to Chapter 12
Chapter of Revelation is a continuation of the events taking place at the
Midpoint of Daniel’s 70th Week, but from a Heavenly viewpoint.
In Chapter 10, a “Mighty Angel” announced the completion of God’s prophetic
plan at the sounding of the7th trumpet. In the first 13 verses
of Chapter 11, we see the scene on Earth from the perspective of Jerusalem.
Revelation 11:15-19, John witnesses the sounding of the 7th
Trumpet, and the events which follow. Chapter 12 continues the scenes from
sounding of the 7th trumpet, and the transition about to take
place in Heaven.
In chapter 12, not only
do we see the Heavenly perspective of the midpoint, but the conflict of the
ages. John witnesses and records the events in Heaven at the middle of
Daniel’s 70th week. He describes two great signs, unveiling the
spiritual conflicts in the physical and spiritual realms. The first sign is
of a woman, she gives birth to a male-child, who will rule the nations, and
he is “caught up” to the throne of God in Heaven. The second is of a great
red dragon, which pursues the women, who gave birth to the child.
Here in a picture is the
conflict of the ages, between the descendents of Eve and Satan. The
conflict between the seed of the women, the Messiah, and the serpent, Satan,
goes back to the fall of man (Genesis 3:15-16). Satan has tried to prevent
Messiah’s birth and the completion of God’s plan of redemption, from the
time Cain killed his brother Abel. Here John reveals the spiritual dimension
of this age-old conflict which is about to enter the final act.
John records the
conclusion of events, which began in the Garden of Eden, at the fall of
man. Satan, who tempted Adam and Eve, and regained access to heaven, after
man’s fall, is finally expelled. Michael and his angels cast Satan and his
fallen angels from their heavenly access. Satan’s freedom of movement is
confined to the earth, and because he knows his time is short (3 ˝ years),
he confronts Israel in a last ditch effort to stop his confinement.
Satan, assumes control
the Antichrist’s kingdom at the mid-point of the Tribulation. After Satan
is expelled from Heaven, he incarnates the Antichrist who seemed to have a
fatal wound (Revelation 13:3). The resurrected Antichrist enters the
rebuilt Third Temple in Jerusalem and declares himself God demanding Israel
and the world worship him (2 Thes. 2:4). Israel refuses to worship the
Antichrist, who is now Satan incarnate. The Antichrist is enraged against
Israel and all believers since he knows his time is short and he must act
quickly. Satan indwelling the Antichrist pursues Israel and attempts to
exterminate the Jewish people, hoping to prevent the return of Christ, who
promised to return when Israel acknowledged Him as their Messiah (Matthew
At this point God
intervenes on Israel’s behalf, almost two thousand years ago, Jesus warned
Israel about this coming day of trial. Jesus referring to the book of
Daniel warned Israel, when they saw the abomination of desolation
spoken of by Daniel to flee to the mountains (Matthew 24;15-21). God
literally opens the Mount of Olives, creating a valley, and providing a path
of escape, for a remnant seed of Israel. There in the wilderness of Judah
east of Jerusalem, God will supernaturally preserve and nourish a select
group of survivors for 1260-days or three and half years. In the
wilderness, surviving Israel will come to terms with their Messiah and
finally understand, Jesus Christ is their only way to salvation.
The Woman Clothed with the Sun:
1 Now a
great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon
under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars.
being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.
Women Clothed with the sun
Now a great sign
Following the opening of the Temple in Heaven after the sounding of the 7th
Trumpet, John sees a great sign in Heaven. (shmei'on
the word means sign, miracle, token, wonder).
describing an event he sees, taking place in Heaven. Whether John is alone
witnessing this event or all of Heaven sees the same drama unfold is not
revealed. John is watching this Heavenly drama unfold, and he records what
he sees, so we can understand God’s prophetic plan. The word for appeared,
to physically see, not to dream or speak metaphorically. John is writing
about what he is seeing. Through this heavenly sign God unveils to John the
conflict of the ages through a visible sign.
this Heavenly drama John sees a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon
under her feet and on her head a crown of 12 stars. ( Gr. Stephanos….victors
crown). The identity of the women has been the subject of much debate. The
four major opinions are;
The woman represents
the church with the 12 stars representing the 12 apostles.
