Revelation 12

Revelation 12 … We’re still in an informational interlude continuing on through chapter 15. Symbols and signs are represented here that require some interpretation which gives rise to differences of scholarly opinion. We think the best view is that the “woman” of 12:1 represents Israel and the stars represent the twelve tribes of Israel. Then we’re introduced to a “dragon” (12:3), which is identified in 12:9 as Satan, allowing us to see in these symbols an ongoing battle between Satan, Christ, and the Jewish nation. The child of 12:5 is Christ, and the verse is inclusive of the birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension, because the Revelation is talking about future, end-time events. Verse 12:6 refers to Israel in the Great Tribulation (the 1260 days refer to the first half of the seven-year Tribulation). The spiritual warfare between Satan and God’s angels is contemporary to some extent, but the great spiritual battle of 12:7 is something that will occur in the end-times and will result in Satan’s defeat because He has already been defeated at the Cross (12:11).

The end-times depicted include the Tribulation, when Satan will have a devastating effect on the world. We’re so thankful that the Church has been removed for the Tribulation, but Israel is there, and is delivered by God’s great power (12:14). The interlude will continue, giving perspective for understanding the rest of The Revelation.

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