And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. Rev. 12:7, 8
Any more? The dragon, named elsewhere as Satan, the devil presently has a place in heaven. The idea of a burning place deep underground ruled over by a deity or deities, is of 100% pagan origin and is nowhere found in the Bible.
A trial is going on in heaven--a trial which must take place. When the trial is over, Satan and his angels are ejected from the court room. They take up residence on the Earth. This is the beginning of the Great tribulation.
But was not the Flood a tribulation also? Sure, but there is a big difference between the two events. In the flood doubters tried to live. The flood account tells us that God himself closed the door of the ark. In the Great Tribulation, men will seek death, and God will deny it to them.
These coming events will not come about through human effort or lack thereof. For about two thousand years the pattern of events has been revealed. This pattern is predestined to happen, and so has the time frame.
As we study Revelation there is a simple warning, that if heeded will help to save a lot of fear and anxiety. Do not apply events that involve Israel and a faithful Gentile remnant to the Church. After chapter three, we, as the Bride, will be in heaven.
Do I dare mention a very important text in regard to this? Yes, I happily do. It is Revelation 3:10. You can go to very big, traditional churches and never hear this wonderful promise read or talked about. "Keep 'em scared. They will work harder."
We'll be in heaven. Michael will have his great victory. We will celebrate with the Supper of the Lamb.