The True Identity of the Woman in Revelation 12! Pt 1
(Ver 1.9) This is the Part 1 of a series of extremely advanced Bible lessons that will reveal the “True Identity of the Woman in Revelation 12“. There are many opinions on who this symbolic woman represents. You can go and search the INTERNET and find various approaches to the interpretation of this chapter. However the vast majority of these interpretations are based upon human reasoning and man’s opinion of the subject. These are all private invalid interpretations of the scripture based upon 2 Peter 1:20. An opinion is always trumped by a known fact. A fact will always take presedence over my opinion. Then there is God’s Truth that will always trump any known fact. What God has declared in His Word will always take presedence over any fact that is known by a man. So in this lesson we are going to focus in on God’s truths and ignore man’s facts and opinions. Also, if you are a true believer and have been born again, you have the same Holy Spirit inside of you that Paul had in him. You are in the same church that Paul is in. Often times I think that people forget this, don’t know this or just ignore this fact. But, because they don’t know this they don’t realize that what God did for Paul He will do for you and I also. This is what Paul said about what he taught:
Gal 1:12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
So where did Paul get the gospel that he was teaching? Apparently it was not from any seminary, temple, or human teacher on this earth. This information did not originate on the earth, but came from God. So when I read through some of the blogs on the subject of the identity of the woman in Revelation 12, I was very surprised to see how many quoted some human reference or commentary. Many of the blogs simply said I think this woman is __________. What do you think? Nobody could give any definitive identity to the woman, and everything that they wrote was based upon human reasoning and speculation. I do not believe that is a valid approach to the interpretation of the Bible. So I will warn you up front that what I am about to tell you now, did not come from man, but is a result of what God has taught me and I pray that you will see there is a major difference.
I cannot emphasize enough the complexity of the Bible. God has written the Bible in a fashion that conceals vast amounts of information, making it very challenging for us to understand. But once you begin to learn some of the techniques that God has used in writing the Bible and concealing information in plain sight you will soon begin to understand much more of the Bible. If you would like to study the techniques that God uses for “Hiding the Truth in Plain Sight” then please do that first.
WHO CAN THE WOMAN BE?
Let us start with the possible candidates for the identity of the woman in Revelation 12. I’ll give you a list of possible candidate women found in the Bible and we will need to immediately ask is the woman in Revelation 12 a literal unnamed physical woman or a symbolic representation for a unknown or unnamed spiritual woman? From everything that I have read so far here are the possibilities:
- The Earthly Jerusalem, the natural nation of Israel, the Old Testament Wife of God (Jer 31:32)
- The Heavenly Jerusalem, the spiritual mother of Jesus and the church (Gal 4:26)
- The New Jerusalem, the Church, the Bride, the Wife of Jesus Christ the Lamb (Rev 21:2)
- The natural woman called Mary, mother of the natural man Jesus (Mat 1:16)
There will no doubt be many that will read my list of 4 candidates and not understand it. However, if you study the Bible very closely and carefully observe what is said, you will discover that there are 3 completely different cities in the Bible all called by the same name Jerusalem. This is just one technique that God uses to conceal truth in the Bible. Call multiple things by the same name. We have to realize that there are natural things and that there are also spiritual things and both of these can be called by the same name. Every one of these cities represents a female in a relationship with God. Also, all four of these women are described in the Bible as having children and being mothers. Any of these cities could fit the pattern of the symbolic pregnant woman in Rev 12. I do not have the time to explain all of this in this blog, so you will have to either take my word for it or go and study it for yourself. I already warned you that what I’m teaching came from God and not from a man, so it will certainly be different than anything you’ve ever heard before.
WHEN DOES THE EVENT IN REVELATION 12 OCCUR?
