Overview to the
with the Sun:
Chapters Twelve and Thirteen of Revelation relate the story of the Church
of Laodicea in metaphor. This Church is made up of all
established Christian religions that have developed, like a vine,
from the BRANCH of the teachings of Jesus. Yet all of their differing
doctrines have strayed so far from His teachings that they are
portrayed in Revelation as riding and guiding the Beast, which
today is persecuting God's
people of Islam as it has already persecuted
The Church of
Laodicea is currently Spiritual Babylon, ostensibly providing the
Beast with the 'authority' and direction it needs to conquer and
destroy in the name of God - the height of blasphemy. Together these
two make up the dreaded Abomination
of Desolation that Jesus spoke of.
As this wonderful
story goes, the Woman clothed with the Sun, persecuted by
Satan for nearly 2,000 years, evolves into the Harlot of Babylon.
The Harlot of Babylon is then judged in Chapter Seventeen,
and is clothed in His Righteousness, saved by His Blood, and becomes
the Bride of Jesus Christ:
us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of
the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to
her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and
white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints." (Revelation
It's all about
love, it's all about forgiveness, it's all about the Peace of Jesus
Christ and Omnipotence of God. Soon, perhaps, we will love Him back
as He loves us.
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:
And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and
pained to be delivered." (Revelation
appeared a Woman: The Woman is a symbol representing
early Christianity, which, after Jesus' ascension to heaven, is
referred to as The Daughter of Zion in prophecy.
church of Jesus Christ had but one, single doctrine:
this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth
the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I
will raise him up at the last day." (John
God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John
That's all! Nothing
else. No other Christian
means anything to one's salvation, because when we believe in
Him, only Jesus, our Good Shepherd, is our master,
our teacher, and our judge.
denominations that teach otherwise usurp the authority of God
when they separate the 'wheat from the tares' themselves - a task
Jesus said was set aside for His angels.
These judge their
members' behavior and restrict membership based on other doctrine.
Today they have been caught in God's snare, and will have to overcome
their judgmentalism in the sight of Jesus Himself and the angels.
with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this
people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the
weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.
But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept
upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here
a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward,
and be broken, and snared, and taken." (Isaiah
Since Jesus was
crucified, all peoples, races, and tongues are, and have been, saved
under the Covenant of Promise.
The Woman at this
stage represents Jesus' flock who have heard and believed His Gospel.
Watch this Woman carefully through Revelation!
with the sun: The Woman representing the flock of Jesus
is clothed by the the Light of the World.
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." (Malachi
of twelve stars: The twelve stars represent the twelve
apostles of Jesus.
in birth: The travailing and pain of birth represents the
persecution of His Gospel during His ministry, and the pain and
sorrow of Jesus' last days on earth, before His ascension.
there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon,
having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns
upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars
of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood
before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour
her child as soon as it was born."
(Revelation 12:3-4 KJV)
great red dragon: Satan (meaning the 'Adversary')
is symbolized by a dragon. The original sin of Lucifer was self-exaltation.
Unhappy with his position within God's brotherhood
of love, Lucifer wished to attain supremacy over other beings.
Perhaps the best
description we have of Lucifer is in Ezekiel Chapter Twenty Eight.
In that chapter God, using the pseudonym "King of Tyrus"
for Lucifer, leaves no doubt that He is talking about a messenger
of God rather than a human being:
art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee
so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and
down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy
ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee." (Ezekiel
"anointed cherub that covereth" God is referring to the two
cherubs that sit atop the Ark of the Covenant in the Heavenly
Sanctuary - like the earthly version of the Ark given to Moses to
build for the Tabernacle of Witness. Lucifer was once one of these cherubs.
