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The Woman Who Brought Forth the Child

24 Oct
Virgo - woman

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So many of today’s commentaries interpret the woman in chapter twelve of the Apocalypse to be the Church, yet how did the church give birth to Jesus? Didn’t Jesus give birth to the church? Moreover, some seem to put the war that occurred in heaven long before God created mankind, and, while others accurately put it in the first century AD. Those who place the war before the creation of man offer credence to Milton’s Paradise Lost by saying this present conflict in heaven alludes to a rebellion of angels, something which the Bible never mentions. These critics have absolutely nothing, not one iota of proof, to show that such a battle occurred in heaven, long before God created men on the earth. Such stories are myths and belong in pagan mythology, not in God’s word.

John said he saw a wonder (G4952 – semeion) in heaven. The Greek word primarily means: sign, mark or token.[1] If we conclude that the sign, which John saw was something in the sky above, then it would have been something everyone could see. If this is logically sound, then it is very likely that the sign John referred to was Virgo, one of the twelve signs of the Zodiac. Now, we need to understand from the very beginning that we are not speaking of Greek mythology. I may have to use the Greek names for the signs, because the original names given them by God (cf. Psalm 147:4; Job 9:9; 38:31) have been corrupted, but I am really pointing to the word of God, as testified in the Bible.

Virgo is the sign of the woman, a virgin. The woman is “clothed with the sun” and the moon was under her feet. If the sun is in the sign, Virgo, then it must be the seventh month of the Jewish calendar. If the moon is under her feet, this could have occurred only during the new moon or the beginning of the month—i.e. on Rosh Hashanah, or the Feast of Trumpets.

Twelve stars appear above the woman’s head. In the heavens these stars are found in the sign Leo, the sign of the king. John tells us that the woman was with child and was at that time in labor pains (Revelation 12:2). In Genesis 37:9-11 Jacob’s son, Joseph, who is also a type of Christ, told his father that he dreamed a dream, in which the sun and moon and eleven stars bowed down and worshiped him. Jacob rebuked his son, saying: shall he (the sun) and Joseph’s mother (the moon) and the eleven stars (Joseph’s brethren) indeed bow down to him? Herein, is the interpretation of the sign that John saw. Joseph would have been the 12th star in the crown (found in the constellation Leo). The constellation, Virgo, then represents righteous (the virgin) Israel giving birth to the Messiah, Jesus, and the positions of the sun and moon in the sign tell us in what month and day of the month that would occur.

In the context of where the sun and moon were in Virgo (Revelation 12:1), and at that time the woman in the heavens was about to give birth (Revelation 12:2), Jesus had to have been born on the night of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the seventh month in the Jewish calendar! According to another short series of studies of mine, that would have occurred on September 11th (as we determine our days) in the year 3 BC.[2]

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[1] According to Thayer’s Greek Lexicon of New Testament Words the word means:  1) a sign, mark, token; 1a) that by which a person or a thing is distinguished from others and is known; 1b) a sign, prodigy, portent, i.e. an unusual occurrence, transcending the common course of nature; 1b1) of signs portending remarkable events soon to happen; 1b2) of miracles and wonders by which God authenticates the men sent by him, or by which men prove that the cause they are pleading is God’s.

[2] See my studies: When Did Herod Die; Josephus’ Eclipse Showing Herod’s Death; and Does Luke Contradict Matthew.

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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4 responses to “The Woman Who Brought Forth the Child

  1. Robert

    October 24, 2019 at 07:02

    This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sinai, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:
    Acts 7:38 KJV
    https://bible.com/bible/1/act.7.38.KJV

    Church in Greek just meant assembly. So if the Israelites were the assembly of God in the old testament, then Christ was born of Israel. The church today is just the ingrafting of the Gentiles into the assembly of God amongst the Jewish people who had/have faith in Him…

     
    • Eddie

      October 24, 2019 at 09:06

      Greetings Robert, and welcome to my blog. Thank you for reading and for your comment.

      I’m not certain, however, that I understand your point. My point concerning the woman in Revelation 12:1 was that many commentaries (Barnes; Benson; Clarke; Gill; Henry; People; Poole; Pulpit etc.) claim the woman is the Church, meaning the New Covenant believers. Some others try to make the woman include the nation of Israel and the Church of Christ. A few take issue with both ideas, which is my point. The woman is not the church. It is the nation of Israel (specifically Judah) who gave birth to Jesus (Hebrews 7:14).

      Thanks again for your interest in my studies. Lord bless you.

       
      • Robert

        October 24, 2019 at 09:08

        Thanks Eddie, it was just a thought around what you were writing about, that I think there’s more continuity between Israel and the church that we often give credit… God bless :)

         
        • Eddie

          October 24, 2019 at 09:18

          Thanks Robert. There is, indeed, a great deal of continuity between Israel and the church. We agree. Lord bless you.

           

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