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

  • The woman being Israel, Revelation 12:14 and the women was 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.

    This could be America helping Israel, we are the only one that stands with Israel. America would not be part of the global system and would help Israel during the great tribulation. Pray for America and Israel.
  • Carleton - in Reply on Revelation 12:14
    There are likely more than a few Christians who continue to believe that the return of the Lord will be sudden as well as His harvest.

    Could the woman in the wilderness be the Bride keeping herself only unto Him?
  • Gail - in Reply on Revelation 12:14
    The bride at this time is in every nation and the women with the stars is Israel, when the antichrist army invades Israel and destroys most of Israel at that time, some will run into the wilderness for the time of the rest of the great tribulation period. I'm thinking America "The two eagle wings" will help her and protect her.
  • Carleton - in Reply on Revelation 12:14
    Good morning. Seems like for now that the second day of the week here in earth may continue to be a pull.

    I understand that many believe the Lord will return to the earth again. I believe his work was 100% finished on the cross and that the harvest is imminent and the harvesters are few. The other thief on the cross wanted Jesus to save both of them from death by working a work in the world. Perhaps Judas Iscariot had the same erroneous thinking and false hope.

    When the view of the harvest is from the perspective that I believe, politics of this earth are of the world.

    By Love.
  • Adam - in Reply on Revelation 12
    Hi Anri,

    I'm not sure if you mean that or if you're attempting to show the thinking of a non-Christian?

    If the former, then these false assumptions are based on false info. The Bible isn't corrupted. I don't know what you mean by 'stained' part of the Bible, either?

    I haven't heard many people say such things recently, as the dead sea scrolls debunked the critics' lies and conspiracy theories. People used to make those claims that there were errors, etc. until they found the scrolls in the 1940s that were nearly 2,000 years old and today's translation compared to then matched perfectly. This means the Bible has been accurate the entire time. It is the most sold, read, inspiring, motivational, transformative, challenging, given away, and life changing book in world history. Nearly 2/3 of the population of the earth believes it's God's word, the rest at minimum recognize its profound historical value. So, I'm not sure what you're talking about by 'corrupted'- where's the evidence of that and who is making that claim?
  • Bob Hilt - in Reply on Revelation 12
    Greetings Adam, interesting name this one commented on has. I looked it up and this is what I found.

    Wickedpedia: Anri Okita is an English born Japanese actress, singer, songwriter and former p ornographic actress.

    what a name to take. someone that takes their clothes off and calls it acting.
  • Adam - in Reply on Revelation 12
    Hi Bob, I guess you never know who you'll find on here; even names can be risky to google search. We must keep the armor on. God bless!
  • Bob Hilt - in Reply on Revelation 12
    I am beginning to understand what Jesus meant with this

    Matthew 7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

    what is a dog?

    Deuteronomy Chapter 2317 There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.

    18 Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, into the house of the LORD thy God for any vow: for even both these [are] abomination unto the LORD thy God.

    Parallelism this is called.

    One never knows when a sheep will clean off the filth of this world and be strong in Christ.
  • Philippians by Mishael - in Reply on Revelation 12
    Happiness is good. It makes people smile.

    Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

    Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
  • PRAYER OF AGREEMENT on Revelation 12
    Matthew 18:19 Again I say unto you, That if TWO OF YOU shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

    Hebrews 11:1 Now FAITH is the substance of things. (healing; jobs;food;rent, businesses, loneliness, blessing on home & family members; drug & alcohol deliverance, & more)

    HOPED FOR, the evidence of things not seen.

    Now the just shall live by FAITH, but if any man/ woman draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

    Let us hold fast the profession of our FAITH without wavering (for He is faithful that promised).

    Let us draw near with a true heart, In full assurance of FAITH.

    But without FAITH it is impossible to please Him: for he that comes to God, must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarded of them that diligently seek Him.

    And the prayer of FAITH shall save the SICK. and the Lord shall raise him up, and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

    Father God, these people have come here today to ask for prayer as touching their needs. They are here to ask for your help. They have read your Word on how Faith works. Being fully convinced that You are here too, they have set their concerns before You.

    I pray that You will reward them for Seeking You, in child-like Faith; and answer their prayers according to your riches in glory. They are here for healing in body and mind; in anxiety over the pandemic, employment and lack of employment. Family concerns and need of peace in their homes. Lead them with your eye and show them the path to take for a desired result. Be at work inside of their own wills to Follow Jesus and look to the Bible for guidance, day to day. Help them to see through eyes full of faith through the Light of your eyes. Give our hearts strength to get from one day to the next, by Your abundant Grace and Mercy.

    We bless Your Holy Name and give you Thanks for provision and the Love of Jesus.

    Amen! Praise the Lord!!!


 

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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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