The meaning of the
Hebrew root of Lucifer is interesting, as it really has multiple
meanings. Usually 'Lucifer' is said to mean "to shine" or
"to flash forth light". But when one examines how the same
root word is used elsewhere in the Bible, the meaning also could be
as follows from Strong's:
1) to be boastful
2) boastful ones,
Lucifer's - or Satan's - desire has been to prove that God's Law
of Love is unfair to His creations, because it prevented
Lucifer from exalting himself above the other messengers (angels) -
and even God Himself.
among human beings eventually results in death. If we don't get
killed by somebody trying to take our position or possessions, we get
so cynical and twisted after a lifetime of trying to protect
ourselves, and watching others die and get killed, that life becomes
un-attractive altogether. Our spirits revolt, our bodies deteriorate,
and we die.
convinced many of his fellow messengers (angels) that God's law was
flawed - since it necessitated perfect love for God and true
equality among beings - this fact of 'exaltation equals death'
had to be proven without polluting the entire universe with Lucifer's
The best way to
prove God's Law, His requirement of perfect love for Him, was not
unfair, was to create a world where Lucifer could try his theories
among created beings himself. A world with many mirrors for
thoroughly testing his vanity.
Yet from the beginning
God has known that these human beings he created and loved would seek
Him out through His Spirit, and eventually would come to the
conclusion themselves that they needed perfect love for God
in order to live the happy lives they were created for in the first place.
Earth has been
the testing ground. Lucifer was allowed to mislead mankind. Down
through history, human beings under God have made their choices
through the free will He has given them.
From the Ten
Commandments God gave us, to the sacrificial
system and oppressive civil laws that Moses attempted in His
search for God, to the death of Jesus on the cross that led to the
Grace under which we could search for God freely, the Great
Controversy of Zion has played out on a global scale.
Today it's over,
except for on thing: Our blindness! Christians are so
comfortable with the material goods Satan has provided, we can't see
that our hatred and bigotry have brought the earth to the verge of
We must love!
would have been a wake up call for real Christians who were
following the teachings of Jesus, instead it turned into the snare
God planted way back at the beginning to trap an overly self-exalted
Satan in the desolation of his own lies.
it is the day of the LORD'S vengeance, and the year of
recompences for the controversy of Zion." (Isaiah
Perhaps you are
wondering why it was necessary to put the beings of the earth
through all of this suffering and death in order to test Lucifer's
hair-brained theories on the value of rule by vanity?
Because God is LOVE.
Because God does
So our job, for
which we will be well rewarded, is to save Lucifer by
rejecting his theories. To do that we must first forgive him, forgive
ourselves, and seek perfect love of God.
For that we need our
Master back! To get Him back, perhaps we need at least 144,000
people who can see Lucifer's lies laid plain before the world
need to begin behaving as Jesus did! :-)
heads: The dragon's seven heads are the Seven Churches
he has misled.
horns: The dragon's ten horns are the Ten Commandments
- the Law - that he used to accuse mankind endlessly before he
was cast out of heaven, and later used to mislead Christians into creating
fixed doctrine with which they can judge others like he does.
crowns upon its head: Satan has overcome and reigns
over all Seven Churches founded by the Holy Spirit during the
last two millenniums, leading them to be spiritually desolate today.
tail drew a third part of the stars of heaven: Satan
chose Judeo-Christianity as his prey, or one third of Spiritual
Earth, for the showdown between himself and God. It's up to us,
because Jesus said:
he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be
beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of
him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much,
of him they will ask the more." (Luke
to devour her child as soon as it was born: Satan worked
to nip Christianity in the bud, before the Apostles and disciples
could spread the Gospel sufficiently. The book of Acts records many
of his efforts.
she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations
with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God,
and to his throne. And the woman fled into the wilderness,
where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her
there a thousand two hundred and threescore days."
