... 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)

07
June
2011

Revelation 12: the woman, a queen? Part 3 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 severe hailstorm.
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. 2 She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.
Revelation 11:19 – 12:1-2
(NIV)

This woman, is a woman for real carrying a crown on her head, and who is about to give birth to her baby boy. What is the significance of this crown? Any idea of how this woman would be like, for example concerning her faith in God Almighty and her character?

At the time this woman is so visibly revealed, there is already a Temple in Jerusalem as is written in Revelation 11. And her revelation happens when God's heavenly Temple opens.

King and queen ship

A crown always symbolizes kingship in this case a queenship. But of whom? The twelve stars stands for the twelve tribes of Israel, Genesis 37:9-10 (NIV):
9 Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”
10 When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?”

But did the Israelites ever had before John received this vision, a queen or women as a ruler or leader over Israel?
- Queen Esther married to king Xerxes who had authority also over Israel, as written in the book of Esther. She had the God given opportunity to save the Israelites from being slaughtered. Esther 4 tells about Mordecai's, the foster-father of Esther whom was a orphan, request to help the Israelites and her reply:

14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
15 Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 16 “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”

- Ancient Israel was ruled by a woman judge, prophetess Deborah, Judges 4 and 5, Judges 4:4-5:
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.

- At the time of the Israelites exodus out of Egypt it was Moses and Aaron's sister Miriam who also had a leading role already as a child by guarding over her baby brother Moses, Exodus 2:4-8. And later under his leadership together with Aaron to guide the Israelites to the promised land, and Micha 6:4:
4 I brought you up out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery. I sent Moses to lead you, also Aaron and Miriam.

But can a woman inherit? That is, can she inherit in accordance to Jewish tradition and to the Law given by the Almighty Father instead of, or together with a male heir? Just in case for whatever reason this would be either necessary or preferred. Yes. 
The daughters of Zelophehad inherited by Law because of the absence of a male heir, Numbers 27:1-11:
... 8 “Say to the Israelites, ‘If a man dies and leaves no son, give his inheritance to his daughter. ...

But to ensure the inheritance would stay with the tribe they had to marry within their own tribe, which they did, Numbers 36:1-13:
... 6 This is what the LORD commands for Zelophehad’s daughters: They may marry anyone they please as long as they marry within their father’s tribal clan. ...

And the three daughters of Job inherited with their seven brothers as their own father wished, as written in Job 42:12-17:
... 15 Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers. ...

So it is possible that a woman could inherit in this case even a crown, which would also make it possible to inherit it through the female line.

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