Revelation Chapter 12 – The Birth and the Dragon

“Now a great sign was seen in heaven — a woman clothed with the sun, under her feet the moon, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and about to give birth, and she screamed in the agony of labor” (Revelation 12:1-2).

‘Sign in the heaven’ refers to an astronomical event. Planets and constellations represent different Biblical concepts. The moving of these heavenly bodies reveal prophetic truths. This explains what happened with the magi from Persia-Saudia Arabia who brought gifts to child, Yeshua. They were astronomers who studied the heavens and understood the Hebrew ‘signs in the heavens.’

“Where is the newborn King of the Jews? For we saw his star in the east and have come to worship him” (Matthew 2:2).

The great sign is a woman clothed with the sun, under her feet the moon, and on her head a crown made of 12 stars. From an astronomical viewpoint, explained by John P. Pratt, the ‘woman’ is a very large constellation known as the Maiden or Virgo for the Virgin. This constellation moves in an elliptical path along which the sun, moon, and planets appear to move as the earth orbits the sun. In one year, the sun will appear to move through all twelve zodiac constellations. For two weeks per year, the sun appears in the ‘clothing of the woman.’ Every three years, the moon appears as a thin evening crescent under the ‘feet of the woman’ at the same time the sun is in her clothing.

Basing this heavenly event on a constellation, the prophecy would indicate a date which can be determined by the position of the sun and moon in the constellation of the Maiden ‘in her clothing.’ On the Hebrew calendar, the timing of this event points toward the first day of the seventh month or the Feast of Trumpets. This ‘appointed time’ is when the seven messengers blow trumpets at the beginning of the Messianic Era.

“Another sign was seen in heaven there was a great red dragon with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven royal crowns. Its tail swept a third of the stars out of heaven and threw them down to the earth. It stood in front of the woman about to give birth, so that it might devour the child the moment it was born” (Revelation 12:3-4).

A red dragon with seven heads and ten horns stands in front of the woman who is screaming in childbirth and ready to devour the child the moment it is born. The tail of the dragon sweeps a third of the stars out of heaven and throws them down to the earth.

There is a constellation known as the Dragon called Draco. Within the coil of its ‘tail’ is what is considered to be a third part of the stars. Using Pratt’s map of the heavens, the elliptical circle around which the sun, moon, and planets travel is clockwise. The Dragon is near the center of the circle in an exalted place, considered to be the top of the sky.

“How did you come to fall from the heavens, morning star, son of the dawn? How did you come to be cut to the ground, conqueror of nations? You thought to yourself, ‘I will scale the heavens, I will raise my throne above God’s stars. I will sit on the Mount of Assembly far away in the north” (Isaiah 14:12-13).

Many believe the ‘woman’ represents Miriam who gave birth to Yeshua, however, that places Miriam in a place greater than Isra’el or even the Tribe of Judah from where salvation comes. I suggest that the Maiden is Isra’el, the ‘woman’ who entered into a marriage covenant with Adonai, and who is also known as ‘virgin’ Isra’el from whom the ‘seed of woman’ was birthed.

“Once again, I will build you; you will be rebuilt, virgin of Isra’el. Once again, equipped with your tambourines, you will go out and dance with the merrymakers” (Jeremiah 31:3).

The Hebrew word for ‘scream’ is yalal and means ‘to howl or wail.’ This has been Isra’el’s spiritual battle since Adonai put a curse on the Serpent and ‘his seed.’ Isra’el has suffered much travail in bringing forth salvation to the world, first as the Lamb of Adonai, and soon to be revealed as the Lion of Judah. From their centuries of slavery in Egypt, their years of captivity in Babylon, their near-annhilation in Persia, their almost assimilation with Syria, the Crusades, the Inquisitions, and the Holocaust, the children of Isra’el have mourned and wailed at the loss of their infants and children, their Temple, and their Land of Promise.

“She gave birth to a son, a male child, the one who will rule all the nations with a staff of iron. But her child was snatched up to God and his throne;  and she fled into the desert, where she has a place prepared by God so that she can be taken care of for 1,260 days” (Revelation 12:5-6).

