... 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)

09
April
2011

Revelation 12: the woman's son! Part 2 of 3

1 A great 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. ... 5 She gave birth to a son, a male child, ...
Revelation 12:1 (New International Version)

There are many interpretations of the sign of the woman described in the book of Revelations 12 verse 1 to 17. When this woman is a woman for real, so is her son. In that case, what is his purpose to be? Why will their be a war in heavens and on earth after he is born?

Born to rule

Let's suppose this woman 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. So I believe this woman is a person who has to be revealed by God in the future since he revealed her to John.

1 A great 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. ... 5 She gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.

If the woman is clothed like this, so will her son, a prince borne to rule the nations with an iron scepter (or rod). There are more passages mentioning some one ruling with an iron scepter and empowered by the Almighty God.

  • Psalm 2:8-9
    8 Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.
    9 You will break them with a rod of iron[a]; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”
    [a: Or will rule them with an iron scepter (see Septuagint and Syriac)]
  • Revelation 2:26-27
    26 To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations— 27 that one 'will rule them with an iron scepter and will dash them to pieces like pottery'—just as I have received authority from my Father.
  • Revelation 19:15
    Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the wine press of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.

Revelation 2:26-27 makes clear that it is Yeshua Messiah ruling with an iron scepter and also speaks of him giving the authority his Father gave him to do so as well. Daniel 7:13-14, Revelation 20:4 speak of Yeshua Messiah and those who will reign, rule with him.

These passages don't say anything about this ruler and those who will rule with him, the son of the woman being one of them, building the Temple. In fact at the time of the events mentioned in the books of Daniel and Revelation, a great part happens while the Temple is already built, amongst other passages Daniel 8:13-14 and Revelation 1:1-2 speak of this. So when the woman's baby boy is born, there is already a Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem. Who is the one building it? 

Zechariah 6:9-15
(ESV) says:
9 ... "Behold, the man whose name is the Branch: for he shall branch out from his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD. 13 It is he who shall build the temple of the LORD and shall bear royal honor, and shall sit and rule on his throne. And there shall be a priest on his throne, and the counsel of p e a c e shall be between them both."' ... 15 "And those who are far off shall come and help to build the temple of the LORD. And you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you. And this shall come to pass, if you will diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God."

This passage speaks of two people on the throne. Could it be these are those people with whom God Almighty will unite Judah and Joseph (Ephraim) to one as Ezekiel 37:15-28 says? But Moses didn't give instructions about anyone of one of those tribes to be priests, not at the time they were in the dessert nor later when the ark of the covenant was placed in Shiloh, Joshua 18:1, 1 Samuel 3:21 and 4:3, Psalm 78:60, Jeremiah 7:12. Although later after Salomon built the Temple, Ephraim (Joseph) that is Israel's ten tribes, did have their own priests not to serve in the Temple in Jerusalem, but elsewhere in accordance to the religion Jeroboam started against God's will, 1 Kings 12:25-33, 1 Kings 13,14 and 15:25-32. 1 Kings 13:33 and 12:31:
31 Jeroboam built shrines on high places and appointed priests from all sorts of people, even though they were not Levites.

It's also possible, but less plausible because it wouldn't be a priest on the throne, that it's a priest whom will give support to the two, the king and or queen, like for example Jehoiada gave to king Joash, 2 Kings 12:1-2? In any case, because this passage speaks of two people, it can't be Yeshua Messiah, for he will be king and priest on the throne as Melchizedek was, whom was king of Salem, that is Jerusalem, and priest of the most high God, Genesis 14:18-19, Hebrews 7:1-2. But there are no biblical passages that mentions Melchizedek as the one who built or will built a Temple on Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

1 This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him, 2 and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, the name Melchizedek means “king of righteousness”; then also, “king of Salem” means “king of peace.” 
Hebrews 7:1-2

At the time of King David, from the tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:10-12), there were priests in Israel, but none of them were on the throne, even though David himself not called a prophet, did receive prophecies from God Almighty as his Psalms and prayers show. But King David wasn't king and priest on the throne, Hebrews 7:13-14:
13 He of whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe, and no one from that tribe has ever served at the altar. 14 For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah, and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests.

The Hasmonean kings who ruled Israel for 103 years until 63 BC after the Maccabean revolt were priests, but they did not put a descendant of King David on the throne in Jerusalem.

Hebrews 5:1-7 and Hebrews 7 does speak of Yeshua Messiah as being the king in the order of Melchizedek, even though he is from the tribe of Judah. But just like Melchizedek who's tribe isn't mentioned and couldn't have been of the tribe of Levi for they were offspring of Abraham. Psalm 110 speaks of a prophecy God Almighty gave king David referring to the king in the order of Melchizedek.

4 The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind:
“You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”
Psalm 110:4

But many are born to become a king or queen of a nation. So what could possibly be so special, so different about this baby boy that will unleash such events as mentioned in Revelation 12 and the rest of the book of Revelation?  

Author: © Mrs A. vd Laan-LeitoPosted in: Studies