Main reference: Gn 2, 3
Both God and the dragon are spirit (Jn 4:24, Rv 16:13-14). What is the identity of God and the dragon? Has anyone seen them?
1. The Identity of God
God is self-existing and the creator. The LORD (Jehovah) is his name forever, the name one shall call Him from generation to generation (Gn 1:1, Ex 3:14-15, Is 37:16; Jn 17:3).
No one has ever seen God (Jn 1:18, 1 Jn 4:12), except the one who came from God (Jn6:46). Jesus and Apostle John went to heaven and were able to see God (Jn 3:12, Rv 4). Since God is spirit (Jn 4:24), one can only see God while he himself is in the spirit (refer to Rv 4:2). However the people of heaven, those who are part of the 12 tribes, those who have their sins atoned for with the blood of Jesus and are sealed with the word of God (Rv 1:5-6, Rv 7, Rv 14) are able to see God and live with Him forever (Rv 22:1-5).
God left His people because of their sins (Gn 3, Gn 6:1-7), although, He promised to come back when the problem of sin is resolved through the blood of Jesus and to dwell with the people who are born-again (Rv 21:1-7, 22:1-5). Just as God dwelled within Jesus, who was sinless (Mt 1:16-17, Jn 10:30, 14:10-11), at the first coming, the spirit of God is soon returning to the people.
2. The Identity of Dragon
The dragon, an angel God created who betrayed, has the names of the serpent, devil, or Satan (Gn 3:1, Rv 12:9, 20:1-2), and is also called an evil spirit. Both God and Satan are spirits. When they work within the human world, they work within a persons flesh.
Why did God’s creation, the angel, betray God and become Satan? Because he wanted to be in a higher position of authority. In James 1:15 it states, ‘Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. It also says each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed (Jas 1:14)
The reason that one of God’s creations would become a traitor is due to greed. In Genesis 3, the serpent and Eve betrayed God because they wanted to be like God. A description of the betraying cherub is found in Ezekiel 28 where, ‘he called himself a god’ and that he was ‘the model of perfection, full of wisdom and beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God…you were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones.’ The cherub, as described in the beginning, refers to one of the four living creatures. They are heaven’s army, who guard God’s kingdom and heaven. One of these cherubim betrayed and became a serpent. He took control of one fourth of the heavenly army and he was found in the Garden of Eden. Since he had gained more authority, he now wanted to be in the place of God, so he went on to deceived Eve ((refer to Is 14:12-14), Gn 3).
The angel and his followers that sinned are described as ‘the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling’ (Jude 1:6, 1:19). In 2Peter it says, ‘they have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam’ (2Pt 2:15). This kind of act is compared to as ‘a dog returns to its vomit and a sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud’. It also tells us in Revelation 9:14-16 ‘the four angels who had been kept ready were released to kill a third of mankind. The number was twice ten thousand times ten thousand’.
After the dragon, or the serpent, had deceived Adam and Eve (Gn 3), it has been able to govern the world for the last 6,000 years here on the earth (Mt 4:8-9, Lk 4:5-6, Eph 2:2). Therefore, from that time up until today, all of creation has come to resemble Satan, meaning there is not one thing which is holy. Because all the nations were led astray (Rv 18), the tree of life must appear and heal the nations once again (Rv 22:1-2).
God and Satan, the devil (the dragon), have been in a continuous war for the past 6,000 years, battling to gain ownership of all creation. The dragon already knew 2,000 years ago that he would be captured and locked up after 6,000 years. At the first coming, the demons begged Jesus, ‘It is before the appointed time, so send us not into the Abyss but into the herd of pigs’ (Mt 8:28-32, Lk 8:26-33). But today, in the time of Jesus’ second coming, it is now the time to seize and lock up the dragon into the Abyss (Rv 20:1-3).
The human world, created by God, has been governed by the dragon for 6,000 years, but from the time when Revelation is fulfilled, God will rule (Rv 19:6). From that moment on, God will govern forever.
Christians should know that the time of Revelation’s fulfillment is now, and strive to be saved by believing and keeping the promise with God.