(Revelation 12:5-6 KJV)
she brought forth a man child to rule all nations with a rod of iron:
After His crucifixion and ascension to heaven, when He received His
Kingdom from God according to the Plan of Salvation, Jesus' Word,
His Gospel and teachings, were to rule "with a rod of iron",
destroying empires and their accompanying oppression of God's poor
and destitute. The nature of the reign of Jesus' Gospel and teachings
is also described in Psalms Chapter Two:
shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in
pieces like a potter's vessel." (Psalms
child was caught up to God: Jesus' ascension after His crucifixion.
into the wilderness: The wilderness
in prophecy represents people who have separated themselves from God,
are discouraged, or people who have not heard of God as yet. These
are the people among whom the Gospel was spread by the Apostles.
Using the metaphor
of the wilderness implies that the Woman clothed with the Sun is
hiding somehow. This is important to remember...
she hath a place prepared by God: The Apostles and their
disciples preached His Gospel to the sinners and discouraged who
longed for the Truth - whom thus were prepared by God to hear the Gospel.
they Feed her there: Jesus flock were to be 'fed' 'in the
wilderness'. Jesus said to Peter:
In other words,
His Gospel was preached to the discouraged and sinful.
thousand two hundred and threescore days: See
Time Chart for an explanation of the interpretation of prophetic
time in this chapter, ie. 1,260 days, 42 months, or 3 1/2 years.
Because Jesus was crucified before His seven-year covenant to
minister only to the Jews was completed, the 1,260 days left of His
ministry are ongoing.
there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against
the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed
not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the
great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil,
and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast
out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him." (Revelation
and his angels fought against the dragon: Michael is
Jesus' name in heaven. I'm unsure what the war in heaven represents
exactly, but it's clear that Lucifer lost.
the great dragon was cast out: When the 70 disciples He
sent out to preach the gospel returned triumphantly, Jesus prophesied:
he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
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
(Luke 10:18-19 KJV)
It's important to
note that in Revelation Twelve verse 10, Satan's role in heaven is
described as the accuser. He had accused us using the
can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not
the honour that cometh from God only? Do not think that I will
accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even
Moses, in whom ye trust." (John 5:44-45 KJV)
The Law was first
introduced by Moses, and was used by Satan to accuse us before God.
was cast out into the earth: Watch out! No more would
we claim to be accused constantly of sin - and punished for it - from heaven.
From this point on man could not blame God for the evils around him,
and his guilt, and his troubles - but most continued doing so anyway.
I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and
strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his
Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which
accused them before our God day and night. 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. Therefore rejoice, ye
heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the
earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having
great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time." (Revelation
is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God:
Our salvation comes by Jesus' blood. We are strengthened
because in the Kingdom of our God we are, ourselves, kings and
priests: Only God Himself rules over and judges us.
accused them before our God day and night: Before Jesus
death on the cross, Satan used the Law of God to accuse us before the
Father, but now Jesus has been given the Kingdom, the Law cannot
be used to accuse us anymore:
now, in Christ Jesus, ye being once afar off became nigh in the
blood of the Christ, for he is our peace, who did make both one, and
the middle wall of the enclosure did break down, the enmity in his
flesh, the law of the commands in ordinances having done away,
that the two he might create in himself into one new man, making
peace, and might reconcile both in one body to God through the cross,
having slain the enmity in it, and having come, he did proclaim good
news--peace to you--the far-off and the nigh, because through him we
have the access--we both--in one Spirit unto the Father." (Ephesians
overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and through their testimony:
The sacrifice of Jesus blotted out the Law which Satan used to
accuse us in the first place, and made the Law one with Jesus:
out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was
contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them
openly, triumphing over them in it. Let no man therefore judge you in
meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon,
or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the
body is of Christ." (Colossians
By His the Blood
of His salvation, all mankind overcame the accusatory nature
of the Law, allowing His believers to follow their Shepherd through
His Grace was sufficient
for all of us.
loved not their lives unto the death: Through Grace
eventually comes a new birth by repentance and the refining fire of
the Holy Spirit, the death of our old selves. We are then prepared to
die for Jesus - and our brothers - as He died for us. Without resistance.
knoweth he hath but a short time: Why did he know he had
a short time? Because the Lord of HOSTS had spread the word and had
given the human race the strength and the tools to fight the devil
fairly for the first time.
in the four Gospels are a blueprint for the eternal protection of
the poor and downtrodden in a world run by greed and selfishness.
