Revelation Part 8 – The Pregnant Women, Dragon and the Angel of War

Revelation Part 8 – The Pregnant Women, Dragon and the Angel of War

The Book of revelation introduces us to a number of key players that will be involved with the count down, as it were, to the visible and real return of Jesus to the earth. In our last study together we examined the identity and nature of the ministry of the “Two Witnesses”. They will bring about the restoration of all things in Israel. This process of restoration is already unfolding in that the physical return of the Jewish people to their ancient homeland is now well underway. The Bible confirms that the Jewish people will return in unbelief (Ezekiel 36:24-28) and then, by virtue of a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit, initiated by Moses and Elijah, there will be a great spiritual revival in Israel paving the way for the return of Messiah. This is the clear teaching of scripture and of Zechariah 12 in particular:

“And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of
Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look
on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one
mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for
a firstborn.”
Zechariah 12:10

All of this brings into focus the foundational role that the Jewish people have played out in God’s plan for world redemption. Jesus said, “Salvation is of the Jews” ( John 4:22). He used the word Jews in the plural meaning that the historical journey of the Jewish people has been pregnant with the purpose of God for the world. Paul confirms this in his Roman epistle (Romans 3:1-2; 9:1-5; 15:27). This is exactly the truth that is underlined in Revelation twelve.

A pregnant woman-Revelation 13:1-2

John sees a pregnant woman clothed with Sun and the Moon and with a garland of twelve stars around her head. She is pregnant with a Male Child, who is destined to “rule the nations with a rod of iron.” This imagery is taken from Genesis 37:9-11 where Joseph has a dream of his mother and father as the sun and the moon and his eleven brothers and he being the twelfth. The woman is then Israel, without a doubt, and she exists mainly for the purpose of bringing a redeeming Male Child into the world. He alone is the key to global salvation, global peace and real global government based on true justice and righteousness. Only when He comes will the world know the blessedness of rest from conflict and war and He is carried, as it were, in the historical journey of the Jewish people.

In fact the Jewish people have birthed for the world the written and living word of God over a period of 2000 years and by these the nations of the world have been greatly blessed, civilized and countless millions have been redeemed from the ravages of sin. We are indeed greatly indebted to the Jewish people and we should always comfort and come alongside them. Now, more than ever, as they move toward the completion of their global mission by which the great love of God has, in Christ, been made available to the world. When John sees Israel as a pregnant woman he observes and understands her mission most appropriately.

A diabolical dragon-Revelation 12:3-6

Almost immediately John sees another great sign in that he beholds a great fiery Red Dragon with seven heads, ten horns and seven diadems standing before the woman to oppose her, devour her child and resist her unique role in the earth. The symbolism means that behind the seven great empires of history, that have opposed the Jewish people, has been the Devil. These empires have changed in outward appearance but the same sinister evil being has been “pulling the strings” behind them. These empires are Egypt, Syria, Assyria, Babylon, Media-Persia, Greece and Rome. The latter, Rome, is the most dangerous as it has longevity, in that it splits in two and regathers finally as a reconstituted global entity comprising ten regions. This is nothing short of global government that will be satanic and will oppose Israel. The seven diadems are the leaders of these empires. One of these will be the final great Antichrist!

The lesson we have to learn is clear: because of the unique role given to the Jewish people, to be the vehicle of world redemption, the Devil and his hordes have set out to oppose this divine initiative by seeking to liquidate them. This is the testimony of history right up until the present day. Even after the woman gives birth to the Male Child, the Dragon realizes that her role will still be a key one in that she will bring the Male Child back to evict him and rule the nations. Until that day arrives the powers of darkness, and those who co-operate with them, will unite in an effort to destroy the nation of Israel. The real nature of this un-ending conflict is seen in the Holocaust and in the intense battle that rages over Israel today.

This my friends is a very real spiritual battle that sadly also rages in the Church and so God draws John’s attention to it. We must take note, resist Antisemitism in all its forms, and stand with Israel as she journeys into her final great conflict of history. The message from this chapter is clear, the Devil certainly hates the Church and has resisted her, and has even infiltrated her, but he hates Israel more, because she is the matrix of all things redemptive. Many Christians have never understood this message because they never study the book of Revelation! Indeed many in the Church have joined with the Dragon in this war against the Jews!

A great warrior Angel-Revelation 12:7-12

John is also introduced to the true nature of spiritual conflict in that great unseen powers of darkness are orchestrating events on earth, especially those that have to do with Israel and the true Church. Michael the great Archangel of God, most high, engages these dark demonic elements in war and overcomes them. They are defeated, thrown to the earth but have one last ace to play. Paul also understood the nature of this battle for in his Ephesian letter he states that our battle is not against flesh and blood but against great principalities of wickedness in heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12).

The Church on the earth will have to be drawn into this final great struggle by, prayer, the proclamation of truth, standing with Israel and with full, unswerving dedication to Christ. Those in the Church, and who are faithful, will overcome, “by the blood of the Lamb, the word of their testimony and they did not love their lives unto death.” (Revelation 12:11)

My friends, today the house of Israel has returned from the nations, Jerusalem is once again under Jewish sovereignty (Luke 21:24), and thus the stage is set for the final great struggle of good against evil. When one adds to this the call everywhere for global government, and with it the drive toward a New World Order financial system, you must know that we are on the verge of great global change and upheaval. Many Christians are quite unprepared for “this hour”, that is about to befall the earth (1 John 2:18). The Dragon is coming after Israel and the Church and the trap in this regard is rapidly being set. Thankfully Michael, by the prayers and dedication of God’s people, has asserted the victory that Jesus won on the cross. The “Male Child” will come again, and He will evict the Devil, and He will rule the nations in justice, righteousness and peace.

Even so, come Lord Jesus,

Malcolm Hedding

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