... Jerusalem ... 22 Just as the new earth and the new heavens will endure by my power, so your descendants and your name will endure ... Isaiah 66 (GNT), 18 ... Jerusalem will be rebuilt, and its PALACE restored. Jeremiah 30:18 (GNT)


Revelation 12: a woman for real? Part 1 of 3

19 Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and within his temple was seen the ark of his covenant. And there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a great hailstorm. 1 A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman ...
Revelation 11:19-12:1 (NIV-UK)

There are many interpretations of the sign of the woman described in the book of Revelations 12 verse 1 to 17. When I put all these aside for a moment, I wonder. What if this woman is a woman? I mean, a woman for real. In that case, who is she?

It doesn't say anywhere in the book of Revelations that she herself is a symbol of anything or anyone. While the woman mentioned in Revelation 17, the passage is very specific about her being a symbol. She is not the bride of the Lamb either. For Revelation 21 verse 9 and 10 (NIV) clearly states that Jerusalem is the bride,

9 ... “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming  d o w n  out of heaven from God.

So says Isaiah 62 (GNT),

,,, 1 Jerusalem ...
4 ... Your new name will be  God Is Pleased with Her. Your land will be called Happily Married
Because the Lord is pleased with you And will be like a husband to your  l a n d.

5 Like a young man taking a virgin as his bride, He who formed you will  m a r r y  you.
As a groom is delighted with his bride, So your God will delight in you. ...

And Isaiah 54 (GNT),
1 Jerusalem, ... 5 Your Creator will be like a husband to you— the Lord Almighty is his name.
The holy God of Israel will save you— he is the ruler of all the world. ...

Jerusalem, whom is also the mother as mentioned in Galatians 4:26 (NIV),

26 But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.

This passage does say that a sign appeared, a sign of what? Of the time during which she will be revealed by God Almighty himself. The time that several biblical prophecies about the land of Israel will come to pas. The end times.

Let's suppose she is the revelation of a person. Could she be someone from the past, before the apostle John received this revelation? I don't think so. Prophecy points to the future, not to the past. By the way if she was to be a symbol to Mary Joseph's wife and the mother of Yeshua / Jesus, wouldn't John have said so for him being a disciple of him knew his mother? So I believe this woman is a person who has to be revealed by God in the future since he revealed her to John. So who is she?

Her identity

The first verse of Revelation 12 tells something about her identity.

A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven:
a woman clothed with the sun,
with the moon under her feet
and a crown of twelve stars on her head.

She is not a symbol herself, but her crown, the stars, the sun, the moon, does have significance as symbols. The crown has twelve stars. In the dream of Joseph, Genesis 37 verse 9 to 11, the stars symbolized him and his brothers. They were the fathers of the 12 tribes of Israel (Jacob). And the sun and moon symbolized his parents, Jacob and Rachel. Some see the sun as a symbol for God and the moon as one for Yeshua Messiah (Jesus Christ). But the sun and the moon can also refer to the Kingship of King David as written in Psalm 89 verse 35 to 37:

"Once for all, I have sworn by my holiness
and I will not lie to David that his line will continue forever
and his throne endure before me like the sun;
it will be established forever like the moon,
the faithful witness in the sky."

Everything around her points at Israel. But since she herself isn't a symbol, although she is a sign in the end times that signals the moment in which Michel and his angels will fight and throw Satan and his fallen angels out of the heavens. Could it be this woman is someone that will be positioned by God's grace to rule over Israel in the future? Who will be a descendant of King David's royal line?

Her reason to be

What could possibly be the reason for this woman to be? Could it be the unification of Ephraim and Judah to one throne in the land of Israel?

Ezekiel 37:15 to 28 and Jeremiah 31 tells us about God's promise to bring the Israelites to their land and unite Ephraim (10 tribes) and Judah (2 tribes). So Israel will be a United Kingdom. God did give the land of Israel two thrones.

... 10 “Hear the word of the LORD, you nations; proclaim it in distant coast lands:
'He who scattered Israel will gather them and will watch over his flock like a shepherd.'
11 For the LORD will deliver Jacob and redeem them from the hand of those stronger than they.
12 They will come and shout for joy on the heights of Zion; they will rejoice in the bounty of the LORD ...
Jeremiah 31

And, Ezekiel 37:
... 15 The word of the LORD came to me: 16 “Son of man, take a stick of wood and write on it, 'Belonging to Judah and the Israelites associated with him.’ Then take another stick of wood, and write on it, 'Belonging to Joseph (that is, to Ephraim) and all the Israelites associated with him.' 17 Join them together into one stick so that they will become one in your hand.

