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(Ver 1.2) This is now the third part in an advanced series of Bible lessons on the subject of the “True Identity of the Woman in Revelation 12”. These lessons are intended for spiritually mature Christians with an open mind and a willing heart to learn from the Bible. If you have not been reading this series from the beginning I would highly recommend that you go back and start with “Part 1“.
OK, in the last lesson I talked about the identity of the symbolic moon found in Revelation 12 as being Satan. This information has been encoded (hidden) into the Bible by God’s design using some very intelligent tricky techniques. One of these techniques for hiding information that God has used is the method of calling one person or spiritual entity by many different names, titles and descriptions. If you have ever studied the Bible you know that Satan is referred to as the serpent, the great dragon, the devil, Lucifer, Beelzebub, the father of lies, the ruler of darkness, the prince of darkness, the god of this world, the deceiver, the tempter, the thief, the accuser of the brethren, and as we saw in my last Bible lesson the symbolic moon. That of course is not a complete list, but just an example of what I am talking about. If you would like to see a more complete list of “Names, Titles, Symbols and Descriptions for Satan” you can click on that link and go there. There are many reasons why God has done this, but one of the main reasons is to allow Him to reveal the true meaning at the appointed time. The Old Testament was full of the prophecies of the coming Messiah, but yet Satan didn’t understand them neither did any of the Jews who kept the scrolls. God went through and completely revealed them to the apostles and Paul only after Christ was risen from the dead and ascended into heaven. There is a reason for this and it also establishes a pattern of how God works and gives us notice that He can do it again if He so chooses. You might call it God’s modus operandi. God has given to us a huge book of information, which contains a countless number of prophetic scriptures and God can reveal them to us even now and I believe that is what He is doing.
Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
What we can see in this verse a powerful spiritual truth being revealed to us about God’s creation. God created things in our world that reveal spiritual things that we need to know. By knowing these we will be able to understand God’s power and His Godhead. That is why it is important to note how created things like the sun, the moon and the stars fit into the spiritual picture. By understanding these natural things God is revealing some very powerful spiritual truths to us.
In Revelation 12:1 we saw a descriptive picture or a symbolic woman being given to us. For emphasis I believe that I should review these featured symbolic elements. This woman is said to have the following distinctive characteristics:
- A head with a crown of 12 stars
- A body clothed with the Sun (the Greater Light, Jesus Christ)
- Her feet standing on the moon (the lesser light, Satan)
- Finally, the location of the woman is said to be heaven
I hope you can agree with those basic statements, because they are all so very significant. We have seen that the body (the church) is clothed with Jesus Christ who is the symbolic Sun. We have seen that the woman’s feet is on the ruler of the darkness, the moon, who is Satan. I have given you numerous scriptures to back these explicit and implicit asserted truths. Knowing this revelation and understanding it will now help us to clearly identify the woman.
Psa 136:7 To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever:
Psa 136:8 The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever:
Psa 136:9 The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.
We can see that the Genesis 1 day 4 account of creation is being repeated as a second witness in the book of Psalms. This information verifies what we have already learned. The Sun rules the day and the moon rules the night. I like to try to give you two or three witnesses to every Bible truth so that you will know that I am not taking things out of context or just making stuff up as I go.
Today, I want to explore and confirm the identity of the symbolic moon in Revelation 12 called the ruler of darkness from a different perspective and see if we can establish precedence in the scripture for Satan to be under the feet of the Church (the body of Christ). After all the woman in Revelation 12 is said to have the moon under her feet, and where are the feet, nowhere but on the body? Let’s start by asking what does it mean in the Bible to have something or someone under your feet? Anything that is under your feet in the Bible is a clearly symbolic reference to your higher position of order, of rank and of authority. Someone being under foot is a sign of your triumphant victory over them as your enemy. For example, God told Joshua in the Old Testament, everywhere the sole of your foot shall tread, I have given to you (Joshua 1:3). To tread on means to walk over it with your feet. We learn from this principle that whatever God has given to man, a man is required to fight and to possess and this is an established spiritual law. These were God’s ways of demonstrating to Joshua that he was going to be victorious. The spiritual enemy to the church is of course Satan and I won’t go into every scripture that we could use to verify this. I believe that what God spoke to Joshua was a prophetic utterance that further applies to a pattern for the church to follow. What I will do now is give you some Biblical backing for “treading” on an enemy.
Psa 44:5 Through thee will we push down our enemies: through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us.