The woman represents
Mary with the 12 stars representing the 12 apostles.
The woman represents
Israel and the 12 stars represent the 12 tribes of Israel.
The woman represents
the redeemed and the 12 stars represent the apostles and tribes of
Christian Science founder Mary Baker Eddy has claimed that she is the
woman in Revelation 12 and the man-child is her church Christian Science.
Many cults use this chapter to justify their doctrines. To identify the
women we just need to look at her qualifiers.
The Woman in this drama
is clearly demonstrated to be Israel (the seed bearer of Messiah) thru whom
the Messiah, Jesus Christ, (the child) entered the world. The drama of
chapter 12 has the woman who gives birth to a male-child; the child is
caught up to Heaven to rule the nations with an Iron scepter. A red dragon
with seven heads and 10 crowns, pursues the woman.
The male child with the
iron scepter is referring to the Messiah. In Psalm 2:9, Messiah the king is
pictured ruling the Earth with a rod of Iron. The Messiah is also to rule
over the nations. The Overcomers of the church of Thyatira are promised to
reign with Christ with a rod of Iron. (Rev 2:27). The picture of the dragon
is a representation of Satan’s effort to prevent Messiah birth throughout
The woman could not
possibly be the church as some try to interpret her, since the church did
not bring Christ into the world, but Christ brought the church. Secondly,
woman could be Mary, because after the birth, the women is pursued by the
Dragon for 1260 days, this did not happen to Mary.
The crown of stars
represent the 12 tribes of Jacob, this is mirrored in Joseph’s dream (Gen
37:9-10) where the son’s of Jacob are pictured as stars, and the moon and
sun as Jacob and Rachel.
first prophecy of the coming Messianic redemption involves Eve, her seed,
the serpent and the serpent’s seed. In this prophecy Eve is the prototype
of Israel, who is pictured in this drama in the 12th chapter of
Revelation. Through Eve, the woman, Israel comes into existence to bear the
“Male seed” that redeems what Adam and Eve lost as a result of the Serpents
deception. The serpent, an animal incarnated by Satan, deceived the woman to
15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, And between your seed
and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.” ( Gen 3;15).
In this foreshadowing, we see hatred (enmity) between the
woman (the seed bearer) and her seed (Messiah) and the serpent (Satan) and
serpent’s seed (Antichrist). The Messiah would bruise (Heb. Shoof.. break,
bruise, crush, cover) the head of Satan. However, Satan would bruise (Cause
the Messiah to suffer) but would loose in the end.
The woman who gives
birth to the male child is then taken desert for 1260 days, 3.5 years to
protect her from the dragon. (Rev 12:6). The 1260-days involve
the bearer of Messiah, and her struggle with Satan in 2nd half of
the 7 year tribulation period.
Being with child….
The identity of the child has also been debated with the two major opinions
being; the child is the Messiah or the child is the church. The description
of child being caught up to Heaven to rule the nations with an iron scepter
is without a doubt referring to Messiah. (Psalm 2:9) The Messiah is the one
to rule the nations of the earth (Daniel 7:14, Isaiah 9:7)
She cried out in labor and pain….
The process of the bringing
the child (Messiah) into the world has been painful to the woman (Israel).
When we examine the context of the verses regarding the women, we see the
women as Israel (The seed bearer) of the child (Messiah). The pain of the
women can be traced back throughout history.
Labor & Pain
Cain & Abel
Cain kills Abel
Stop righteous seed
Birth of Seth
Fallen angels &
except Noah & Family
One language, one
All of man united as
Corrupt mankind by
Scatter man, diverse
language, Calling of Abraham,
Abraham & Sarah
Sarah offers Hagar
Cause Sarah to not
trust God. Create rival to God’s promise
Birth of Isaac,
Send Hagar and
Dinah & Shecem
Residents of Shecem
try to assimilate Jacob family after Dinah is raped. Jacob’s son
kill people in the city.
through assimilation and prevent Messiah birth. Surrounding cities
destroy Jacob for killing men of Shechem
God allows Jacob and
family to escape and protects them from surrounding people
Moses & Pharaoh
Destroy all male
Hebrew children in
Moses raised to
deliver Israel. Plagues on Egypt.
