The True Identity of the Woman in Revelation 12! Pt 4
In reviewing my posts I realized I left this post out of the series on the identity of the woman in Revelation 12. I apologize for being human and making this mistake. If you have read the other blogs on this subject this one will probably help you to see the others.
I knew this subject would take a lot of blogging to get people to really understand it. This is now my fourth blog on the identity of the woman in Revelation 12. There is really so much more to explore and so many questions to answer. Why is the woman pregnant? Who is the child? If you haven’t read from the beginning I would strongly recommend that you go to the beginning and start with Part 1. I try to write and teach using progressive revelation, truth, that builds upon truth. This means if you missed the beginning you missed the foundation to all the other building blocks. I don’t claim to have all of the answers, but I’ll tell you what I do know and maybe you can help me figure out the rest with God’s help. In my last blog I talked about the moon in relation to being under the feet of the woman. I showed scriptures that spoke about the church bruising the head of the serpent. I talked about Jesus delegating the authority to the church to tread on, walk over the serpent who is Satan. I then showed how Jesus is seated at the right hand of God, waiting for His enemies to be made his footstool. All of these are scriptural references and pointers to the identity of the woman in Revelation 12.
Along these same lines I want to readdress something that I left hanging to some extent. I talked about the “seed of the woman” in Genesis 3:15 as possibly being a spiritual seed. I cannot say with all certainty that this is accurate. I need further study and research to find scriptures on this. When I find something, I will include it in a future blog. But for now I want to show you one thing that I found absolutely fascinating and completely related to the subject of the identity of the woman. In Revelation 12, the very first verse is about the woman and the very last verse is also about the same woman. Let’s look at it for what it reveals to us:
Rev 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Same woman, right? Sure it is! Did you notice what it says? This verse starts with a statement that declares Satan to be very angry with the woman. The statement or word is actually “wroth” and it means to be enraged. That really sounds like “enmity” and “hatred” to me? I know it is a different word but it conveys a meaning of hatred toward an enemy. We then see within the context of this verse that Satan is at war with the woman. Again this signifies an adversary relationship. Satan and the woman are direct enemies against each other. The next statement is absolutely essential to see, “and went to make war with the remnant of her seed”. Did you notice that I have been talking about the “seed of the woman”? In my last blog we saw scripture from Genesis that God prophesies that Satan will be at odds with a woman and her seed. Isn’t that what Genesis 3:15 said? I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between her seed and your seed? Fascinating isn’t it? Here we have a specific mention to the “seed of the woman” again and this time it is in clear context and relationship to the woman in Revelation 12. I concluded from this that the woman, that God was talking about in Genesis 3:15 is the same woman that we see in Revelation 12. This must be the same woman that God was talking about in Genesis 3:15, don’t you agree? Now how does this verse end? Who does this verse say the woman is? This verse gives us two very specific qualifications for the identity of the woman. These are two distinguishing characteristics that must be applied correctly to figure out the identity of the woman in Revelation 12 and here they are:
- Those who keep the commandments of God
- Those who have the Testimony of Jesus Christ
I don’t know how you can read these statements and not know who that is talking about. There is absolutely NO WAY that natural Israel has ever qualified for either of those two characteristics. Certain individuals in natural Israel may have tried to follow the commands of God, but I don’t recall any of them following Jesus Christ, unless you consider the 12 apostles of the Lamb who started the Church of Jesus Christ. Then there is this verse in the middle of the chapter that is also related to the identity of the woman:
Rev 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
When I read this verse, I see the church described as an overcoming, victorious body of believers. Those that have received the Lamb of God as savior and Lord. Those that have applied and appropriated the blood of the Lamb to the doorposts of their hearts. When someone is described as having overcome something, that denotes a clear victory and someone else’s ominous defeat. Here we have another picture of a woman with the moon (Satan) under her feet. Currently there is still just one woman in the Bible that qualifies to be this woman and it still is only the church! How many scriptures in the New Testament can you recall that speak of the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ?
Rom 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
1Co 10:16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
Eph 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Eph 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
Col 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
Heb 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
There are just a representative sampling of verses in the Bible that speak of the work of the blood of Jesus for his church. Understanding the power of the blood of Jesus is an essential part of a successful walk with Christ. Knowing what the blood of the Lamb purchased is critical to knowing who you are in Christ. Understanding the purpose of the blood of Christ is essential to a successful earthly Christian life. Seeing these verses I can see a direct relationship to the descriptive qualities of the woman in Revelation 12:11.
Finally, here is what the Bible says in relation to the qualifications of the identity of the woman described in Rev 12:17:
1Jn 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
1Jn 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
Joh 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
Joh 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
Joh 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
We can see from these verses that the Church has been directed to keep God’s commandments. They all say something like, if you love me you will keep my commandments. This is how we know we love God, because we keep his commandments. We know of course that this does not mean that the Church is suppose to keep the law of Moses, but the new law of Jesus Christ. Jesus taught us that all the law is summarized in two statements. Love the Lord your God with all of your heart and then love your neighbor as yourself. Jesus gave the church a new commandment to love one another. This new commandment replaces all of the Old Testament law. If you love your neighbor you are not going to steal from them, you are not going to cheat them, you are not going to commit adultery with their spouse, you are not going to do anything that will harm them or cause them pain, emotionally, physically, mentally or spiritually. This is the law of LOVE! So let’s look at scriptures concerning those who have the testimony of Jesus Christ, who could this describe?
1Co 1:6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:
2Ti 1:8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;
Rev 1:9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Rev 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
Here are just a few of the scriptures related to those who have the testimony of Jesus Christ. We can see that the testimony of Jesus Christ was confirmed in the church members of Corinth. We can see Paul’s instruction to Timothy for him not be ashamed of the testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ. Then in Revelation 1:9 we can see that John was imprisoned on Patmos for having the testimony of Jesus Christ. Finally in Revelation 19:10 in context with the description of the New Jerusalem, the bride of the Lamb, the angel of the Lord tells John not to worship him, but worship God with his brothers that also have the Testimony of Jesus Christ.
So we have seen numerous scriptures that indicate directly and indirectly that the church are the ones that keep God’s commandments and keep the testimony of Jesus Christ. So we can see from all of these descriptive elements that this certainly narrows the potential identities of the woman in Revelation 12 to only one woman. Using the Word of God to explain the Word of God is the key to understanding the Bible. Perhaps in my next blog I will attempt to take on the biggest challenge so far, the identity of the child.
If you would like to continue reading this series, you can go to Part 5.
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