So, the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus. – Revelation 12:17
In His revelation to the apostle John, God (through His messenger) describes Satan as a dragon out to destroy Israel (here depicted as “the woman”). When Satan failed to eradicate the chosen people of God (a pattern observed throughout her history), he went after her “children.” Why did Satan seek to destroy Israel? Simply put, from Israel would come Judah and from Judah would come David and from David would come the Messiah who would ultimately free mankind from sin, death, and Satan’s temporary rule. Our enemy is not omniscient, but he is intelligent.
Satan surely thought he had won when the Messiah was murdered, but he was obviously unaware of God’s triumphant plan. And now, though clearly a defeated foe, he still wars against Christ’s Body. In fact, Scripture indicates that he is all the more furious, because his time is short. Like a two-year-old that thinks he will get his way by screaming all the louder, Satan screams and roars for attention.
There will be days (times) when it seems like the Devil is winning. Surrounded by cultures that reject righteous principles, we might be tempted to despair and begin to hope a little less. But, let us stand firm, for Satan will not prevail, no matter how loudly he may wail.
Satan always hates Christian fellowship; it is his policy to keep Christians apart. Anything which can divide saints from one another he delights in. He attaches far more importance to godly intercourse than we do. Since union is strength, he does his best to promote separation. – Charles Spurgeon