The male child that Isra’el birthed is the salvation of the world –– Yeshua. According to Psalm 2, once Yeshua receives his inheritance of the nations, they will need to be broken with an iron rod. This suggests that even when Messiah rules the world as King, there will still be those who refuse his reign.

“Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance; the whole wide world will be your possession. You will break them with an iron rod, shatter them like a clay pot’” (Psalm 2:8-9).

The ‘dragon’ tries to devour the child. The ‘dragon’ is the Adversary with two possible meanings. First, at the moment of Yeshua’s birth, Satan desired to take his life. This is evidenced by the events surrounding the astrologers from the east and Herod’s edict to murder all baby boys in Bethlehem under two years old. To keep His son alive, Yosef is told to take Miriam and Yeshua to Egypt. They stay in Egypt is 3 ½ years. After his resurrection, Yeshua was taken into heaven and to sit at the right hand of Adonai.

“Yeshua — who, in exchange for obtaining the joy set before him, endured execution on a stake as a criminal, scorning the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).

An end times view of the astronomical sign is that Virgin Isra’el, the ‘woman,’ is preparing for the arrival of King Messiah. The ‘dragon’ has always wanted to devour the chosen people of Adonai in order to prevent first, the birth of Yeshua, and second, his return that will completely destroy the ‘dragon’s’ power on earth. Not only will the ‘woman,’ the nation of Isra’el, be taken into the wilderness for 3 ½ years, but during that time, there will be two witnesses prophesying in Jerusalem during those same years (Revelation 11:3).

“Next there was a battle in heaven — Mikha’el and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back.  But it was not strong enough to win, so that there was no longer any place for them in heaven.  The great dragon was thrown out, that ancient serpent, also known as the Devil and Satan [the Adversary], the deceiver of the whole world. He was hurled down to the earth, and his angels were hurled down with him” (Revelation 12:7-9).

Because the revelation of Yochanan is about the time before the Messianic Era, I believe these verses describe the Adversary’s complete removal from the heavenly realm. Though there was a heavenly battle that removed the Adversary from his place of leadership in the angelic realm, this war removes him from having any place heaven. Up until this war, the Adversary could come before the throne of Adonai and make accusations against righteous people.

“It happened one day that the sons of God came to serve Adonai, and among them came the Adversary. Adonai asked the Adversary, “Where are you coming from?” The Adversary answered Adonai, “From roaming through the earth, wandering here and there.”  Adonai asked the Adversary, “Did you notice my servant Iyov, that there’s no one like him on earth, a blameless and upright man who fears God and shuns evil?” (Job 1:6-8).

The Scripture says that the Adversary was “hurled” down. The Hebrew word for ‘hurl’ is tul and means ‘sent violently.’ The same word is used of Yonah when he was hurled into the sea in order to preserve the men on the ship. This is a different word from ‘fall’ used in Isaiah 14 to describe the Adversary’s ‘fall’ from his place in heaven. The Hebrew word for ‘fall’ is naphal. From naphal comes Nephillim –– the half-breed human, angelic giants living in the days of Noach; and also in the days after in Canaan when the spies scouted out the Promised Land (Genesis 6:1-6, Numbers 13:33).

“How did you come to fall from the heavens, morning star, son of the dawn? How did you come to be cut to the ground, conqueror of nations? You thought to yourself, ‘I will scale the heavens, I will raise my throne above God’s stars. I will sit on the Mount of Assembly far away in the north. I will rise past the tops of the clouds, I will make myself like the Most High'” Isaiah 14:12-14).

The Adversary is called ‘son of the morning’ in Isaiah 14. In the Hebrew, the word helel means ‘shining’ or ‘bright.’ From the King James Version and a translation into Latin, this word became Lucifer meaning ‘light bringer,’ a name that is not in the Hebrew text nor is found anywhere in the text. After his fall, the ‘son of the morning’ is described as one who ‘masquerades as an angel of light.’ His desire is to proliferate ‘the lie’ with which he deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden.

“There is nothing surprising in that, for the Adversary himself masquerades as an angel of light …” (2 Corinthians 11:14).

