Starting a study on Revelation 12.
Revelation 12:1 ‘A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain, as she was about to give birth’
Revelation twelve is a majestic chapter that begins with the fascinating symbol of the heavenly woman.
The image of the woman clothed with the sun is without doubt denoting Israel, whose hope and expectation has always been that they should give birth to the Messiah.
Isaiah 7:14 ‘Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign. The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel.’
It is certainly true that Christ Jesus was born from Jewish lineage. Both Joseph and Mary are recorded in the genealogy of Matthew.
Matthew 1:16 ‘...and Jacob, the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.’
Paul also comments:
Romans 1:1a ‘…regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life was a descendant of David.’
The Catholic Church teaches that this woman is Mary and, on one level, this is absolutely correct, she did carry and give birth to Jesus. We must be careful though not to elevate Mary above humanity. Mary was blessed to represent Israel, her people, the chosen people of God when she gave birth to Jesus
Zechariah 12:10a ‘They will look on me, the one they have pierced and they will mourn for him as one mourns an only child and grieve bitterly for him as one mourns an only child and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a first-born son
This verse points towards that dramatic moment when Israel will know that Jesus, the son they gave birth to, and rejected, was indeed the long-awaited Messiah.
But yet we will have to go back into Genesis to fully understand this imagery and we will do that tomorrow!
- Revelation 16:1 Painful SoresAnd so we enter into a grim and melancholy chapter. There is little cheer to be found here. Those who have taken the mark of the beast, hoping to find some form of reward or relief, and having surrendered their soul to the worship of the beast in some shape or form, now find themselves reaping a bitter harvest of ugly and painful sores.
- Revelation 15:8 HolinessPlease click image and scroll down to see full picture. Once again, these precious verses remind us that God moves in heavenly righteousness. The seven angels are dressed in robes of perfect holiness and they carry the seven plagues that will purge and cleanse this corrupted world. The temple is filled with the glory of God as He brings perfect holiness and righteousness to bear down on this earth.
- Revelation 15:3 A Deeper UnderstandingPlease click image to reaf full post and scroll down. If you struggle with the horror of Revelation then you are certainly not alone. The absolute horror reflects the weight of sin that has corrupted man to the core. But as we embrace these sacred truths, they will bring us deeper, far deeper than ever before, into an understanding of the heart, into an understanding of the perfect holiness of God.
- Revelation 15:3 Moses and JesusPlease tap image to see full post The mention of both Moses and Jesus the Lamb in the same sentence strengthens the idea that Jesus will be the perfect Moses, who will deliver Israel, imprisoned or exiled by the antichrist and lead them victoriously back to Jerusalem.
- Revelation 15:1 Glass and FireThe bitterness of martyrdom gives way to eternal celebration. Their victory has always been dependent upon the strength that God provides and this is reflected in the harps given to them by God. And what a glorious celebration. The enemy has been defeated and the bowls of wrath will bring this evil age to a conclusion. The joy of eternity awaits!