The Woman, the Child, and the Dragon – Part 3

This is my third blog on this topic, from Revelation 12:13-17.  You can go to my first blog on this topic to get introductory information.

Verses 13-17.  And when the dragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child.  14 But the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place, where she was nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. 15 And the serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, so that he might cause her to be swept away with the flood. 16 But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and drank up the river which the dragon poured out of his mouth. 17 So the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.

As soon as the devil is kicked out of heaven and realizes that he is on earth, his wrath goes immediately toward Israel—the Jews. And I should also mention that from this time on, we really can’t distinguish between the Antichrist and the devil, because the Antichrist is filled and empowered by the devil, and anywhere the Antichrist goes so goes the devil.

Also, we don’t really know how many Jews will be taken and tortured and killed and how many will escape. Verse thirteen says that he persecuted the woman, but then in verse fourteen it says that she escapes into the wilderness. It is my guess that many at that time will have their eyes opened to see that the Antichrist is evil and is not the Messiah; and they will be reminded of Jesus words in Matthew 24—to flee to the mountains. But some will be blinded by Satan and will not flee; thus, they will be killed. Still others, though they are believers, will be held back (by soldiers) and killed before they have a chance to escape. But not to worry, their names are written in heaven and will soon rejoice with a joyful heavenly host.

Now, as for all those that escape into the wilderness, where it says that “the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman,” I take it that since the definite article is used before the “two wings” and the “great eagle,” that something definite is meant here. I think it is very probable, since the eagle is a U.S. symbol, that they will be airlifted to safely by the United States to a special place where she will be safe from “the serpent” for the next three and a half years.

The term “her place,” referring to the place where Israel was taken to, indicates that it will be a special place that God has prepared for her (more on this later).

The next two verses (15 & 16) are quite interesting and can be interpreted in different ways. The best way, I think, is to see the army of the Antichrist come against Israel like a flood, but then to be swallowed up by the earth in something like an earthquake. This may seem too extreme or miraculous; however, we should not discount it, for the same thing happened in Old Testament days in the rebellion of Korah (Num. 16). And when it comes to important events like this, when God has already declared that Israel will be protected and nourished for three and a half years (verse 14), don’t you think that God will do all in His power to accomplish that promise?

Well, the answer is yes! He will. And yes, there will be many miracles in the Tribulation that we don’t ordinarily see in order to fulfill His will.

The response of the Satan-filled Antichrist, after seeing his army destroyed, is that he will be “enraged.” He will be like a spoiled child who did not get his way, and he goes stomping out of the room! In this case he will turn his rage on all the rest of the believers (Jews and gentiles) who did not come to this place of safety (in the wilderness). So, he will leave that place and go out to many other countries in order to kill Christians and to conquer land. Daniel 11:40-45 may be a place to read to get a sense of his rage in his last days.

Verse 40 says, “He will enter countries, overflow them and pass through.

In verse 41 it says, “He will also enter the Beautiful Land (Israel), and many countries will fall; but these will not be rescued out of his hand: Edom, Moab and the foremost of the sons of Ammon.” Take note: it is possible that this is the place that we just talked about where God kept Israel safe.

Verse 42 & 43 mentions that Egypt will not escape and also the Libyans and the Ethiopians “will follow at his heals.”

In verse 44 it says, “He will go forth with great wrath to destroy and annihilate many.” This verse, I take it, is right at the end of his life, which will be during the end of the bowl judgments; and he will no doubt see Christ when He comes; for the Scripture says that he will make war against Him, but he will be seized and cast into the lake of fire (Rev. 19:19-20).

About Stephen Nielsen

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