“Then I heard a loud voice in heaven saying, “Now have come God’s victory, power and kingship, and the authority of his Messiah; because the Accuser of our brothers, who accuses them day and night before God, has been thrown out! “They defeated him because of the Lamb’s blood and because of the message of their witness. Even when facing death they did not cling to life. “Therefore, rejoice, heaven and you who live there!(Revelation 12:10-11).

When the Adversary is ‘hurled’ out of the heavenly realm, he is no longer the Accuser of the righteous. He is defeated through the blood of the Lamb and the testimony of those who did not cling to life, but were willing to die. Though heaven rejoices in the victory, power, kingship, and authority of Yeshua, the earth will experience the rage of Satan because he knows his time is short.

The Hebrew word for ‘victory’ is teshuah and means ‘salvation’ and ‘deliverance’ and is related to yeshua. There is one letter difference between teshuah and teshuvah which means ‘return.’ After one make teshuvah and returns to Adonai, they receive teshuah through Yeshua.

Hebrew Letter Pictures

תשובה – Return or Repent – teshuvah

Tet is a picture of a Snake and means ‘to twist.’

Shin is a picture of a Tooth and means ‘to consume.’

Vav is a picture of a Nail and means ‘binding.’

Bet is a picture of a House and means ‘family.’

Hey is a picture of a Window and means ‘to reveal.’

teshuvah means ‘the revealing of the family bound to being consumed by the twisting.’

תשועה – Salvation or Deliverance – teshuah

Tet is a picture of a Snake and means ‘to twist.’

Shin is a picture of a Tooth and means ‘consume.’

Vav is a picture of a Nail and means ‘binding.’

Ayin is a picture of an Eye and means ‘to see and understand.’

Hey is a picture of a Window and means ‘to reveal.’

teshuah means ‘to reveal and see and understand the binding to the twisting is consumed’

ישוע – Salvation – Yeshua

Yod is a picture of a Closed Hand and means ‘a finished work.’

Shin is a picture of a Tooth and means ‘consume.’

Vav is a picture of a Nail and means ‘binding.’

Ayin is a picture of an Eye and means ‘to see and understand.’

yeshua means ‘to see and understand the binding consumed by the finished work’

The Hebrew word for ‘power’ is tokef and means ‘strength’ and ‘energy.’ The Hebrew word for ‘authority’ is also tokef. Using this word twice means that Yeshua’s strength and power is established matter, not to be questioned. The Hebrew word for ‘kingship’ is melek and means ‘king.’ Kingdom is malchut. This word is recited in the Shema: Baruch shem kavod malchuto l’olam va-ed –– Blessed be His name whose glorious kingdom is forever. Amen! This will be the time for great rejoicing, for ‘spinning around’ as David did when he brought the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem.

But woe to you, land and sea, for the Adversary has come down to you, and he is very angry, because he knows that his time is short!” When the dragon saw that he had been hurled down to the earth, he went in pursuit of the woman who had given birth to the male child.  But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle, so that she could fly to her place in the desert, where she is taken care of for a season and two seasons and half a season, away from the serpent’s presence” (Revelation 12:12-14).

Because the Adversary has been hurled out of heaven, he is angry. He knows his time on earth is short so he brings woes to the earth. The Hebrew word for ‘woe’ is oy and means ‘to become impassioned with grief and despair.’

Yochanan’s vision continues using of the symbolism in the heavenly constellations. ‘The dragon’ Adversary has been hurled down to earth; he pursues ‘the woman’ Isra’el whose ‘male child’ Yeshua has been given the eternal Kingdom.

The people of Isra’el are given the two wings of a great eagle so that she might fly to a place in the wilderness for 3 ½ years –– away from the Adversary. This is reminiscent of how Adonai delivered the Hebrews from Egypt –– they were carried on eagles’ wings and taken into the wilderness. The prophet Isaiah also uses the imagery of an eagle to describe those who hope in Adonai.

“‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself” (Exodus 19:4).

“But those who hope in Adonai will renew their strength, they will soar aloft as with eagles’ wings; when they are running they won’t grow weary, when they are walking they won’t get tired” (Isaiah 40:31).

