Jesus' First Coming was when He was born as a baby to Mary. When He was crucified and resurrected, He spent some time with His disciples. Then He ascended into the clouds to sit at the right hand of God. He sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in His people. The Holy Spirit descended on the Day of Pentecost and has remained and will remain until the Rapture. I believe in the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church where Jesus returns without putting a foot on the earth. He stays in the sky, a trump is blown and He draws His Children unto Himself. Then the Tribulation. His Second Coming is when He returns at the end of the Tribulation and this time His feet touch earth.
Others believe the Rapture comes at different times. Here are the theories.
We have studied the Seven Seals and six of the seven Trumpets. We studied the interlude between the sixth and seventh Trumpets.
Now it's time to look at the Seventh Trumpet.
Hebrews 9 1 That first covenant between God and Israel had regulations for worship and a place of worship here on earth. 2 There were two rooms in that Tabernacle. In the first room were a lampstand, a table, and sacred loaves of bread on the table. This room was called the Holy Place. 3 Then there was a curtain, and behind the curtain was the second room called the Most Holy Place. 4 In that room were a gold incense altar and a wooden chest called the Ark of the Covenant, which was covered with gold on all sides. Inside the Ark were a gold jar containing manna, Aaron’s staff that sprouted leaves, and the stone tablets of the covenant. 5 Above the Ark were the cherubim of divine glory, whose wings stretched out over the Ark’s cover, the place of atonement. But we cannot explain these things in detail now.
6 When these things were all in place, the priests regularly entered the first room as they performed their religious duties. 7 But only the high priest ever entered the Most Holy Place, and only once a year. And he always offered blood for his own sins and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance. 8 By these regulations the Holy Spirit revealed that the entrance to the Most Holy Place was not freely open as long as the Tabernacle, and the system it represented, were still in use.
9 This is an illustration pointing to the present time. For the gifts and sacrifices that the priests offer are not able to cleanse the consciences of the people who bring them. 10 For that old system deals only with food and drink and various cleansing ceremonies—physical regulations that were in effect only until a better system could be established.
11 So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come.e He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world. 12 With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever.
13 Under the old system, the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a young cow could cleanse people’s bodies from ceremonial impurity. 14 Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins. 15 That is why he is the one who mediates a new covenant between God and people, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them. For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant.
16 Now when someone leaves a will, it is necessary to prove that the person who made it is dead.h 17 The will goes into effect only after the person’s death. While the person who made it is still alive, the will cannot be put into effect.
18 That is why even the first covenant was put into effect with the blood of an animal. 19 For after Moses had read each of God’s commandments to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats,i along with water, and sprinkled both the book of God’s law and all the people, using hyssop branches and scarlet wool. 20 Then he said, “This blood confirms the covenant God has made with you.” 21 And in the same way, he sprinkled blood on the Tabernacle and on everything used for worship. 22 In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.
23 That is why the Tabernacle and everything in it, which were copies of things in heaven, had to be purified by the blood of animals. But the real things in heaven had to be purified with far better sacrifices than the blood of animals.
24 For Christ did not enter into a holy place made with human hands, which was only a copy of the true one in heaven. He entered into heaven itself to appear now before God on our behalf. 25 And he did not enter heaven to offer himself again and again, like the high priest here on earth who enters the Most Holy Place year after year with the blood of an animal. 26 If that had been necessary, Christ would have had to die again and again, ever since the world began. But now, once for all time, he has appeared at the end of the age to remove sin by his own death as a sacrifice.
27 And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, 28 so also Christ died once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.
The woman in Rev. 12 dwells inside “the temple” of God (Revelation 11:19- 12:1)
Revelation 11:19 19 Then the temple of God in heaven was opened, and the ark of His covenant appeared in His temple. And there were flashes of lightning, and rumblings, and rolls of thunder, and an earthquake, and a great hailstorm. Revelation 12:1-2 1 A great 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. 2 She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.
- she is clothed with the sun;
- she wears a crown with twelve stars;
- she has the moon under her feet;
- she cries out in labor;
- she birthed Christ;
- she is the mother of others who follow Jesus.
