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The Woman Clothed with the Sun and Moon
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We pray to HaShem, the Holy One of Israel, to fill our hearts with wisdom and understanding as we continue this study into the Revelation of our chief rabbi, Navi Y'shua. We ask for the strength to stand always with Israel.
The Woman Clothed with the Sun and Moon
Navi Yochanan has now presented the sounding of the Seventh Shofar or Trumpet ("the Last Trump" discussed by Rav Paul at I Corinthians 15:52) and shown us the Kingdom being established. We ended our previous study with this glorious event:Revelation 11:15 The seventh angel sounded, and great voices in heaven followed, saying, "The kingdom of the world has become the Kingdom of our Lord, and of his Anointed. He will reign forever and ever!"Previously in our study John the Prophet (aka Navi Yochanan) presented the ministry of the 144,000 Israelites and the Great Goyish (Noahide) Multitude in one place, then backed up with his time line to cover the experiences of the Two Witnesses that will occur simultaneously (although the latter may begin slightly after the former). Now Rav Yochanan again parenthetically takes us back, this time to the middle of the Seven Year Tribulation Period, in order to discuss the "birth pangs of the Kingdom" (referenced at I Thessalonians 5:3).
In this Messianic Jewish commentary on the Book of the Revelation there are three main areas where we expect key disagreements with Nicene Christian prophecy students. These differences directly impact our study of chapter 12:
Once we are in the Seven Year Tribulation Period we will experience what we will experience. Prior to its onset developing an accurate understanding of these coming events is important as accurate knowledge will help us prepare mentally and spiritually, protecting us from the coming Great Deception. So my advise is to be like the Bereans in the Book of Acts. Study these points with an open mind, search the scriptures to determine whether these interpretations are correct and then based on your findings, STAND (Acts 17:10,11, Ephesians 6:11-13).
- First is our identification of the "Nicolaitan Heresy" and its successful usurpation of the Jewish Way Movement (or "Derech HaShem") of Rebbe Y'shua by Roman Pagans like Constantine the Great. Understandably most Nicean Christians are not pleased to hear this information. Sadly upon hearing this truth many cease their studies with us rather than check out the accuracy of the teachings (II Timothy4:3). Identifying the Nicolaitan Heresy as it exists today is vital because the future global religion (referenced by Yochanan as "Babylon the Great") will be based on the unificatory principles of the Nicolaitan heresies and will successfully decieve the majority of Jews, Christians and most others for a time (II Thessalonians 2:10-12, John 5:43, Revelation 13:12).
- Second is our rejection of the Rapture theory. As previous discussed, this seductive heresy is lulling much of the Christian religion into the state of apathy and capitulation warned against by Navi Yochanan at Revelation 3:14-19. Rather than standing against the dawning global government millions of sincere people are now supporting it, believing they will be "taken away" or "raptured" before these events become immanantly dangerous to them. This is a growing disastrous development among "Bible Believing Christians" who are now looking to the emerging Beast system for their freedom and deliverance.
This situation is in some ways comparable to the Jews placing the security of 1st century BCE Eretz Israel into hands of the Roman Republic during the Maccabean Period. Despite the joys of Chanukah it was not long before Rome usurped Jewish autonomy, destroyed the Holy Temple and forced our people into global diaspora (in 70 CE). Similarly most Jews living in Germany as Hitler was rising to power were unconcerned about his racial rhetoric, believing that as loyal Germans they would be safe. As Jews we may be (and generally are) loyal citizens of the countries in which we live, however our first loyalty must always be to Israel and the coming Messianic Kingdom that modern Israel will become. Misplaced nationalistic loyalty is a factor in the events of this chapter as we will see as we continue. Jews and Noahides (i.e. non-Jews who worship the God of Israel) are first and foremost citizens of the Kingdom that the present nation of Israel will one day become.
-- There will be no Rapture.
-- Our hope is in HaShem alone.
- The third area of common disagreement is our identitification of this woman and her male child in Revelation chapter 12.
These three points are directly related and if one misunderstands any of the three points the dire prediction recorded in this chapter will likely be misunderstood.
