Revelation 12, at a high level, is a chapter that addresses the events that must come to pass that are related to the finding of the tomb of Mary Magdalene. As has been earlier stated, it is not this author’s intention to attempt to describe prophecies slated to occur in the future. It is quite impossible for anyone to explain in detail how the passages in Revelation 12 will come to pass. However, there are some general observations that can be stated with a high degree of certainty.
For example, Revelation 12:1-2 is able to be understood in a new light as a result of having already reached an understanding of what the two witnesses put forth that can be related to the 1,260 day period of prophecy. Revelation 12:1-2 states:
A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven:
a woman clothed with the sun,
with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.
She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.
In symbolic terms this passage is stating the following: Visions or prophecies are going to be delivered from God to the two witnesses. These visions are brought about in a manner not normally allowed by God – through the use of LSD.  These visions will lead to the emergence, or rebirth, of the bloodline of Mary Magdalene. Throughout the stories found in The Bible, whenever prophecy is delivered it is almost always delivered to a person in a manner that could be seen as being allowed by or initiated from God, not from the human individual. In other words, prophecy is normally initiated from God, not from the person receiving the prophecy. However, these prophecies from the two witnesses that pertain to the anti-Christ were generated in a manner opposite of the way that God typically allows; that is, by ingesting LSD the two witnesses were able to successfully open a line of prophetic communication between themselves and God. God allowed this to happen and the prophecies were delivered to the two witnesses in this manner.
With the reference to being pregnant we are being told about the reemergence of the bloodline of Mary Magdalene that is soon to take place, for we will see this symbolic pregnancy has turned into a symbolic birth once the reemergence of the bloodline of Mary Magdalene takes place.
Then another sign appeared in heaven:
an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads.
Here we have a reference to the first beast described in Revelation 13, the beast out of the sea. At this time there are seven crowns on seven heads, and in Revelation 13 there are ten crowns on ten horns, indicating that the events in Revelation 12 serve to strengthen  this beast, allowing it to grow more powerful. As is detailed in the overview of Revelation 12:9, this dragon has a strong association to the religion of Islam.
Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth.
The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth,
so that it might devour her child the moment he was born.
Here, with the use of the word devour we are being told that the child  that is born will be fully incorporated or absorbed into the religion of Islam. This is being done for a couple of reasons. First, Islam’s goal is to remove the notion that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. By showing the world that Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene were married, they will sway the world into believing that Christianity is based on a lie. Of course, this is not the truth, but this will happen nonetheless. Secondly, the religion of Islam will then begin trying to convert Christians to Islam, with their primary line of reasoning being that Islam is the one true religion.
She gave birth to a son, a male child,
who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.”
And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne.
A person that is a descendent of Mary Magdalene will gain great power within the religion of Islam.
The woman fled into the wilderness to a place prepared for her by God,
where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.
Here, we see that the tomb of Mary Magdalene is taken from those that originally found her, moving her to a sacred Islamic site. This indicates that the person that finds her is not aligned with Islam.
And there was war in heaven.
Michael and his angels fought against the dragon,
and the dragon and his angels fought back.
The theft of Mary Magdalene in Revelation 12:16 causes a retaliatory strike by Michael and his angels, indicating that it was this Michael that probably originally located the tomb of Mary Magdalene.
But he was not strong enough,
and they lost their place in heaven.
Michael is successful in recovering the tomb of Mary Magdalene, causing a great loss of world status for Islam.
The great dragon was hurled down—
that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray.
He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.
Islam loses its standing in the world but not its power.
Though this book is by and large an explanation of the two witnesses and the prophecies they delivered, many profound realizations have been arrived at as a result of studying the two witnesses. One of those was the realization that events taking place in The Gospels were able to be tied back in convincing fashion to events that took place in the Old Testament and also to events that have taken, or will take place, in the New Testament.
This observation is in and of itself worthy of a book, and it was no small task to assemble a list of all observed instances in which this proved to be the case. However, Revelation 12:9 is also one of those times that we can look to The Gospels to gain an accurate understanding of what is being said in Revelation 12:9.
What is very interesting is that Jesus Christ calls Peter, one of his disciples, Satan. In Mark 8:31-32 Jesus Christ explains how he must suffer and be rejected, and also how he must be killed and after three days rise again. When Peter heard this he took Jesus Christ aside and rebuked him. In response, the following in Mark 8:33 took place:
But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter.
“Get behind me, Satan! He said.
“You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”
If we understand that this passage in Mark 8:33 was completed by Jesus Christ to emulate what will later come to pass we are able to make great strides in gaining an understanding of what this dragon is a reference to throughout Revelation 12, and beyond.
