The Woman and the Dragon (Rev. 12)
All agree that the man child of Revelation
12:5 is the Lord Jesus. However, many mistakenly believe that the
woman is Mary or Israel. In three sermons on Revelation chapter
12, especially "Two
Signs in Heaven" (vv.
1-6), Rev. Stewart demonstrates that the woman of verses
1-2 (and, therefore, also of verses 6, 13-14 and 16-17) is the
church—one woman, one church of the Old and New Testaments (cf.
Isaiah 66:7-8, explained in this audio sermon "Comforted!").
Revelation 12 teaches that the (Old Testament) church (Acts 7:38) was
"pregnant" with the Christ for the entire Old Testament age, and that
the devil attempted (through all his attacks on the Old Testament
church) to prevent the coming of the seed, whom he knew would bruise
his head (Gen. 3:15). Satan tried to destroy the church from whom the
seed would come, using willing instruments such as Athaliah (II Kings
11:1) and Haman (Esther 3:6). When Christ did come, Satan used others
to try to destroy Him, unwittingly fulfilling God's decree (Acts
4:27-28) and sealing his own doom.
Before the coming of the Lord Jesus
Christ—Revelation 12:7 begins with "and" not "then"—the devil
accused the Old Testament saints who were in heaven, arguing, that
since atonement had not been made, they had no right to be there (v.
7). When Christ came and made atonement, Satan no longer had access to
heaven as he did in the Old Testament (cf. Job 1:6-12; 2:1-7) and was
cast out (for Satan's being cast out or bound listen to "The
1,000 Years of Revelation 20
" or read "The
1,000 Years of Revelation 20"), Christ now having
silenced the devil's accusations by His substitutionary sacrifice for
His people (cf. "War
in Heaven" [Rev.
The devil now persecutes the woman—the same woman
of verse 1—the (New Testament) church (now no longer confined to the
nation of Israel), for the entire New Testament age but she enjoys
God's protection (Rev. 12:6, 14-16). This is treated in a comforting
sermon on "The
Woman in the Wilderness" (vv.
For a treatment of the1,260 days or 42 months or a
time and times and half a time mentioned in Revelation 12 and
preceding and succeeding chapters (Rev. 11:2-3; 12:6, 14; 13:5),
listen to this speech, "The
2 Witnesses of Revelation 11" (Rev.
11:3-13). Also two audio sermons dealing with the battle of
Armageddon from Revelation 19:11-21 are available on-line:
The Last Battle (I) and
The Last Battle (II).