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

  • Mishael - in Reply on Revelation 12
    It doesn't help the baby for you to be a nervous wreck. Calm yourself, sleep better, get relatives to help with what they can.

    Satan is a destroyer of peace. Start asking God for angelic support in keeping your home safe from spiritual warfare.

    Here are your scriptures to stand on.

    Isaiah 26:3

    Psalm 9:10

    Philippians 4:7

    1 Chronicles 5:20 (2nd half)
  • Mark on Revelation 12:9
    can I go to heaven being cremated
  • Mishael - in Reply on Revelation 12:9
    Yes. Our soul and spirit ascend to God at death immediately. At the rapture (caught up in the clouds), our former bodies are transformed into the spiritual body; and joined with spirit.

    Another scripture spoken by God: says ALL souls belong to me.

    Check out those scriptures: healthy bodies, no sickness, no corruption.

    Give praise to Jesus, who purchased us with His holy blood.
  • Chris - in Reply on Revelation 12:9
    Mark, the only qualification to get to Heaven, is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. That is, one has to acknowledge his sinful state, repent of it & put his faith completely in Him for forgiveness & indwelling. That new life will be empowered to live in a world where lives are given to the lusts of flesh & therefore victory over the flesh will be the order in that life & not one of sin. How the deceased body will be dealt with, is of little consequence, maybe it would be of more importance to those sorrowing for their loss. The Lord is well able to reconstitute the believer's remains to give us a glorified body at His Coming.

    If you want to follow the Jewish & NT pattern, then entombment or burial is effected, since the burning of the dead was generally done by the heathen. Yet, no instruction has been given to us in this matter, whether by Jesus or the apostles.
  • Kim B. - in Reply on Revelation 12:9
    It is for man kind to be born in the flesh. When we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and repent often of our sins , strive to do better and reflect the love of God. At our passing it's written the flesh returns to dust from which it came and our soul Returns to Father. Ecclesiastes 12:7.
  • Cleveland Jones on Revelation 12:9
    we sometime wonder why certain thing happen in life we question why well we all have fell short of GOD laws then we put the satin in the Whitehouse to lead us and we see who he really is but we refuse to believe some of us he show us who he really is what the bible says about for the love of money and love of him self so much hate and greed will destroy us all and false profits thank you and god bless
  • SavedbyGrace Through Faith on Revelation 12
    James, prayers. LEAN IN, He's got you!! His promises are too strong to break under our weight! Be with James, Father GOD, and help him to remember WE OWE YOU EVERYTHING! YOU OWE US NOTHING!

    Cecil. Lovely comment. Simply Lovely.
  • Obbie Beal on Revelation 12:11
    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.

    Note: verse 17 is another WARNING form GOD to a specific group. In 17 Jehovah /GOD assures this group that the dragon has declared war against them /those which keep the Commandments of God and have the Testimony of Jesus Christ, therefore one must ensure he or she has applied the WORD of GOD as prescribed, example see John 3:16-21. Being in this specific group give one access to the WHOLE ARMOUR of GOD each day of our earthly life thereby we can stand by the STRENGTH of GOD in our daily battles.
  • Cindy - in Reply on Revelation 12
    To Jenevieve on Revelation 12

    Father Jesus forgive our sins and forgive our offenses as we enter into your presence where their is 2 in prayer and believe your promises their is power you are mercifull we pray over this 3 children seeds of life, thruth , of your true word in their hearth so they can have the desire to serve you protect them from this new era trending of earthly tech we pray that this marriage is renew with your presence as it was the first day when they got marry we pray for her need to serve you and spread the word in love to everyone she encounters we pray to deliver Hanna's back and burn every disease in her body from its root bring healing and protect her we pray for Jackie that you can make a miracle and no cancer return but a good news For Rick to serve you with all his hearth and for him to be the head of his house hold and a man who serves humbly we pray in your holy name believing Jesus Christ Amen.
  • Larry B on Revelation 12
    Hi first of all I respect your opinion and if you truly believe that Jesus is God almighty that your belief, but try to read the very verse that you site until you see its real meaning . But just to help,it means that God almighty manifest himself to all first in jesus then the churches ,me and you. This is the very purpose why God send his son , to give the world a chance to really know him the power that the Christians enjoy. But all this were immediately gone because they were killed and immediately a new person a was initiate d by catholic and john Calvin. The word is really very simple but , God. Send his only begotten son. I will repeat, GOD SEND HIS ONLY Begotten SON yet the world were led to believe differently, that's the work of the devil to bring confusion, and God let him prevail for now until jesus returns , and it's not gonna be far. Take note of what 1john 4;3 and every spirit that confessed not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of god;he is that spirit of the Antichrist. What spirit are you carrying. The true spirit are those that declares that jesus come in the flesh.


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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?
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