Revealing Revelation - Part 8

It is becoming obvious to me that I am pressed for time in this study. I want to cover as much as possible, but it will not be possible to cover everything in detail. If there is something that is left out that you would like explained, please let me know and I will do my best, but I'm looking to complete this series in the next few days. In the meantime, it is on to chapter 12.

Chapter 12

When we get to chapter 12, we need to go back to the Old Testament to get the meaning. But first let us look at verse one. “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.” Remember that John is seeing a vision, and here he sees a “wonder” - a miracle, a sign.

We see who this woman is when we go back to the Old Testament book of Genesis. You may recall that Joseph had a dream and in that dream he saw the sun, moon, and 11 stars making obeisance to him. That is, they bowed down and reverenced him. The objects in the dream represent Joseph’s father, mother, and 11 brethren. What we have in Revelation 12:1 is a woman representative of the nation of Israel.

Roman Catholic teaching would have us believe that this woman is the virgin Mary. Quite often when one examines denominational literature, it would seem that Mary is the one that is pointed to, but I am not a denominationalist. If the woman represents Mary and the Catholic Church, we have a major doctrinal problem. You see, the true church has been removed at the beginning of chapter four. This woman cannot be the church.

Verse two she is seen bringing forth a man-child, Jesus Christ from the offspring of Judah, one of the stars. Verse 3 brings to another “wonder”. That old dragon, satan is pictured here. How do we know? Verse 9, “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil . . . "His fall from glory is told in verse 4 as he draws 1/3 of the angels with his tail. His ultimate goal is to kill the woman’s child, Jesus Christ.

He is referred to as “great” because of his vast power. His red coloring pictures murder and disregard for human life, and he is represented by a dragon to illustrate his viciousness.

We see that he has seven heads signifying perfection of wisdom. Ezekiel 28 gives an account of the devil and in verse 12 says “…Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, perfect in beauty.” Again, Revelation 17:9 gives us another side to this creature. “And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.” The woman mentioned here is not Israel, but the great whore of Babylon (verse 5). The dragon is carried through here with his seven heads which represent seven mountains.

The word for “mountains” can be translated “hills”. Geographically, the place on earth that is described as a city of seven hills is Rome. By this time the revived Roman Empire will be back as well as the Roman church will continue to be strong. The word “catholic” means “universal”, and that is exactly what the Catholic Church intends to be.

The 10 horns represent the final division of the Roman Empire. This revived Roman Empire is foretold in Daniel 2:33.

Revelation 12:13 continue the drama. “And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.” Israel has been and is still in a state of returning to their homeland. There is a strong movement for the Jews to reside in their own country of Israel. They are not heading there for the millennium, but for the last wave of anti-semitism. This will be the worst persecution the Jews will ever experience, known as Jacob’s Trouble, the second half of the Great Tribulation.

The woman is given a pair of wings to fly away to the wilderness where God will protect her (verse 14) for 3 and a ½ years. Satan comes behind in verse 15 and sends out a flood to destroy her. This could be a literal flood or possibly a flood of armies flowing like a river.

Chapter 13

In chapter 13 we meet the beast of the sea. Quite often in Scripture, the sea is a symbol for a multitude of people. Out of the sea of people still living on the earth, we see a beast rise. “And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain” (Revelation 16:10). We will discuss this further when we come to the Vial Judgments. The beast has risen to power.

The beast of Revelation is the same fourth beast of Daniel 7:3-8.. The antichrist will rise out of the revived Roman Empire—the deadly wound that was healed. Some would take this to be a physical resurrection of the antichrist in verse 3, but notice that it talks of “one of his heads.” The individual antichrist will only have one head, not many as represented by the countries under his control. The ten horns are ten countries that will receive power with the beast (Revelation 17:12).

Satan finally has his big moment in verse 4, as he receives the worship of men.

The Christ imitator, the false prophet rises to action in verse 11. We see the second beast rise from the rubble. Notice verse 13. He causes fire to come down from Heaven. See too, that he has two horns like a lamb (verse 11), but speaks as a dragon. This is not the Lamb of God. That is for sure. He is the false prophet of the Roman Empire. Very likely, the religion of Rome, the Catholic Church will be much involved in this as well.

In verse 15 we have the one world church. Verse 16 gives us the one world government, and verse 17 reveals the one world economy. There can be no doubt the groundwork for these have already been laid. The ecumenical and New Age movements are in place. In government everything is the New World Order. Smart cards and microchips are paving the way for the one world economy.