18 “When your people ask you, 'Won't you tell us what you mean by this?’ 19 say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am going to take the stick of Joseph—which is in Ephraim's hand—and of the Israelite tribes associated with him, and join it to Judah's stick. I will make them into a single stick of wood, and they will become one in my hand.'

20 Hold before their eyes the sticks you have written on 21 and say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land. 22 I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms. ...

Genesis 49:9-12 says that Judah would hold the royal scepter and his descendants would always rule. Nations would bring him tribute and bow in obedience before him. And it's written in Genesis 48:19 that Ephraim, one of Jacob's grandsons (son of Joseph) that he adopted as his son, would be great and his descendants would be great nations. By the way it doesn't say that those nations would be full of Israelites or people from the tribe of Ephraim. 1 Kings 11:26-40 tells us that God made Jeroboam from Ephraim, the ruler over 10 tribes. So God gave Ephraim a throne too. Notice verse 36 says that God wanted only a descendant of David (of the tribe of Judah) to be ruler in Jerusalem. And verse 39 clearly states that God's decision concerning the punishment to the Davidic royal line, because of Salomo's transgression, would not be for all time.

Throne by marriage?

Where is the throne of Ephraim, the leading tribe of the 10 tribes? Ephraim's descendants would become great nations. I believe this throne could be within any of these nations. It's possible, but not necessarily, with someone on it this very day. (By the way I believe this could be through royalty, politics and or finance.) God almighty knows whom and where. Daniel 4:7 says that God has power over kingdoms.

Where are the scepter, the crown, and the throne of Judah, the Davidic royal line?
Ezekiel 19 speaks of the scepter. This passage is a song of sorrow over the princes (kings) of the land of Israel. Judah is the one referred to as being like a lion in Genesis 48:9-11, which also speaks of a grapevine. So this passage is about the tribe of Judah, the Davidic royal line. Notice that the lioness in this passage of Ezekiel didn't die nor was she taken captive. Something to wonder about: if the male line of descendants of king David died out, what about the female line?
And that according to verse 14, it's the stem of the vine that caught fire and not the root. The branches that got burned up will never be royal scepters. But the root is still planted there where it is in the dry dessert of Israel (this passage is about princes of Israel).

Zechariah 6:9-15
speaks of the crown. It's in the Temple in Jerusalem. This passage speaks of the promise of whom will were it in the future. Verse 12 says that the branch that will flourish where it is will build the Temple. So the root will bring forth a new branch that will flourish. There is more you can say about this passage, but I rather don't get into that.

And where is the throne?
1 Kings 11:36 states that, the ruler from the Davidic royal line will rule from Jerusalem. So scepter, crown and throne are all in Israel, Jerusalem. And no one on earth on this throne today.

I believe that Judah and Ephraim will be united in one kingdom, with one ruler as written in Ezekiel 37:15-28. And that the land of Israel will be at peace, with people living in safety, before the Gog Magog war described in Ezekiel 38 and 39 (Revelation 19:11-21, Armageddon). I believe they are the same war. When it is about the outcome of this war, Ezekiel 39:4, 17-20 is comparable with Revelation 19:17, 18. When it is about the devastating earthquake Ezekiel 38:20, 21 is comparable with Revelation 16:18-21. I won't elaborate further on this.

I believe that God may also do this through marriage between someone from the royal line of David and someone from that of Ephraim. God will unite two thrones to one, the way it was in the days of King David. At the moment Jerusalem is the undivided capital city of Israel, but it isn't yet under the complete rule, control of Israel. And the kingship of David isn't restored yet. 

All this is in preparation for when Yeshua Messiah himself comes. Zechariah 9:9-10 speaks of him as a humble king who will come to do away with the enemies of a United Kingdom of Israel and make peace amongst nations. The Temple is already built (Zechariah 6:9-15). Since the kingship of King David, there have been descendants of him on the throne in Jerusalem. God almighty can put another one on this throne for the reasons mentioned above, before Yeshua Messiah comes.

