16 And [kai] the earth [ge] helped [boetheo] the woman,
[gune] and [kai]
the earth [ge] opened [anoigo] her [autos] mouth, [stoma] and [kai] swallowed up [katapino] the flood [potamos] which [hos] the dragon [drakon] cast [ballo] out of [ek] his [autos] mouth. [stoma] KJV-Interlinear
16 And the
earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and drank up the river
which the dragon poured out of his mouth. NASB
In the time when the
Israelites were brought out of Egypt, God caused several miracles that aided
them in their exodus. The most dramatic was probably the parting of the sea,
which destroyed the entire Egyptian army, thus ending their reign as a power
forever, Ex. 15:19.
There is also the story
of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, Num 16:28-33, where God opened up the ground only
under their specific tents and belongings and the earth swallowed them up,
leaving everything else around them, alone.
In those days, all things
were occupying space on the ground, people, tents, chariots, and so forth.
In the future, however,
the forces of Satan will be flying as well as traveling on the ground. There
will certainly be helicopters or military jets and such things, that will
participate in the pursuit of the Jews.
The word for earth, ‘ge,’
is a broad and general term which applies not only to the ground, or to the
land, but also to a country or even to the world conceptually.
When the earth opens
itself up and swallows the forces of Satan, that will include the weather in
Remember that Satan is desperate,
and his intent is to murder all Jewish peoples. He is not going to use only
limited forces, but everything at his disposal.
God will block those
forces using the powers of natural phenomena. So certainly earthquakes will
occur, but too, thunderstorms, lightning, and whatever other forces are
necessary to disrupt the pursuit of Satan’s forces, will be brought to bear, in
order to interfere with visual sightings, electronic communication, targeting, and
all of the efforts of Satan’s attempt to capture and kill the Jewish people
that are trying desperately themselves, to escape.
People may be so caught
up in their running, that they may or may not see the disruptions that are
going on behind them, but certainly to an onlooker, it will be apparent and
very obvious that the forces of God, using nature only, will be quite
successful and miraculous against the forces of Satan, who possesses all of the
worlds military might, and yet Satan will fail miserably.