Here we see a powerful prophetic principle given to us. This is a statement that can clearly be taken either naturally or spiritually. Symbolically speaking it is referring to the enemies of the church being under our feet. If you can see this principle it will certainly make the identity of the woman in Revelation 12 easier to grasp. Here is another interesting Old Testament scripture that must be related to Revelation 12:
Psa 91:13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
Did you notice the reference to a “dragon”? Do you think that this could be related to Revelation 12? I don’t think there are very many dragons in the Bible directly named and said to be under someone’s feet. I believe that it is a related scripture and directly points us to the identity of the moon as being Satan again. As I ran references in the Bible looking for the principle of treading down I ran into verses like this one:
Job 40:12 Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.
Maybe you recall how Satan was lifted up in pride in the Old Testament and some of the statements that he is said to have made. God makes a prophetic declaration in this verse in Job and says that everyone that is proud will be brought low. Then it also speaks of treading down the wicked. I think both of these references could apply to Satan.
It is interesting to note what God told Adam in Genesis 1. God gave Adam some specific instructions and here is one that is very relevant to our discussion:
Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
We understand from this verse that God created the man to look like Him. God then turned control of the earth over to His creation. God specifically says man has been given “dominion” over all the earth, and everything that moves on the earth. That is a very powerful bit of information for you to understand. It is also important that you know the Hebrew word translated as “dominion” has the following definition in the Strong’s:
A primitive root; to tread down, that is, subjugate; specifically to crumble off: – (come to, make to) have dominion, prevail against, reign, (bear, make to) rule, (-r, over), take.
This word has far reaching implications attached to it. It declares that man was intended to rule the earth. But, did you notice the word literally means “to tread down”. That is an active display of someone walking on something to demonstrate the defeat of that thing. The word clearly means to “prevail against” an enemy. Maybe you do not realize that God intentionally and prophetically declares the end from the beginning in this statement. God is saying that the end will be like I intended it to be in the beginning. Adam was given charge and instructions to defeat every enemy that came against him. But, instead Adam let Satan into our world and Satan became the god of our world system. I believe that the church will be used by God to demonstrate Satan’s defeat. You see the man was created the last part of the 6th day of creation. If you understand how the days of creation are prophetic this would seem to indicate that man will again become mature at the end of the 6th day or near the end of the 6000 year time period that God has given them. This would also mean that what God intended for the man to do is what will soon happen at the end of the 6000 years. If you look at verse 28 in Genesis 1 God repeats his instructions to the man, but this time the man is told to “subdue”. This Hebrew word again means to “tread down”. In other words walk on. The word literally means to conquer and to bring into subjection. These are all prophetic terms of a warfare that is occurring and the Church is declared to be the victorious one. This was the way that God intended it to be and this is the way that it will be. The church will go out victorious with Satan under our feet. But, let’s look for all of this in the Bible.
Let us continue now by looking at what Jesus says to the church right before He ascends into heaven. At this point and time Jesus was already crucified, and after 3 days arose to live forever more. Here in Luke we see some instructions being given to someone. So were these instructions given to us, the church? In the book of Luke Jesus makes this amazing statement:
Luk 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
You see in this verse God is talking to the church about their enemy. This is a spiritual enemy and not a fleshly, carnal or natural enemy. In this verse, Jesus clearly delegates responsibility to the church. But, did you also notice the reference to the serpent? Where was the serpent suppose to be? Under the feet of the church, yes? Tread on means to put under your feet and walk on. This is a descriptive symbolic representation of where Satan is to be in relation to where the church is suppose to be. It is not coincidental or by accident that the identity of the serpent is clearly given to us in Revelation 12:9. But, where does this statement and concept first originate in the Bible? It is found in the Bible in Genesis chapter 3 after Adam and Eve sinned. God comes on the scene and speaks the following words directly to the serpent, Satan:
Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
I am going to have a difficult time here because the translators made a huge mistake. But I’ll attempt to explain it and hopefully you will understand it. God is speaking to Satan, the serpent so we know at least one of the primary subjects or nouns in the verse. God says “I will put enmity between thee…” and let me stop right there. What is enmity? It means hatred, it is an emotional status between two enemies? It seems to indicate a confrontation or even an assumed warfare. Are you understanding so far? Now God reveals the other primary subject or noun in the verse and He calls her “the woman”. Let’s stop there again and figure out which woman. Since there was only one physical woman on the planet, was it Eve or was it a prophetic statement of a different spiritual woman to come? Since at no time in scriptures do we see that Eve crushed the head of Satan, I feel we can rule out this natural woman Eve as being the woman that God is referring to. I am convinced that it is a prophetic statement concerning the church and I will tell you why later.