- She is the Virgin Mary.
- She is the true church.
- She is the nation Israel.
- She is the faithful Jewish remnant.
2. Throughout the Bible a pure “woman” is a symbol of God’s true church. The depiction of the woman being protected and nourished by God in Revelation 12:13–16 describes God protecting His People in the New Covenant age. Her seed, or the child and other children would be faithful members of the Church, who keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. She is said to be “clothed with the sun,” the glory of the gospel of Christ, and have “the moon under her feet,” the reflected glory of Christ as foreshadowed in the Old Testament sanctuary services and rituals. John 8:12; Colossians 2:11-17. The “crown of twelve stars” represents the twelve apostles. The woman who gives birth to Messiah represents the true church through its entire history—from Adam and the Jewish nation to the Christian Church. But Christ gives birth to the church; the church does not give birth to the Lord. The woman is the true church. She is clothed with the sun. The Church is the bearer of divine supernatural light in the world, the gospel, and His righteousness. The church reflects His light. The moon is under her feet. The moon could represent the Jewish religion and sacrificial system. The moon shines at night and Israel is to give a light, a witness, amid the world’s darkness. It is through Israel’s seed that God promises to bring forth His Son - the Messiah. In Genesis, God repeatedly promises Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (later renamed Israel) that “in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
"In Revelation 2:18-29, the Church in Thyatira is promised that the faithful shall rule the nations with a rod of iron. In Revelation 19:15 the same thing is stated of Jesus. In Galatians 4:26, Paul the Apostle refers to the 'New Jerusalem' as 'our mother', and in Revelation 21:2 and Ephesians 5:21-32 the New Jerusalem and the Church is portrayed as the Bride of Christ." - Wikipedia "There was some light in it, and it gave light to the saints in the night of Jewish darkness; it pointed out Christ to them, and was their schoolmaster to teach and lead them to him; yet, like the moon, it was the lesser light, the light it gave was inferior to that which the Gospel now gives; and as the moon has its shortcomings and its imperfections; had it been faultless, there had been no need of another, and a new dispensation, but that could make nothing perfect; and, as the moon, it was variable and changeable; it was but for a time, and is now done away; it is not only waxen old like the moon in the wane, but is entirely vanished away" - Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
The New Testament Church is called “the Israel of God” (Galatians 6:16) and likened to “Jerusalem above,” which is called “the mother of us all” (Galatians 4:26, Hebrews 12:22-23). Members of the Church are described as “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, [God’s] own special people” (1 Peter 2:9). When Christ returns to earth, He is going to marry the Church, which is called “His wife” in Revelation 19:7.
The woman—described as being “clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars.
Ezekiel 16 1 Then another message came to me from the LORD: 2“Son of man, confront Jerusalem with her detestable sins. 3 Give her this message from the Sovereign LORD: You are nothing but a Canaanite! Your father was an Amorite and your mother a Hittite. 4 On the day you were born, no one cared about you. Your umbilical cord was not cut, and you were never washed, rubbed with salt, and wrapped in cloth. 5 No one had the slightest interest in you; no one pitied you or cared for you. On the day you were born, you were unwanted, dumped in a field and left to die. 6 “But I came by and saw you there, helplessly kicking about in your own blood. As you lay there, I said, ‘Live!’... 9 “Then I bathed you and washed off your blood, and I rubbed fragrant oils into your skin. 10 I gave you expensive clothing of fine linen and silk, beautifully embroidered, and sandals made of fine goatskin leather. 11 I gave you lovely jewelry, bracelets, beautiful necklaces, 12 a ring for your nose, earrings for your ears, and a lovely crown for your head. 13 And so you were adorned with gold and silver. Your clothes were made of fine linen and were beautifully embroidered. You ate the finest foods—choice flour, honey, and olive oil—and became more beautiful than ever. You looked like a queen, and so you were! 14 Your fame soon spread throughout the world because of your beauty. I dressed you in my splendor and perfected your beauty, says the Sovereign LORD. 15 “But you thought your fame and beauty were your own. So you gave yourself as a prostitute to every man who came along.
