“Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen over you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and the kings to the brightness of your rising.” Isaiah 60:1-3
These two women represent the church’s of the last days. The one of Rev. 12:1 represents the true church of Jesus Christ. The other one of Rev. 17: 1, represents the world systems Mystery Babylon The Great, Mother of Harlots and Abominations Of The Earth.
The first one is found in Rev. 12: 1-6 “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. 2.And being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth. 3. And another sign appeared in heaven: behold a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. 4. His 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. She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron, And her Child was caught up to God and to His throne.6. Then 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.
Most interpretations that I have read or heard claim, that the woman is Israel giving birth to Jesus through Mary. In away it seems reasonable because there are some similarities between the birth of this man child and the birth of Jesus to Mary. However when looking at the details a bit more closely, we realize that there is really very little similarity. Further more regardless how close the resemblance is, according to what Jesus said to John in Rev. 4:1 “After these things (admonitions to the churches.) I looked and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.” 2. Immediately I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne set in heaven and One sat on the throne. Everything that Jesus revealed to John when he entered the open door into heaven and stood before His throne were things that had not happened on earth up to this point. The command was “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.”
In light of what the scripture says, we know that everything that John was shown in heaven were things that had not happened up to this point. We know that the birth of Christ had happened almost a century earlier. Therefore if it is not referring to Christ’s birth, who is it referring to?
This whole story is going to be happening in these last days. The woman is none other than the true church, the bride of Christ. The marriage of Christ to His bride will have happened, at the Feast of Tabernacles, which is the last feast to be fulfilled at Jesus secret appearing. Just as Jesus went up to the feast of tabernacles, secretly, (John 7:10:b;). “then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret.” His appearing will be secret, as a thief in the night, not all who confess to be Christians will be ready. 1John3:2b “when He shall appear, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. We are in those last days right now. God is preparing the church to give birth to the manifested sons of God, those that will enter into this will do so with much persecution and laboring in pain. When this man child is born it is a many members (plural) like the one hundred and forty four thousand that are found on mount Zion. Romans 8: 19: For the earnest expectation of creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 22: For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now. 23: Not only they, but we also who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption , the redemption of our body.” The church which gives birth to the man child is taken away into the wilderness which God has prepared for her to feed her during the great tribulation for three and one half years. The dragon tries to go after her like a flood but God protects her in the wilderness. Rev. 12; 14: But 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 times and one half a time.(31/2 yrs.) from the presence of the serpent. In verse 7 there was war in heaven: “Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; nor was place found in heaven for them any more.9.And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, which deceives the whole world. He was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 10 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.
The man child that was born to the church was caught up to heaven and God’s throne, and the man child will rule all nations with a rod of iron. Rev. 2:26 “ to him who over comes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations. 27: “He shall rule them with a rod of iron; They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels. As I (Jesus) have also received from My Father. And the man child that was taken up to heaven are going to be with the Lamb on Mount Zion. (Rev.14:1) Vrs. 4 “These are the ones who were not defiled with women, (false god’s, Occult) for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being first fruits to the Lamb.”
In closing, based on Rev. 4, I would predict these events are future events, but the signs of them being near are everywhere. As Jesus said in Matthews 24:33 “ When you shall see these things happening, know that it is near, even at the door. 34: Verily I say unto you, this generation shall not pass, till all these things are fulfilled.” We are the ones living in that generation right now. Let us strive to be part of the wise virgins.
I realize that there are those that claim all these events were fulfilled in the first century, when Titus (Rome) over threw the Jewish nation, and destroyed the Temple. They say that the great tribulation that was predicted by Jesus in Matt.24 is what Revelation is referring too. This is really not possible, if John was on the Isle of Potmas for the gospels sake, because he was probably in his ninety’s at this time. The destruction of the Temple happened in 70 AD. If the tribulation of the 70’s is what Rev. is referring too, than chp. 4:1 is out of order, because it says,”come up hear and I will show you things that must come to pass.” Also according to Matt. 24:34 Jesus says “This generation shall not pass away till all these things be fulfilled.” To me Jesus is referring to the generation that is living when the Fig tree (Israel) will be budding. That happened in 1948 when they became a Nation. If He was referring to the generation living during His earthly ministry as some want to claim, there is a very great problem with this interpretation. If we look at what all the things that have to be fulfilled after the Great Tribulation we can immediately see that the Great Tribulation did not happen in the first century.
Here is what Jesus has to say about what will happen after the Great Tribulation in Matt. 24:29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken. 30. And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven. Then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with great power and great glory.” I do not think that there was any sign of the Son of man in heaven in the first century, or the sun darkened (except 3 hrs. at His crucifixion.) or the Moon not giving her light, or heavens shaken. No the generation that lived during Christ’s ministry did pass away without seeing these things come to pass. Therefore I submit to you that it’s the generation of the 1948 that shall see these events take place. ‘And the Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness to all nations, and then shall the end come. Therefore I personally believe that This gospel will be preached throughout the thousand years when Christ and His bride will reign on earth and the Church will be perfected, it being the third day. (Read Article Perfected on the Third Day)
There is much that Jesus said in Chp. 24 was fulfilled in the first century. Even verses like 7-13 were partially fulfilled, although I believe most of these sayings of Jesus were for the Last Days we’re in.
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