“Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.” (Rev 12:1-2)
In this blog series we’ve endeavored to show you the distinction of the saints in the end times. Here in this chapter is another example of it. The labor pain in birth of this Sun-Clothed Woman happens toward the end of this age. We’ve determined that the Woman represents the people of God of all ages, or more specifically, the Church-Israel (refer to Part 7). As far back as Isaiah this was foretold:
“Before she was in labor, she gave birth; before her pain came, she delivered a male child. Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labor, she gave birth to her children.” (Isa 66:7-8)
Notice the distinction here. The Manchild was delivered first even before the woman was in labor or pain. It was not until she was in labor that the rest of her children came forth. Let the earnest reader discern. The Manchild does not represent all the Woman’s children. There are others of her offspring mentioned in vs 17. These are the remaining saints, either born again Jews and/or Gentiles. No unregenerate man has any part in the program of God so please do not say that this is natural Israel here. It clearly is not.
“And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” (Rev 12:17)
The Manchild is the first-fruits unto God and is born before the Woman travails, and the rest of her offspring are the final harvest of tribulation saints who are born during the travail.
“She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne. Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.” (Rev 12:5-6)
Many people have assumed that the Manchild is Christ, but as we stated in part 7 it cannot be because Christ did not escape death by being raptured and He was born 100 years before this prophecy. All prophecy is futuristic. This bears repeating due to the inaccurate interpretations that some have had of this glorious chapter where the rapture is so beautifully depicted.
Let the reader note that this Manchild was to rule the nations with a rod of iron. Certainly in a general way this applies to the Lord Jesus Christ, for He is the first of the first-fruits and shall indeed rule the nations, but the more specific and accurate interpretation is that of the first-fruits or overcomers.
“And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations — ‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron’” – (Rev 2:26-27)
The message of Jesus to the seven churches of Revelation always includes a wonderfully special promise to the overcomers. These are members of Christ’s Church. Here they are given power over the nations. They will rule with Christ in the millennium.
Just as Jesus Christ is called different names such as the Son of God, Son of man, the Lamb of God, Lion of Judah, the Beginning and the End, even so this Manchild is also known as the overcomers, the first-fruits, the wise virgins, etc.
There’s been a diabolical silence on holiness in the modern day church. The Lord is calling for a people who are completely devoted and consecrated to Him. The devil is seeking to bring in compromise through the world’s system and the flesh, and enticing believers to violate their vows of separation from the world. Those who are faithful will share in the promised position of the overcomers. They will be a part of the Manchild company. Oh, what a thrilling possibility for those who will plunge into their race and like Paul, press toward the goal for the prize of the upward calling in Christ Jesus!
“I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 3:14) – Surely this is more than salvation and the general resurrection of the righteous which are granted by simple faith in Christ’s finished work. Is this not a reference to bride-ship, and a privileged position with Christ for all of eternity?