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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Getting the Visions Right (Rev 12)

Updated: Aug 22, 2023

Revelation 12 is an overview chapter that tells us about 4 visions John saw. On the surface it can seem interruptive and unimportant. But in reality, if we get this chapter wrong, our entire interpretation of the book of Revelation will be off. So let's dig in..

John sees 4 visions: The Woman with Child, The Red Dragon, Satan thrown out of Heaven, The Woman Persecuted.

Some of these visions are obvious and some are not as quickly understood without cross referencing through Scripture.

Revelation 12:1-5 we are told about Jesus' birth and how the dragon (Satan) tried to kill Jesus right after He was born. But God protected Jesus and after His ministry, death, burial and resurrection, He was caught up to God (Acts 1:9). Those parts are pretty obvious. But the woman in this first vision, who gave birth to the child is a symbol of Israel not Mary. Hold that thought.

Then in Revelation 12:6 we are told that the woman (Israel) will flee into the wilderness where she is protected by God for 1,260 days (3.5 years). We have just hit the mid-point of the Tribulation. Now God saves these Jews from the Antichrist by hiding them away in the wilderness for the entire second half of the Tribulation. Many think this hiding place will be Petra because of Isaiah 33:16. But we don't know that for sure. We just know that there are many Jews who will flee the Antichrist and God will protect them.

Then in Revelation 12:7-12 we are told that Satan will totally lose his access to heaven and he will know that his time is short. Then he gets really nasty.

In Revelation 13-17 we are told that Satan will go after the woman (Israel) but God takes Israel to a safe place in the wilderness. So then Satan goes after the rest of "her children who hold to the testimony of Jesus." These are the Gentiles who have become followers of Jesus during the 7-year Tribulation. Note that the Jews (Israel) who will be taken away for safe keeping are not followers of Jesus yet. According to Zechariah 12:10-12, Israel will not repent and believe in Jesus until the very end of the Tribulation when they see Jesus come to rescue them. When this happens, the Jews will weep bitterly as they realize they rejected their Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.

Look at the grace of God to give the Jews who reject Jesus another chance to repent and believe in Him even at the very end of the Tribulation period.

Dear Lord, Your grace is truly amazing. You do not want any of us to perish but for all to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9) Lord, thank you for not giving up on any of us. I pray more would turn to You even today so that they don't have to weep bitterly later realizing they rejected You. In Jesus' name I pray, amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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