Revelation 12:1-6 / Israel Gives Birth

Posted on October 18, 2015

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This is the thirty-first in a series of verse-by-verse expositions of the book of Revelation. This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the morning of October 18, 2015. This message looks at the symbolism of the woman, the child and the dragon, and the flight of Israel. This post contains an audio recording of my message, along with my sermon notes. Please note that the sermon notes are not necessarily a full transcript.

SERMON AUDIO:

Rev. 12:1-6

SERMON NOTES:

 V.1:

While we are waiting to see the details of the seventh trumpet, chapters 12-15 view the prophecies from different perspective. We will see seven distinct symbols that will introduce those who are involved in the second half of the tribulation period.

This woman is Israel. Notice Joseph’s dream.

  • Genesis 37:9-11

The twelve stars are the 12 tribes of Israel, where the sun and the moon represent Jacob and Rachel. In Joseph’ dream, he was the 12th star. Furthermore, this “woman” is giving birth to Christ, and we know that Christ was born of Israel.

  • Romans 9:3-5

V.2:
It is most likely that this birth, as is referenced here, is the suffering of the nation prior to the second coming of Christ. Israel is often pictured as a woman about to give birth.

  • Isaiah 26:17
  • Isaiah 66:7-8
  • Micah 4:10

Salvation is referred to as a new birth, and in this case, that delivery will be painful.

  • John 3:3

V.3:
The next player that is introduced is the dragon, who is Satan. 

  • Revelation 12:9

He is fiery red. Red likely symbolizes the bloodshed he causes, and we know that satan hurls fiery darts.

  • Ephesians 6:16

Note the ten horns, this directly corresponds with Daniel’s vision.

  • Daniel 7:7

The crowns represent his earthly authority. Satan is the one who really rules the kingdom of the antichrist, and he will rule until the seventh trumpet sounds.

V.4:
The stars are the fallen angels (demons), ⅓ of all of the angels. These are those who follow Satan. This refers to Satan’s original rebellion.

  • Isaiah 14:12-14
  • Daniel 8:9-10
  • Jude 6

With this rebellion, he took ⅓ of the angels with him, and it’s been his goal to devour Christ ever since. In fact, this vision now extends back to the birth of Christ. His mission has always been to destroy Christ, but he will never be successful.

  • Matthew 2:16

We have no other details about what Satan actually did at Christ’s birth, but obviously he wasn’t successful.
V.5:
The incarnation of Jesus Christ was of Jewish decent. The genealogies of Matthew and Luke clearly show this, as does the testimony of Paul.

  • 2 Timothy 2:8

Despite Satan’s efforts to destroy Israel and the messianic line, Jesus’ birth took place as prophesied by the prophets.

  • Isaiah 7:14
  • Micah 5:2

He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. After His resurrection He was caught back up to heaven, until the time is right to reestablish His throne.

V.6:
While waiting for the salvation of Israel, and for Christ to reclaim His throne, Israel will see much persecution. However, through that persecution, Israel will receive God’s divine protection. Israel will take refuge for the last 3 ½ years of the tribulation. Scripture never actually tells us where Israel will take refuge, but it may likely be Petra. Here, the text speaks of the wilderness. Jesus speaks of Israel fleeing to the mountains.

  • Matthew 24:16

We are told that the mountain of Seir is by the wilderness.

  • Genesis 14:6

The ancient city of Petra in in the Seir mountains Petra is a Greek word which means rock. Of course, Jesus is our Rock.

  • 1 Corinthians 10:4

Jesus uses the same word as petra to refer to Himself as a Rock.

  • Matthew 16:15-18

Petra will be a refuge, and God is our refuge.

  • Deuteronomy 33:27

Petra will be a shelter, and God is our shelter.

  • Psalm 143:9

It seems fitting the Petra would be the shelter of refuge for Israel, and its already ready for habitation! We can take heart that no matter how severe our trials, that God will be our refuge and our shelter. He will never leave us nor forsake us.

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