Summary: Week 28 in a Wednesday evening study through the book of Revelation
“The Woman, the Child and the Dragon”
Date: February 12, 2003
Place: Allendale Baptist
Text: Revelation 12:1-6
Chapters 12 & 13 introduce us to the 3 key characters in the unfolding of the last half of the Tribulation. They are:
The dragon- Satan
The false Christ
The false prophet
These 3 are as someone once said an evil trinity.
They are in direct opposition to the true God and His people on earth.
These events will be of special significance to God’s people at that time, the message of these 2 chapters can encourage us as suffering saints today.
The devil is the great enemy of the church, and continues to fight against God & His people by accusing the saints in heaven and attacking them here on earth.
But we should always be reminded that Jesus has overcome old slew foot, when He defeated him by overcoming death and the grave. He gives victory today.
Let’s begin in
John’s vision opens with 2 wonders or signs in heaven
A sign is a symbol pointing to something else.
Here we see the 1st of 7 signs in the last half of Revelation.
The 1st is a woman giving birth to a son.
Some will tell us that this is the Roman Catholic Church because this represents the Virgin Mary.
Some protestant churches interpret this as the church of all ages.
* But I need to tell you the church did not give birth to Jesus.
There have been several women founders of cults over the past 2 centuries who could not resist the temptation of seeing themselves pictured as this woman.
Joanna Southcott said that she was the woman and that on Oct.1814 she would have the man child. SHE DID NOT…
Israel is often pictured as a woman or the wife of God in the OT.
3 other symbolic women appear in Revelation. 1). Jezebel, who represents paganism 2:20; 2). The scarlet women 17:3-6 symbolizing the apostate church and 3). The wife of the Lamb 19:7; symbolizing the church.
Since the child is identified in verse 5 (which we will look at in just a moment) as Jesus Christ, this symbolic woman can only be the nation of Israel.
It was through Israel not the church, which Jesus came into the world.
Romans 1:3; “Concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh,”
Romans 9:4-5; “who are Israelites, to who pertain adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises; of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ cams, who is over all, the eternally blessed God.”
“She cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.”
Again, Israel is often pictured as a mother giving birth in Scripture.
The nation of Israel had agonized and suffered many centuries, longing for the Messiah to come and destroy Satan, sin and death.
The nation of Israel has suffered greatly at the hands of many enemies for thousands of years.