I want to start this lesson on Revelation 12 with a new and different scripture than what you might think that I should start with. Since we are talking about chapter 12 of Revelation, I would like to back up and start reading with Revelation chapter 4 and show you something very important that God says. I think we can all understand that Revelation 12 is either a past historical event, a present day event or a future coming event. Which one it is will help us determine which interpretation is valid and which interpretations are not valid. Do you agree with that? Let’s read Revelation 4 to find out:
Rev 4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
People obviously read scriptures and just ignore them or fail to apply them. Either way you are going to fail in your understanding of the Bible if you do that. Here we have God in Heaven telling the apostle John to “come up” to heaven so that God can show him things that will occur from this point in time forward. If you are intelligent; you should realize that from chapter 4 forward, whatever is written, God says has not occurred as of the time of being written on paper by John. Is this too complicated to comprehend? Do you understand this statement? Do you believe God? Is God a liar? I think what confuses people sometimes is the fact that God uses symbolism in Revelation for spiritual things and for people that existed prior to this writing. Some of these symbols will reflect existing spiritual and physical realities like Jesus, Satan, angels, the church, the nation of Israel, and other spiritual entities that must already pre-exist before Revelation 4:1. Therefore, what is prophesied to happen to these existing entities in the future is easily confused with past occurrences that have already occurred because of the similarities of descriptions. Please understand the difference between something that is prophesied to happen to someone that already exists, is not a problem unless you say it has already occurred and that would violate the definition of a prophecy and the scripture we just read in Revelation 4:1 where God says everything that is stated from this point forward has not yet occurred. Is that too complicated? What we are going to soon discover is that there are statements in Revelation 12 that will cause most people to gravitate to a specific pre-drawn conclusion of the identity of the woman in Revelation 12 because the woman is described to be pregnant and because her child is caught up to heaven and because he is said to rule with a rod of iron Therefore they have automatically concluded without studying or taking into account Revelation 4:1 that the child is Jesus and that the woman is either Mary or the nation of Israel. However, this interpretation makes God to be a liar. God is clearly confused that this has already occurred in Matthew’s Gospel and clearly God is now revealing Revelation to John a long time after the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ into heaven. What God is trying to get you to see, is the fact that the prophecies going forward are all about coming events and not about historical events that have already occurred. You can easily disagree with God, if you would like to but that is probably why your Bible interpretations suck. Read the Bible and follow what it says, apply it to surrounding verses and learn by using what they say wisely.
If God says that I will show you things to come in Revelation 4:1, does chapter 12 come before or after chapter 4? You have to agree that chapter 12 comes after chapter 4. So that is the problem with most people’s interpretation of the woman in Revelation 12. They have jumped to the conclusion that the child born must describe the birth of the man Jesus in Bethlehem and therefore the woman must be the natural nation of Israel or the woman Mary ignoring all of the scriptures that I will present in this lesson. But, let me ask you this, when did John write this book? Was it after Jesus was born or before Jesus was born? Most Bible scholars will agree that the book of Revelation was written a long time after the birth of Jesus and could have been written somewhere around the year 96 AD. Obviously it should be clear in your mind that Revelation was written well after the birth of Jesus, so therefore we must conclude that the baby described in Revelation 12 can not be physical Jesus using this logic alone. I know that will upset a great number of readers, but yet I’m just reading the Bible and seeing what God says. If God would have said in Rev 4:1 come up here and I will show you the things that have already happened and the things that will come hereafter, then that changes our view of the possible interpretations significantly. Since that is not the case what we must conclude based upon the Word of God is that the pregnancy of the woman and the birth of the child in Revelation 12 are both future events. I beleive that if you try to teach it any other way that you make God to be a liar. I would personally rather stay on God’s side.
WHAT DO THE SYMBOLS MEAN?
In order to identify the symbolic woman in Revelation 12 correctly, I found that it was critical to identify the woman’s associated symbolic characteristics and descriptions first. What we will discover when we study is that the given symbolic descriptions of the symbolic woman’s features surrounding her clearly only point us to one possible valid identity. It is what I call a dependent truth relationship. Until you identify the parent truths, you will never understand the child truths. I am not really sure if you understand this concept that I just gave you. It is found in computer programming and other paradigms, as well as in the natural world when speaking of children born from their parents. In computer programming languages this feature is called inheritance. This is where one computer object inherits qualties and features from another object. But, you can not fully understand the child’s object capabilities without fully understanding the parent’s object. If you do know anything about computer programming you still may be struggling with this concept, so I’ll try to show you by teaching you about the parent symbols found in Revelation 12 to help you understand the woman’s identity. These parent symbol truths start with information found in Revelation 12:1:
Rev 12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
We can see immediately in verse 1 that this woman is clothed with the symbolic sun, with her standing on the symbolic moon under her feet and finally her head is crowned with a crown of 12 stars. What we should start with is the fact that this woman is a symbolic representation of a greater spiritual truth. Normally God gives us symbolic information using natural objects that we can understand to represent spiritual truths that we have never seen. But, by us understanding these natural object we can then transfer this knowledge into the spiritual truths. The next thing we should do is to understand that the sun, the moon and the stars are also all symbolic references of natural things that also point us to much greater spiritual unseen truths. These symbols of the sun, the moon and the stars are three of the most important dependent parent truths that I was referring to earlier and these must be understood correctly in order to identify the woman in Revelation 12. This is where most Bible teachers and students have started to miss it in their interpretations. They have focused in on the woman and her child and missed or ignored the other key symbols given that are very significant. My approach as I have already tried to say will be to ignore the woman and the child and to focus in on these three other symbols to obtain the keys to unlock the identity of this woman in Revelation 12. This is a radical departure from human logic and reasoning, but you will soon discover it will help tremendously to our understanding the woman.