Destroy all Jews in
prevent birth of Messiah
Queen Esther is a
Jew and the Queen of Persia intercedes. Israel enemies destroyed
Kill male children
King Herod kills all
the children in Bethlehem 2 years and younger
Kill Messiah as a
Mary, Joseph warned
in a dream go to
till Herod dies.
Create a world wide
religion that counterfeits God’s covenant with Israel
Take land of
promise, Build rival temple on
mount. Create worldwide hatred of Jews. Prevent nation of Israel
Church to expose
deception of Islam.
WWI defeat of
Islamic control over Holy lands.
Defeat of Islam by
Hitler & the
Conquer the world
Prevent God’s word
from being fulfilled by eliminating Jews from Earth
Defeat of Israel’s
enemies, Creation of Jewish State.
The Great Red Dragon: Satan
another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having
seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads.
tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And
the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her
Child as soon as it was born.
The Red Dragon
Another sign appeared…
The drama unfolds as dragon enters the Heavenly scene unfolding before John.
A great fiery red dragon…
(Gr. Purrhos…flame red)
a large flame colored dragon. The same word is used to describe the red
horse of the second seal that takes peace from the earth. (Rev 6:4). This
dragon will be the vehicle, which Satan will use to terrorize the Earth in
the 2nd half of the Tribulation. As the Serpent in Gen 3:15 was
a vehicle used by Satan to tempt Eve. The dragon, the kingdom, of the
Antichrist will be the vehicle of Satan’s last stand.
Having seven heads and
This dragon represents the kingdom of the coming Antichrist who will be
incarnated by Satan during the 2nd half of the tribulation. The
book of Daniel chapter 7 sheds light on this dragon called a beast in
Daniel. The final kingdom of Antichrist will be a confederation of 10
nations making up a “Revived Roman Kingdom”. This is the “Prince who shall
come” of Daniel 9:26. Who makes a 7-year agreement with Israel and at the
Midpoint stops sacrifice and enters the rebuilt Jerusalem Temple and
proclaims himself god. He demands worship from the world.
The dragon pictured here
has 7 heads and 10 horns, the details of these heads and horns are
explained in Revelation chapter 17,
"There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and
the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short
time. 11 "And the beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth,
and is of the seven, and is going to perdition. 12 "The ten horns which
you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they
receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. Revelation
against the Women
Tried to assimilate
Exiled 10 tribes of
Israel, tried to
Attempted to destroy Jews during time of Ester
Antiochus Epiphanies, Abomination of Desolation 164 B.C.
1.5 million Jews died, rest expelled. During John’s day.
during the Time of the Antichrist.
Ten kingdoms unite under Satanic power
This future kingdom is pictured in Daniel chapter 7, as the
final kingdom, which is the vehicle used by the Antichrist in the first half
of the tribulation, and then used by Satan in the last half of the
7“After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a
fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron
teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with
its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were
before it, and it had ten horns. 8I was considering the horns,
and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom
three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this
horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous
I wished to know the truth about the fourth beast, which was different from
all the others, exceedingly dreadful, with its teeth of iron and its
nails of bronze, which devoured, broke in pieces, and trampled the
residue with its feet; 20and the ten horns that were on
its head, and the other horn which came up, before which three fell,
namely, that horn which had eyes and a mouth which spoke pompous words,
whose appearance was greater than his fellows.
was watching; and the same horn was making war against the saints, and
prevailing against them, 22until the Ancient of Days came, and a
judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the
time came for the saints to possess the kingdom.
‘The fourth beast shall be
A fourth kingdom on earth,
Which shall be different from all other kingdoms,
And shall devour the whole earth,
Trample it and break it in pieces.
The ten horns are ten kings
Who shall arise from this kingdom.
And another shall rise after them;
He shall be different from the first ones,
And shall subdue three kings.
He shall speak pompous words against the Most High,
Shall persecute the saints of the Most High,
And shall intend to change times and law.
Then the saints shall be given into his hand
For a time and times and half a time.
means the kingly
ornament for the head, the crown.
These diadems portray the seven kingdoms which in the past had tried to
attack the women who would bear the Messiah.
His tail drew a
third of the stars….1/3
of the angels of Heaven joined in the Heavenly rebellion with Satan against
the Lord Almighty. Ezekiel 28
The dragon stood
before… Satan tried to destroy the Messiah during the time of birth when Herod
killed all the male children in
Bethlehem 2 years and
To devour her child…Mary
and Joseph were warned and they fled to Egypt till Herod died. Herod was
under the authority of Rome.
