The artful and complex literary devices in the Book of Revelation are best understood in very simple terms.
This most certainly applies to “the accuser of our brothers.”
“Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.” ~ Revelation 12:10
To identify “our brothers,” we need only determine which people the Bible defines as the brothers (or brethren) of Jesus Christ. First are the Israelites, the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob– these are Jesus’ literal blood relatives.
When you [the Israelites] enter the land the LORD your God is giving you and have taken possession of it and settled in it, and you say, “Let us set a king over us like all the nations around us,” be sure to appoint over you the king the LORD your God chooses. He [your king] must be from among your own brothers. ~ Deuteronomy 17:14-15
Since we know that Jesus Christ is the final and ultimate King of Israel, we know that he is an Israelite. But this is just the tip of the iceberg of evidence that Jesus is an Israelite. We have Mary’s entire genealogy (all the way back to Adam) in Luke Chapter 3, showing us that Jesus is an Israelite– not to mention the hundreds of Biblical prophecies of the Messiah that only Jesus Christ fulfills.
But the Bible goes even further in specifying Jesus’ close relatives. Not only does the Bible tell us Jesus is an Israelite, it tells us Jesus is from the Tribe of Judah, one of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. In fact, the word “Jew” is short for Judah. So, yes, all Israelites are the “brothers” or “brethren” of Jesus Christ, but the Jews are the closest of the close. Therefore, to observe the accuracy of the “accuser of our brothers” prophecy, we must check whether the “accuser of our brothers” is busy attacking the Jews.
The only other people the Bible defines as the brothers of Jesus are his followers, the Christians. This article will look at how “the accuser of our brothers” attacks the Jews. I will address the attacks on Christians in another post.
Now, in visualizing “the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night,” I used to picture Satan (red horns and all) standing before God (white beard, flowing robe) in a conversation in which Satan hurled accusations at individual Christians– Joe coveted his neighbor’s goods yesterday; Michelle bore false witness against her neighbor this morning.
I now think this to be a bit too quaint, a bit too corny, and way too restricted to the spiritual realm.
By restricting these accusations to the spiritual realm (a conversation between God and Satan), we put blinders on to the stunning real-world fulfillments of this verse.
Accusing Israel Of War And Apartheid
Must we resort to images of a red-horned devil and a grandfatherly God to appreciate “the accuser of our brothers”? No. We can see the jaw-droppingly accurate real-world fulfillment of this verse by simply looking at current events.
The “accuser of our brothers” need not take the form of a red devil. He can take the form of a former president of the United States. The title of Jimmy Carter’s book says it all. Carter does not refer to the land as “Israel” (which is what God named it), but by the name “Palestine” (which is what God’s enemies named it). The remaining three words of the title accuse Israel of war and apartheid. In just four words, “Palestine Peace Not Apartheid,” Carter erases Israel from the map, while at the same time accusing it of war and apartheid. He covers all his evil bases. The “accuser of our brothers” indeed.
The reality is that Arabs and Muslims have a higher standard of living in Israel than in any Arab or Muslim country on earth. Arabs and Muslims have freedom in Israel. They have rights in Israel. An Arab or Muslim can be gay in Israel without fear of being put to death. Israel bends over backwards to accommodate Arabs and Muslims. Israel has two official languages, Hebrew and Arabic. Did you know that? Do you know of any Arab or Muslim countries that have Arabic and Hebrew as their official languages? Don’t waste your time looking. No such nation exists. Muslims are free to build mosques in Israel and worship Allah. Jews are not free to live in safety in Islamist nations, let alone build synagogues to worship Yahweh.
In return for all the rights, freedoms, and high quality of life Israel gives to Arabs and Muslims, Jews are constantly bombed, shot, rocketed, run over with cars, stabbed, and pelted with rocks. Israel’s enemies, not Israel, are guilty of war and apartheid.
Accusing Israel Of The Paris Atrocity
This cartoon (courtesy of Palestinian Media Watch), shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Nentanyahu helping an ISIS terrorist aim his weapon at Paris for the atrocity of November 13, 2015 which killed 130 people, all innocent civilians. The cartoon appeared on the Palestinian Fatah faction’s Facebook page.
In addition, The Palestinian Authority’s official newspaper ran a piece blaming the Mossad (Israel’s intelligence agency) for the Paris atrocity. The accuser of our brothers indeed. (By the way, Palestinian leaders also accused Israel of the massacre at France’s Charlie Hebdo newspaper earlier this year.)
Accusing Israel Of 9/11
One could devote an entire website or an entire library to the voluminous examples of Leftists and Islamists blaming Israel for 9/11. But let’s look at one example of an official in the very country that spawned most of the 9/11 hijackers, Saudi Arabia.
Former U.S. Amb to Saudi Arabia, Robert Jordan, speaks with Fareed Zakaria about Saudi Arabia’s new king and more
August 2nd, 2015, 10:56 AM ET
ROBERT JORDAN, FORMER U.S. AMBASSADOR TO SAUDI ARABIA: One of my first calls was with then governor of Riyadh [Saudi Arabia], uh, Prince Salman, who is now the king [of Saudi Arabai]. His response was very emphatic, this could not have been Saudis. We couldn’t possibly have done this. This had to have been an Israeli plot. The Mossad must have done this. I got the same thing from the minister of interior, Prince Naif. I finally had to bring a CIA briefer out and show some of these princes some compelling evidence that it, indeed, was Saudis who were the hijackers.
(CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS. Entire interview at cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com.)
Accusing Israel Of Ghoulishness
There is no end to the “blood libels” of which Israel is falsely accused. These are bizarre and evil accusations that Jews harvest the blood and organs of Christians and Muslims. A prominent recent case of this accusation played out at the United Nations:
Danon asks UN to condemn organ-harvesting ‘blood libel’
By DANIELLE ZIRI \ 11/05/2015 01:08
Palestinian representative at the UN Riyad Mansour wrote a letter to British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft, the president of the Security Council for November…
In the letter, Mansur wrote that “after returning the seized bodies of Palestinians killed by the occupying forces through October, and following medical examinations, it has been reported that the bodies were returned with missing corneas and other organs, further confirming past reports of organ harvesting by the occupying power from the Palestinian victims of its brutality.”
(Read entire article at jpost.com.)
That’s the lie. The truth is that Israel’s enemies (Islamists and Leftists) are the ghouls, not Israel. The Syrian war has produced photos and videos of Islamists committing countless beheadings; holding severed human heads like trophies; a human head on a barbecue grill; a man’s heart being cut out of his body and bitten; and a child jihadist beheading a man and then holding the severed head in victory.
As for Leftist ghouls, look no further than Planned Parenthood and their legions of Leftist supporters. Planned Parenthood was recently exposed doing exactly what Israel is falsely accused of– harvesting human organs.
Israel’s enemies condemn Israel for ghoulish offenses that Israel did not even commit, while defending those who actually commit the ghoulish offenses for which Israel is falsely accused.
The accuser of our brothers indeed.
The Book of Revelation is best understood in very simple terms. It is usually thought of as the most complex and hard-to-understand book of the Bible, and rightfully so on the surface. But once you recognize that God is a literary genius as well as every other kind of genius, you see that Revelation simply describes real-world events in a manner of beautiful literary elegance. The “accuser of our brothers” is very real in this material world, and we need not imagine red-horned devils and grandfatherly God figures to see its stunning accuracy.
The Bible is always proven true (in the material world).