If you have ever prepared or eaten the Middle Eastern pastry Baklava? If you have, you know how many layers it takes to comprise this wonderful dessert. Layer upon layer of phyllo dough encased with more layers of ooey gooey nuts, butter and honey. Oh so good!!
Well I find this passage is oh so good and filled with layers of meaning. God’s victory reigns and the monster is finally dead, thrown into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur (verse 20). NT points out that you think the victory is the defeat of Rome, when actually it is the dark forces behind Rome and all the other pagan empires. And the dark forces behind Rome are the evil ones who work for the accuser or Satan himself. And the solution to defeating Satan himself is Jesus. That’s about four layers of ooey gooey to get to the really good stuff, Jesus.