What does the sun, the moon and the stars all have in common? They are heavenly bodies that surround or can be seen from the earth. That information right there ought to start you thinking in a different way. What doesthe earth represent in other symbols given in the scriptures? Jesus taught the parable of the sower that earth represented the hearts of men. I believe that is very relevant to know so keep that in mind. Then consider this these objects exist a distance from earth. The earth revolves around one, the sun. Second, the moon revolves around the earth. Third, the stars are just more distant solar systems other than our own. Let’s start briefly with the crown of 12 stars. We should know from Bible study that the number 12 has a lot of significance throughout the book. This number could apply to the natural nation of Israel who had 12 tribes, but it could also apply to the church that also had 12 tribes that originated from the 12 apostles of the Lamb. So using this information we can see that the woman could either be natural Israel or the church. I currently do not know of any number 12 that is associated with the natural woman Mary so based upon this information we can almost guarantee that the woman is not Mary, but we will explore this more as a confirmation as we continue. I think I will leave the discussion of the symbolic stars until another lesson. Too many have tried to start with the identity of the symbolic stars and have come up with natural Israel and I think that just will confuse the issue for now. Instead of being focused on the heavenly bodies themselves (stars) many teachers have become distracted by the number 12 and placed too much significance upon it and then just ignore the other symbols. The number 12 is important, but not in the way that you currently think right now.
What I want to do is to address the easiest and most profound symbol of the identity of the woman in Revelation 12, the sun. She is said to be clothed with and wearing the sun. She is described as a woman wearing the sun as her clothing. The Greek word translated as “clothed” means “to put on” or to “invest with clothing”. This is an absolutely fascinating concept. The sun is very bright, ver warm and hot, the source of life and light for our planet. The sun is also the closest star to our planet and the center of our solar system that everything else revolves around. These physical attributes actually give us parallels into the spiritual realm and help us to identify who this symbolic spiritual sun is. Let me list the qualities of the sun again for those who might have just let them slide over their heads.
- The Source of Light
- Very Bright
- The Source of Life
- The Source of Heat and Warmth
- Only Present during the Day when we work
- Not present or seen at Night when we sleep
These might seem very obvious to you, but yet you still do not understand the significance to what they mean. I just gave you 6 descriptive characteristics of the symbolic Sun that the woman is clothed with. In knowing these we could describe that this woman is wearing, life, light, brightness, warmth and day. Her clothing is described in these very specific terms. Keep these in mind as we go forward with this study because they are all very important.
So what or who does this symbolic sun represent? I will not keep you in suspense because the sun according to the Bible is the Lord Jesus Christ. How did I come to that conclusion? It is simply what the Bible says. Let’s start with a verse found in the book of Malachi:
Mal 4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
You see a verse that speaks indirectly about Jesus Christ, by not calling him the “Son of Righteousness”, but by calling Him the “Sun of Righteousness”. Surely you can see this and understand who it is talking about? If not, take note of the fact that something or someone is called the Sun and that he will rise somewhere to bring healing to someone in righteousness. Please note that God says the sun rises and this is a symbolic spiritual prophecy of someone that brings healing. Now with all that in mind, let’s find out who this Sun of Righteousness represents:
2Pe 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
In this verse we can see another reference to Jesus being a light that rises and shines in the hearts of believers. We can also clearly see that He is called the “Day Star”. The closest star to our planet that shines in the daylight hours is our Sun. Do you get it? It is a very tricky method that God uses to call the sun by different titles in order to conceal it from plain sight and to make it more difficult to find. But, Jesus is clearly again called the spiritual Sun (Star Shinning during the Day) that rises. The reference to dawn is a description of sunrise when light first breaks in the morning and the darkness has to vanish. These are all spiritual truths reflected in natural symbolism. But, wait, I’m not done yet. For those skeptics who are blind or dull of sight, I’ll give you another great verses for the identity of the Sun. This time it is Jesus himself talking and the words are written in red ink in my Bible:
Rev 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
Here we have the same method used by God, calling the Sun by still another new name. God calls the Sun the “Bright Morning Star“. This is another direct reference to “dawn” when the Sun rises by the usage of the term “morning”. We can easily understand that Jesus is the Sun that rises in the hearts of Christians to bring us light into our spirits. If you don’t understand this you are in trouble. Have you ever looked into the sun accidently and noticed how bright it is? The woman in Revelation 12 who is clothed with the sun would also be called this bright. This verse in Revelation is referring to this bright star (Sun) that rises in the morning in new different terms. The reason people have not seen this reference is because they think this morning star is a reference to a planet like Venus. But, that interpretation ignores the fact that God says this is a star and not a planet. Venus is clearly not a star. These are also the words of Jesus telling us personally who He is, if you think he is a dead planet and not the life giving star of our planet then I really cannot help you see it. Let me give you another new title for the name of the Sun. This time it is in the prophecy of John the Baptist’s father when speaking of Jesus:
Luk 1:78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,
So Jesus is prophesied to be the “Dayspring”. If you look up the definition of this word in the Strong’s it means “a rising light”. Isn’t this what the sun does? You can also see the meaning of “dawn” when the sun rises. What we see is a clear reference to Jesus being the Sun and the light of the world that rises. When Jesus was born into the world He brought the light with Him. Let me give you another reference for the identity of the Sun. Again we will look at the words of Jesus himself when he walked the face of the earth in the flesh.
