THE GREAT WONDER (Revelation 12:1-17)

“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John” [Revelation 1:1]

1. A great wonder unfolded in heaven.
The Bible says: “And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars” [Revelation 12:1] The “great wonder” was Christ clothed in deity as seen by angels. No angel had seen God until He made Himself known in a form they could perceive. God, subsequently commanded all angels to worship Him by faith in manifestation of Christ as God clothed in glory of divinity, as it is written: “…when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him” [Hebrews 1:6] We shall shortly return to the reaction of the angels. On earth, the “woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet” is revealed as mystery of God; “…manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” [1 Timothy 3:16] Evidently, the testimony of God in Christ is the supreme test of faith in heaven and earth. The “sun” and “moon” refer to the gospel of Jesus Christ as the Light of salvation on earth [John 8:12] The “crown of twelve stars” is the Church; glorified and empowered on sure foundation of Christ and His twelve apostles. The Bible says: “And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered” [Revelation 12:2] The “travailing in birth” describe pains and travails of faithful men and women who kept God’s promise of redemption, from Adam right down to the birth of Jesus Christ,

2. There was rebellion in heaven.
The Bible says: “And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads” [Revelation 12:3] The “great red dragon” was Satan in rebellion, masquerading as god in a grotesque spectacle of “seven heads”, “ten horns” and “seven crowns”. The insurrection drew the; “…third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born” [Revelation 12:4] The “heads”, “horns” and crowns” are imageries of satanic manipulation on earth, as it is written: “…I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast…having seven heads and ten horns. And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus…” [Revelation 17:3-6] Please note, the “woman” in the “great wonder” is deity. The “woman” on the scarlet beast is “Mystery, Babylon”, representing the network of satanic administration on earth. “Seven heads” propagate rebellion and false religion to manipulate souls to hell. “Seven crowns” are seven cycles of satanic incarnations, regarded as human civilizations, from Mesopotamia to Rome. “Ten horns” foretold ten maximum rulers and nations, as the Bible says: “And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast” [Revelation 17:12]

3. God was manifest on earth.
The Bible says: “And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne [Revelation 12:5] The “She” that brought forth “a man child” was God working through the Church in every age, from Adam and Eve to Joseph and Mary. The “She”/Church was the long line of faithful men and women who did not witness the manifestation of God in Christ but kept faith and hope alive in the promise of the Messiah [Luke 3:23-38] The “man child” was God manifest in Jesus Christ to reconcile man to Himself. He laid down his life to erase our sins and rose from the dead to obtain for us, our title deed to everlasting reign in glory, as it is written: “…for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth” [Revelation 5:9-10] The resurrection of Jesus Christ broke the recurring power of sin and death and; “…graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many” [Matthew 27:52-53] The “woman”, that is, assembly of Saints who died in faith before resurrection of Christ, rose from the dead and ascended to; “…a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days” [Revelation 12:6] Do you believe that Christ is God manifest on earth?

4. There was war in heaven.
The Bible says: “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven” [Revelation 12:7-8] Jesus Christ has the title deed to our eternal heritage, but the usurper, Satan, would not let go without a fight. The battle was joined; angels steadfast in revelation of Christ arrayed in “great wonder”, defeated Satan and; “…the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” [Revelation 12:9] The battle was for paradise! Paradise was liberated, restored and the “mansions” made ready to every soul that accepts Jesus Christ as God manifest in flesh [John 14:2: 1 Timothy 3:16] Satan and his hosts fled to earth, foaming with anger, knowing he has a short time, as the Bible says: “…Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time” [Revelation 12:12] The adversary roams the earth; “to steal, and to kill, and to destroy” [John 10:10] I enjoin you to stake your faith in the blood of Jesus Christ and arm yourself with word of testimony of God manifest in Him, as it is written: “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death” [Revelation 12:11] The enemy is relentless; you have been warned!

5. The Church is going home.
The Bible says: “And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place…” [Revelation 12:13-14] The “woman” is the Bride, that is, the “little flock” and True Church [Luke 12:32] The “fly into the wilderness” is the imminent translation of both dead and living Saints at the appearance of Christ in clouds of glory, as it is written: “…the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” [1 Thessalonians 4:16-17] Sadly, “foolish virgins” shall be left behind who have the testimony but did not make themselves “ready” for the coming of the Lord [Matthew 25:1-10] After the Bride is gone, Satan shall unleash great tribulation to avenge himself on those left behind, as the Bible says: “And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” [Revelation 12:17] Beloved, time is far spent and you don’t want to be around in the great tribulation. The translation is closer than you can imagine. The Lord shall appear; “…as a thief in the night” [1 Thessalonians 5:2] Accept Jesus Christ today as your Lord and Saviour and make yourself ready in the word of His testimony, amen.

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