The True Identity of the Woman in Revelation 12! Pt 2
(Ver 2.0) This is Part 2 of a series of lessons on the True Identity of the Woman in Revelation 12. In my last blog on this subject, I introduced you to the identity of the Sun as being the Lord Jesus Christ. I briefly described the Sun as the closest star to our planet, our natural source of heat, light and life. I pointed you to an overwhelming number of verses in the Old Testament and the New Testament that called Jesus the Sun. Sometimes He is called the Day Star, the Bright Morning Star, or the Light of the world, but all of these are synonymous terms for the sun. If you have read through my other blogs you may already know where we are going next. I don’t like to repeat myself, but since I have new readers all the time, it is good to review. If you did not read the first lesson in this series I would strongly suggest that you go back and start with “Part 1“. It is always my understanding that truth builds upon truth. So you need to understand things from the beginning to get the new things that I will discuss today.
What we need to do next is to determine the identity of the symbolic moon in Revelation 12:1. In the book of Genesis chapter 1 verses 13 through 18, we can see that by the law of first mention, that God gives us specific information to the identity of the sun and moon. Of course they are not called the sun and the moon here and that has been the challenge of why men have not seen these relationships before now. The sun and the moon are called the greater light and the lesser light and this was an intentionally designed method of God to conceal them until God desired to reveal them. On Day 1 of creation God creates light and establishes two divisions, one called day and the other He called night. We can understand from this statement in Genesis 1:3-5 that the sun and moon must already exist on Day 1 for any days or night to exist. Think about it logically, the earth rotates around the sun and this rotation of the earth is what causes night and day to occur. Without the existence of the sun, there is no day only night. We can see on Day 4 of creation that God causes the sun and the moon to rule these two divisions called Day and Night established on Day 1. It is very interesting to note that these two divisions are both made up of 12 unique measurements of time commonly called hours. I believe that it is not by accident or coincidence that God has done this. I believe that this is a purposeful, intentional act of God that reveals some hidden spiritual things to us. In my last blog on this subject I also told you about natural Israel and spiritual Israel. Each of these two nations also represents two distinct divisions which consist of 12 unique sub-divisions, which are normally called tribes. Where we go from here may be very hard for many to accept. But, I have to tell it like it is and hope that you can see it.
Day and night are both natural symbolic references that represent spiritual realities revealed to us in the New Testament. Both of these conditions represent the spiritual state of the hearts of men and women on the earth. Day and Night are two distinct and unique kingdoms, one of light and one of darkness. The church is said to be in the day and the light and the rest of the world is said to be in darkness. If you use your Bible search program you will find lots of references to these facts in both the Old and New Testaments. Search for key words like night, day, light and darkness to start with. Here is one example of what you will find:
1Th 5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
God informs the church that we are of the Day and of the Light. The church is actually called children of the Light. We know from other verses in the Bible that God is Light and in Him is no darkness. So the church is called the spiritual children of God. There is a very clear reference that anyone not in the church is in the night and in the darkness. We also can see that since God has no darkness in Him, these people in the darkness are separated from God. So again we see two divisions one called day and one called night. So why are these significant? We know from studying the Bible that Night and Day are symbolic representations of the conditions of the hearts of men and women on the earth. Let’s go through the Genesis 1 day 4 account of creation and determine how this information fits into the pattern of Day and Night:
Gen 1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
Gen 1:15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
Did you notice God said that there were lights, plural that were going to divide the day from the night? What did Day and Night represent? Day and night are symbolic states of the spiritual condition of the hearts of men. These lights were created to give light upon the earth, but the earth also represents symbolically the hearts of men and women. Earth is where the sun shines or doesn’t shine, the plants grow, trees grow, etc. The church is instructed to produce fruit, where does spiritual fruit come from? Spiritual fruit comes from spiritual trees and spiritual plants that grow in the spiritual ground of the hearts of mankind. I could spend a lot of time familiarizing you with these basic Bible concepts, but hopefully you understand them at least a little bit. Let us continue in Genesis and see what else God says about these two lights:
Gen 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
We can see that God declares these lights to be the rulers of these two divisions called day and night. Here again we see one of God’s tricks being utilized, God calls the sun by a different name, called the “greater light” and the moon, He calls the “lesser light“. This verse contains all of the essential elements found describing the woman in Revelation 12:1. We can see, the Sun, the moon and the stars all being mentioned for the first time in the Bible. Since it is the first time these celestial objects are mentioned in the Bible, these verses will help us to understand what these objects represent in Revelation 12. This spiritual law is called the law of first mention and is a common practice that God uses to reveal information to us. So who rules the day, it is Jesus Christ the Sun of Righteousness. Here is a good scripture that is certainly related to our current subject:
