Mid-Tribulation Event (Revelation 12:1-15:4) – Part 1

To start with, let me clarify something about the title of this section. I am not meaning here that the events from Revelation 12:1 to 15:4 will all occur exactly in the middle of the Tribulation, or that they will even occur between the trumpets and the bowls. I only mean that they are found written about in the book of Revelation between the trumpets and the bowls. Actually, it is a parenthetical passage meant to convey details of key events during all of the Tribulation and especially during the last three and a half years of it. But it is more than a record of key events. The passage is meant to give us background information or a setting for the Tribulation and for the main characters: for Satan, Israel, Christ, the two beasts, the 144,000 witnesses, and certain angels.

We will divide this lengthy passage into seven parts:

  1. The Woman, the Child, and the Dragon (Revelation 12:1-17)
  2. The Beast from the Sea (Revelation 13:1-10)
  3. The Beast from the Earth (Revelation 13:11-18)
  4. The Lamb and the 144,000 Witnesses (Revelation 14:1-5)
  5. The Three Angels and A Voice from Heaven (Revelation 14:6-13)
  6. The Harvest of the Earth (Revelation 14:14-20)
  7. The Song of Moses and the Lamb (Revelation 15:1-4)

We will begin today with the first part, and we will just take the first six verses of that section, Rev. 12:1-6.

The Woman, the Child, and the Dragon

Revelation 12:1-6. A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; 2 and she was with child; and she cried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth. 3 Then another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven diadems. 4 And his tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her child. 5 And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up to God and to His throne. 6 Then the woman fled into the wilderness where she had a place prepared by God, so that there she would be nourished for one thousand two hundred and sixty days.

Here in these first six verses, God introduces the key characters in this historical story. First, we see a woman who appears in heaven. She is glowing like the sun and she has a beautiful crown with twelve stars on her head. But she, at the same time, is crying out in pain because she is ready to give birth. Who is she? Well, if you read on, it will be made clear that she is Israel. Her brightness speaks of her exalted status and that she is God’s light bearer to the world. Her crown of twelve stars, likewise, identifies her as the founder of her Hebrew race, and the child she will bear as the Jewish Messiah who will come out of that race and eventually rule all nations with a rod of iron (Ps. 2:9).

The second character suddenly appears in heaven as a great red dragon with seven crowned heads and ten horns and having a tail that swept away to the earth a third of the stars of heaven. This evil character is obviously Satan. His seven crowned heads probably represent his domain of seven past worldly kingdoms, and his ten horns his ten future kingdoms (of the Revived Roman Empire). The dragon’s tail that swept away a third of the stars no doubt is depicting Satan’s own rebellion and his taking a third of the angels with him when he fell (or when God limited his access to heaven, Is. 14:12ff). Since that time, he has been planning to do great evil—mainly to kill the Christ Child. Moreover, at every turn in history Satan has made that attempt—to destroy the seed of the woman.” His final try was through Herod when he tried to kill Him by ordering all baby boys in Bethlehem two years under to be slain. But Jesus had already fled with His parents into Egypt.

The last half of verse five and verse six moves the story ahead, first to the end of Christ’s life on earth where He is resurrected and ascends to heaven, then all the way to the middle of the Tribulation where the woman (Israel) flees from the Antichrist into the wilderness where God takes care of her for the next three and a half years. true

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