Revelation Study Chapter 12

 

  1. Paul gave us a warning in Ephesians 6:12, that we do not battle flesh and blood, but rather principalities, powers, and spiritual rulers of darkness. The Bible gives us a history of this conflict of two great forces, each wanting our soul. That began with the first Messianic prophecy in Genesis 3:15, and the final outcome is here in Revelation. Since we are halfway through our study, it is important to note an overview of what the chapters are. In Chapter 1 we are told about the Victor, Jesus Christ. Chapter 2 and 3 shows the church through history from Pentecost to the Rapture. The first half of the tribulation is shown in Chapters 4-8, the last half known as the Great Tribulation is spoken of in Chapters 9-11 and 16-19. Chapters 20-22 deal with the Millennial reign and the Great White Throne Judgment. What we are getting into now in Chapters 12-15 is a preview of the Great Tribulation and speaks about the main personages within it. When we get to Chapter 16, we will pick back up with the outcome of the 7th trumpet.
     
  2. The first person we see described is a woman clothed with the sun, 12 stars around her head, and the moon under her feet. When we look at one of Joseph’s dreams in Genesis 37:9-10, we see this is representative of Israel the nation. The dream depicted the sun as being Jacob (the father of Joseph) who later was named Israel, the moon was a symbol for Rachel his wife, and the stars represented the 12 sons of which the nation of Israel comes from. She is with child in the fact that the promised Messiah would come from Israel, and when it speaks of her travailing in birth means that Israel went through many hardships in its wait for the promised Messiah and longed for Him to be born. Some have tried to say that this woman represents the Church; however this can not be true. Since this woman brings forth the Messiah, it has to be Israel as Israel brought forth the Messiah, and Jesus brought forth the Church. The Church did NOT bring forth Jesus! She also will be shown to be the persecuted Jewish saints which goes to show again, the Church, the Bride of Christ, will not be here during the Tribulation. Praise God for that!
     
  3. The next person we see is a red dragon, identified in verse 9 as Satan. He is depicted having 7 heads, ten horns, and 7 crowns upon his head. This connects him directly to Daniel’s fourth beast in Daniel chapter 7 and the beast from the sea in Revelation chapter 13. John goes further in Revelation chapter 17 to explain this, but I will do it here. The seven heads represent seven world governments Satan has lead through time. John describes them in Chapter17 as five that were, one that is, and one that is yet to come. The five that were are Assyria, Egypt, Babylon, Medes/Persia, and Greece. The one that is was Rome at the time of John, and the one yet to come will of course be Satan’s worldwide rule through the Antichrist. The ten horns represent 10 future kingdoms that will rule with the Antichrist. Given areas that could be world powers such as the US, the European Union, China, Russia, etc, through the United Nations, such a set-up is quite possible in the near future…or it could be thousands of years from now. God knows the time. We will get more into this in Chapter 17, but you needed to understand this. Now, the third of the stars it draws are of course the fallen angels who followed Satan and were cast to the earth. The fact that he waited for the Messiah to be born to try to kill Him was shown in Matthew 2:13-18 when Herod had all male children two years and younger killed in an attempt to find the King!
     
  4. The Messiah she brought forth, Jesus, was and will rule all nations with a rod, yet in this first advent, He was humble and meek for He came to pay the ultimate price for you and I. Thus, He was caught up to God and to His Throne. But verse 6 looks at the mid-point of the Tribulation after the Antichrist has turned his back on Israel, and we see this nation now flees into the wilderness. They will go into hiding and many have guessed at where as some have suggested Petra which is close with only one way in and out, but the truth is, we don’t know, but they will hide. Now, that verse actually comes later in the timeline from 7-13, but I wanted to go ahead and address it.
     
  5. We now see of a battle in Heaven, Michael and the angels against Satan and his fallen angels. They are permanently cast out with no more access to Heaven as in the past. When you read Job 1-2, for one, you see that Satan, as our accuser, still has access, but not habitation to Heaven. This will be no more. He is given four different descriptions as well. A dragon presents him as a monster compared to the holiness of God. A serpent reminds us of his craftiness and deceit in the Garden of Eden. Devil means slanderer, and Satan means adversary, and as we are told in Revelation 20:8, he deceives the whole world. This is evident in the number of people who say there is no God, the number of people in false religions, and the number of professing Christians who believe faiths like Catholicism, Islam, and Mormons worship the same God as the God of the Bible. It is also evident in the number of people who say all roads lead to Heaven and if someone does not have Jesus as their Savior, that God will let them in Heaven because they were a good person. It is evident with the large number of professing Christians who say evolution is true, homosexuality is ok, and that abortion is a good thing. He is also described as red, and red is the color of sin as shown in the Bible such as in Isaiah 1:18 where sin is described as scarlet and red like crimson. Fitting for Satan to be colored as such.
     
  6. Heaven rejoices at this act as Satan is now forever out of their presence, finished with his accusations. The raptured Church along with those coming to Christ through the Tribulation, have victory by the blood of the Lamb. The have proven this with their testimony and loving not their lives here, but that which they will have with Him. But there is great trouble coming as Satan and his demons know their time is very short now. They are full of wrath and a blood bath shall ensue, in fact, he turns his attention to Israel, described as the woman who gave birth to the man child Jesus Christ. This is an important point. First, it is again proof the Bride of Christ is not on the earth during the Tribulation as also is pointed out in 1st Thessalonians 1:10 where we are told that we will be delivered from the wrath to come. Second, it shows that God has not abandoned his promise to Abraham and David of the messianic kingdom. God has not forgotten Israel, nor done away with his promise as some try to say.
     
  7. Another point to make about Israel having to flee is what Jesus said in Matthew 24:15-22 where He told them about Daniels prophecy in Daniel 9:27 of the abomination of desolation. He told the Jews to basically drop everything and run when they see this happen. Many have tried to twist this into Christ speaking of the Church, but it cannot be since Israel is the nation Satan is after.
     
  8. The flood spoken of will be an overwhelming amount of evil and persecution that will be rent towards them, but it will be consumed. This may very well be an army that is pursuing them and is destroyed by an earthquake or some other means; any thought into exactly what will happen is subjective. But we do know they will be persecuted and then delivered from it. This is another reason they are to flee immediately and not go back; but as you read Zechariah 13:7-9 we see that 2/3 of the Israelites will die first. Satan will be so mad that he turns his attention to the remnant of her seed which will be Gentile believers who are grafted in, just as we the Church were through Christ.

 



 

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