Summary: Verse upon verse teaching on Revelation 12:1NLT Then I witnessed in heaven an event of great significance. I saw a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon beneath her feet, and a crown of twelve stars on her head. Not an actual woman, but a symbolic


Revelation- the Last Half Revelation 12:1-17NKJ

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. 2 Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth. 3 And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. 4 His 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. 5 She 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. 6 Then 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. 7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. 12 Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.” 13 Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child. 14 But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. 15 So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. 16 But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. 17 And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Revelation 12 begins with a symbol pointing to something else. This is the first of seven signs in the last half of Revelation.

Revelation 12:1NLT Then I witnessed in heaven an event of great significance. I saw a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon beneath her feet, and a crown of twelve stars on her head.

Not an actual woman, but a symbolic representation of Israel, picture in the OT as the wife of God. (Is.54:5-6, Jer.3:6-8)

Verse 1 say’s, she was clothed with the sun...moon under her feet...twelve stars.

Being clothed with the sun speaks of the glory, dignity, and exalted status of Israel.

The picture of the moon under her feet possibly describes God’s covenant relationship with Israel. While the 12 stars represent the 12 tribes of Israel.

Revelation 12:2NLT She was pregnant, and she cried out because of her labor pains and the agony of giving birth.

Israel is pictured as a mother giving birth, she has agonized and suffered for centuries, longing for the Messiah to come.

Revelation 12:3NLT Then I witnessed in heaven another significant event. I saw a large red dragon with seven heads and ten horns, with seven crowns on his heads.

The woman’s mortal enemy is satan, who appears as a dragon 13 times in the book of Revelation.

The seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns... depict satan’s domination of 7 past worldly kingdoms and 10 future kingdoms.

Satan has and will rule the world until the seventh trumpet blows. (Rev.11:15) He has tried to destroy her (Israel) before she could have a child.

Revelation 12:4NLT His tail swept away one-third of the stars in the sky, and he threw them to the earth. He stood in front of the woman as she was about to give birth, ready to devour her baby as soon as it was born.

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