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Summary: A brief description and identification of the woman introduced in Revelation 12

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The Woman of Revelation 12

The Lord Jesus Christ, addressing the faithful Israelites who will be in the land of Judea at the mid-point of the 70th Week of Daniel said these words:

“When ye therefore shall see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso reads let him understand) Then let them which be in Judea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house. Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not on the Sabbath day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no nor ever shall be.” (Matthew 24:15-21)

This admonition from the Lord will apply to all the saints of that day, as the Antichrist’s worldwide persecution will escalate at the mid-point of the 70th Week of Daniel for it is clearly described as:

“war with the saints” (Daniel 7:21; Revelation 13:7).

His warning in this verse directly applies to the faithful of Judea. As the Lord Jesus indicated in Matthew 24:21, this spiritual and physical warfare will be the most intensive time of affliction for the saints in the history of the world. Satan’s great wrath (Revelation 12:12), the Great Tribulation, will be focused upon the people of Israel as recorded in Revelation 12:1-17.

It is in this chapter where the symbolic title “the woman” is found referring to those faithful Israelites during the 70th Week of Daniel:

“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.” (Revelation 12:1, 2)

The “woman” is clothed in the most brilliant heavenly attire, standing upon the moon, with her crown of twelve stars symbolizing the twelve tribes, or twelve sons of Israel. She is about to give birth to the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the process fulfill the primary purpose for her existence:

“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.” (Revelation 12:3, 4)

Satan is the great red dragon. He casts one third of the stars to the earth displaying his furor followed by his confrontation of the woman in a vain attempt to destroy her Child, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior of mankind. In the next verse the Lord Jesus’ history is given in a brief but significant synopsis:

“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 His throne.” (Revelation 12:5)

The Lord’s past incarnation through physical birth, His future role as the earthly King of kings, and His present exalted position at the right hand of God are clearly highlighted. Then, the focus turns upon the actions of those faithful of Israel in response to the Lord Jesus Christ’s warning:


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