<1>The First Begotten Son of God (Christ) reached Pure Consciousness, "Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ." That is because the power of the tama guna has been overcome, so the First Begotten Son of God has reached Pure Consciousness.
<2>The dragon (Maya, the power of the tama guna over the Soul, the lower nature) first was in heaven (eternity). With His Grace, His First Son overcame it and cast the dragon (evil) out of heaven. <3>So the rest of the consciousnesses in the universe, "our brethren," are released from the power of the tama guna in eternity or the spiritual world. It was "cast down" to the earth.
<4>Maya is and is not. It is as long as you are its slave. It will cease to be after you know its illusions.
<5>"By the blood of the Lamb" means self-sacrifice. They have to sacrifice in order to overcome the evil, or "that old serpent" (false ego). <6>After overcoming the lower nature (crucifying the false ego), they will have the testimony and the words of truth. They will not love their lives until the death of their lower natures and overcoming the power of the tama guna in the universe.
<7>This means, woe to those who stay in their lower natures, because it is where the devil dwelleth. These people will be drowned in the ocean of Maya. "Of the sea" means those confused consciousnesses (sea) lost in Maya. <8>However, the process of reaching Pure Consciousness is much faster in the manifested universe, "because he knoweth that he hath but a short time."
<9>The dragon (power of the tama guna) was very wrathful to that woman and works hard to crudify the minds of the unit consciousnesses toward the illusion of the separation from God, "persecuted the woman." <10>All the unit "I am's" are under the mercy of this dragon.
<11>However, each unit consciousness is able to fly from the dragon and overcome it, even in the middle of confusion (wilderness). They go to God "into her place." But this truth will be clouded for some period of time, "for a time [one thousand years], and times [two thousand years], and half a time [five hundred years]."
<12>The flood is the mind or the power of the tama guna over the consciousness. The flood is that negative thoughtfulness of mind that comes in and makes us completely lost in our thoughts, fears, attachments, and desires. <13>The serpent (the devil, tama guna) attempts to make those who try to go to God confused and drowned in Maya.
<14>By understanding the illusion of excess attachment to this external world (the earth), she was saved from the flood (confusion) which was sent by the dragon. When this understanding is awakened in a person, then satan (devil) becomes Lucifer ("shining star") and this world becomes a guide in the path of the seeker to the truth. Then the person will overcome its illusion. <15>So "the earth" or manifested world becomes a light in the path and swallows up the flood or confusion of this external world, "which the dragon cast out of his mouth."
<16>The devil could not overcome the consciousness of those who direct all their lives toward God. <17>Those who have overcome their lower natures, the woman as depicted in Genesis chapter 3 (not the woman above, who is The Holy Mother) symbolize those who keep the Commandments of God and the testimony of Christ. <18> So the serpent will go to mislead those who are in their lower natures. But those who follow the truth, "testimony of ," should have no fear.