A Study of Revelation - Part Seven
(As taught by Andy Neckar at Community Bible Chapel-Hico, TX)
As we have read in Revelation 11, the saints are ruptured up to heaven, and now in chapter 12 God turns His attention back to His people Israel. The times of the Gentiles have been fulfilled.
Rom 11:23-26 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again. For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree? For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
Rev chapter 12
Rev 12:1-2 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.
In the Bible Old Testament a woman or wife represented Israel with God as the Husband. (Isaiah chapter 54. In the New Testament language a woman or bride represents the CHURCH with Christ as Bridegroom.
Now, in Rev 11 the CHURCH/Bride was taken away. So the woman in chapter 12 must be Israel, and the child is non other than Jesus Christ, as Israel gave birth to Jesus
Gen 37:9 And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.
Joseph was to rule over Israel (the other 11 sons of Jacob) while they were in Egypt. The sun and the moon and the eleven stars is in reference to the Nation Israel
Rev 12:3-5 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. 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.
The great red dragon is the devil himself. He worked through the Roman Empire to try and kill the man-child, Jesus.
Matt 2:13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod a Roman Ruler) will seek the young child to destroy him.
The third part of the stars of heaven are the angels that followed Lucifer/Satan in his rebellion against God.
The child was to rule all nations with a rod of iron.
Rev 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
The womans child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.
These verses and about a dozed others speak of this.
Acts 1:9-11 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 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.
Mark 16:19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
Heb 8:1 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;
Rev 12:6 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.
This could mean that for the final 3 ½ half years of the Tribulation period the Lord God will protect a remnant of the Nation Israel from the anti-christ. (a thousand two hundred and threescore days. Twelve hundred and sixty days. 360 days in a Jewish year. 1260 divided 360 equals 3.5 Jewish years.
Rev 12: 1-5 speaks of the history of the woman and child. I believe Rev 12 beginning in verse 6 speaks of prophecy of yet to come
Rev 12:7-9 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.
Now I believe THIS is prophecy of something yet to come. This does not speak of past history because in Job we know that Satan still has access to Gods Throne.
Job 1:6-7 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
Job 2:1-2 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD. And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
This verse concludes the matter
Rev 12:10 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.
Rev 12:11 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.
The devil is come down to earth and the believing Jews overcome him in his wrath. They win the victory over sin through Christ Jesus.
Rev 12:12 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.
SATAN CAN READ SCRIPTURE TOO. He know about the remaining 3 ½ years before he is bound in chains for a thousand years, yet he will STILL TRY and overcome the saints AND Christ. BOY! How he must hate God.
Rev 12:13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
Here starts the great persecution of the Jews in the great tribulation period.
Rev 12:14 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.
A time, (one year) and times, (two years) and half a time, (half a year) thousand two hundred and threescore days.(1260 days) 3. ½ years.
Two wings means swiftness. The remnant Jews go into hiding quickly.
Rev 12:15-16 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.
What else could the flood mean but death and destruction? The Lord God will use the EARTH to help the Jews, just as He said in Isaiah.
Isa 43:2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
In the final battles of Armageddon leading up to Jerusalem and the Judean hills Zechariah says;
Zech 14:5-7 And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.
Zech 13:8-9 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.
When God says all Israel will be saved, I guess He means one third.
Rom 11:25-26 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
ALL is also translated whosoever. WHOSOEVER of the Jews that believe, will be saved. ONE out of THREE
Rev 12:17 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.
It seems the unbelieving Jews are bout all dead and with Gods protection the believing Jews are still alive. The remnant of Jews who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. BELIEVERS