In the New Testament, God’s Church is symbolized as a woman; and its members are likened to virgins (Matthew 25:1-13). The New Testament Church is called “the Israel of God” (Galatians 6:16) and likened to “Jerusalem above,” which is called “the mother of us all” (Galatians 4:26, Hebrews 12:22-23).
3. While it is true that Mary gave birth to Jesus, it is also true that Jesus, the son of David from the tribe of Judah, came from Israel. Mary was a descendant of King David. She was a Jew, a Hebrew, an Israelite. Israel gave birth to Jesus Christ. If the woman is seen as the Jewish nation, then the Gentile Christians, “who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ,” would be those referred to as “the rest of her offspring.” The symbols of sun, moon and stars could be drawn from Genesis 37:9–11. Joseph has a dream of the sun and moon (symbolizing his father and mother) and stars (representing his brothers), which bow down to him. Jacob (the "sun"), Rachel (the "moon"), and Jacob's twelve sons (the "twelve stars"). The sun, moon, and twelve stars symbolize the people of Israel. Israel was the "embodiment" of the Law. Israel is often depicted in Scripture as a woman. When Christ returns to earth, He is going to marry the Church. It is even called “His wife” in Revelation 19:7.
4. Is she the faithful Jewish remnant, through whom God brought the Messiah into the world, and which followed Him as His first disciples. The Judean remnant, the spiritual Israel, thus became the beginnings of the church. In Revelation 12:1, Israel may be seen, not as she was or is, but as she will be. It is the nation as God intended her to be, a condition that will be fulfilled in the Messiah's reign. This "woman" is the earthly city of Jerusalem and the Israelites primary and capital city was Jerusalem. Jerusalem was considered to be the "wife" or "bride" of God in Jeremiah 2:2; however, she was an "adulterous wife" in Ezekiel 16:32. The woman represents the people who bring about the child, Jesus. Mary was the individual member of the faithful remnant who brought forth the Messiah. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops concurs with Victorinus: “The woman adorned with the sun, the moon, and the stars…symbolizes God’s people in the Old and the New Testament. The Israel of old gave birth to the Messiah (Revelation 12:5) and then became the new Israel, the church.”
And, of course, it could be all of the above. John's vision contains "fusion imagery," in which one symbol is composed of elements from several different things. It is called polyvalent symbolism, in which symbols have more than one meaning. This woman is a four-way symbol: Israel, the Church, Eve, and Mary. This woman could be the new Eve, God's people personified, the mother of the Messiah AND the church. She is the new Eve, and Eve is “mother of all living”. Eve was physical mother, Mary is a spiritual mother. Like Mary, she is pictured as the mother of the Messiah. Like the Church, she is persecuted by satan. Like Israel, she experiences great birth pangs as the Messiah is brought forth from the nation. And like Eve, it is her Seed whom the dragon, satan, hates. And the church as the New Israel includes believing Jews, the remnant, as well as believing Gentiles.
Revelation 12: 3- 3 Then another sign appeared in heaven: a huge red dragon with seven heads, ten horns, and seven royal crowns on his heads. 4 His tail swept a third of the stars from the sky, tossing them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman as she was about to give birth, ready to devour her child as soon as He was born.
- Seven heads
- Ten horns
- Seven royal crowns
- His tail swept a third of the stars from the sky
Revelation 12:9 identifies this dragon as satan. "The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him."
“The dragon represents evil, chaos, and ancient opposition to God. Revelation explicitly identifies the dragon with Satan, the archenemy of God and his people. As God defeated the beast from the sea in Daniel and the dragon of Egypt through the Exodus, so he will defeat Satan (Revelation 20:3, 7-10). In the new heaven and earth there will no longer be a sea (21:1) or an ancient sea dragon to threaten God’s new creation” - Dictionary of Biblical Prophecy and End Times, p. 125.
Job 41:1-34 1 Can you catch Leviathan with a hook or put a noose around its jaw?