The Man-Child: Christ
bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her
Child was caught up to God and His throne.
the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God,
that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.
She bore a male child….
The male child is Jesus.
6For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To
order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward,
even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
Who was to rule all nations…Messiah
will rule the Earth clearly defines this man-child as the Messiah. (See
Psalm 2, Daniel 7:14, Zechariah 9:10, Isaiah 9:7, Zechariah 14:16)
Her child was caught up…The
ascension of Christ. Acts 1:9,
portion of Israel will be protected from Satan for 1260 days. The last half
of the 70th week, Zechariah 13:8 informs us that 2/3 of Israel
will be destroyed during this time but 1/3 will make it through, to the
Millennium. The survivors of Israel will re-populate the earth, in the
Millennium, where the Messiah, Jesus Christ, will rule over the Earth with
And it shall come to pass in all the land,” Says the
two-thirds in it shall be cut off and die, But one-third shall
be left in it: I will bring the one-third through the fire, Will
refine them as silver is refined, And test them as gold is tested. They will
call on My name, And I will answer them. I will say, ‘This is My
each one will say, ‘The Lord
is my God.’”
chapter of Zechariah reveals details of the coming invasion into Jerusalem
by the armies of the Antichrist. The Mt. Olives will split in two from the
East to the West making a passage of escape for the inhabitants of
Jerusalem. For the next 3.5-years they will be supernaturally protected
from events taking place in the world. However, the inhabitants left behind
will face horrific consequences as Satan rages against the inhabitants. At
the conclusion of the “Great tribulation” at Armageddon Christ will return
with the armies of Heaven (Revelation 19:17-19), Zechariah 12:10 will be
fulfilled when Israel emerges from their supernatural protection to behold
Jesus the rejected Messiah.
1Behold, the day of the LORD
is coming, And your spoil will be divided in your midst. For I will gather
all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; The city shall be taken, The
houses rifled, And the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into
captivity, But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
3 Then the LORD will go forth And fight against those nations,
As He fights in the day of
battle. 4. And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives,
Which faces Jerusalem on the
east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, From east to west,
Making a very large valley; Half of the mountain shall move toward the north
And half of it toward the south. 5 Then you shall flee through My mountain
valley, For the mountain valley shall reach to azal. Yes, you shall flee As
you fled from the earthquake In the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Thus the
LORD my God will come, And all the saints with You.
Isaiah wrote about this future event 700 years before the birth of
Messiah. The second coming of Christ will result in the resurrection of the
tribulation saints, after
Israel hiding in the
mountains. Isaiah 26:21 speaks of coming of the Lord out of his place in
Heaven paralleling Rev 19:11, Zech 12:10, Zech 14:3-4
Your dead shall live; Together with my dead body they
shall arise. Awake and sing, you who dwell in dust; For your dew is
like the dew of herbs, And the earth shall cast out the dead. 2
Come, my people, enter your chambers, And shut your doors behind you; Hide
yourself, as it were, for a little moment, Until the indignation is past.21
For behold, the LORD comes out of His place To punish the inhabitants of the
earth for their iniquity; The earth will also disclose her blood, And will
no more cover her slain. Isaiah 26:19-21
when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of
by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him
understand), 16“then let those who are in
Judea flee to the
mountains. 17Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take
anything out of his house. 18And let him who is in the field not
go back to get his clothes. 19But woe to those who are pregnant
and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20And pray
that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath. 21For
then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the
beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22And
unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the
elect’s sake those days will be shortened. Matthew 24:15-20
War in Heaven: Satan is cast out
war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and
the dragon and his angels fought,
they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer.
the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and
Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his
angels were cast out with him.
From the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, Satan has had
access to the throne of God, to accuse humanity. We see the portrayed in
the story of Job, Satan coming before the throne of God, to accuse Job,
Satan’s calls his limitations against Job a “Hedge” (Job 1:10). To this
very day, Satan has access to the throne of God to accuse the saints.
Even when Christ was on the
earth, Satan tempted Christ with the kingdoms of the earth and promised to
turn them over if Jesus would just worship him.
the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of
the world in a moment of time.
the devil said to Him, "All this authority I will give You, and their glory;
for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.
