Summary: Every war we have on this planet, every terrorist attack all started on the first perfect planet earth, where Satan walked upon the stones of fire.
There are at least eight different forms of players that are in this chapter. Each one has a different function and each one a very real component in the future events of the world.
This is not just a picture or a hieroglyphics or a an apocalyptic vision; these are real events with the characters given to us in symbols, each symbol corresponding to the nature of the conglomerate body being portrayed. There are only two in this picture reference that are actually just one being, and they are, “Satan” and the Other being “Michael” defender of Israel, the rest of these are dealing with many people and nations as well as world empires, and commonwealth nations.
One might say, “why do I need to worry about these kind of things they have nothing to do with me”? The answer is, If you recognize the accuracy of God’s word to the future events then you can in a way plot your position and know you are exceedingly close to the coming of the Lord Jesus.
You can see that God is dealing with real people, he isn’t just out in no mans land oblivious to what is going on in the world, but rather he is very active in that world. In fact we see that God and his mighty angelic band have once and for all disposed of Satan from his lofty position and now he is confined to the earth.
Later we will deal with the times of the wars but this morning I will deal with subject so you may know that Revelation 12 (quickview)  isn’t out of sequence in the book. It isn’t a parenthetical statement, but it is infact an actual account of a future event that has not yet occurred. It is an event which will occur after the Rapture therefore this leads us in the Identification of the factions in this chapter.
I. IDENTITY OF THE FACTIONS
A. The Woman …..(Israel)
1. Israel is often to referred to as the woman in scripture. Isaih 54:1-6, jer 3:1-14; Hos 2:14-23
2. The Bible mentions three classes of people, the church, the Jews and the gentiles. In this text the church has been gone for 3.5years since Rev. 4 so the only two left are the Jews and the gentiles. It can’t be the Gentiles for they are the ones persecuting the woman. Therefore the woman symbolizes Israel.
3. The church isn’t mentioned in after Rev 4 until Rev. 19, therefore the woman can’t be the church and since revelation primarily deals with Israel.
5. The jews are the only people in scripture that are spoken of as going through travail.
7. The seventieth week of Daniel concerns Jerusalem and Israel as did the first sixty-nine weeks did.
8. There are so many prophecies concerning Israel having their flight and fleeing in the midst of Jacobs troubles.
a. Isaih 16:1-5 predicts that Israel will flee into moab and Edom, it mentions selah and petra as the headquarters where they stay.
b. Isaih 26:20-21 predicts the protection of Israel in Petra or Sela.