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A Study in Revelation


The Woman, the Child, And The Beasts


After the seven trumpets are revealed to John, He sees further signs that lead up to the seven bowls of wrath i.e., the seven last plagues. John sees a vision of a woman

 

The Woman

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: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

          Revelation 12:1-2

who appeared clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet with a crown of twelve stars upon her head. She carried a child and she was in pain during birth. 

The Red Dragon (Satan)

And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

Revelation 12:3-4

John saw another wonder in heaven. He saw a great dragon with seven heads and ten crowns upon his heads. And the dragon which is Satan drew a third of the stars of heaven and cast the stars upon the earth. A third of the stars are one-third of the angels who followed Lucifer the Devil who rebelled against the God of Heaven. And the dragon stood before the woman with child which ready to be delivered. And the dragon waited to devour the child as soon as He was born. This child is Jesus who will be revealed in the following verses.

The Man-Child (Christ)

And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

         Revelation 12:5

 

And the woman brought forth a male child who was to rule all the nations with a rod of Iron. As we look toward the end of Revelation, Jesus will rule with a rod of iron when He returns.1 (And This child is caught up to God and to His throne. This is referring to Jesus’ ascension into heaven at His resurrection.) Notice however, the church isn't mentioned. The church isn’t caught up with Him as pre-tribbers claim. This is another instance where they carry their literal interpretation of scriptures too far and off the mark of literal accuracy.

 

And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

          Revelation 12:6

 

The woman fled into the wilderness, where God prepared a place for her, where she will be fed by the wilderness for 1,260 days.

 

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. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

          Revelation 12:7-9

 

The vision shifts to a war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and his angels. The dragon did not prevail against Michael. The dragon, who is also called the devil and satan, and his angels were cast out of heaven and was cast upon the whole world.

 

And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

          Revelation 12:10-11

John heard from heaven a loud voice saying salvation has come with strength and power and the kingdom of God because the accuser of the brethren before the throne of God day and night is cast down. And the ones who were accused overcame the dragon

• by the word of their testimony and

• they did not love lives unto death.

Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

         Revelation 12:12

The heavens and those whose who dwell in them are told to rejoice . But those who inhabit the earth and the sea are given a woe because the devil has come down on the earth with great wrath because he knows he has a short time.

And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.

 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. 

And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.

 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. 

And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Revelation 12:13-17

When the dragon saw he was cast on the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child. Then the woman was given two wings of a great eagle so she might fly into her place in the wilderness, where she will be nourished for three and one-half years from the face of the serpent. The serpent continues to persecute the woman as he casts out water as a flood from his mouth in order to carry the woman away by a flood. And the earth helped the woman by opening his mouth and swallowing the flood which came out of the mouth of the dragon. And the dragon was filled with rage at the woman and made wade war with the remnant of her seed who

  • keep the commandments of God and
  • have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

This is another area of disagreement between pre-trib rapturists and post tribs concerning the woman and the Child. Many pre-tribbers believe the child of the woman was caught up into heaven represents the pre-tribulation rapture of the church. The verse only refers to the child who is to rule the nations with a rod of iron, which is Jesus Christ. And Jesus was caught up into heaven after His resurrection from the dead. And nowhere does it say the church will be raptured into heaven with Him in verse 5 or in the previous or following verses.

Many Pre-tribbers believe the woman represents Israel, or a Jewish woman. However, Jesus was born of a seed of a woman, and not from a seed of man. God said to the serpent in Genesis that there will be emnity between his seed and the the woman’s (Eve’s) seed.2 And many pre-tribbers believe that the woman’s offspring are only the Jews. However, these offspring are the ones who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus, i.e. the saints. If these are Jews, then the serpent only makes war between those who keep the commandments of God and have the Lord’s testimony. There is no mention that he attacks the Jews who don’t.

Many pre-tribbers also argue that when the woman fled into the wilderness is the rapture of the church. However, as we have seen, the dragon continues to pursue her for 3 and one-half years. Remember, the Devil was cast out of heaven by Michael and His army onto the world. If the church is raptured into heaven, then why would  the serpent continue to pursue the woman in heaven where the devil is out of bounds?

In Galatians Paul said the ones who are in Christ Jesus are the true sons of Abraham and heirs according to the promise.3 And Paul further said at the cross Jesus broke down the partition between Jew and Gentile. And a gentile believer is no longer an alien to the commonwealth of Israel but fellow citizens.4 However, there are pre-tribbers who insist that this is only temporary until the church is raptured. But, they cannot find anything in scripture that supports their claim. Therefore, the remnant of the women’s seed is applied to all true believers in Christ,5 Including the church!

The Beast (Anti-Christ)

And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. 

And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed:...

         Revelation 13:1-3b

In his vision, as John stood upon the sand of the sea and saw a beast rising up from the sea with seven heads and ten horns. And the name of blasphemy was written upon his heads. The vision of the beast was like a leopard and he had feet of a bear and a mouth of a lion. And the dragon which is satan gave the beast power and great authority. And on one of the heads of the beast had a fatal wound which was healed.

And all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

         Revelation 13:3c-5

The whole world wondered at the beast who had a a fatal wound on his head and was healed. The dragon gave power to the beast who was also worshipped  by the world. Their worshippers proclaimed who is like this beast and who is able to make war with him? And from the beast’s mouth spoke great things and blasphemies. And he was given power for forty-two months.

And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 

And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. 

And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

          Revelation 13:6-8

And the beast spoke blasphemy against God and the ones who dwell in heaven. And he was given the ability to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And he was given power over all nations, tribes, and tongues. And all who dwell upon the earth whose names are not written in the book of life will worship the beast.