When were the kingdoms of
the world turned over to Satan? At the fall of Adam and Eve, the kingdoms
on earth became subject to satanic power and influence. Paul in Ephesians
describes the spiritual world as ruling over the physical, in spiritual
realms, unseen to the human eye. In these spiritual realms Satan and his
angels operate, ruling over nations, governments, people and cities
At the middle of the
tribulation period, at this point in chapter 12, Satan’s power is confined
to the earth as War breaks out in Heaven. Satan and his angels loose the
position they had since the fall of man, and are cast too the earth.
The angel Michael is mentioned five times in the Bible
(Daniel 10:13,21 12:1, Jude 1:9, Revelation 12:7). He is a defender of
the people of Israel
according to Daniel 12:1. He is called “arch” angel or chief angel in
Jude. The role Michael plays in Daniel 12:1 gives us additional light to
the events taking place in the Revelation chapter 12.
The scene in Daniel 12:1
corresponds to the Tribulation period, the time of Michael action
corresponds to period in Israel’s history unequaled in the history of
that time Michael shall stand up, The great prince who stands watch over the
sons of your people; And there shall be a time of trouble, Such as never was
since there was a nation, Even to that time. And at that time your people
shall be delivered, Every one who is found written in the book. Daniel
Both, Jesus (Matthew
24:15), and the angel in Daniel
12:11, link this period, to the Abomination of Desolation,
which occurs at the middle of Daniel’s 70th week. At the middle
of the Tribulation, Michael’s angelic forces are finally allowed to expel
Satan and his angels from their heavenly access.
Michael and Satan also
known as Lucifer are old enemies, their conflict in the bible dates back to
death of Moses, when Michael dared not rebuke Satan, but left the
prerogative open to Lord. Satan was a cherub who covered the throne of God
(Ezekiel 28:16), while Michael was the archangel in charge of the angelic
According to some, the
reference in Revelation 12:4 indicates 1/3 of the angelic host followed
Satan in his rebellion against God. Finally, Michael and his angelic forces
are allowed to oust Satan from heaven.
Here John links the dragon of the in verses 3 and 4, with
Satan and his host of fallen angels. Only in the book of Revelation, in the
New Testament, is Satan called a dragon. Here he is presented as having
seven heads and ten crowns, the meaning of these heads and crowns are
explained more fully in Revelation chapter 17. Satan is seen, as the dragon
or serpent, the enemy of humanity going back to the fall of Adam and Eve.
One third of the angels, fell when Satan rebelled against
God, according to verse 4. Throughout scripture the host of fallen angels
are referred to as belonging to Satan. Christ instructs us that Hell itself
was created from the beginning for Satan and his angels (Matthew 25:41).
Satan and his angels know
what follows their expulsion from Heaven, and they do not go peacefully. A
question is often raised, why does God need Michael and his angels to expel
Satan from Heaven? Didn’t God have the power and authority to do it? Of
course, God could have expelled Satan and his host with His word alone. Just
like God could have evangelized all of humanity without a single missionary,
bible or bible tract. God chooses to use his people to do his work; God
wants his people to reap the reward of their work. In the same way, man
participates in the Lord’s work, angels, and fellow servants of man,
participate in the Lord’s work.
Up to this time, Michael
and the angels of heaven, served God in obedience and patience tolerating
Satan’s charges against God’s creation. Now Michael and his angelic host
are allowed to cast them from Heaven.
John wants the reader to understand the long spiritual
history of what is happening in Heaven. The dragon’s identity in both the
Old and New Testaments, is linked here by John, so the reader knows they are
the same person. The dragon pursuing the women is the same person involved
in the fall of humanity at the start.
The dragon is his final role, in the end of days, but he is also known as
Devil, Serpent and Satan.
Dragon, serpent, sea monster
2 Cor.11:3, Rev.
I Tim 2:18
Deceives the earth
Satan causes the earth to be deceived. The word in Greek,
means to cause to stray, to lead astray. From the fall of
Adam and Eve to this day, Satan is the chief cause of deception on the
Cast to earth
At this point Satan and
his angels’ power is severely restricted. They no longer are able to accuse
the saints before God’s throne. Their time is now limited to the final 3.5
years of the tribulation period.
