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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Revelation 12

Bible Questions Answered:
“Who is the woman of revelation 12?”

Bible Answer:

Bible Texts:

Revelation 12:1 KJV
And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:

The Woman is Israel.

Genesis 32:22-31 NLT (Jacob Wrestles with God)
22 During the night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two servant wives, and his eleven sons and crossed the Jabbok River with them.
23 After taking them to the other side, he sent over all his possessions.
24 This left Jacob all alone in the camp, and A Man (Theophany) came and wrestled with him until the dawn began to break.
25 When The Man saw that He would not win the match, He touched Jacob’s hip and wrenched it out of its socket.
26 Then The Man said, “Let Me go, for the dawn is breaking!” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”
27 “What is your name?” The Man asked. He replied, “Jacob.”
28 “Your name will no longer be Jacob,” The Man told him. “From now on you will be called Israel, because you have fought with God and with men and have won.”
29 “Please tell me your name,” Jacob said. “Why do you want to know My name?” The Man replied. Then He blessed Jacob there.
30 Jacob named the place Peniel (which means “face of God”), for he said, “I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been spared.”
31 The sun was rising as Jacob left Peniel, and he was limping because of the injury to his hip.

Jacob had a son by the name Joseph. Joseph had a dream …..

Genesis 37:9-11 NLT
9 Soon Joseph had another dream, and again he told his brothers about it. “Listen, I have had another dream,” he said. “The sun, moon, and eleven stars bowed low before me!
10 This time he told the dream to his father as well as to his brothers, but his father scolded him. “What kind of dream is that?” he asked. “Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow to the ground before you?”
11 But while his brothers were jealous of Joseph, his father wondered what the dreams meant.

The 12 stars, the stars, refer to The Tribes of Israel, the sons of Israel (Jacob).

Revelation 12:1 NLT
...upon her head a crown of twelve stars:

Revelation 12:2-5 NLT
2 She was pregnant, and she cried out because of her labor pains and the agony of giving birth.
3 Then I witnessed in heaven another significant event. I saw a large red dragon with seven heads and ten horns, with seven crowns on his heads.
4 His tail swept away one-third of the stars in the sky, and he threw them to the earth. He stood in front of the woman as she was about to give birth, ready to devour her baby as soon as it was born.
5 She gave birth to A Son (Jesus) who was to rule all nations with an iron rod. And her Child was snatched away from the dragon (Calvary) and was caught up to God and to His throne.

That the woman is Israel, it may be postulated that Jesus (A Son of David) came from Judah, and that He came from Israel.

Psalm 2:7-9 KJV
7 I will declare the decree: The Lord hath said unto me, Thou art My Son; this day have I begotten thee.
8 Ask of Me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.

Isaiah 9:6 KJV
For unto us A Child is born, unto us A Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God,
The Everlasting Father, The Prince Of Peace.

Acts 1:9-11 KJV
9 And when He had spoken these things, while they beheld, He was taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight.
10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven.

Revelation 20:4-6 KJV (Millennial reign on earth)
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for
The Word Of God, and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.

Revelation 12:6 NLT
And the woman fled into the wilderness, where God had prepared a place to care for her for 1,260 days.

This time is know as The Day Of Jacobs Trouble, or The Great Tribulation. This time of trial for Israel, will be some 3 ½ years.
The Antichrist who help Israel, through a 7 year covenant of peace, initiates the rebuilding of her temple, but who will after 3 ½ years of its existence, come to desecrate it.

Daniel 9:27 NLT
The ruler will make a treaty with the people for a period of one set of seven, but after half this time, he will put an end to the sacrifices and offerings. And as a climax to all his terrible deeds, he will set up
a sacrilegious object that causes desecration, until the fate decreed for this defiler is finally poured out on him.”

Matthew 24:15 KJV (Jesus)
15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
16 Then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains:

Mark 13:14 KJV
But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not (The temple of God), (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judea flee to the mountains:

Revelation 13:14,15 NLT (The Second Beast -The False Prophet)
14 "...He ordered the people to make a great statue of the first beast, who was fatally wounded and then came back to life.
15 He was then permitted to give life to this statue so that it could speak. Then the statue of the beast commanded that anyone refusing to worship it must die.

Revelation 14:9-11 NLT
9 Then a third angel followed them, shouting, “Anyone who worships the beast and his statue or who accepts his mark on the forehead or on the hand
10 must drink the wine of God’s anger. It has been poured full strength into God’s cup of wrath. And they will be tormented with fire and burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and The Lamb.
11 The smoke of their torment will rise forever and ever, and they will have no relief day or night, for they have worshiped the beast and his statue and have accepted the mark of his name.”

The beast (Antichrist), breaks his 7 year peace pact with Israel, and places a statue of himself, in the temple, to be worshiped. Israel, realizes all too late, this man is not a Messiah, not a man of peace, but a beast, a beast from hell.

Israel, runs to the hills of Petra, to escape (Matthew 24:15/ Mark 13:14).

Revelation 12:6 NLT
And the woman fled into the wilderness, where God had prepared a place to care for her for 1,260 days (3 ½ years).

Revelation 12:12-17 NLT
12 Therefore, rejoice, O heavens! And you who live in the heavens, rejoice! But terror will come on the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to you in great anger, knowing that he has little time.
13 When the dragon realized that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child.
14 But she was given two wings like those of a great eagle so she could fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness. There she would be cared for and protected from the dragon for a time, times, and half a time (3 ½ years).
15 Then the dragon tried to drown the woman with a flood of water that flowed from his mouth.
16 But the earth helped her by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that gushed out from the mouth of the dragon.
17 And the dragon was angry at the woman and declared war against the rest of her children—all who keep God’s commandments and maintain their testimony for Jesus.
18 Then the dragon took his stand on the shore beside the sea.

The dragon (the devil), knowing his time is short (coming eternal judgment), tries to destroy Israel, God's people.

Revelation 20:1-3,10 KJV
1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him 
a thousand years,
3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

This is the Millennial rule of Christ and His people on earth, a period of 1,000 years. And after the 1,000 years, he is loosed to go out and deceive all, who he can, but he is taken ….

10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

So what commission do these scriptures leave us with today?

Psalm 122:6 KJV
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

True not only of men, but of nations as well!