And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the saints of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus."
-Exhortation to the Cultivation of Virginity; A Passage from the Apocalypse is Proposed to Be Examined.
John, in the course of the Apocalypse, says:
proceeded. But the size of that beast was about a hundred feet, and it had a head like an urn.
And the great and glorious angel Michael is he who has authority over this people, and governs them;
If so be, then, that thou longest for all these things, conquer the body; conquer the appetites of the flesh; conquer the world in the Spirit of God; conquer these vain things of time, which pass away and grow old, and decay, and come to an end; conquer the dragon;
They set forth, indeed, the name of Christ Jesus as a sort of lure, but in various ways they introduce the impieties of Simon; and thus they destroy multitudes, wickedly disseminating their own doctrines by the use of a good name, and, through means of its sweetness and beauty, extending to their hearers the bitter and malignant poison of the serpent, the great author of apostasy.
And at that time, indeed, the apostate angel, having effected the disobedience of mankind by means of the serpent, imagined that he escaped the notice of the Lord; wherefore God assigned him the form
and, for every one hurt by such snakes-that is, his angels
keeping watch over the omens of their own (future) penalty, in company with the (old) dragon
and then shall appear the world-deceiver
Now the friendly understanding you will have to carry out must arise from your observance of the compact: you must never think of getting back any of the things which you have abjured, and have restored to him, lest he should summon you as a fraudulent man, and a transgressor of your agreement, before God the Judge (for in this light do we read of him, in another passage, as "the accuser of the brethren,"
But they are altogether full of deceit of every kind, apostate inspiration, demoniacal working, and the phantasms of idolatry, and are in reality the predecessors of that dragon
Rev. 12:15 - NIV, NAB - in A Treatise Against the Heretic Novatian by an Anonymous Bishop
, by the "violence of the flood which the serpent sent forth from his mouth after the woman."
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