Rejoicing in Heaven
I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, "Now salvation, and strength, and the
kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser
of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been
they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their
testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
"Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the
inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you,
having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time."
Voice in heaven
With Satan now ejected
from Heaven, a new day has dawned, in the same way Satan accused Job, before
God’s throne, Satan accused all believers.
Accuser Satan who had access to Heaven from the fall in the Garden
until the middle of the tribulation, he to this very day accuses the saved.
He demands God judge the saved for their sins before the throne. Jesus
Christ, on the other had is called our Advocate or lawyer. He intercedes on
our behalf before the throne of God. Because, Jesus has paid for our sins,
he has the right to “Advocate” our situation before God’s throne. Satan to
this day, day and night pleads for God’s judgment, while Christ intercedes
on our behalf.
little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And
if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the
Cast down Satan and his angels at this point become earthbound
and confined. They no longer have access to the throne of God.
Overcame… The Greek word here is
which means to
conquer, to carry off the victory. The believer has victory over Satan our
accuser, because of the work of Christ on the cross. Satan has no power,
because Christ has paid for all of our sins.The voice in heaven proclaims
the three keys to a victorious Christian life,
1. The Blood of the Lamb, the first key is
understanding our position in Heaven. Christ is our “Passover” lamb, His
blood has paid for our sins, Satan power is removed because of the blood of
Christ. This does not give us license to sin, but power to live in victory.
Word of their testimony, to live the life an overcomer, means to operate
in God’s power. The saints who are victorious in the tribulation, will
proclaim the Gospel to Satanic world. (2 Tim. 1:7-8)
Not Love their lives,
The third secret we learn for victorious Christian living, is to not
fall in love with what this world offers. This world is temporary and
fleeting, the victorious saints live for the world to come. Their focus is
on eternity, not what they can have here. In the tribulation, people will
be given a choice of life in this world or the next. The victorious
brethren, choose death in this world and life with Christ.
same principle applies to the believer today, those who struggle with their
possessions have a difficult time living in the victory of the Lamb’s blood.
Satan who is
now cast to the earth is furious, because he knows his judgment is coming.
Once confined to the earth, Satan begins to lash out at anything in his
reach. Satan, taking charge of earthly operations begins his last ditch
effort to prevent his judgment.
Short time Satan understands, he is about to be judged. The
second half of the tribulation, ends with the return of Christ and Satan’s
binding. (Revelation 20:1-3)
The Persecution of
Israel in the Great
when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the
woman who gave birth to the male Child.
the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the
wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and
half a time, from the presence of the serpent.
the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that
he might cause her to be carried away by the flood.
the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up
the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.
Satan is confined to the earth in the second half of the
tribulation begins to persecute
Israel. The male child,
is the Messiah who was caught up to Heaven to rule the nations from God’s
throne. Satan, understanding the promises of Christ made to
sees his last opportunity to prevent his judgment by destroying Israel.
Christ, declared before His crucifixion he would not
return until Israel
acknowledged Him as their Messiah.
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who
are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a
hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!
"See! Your house is left to you desolate;
I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, 'Blessed is He who
comes in the name of the Lord!' "
Because Satan understands God’s word, he understands
if there is no Israel,
they cannot as a nation turn and accept Jesus Christ as Messiah. Satan,
like in the past, attempts the final solution, to exterminate the Jewish
race, and thereby prevent them from accepting Jesus Christ as Messiah.
Persecuted the woman
This attempt is pictured by John, as the Dragon persecuting
the women. The dragon who has seven heads and ten crowns, is the final
human kingdom, pictured as a dragon. Satan following his fall from Heaven,
takes the reigns of power at the middle of the tribulation to pursue
woman At this point in
Israel’s history God
intervenes, the woman,
is supernaturally protected by God. This reiterates the events described in
verse 6. God prepares a special place for Jewish remnant in the
wilderness. To this same group, Christ spoke in Matthew 24:15, regarding
the coming “Abomination of Desolation”, to flee into the wilderness.
was faced with a similar extermination 3500 years ago, in the land of
Egypt. Then God intervened with Moses, and Israel was led out of Egypt with
God’s protection. This time Israel will again be supernaturally protected
against Satan’s plan for their destruction.
have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings
and brought you to Myself. 5 'Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My
voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above
all people; for all the earth is Mine.
you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.' These are the
words which you shall speak to the children of
To the east of
Israel, through the Mount
of Olives, a surviving group will be led to place in the wilderness of
Judah. Some have speculated the location is Petra based on Daniel 11:41,
which refers to Moab
and Edom being spared at the middle of the tribulation.