“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 13:18).

Just something to think about

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Tamarajo 3 years ago from Southern Minnesota

You really can see the storm clouds gathering for the last wave of Jewish persecution as all the nations appear to be gathering against her as the scriptures have stated would happen. How significant that we live in a time such as this


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

TJ,

You said, "How significant that we live in a time such as this." - Kind of reminds me of Esther 4:14, ". . . and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" Surely there's a reason we're here now. May we take advantage of what God has allowed for us. Thanks for adding your thoughts.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

God tells us to help the Jew and I think since we are leaving anyway, why not do it with gusto? Nothing would please Jesus more I am sure. They are having a really bad time now and that does not count the ones who have not yet made it home. There are many ways we can chose to give, buying coats and gloves, family meals, getting home; on and on. I have never loved giving so much. Honestly.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Thanks for the personal testimony of being more blessed to give than to receive. The Jews certainly are worthy - a great lesson for all of us. We could also pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Of course when there is peace in Jerusalem King Jesus will be ruling Wonderful!


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shofarcall 3 years ago

Hi Bill,

Thank goodness the hubs remain for us to access anytime! I am playing catch up now.

Thank you for this hub. I confirm all you are saying re one world....whatever and smart cards. The powers that be have it all rolling according to their dice.

Here in SA, all pensioners have just been advised that they can no longer have their pensions paid into their bank accounts. They all have to now receive "smart cards" and stand outside at the ATM each month, which is a security risk for the elderly, to collect their monies. It is upon us. Everywhere we look.

Imagine what it is costing the SA government to do this. And we have poverty and people who desperately need homes, jobs, places in classrooms etc.

Praise God I am in His fold.

Great to hear your comments Jackie. I have a burden for Israel and they have suffered much and will undoubtedly suffer even more in the days ahead. Let us help our Jewish brothers and sisters as much as we can. Amen


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Karen,

It is good that they leave the hubs up. I've had to play catch up, more than once. There are truly the last days and the stage is being set for the biggest battle the world has ever known. SA sounds much like America in many ways. I'm hoping for one last wave of revival before the King makes His appearance. Thanks for the visit. You're doing a good job of catching up!


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skye2day 3 years ago from Rocky Mountains

lifegate allot to absorb. Bless you for taking the time to guide us.

Much has already taken place which means we are in birthing pains, indeed. (worse to come) Referring to earth quakes, wars, famine, changing weather=less crops, hurricanes; Katrina, tsunami, so on, oil spill=less ships=lost wages=rising costs= so on so on. One world order on the rise under our feet. (We know what is happening, because our Lord has for warned us) He is faithful and true, Amen.

Many do not realize anti christ will come in saying peace to deceive who he can. ( the 6th trump?) He does signs and wonders. It is a huge point and I hope many get it that he is a fake. Many will think this is the rapture and follow him. (if the church is here we will have work to do!!!) if not God help those to come to Christ.

My oldest daughter called me crying saying it is not getting easier mom to live in these days; referring to prices soaring wages staying the same (if fortunate to have work) In the world it is not but those who love Christ will have troubles but our Lord will be with us and we can have peace knowing our future and the fact He will cover HIS children. His word is the same. He will meet our needs according to His riches and Glory. The true church needs to rise up and shout, stand tall, sing the glory of God. This is a time for us to really encouraged one another and stay close together. The way God designed it to be.

Well I am still on the study but not clear on all things. More will be revealed. I need to slow down and absorb what I have graciously recieved. I will catch your last couple of hubs on Rev. but not for a time. I know you understand. It is like my mind cant grasp much more when I am chewing on this knowledge. Thank you so much. I will return. I have been so BLESSED. GOD is faithful and true. There is no doubt the Lord had you to write the hubs. I believe in the days to come many will come to read brother. MANY!! Awesome thing hubs stay and the WORD OF GOD NEVER CHANGES!!

God Bless You lifegate and family. See you soon brother. Love your sista in Christ. Skye.

Hey you gotta read my new hub' sweet surrender' when you find a minute to catch air. tee hee.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Thanks for adding so much to the conversation Skye. " His word is the same. He will meet our needs according to His riches and Glory. The true church needs to rise up and shout, stand tall, sing the glory of God." Wow! So much said in just a few words. I'm hopping over to read your hub now! Have a great night Sista!

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