a logical arrangement of events.


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