We are studying the twelfth chapter of Revelation, in which John saw several signs in the heavens. These, as I have shown in studies immediately previous to this one, are signs in the Zodiac, not Greek mythology, but signs which the Lord had given us that take note of the work he was doing among men. He gave these stars and signs their names (Psalm 147:4; Job 9:9), but his word had been corrupted by men to reveal “men, birds, beasts and creeping things” (Romans 1:21-23, 28) that reveal different stories than the Gospel, which they originally foretold.
In the constellation we call Virgo the woman gave birth to a male child. This one was to rule over all nations, and the announcement of his authority was a challenge to Draco, the dragon, the then current ruler and guide of the nations (viz. the polar star being in Draco, when God revealed the constellations to mankind – cf. Psalm 147:4). It was Satan who was “the god of this world” (2Corinthians 4:4). He ruled its affairs, and for all intents and purposes the nations, their goals and commercial pursuits were governed by him. This is recorded for us in the constellations of the heavens and in the names of the stars, all of which God created for signs for men (Genesis 1:14-18), and named them to show how these things work out in the will of God (Psalm 147:4).
The constellation, Draco, as we know, represents Satan, the Devil (Revelation 12:3-4, 9). This constellation used to be the ancient guide for travelers on land and sea. The polar star, around which the whole heavens revolved, had been Thuban, which can be found in Draco’s tail. However, due to the precession of the equinoxes, by the time of Christ, the polar star had been in the process of shifting to Polaris, which is the brightest star in the constellation, Ursa Minor, or the Little Bear, which was known by the ancients as the Lesser Sheepfold (cf. Luke 12:32). This battle or war in the heavens (cf. Revelation 12:7) is the theme of the constellations, named and divided up by God, and are there for our instruction.
Draco’s importance as the “guide” for ancient travelers is the foundation for Paul’s statement that Satan is the god of this world (2Corinthians 4:4). Yet, rulership of the heavens and, therefore, of the earth was changing to the strong man, seen in the constellation, Cepheus, “the King who is coming to rule,” whose foot is just above Polaris, the north star that guides the earth today.
Although written in the heavens, Herod and many after him sought to slay the son of the woman (Revelation 12:4), but the Child was caught up to God and his throne, which indicates from where the Child would rule all nations. As for the woman who had given birth to the child, she fled to a place in the wilderness that was prepared for her by God (Revelation 12:6).
It is interesting that Jesus was tempted by Satan, after he was driven into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit (Luke 4:1). Just as interesting is that the sort of wilderness, into which Jesus was driven, was not what one normally thinks of when he reads about Jesus’ temptations. Rather Jesus was driven into a wilderness of people (Ezekiel 20:35).  The woman’s safety lay in being with the Child, because she represents the elect of the Jews. The Child of the woman is Jesus, and for 3 ½ years (1260 days) the woman, which in this context refers to the Apostles and other disciples of Jesus, was with him in the wilderness of people. That is, in him they found their safety.
It seems that Jesus’ public ministry, from the time of his first sermon in Nazareth on the Feast of Trumpets to his crucifixion was 1260 days, and then he was caught up to heaven (Revelation 12:5; cf. Acts 1:9-11). This time period is the exact number of days, during which the woman was supposed to have been given safety by God (Revelation 12:6), and for all intents and purposes they are the same period of time. Jesus loved his disciples and gave his life for them (John 15:13). The woman’s safety lay in his hands. He protected them, whenever they were in danger (John 17:4-19; cf. Mark 9:14-19; John 18:3-8).