Then God seems to change the subject, and He says “between your seed and her seed”. Here we have the first reference in the Bible to “the seed of the woman“. This of course is an interesting and complex concept. But, what we need to determine is, according to the Bible, what is a “seed”? If you would like to read my series on this subject in depth you can go to “Understanding Seeds“. There are many different definition of seed given to us in the Bible, from natural seeds in fruits and vegetables that you plant into the ground, all the way to the sperm in a male. Then, children are also called seeds in the Bible. These are all examples, of natural seeds. But, there are also spiritual seeds in the Bible and if this is a prophetic reference to a spiritual woman, I would also guess that “her seed” is a spiritual reference. So what are spiritual seeds? Jesus tells us in the Gospels that the sower, sows the word of God (Mk 4:14). We can learn from this that the seed that the sower was sowing were God’s Words. These are spiritual seeds that are planted into the hearts of men (Mat 13:19). These seeds are either fruitful or they die or get choked out by the enemy’s seeds because the hearer did not understand them. There are multiple parables in the gospels about seeds, gardens and harvests that all apply to the spiritual realities that I am referring to and I will not attempt to include these in order to keep this lesson as short as possible. If nothing else you should have learned that there are many possibilities for what the seed of the woman could be. Maybe you are like me and have heard it taught for years that the “seed of the woman” is Jesus Christ and He is the one to bruise the head of the serpent on the cross. That is a common misinterpretation of God’s word and I will attempt to explain why.
So here is where I’ll probably lose some, the next statement in Genesis 3:15 is the part of the verse that I believe was mistranslated by two little words. This is what the King James Bible says “it shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel. The word “it” is a Hebrew word that is often times translated as “she” or “her”. In fact if you look at Genesis 3:12, Adam’s response to God calls his wife by this word and it is translated as “she”. The translators thought they were talking about a prophetic statement of Jesus Christ so they changed the verse to reflect the male gender of Jesus to be the seed. Then there is the term “his heel”. From what I could see by studying, there was no Hebrew word for “his” so it was also added for supposed clarity by the translators. However, if we change the verse to what I consider to be a more correct translation it would read like this:
Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; she shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise her heel.
Right now this is just a minor technicality, but I believe based upon more scriptures that I will show you it will become very significant. Remember this, right before Jesus ascended He told the church to walk on serpents. Right there ought to tell you that Jesus didn’t already do it. Jesus would have never delegated something that He had already done. In Luke 10:19 we have all of the same nouns found in Genesis 3:15. We have the serpent, the church’s feet, and Jesus’ instruction to her, the church, to walk on Satan. I know some of these are indirect references yet they are there if you can see them. Let me give you another valuable scripture found in the New Testament that will shed significant additional light on the subject. In the book Romans, God makes this statement that is truly outstanding:
Rom 16:20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
Again we have all the subjects and nouns found in Genesis 3:15 just using different terminology and perspectives. We see God speaking to the Church, the bride of Christ a spiritual woman saying to her that God will bruise Satan (the serpent) under her feet very soon. You see there is a problem if Jesus has already put Satan under His feet, why would God still need to do it using the church’s feet later? God gave Paul the book of Roman’s many years after the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and at the time of this writing, the bruising of the serpents head had not yet occurred. Did you also notice the term “bruise” in Romans 15:20? Isn’t that what God said would happen to the serpent in Genesis 3:15? Again, we can see a spiritual woman, her feet and Satan the serpent being bruised, all mentioned in relation to a pending future action that was soon to occur. We can see in God’s timetable that the time of this crushing of the serpent’s head has to occur very soon. From prophetic words that we studied in Genesis 1, we can see that the church age only lasts two days, or 2000 years. So if it is going to happen it has to happen very, very soon. Here is one more verse that I will leave this blog with. In this verse we again see the pending status of God’s enemies:
Heb 1:13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?
Here we have another verse that states Satan, the enemy of God is not yet under the feet of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is seated at the right of the Father and He waits for His enemy to be made His footstool. A footstool is a place you rest your feet, yes? If the church is the body of Christ, where is Jesus’ feet right now? We are the feet of Jesus in the earth and Jesus is waiting for God to bruise Satan under our feet. I believe it is time to demonstrate the defeat of Satan under the feet of the spiritual woman. So what I have attempted to do today is to demonstrate scriptural precedence that establishes a woman that has Satan under her feet. By establishing this in the Bible it helps us to better understand the woman in Revelation 12. The woman is clothed with Jesus Christ and has Satan under her feet. Who else can it be?
Thanks for taking the time to study the Word of God. If you would like to continue reading this series of lessons you can continue with “Part 4“.