We now continue with our current text:Revelation 12:1 A great sign was seen in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.This "woman" can only be the Jewish People (the reunited Twelve Houses of Isreal under the Jewish leadership of haMoshiach as described at Zechariah 8:23). Of these people HaShem says:Deuteronomy 32:8 When the Most High ["el Elyon"] gave to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the children of men, he set the boundries of the peoples according to the number of the children of Israel.This "woman" is the same "suffering servant" personified in Navi Isaiah's teachings:
32:9 For Adonai's portion is his people. Jacob [i.e. Israel] is the lot of his inheritance.
32:10 He found him in a desert land, in the waste howling wilderness.
He surrounded him.
He cared for him.
He kept him as the apple of his eye.
32:11 As an eagle that stirs up her nest,
that flutters over her young,
he spread abroad his wings, he took them,
he bore them on his feathers.
32:12 Adonai alone led him. There was no foreign god with him.Isaiah 52:1 Awake! Awake, Tziyon! Clothe yourself with your strength! Dress in your splendid garments, Yerushalayim, the holy city! For the uncircumcised and the unclean will enter you no more.This "woman" at Revelation 12:1 is the same Israel, the same Jacob, the same Suffering Servant. HaShem has kept His people even as He promised:
2 Shake off the dust! Arise! Be enthroned, Yerushalayim! Loosen the chains on your neck, captive daughter of Tziyon!
3 For thus says ADONAI: "You were sold for nothing, and you will be redeemed without money..."
13 "... See how my servant [i.e. People Israel] will succeed! He [i.e. People Israel] will be raised up, exalted, highly honored!
14 Just as many were appalled at him [i.e. People Israel], because he was so disfigured that he didn't even seem human and simply no longer looked like a man, [recall that peole like Hitler and others question the very humanity of the Jewish people!]
15 so now he [i.e. People Israel] will startle many nations; because of him, kings will be speechless. For they will see what they had not been told, they will ponder things they had never heard...."Malachi 3:6 "For I am Adonai, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.And Rebbe Y'shua stated bluntly to the Samarian woman:John 4:22 You people don't know what you are worshipping; we worship what we do know, because salvation comes from the Jews.This has and will never change. The Twelve Stars of Israel
The "twelve stars" are equally clearly the twelve houses (or tribes) of Israel. The identity of the members these twelve houses will be revealed by haMoshiach as the 144,000 anointed Israelites enter the world stage.Revelation 7:5 of the tribe of Judah were sealed twelve thousand [recall that the other houses will rally around Judah according to Zechariah],
of the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand,
of the tribe of Gad twelve thousand,
7:6 of the tribe of Asher twelve thousand,
of the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand,
of the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand,
7:7 of the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand,
of the tribe of Levi twelve thousand,
of the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand,
7:8 of the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand,
of the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand,
of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.
We learn of them in Torah when the heads of the twelve houses, the twelve inheritors of Ya'akov/Jacob/Israel are listed thusly:Genesis 49:28 All these are the twelve houses of Israel: and this is what their father [i.e. Yakov/Jacob/Israel] spake unto them, and blessed them; every one according to his blessing he blessed them.
As we discussed in earlier lessons, the One House of Israel (composed of the original twelve tribes) was tested and purified. Slight alterations were made as we see in the list given by Navi Yochanan (Revelation 7:5-8). We need not go into this again here. In the end, the House of Judah [i.e. the Jews] was granted the mantle of leadership over Israel (Genesis 49:9). Now, in Navi Yochanan's time line, the ten houses have been reunited under the leadership of Judah (and Benjamin) as foretold at Zechariah 8:23. Like a crown of twelve priceless gems these houses will again shine forth with the glory of Jacob/Israel under the leadership of Judah and its anointed leader, haMoshiach ben David.
The Sun and the Moon
The sun in this context is Avraham avinu ("our father Abraham") and the moon is his wife, our mother Sarah, the parents of Isaac and grandparents of Jacob/Israel. From the perspective of the early Messianic Jewish Movement and the context of these verses they could be none other.
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