Joh 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
You do understand the source of the light and life for our planet, yes? The natural sun produces the light on our planet and is the primary source of life also. In this verse in John, Jesus reveals himself to be the spiritual light of the world and the source of spiritual life. This is a direct parallel to the physical light of the world, which is the sun. We can clearly see that Jesus informs us if we continue to follow Him, that we would not walk in darkness. Jesus is referring to the hearts of man in this verse and tells us that He will light them internally, or spiritually. Since the physical sun is the source for life on this planet, we can understand that the spiritual Sun of Righteousness is the source for our spiritual life. What we have is a natural pattern given for a spiritual reality. We can see the same physical qualities being described in Jesus. Jesus is calling himself the light of life, that is clearly the sun. Jesus is calling himself the light of the world, that again is the sun. Jesus says we will not walk in darkness or the night, because again we have Jesus the Sun in our life.
There are many verses in the Bible that I can include in this lesson to illustrate the truth of the identity of the “Sun” being Christ. I will only go with one more that repeats some of the basics that we have already witnessed in other verses, but since we are suppose to establish every word using 2 or 3 witnesses, I will give you this one as another confirming witness:
2Co 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
This verse is very informative. It first confirms that the Genesis account contains prophetic statements within it. God who on day 1 of creation, commanded the light to be, declares that this was a prophesied future spiritual event that would occur when Jesus came to earth. The location of this shining or enlightenment is clearly given to be the hearts of mankind. This is the inward spiritual location of your eternal spirit being. Then the verse ends with how this occurs. It is through knowing Christ. Finally, there is a reference given to the “face” of Jesus Christ. I found that fascinating and informative. You see in the book of Revelation the “face” of Jesus is described this way:
Rev 1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.
You see in this verse of Revelation, it is describing some spiritual qualities of Jesus Christ. I’ll skip the first two and go directly to the last part of that verse that says “his countenance was as the sun shining in his strength”. Isn’t that an interesting way to describe Jesus? The word “countenance” can be translated as “face”. So the “face” of Jesus is said to be symbolically shining like the sun at noonday. This I believe is highly significant and just further confirms that Jesus Christ is the symbolic Sun found in Revelation 12. Here is a list of scriptures that all refer to Jesus Christ in terms describing Him to be the Sun. Some of these I have given you already and some are new:
- The Sun of Righteousness (Mal 4:2)
- The Greater Light that Rules the Day (Gen 1:16)
- The Day Star (2 Peter 1:19)
- The Bright and Morning Star (Rev 22:16)
- The Morning Star (Rev 2:28)
- The Dayspring (Luke 1:78)
- The True Light (John 1:9, 1 John 2:8)
- The Light of the World (John 8:12, John 9:5)
- The Light of Life (John 8:12)
- The Sun (Rev 1:16, Rev 12:1)
To me that is overwhelming evidence that Jesus Christ is the Sun. Let me now approach this subject from a different angle to give you some additional perspective on this topic of the identity of the Sun. Is the church ever told to wear the sun? As you recall, the woman in Revelation 12 is said to be clothed with the Sun. Of course the church must be commanded to wear the Sun, but just not in so many direct obvious words. You have to look for it and figure it out. You have to make an association that starts by understanding who the spiritual Sun is. By now I hope that you can see that the spiritual Sun is Jesus Christ.