Let’s take a look at Peter. Specifically, what could we say his significance is; that is, what is his legacy? Peter, it turns out, has the distinction of being designated as being the cornerstone of the Catholic Church. In essence, we could think of the interactions Jesus Christ had with Peter as being ones that are indicative to how Jesus Christ relates to the Catholic Church. Here, in Mark 8:33, we see that Jesus Christ accuses Peter of being concerned not with God’s plan but with his own. With Peter being a character in The Gospels that serves to symbolize the Catholic Church, it is possible to say that this statement is also being made towards the Catholic Church.
If we turn back to Revelation 12:9 now it is possible to gain a very concrete understanding of how we should think of Satan, the devil, the one that leads the whole world astray. First, we are now able to see that this passage in Revelation 12:9 is a statement that says that it is the Catholic Church, or organized religion, that has led the whole world astray. Knowing this allows us to approach all other references to this dragon in Revelation 12 and beyond from this perspective.
In addition to this ability to understand this dragon, we also are able to gain a very tangible understanding of the term devil; that being, a devil is something or someone that does not place God, Jesus Christ, and his plan at the forefront when generating thoughts, words, and deeds.
However, even with this new understanding of the dragon it is still impossible to understand how Revelation 12 will manifest itself. Throughout Revelation 12 we see that the terms serpent, devil, and Satan are used interchangeably, allowing us to conclude that all three terms, in essence, mean the same thing.
The term dragon is used in Revelation 12 in the following passages: 3, 4, 7, 9, 13, 16 and 17. The term serpent is used in Revelation 12 in the following passages: 9, 14 and 15. the term devil is used in Revelation 12 in the following passages: 9 and 12.
What is interesting is that all three terms appear together only once, in verse 9. Once we see that we can tie Revelation 12:9 back to Mark 8:33 we are now able to properly define this dragon, serpent, and devil. However, it is only at a high level that this definition can be achieved. What we now understand, as a result of understanding the message and prophecy of the two witnesses is that there will come a time that Christianity will die, or will be absorbed into Islam. Because of this we can not say for sure if each instance of dragon, serpent, and devil represents Christianity, Islam, a combination of the two, or religion in general. In short, Revelation 12 will continue to remain a mystery until its manifestation takes place.
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“Now have come the salvation and the power
and the kingdom of our God,
and the authority of his Messiah.
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters,
who accuses them before our God day and night,
has been hurled down.
Here we are being told that with this defeat of the dragon (Islam) the Establishment is further strengthened by Michael. In effect, humankind is progressing fast to the day when organized religion will cease to exist; something that must happen before the Establishment is fully in place.
They triumphed over him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
they did not love their lives so much
as to shrink from death.
Michael and his angels defeated the dragon (Islam) by the blood of the lamb, and the word of their testimony. Here we get an indication that the reemergence of Mary Magdalene’s bloodline resulted in several, if not many, living descendents to be identified.
But not all of the descendents of Mary Magdalene were incorporated into Islam. What we are being told here is that Michael and his angels, those that defeated the dragon, are somehow associated with the bloodline of Mary Magdalene. Since Michael is specifically referenced in Revelation 12 as being a major character in the story being told here, it would come as no surprise if he himself was identified as being a descendent of Mary Magdalene.
Therefore rejoice, you heavens
and you who dwell in them!
But woe to the earth and the sea,
because the devil has gone down to you!
He is filled with fury,
because he knows that his time is short.”
As Michael celebrates his victory over Islam, Islam knows that they are at a turning point in terms of world dominance, and their actions turn violent once again.
When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth,
he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child.
Islam tries to retrieve the tomb of Mary Magdalene, possibly even attempting to destroy it.
The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle,
so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness,
where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach.
The tomb of Mary Magdalene is moved as a result of this attempt by Islam to gain control of it or destroy it. This indicates that the actions taken by Islam are fairly significant and devastating.
Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river,
to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent.
Islam then tries to discredit the bloodline of Mary Magdalene by saying that the offspring of Mary Magdalene are of no value. This indicates that at this time that Michael and his angels are able to prove that Mary Magdalene was not married to Jesus Christ.
But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river
that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.
Here is the refutation of the marriage of Mary Magdalene to Jesus Christ. In effect, this causes awareness that Christianity was not based on a lie after all.
Then the dragon was enraged at the woman
and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring—
those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.
At this point Islam declares war against all non-Muslims. This desire to conquer their adversaries brings about the rise of the first beast in Revelation 13.