In the wilderness, Isra’el will renew her strength. She will once again become a strong nation, not growing weary or tired. Adonai will be Isra’el’s deliverance. He will have compassion on His people and protect them.

Some believe the judgments in Revelation are not consecutive, but happen concurrently. The words in this part of the vision may refer to Yeshua’s reference to the ‘abomination of desolation’ in Matthew 24. He says that for the sake of those who had been chosen, the time must be cut short or no one would survive. Either the time will be cut short with a quick ending or cut short by escaping into the hills, the Judean desert. It is obvious from Yeshua’s prophecy that the righteous need to pray for the timing of their escape –– that it not be in winter or on the Shabbat.

“That will be the time for those in Y’hudah to escape to the hills. If someone is on the roof, he must not go down to gather his belongings from his house;  if someone is in the field, he must not turn back to get his coat. What a terrible time it will be for pregnant women and nursing mothers! Pray that you will not have to escape in winter or on Shabbat. For there will be trouble then worse than there has ever been from the beginning of the world until now, and there will be nothing like it again! Indeed, if the length of this time had not been limited, no one would survive; but for the sake of those who have been chosen, its length will be limited” (Matthew 24:16-22).

The serpent spewed water like a river out of its mouth after the woman, in order to sweep her away in the flood;  but the land came to her rescue — it opened its mouth and swallowed up the river which the dragon had spewed out of its mouth” (Revelation 12:15-16).

What is spewed out of the mouth of the Adversary are words that defile and blaspheme Adonai. It is his desire to destroy the chosen people through lies and hatred toward the Torah. The Adversary will spew water, a false words, in order to sweep Isra’el away. The prophet Isaiah explains what happens when the serpent “comes in like a flood.” The Spirit of Adonai will lift up a standard against him.

“So [as the result of the Messiah’s intervention] they shall [reverently] fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him and put him to flight [for He will come like a rushing stream which the breath of the Lord drives]” (Isaiah 59:19, Amplified Bible).

The ‘land’ delivers Isra’el; it opens up and swallow the river. The Greek word for ‘land’ in this verse means ‘earth.’ In the wilderness, the earth swallowed the sons of Korech for their rebellion against Moshe. In the end times, the earth will once again open up and swallow the prideful words of the Adversary (Numbers 16:32).

In Hebrew the word for ‘land is eretz and means ‘earth’ as in ‘whole earth.’ The word eretz is used for Eretz Isra’el or the ‘Land of Isra’el’ as well as ha’aretz hamuvtakhat or Promised Land. When the Adversary spews a rushing river, the Promised Land opens up and swallowed the his blasphemous words proving the holiness the Land.

The dragon was infuriated over the woman and went off to fight the rest of her children, those who obey God’s commands and bear witness to Yeshua” (Revelation 12:17).

The Adversary becomes infuriated because of Adonai’s miraculous protection of ‘the woman’ Isra’el. He turns is rage on those who obey the Torah and have a testimony of Yeshua. Some versions of the Bible call these people ‘saints.’ In Hebrew they are called kadoshim or ‘holy ones.’

These children of ‘the woman’ Isra’el are unique –– they have a testimony of Yeshua and keep Torah. Judaism does not acknowledge Yeshua as Messiah so most Jews have no testimony of him while they accept Torah. While Christians have a testimony of Yeshua (Jesus), Christianity teaches that the Torah has been nullified so few Christians actually keep the commandments. Neither group fit the Biblical description of kadoshim.

The children of the ‘woman’ Isra’el are those who embrace the first-century Messianic vision of the Olive Tree of Isra’el. This Olive Tree has natural branches of Jews and grafted-in wild olive branches of gentiles. These natural and wild olive branches are not just believers in Yeshua, but they also obey the commandments of Adonai’s Torah. There is no dividing wall between these two groups of people because they have become the commonwealth of Isra’el. Through the Spirit of Adonai they have become ‘one new man’ and have allowed the Spirit to sanctify them by the Truth making them kadoshim or ‘saints.’

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