Woman ruler?

15 be sure to appoint over you a king the LORD your God chooses. He must be from among your fellow Israelites. Do not place a foreigner over you, one who is not an Israelite.
Deuteronomy 17:15

Although this passage speak of a king, in absence of a male ruler, I believe it will also apply to a woman of God's choice meant for the task of leading Israel. Did Israel ever have a legitimate woman ruler in the past?  Yes, the only one in Israel was Deborah who sat under a tree in the hill country of Ephraim where the Israelites came to her to have their disputes decided. Judges chapter 4 and 5 tells us that she ruled as judge and prophetess (with Barak at her side).

4 Now Deborah, a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading[a] Israel at that time. 5 She held court under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went up to her to have their disputes decided.
Judges 4:4-5 [a: traditionally: was judging]

Villagers in Israel would not fight; they held back until I, Deborah, arose, until I arose, a mother in Israel. Judges 5:7 (NIV)

Deborah was put in place by God almighty, for 40 years over ancient Israel, Judges 5:31 part of a prayer, a song of Deborah, says:
31 “ ...  But may all who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength.” Then the land had peace forty years.
If she ruled that long, she must have been a blessing for Israel. So this also happened before. Deborah is, alongside King David, one of my heroes in the bible. She is one of the first woman ruler ever recorded in history as a woman warrior.

There was also queen Esther. But in her case, she was an Israelite wedded to King Xerxes that in those days was ruler over Israel as part of his vast territory of 127 provinces. Her actions prevented the killing of all the people of Israel in her days as written in the book of Esther

So the possibility that, there is a point after all for this woman depicted in Revelation 12, to be a woman that will rule Israel for real.

Realistic life?

Now, what about the rest of her story as written in Revelation chapter 12? Can this be a realistic story of a person's life? The dragon wants to kill her baby boy, who is of royal Davidic descent, as soon as he is borne. Exodus chapter 1 verse 1 to 22 tells us that, at the time Moses was borne, baby boys were killed. Pharaoh even wanted the midwives to kill them immediately after birth (they didn't do this). And God protected Moses in a way nobody would have expected. So this happened before. 

Her baby boy is taken to the throne of God. Isn't it written that a child should be presented to God, and that every first born male is to be dedicated to God (Leviticus 12, Luke 2:22-24)? Doesn't this happen in the Temple in Jerusalem? But then, maybe there is more to this. Only God Almighty knows all.

She has to flee to the desert, where God prepared a place for her and will take care of her. Happened before: King David fled too out of Jerusalem, 2 Samuel 15:13-37. And God did take care of people in the dessert before. For example: David, Elijah and even a multitude of people, Israel under the leadership of Moses, Aaron and Mirjam. And the wings she receives from God, what are those? We are living in modern times in which we have wings to fly. 
Who are the rest of her descendants that the dragon wants to fight? She is a ruler, she represents a nation. So what about those who are part of that nation, Israel? And those who are part of it, supports it through faith? 

I believe all this is very possible. But only God almighty knows for sure. He knows when Israel will be united, in which way and who the people that will be involved in this process are. There are blue prints in biblical scripture about past events in Israel's history which shows us how the God of Israel does his work through ages.

It could be that with the revelation of this woman in the future, in our days, the second part of Jeremiah's task, Jeremiah 1:10, will be completed. God gave him authority over nations and kingdoms to uproot and to pull down, to destroy and overthrow, but also to build and to plant. The prophecies God spoke through him, are still valid and waiting to be fulfilled in our time. It is the Almighty Father himself whom oversees the history of Israel as Jeremiah 31:27 says:

27 “The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will plant the kingdoms of Israel and Judah with the offspring of people and of animals. 28 Just as I watched over them to uproot and tear down, and to overthrow, destroy and bring disaster, so I will watch over them to build and to plant,” declares the LORD.

Is it possible that the following passages could also, beside other interpretations, refer to the woman in Revelation 12?

The Lord will create a new thing on earth. A woman will surround a man.
Jeremiah 31:22b [Traditional Jewish wedding ceremony.]

Who is this that appears like the dawn,
fair as the moon,
bright as the sun,
majestic as the stars in procession?
Song of Solomon 6:10

The woman in Revelation 12 is a woman, meant by Gods grace to be a blessing for Israel.

God bless you,

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