John 12:1-17

John speaks of a wonder in Heaven.  You can notice that this is a vision.  From chapter 1:7 John was told to come up to Heaven, but I never want to separate this from being a vision.
The wonder in Heaven is this woman clothed with the sun and the moon under her feet and on her head a crown of twelve stars.  This is a typical picture of the nation Israel.
Next we have a red dragon ready to devour this child of the woman.  This is typical of what happened at the birth of Christ.  This has to be Christ because His is to rule all nations with a rod of iron, the very thing we have in chapter 19:15.
This woman (Israel) has suffered numerous persecutions since Christ was born and will suffer more in the time written about here.  Satan now thrown out of Heaven was not to be the persecutor of Israel for 3 ½ years of the great tribulation.  I don’t know if you noticed that Israel was more prominent from chapter six than the Gentile nations the book of Revelation brings forth Israel more since the seven churches which is the history of Christianity of our time.  God knows everything that will happen from the beginning of time.
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