Rev 12:1 Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars.
Rev 12:2 Then being with child, she cried out in labour and in pain to give birth. Rev 12:3 And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. Rev 12:4 His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born. Rev 12:5 She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne. Rev 12:6 Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.
This sign is already visible in heaven, (more on that later) but first I want to expound a little on the meaning of this passage, and also why it appears in Revelation Chapter 12 rather than in Revelation Chapter 4 which is where it would seem more logical.
This passage was believed by many to be referring to the birth of Jesus, and that the Woman was Israel, as described in Joseph’s dream in Gen 37:9&10. So let us look more closely at this passage. The first thing to note is that she is described as “A Woman” not as “A Virgin“ which would be the case if it was Jesus birth. Also of interest is the fact that in Joseph’s dream, the sun, the moon and eleven stars, (His 11 brothers) bowed down. In this passage it states “on her head a garland of twelve stars”, referring to all twelve of Jacob’s children, including Joseph.
We shall see a little later, that taken in the context of the whole chapter, this passage could not possibly have been referring to Jesus, but rather it is the True Church which is being born. YES the woman pictured here is definitely National Israel, but let us not forget that every True Christian has been grafted into Israel, which means that spiritually we are now by faith “Children of Abraham” and that as Jesus our Bridegroom was and is a JEW, so we, as His bride are received into His family as Jews. See Romans 11:17-19.
The second interesting point to note is that in verse 4 it speaks of “her child“. The Greek word used here is “Technon“ which is neuter and refers to a child either male or female gender. Verse 5 starts out by saying she bore a “Male” child “arrhēn or arsēn” Male – & “huios” son. but it goes on to say her child (“Technon“) male or female child was caught up to heaven. Jesus is the “Head” of the Church, so you would expect the Church which is His body to be male also.
However at the same time the Church is also “The Bride of Christ” female. John here seems to be making it clear that it is the Church which is seen in this passage by referring to the CHILD using both genders male and female. Jesus would not be referred by the term “technon” but rather as “arrhēn or arsēn” Male “huios” son.
The next point I would like to make is that when the child was born he was “caught up” to God. the word used here for caught up, is the Greek word “Harpazo“ which is the same word used by Paul in 1 Thess 4:17 and it means to snatch away in the blink of an eye. When Jesus was taken up into heaven the word used was “epairo“ to lift or to raise up, and His ascent into heaven was so slow that the disciples watched as He was taken up. Obviously a different type of ascent altogether.
A fourth important point which shows this whole passage of Revelation 12 is still future, is seen in verse 6, “Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.” Mary did not flee into the wilderness to be fed by God for 3 1/2 years. I think the clincher however is Rev 12:17 “And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ”. When Mary gave birth to Jesus, there was no Christian Church who had the “testimony of Jesus Christ.”
“The rest of her offspring” are clearly those who turn to Jesus for salvation during the Tribulation period, AFTER the Church has been “snatched” up to heaven in the blink of an eye. This precludes it from being Jesus birth here.
So why is this scene set in Rev Chapter 12 instead of Chapter 4 at the beginning of the Tribulation period? This is something that puzzled people for a long time. The answer is that the book of Revelation is NOT a single layer to be read as a continuous story, rather it is like a music score, where the composer lays down the notes for one instrument first, then goes back to the beginning again and lays down the notes for the next instrument, and continues to layer the various instruments until the score is finished.
This layering can also be seen in Revelation chapter 11 where John goes back to the beginning of the Tribulation period and introduces the Two Witnesses who prophesy for the first 3 1/2 years in Jerusalem, before the Antichrist kills them. This takes place at the middle of the Tribulation period, just before the seventh Trumpet. After they are raised up to heaven, the Tribulation period continues on for a further 3 1/2 years, detailing the events of the seventh trumpet, and the seven bowls of God’s wrath. So we can see here that John backs up to to the beginning of chapter 6 to lay down another layer, telling of another thing he had seen earlier on.
I have read prophecy scholars who think that the Seven Seals, and the Seven Trumpets, and the Seven Vials, (Bowls), may all be taking place at the same time.
Now let us go back to the “great sign in heaven:” which I mentioned earlier is already taking place in heaven. Several Christian astronomers, using NASA’s “Planetarium”, searched the heavens backwards and forwards through time to see if they could locate this event which was so clearly revealed in Revelation 12. Some six years ago, the event was finally located in the year 2017, and it will culminate on September 23, which happens to be the “Feast of Trumpets”.
I would also remind you, that 2017 is Israel’s “Year of Jubilee”, and you have probably seen that on the news recently. The “Year of Jubilee” concludes on Yom Kippur, on or around October 3-6th 2017. The next year of Jubilee will not be until 2066/67. As Jesus has come to fulfill all the Law, it seems logical that He will also set the True Believers free in a Year of Jubilee. I do not believe the world can keep going that long without destroying itself.
What is happening in the heavens has never happened before, and will never happen again, according to the NASA Planetarium.
I am going to put a couple of URLs below so you can go into these sites to view them for yourself. I am using Scott Clarke’s You Tube site, for the simple reason that I have followed his teachings now for some time, so I know he is a very solid Bible Teacher who researches his articles thoroughly, and his teachings are firmly Bible based.
Please note NEITHER SCOTT — NOR I, are saying this is definitely going to be the rapture. Neither of us are date setters, but, I agree with Scott that this is a formidable sign taking place right now in heaven, and it MAY be a SIGN of the Rapture. See what Paul says in 1 Thess 5:4 “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.”
Dan 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. God is revealing things to His servants today never known before, as we have reached the “time of the end”.
This first URL is only 9 minutes long, and does not use the NASA Planetarium to illustrate what is happening, but gives a good overview. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNRy0KIWJE0
This second URL is much more informative, and shows what is happening clearly. It is 45 minutes long. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91F_EseiPkU Jupiter, the KING Planet, has already been in Virgo for over 6 months, and in just over 3 months, will leave the womb of Virgo on Sept. 23 rd, which will be, “The Feast of Trumpets.”
The question is, is this just another sign confirming Jesus words in Luke 21:25 “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations,” OR is this an event about to take place? We won’t know the answer to that until near the end of this year.
I still believe that Jesus can come at any time, so do not look for a specific day, or a set date, or a certain “Feast”, but look for your Saviour’s return. Even although this is a “Great Sign” Wait for your redemption, watch eagerly for your bridegroom to come, WHENEVER that may be. As for me I’m going to take the safe path.
Revelation 3:3b “Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.”