2 Can you tie it with a rope through the nose or pierce its jaw with a spike?
3 Will it beg you for mercy or implore you for pity?
4 Will it agree to work for you, to be your slave for life?
5 Can you make it a pet like a bird, or give it to your little girls to play with?
6 Will merchants try to buy it to sell it in their shops?
7 Will its hide be hurt by spears or its head by a harpoon?
8 If you lay a hand on it, you will certainly remember the battle that follows.
You won’t try that again!
9 No, it is useless to try to capture it.
The hunter who attempts it will be knocked down.
10 And since no one dares to disturb it, who then can stand up to Me?
11 Who has given Me anything that I need to pay back?
Everything under heaven is Mine.
12 I want to emphasize Leviathan’s limbs and its enormous strength and graceful form.
13 Who can strip off its hide, and who can penetrate its double layer of armor?
14 Who could pry open its jaws?
For its teeth are terrible!
15 Its scales are like rows of shields tightly sealed together.
16 They are so close together that no air can get between them.
17 Each scale sticks tight to the next.
They interlock and cannot be penetrated.
18 When it sneezes, it flashes light!
Its eyes are like the red of dawn.
19 Lightning leaps from its mouth;
flames of fire flash out.
20 Smoke streams from its nostrils like steam from a pot heated over burning rushes.
21 Its breath would kindle coals, for flames shoot from its mouth.
22 The tremendous strength in Leviathan’s neck strikes terror wherever it goes.
23 Its flesh is hard and firm and cannot be penetrated.
24 Its heart is hard as rock, hard as a millstone.
25 When it rises, the mighty are afraid, gripped by terror.
26 No sword can stop it, no spear, dart, or javelin.
27 Iron is nothing but straw to that creature, and bronze is like rotten wood.
28 Arrows cannot make it flee.
Stones shot from a sling are like bits of grass.
29 Clubs are like a blade of grass, and it laughs at the swish of javelins.
30 Its belly is covered with scales as sharp as glass.
It plows up the ground as it drags through the mud.
31 Leviathan makes the water boil with its commotion.
It stirs the depths like a pot of ointment.
32 The water glistens in its wake, making the sea look white.
33 Nothing on earth is its equal, no other creature so fearless.
34 Of all the creatures, it is the proudest.
It is the king of beasts.
Psalm 74:10-14 10 How long will the enemy mock you, God?
Will the foe revile your name forever?
11 Why do you hold back your hand, your right hand?
Take it from the folds of your garment and destroy them!
12 But God is my King from long ago; He brings salvation on the earth.
13 It was you who split open the sea by your power; you broke the heads of the monster in the waters.
14 It was you who crushed the heads of Leviathan and gave it as food to the creatures of the desert.
Isaiah 27:1 In that day the LORD will take his terrible, swift sword and punish Leviathan, the swiftly moving serpent, the coiling, writhing serpent. He will kill the dragon of the sea.
Leviathan is a sea monster while behemoth is a land monster. The leviathan, in the natural world, could be a whale, crocodile or a prehistoric sea dinosaur. While the behemoth, in the natural world, could be a hippopotamus or prehistoric land dinosaur. Using these terms as adjectives would mean someone, or something, is huge, powerful, muscular, dangerous, formidable, immense, uncontrollable, vicious, with monstrous ferocity.
Sometimes "leviathan" is used as a symbol for the wicked kings of the earth who have tremendous power such as the King of Babylon or a Pharoah of Egypt. In all of the scriptural references, the one thing to keep in mind is that God has absolute control over this leviathan! It is described as being much more than any man, or men, could handle. No weapon we devise can kill it. We are defenseless in the face of leviathan but God is not! The Bible says that God originally created the leviathan and gave it a home "to frolic in" but the leviathan turns evil and only God can deal with it, which He does. Satan was created by God and was one of His angels. In fact, satan was one of the very highest order of angels and he had a place in God's realm. But he turned evil and led a rebellion against God. Due to pride (Job 40:34) and the desire to be God, satan led 1/3 of the angels in rebellion and God kicked satan and 1/3 of the angels out of Heaven. God has dealt with him and has the final victory when he is thrown in the Lake of Fire.
