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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 symbols 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 she had a crown made up 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 ecliptic 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 in in her clothing.

Using this heavenly event, prophecy would indicate a date which can be determined by the position of the sun and moon in the constellation of the clothing of the Maiden. 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 a trumpet at the beginning of the Millennial reign of Messiah.

“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 and about to give birth, 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’ are what is considered to be a third part of the stars. Using Pratt’s map of the heavens, the ecliptical 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 (Mary) who gave birth to the Messiah, however, that places Miriam in a place greater than Isra’el and the Tribe of Judah from where salvation came. I suggest that the Maiden is the nation of Isra’el, the ‘woman’ who entered into a marriage covenant with Elohim 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 ילל or yalal and means ‘to howl or wail.’ This has been Isra’el’s spiritual battle since Elohim 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 Elohim, and to be soon revealed as the Lion of Judah. From the centuries of slavery in Egypt, their years of captivity in Babylon, their near-demise in Persia, their near 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 or 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 King Messiah rules the world, 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. Understanding that the ‘dragon’ is the Adversary, there are two possible meanings. The first is that at the moment of Yeshua’s birth, Satan desired to take his life. This is seen with 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. The time given for their stay in Egypt is 3 ½ years. With the resurrection of Yeshua, he was taken into heaven and sits at the right hand of Elohim.

“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 prophetic view of the astronomical sign is that the Virgin Isra’el, the ‘woman’ is preparing for the arrival of King Messiah. Throughout history, the ‘dragon’ has always wanted to devour the chosen people of Elohim in order to prevent first, the birth of Yeshua, and second, his return which will completely destroy the power of the ‘dragon’ on earth. Not only will the ‘woman,’ the nation of Isra’el, be taken into the wilderness for 1,260 days, but during that time, there will be two witnesses prophesying in Jerusalem for the same number of days (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 times before Yeshua’s Kingdom rule on earth, I believe this is the description of the Adversary’s final removal from the heavenly realm. Though there was a heavenly battle that removed the ‘son of the morning’ from his place of leadership in the angelic realm because of his pride, this war removes Satan completely from having any place heaven. Up until this time, the Devil could come before the throne of Elohim 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 the Adversary was ‘hurled’ down. The Hebrew word for ‘hurl’ is טול or tul and means ‘sent violently.’ The same word is used of Yonah when he was ‘cast’ into the sea in order to preserve those 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 נפל or naphal. From this word comes the word Nephilim describing the halfbreed human/angelic giants found in Genesis 6:1-6 during the days of Noach; and also in Numbers 13:33 describing what the spies saw when they explored the Promised Land.

“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 was called ‘son of the morning’ in Isaiah 14. In the Hebrew, the word הילל or helel means ‘shining’ or ‘bright.’ From King James and a translation into Latin, this word became Lucifer meaning ‘light bringer,’ a name that is not in the Hebrew text nor has any place in the text. After his fall, the ‘son of the morning’ is described as one who ‘masquerades as an angel of light’ when in reality his desire is to proliferate the Lie that he will be like the Most High God and we can too.

“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 can no longer accuse the brothers day and night. He is defeated through the blood of the Lamb and the testimony of the ones who did not cling to life, but were willing to die. Though heaven rejoices in the victory, power, kingship and authority of King Yeshua, the earth will experience the anger of Satan because he knows his time is short.

The Hebrew word for ‘victory’ is תשועה or teshuah and means ‘salvation’ and ‘deliverance’ and is related to yeshua or ‘salvation.’ There is one letter difference between ‘salvation’ and teshuvah which means ‘return’ or ‘repent.’ I found this to be significant to the gospel of the Kingdom. After one repents, returns to Elohim and His ways, they receive ‘salvation.’

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 תקף or tokef and means ‘strength’ and ‘energy.’ The Hebrew word for ‘authority’ is also tokef. Using this word twice means that it is an established matter. The Hebrew word for ‘kingship’ is מלך or melek and means ‘king.’ Kingdom is מלכות or malchut. This word is used in the second part of the recited Shema: Baruch shem kavod malchuto l’olam va-edBlessed be His name whose glorious kingdom is forever. Amen! This is the time for rejoicing, for spinning around as David did when he brought the Ark 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 thrust out of heaven, he is angry. He knows his time is short and he will bring woes to the earth. The Hebrew word for ‘woe’ is אוי or oy and means ‘to become impassioned with grief and despair.’

