Continuing our study of Revelation 12.
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’
There are some who assert that the woman represents the church. I wonder though if this thought has its roots in replacement theology that seeks to deny Israel her rightful place in eschatology, and instead places the church first and foremost at the centre of God’s will .
The idea that the church should somehow give birth to Jesus seems rather strange. One usually reckons that Jesus Christ gave birth to the church!
However, some relate the ‘son’ described a few verses further on as being the ‘sons of God’ that are mentioned in Romans 8:
Romans 8:19 ‘The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.’
This school of thought then often develops into the sons of God being a group of ‘super-Christians’ that will emerge in the end-times who will begin to disciple the nations and convert the world to Christianity before Christ Jesus returns in power and glory.
With as much politeness as I can muster, I must conclude that this line of theology is very questionable.
Tomorrow, a red dragon appears!
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- 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!