Matthew 12:29 (Jesus speaking) "For who is powerful enough to enter the house of a strong man like Satan and plunder his goods? Only someone even stronger—someone who could tie him up and then plunder his house."
So, in Job, "Can you catch Leviathan with a hook or put a noose around its jaw? Can you tie it with a rope through the nose or pierce its jaw with a spike?" These were ways to control animals.
The rhetorical question in Job 41:1-2 is answered by: only God can control leviathan. No man can control leviathan.
We may think we can. "Can you make it a pet like a bird, or give it to your little girls to play with?" and the answer is NO! Satan is real good at making sin look enticing, flattering, cute, fun, and the answer to all your problems. But you play around with him and he will have YOU hooked, controlled, and lead by the nose. Sin is anything BUT cute.
Some people may think they can enslave, or harness, the power of leviathan to do their bidding. "Will it beg you for mercy or implore you for pity? Will it agree to work for you, to be your slave for life?" I have to think of people who believe in black magic, voodoo, satanism. Do you really believe you can play with something like this? Do you really think that you can control and order leviathan around to do your bidding? Have you ever read Johannes Wolfgang von Goethe's poem, Faust? It's a two part tragedy that made it's full debut in 1831 (parts were written much earlier). Heinrich Faust is the main character. He is a scholar trying to learn about everything. He begins to despair and takes a walk in with his assistant, Wagner, in which a stray black standard poodle follows them home. The poodle transforms into satan's agent, Mephistopheles, who offers Faust a deal.
We may also think we can harness leviathan and use it for our gain. "Will merchants try to buy it to sell it in their shops?" How many people try to make money off of sin? But they will find out they can't control leviathan and it will eat them up one way or another. Any money they make will melt like snow.
You think you can make money off of sin.
You can market it and get rich.
You think it's just another way to make a living.
You don't do it, someone else will.
You think everyone else does it, why not me?
You can overlook the misery.
The wages of sin is death; it's what the Bible says.
The money you make is tainted.
The souls you rob just might be your own.
The Bible says sin has a price.
There is never a justification good enough.
The devil says, "That's tough!"
So who does have the power to control leviathan and to destroy him? God and God only! Thank the Lord, we have a God who has the power and the desire to save us from such a beast! We are weak but God is strong! "In that day the LORD will take his terrible, swift sword and punish Leviathan". The seven heads and seven crowns may symbolize the dragon’s false claims to divine sovereignty. The number seven in the Bible has always meant perfection and completeness. There is no one perfect and complete but God. Remember the seven crowns upon the head of the Lamb in Revelation 5:6. Satan is counterfeit. He is the Father of lies and there is no truth in him so his masquerade is fake. He wants us to think he is God and he is the almighty one. But it's nothing but a veneer, a mask, whitewash, theater makeup; it's false, counterfeit, fake.
Matthew 12:26 (Jesus speaking) "And if Satan is casting out Satan, he is divided and fighting against himself. His own kingdom will not survive".
In Daniel 7, the prophet sees a terrifying beast with 10 horns, which represent 10 kings. Satan has a kingdom and Jesus calls him the Prince of this world. Apostle Paul calls him the prince of the power of the air. His kingdom is temporary, his reign on earth is soon coming to an end. His end will be the Lake of Fire for eternal torment.
1 John 5:19 We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one.
The dragon's tail sweeps one third of the stars from the sky. Satan had been involved in a rebellion against God in which he attempted to exalt his “throne above the stars of God” and “be like the Most High” (Isaiah 14:13-14). Satan lead one third of the angels in this rebellion. In the wake of his pride and rebellion, one third of the angels fell with him. They were swept from Heaven. Fallen angels are called demons. These spirit beings can make themselves look like anything, even something good, in order to entice humans to sin. Personally, I think all these ghosts being seen by people are this very thing. They are demons in a human form so that those who see, or hear, them will be frightened, and will begin following after ghosts and the occult, rather than followers of Jesus Christ. It's hard to understand how we can be so tricked into believing in ghosts but we refuse to believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. We have seen people spend all their free time trying to contact ghosts, trying to become mediums, trying to find comfort or direction from the "other side". But they are following after the wrong thing.
