A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, a crown of 12 stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in labor and agony as she was about to give birth. (Rev. 12:1–2, HCSB)
In our journey through the Holy Bible, we see God’s conversation with humanity from the first verse of the Old Testament to the last verse of the New Testament. Our Lord did not leave His people without guidance. He taught them to listen to Him through His written Word and then through His signs. God even created the sun, moon, and stars to speak to us about Him and His plans and warnings: “Then God said, ‘Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years’” (Gen. 1:14).
God always warns His people of the things He plans to do: “If a trumpet is blown in a city, will not the people be afraid? If there is calamity in a city, will not the LORD have done it? Surely the Lord GOD does nothing, Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets” (Am. 3:6–7). If we are careful enough in our scriptural studies about the Lord’s second return to Earth, we will find that the Lord has provided many signs and warnings we can recognize and use to prepare for this grand finale.
The wise men or astronomers, upon studying the heavens and the stars, found an unusual sign from heaven and understood its meaning: “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship him’” (Matt. 2:1–2). Thus, they came to Jerusalem and made it known to Herod who, in turn, asked the biblical scholars of that day. The appearance of the star signified, “The King is born”! In this way, the sign of the first coming of the promised Messiah was revealed to the Jewish nation. Only the wise men recognized the significance of this heavenly sign. The biblical scholars of those days seemed to be indifferent to the occasion. As we can see, it is not enough to just read and know the Scriptures. We must study them and pay attention to what they tell us. The Jewish scholars knew their writings; nevertheless, they missed the Messiah’s first coming.
The same star appeared at the time of the last blood moon of the tetrad on September 23, 2015, which was exactly two years before September 2017. It also appeared when God promised Abraham that he would have descendants like sand. Three appearances of the Bethlehem star two thousand years apart! Therefore, we should pay attention to what might come after the star’s last appearance. The next significant occurrence was the Revelation 12 signs of heaven.
In the manner of the Messiah’s first coming, we see a pattern in the second coming of Christ. He has given us a special sign in heaven, which is recognizable to modern astronomers. They tell us that once in six thousand years, a special occurrence took place within the heavenly bodies. This event, the great sign in heaven, is recorded prophetically by the Apostle John in Revelation 12.
This sign took place on September 23, 2017: “A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of 12 stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in labor and agony to give birth” (Rev. 12:1–2, HCSB). It is as important as the wise men’s star at Jesus’ birth, which signified the birth of the Messiah. It came right after the Feast of Trumpets, which took place within a month after the total solar eclipse, which cut the US in half. The sign of the woman and the special solar eclipse of 2017 announce Christ’s imminent second return and the completion of the three fall feasts: the Feast of the Trumpets (the Rapture), the Feast of Atonement (battle of Armageddon), and the Feast of the Tabernacles (beginning of the Lord’s millennial reign).
Many biblical scholars were puzzled by the Revelation 12 sign of the woman in heaven. Now we can understand it, as we have seen it come to pass. It is a sign in heaven that illustrates the activity of heavenly physical bodies. The woman is a constellation of a virgin. Twelve stars made her crown in the form of a lion. The moon was under her feet. The sun stayed in her background and clothed her. Jupiter, the king planet, circled her abdominal area within a nine-month period and exited her at the time of this sign occurrence as she gave birth to the king planet, Jupiter. It was “a great sign in heaven” indeed! The sign of the woman in heaven is none other than the cry of ‘the ten virgins’ parable: “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!” (Matt. 25:6) Are we ready to meet the Groom? Are we all wise virgins? Jesus warned us that some people will not be ready.
After the sign of the woman, chapter 12 continues with a second sign. The actual physical bodies (which are stars, constellations, and planets) will be involved again:
Then another sign appeared in heaven: There was a great fiery red dragon having seven heads and 10 horns, and on his heads were seven diadems. His tail swept away a third of the stars in heaven and hurled them to the earth. And the dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she did give birth he might devour her child. But she gave birth to a Son—a male who is going to shepherd all nations with an iron scepter—and her child was caught up to God and to His throne. (Rev. 12:3–5, HCSB)
The two signs of the woman and the dragon are full of symbolism and significance. They carry extremely important messages. I will go into detail on the symbolism and what we can do to prepare a little later in this book.
Chapter 12 is in the middle of the book of Revelation. It means that most of the written events in Revelation have already transpired right before our eyes. Jesus’ first coming occurred before the eyes of many people, including the ones who were knowledgeable of the Hebrew Scriptures. Nevertheless, those who had to accept Him first failed to recognize His visitation. As we know, history repeats itself. Let’s learn from them and heed the Lord’s warnings through Scripture and signs. We need to get ready, for most of the elements of the prophecies concerning the last days are already complete. We are literally seconds from witnessing the Lord’s return!
In the book of Joel, we see more clues and signs of the approaching Day of the Lord: “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD” (Joel 2:30–31). We have already witnessed the unfolding of these in many ways. It is a mixture of Revelation 8 and 9 and Joel 2:2–10. Joel 2:31 came to completion in the recent tetrad or the set of four blood moons, which happened on the four Jewish holidays, and the super moon on November 14, 2016. The first tetrad moon showed up in the spring of 2014, on Passover, and the fourth was seen on September of 2015, on the Lord’s Feast of Tabernacles. These occurrences are special and rare and fit perfectly with all the other signs that happened and are happening around the world. Also, they complement the Scriptures, which point to our days as the days right before the great second coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Combining the books of Joel and Revelation, we see we are dangerously out of time. These moons are God’s way of warning that the end is near.
She Divides the Spoil by Natalya Vazemiller.
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