AUG 11

Revelation 12:1-17
Memorise Isaiah 54:1-6
“Where she hath a place prepared of God”


The second half of the Great Tribulation will see Israel come under persecution as never before. The Jews who suffered under Hitler in WWII would understand what we mean. A permanent record of their sufferings preserved in Yad Vashem—the Holocaust Museum—in Jerusalem is an eye opener to the Bible student of Revelation 12.

Who is the woman “clothed with the Sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of 12 stars” (Revelation 12:1)? In prophetic language, woman or wife in the Old Testament signifies Israel, with God as her husband (Isaiah 54). We believe the woman of Revelation 12 is Israel inasmuch as Joseph’s dream in Genesis 37 also described the family of Israel as represented by “the sun and the moon and the eleven stars” (Genesis 37:9), with Joseph himself being the 12th star. Now who is the Child? Inasmuch as Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary, who is of Israel, this Child must be our Saviour, for He is One “to rule all nations with a rod of iron” (Revelation 12:5).

How about the red dragon? The dragon is also called “that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan” (Revelation 20:1). Red signifies bloodshed, and is Satan not called a murderer from the beginning (John 8:44). The great red dragon, having seven heads and 10 horns and seven crowns upon his heads shows how powerful and successfully clever the Devil is in working out his schemes through the nations. That he tried to devour the Child harks back to his attempt to kill the baby Jesus through King Herod. That the Child was caught up unto God and to His throne is a picture of His preservation during the 33 years of ministry on earth till the day of His death, resurrection and ascension.

This vision from Revelation 12:1-5 therefore gives us a brief history of the world, from the formation of the nation of Israel, till the birth and death of the Lord Jesus Christ. Verse 6 then leaps forward to the period of the Great Tribulation, where 1260 days speaks of its second half. Again what we see here is a promise that God will protect and preserve Israel during the period of intense suffering and persecution. They would be fed in this special place prepared by God, whilst Satan will rage upon the earth.

Thought: The Lamb of God Lion from Judah is infinitely more powerful than the red dragon and that old serpent.
Prayer: I praise Thee Lord Jesus for Thy omnipotence.