1 Jn 2:8 Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.
John writing to the church tells them that the “true light” is now shining in them. They have come out of the darkness and the night and have seen the true light. But by the law of inverse truth, if there is a true light, then there is also a false light. Isn’t that an interesting consideration? You see the moon who rules the darkness does not make any light or have any ability to produce light without the sun. The sun is Jesus Christ and the moon is Satan. The moon is a false light, and the Sun is the true light. Satan must be the ruler of the darkness; Satan must be the ruler of the night. It is very much like saying Christ and antichrist. Jesus is the Christ and Satan is the antichrist. These are just basic Bible principles of opposites being demonstrated to us. Jesus is good and Satan is evil. But, let us confirm all of this in the Bible:
Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
What we see in this verse directed to the church is a fact that declares our enemy to be the rulers of the darkness of this world. Darkness is a condition of the hearts of them that are in the spiritual state of night. This can only be Satan and his demonic cohorts. Just note the direct reference to someone ruling and what they are said to be the ruler of; this of course is the darkness. Darkness is simply the nonexistence of light. You take light away and you get darkness. The Bible says God is light so you take God away what do you have left? Darkness is also a synonymous term for night. If Jesus is the spiritual Light of the world, then those who do not know Christ are the ones that are in a state of spiritual darkness. According to Ephesian 6:12 Satan is the ruler of those individuals without Christ. If you noticed in Ephesians 6:12, it said the enemy of the church was a spiritual force that consisted of “principalities” and “powers”. If you go back to Genesis 1:16 and note the Hebrew word H4475 translated as “rule”, it means to govern and have power over. So we can see that God has allowed Satan to seize power over all everyone still in the darkness. But, then we could also say that for those who belong to Christ, they are now ruled by Jesus, the Light of Day and Satan doesn’t have any power over us. Let’s look at another New Testament verse about Satan:
1Co 2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
This verse is again speaking about Satan being called the “prince” of this world. The Greek word translated as “prince” means “ruler”, the one that is above the rest. This is not speaking of natural or physical kingdoms in this verse, but it is speaking of the order within the spiritual realm of darkness. This world is a reference to the spiritual world that we do not perceive with our 5 natural physical senses. What we realize from this verse is that this present world is ruled by an unseen spiritual force that will come to nothing. So let’s expand our knowledge with another verse:
Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Again we see a very clear reference to a “prince” as being a spiritual ruler of the world. Paul writes that we who are now in the church use to obey this prince, but now we do not. The implication is given that we (the church) are now on the outside from under the control of this ruler of the world, even though he still is working in those who are not Christians. This Greek word translated as “prince” or “ruler” is clearly stated to be a spiritual being that we cannot perceive with our senses. There is a clear division being stated between two groups of people; one group in the light and one group in the darkness. Here is another witness to exactly what I am teaching you today:
Col 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
We can again clearly see a distinction being stated between two groups of people. These are clearly stated to be two distinct and different kingdoms and the rulers of the kingdoms are stated to us indirectly and directly. You can clearly see that it directly names Jesus the Son of God to be the ruler of the kingdom that the church now exists within. Indirectly you have to make the association that the “power of darkness” is a reversed opposite to Jesus the Sun of Righteous. This can only be Satan the moon.
So we have seen several good Bible references for Satan being called the prince, ruler and power of this present spiritual world of darkness. Then here we have another related scripture found in 2 Corinthians:
2Co 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
Both an explicit and an implied truth is given to us in this verse that Jesus Christ is the spiritual Sun light, that is trying to shine into the hearts of men who believe not the truth. You can deduce from this verse that those who believe, are those who the Light of Christ as risen within and those who don’t believe are those who are still in darkness. This verse says that those who do not see the light of Jesus have been blinded so that they cannot see His light. This verse is describing those who are in the darkness versus those in the daylight. It also says who is blinding them and this is the god of this world, who is Satan, has blinded their minds so that they cannot see the light of Christ. Physical blindness is the inability to see natural light clearly, spiritual blindness is the inability to see and understand the Word of God internally. Blindness can be external or internal according to this verse. Satan who rules the night is the one that keeps the light from shinning into their hearts and he uses thoughts placed in their mind to defeat them. Satan is the moon who rules those in the darkness and keeps men from seeing the true light. Because they see a little false light they believe lies. The moon has no life or light in it and it is a deceiver. I hope and pray that you understand these simple natural truths and are transferring this information into the spiritual realm correctly.
Gen 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
You see in Genesis 1:17 and 18 the reiteration of the truth of God’s word, the sun will rule the day and the moon will rule the night. This will cause two separate divisions to manifest and one will be called the kingdom of light and the other will be called the kingdom of darkness. We know that God is light and in him is no darkness. Therefore we know that God is of the day and that is where the true church now is also, because He is inside of us. These are very powerful spiritual truths that every Christian needs to thoroughly understand and I hope I have helped you to see them.
I’ll leave you in this blog, with this final bit of information. The fourth day of creation was a prophetic event. God declares that a day with the LORD is as a 1000 years and a 1000 years are even as one day (2 Peter 3:8). If you do the math you will find that Jesus was born approximately 4000 years after Adam. In other words Jesus came to the earth on the 4th day to bring a spiritual Light to men. When He came He established a spiritual division called Day, meaning he left Satan out in the darkness. This is why the Bible says if Satan would have known what was going to happen, he would not have crucified the LORD of Glory.
Now we have established the identity of two of the major key dependent symbols in the book of Revelation and we should now be able to see the identity of the woman coming into much clearer focus:
Rev 12:1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman (????) clothed with the sun (Jesus Christ), and the moon (Satan) under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
Are you seeing it yet? So far I have just filled in two of the symbolic clues and already we have a greatly reduced set of possible candidates for the identity of the woman in Revelation12. In fact in my mind it can only be one woman in my list of candidates. But, we will continue the study of the identity of the woman in Revelation 12 and hopefully we can all be united and all come to the same conclusion. In my next blog I will explore further evidence in the Bible for who the moon represents.
If you want to continue reading this series go to Part 3.
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