A surviving remnant will be placed out of the reach of
Satan in the final half of Daniel’s 70th week. This surviving
remnant will then be faced with the decision of just who is the Messiah? Do
they turn to Jesus Christ and ask for his help and go against all traditions
and culture for the past two-thousand years?
During this period, God
will supply all their needs. Just like in the wilderness, when the sky
rained Manna, God again will supply Israel’s food. God will nourish Israel
both physically and spiritually as they come to the realization Jesus Christ
was the Messiah promised through the prophets years ago.
time, and times and half a
time The time
Israel spends in the
wilderness corresponds exactly with the last half of the Tribulation period,
1260-days. This period is also described as time and times and half a
time which is equal to 42 months, 1260 days or 3.5 years. At the
conclusion of this period,
will finally understand who their Messiah is and will call out to Him, and
He will answer.
This period of decision is also part of Jewish
tradition, Raphael Patai in his book, The Messiah Texts writes about
this period of time according to Jewish tradition. Though these text do not
correspond exactly with scripture, the heart of
Israel, is being made ready
to accept their Messiah.
At that time Michael the great (celestial ) prince will rise and blow the
shofar three times…..and Messiah ben David and Elijah will be revealed. And
the two of them will go to
Israel who will be [at that time] in the desert of the
peoples, and Elijah will say to them: “This is the Messiah.” And he will
return their heart [which will be faint] and will strengthen their hand
(T’fillat R. Shim’on ben Yohai, BhM 2;125)
has spent forty-five days in the desert] Elijah of blessed memory will
sprout out for them, and King Messiah with him. And from there he will
announce and say to them: “What have you here, o Israel?” they say: “We are
lost, we are annihilated, we are destroyed!” He says to them: “Arise, for
I am Elijah and [This is] King Messiah.” And they will not believe him.
And he says to them a third time: “Do you wish that I perform signs for you
as Moses did?” And Israel says; “Yes.” Elijah of blessed memory will
perform for them seven miracles in that hour… …The seventh miracle: he will
reveal to them the secret as it is written, “This is the covenant that I
will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord, I will
put My law in their inward parts, and their heart I will write it, and I
will be their God and they shall be my People (Jer. 31:33)
will finally understand the Messiah first needed to die for the sins of the
World as foretold in Isaiah 53. And through His death we have salvation,
this time of tribulation and decision is portrayed in the second chapter of
Gather the people, Sanctify the congregation, Assemble the elders, Gather
the children and nursing babes; Let the bridegroom go out from his chamber,
And the bride from her dressing room.
the priests, who minister to the Lord, Weep between the porch and the altar;
Let them say, "Spare Your people, O Lord, And do not give Your heritage to
reproach, That the nations should rule over them. Why should they say among
the peoples, 'Where is their God?' "
spewed water The
torrent of water pictured here by John, has been interpreted several ways.
Satan literally uses a flood to attempt to destroy Israel, but the
earth swallows the waters.
2. Satan attempts an over empowering onslaught
against Israel to
destroy the nation, but the physical prevents the onslaught or flood from
The second interpretation is more likely and
corresponds to the events taking place. In Zechariah 14:1-2 we read about
the armies of the Antichrist as they pillage homes and rape the women of
remnant however is spared, and not cutoff from the city. The
Mount of Olives
by splitting wide open and preparing a route of escape prevents Satan’s
attack from being successful and Israel destruction is prevented.
Persecution of the Godly Remnant
the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest
of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of
Dragon The Dragon, which is pictured as the final world government,
headed by the Antichrist who is now incarnated by Satan is enraged because
it failed to destroy
Therefore the full fury of Satan is unleashed against all who are associated
with the God of Israel.
Revelation chapter 13, Satan puts together a plan to separate any who might
have an allegiance to any but him. He makes war with the rest of the
women’s offspring, those who know Christ are to be hunted down. All
who refuse to acknowledge the Beast, Satan incarnate, will be killed if