The vision continues with the use of the symbolism in the constellations in the heavenly realm. Now that the dragon, the Adversary, has been hurled down to earth, he pursues ‘the woman’ or Isra’el whose ‘male child,’ Yeshua has been given the Kingdom.

Isra’el is given the two wings of a great eagle in order that she might fly to a place in the wilderness for 3 ½ years away from the Adversary’s presence. This is reminiscent of how yod hey vav hey delivered the Israelites from Egypt. According to Exodus, when they were carried on eagles’ wings, they were brought into the wilderness into the presence of Elohim at Mt. Sinai.

“‘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).

The prophet Isaiah also uses the imagery of an eagle to describe those who ‘hope’ in Elohim. In the wilderness, Isra’el will renew her strength. She will once again become a strong nation, not growing weary or tired. Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh will be Isra’el deliverance. He will have compassion on His people and protect them.

“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).

Some people believe the judgments in Revelation are not consecutive, but happen concurrently. In Matthew 24, the words in this part of the vision may refer to his reference to the ‘abomination of desolation. He said 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 ‘bang’ ending or cut short in the sense of escaping to the hills, the Judean desert. It is obvious from Yeshua’s words that the chosen ones need to pray for the timing of the 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).

The following verse from the prophet Isaiah and explains what happens when the serpent ‘comes in like a flood.’ The Spirit of Elohim will lift up a standard against him. The Spirit of Elohim is symbolized by ‘water.’ However, the Adversary will spew water, a false spirit, in order to sweep Isra’el away. This spirit will be so deceptive that the land opens its mouth and swallows the river.

“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).

Water is also symbolic of the Word of God. According to Sha’ul, the Messiah washes his Bride in the water of the Word purifying and cleansing her. What is spewed out of the mouth of the Adversary are words that defile and blaspheme the Elohim of Isra’el. It is his desire to destroy the chosen people through lies and hatred toward the Torah.

“Husbands, love your wives just as Messiah also loved His community and gave Himself up for her to make her holy, having cleansed her by immersion in the word. Messiah did this so that He might present to Himself His glorious community—not having stain or wrinkle or any such thing, but in order that she might be holy and blameless” (Ephesians 5:25-27).

The ‘land’ delivers Isra’el. 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.

“The earth opened its mouth and swallowed them and their households, including every human that belonged to Korah and all their possessions” (Numbers 16:32).

In Hebrew the word for ‘land is ארץ or 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. To consider that the Promised Land, the Land of Isra’el opened up and swallowed the Adversary’s blasphemous words shows the holiness and uniqueness of ‘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 Elohim’s miraculous protection of ‘the woman,’ Isra’el. He turns is anger on those who obey the Torah and have a witness of Yeshua. Some versions of the Bible call them ‘saints’ or ‘sanctified ones.’ In Hebrew they are translated ‘holy ones’ or kadoshim.

What makes these children of ‘the woman,’ Isra’el unique is that they have a testimony of Yeshua and keep Torah. Judaism does not acknowledge Yeshua as Messiah so most Jews have no testimony of him in their lives while they accept and try to observe Torah commands. Christianity has taught the Torah has been nullified by the cross so few actually keep the commandments of Elohim. Without obedience, there is no Spirit. Neither group with partial testimony fit the description of kadoshim.

The ‘children of the woman,’ Isra’el are those who have embraced the first-century Messianic vision of the commonwealth of Isra’el where gentiles are no longer foreigners to the covenants and promises given to Isra’el. These people represent the Olive Tree of Isra’el, the joining of natural branches, Jews with the wild grafted-in branches, gentiles. These are not just believers in Yeshua, but followers who obey the commandments of his Father, the Torah. Through the Spirit of Elohim they have become ‘one new man’ where there is no dividing wall between Jew and non-Jew. These people with a Messianic vision have allowed the Spirt of Elohim to sanctify them by the Truth of the Word through faith in Yeshua, making them ‘saints.’

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