Leviticus 19:31 Don't make yourselves disgusting to Me by going to people who claim they can talk to the dead.
Deuteronomy 18:10-12 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
Why is it bad? It is an ignorant attempt to gain knowledge or help from some creature other than God. If we need to know something about the future, God tells us. Otherwise, it is for us to trust HIM and keep our focus on Him. We should have no dealings with satan and his demons, however appealing and enticing they appear. It's not Great Grandma haunting the house. Great Grandma died and she is either with the Lord or in torment awaiting final judgment. It's a demon dressed up like Great Grandma to try and frighten, confuse and entice you in a wrong direction and away from God. Do people see or hear ghosts? I'm sure they do but it's not the spirit of a dead person but a demon tricking you. Can it be caught on film or recorded? Probably. I'm not disbelieving anyone's experience. I'm just saying that it's not the spirit of dead human beings but spirit beings, demons, appearing in a way that you want them to appear. Their goal is to scare you, trick you and get you involved in anything other than God. If you are hunting ghosts, looking for ghosts, then satan and his demons will appear as a ghost. If you are expecting ghosts, afraid of ghosts, and think something is haunted, then satan and his demons will not disappoint you. But it's trickery. So God says don't fall for it, don't go after it, don't follow it, don't fool with it, don't play with it.
The sweeping of the stars is also a display of the dragon’s authority. Stars sometimes symbolized nations and kings. The dragon seems to have some power over nations and kings, able to sweep them into his wake. We know satan is the dragon and we know he has tremendous power and strength to push his agenda of control. A crown represents a permanent victory, while the diadem represents a ruling authority and power. In this verse, the word "diadem" is used rather than "crown". The horns are a symbol of power and the crowns are a representation of authority. Who can defeat leviathan, the red dragon, satan? God has! Jesus Christ dealt satan a death blow on the cross and He was resurrected in victory! Satan's end is assured. He is defeated, even though he is still feeling his power and running around on earth, his days are numbered! Satan may inspire a ruler here on earth and help him attempt to take over the world. But he is defeated. He and his tools will be ineffective against God. Man cannot overcome leviathan. But God can and He has. As God's children, we have no fear of leviathan. Our Father has him on a leash and has his days numbered. God's children will have no need to fear the red dragon, leviathan, or any satanic inspired world governments. All he can do is look scary, but he has no power over us. We need have no fear!
We know that Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem to Mary. Satan was waiting for Him and inspired Herod to try to kill the Son of God.
Matthew 2:16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.
But God warned Joseph in a dream and they escaped safely. We also know that satan tries to attack God's children but...
John 10:29 (Jesus speaking) "My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand".
Satan will try to destroy the church. The church has been the object of attack from Satan from both within and without. Within, he has attacked the church by introducing false teaching and false teachers. From without with persecution.
Matthew 16:18 (Jesus speaking) "I will build My church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it".
Satan will try to destroy those who accept Christ during the Tribulation but God will save them. Satan will try to destroy the Jewish remnant who turn to God in the Tribulation. There will be a torrent of persecution against all believers. But God rescues. Bible prophecy tells us a day is coming when a great remnant will repent and receive Jesus as Savior, Messiah, Son of God, King!
Psalm 18:1-6, 16-19 1 I love you, Lord, my strength.
2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3 I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies.
4 The cords of death entangled me;
the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
5 The cords of the grave coiled around me;
the snares of death confronted me.
6 In my distress I called to the Lord;
I cried to my God for help.
From His temple He heard my voice;
my cry came before Him, into his ears.
16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
he drew me out of deep waters.
17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.
18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support.
19 He brought me out into a spacious place;
He rescued me because He delighted in me.
