War in heaven

Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought,  but they were defeated and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.  And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world–he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.  And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.  Rejoice then, O heaven and you that dwell therein! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”

Revelation 12:1-11

 

A story that has fascinated people for centuries: struggling bodies, tangled, and falling. Warfare the metaphor we know too well. We sense the mighty power of God. Perhaps in Advent we also sense the devil’s fear: desperate evil thrown down to earth, whose wrath is great because his time is short.

 

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Fall of the Rebel Angels
Master of the Rebel Angels, 14th c.
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Fall of the Rebel Angels
Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1562
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St Michael Fighting the Dragon
Albrecht Durer, 1498

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Fall of the Rebellious Angels
Frans Floris, 1554
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Michael fights rebel angels
Sebastian Ricci, 1720
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St. Michael
Luca Giordano, c.1663
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The Rebel Angels
from Paradise Lost, Book VI
Gustave Doré, 1866
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Triumph in heaven
from Paradise Lost, Book VI
Gustave Doré, 1866
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One comment

  1. Bob says:

    I wonder if there is a contemporary version with automatic weapons. For warfare seems to improve with time.

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