Continuing our study of 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 a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain, as she was about to give birth’
Most commentators relate the imagery of this heavenly woman with Joseph’s dream described in Genesis 37: 5-11.
Joseph dreamed of his brothers bowing before him. He also dreamed of the sun and the moon.
Genesis 37:9 ‘“Listen,” he said, “I had another dream and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.’
His father rebuked him, asking if he, his mother and his brothers would bow down before him.
Therefore, Joseph and his eleven brothers, who would become the twelve tribes of Israel, are represented by the twelve stars on the crown of the heavenly woman. Joseph’s father and mother would then be represented by the sun and moon in the image.
Thus the image of the heavenly woman represents Israel.
The details of Joseph’s dream clearly match the detail of the heavenly woman and firmly places the heavenly sign of Revelation 12:1 within the framework of Israel.
By the way:
The account of Joseph and his time in Egypt is considered by many to be a type of the Messiah, Christ Jesus, who was to come..
Joseph was betrayed by his brothers as Christ was betrayed by his people; Joseph served the Gentile Egypt as Christ has served the Gentile Church; Joseph helped his family during the seven year famine as Christ will protect Israel during the seven year tribulation and finally Joseph revealed himself to his brothers as Christ will be revealed to Israel who will bow before him and recognise him as their Lord and Saviour.
Thank you so much for reading this and for your support. I really apprciate it. Tomorrow, we take a look at the heavenly woman through the eyes of Genesis 3:15-16.
- 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!