God made promises to the Israelite nation. He chose Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Israel) and made covenant promises to them. If they disobeyed and turned their backs on God, rejected Jesus Christ, it wasn't all of them. Remember the disciples were Jews, the first church was made of Jews, the Apostle Paul was a Jew. There has always been a remnant that believed and there will be during the Tribulation.
Romans 11:1-5 1 I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don’t you know what Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel: 3 “Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me”? 4 And what was God’s answer to him? “I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” 5 So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. 6 And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace. 7 What then? What the people of Israel sought so earnestly they did not obtain. The elect among them did, but the others were hardened,
Romans 9:27 27 And concerning Israel, Isaiah the prophet cried out, “Though the people of Israel are as numerous as the sand of the seashore, only a remnant will be saved."
As a Christian, I am safe. The church is safe. The remnant is safe. God is in control and He has defeated satan and satan's end is known. He is scary, with a lot of sound and fury, but we are safe in the Father's hand and He has the power to defeat satan. However big satan is, God is bigger. However loud satan is, God is louder. However powerful satan is, God is stronger. So be encouraged if you are a Christian.
Revelation 12:5-6 5 She gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.” And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. 6 The woman fled into the wilderness to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.
Psalm 2:6-9 6 For the Lord declares, “I have placed my chosen king on the throne in Jerusalem, on my holy mountain.” 7 The king proclaims the LORD’s decree: “The LORD said to me, ‘You are my son. Today I have become your Father. 8 Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the whole earth as your possession. 9 You will break them with an iron rod and smash them like clay pots.’”
This male child may reference Jesus Christ who was born on this earth. Satan hated Jesus and tried to kill Him.
After His death and resurrection, ascended in the clouds back to His Father to sit at His Father's right hand. The Greek word here is harpazo, which means "caught up" or "snatched up" and indicates quickly, instantaneously. It is the word used for the rapture of the Church in 1 Thessalonians 4:17.
He has been given the Kingdom, a kingdom that will never be taken away from Him. He will take it by force from satan, the prince of the earth. He will judge satan, his demons and those who have rejected Jesus as the Son of God and as their Savior and King.
But there are other applications, or theories, concerning the "male child".
This is a prophecy concerning things to come. Jesus had already been born, crucified, resurrected and ascended when John wrote Revelation.
Jesus will rule with a rod of iron. But according to Revelation 2:26-27, so will the church.
Revelation 2:26-27 26 The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations, 27 and he will rule them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received authority from my Father.
In the Greek, the word for child is teknon which is the simple and informal "child". But Jesus was always referred to as huios which is Greek for "son of honor". John uses teknon to refer to the Church as the children of God in his first epistle (1 John 3:1-2, 10, 1 John 5:2), and uses huios exclusively in reference to Christ in his gospel and first epistle (John 1:49, 59, John 3:13, 16, John 5:19, John 14:13, 1 John 3:8, 1 John 4:15, 1 John 5:5, 1 John 5:20) so would he use teknon for Christ in this passage?
Isaiah 66:7 7 “Before she was in labor she gave birth; before her pain came upon her she delivered a son."
This woman may have given birth before labor pains. I.e. the woman did not have pre-birth labor pains, contractions. If the woman is Mary, the mother of Jesus, did she have labor pains before giving birth to Jesus? Or does this child symbolize the Church and we are raptured before the pains of the Tribulation?
Jesus' ascension is described using the words epairo or anabaino, both of which indicate a gradual rising (like climbing a mountain) not the harpazo, "snatching up".
Christ is the head of the Church and believers make up the body of the Church. We are united and one with Christ, our head. Believers have died to self and been resurrected with a new spirit. Our spirit will eventually be reunited with our perfected and resurrected bodies to live eternally with Christ. The Church will be raptured. We become co-rulers with Christ over the earth. So, in a sense, this male child is Christ AND His Church. Dual fulfillment through Christ and His Church.
1 Timothy 2:11-13 11 The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; 12 if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; 13 if we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.
Psalm 8:3-6 3 When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you set in place—4 what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? 5 Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned theme with glory and honor. 6 You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority
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