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The Revelation (Prophecies of the Revelation Part 5)
The Revelation (Prophecies of the Revelation)
Part 5 - The Woman With Child and the Dragon
In the Bible, in the book of Revelation, you can find prophecies having to do with events that will occur as the world comes to an end. John, who was a disciple of Jesus Christ, wrote Revelation. Much of what he wrote is in symbolic language that describes the prophetic visions he had about the end of the world.
Presently we are in the Church Age and many types of churches and religions exist. In this article you can read about Israel, where Judaism was founded, including how it began and its future. Additionally, you can read about the persecution of the Jewish people and the reasons for that persecution.
Soon after the Church Age ends, the seven-year Tribulation Period will begin. That will be a terrible time for people all over the world. War, famine, disease, and natural disasters will occur as a result of the acts of God's judgment of this world.
Soon after the Tribulation Period begins, 144,000 Jewish men will be sealed with the Seal of God. This means that they will be protected during the Tribulation Period. Soon after they are sealed, the rapture of Christians will occur. That is when Jesus returns and all Christians, living and dead, will rise up to meet Him and go with Him to heaven. Those Christians who had died before the Rapture will be resurrected at the time of the rapture.
Those who remain on earth after the Rapture will have to endure the Tribulation Period. During that time they will see the rise of the Antichrist, who will become the worst dictator the world has ever known. They will also endure acts of God's judgment such as war, famine, earthquakes, and other disasters. Satan will use all his power to destroy Israel, but God will protect those Jewish people who are sealed with the Seal of God.
In Chapter 12 of Revelation John writes in symbolic language about the beginning of Israel, the birth of Jesus, Satan's fall from heaven, and the persecution of the Jewish people:
A great wonder appeared in heaven; it was a woman clothed with the sun, the moon under her feet, and a crown of twelve stars on her head. The woman was pregnant and cried out because she was having labor pains. Then another wonder appeared in heaven; it was a large red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns upon his heads.
The dragon's tail brought the third part of the stars of heaven and they were thrown down to the earth. Then the dragon stood in front of the woman, who was having labor pains, so as to devour her child as soon as it was born.
The woman gave birth to a male child, who would someday rule all nations with an iron rod. Her child was taken up to God and to His throne. Then the woman fled into the wilderness, to a place God had prepared for her and where she would be taken care of for 1,260 days.
There was war in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and the dragon and his angels fought back, but did not prevail. The dragon and his angels lost their place in heaven. The great dragon, that old serpent, was thrown out of heaven. He is called the Devil or Satan, who deceives the whole world. He was thrown down to the earth and his angels were thrown down with him.
I, John, heard a loud voice in heaven saying, "Now salvation has come and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ. Because the accuser of our brothers in Christ has been thrown down; he had accused them day and night in the presence of our God. But they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony, and did not love their lives before they died.
Therefore, rejoice, those who live in Heaven, but woe to those who live on the earth and the sea! The devil has come down to you, having great wrath because he knows he has only a short time."
When the dragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth, he persecuted the woman who had given birth to the male child. Two wings of a great eagle were given to the woman so that she could fly into the wilderness and to her place. There she would be nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, and hidden from the face of the serpent.
The serpent emitted water from his mouth to cause a flood so that the woman might be carried away by the flood. The earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the flood that the dragon had emitted from his mouth. The dragon was angry with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, who keeps the commandments of God, and has the testimony of Jesus Christ.
John saw a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and with a crown of twelve stars on her head. This symbolizes the beginning of the nation of Israel by a man named Jacob, his wife Rachel, and their twelve children. The moon under the woman's feet represents Rachel. The crown of twelve stars on the woman's head represents their twelve children, who were the beginning of the twelve tribes of Israel.
The woman was pregnant and having labor pains. This symbolizes the condition of Israel at the time Jesus was born. At that time Israel was a nation that suffered under the rule of the Roman Empire. The Jewish people had to obey Roman laws and pay unfair Roman taxes.
John saw a large red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. This dragon, of course, symbolizes Satan and the seven heads represent seven world governments. Six world governments have come and gone and they were all strongly influenced by Satan.
The seventh world government will be the final world government; it will come into power during the Tribulation Period and be controlled by the Antichrist. The ten horns represent powerful kings or presidents who will rise to power during the Tribulation Period. The seven crowns are symbols of the seven divisions of the seventh world government.
John saw the dragon's tail gather the third part of the stars of heaven; they were thrown down to the earth. This symbolizes that Satan, the dragon, had persuaded a third of the angels of heaven to rebel against God, causing Satan and his angels to fall to earth.
Satan knew that Jesus would be born and what His mission would be. He tried to have Jesus killed as soon as he was born. The woman gave birth to a male child, meaning that Jesus was born in Israel to Joseph and Mary. Joseph was the son of Jacob, whose family was the beginning of Israel.
Jesus was born into a Jewish family, but He is the Son of God. His mission was to tell people about the kingdom of God and to die for our sins. If you believe in Him as your savior, then you can have eternal life. After Jesus was crucified, God resurrected Him and He was taken up to Heaven to God's throne. Someday He will return and rule the nations with an iron rod.
The woman fled into the wilderness, meaning that many Jewish people of Israel will be attacked by the Antichrist and flee into the Jordan Desert. God will prepare a place for them in a mountainous area of the desert called Petra. That is where they will be protected and cared for during the last half of the Tribulation Period, which will last for three and a half years.
There was war in heaven. Midway through the Tribulation Period the archangel, Michael, and his angels will fight against Satan and his angels. Satan will lose this battle; he and his angels will forever lose their place in heaven and be thrown down to the earth. Those in heaven will be glad because they know the final phase of salvation will then begin.
The final acts of God's judgment will occur just before God's kingdom comes to earth under the authority of Jesus. Satan will no longer be able to stand in the presence of God and accuse Christians whose sins have been forgiven. He will be angry because he knows he doesn't have much time before Jesus returns.
After Satan is thrown out of heaven, he will persecute the Jewish people because of Jesus, who was born Jewish. But God will protect the Jews in the area called Petra. When they arrive there, God will provide their needs. The Antichrist will send an army to attack and kill the Jews as they flee to Petra, but God will cause an earthquake that will kill the army before they reach the Jews.
Satan will be infuriated when the Jews escape. He will make war against their offspring, meaning the Gentile believers who follow God's commandments and testify that Jesus is our Lord and Savior.
From the Bible:
The beast that I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth was like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.
(Revelation, Chapter 13, Verse 2)
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