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Summary: This sermon deals with the nation of Israel in the future.

God’s Plan For Israel

Revelation 12:1-6

1 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.

2Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.

3And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads.

4His 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.

5She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne.

6Then 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.

The book of Revelation is a vision by John on Patmos Island

from Jesus which reveals what is going to happen

before His return to establish the Kingdom of God on earth.

This book is primarily written in a chronological style

with occasional breaks for overviews of specific subjects.

Revelation 12 is one of these overviews, providing a history

stretching from the time before humans existed

until the time just before Christ’s return.

Revelation chapters 12 through 14 are explanatory prophecies.

They describe some of the major persons and events

of the second half of the 7 year Tribulation period.

Chapter 11 verse 15 records the sounding of the 7th trumpet.

However, the effects it produces are not described

until we get to chapters 15 through 18.

Chapters 12 through 14 summarize that same period,

but describe events from Satan's vantage point.

They take us back to the original rebellion

as Satan is cast to the earth along with one third of the angels.

So let’s dig into chapter 12.

Verse 1 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.

Many Bible commentators say the “woman” represents the church.

In the New Testament, God’s Church is symbolized as a woman.

When Jesus returns to earth, He is going to marry the Church,

which is called His “wife” in Revelation 19:7.

Clearly, Verse 1 refers to the nation of Israel.

The woman is not the church

because the church did not bring forth Jesus.

Jesus brought forth the church!

Yes, Israel rejected Jesus as their Messiah.

Yet, God is not through with Israel.

Jeremiah 3:8

Then I saw that for all the causes for which backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce;

Isaiah 54:5-6

For your Maker is your husband, The LORD of hosts is His name;

And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of the

whole earth. 6 For the LORD has called you like a woman forsaken and

grieved in spirit, Like a youthful wife when you were refused,"

Says your God.

Jeremiah 31:3-4

The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: "Yes, I have loved you with an

everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you. 4 Again I

will build you, and you shall be rebuilt, O virgin of Israel! You shall again

be adorned with your tambourines, And shall go forth in the dances of those

who rejoice.

Jeremiah 31:31-32

"Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah—32 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the LORD.

The woman clothed with the sun

represents Israel's unique status as God's chosen nation.

The moon under the woman’s feet

refers to God's choice to use Israel’s prophets

to reflect the light of God’s word in scripture.

The crown of 12 stars relates to the 12 tribes of Israel.

Listen to a dream Joseph had in Genesis 37:9 - 11

9 Then he dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, and said, "Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me." 10 So he told it to his father and his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, "What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall your mother and I and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the earth before you?" 11 And his brothers envied him, but his father kept the matter in mind.

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