The Book of Revelation-Chapter 12

This chapter eschatologically is going to deal with events at the middle of the Birth-pains. Russia has been defeated on the previous Yom Kippur and this will deal with events from Nisan 10, the exact half way point of the Birth-pains to Yom Kippur and the coming of Yeshua on Tishri 10, the seventh year. At this time in Chapter 12, the false messiah is coming to Jerusalem and the Jewish people know he is not the Messiah. He will set up the Abomination of Desolation by Nisan 10 and declare himself “Jesus” of apostate Christianity, the religious power behind him led by the false prophet. Israel will flee into the wilderness of Jordan.
1) And a great (significant) sign (Hebrew word “owt” made up of the letter “alef”, which in ancient Hebrew was a picture of an ox, meaning leader. The second letter is “vav” which was written like a nail or peg. The third letter is “tav” and written with a cross. Putting these letters together, the word for sign in Hebrew means “a leader nailed to the cross”) appeared in heaven; a woman (Israel is the Virtuous Woman, who is the antithesis of the Harlot of Rev 17.1. The problem comes when the harlot portrays herself as the virtuous woman, seducing many away from the Torah) clothed with the sun (Jacob), and the moon (Rachel) under her feet and on her head a crown (Greek “stephanos” which means a victor’s wreath) of 12 stars (the 12 sons of Jacob-Gen 37.9-10);
2) and she was with child and she cried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth (to the Messiah who was going to bring the redemption to man and creation-Song 8.5; Isa 13.6; Micah 5.3; Isa 26.17; Matt 24.8; Gen 35.16; Isa 66.7-9; 1 Thes 5.3. Rachel died in childbirth-Gen 35.17-19).
3) And another sign (owt) appeared in heaven; and behold a red (blood, sin) dragon (Satan, Leviathan, the twisted serpent-Isa 27.1) having seven heads (he is the power behind the historical kingdoms who held Israel captive-Rev 17.10) and 10 horns (kingdoms under the Satan and the false messiah-Dan 7.7-8-also speaks of spiritual power) and on his head were seven diadems (Greek “diadema” meaning kingly and political authority).
4) And his tail swept away (to drag down, apostatize, false prophets are seen as the “tail”-Isa 9.15) a third of the stars of heaven (biblical leaders are compared to stars in Rev 1.20) and threw them to the earth (Satan causes them to fall into false teaching and worldly religion, becoming lying false prophets and teachers of the Word). And the dragon stood (working through his agents like Pharaoh and Herod, to destroy God’s work in bringing the redemption and teaching his truth as found in the Torah) before the woman (Israel) who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour (the devil goes about as a lion, seeking whom he may devour) her child (through false prophets, false teachings and prophecies, lies-Isa 9.15-he fights one idea with another idea).
5) And she gave birth to a son (the Word became flesh, the living Torah-John 1.1-14), a man child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron-Psa 2.9-an idiom for the Torah-Isa 2.2-4); and her child was caught up (same word used to describe the Rapture) to God and to his throne.
6) And the woman fled into the wilderness (Israel believes corporately in Yeshua through the preaching of the 144,000 and the two witnesses, the destruction of the Russians and her allies and when the false messiah declares himself God-2 Thes 2-rejecting the Abomination of Desolation, which will probably be a crucifix and a statue of Mary set up in the holy place of the temple, which is set up by Nisan 10, the exact half way point of the Birth-pains. The “wilderness” will be the Jordanian wilderness, from Petra in the south to the valley of Sukkot, meaning “covering”, the Arnon Valley, the Jabbok Valley to Pella in the north-Isa 16; Isa 42.11; Isa 63) where she had a place prepared by God, so that she might be nourished (Isa 66.7-11) for 1260 days (this is the last half of the Birth-pains that go from Nisan 10 of the fourth year to Tishri 10, or Yom Kippur, of the seventh year. The seven year Birth-pains, or Tribulation, is a distinctly Jewish time period-Dan 9.24-27-called the 70th week of Daniel and the time of Jacob’s Trouble-Jer 30.1-8).
7) And there was war in heaven; Michael (he is associated with Israel-Dan 10.21; 12.1; Jude 9) and his angels waging war with the dragon. And the dragon and his angels waged war (this is the subject of Jude 9-Satan “wages war” on the Torah),
8) and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven (up till the middle of the Birth-pains, Satan could have access to heaven-1 Kings 22.19-22; Job 1.6-11, 2.1-6).
9) And the great dragon-Isa 27.1-was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil (Greek “diabolos” meaning “slanderer, to accuse falsely”) and Satan (Hebrew “satan” meaning accuser, adversary) who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth (unable to accuse us before the Lord anymore), and his angels were thrown down with him.
10) And I heard a loud voice in heaven (a “bat kol” or “daughter of the voice”), saying, “Now the salvation (Hebrew “Yeshua”), and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Messiah have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them before our God day and night.
11) And they overcame him (his accusations) because of the blood of the Lamb (their faithful confession-Rom 10.9) and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even to death.
12) For this reason, rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them. Woe (lamentation) to the earth (the third woe of 11.14) and the sea; because the devil has come down to you (the earth), having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time (1260 days left till Yeshua comes on Yom Kippur, Tishri 10).”
13) And when the dragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth, he persecuted the woman (Israel-like Pharaoh, Haman, Amalek, Hitler and all the others did) who gave birth to the man child (Yeshua).
14) And the two wings of the great eagle (speaks of supernatural provision-Exo 19.4) were given to the woman in order that she might fly (with speed) into the wilderness (the word for wilderness in Hebrew is “midbar” and the “dbar” in the word is the Hebrew “dabar” meaning “word.” So, wilderness in Hebrew means “the place of the word or speaking.” This scene will be like Israel leaving Egypt in Exodus, protected by God-Exo 14.1-4. This happens again, chased by another “pharaoh” called the false messiah-Isa 66.8-9; Isa 63; Dan 11.41; Isa 16.1-5) to her place, where she was nourished for a time and times and a half a time (or the last half of the Birth-pains, the same as 1260 days, 42 months, three and half years), from the presence of the serpent (who was behind the false messiah in Jerusalem now).
15) And the serpent poured water like a river (“river” is an idiom for an army-Isa 8.6-8; Isa 17.12-13; Jer 12.5. So he sends an army through the false messiah against Israel like Pharaoh did) out of his mouth after the woman, so that he might cause her to be swept away with the flood.
16) And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened it’s mouth and drank up the river which the dragon poured out of his mouth (the people of Edom, Moab and the foremost of the sons of Ammon in the Jordanian wilderness help the refugees hide in the mountains, caves and valleys-Dan 11.41; Isa 16.1-5; Isa 21.13-15; Isa 42.10-12; Isa 63.1; Jer 48.28).
17) And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her offspring (Jewish and non-Jewish believers) who keep the commandments (who are Torah observant) and hold to the testimony of Yeshua (that he is the Messiah-Rev 14.12).

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