Continuing my study of Revelation chapter 12. I am back home now and slowly recovering from a fairly bad dose of the covids.
Revelation 12:13 ‘When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the desert, where she would be taken care of for a time, times, and half-a-time, out of the serpent’s reach.’
This is such a tender verse! This clearly echoes Genesis 19:4
Genesis 19:4 ‘You, yourselves, have seen what I did to Egypt and how I carried you on eagle’s wings and brought you to myself.’
The dragon will launch himself upon Israel in a fit of demonic rage but God will deliver His beloved children. He will enable many to flee into exile and take refuge in the waste-lands. There, they will be cared for.
I am impressed by the dignity afforded the Jewish people in this tender verse. They have made all the mistakes one could possibly make, and then some, but they are nevertheless the nation that has been honoured to have given birth to the male child, that is, our saviour Jesus Christ.
God has gone ahead of them, lovingly preparing a place of refuge for them, where He will meet their needs.
God is bringing His beloved people, Israel back to himself.
Isaiah 11:12 ‘He will raise a banner for the nations, and gather the exiles of Israel, He will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth.’
The expression ‘time, times and half-a-time’ is repeated here and is one of the forms of ‘three-and-a-half years, 42 months, and 1260 days’ that we have seen so often before, that describe the second half of the tribulation period.
In other words, a remnant of Israel will escape the murderous clutches of the dragon by fleeing into the wastelands, during the second half of the seven year period of tribulation. They will be cared for, and nurtured by God.
Then Christ Jesus will return in power and glory and gather them together and bring them back to Jerusalem, with much joy and celebration.
Zephaniah 3:20 ‘At that time I will gather you, at that time I will bring you home.’
Israel will have received Christ Jesus as their Messiah and he will bring them back to the Father!
Ezekiel 34:12a ‘I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness. I will bring them out from the nations and gather them from the countries and I will bring them into their own land before.’
God has already miraculously gathered His beloved from exile before and He will do so again, this time bringing them into blessed fellowship through Christ and into eternal security.
Hasten the day!
Thank you for reading this!
- 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!