Ignorance has not stopped many authors from writing about it. Of the many essays and books I've seen on end times prophecy, I have yet to see anything reasonably correct. You are better off spending your time in scriptures. Despite the seemingly slow response of the Lord when you pray and ask him what it all means as you attempt to unravel hundreds of pages of prophecy, you will gain FAR MORE in truth than you will be going to something written by someone who has no idea what they are talking about.
With that preamble, let's get to Revelation 12, an exceptionally beautiful chapter in what is regarded as one of the hardest books to understand in the Bible.
This chapter is all about two end-times people: The servant of God (also known as the one mighty and strong in other scriptures) and the servant of Satan (also known as the King of Assyria in Isaiah). The chapter weaves together imagery from a war in heaven that was fought before the world was created, signs in the heavens, and other imagery to explain how the servant of God and the servant of Satan will come on the scene and what their principle missions and dispositions will be.
1 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: 2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.This verse refers to the sign in the heavens that will herald the mission of the servant of God. It describes two constellations depicted below.
|Virgo is the woman clothed with the sun, the moon under her feet, with Leo (the crown of 12 stars) on her head.|
As in other places, this Christ-symbology is used to describe the one mighty and strong, who is a type of Christ and has a holy mission more similar to Jesus' than anyone who has ever lived. This date provides a sign that marks the onset of the mission of the one mighty and strong. Likewise, Satan symbology is used to describe the servant of the devil, who is a type of Satan himself.
3 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.The red dragon is symbolic of kingdoms of the world and Satan. It also corresponds to a constellation, Hydrus.
4 And his tail 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.
The seven heads and ten horns represent two different sets of kings (see Revelation 17:9-12). The seven kings already have their kingdoms, and thus have crowns, while the ten crownless kings have not yet appeared and represent a future geopolitical situation that will replace the current seven. This sign will not necessarily co-occur with the previous sign. It may occur sometime after. How will we know? We will see "the third part of the stars of heaven" cast to the earth. This may be a spectacular meteor shower occurring aligned with the tail of Hydrus, or it may be fulfilled as an EMP (natural or otherwise) shuts down satellites causing them to fall from the sky under Hydrus. There are currently approximately 800 satellites over the United States. If they were disabled, there would be over 800 very bright objects in the night sky as they burned up upon re-entering earth's atmosphere.
At this point, the story flips back to the virgin and her son:
5 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.The man child is the one mighty and strong. Some are thrown off by the phrase "rule all nations with a rod of iron." Yet, we know that God will appoint a man to sit on the throne of David, that this will be after God has thrown down all other nations, and that he will govern with the word of God ("rod of iron" in other places).
6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
We are told in verse five that when Virgo brings forth Jupiter, the one mighty and strong will be caught up to God and his throne. It is important to distinguish the symbolism from the literal. Servants of God are caught up to his throne--literally carried to the throne of God--when they begin their ministry. This happened, for example, with Isaiah and Ezekiel. When this happens, it will mark the beginning of Zion, which is in and around this servant. The kingdom of God--this person and his following--will go into the wilderness as directed by God, to be protected from the desolation that comes after this point for three and a half years.
7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,This passage parallels the description of the coming forth of the one mighty and strong. Here we read of the coming forth of the servant of Satan. The language used to describe this is a recounting of the war in heaven that occurred before the earth was inhabited. Just as the one mighty and strong represents Christ coming to the earth again (though he is not Christ), the servant of Satan represents Satan himself. Just as the one mighty and strong will accomplish the work of Jesus on the earth, the servant of Satan will accomplish the work of the devil. The start of the mission of each of these people will dramatically affect life on earth.
8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
9 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.
10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
11 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.
12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. 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.
13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
The kingdom of the devil will rise up and persecute the kingdom of God in an unprecedented manner as soon as the mission of these two begin. The calling of the one mighty and strong will initiate a physical gathering to places of safety in the wilderness. Meanwhile, Christians everywhere will be persecuted.
15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.This flood is not symbolic. The places of safety will be in the Rocky Mountains in the USA. The flood could be caused by man-made nuclear tsunamis on the west coast of the US. Far fetched? The Russians have designed and leaked equipment and plans to do just that.
16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.Again, this is not symbolic. There will be an earthquake that will cause the waters to subside somewhat.
17 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.There will be a literal war between those who believe in God and those who do not.