Revelation12:1 ‘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’
We have been exploring this image of the heavenly woman and concluded that she represents Israel. She is pregnant with a child who is the promised Messiah, Christ Jesus.
This agrees with the prophecy of Genesis 3:
Genesis 3:15 ‘And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head and you will strike his heel.’
In this dramatic verse, the ‘you’ is the serpent enemy who will be described as the red dragon in Revelation 12:3. The ‘woman’ is Israel.
The offspring of the serpent will be the forthcoming end-time beast and the offspring of the woman will be the Messiah, Christ Jesus.
The end-time beast will battle against the Messiah Christ Jesus but there will only be one winner. The beast will strike the heel of the Christ, in terms of the crucifixion, but the Christ will eventually crush the head of the beast.
2 Thessalonians 2:8 ‘And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendour of his coming.’
- 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!