Topic: The Dragon, The Woman, and the Child

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From: Revelation Chapter 12

Rev 12:1 Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman (Israel) clothed with the Sun (God), with the moon under her feet (the gentiles), and on her head a garland of twelve stars (the twelve tribes of Israel: the Jews). 2 Then being with child (the Jewish Messiah), she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth (to Jesus the Jewish Messiah and savior of the world). 3 And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads (kingdoms who ruled over the Jews ) and ten horns (powers), and seven diadems (crowns)on his heads. 4 His tail (influence) drew a third of the stars of heaven (the fallen angels) 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 (have Him crucified in order to defeat God’s plan). 5 She bore a male Child (Jesus) who was to rule all nations (the world) with a rod of iron (after His 2nd return during the Millennium).

  • SYMBOLISM:
    • The dragon is Satan.
    • The seven heads are seven kingdoms who have and will ruled over the Jews.
    • The crowns on the head of the dragon are kings/rulers (7 crowns of history, one following another) The Antichrist is the last head.
    • The ten horns on the last head of the dragon are ten kings who give their power to the Antichrist during the seven year tribulation.
    • There is also a crown (king) on each these 10 horns (leaders). These crowns, unlike the crowns on the heads, rule simultaneously during the tribulation.
    • The woman is the nation Israel.
    • She is crowned by God, (the Sun)
    • The Sun is the greatest Light (giver of life).
    • The woman’s (Israel’s) crown of glory is the twelve tribes (stars) of Israel, the Jews.
    • The twelve stars (Jews) reflect the least Light from the Sun.
    • Under the woman’s feet (of authority) is the gentiles, specifically, the Grace Age believers.
    • The gentile Grace Age church reflects the the most Light of the Sun.

To fully understand these concepts first read topic: Jacob’s Two Wives.

  • CREATION:

    Genesis 1:16 Then God made two great lights: the greater light (Sun) to rule the day, and the lesser light (moon) to rule the night. He made the stars also.
    • God created the lights in the backdrop of darkness. The Sun has the greatest authority.
    • Creation is more than just the creation of the worlds and the heavens. It’ tells the story of God’s intentions for His creation. It tells the story of the woman and the dragon.
  • CREATION’S SYMBOLIC PROPHECY IS JESUS:
    • Revelation 19:10b Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus IS the spirit of prophecy.”
    • Light (Jesus) comes down from the heavens (the Sun) which gives Life to the world.
    • Those who reject the Light from heaven will die in darkness.
    • This is the reality of creation. This is truth.
      • The Sun is the source of Life and Life is Truth.
      • Darkness (night) is a lack of Light.
      • The stars were given the Truth to reflect His Light. The Jews, as the stars, were given His Word; the Truth and Light.
    • When the stars reject the Light (Jesus who is the Truth and the Light) they become the darkness.
      • Psalm 82:5 They do not know, nor do they understand; They walk about in darkness; All the foundations of the earth are unstable.
      • John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
      • Matthew 15:14 Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.”
      • In the future, after the tribulation, those Jews who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever. Dan 12:3
    • John 1:1 Parallels the Creation in Genesis 1:1.
      Darkness is the lack of knowledge, hence the lack of life.
      Light gives life, hence, the Word of God, Jesus.
      • The Eternal Word – John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He (the Word) was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. … 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
      • The moon (gentiles) are the greater reflection of God’s Truth against the backdrop of darkness (the night)
      • However; it is the woman (Israel) who gave birth to God’s Son.
      • It is Israel who will serve Jesus in the Millennium as the priests of God.
      • Therefore, the woman (Israel) has the moon “under” her feet.
  • JOSEPH DREAMS:
    • Genesis 37:9 Then he (Joseph) dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, and said, “Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me (Daniel is the twelfth star).”
      Click here to see Topic: Jacob’s two wives (the Old Testament wife of God and the New Testament bride of Christ)
      • In this context, Jacob (Joseph’s father) is the Sun, as the originator of the Jewish nation.
      • Leah, symbolic of the gentile bride, is the moon.
      • Rachel, symbolic of the Jews, was barren (until the end-during the tribulation) but Leah is fruitful.
      • It was the symbolic Jewish woman, Rachel who bore a Jewish son who rescued his family from seven years of famine (like the seven year tribulation called the time of Jacob’s trouble). (During the seven year tribulation scripture says there will be a famine of God’s word.)
    • Genesis 37:10 So he (Joseph) told it to his father (Jacob) and his brothers; and his father (Jacob) rebuked him (Joseph) and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall your mother (Leah) and I and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the earth before you?”
      • Eleven brothers indicate that Benjamin, the youngest, in included.
      • Rachel died giving birth to Benjamin.
      • Therefore, the “mother’ is Leah and it is Leah who represents the gentiles.
    • Genesis 37:11 And his brothers envied him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
    • Joseph’s other dream: Genesis 37:6 “Please hear this dream which I have dreamed: 7 There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf.”
    • After the Jewish Feast of Passover, The Jews celebrate First Fruits on the same day as the Wave Offering. Like Jesus, Joseph is the First Fruit in a sheaf in that his “arose”, and, like the tombs of the saints opened after Jesus’ resurrection, the brothers (who eventually repented) are the wave offering in which sheaves are waved over the head.
    • The field, throughout scripture, is symbolic of the world.
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