Rom 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
The Greek word translated as “put on” here means to :invest with clothing:, to “be clothed” with. Interesting, is it not? Isn’t this what we are talking about, to be clothed with the Sun? If Jesus Christ is the Sun, and we have clearly seen that He is, then the church is instructed to wear this Sun like clothing. This verse in Romans tells us to wear Jesus Christ like a garment or a coat. If Jesus is the Light and the Sun, then we would be wearing the correct symbol, for the woman in Revelation 12, right? Here is another witness to this revelation:
Gal 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Again we clearly see a reference of the church being baptized into Christ. To be baptized is an immersion and covering by water. This is clearly a symbolic reference of wearing something. Now if that is true then according to this verse we also have “put on” Christ. Put on again means to “be clothed” with Christ. The church should be going around wearing the garment of Jesus Christ, right here, right now.
1Co 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
In this verse it compares two states, one physical with the other one spiritual. The words “borne” and “bear” are the same Greek word that means to “wear”. God is telling us we use to wear our bodies, but now we have been clothed with a heavenly body and this of course is the Sun. To me it is very obvious what God is talking about. I hope that you are beginning to see it also. Let me briefly give you an Old Testament prophecy that goes into a bit of relevant information on this topic of wearing the “Sun”.
Dan 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
So as you read this prophecy in Daniel it should be self evident that it is talking about the church. The church is the only group that is attempting to turn anyone from their darkness into the righteousness of Jesus Christ. But, notice the terms that are used. It declares that will “shine” with a “brightness”. The firmament is another word for the sky. The earth’s atmosphere when it is lit by the sun can be very intensely bright. This is a clear reference to the “day”. That describes someone that could be wearing the sun, doesn’t it? This chapter in Daniel is an end time prophetic message. It describes many things that are occurring right now. In context with that we see the righteous being hailed as light bearers. Jesus made several statements in regard to this also. In calling Himself the light of the world in John, He also said “ye are the light of the world”. How can the church and Jesus both be the same light? It only really makes sense if we put Christ on and wear Him around for others to see. This is a revelation of letting Jesus be seen on the outside in the visible world. Too many Christians want to keep Jesus on the inside and never let Him be seen outside of the church building. This is not what the Bible says to do. We are to wear Jesus Christ like a garment that everyone can clearly see. Here is another very relevant scripture on the subject of wearing the Sun.
Isa 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
God has clothed the church with the garment of Salvation first and then the robe of Righteousness second. Do you remember who the Sun of Righteousness was? It is Jesus Christ. So we have very clear evidence that the church is to be clothed with the Spiritual Sun of Jesus Christ our Redeemer. So the primary clothing in Bible days were not jeans and t-shirts, but were robes. So we can understand that to be clothed with the Robe of Righteousness means everyday clothing and not just a special wedding garment. The Hebrew word translated as righteousness is the exact same word found in Malachi 4:2 describing Jesus as the Sun of Righteousness. So Isaiah 61:10 describing the church is definitely related to the verse in Malachi 4:2 describing our clothing of the Sun of Righteousness. This is not an accident nor was it placed in the Bible by accident. This is God’s designed plan to reveal this information at the right time. I’ll end this blog with just one more reference since I am running pretty long.
Rom 13:12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
So we can see another word association being made. This time the church is told to put on the armor of light. Since it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out where we get our daylight from, I think it is clear that we are being told to put on the Sun. This clothing that we are commanded to put on, is described as the “armor” of light. Armor is what a soldier would wear for protection against an enemy. Body armor is common for Police and military personnel. This “light” should have the same affect for a Christian. By walking in the light you should never be in the darkness. The clear reference in this verse is to the spiritual day or night condition of our hearts. So there are many verses that instruct the church to shine and put on Christ. Here are the words of Jesus himself that are also speaking prophetically about the church at the end of the world:
Mat 13:43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
The Words of God, from the mouth of the True and Faithful One declares the righteous to be the ones that will shine forth as the sun at the end of the world. Doesn’t that testify that the righteous church will be the ones wearing the Sun of God? It sure looks like it to me.
I have given a number of key scriptures that identify the symbolic Sun as being Jesus Christ. I have given you several other verses that either prophesy or declare the church to be clothed with this Sun. We can see this truth in many other verses in the Bible that I have not covered yet, but I will end this blog with this question for now:
What woman in the Bible is clothed with Jesus Christ?
You can certainly eliminate a lot of the 4 potential candidates for this woman. She cannot be natural Israel, she cannot be heavenly Jerusalem, she cannot even be natural Mary. Just figuring out the identity of the symbolic “Sun”, one symbol changes the meaning of the woman in chapter 12 of Revelation dramatically. This blog has introduced to the subject and yet we still have a lot to learn and figure out. Perhaps in my next blog I will talk more about the other symbols, to help you better understand this woman’s true identity. God Bless you and I pray that you have the spiritual vision to see and to understand God’s Word.
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