If any man have an ear, let him hear. 

He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. 

Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

          Revelation 13:9-10

John gives this message to "any man" who has ears to hear,6 the same words that was addressed to the seven churches. In this case, John is warning everyone else including the church. Those who will leads into captivity will go into captivity and those who will by the sword will be killed by the sword. The saints will endure through patience and faith.

The Second Beast (The False-Prophet)

And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

         Revelation 13:11-12

John saw another beast come up from the earth who had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. And this beast (the False Prophet) has all the power of the seven-headed beast. And the two-horned beast causes those who dwell on the earth to worship the seven headed beast (the Anti-christ).

And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

         Revelation 13:13-15

The two-horned beast (false prophet) does great wonders through miracles to cause fire to come down from heaven on earth in the sight of men. He also deceives men by these miracles in the sight of the beast (Anti-christ) and then says to men they should make an image to this beast who was wounded by the sword and lives. And the false prophet had power to give life to the image of the Anti-christ and gave the image to speak. And he gives cause that those who do not worship the image to be killed.

And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 

And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 

Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

          Revelation 13:16-18

  • The false-prophet causes all people who are small and great, rich and poor, slave and free to receive a mark in their right hand or their foreheads. And those who do not have the mark 
  • or the name of the beast 
  • or the number of his name 

will not be able to buy or sell.

John writes to those who has wisdom that they should have understanding should count the number of the beast which is the number of man: 666.

The Lamb on Mt. Zion and The 144,000 Firstfruits

And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, 

and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads. 

And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: 

and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: 

and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. 

These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.

          Revelation 14:1-5

As John looked he saw Jesus, the Lamb who stood on mount Zion with a 144,000 with His Father’s Name written in their foreheads. And he heard a voice from heaven. The voice was as the voice of many waters and a voice of great thunder. And he heard the voice of harpists playing their harps. And they sung a new song before the throne and before the four beasts and the elders. No man could learn the song they were singing, only the 144,000 who were redeemed from the earth.

These 144,000 follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were redeemed from among men, and the first fruits of God and His Son, the Lamb. They were not defiled with women, they were virgins. And there was no guile found from their mouths because they are without fault before the throne of God.

These 144,000 are different from the 144,000 in chapter 7 verses 4-8. In chapter seven, the 144,000 are the redeemed remnant of Israel who call upon the Lord after the tribulation. The 144,000 in chapter 14 are the firstfruits of God. And these 144,000 are seen on mount Zion which is in heaven.

And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

          Revelation 14:6-7

John sees another angel flying in heaven with the everlasting Gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth to every nation, tongue and peoples. This correlates closely to Jesus’ instructions in Matthew Chapter 24:

And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Matthew 24:14

Therefore the angel in John’s vision is preaching the gospel to the whole world telling them to fear God and worship Him for the Hour of Judgment has come. The hour of Judgment is after the tribulation, when the end comes.

And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

          Revelation 14:8

Another angel followed the previous angel who preached the gospel to the world. As this ties in toward the end of the Great Tribulation, The angel proclaimed Babylon the great city is fallen because she made all the nations drink of the wine of her wrath and fornication. There will be further comment on the description and destruction of Babylon in another chapter.

And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

         Revelation 14:9-11

And a third angel followed the previous two angels saying with a loud voice that if ANY MAN worship the beast AND his image, And receive his mark in his forehead, or in His Hand will

• drink of the wine of the wrath of God

• be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb

• the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever

• and they shall have no rest day or night.

The angel again reiterates that the above will happen to those who worship the beast and his image, and receives the mark of His name. In Chapter 13, the false prophet causes all to receive a mark in their right hand or in their foreheads. And this mark has the number 666.

Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

          Revelation 14:12

The patience of the saints during the Great Tribulation is to keep the commands of God and the faith of Jesus. During this time, they are to face persecution from the Anti-christ. They Face the choice of taking the mark and denying Christ or go without buying and selling and face death. Through this time, they must keep the patience.  They must overcome satan and his cohorts by the word of their testimony. And they must not love their lives unto death.

 But there is always this to remember: God will provide for His saints regardless of the situation!

And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

         Revelation 14:13

After John sees a vision of three angels, he hears a voice telling him to write "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on so they may rest from their labors and their works will follow them."

This is also the patience and endurance of the saints. Through death they will rest and be called blessed by the Lord.

The Harvest

And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.

And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.

Revelation 14:14-16

      

John looked and saw the Son of Man sitting on a white cloud with a golden crown and a sharp sickle in His Hand. And another angel coming out of the temple, crying to Jesus who sat on the cloud to thrust His sickle and reap because the time is come for Him to reap the ripe harvest of the earth. And Jesus thrusts sickle on the earth and reaps the earth. The harvest is the gathering of His saints after the Tribulation.

Wrath

And another angel came out of the temple which is in, he also having a sharp sickle.

 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying,

 Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. 

And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.

 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.

Revelation 14:17-20

Another angel comes out of the heavenly temple with a sharp sickle. And another angel came out from the alter who had power over fire and cried out to the angel who had the sharp sickle "take your sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth because the grapes are ripe." And the angel swung his sickle on the earth and gathered the vine and threw it into the wine press of God’s wrath

The grapes are those who will face God’s wrath. The wine press was trodden and blood came out out of the wine press up to the horses’ bridles for a distance of two hundred miles.


Footnotes

1-Revelation 19:15.

2.Genesis 3:15.

3.Galatians 3:26-29.

4-Galatians 2:11-19.

5-For further comment, please read The Elect (www.tribulationcentral.com/elect.html).

6-See Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 39; 3:6, 13, 22.

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