BSF Study Questions Revelation Lesson 16, Day 5: Revelation 12:13-17

Summary of passage:  When the dragon was hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child.  The woman was given wings so that she might fly to the desert where she would be safe for the Great Tribulation (3 1/2 years or time, times and half).  However, the serpent spewed water and swept the woman away but the earth saved the woman by swallowing the water.  Angry, the serpent made war against believers.

Questions:

12)  The woman who had given birth to the male child and her offspring–“those who obey God’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus” i.e. believers.

13a)  Part personal Question.  My answer:  Enmity would be put between the serpent and his offspring and the woman and her offspring.  Constant warfare between good and evil, to sin or not to sin.  Same.  Fighting temptation to sin all the time.  Watching wars and strife and evil in the world and death.

b)  Part personal Question.  My answer:  The provision of Jesus and his death on the cross (his act of righteousness) justified and brought life for all men and all men were made righteous though the obedience of Jesus.  It offers hope and eternal life with God to believers.  Same.  It gives me hope and encouragement and the will to do His work in my life.

14)  Personal Question.  My answer:  Immense.

Conclusions:  Question 13b and 14 lead to the same answer.  With so much here, why only one question on the passage and three on other biblical passages?

End Notes:  We see how Jesus overcame Satan in Revelation 12:11 so Satan’s last hope is the woman and the remnant.  On Day 2 we established that the woman is most likely the nation of Israel or the Messianic Jewish community.  If the woman is the church here, then who are her offspring?  Another reason scholars say she’s not the entire church.  Those who believe Christians are on earth for the Tribulation point to this passage as evidence.

Why is Satan targeting the Jews?  Well, the Jews are God’s special people from Abraham forward.  Jesus came from them.  God won’t bring the End Times until all of the Jews have accepted Jesus (Luke 13:34-35, Romans 9-11 specifically Romans 11:25-27, Revelation 7).  They are the key to God’s plans and Satan wants to thwart God.  God will save the Gentiles first and then in the Millennial will bring all of His people (the Jewish nation) back to Him.  How He uses the Jews to save the Gentiles who in turn save the Jews.  Does this mean all will be saved?  No.  Some will never turn.  But God will make sure all those chosen will be saved (Romans 9:18).

In Exodus 19:4 we see eagle’s wings as God delivered His people from Egypt into the wilderness.  Isaiah 40:31 says God’s people shall have eagle’s wings and be strengthened.

Some scholars see the flood as an army or the military which will be defeated by God (swallowed up).  Hosea 2:14, 23 speak of this time.  No matter what form, the flood waters is persecution.

David describes his persecution and rescue as flood waters as well in Psalm 18.

This fury was foreshadowed by Jesus in Matthew 24:15-22.  Satan knows his time is now limited on earth (Revelation 12:12) so now he wants to prevent the Messiah’s Second Coming, which will end his time altogether.  So he attacks Israel, knowing God’s intent is to save them, so they won’t be saved.  Again, Satan wants to thwart God’s plans.

Who are the rest of her offspring?  Verse 13 says “those who obey God’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.”  Scholars believe this is the Gentiles.  Some say those who come to know Christ during the Tribulation times.  I say all believers.

We’ve already seen the martyrs in this period in Revelation 6:9-11 and Revelation 7:9-17 and again in Revelation 20:4.

Summation of Revelation 12:  The woman is most likely the remnant of Israel who were spiritually true to the Lord and brought about the child, Jesus.  She is attacked by Satan but is preserved.  Now, Satan turns to the future and her offspring, which includes the church and those who keep God’s commandments and Jesus’ testimony.  In Chapter 13 we will see Satan attack the future church.

Conclusions to Lesson 16:  Excluding Day 1, we see the word “you” or “your” 11 times in 8 questions. Sometimes I like to think it’s not all about me (read sarcasm here).  Because it should never be about me.  Only Him.  Note my summary above on Revelation 12 which no where mentions “me” or “you.”  But these days are hard when you are constantly being asked about yourself.  Really deflated right now and can’t quite put it into words so I’ll give up now while I’m ahead.

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