Revelation
Chapter 12

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1 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:

2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

3 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.

4 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.

5 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 to his throne.

6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.

14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.

16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Commentary for Revelation 12

A description of the church of Christ and of Satan, under the figures of a woman and of a great red dragon. (1-6) Michael and his angels fight against the devil and his angels, who are defeated. (7-12) The dragon persecutes the church. (13,14) His vain endeavours to destroy her, He renews his war against her seed. (14-17)1-6 The church, under the emblem of a woman, the mother of believers, was seen by the apostle in vision, in heaven. She was clothed with the sun, justified, sanctified, and shining by union with Christ, the Sun of Righteousness. The moon was under her feet; she was superior to the reflected and feebler light of the revelation made by Moses. Having on her head a crown of twelve stars; the doctrine of the gospel, preached by the twelve apostles, is a crown of glory to all true believers. As in pain to bring forth a holy family; desirous that the conviction of sinners might end in their conversion. A dragon is a known emblem of Satan, and his chief agents, or those who govern for him on earth, at that time the pagan empire of Rome, the city built upon seven hills. As having ten horns, divided into ten kingdoms. Having seven crowns, representing seven forms of government. As drawing with his tail a third part of the stars in heaven, and casting them down to the earth; persecuting and seducing the ministers and teachers. As watchful to crush the Christian religion; but in spite of the opposition of enemies, the church brought forth a manly issue of true and faithful professors, in whom Christ was truly formed anew; even the mystery of Christ, that Son of God who should rule the nations, and in whose right his members partake the same glory. This blessed offspring was protected of God.

7-11 The attempts of the dragon proved unsuccessful against the church, and fatal to his own interests. The seat of this war was in heaven; in the church of Christ, the kingdom of heaven on earth. The parties were Christ, the great Angel of the covenant, and his faithful followers; and Satan and his instruments. The strength of the church is in having the Lord Jesus for the Captain of their salvation. Pagan idolatry, which was the worship of devils, was cast out of the empire by the spreading of Christianity. The salvation and strength of the church, are only to be ascribed to the King and Head of the church. The conquered enemy hates the presence of God, yet he is willing to appear there, to accuse the people of God. Let us take heed that we give him no cause to accuse us; and that, when we have sinned, we go before the Lord, condemn ourselves, and commit our cause to Christ as our Advocate. The servants of God overcame Satan by the blood of the Lamb, as the cause. By the word of their testimony: the powerful preaching of the gospel is mighty, through God, to pull down strong holds. By their courage and patience in sufferings: they loved not their lives so well but they could lay them down in Christ's cause. These were the warriors and the weapons by which Christianity overthrew the power of pagan idolatry; and if Christians had continued to fight with these weapons, and such as these, their victories would have been more numerous and glorious, and the effects more lasting. The redeemed overcame by a simple reliance on the blood of Christ, as the only ground of their hopes. In this we must be like them. We must not blend any thing else with this.

12-17 The church and all her friends might well be called to praise God for deliverance from pagan persecution, though other troubles awaited her. The wilderness is a desolate place, and full of serpents and scorpions, uncomfortable and destitute of provisions; yet a place of safety, as well as where one might be alone. But being thus retired could not protect the woman. The flood of water is explained by many to mean the invasions of barbarians, by which the western empire was overwhelmed; for the heathen encouraged their attacks, in the hope of destroying Christianity. But ungodly men, for their worldly interests, protected the church amidst these tumults, and the overthrow of the empire did not help the cause of idolatry. Or, this may be meant of a flood of error, by which the church of God was in danger of being overwhelmed and carried away. The devil, defeated in his designs upon the church, turns his rage against persons and places. Being faithful to God and Christ, in doctrine, worship, and practice, exposes to the rage of Satan; and will do so till the last enemy shall be destroyed.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Revelation 12

  • Robert
    Michael stands for Jesus. Lucifer or devil as we know wanted to be like God,to take His place so Jesus and His angels cast him down to earth with 1 3 of angels. Michael Jesus who was in heaven from the beginning came down to save the lost world.He was literally the Male child born by the woman was caught up to heaven. Now devil turned vented his anger against the church of Jesus for 1260yrs.
  • Don
    Angels are Angels, They are not created in the image of God,Only mAN IS.Angels are created beings period.Jesus IS NOT a created being!Read john 1:1-4.You have too believe God rather than Man.If Michael became Jesus than after his death became Michael again, how does Michael and Jesus exist at the same time?Jesus sits at the right hand of His Father from whom read phil.2:6-11,Col.1:15-17 many more
  • Robert
    Jesus the son of God is the Prince of the Heavenly and earthly Kingdom when it finally will be the Dominion of the Divine Kingdom after sin. So Michael is not an angel created by God but He was the only begotten son of God the King of the universe. He is the arch enemy of dragon that old Serpent call the devil Satan as He was the represtative of God in heaven who came as the incarnated one.
  • Alex
    the woman in rev 12 is humanity,th world, God so loved the world etc her child is the H.G. Jesus that which is born of the spirit is spirit thats the h.g. the child of Promise that is gonna be born in all of us via his seed the word.The field is the world where that good seed will be planted n our hearts, The woman is US UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN THATS Y HE ALWAYS REFERS TO HIMSELF AS THE SON O MAN
  • JP
    Diane, I will pray for you. Are you saved (born again) , is Jesus Christ your Lord and Savour? If so then you are being persecuted for Christ sake. The Word of God is our power and strength.
  • Diane
    Did not love their lives unto the death? I a suffering severely and I question whether i m being persecuted for Christ! The type of persecution I m faced with is unbelievable - and if I just knew it was for Christ, I would be OK with it! Nonetheless through it all my eyes have been open to the truth of the world, I have greater revelation of God s word, and I see falsehood everywhere! God Bless!
  • I AM THAT I AM
    It is written, But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. (The kingdom of God comes not with observation:)
  • Goldie
    The woman in white represents the church.
  • Servant of the most high God
    Why use the name of The Lord that he revealed to Moses in the bush unless you are The Lord Jesus Christ himself. Why dident every eye here see you return on a cloud. Why ask questions trying to confuse born again servants of Christ. Oh and why not try encouraging your brothers and sisters if your a believer of The Holy Bible. Blessed be the name of The Lord Jesus Christ for ever and ever Amen.
  • I AM THAT I AM
    Why say Christ is in you when ye confess not that Jesus Christ himself, even the Christ child, is risen again and walks upon the earth? Yea, how can ye be of the body of Christ if the body has no head? Is not Christ himself, to whom God gives not the Spirit by measure, the head of his own body? If not, then why say God has given you his Son's Spirit? Verily, ye are deceivers, even antichrists.


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Bible Trivia

The Apostle John sees a vision of a woman clothed with the sun, the moon under her feet and a crown of 12 stars on her head. Who does this most likely represent?
  • Venus
  • The 12 apostles
  • Jezebel
  • Mary (the mother of Jesus), or Israel, or the church
  • All women of Israel