Let them give glory to the LORD, And declare His praise in the coastlands. The LORD shall go forth like a mighty man; He shall stir up His zeal like a man of war. He shall cry out, yes, shout aloud; He shall prevail against His enemies. (Isa. 42:12, 13)
Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. (Ps. 24:9b)
Revelation 12 is the last warning sign of the approaching Day of the Lord and the perfect storm that is coming with it. It signifies the actualization of Christ’s special expectations for His church. As I discussed in the previous chapter, the imminent Day of the Lord will be accompanied by a battle between two armies, both of which God will allow to be fought. The destructive army will be characterized by the wrath and judgement on the wickedness of people who refused to repent of their ways and accept the only God, Jesus Christ: “Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, For His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!” (Ps. 2:12, NASB) The second army will prepare the way in praise and obedience to Him. They will open the gates and allow Him to come with glory, because He is the King of Glory and expects to come as such: “Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, The LORD mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory” (Ps. 24:7-10).
I strongly believe that the second army will have a great number of women. At least, God will use women to wake up the rest. Their main job is to stay on their knees in prayer. This will cause God to move into the midst of His Church. Thus, through His Church, He will glorify Himself in the last hours. Before we go into detail on the task of this glorious second army, we will unmask the symbolism of Revelation 12:
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 as she was about to give birth. 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. 12:1–5, HCSB)
- A great sign appeared in heaven: This is an actual sign in heaven with the physical heavenly bodies and constellations. This sign also carries symbolism that conveys a spiritual message for Jewish people and the Church. (I describe the activity of those bodies in chapter one.)
- A woman . . . with a crown of 12 stars on her head: The woman represents the nation of Israel, because she has a crown of twelve stars to represent the twelve tribes and in particular the tribe of Judah or a lion (Gen. 49:8–10). This crown is shaped like a lion. The Church is included as well. It believes in Jewish Messiah, Jesus Christ and His Scriptures.
- Clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet: The sun represents birth or enlightenment of the woman. The moon represents night or great trials. Both are primarily related to the woman. Thus, it suggests that the Jewish nation and the Church will endure great tribulation, which will birth a certain positive outcome.
- She was pregnant and cried out in labor and agony to give birth: The trials will bring worth the rebirth of the Church or revival, where many Jewish people will accept Christ as their Messiah, and the Church will purify its garments.
- But she gave birth to a Son—a male who is going to shepherd all nations with an iron scepter: “Son” represents the Church or the body of Christ. The tribulation of Jewish people and the Church will bring rebirth or revival to the Church. God always did everything related to Him through His people, the Jews. The Holy Bible was written through them to bless whole humanity. The Law was given through them in order to set God’s moral ethics for humanity. Covenants were made between God and them. Jesus, the Savior came from them. The early church was made out of them first. The final global revival will not be without them. Their blessings come directly to the gentiles. We are blessed through the seed of Abraham, Jesus Christ. We must pray for their revival in order to get our revival.
- Her child was caught up to God and to His throne: “Child” represents the Church, which is body of Christ. The revived Church will be caught up or raptured to be with God. This Church will be made up of Jews and people out of all nations.
- 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: The second sign will be within the physical bodies of heaven and holds a spiritual message for us. A political system will rise and persecute the reborn Church, both Jews and Gentiles.
- 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: During the revival and the rebirth of the Church, the political system will try to crush the Church through severe persecution. At this time, the Rapture will happen.
Let’s simplify things: Shortly after September 23, 2017, will be a great hardship and possible persecution of Jewish people and the Church all over the world. God will allow these trials to bring revival to His beloved descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and the Church. Through this persecution, they will accept their Messiah, Yeshua Hamashiach. Many people will accept Christ as their Savior. The world and the Church will witness miracles that have never been seen before. The name of Jesus Christ will be revered above any name. Many physical and spiritual strongholds will melt at the mention of His name. All these things will be possible because of God’s people filling their prayer cups for the world and their family members, relatives, neighbors, church, city, state, and country. At the peak of the revival, satan will raise a political system to crush the wave of the Holy Spirit’s movement throughout the land. The new, powerful Church will experience an intense persecution, but only for a short time. Sometime during the persecution, the Rapture will take place. The Feast of the Trumpets stands for the Rapture: “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (1 Cor. 15:52).
After the Rapture, the antichrist will come into power for 3.5 years. He will go after God’s remaining people, the Jews who didn’t accept Jesus and Christians who were not raptured due to not being ready (Rev. 12:6–17). During these 3.5 years, people will see the other half of Revelation, which follows chapter 12. The rest of Revelation mostly describes the events that will take place after the Church is caught up. Those will be times of the great Tribulation. Left behind people will witness: the antichrist (Rev. 13); the trampling of the holy city and prophesying of the two witnesses (Rev. 11:1–14); the boils of wrath for serving the beast (Rev. 16); the judgement of the Babylon (Rev. 17, 18); the battle of Armageddon – the Feast of Atonement (Rev. 14:14–20; 19:11–21; Zech. 14:1–4); and the blowing of the seventh angel with his trumpet – the Feast of Tabernacles (Rev. 11:15–19).
She Divides the Spoil by Natalya Vazemiller.
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