The Sun Clothed Woman – (Partial Book)

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March 31, 2003

When Jesus was on earth he often taught by means of parables to conceal the meaning from the ungodly and reveal It to his followers, “because It Is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.” – Matthew 13:11

The mysteries of God are revealed through parables and symbols to his children, to those who hear with a spiritual ear. They are withheld from those so-called wise and prudent. Matthew 11:25.  Right up front before we even begin chapter one in this book, I want to give you a brief synopsis of the personages we will encounter in the passages we are going to study and explain who or what they represent.

One. The sun clothed woman,
representing Israel. (Rev 12:1-5), (Rev 12:16)

Two. The dragon,
representing Satan. (Rev 12:3-17)

Three. The man-child,
representing Jesus Christ. (Rev 12:4-16)

Four. Michael,
representing the angels. (Rev 12:7-9)

Five. The beast out of the sea,
who is the world dictator. (Rev 13:18)

Six. The beast of the earth,
a religious leader who is a false prophet and supports the world dictator. (Rev 13:11-17)

Seven. The 144,000.
representing the remnant saved out of the tribulation (Rev 14:1-5)

As we begin this mighty revelation regarding these important personages I pray that God will release the Spirit of prophecy upon you that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Glory may give onto you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. The eyes of your heart being enlightened. – Ephesians 1:17-18

Chapter 1 : The Sun Clothed Woman, Israel

Revelations 12 opens with a vision of a woman and a child: “And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.” – Revelations 12:1-2

The woman in this vision is not the Church, nor is it Jesus Christ. The woman represents the nation of Israel. The maternal genealogical bind from which Jesus Christ came. In scripture a woman is frequently used to represent different spiritual entities. For example, the evil queen Jezebel represents a false religion: “notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou suffers that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto Idols.” – Revelations 2:20

The harlot described in Revelations 17 Is the apostate Church of the end time. The Church is depicted as a bride ready to be joined to her bridegroom Jesus. Let us be glad and rejoice and give honor to Him for the marriage of the Lamb is come and his wife hath made herself ready. – Revelations 19:7

In numerous passages in the Old Testament, Israel is represented as the unfaithful wife of Jehovah. The description given In Revelations 12, the woman Israel is described as “being clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet” – Revelations 12-1. This phrase is a reference back to Joseph’s dream In the Old Testament In which he saw the sun, moon, and eleven brothers bowing down to him: “And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.” – Genesis 37:9

The sun and the moon in this context refer to Jacob and Rachel, Joseph’s parents, who were the patriarchs of Israel; the woman in John’s vision is also seen with a crown of twelve stars on her head. In Joseph’s dream the stars were symbolic of his eleven brothers who, along with Joseph, later became the tribes of Israel. These symbols, the stars, sun, and moon identify this woman as the nation of Israel. The fact that the woman is pregnant and in pain refers to the birth pangs the nation of Israel has experienced down through the centuries while waiting for their coming Messiah. The woman’s suffering refers to the nation of Israel as a whole, not just the birth process experienced by Mary, the earthly mother of Jesus.

Then John saw another wonder in heaven: “and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.” – Revelations 12:3-5

Standing before the woman is a great red dragon who draws part of the stars of heaven and prepares to devour the woman’s child as soon as it is born. It is vital that we know who or what is represented by the dragon.

Chapter 2 : The Dragon, Satan

In Revelations 12:15, John saw a vision of a dragon who was standing In front of a woman awaiting the birth of her man-child. We have identified the woman as symbolic of the nation of Israel. The dragon Is described as a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads and his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth; and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as It was born. – Revelations 12:3-4

(Firstly,) this passage has dual meaning; first it refers to the birth of Christ and the attempts of king Herod to destroy the infant Jesus. To escape Herod it was necessary for Joseph, Mary and Jesus to go into exile in Egypt for the early years of Jesus’ life.

“Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, in Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.” – Matthew 2:16-18

Second, the dragon refers to Satan himself the spirit of the Antichrist that operated in Herod, has continued to operate down through the centuries, and will become even more dominant in the final days of time. The enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crown on his heads refers to the reign of the evil Roman empire. Not only at the time of Christ’s birth but during it’s revival in the end times. The prophet Daniel saw a similar vision of “A beast dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth! It devoured and broke in pieces and stomped the residue with the feet of it! And it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.” – Daniel 7:7

Revelations 13 reveals more concerning this red dragon with ten horns. The horns represent ten countries constituting the nucleus of the beast’s empire. The seven heads and seven crowns refer to the principal rulers of the empire. John also predicted that the tail of the dragon he saw will draw a third part of the stars to the earth. This refers to the end time when Satan will conquer the entire world at the beginning of the Great Tribulation.

Chapter 3 : The Man-Child, Jesus Christ

John then recorded that the woman he saw in his vision was Israel, that she gave birth to a male child: “And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.” – Revelations 12:5-6

Expositors have argued concerning the identity of the child, some claiming it represented the Church rather than Christ. The text, however, indicates that the woman’s child is a male child. If the child was symbolic of the Church it would be a female because the feminine gender of the Bride is used in scripture to describe the Church. It would seem confusing to mix metaphors to refer to the Church as a male child especially since the Church it constantly referred to in scripture as a bride. Jesus is definitely the man-child who is caught up unto God and these verses summarize Satan’s continued attempts to destroy Him and God’s divine plan of the ages. The male child is also described as the one “who will rule all nations with an iron scepter.” – v. 5. This is prophesied in Revelation 19:15 concerning Jesus Christ and fulfilled in the millennial kingdom!

“And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.” – Revelations 19:15. It was also predicted in Psalm 2:9 that Christ will “break them with a rod of iron.”

The statement that the child will be “caught up to God and to his throne”, (Revelation 12:5) has also been debated. Some believe it referred to Christ’ deliverance from Egypt after Herod’s death. I believe it refers to the ascension of Christ after his earthly ministry was over, because the expression “caught up” is too strong of a term to refer to the return of Christ and his family from Egypt to Nazareth. The same word is used to describe the rapture of the Church in 1 Thessalonians 4:17, of Paul being caught up to heaven in his vision in 2 Corinthians 12:2, 4 and of Philips experience of being caught up by the Spirit of God which is recorded in Acts 8:39.

The dragon ready to devour the child definitely refers to Satan. We know that Satan not only attempted to destroy Christ when he was born, but throughout his entire life the enemy was continually trying to defeat Him. When Jesus died on the cross, Satan thought he had won the victory, but praise God, we know that after Christ died, he descended into the pits of hell, snatched the keys of hell and death from Satan, released the prophets and saints held captive, rose from the grave, and ascended into heaven where he reigns victoriously at the right hand of God.

In John’s vision after the birth of the man-child, the woman flees into the desert to a place prepared for her by God. There she is supernaturally placed preserved for 1,260 days (Revelation 12:6). This reveals how Israel will be preserved during the great tribulation as predicted in the Old Testament. “Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.” – Jeremiah 30:7

The 1,260 days is the exact length of the great tribulation which will culminate in the second coming of Christ. Remember this is the second coming of Christ, not the rapture of the saints, the rapture already occurred before the tribulation. During the tribulation, many in Israel will perish. “In the whole land,” declares the Lord, “two-thirds will be struck down and perish; yet one-third will be left in it.” – Zechariah 13:8

Despite this great loss of lives, Israel as a nation will be preserved and rescued by Christ when he comes. “As I live, saith the Lord God, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, will I rule over you: and I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out. And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face. Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord God. And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant: and I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the Lord.” – Ezekiel 20:33-38

This supernatural deliverance is based upon God’s promise to Israel: “And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.” – Romans 11:26-27

Chapter 4 : Michael, the Angels

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To be continued… most of this book is missing. When it is found it will be added. As of 6-1-2013 the binder has not been found yet.

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