The Gospels are the handbook of revolution for the oppressed masses.
Combined with the Old Testament books of prophecy - Isaiah, Jeremiah,
Ezekiel, Zechariah, and the lesser prophets, Jesus teachings
literally empower the masses, strengthening them spiritually far
beyond the spiritual strength of any who might oppress them.
Jesus did all of
this simply by preaching God's
brotherhood of love.
with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity
for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the
rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he
slay the wicked." (Isaiah 11:4 KJV)
The Gospel as
the manual of freedom fighters works like this: Say we humans
become poor and oppressed, our lives get more and more miserable
because of the greed of some king or dictator, czar or whatever, who
taxes us, or legislates us, or drafts us, until we feel like we are
being squeezed in a vice.
Being poor and
oppressed, the first place we turn is to the Bible. Because we need
help, we read and search the Bible with sincerity - we don't
just do our daily reading for show.
The Holy Spirit
takes over... In the Bible Jesus singles out people who were in a
situation just like ours. He tells us that we are blessed, and we
are worthy enough to inherit the earth. We are the people
for whom God came to earth and sacrificed His life.
In the Bible
prophecies of the Old Testament, God
is extremely clear in expressing His displeasure at things like
oppressing the poor, charging usury, ignoring widows and the
fatherless, withholding or underpaying wages, and other sins that
greedy men of power inevitably fall into.
The Gospel creates
in all of us a spirit of self-worth, and points out with the
authority of God what the problem is (greed, oppression, etc...). The
Old Testament prophets then tell us what God will do about it in His wrath.
It doesn't take an Einstein to understand after a bit of reading
that the action of God's wrath
against oppressors is actually performed by those whom the
oppressors are oppressing:
mean ye that ye beat my people to pieces, and grind the
faces of the poor? saith the Lord GOD of hosts." (Isaiah
not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb
against him, and say, Woe to him that increaseth that which is not
his! how long? and to him that ladeth himself with thick clay! Shall
they not rise up suddenly that shall bite thee, and awake that shall
vex thee, and thou shalt be for booties unto them? Because
thou hast spoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people shall
spoil thee; because of men's blood, and for the violence of the
land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein." (Habakkuk
this empowerment from Jesus, mankind would still be mired in
monarchies and other forms of oppressive government that benefit only
a few at the expense of their own people.
So the reason
for empowering us, the reason behind the blotting out of our sin for
2000 years, the very objective of the Plan of Salvation depended
on people being able to throw off the yoke of oppressors whenever
they raised their ugly head.
of the Plan of Salvation was for us to reach democratic
government - a government of the people themselves, wherein the
people have nobody else to blame if oppression once again surfaced:
if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he
cannot stand, but hath an end." (Mark
ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay;
but rather division: For from henceforth there shall be
five in one house divided, three against two, and two
against three." (Luke
More on the Plan
of Salvation on its own page soon.
when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted
the woman which brought forth the man child. And to the woman were
given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the
wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time,
and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent." (Revelation
wings of great eagle: The Great Eagle was God, and the
wilderness spoken of is the world, as the Apostles are finally given
the commission to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles through Peter's
vision in Acts Chapter Ten.
she is nourished: Again, more people are added to Jesus'
flock as they are fed the Gospel.
times, and half a time: Three and one half years. See
Time Chart for an explanation of the interpretation of prophetic
time in this chapter.
the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the
woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And
the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and
swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
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." (Revelation
serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood: Prophetic water
Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees
and of the Sadducees." (Mat 16:6 KJVA)
Jesus miracle of
feeding the multitudes with 5, then 7, loaves was a type of what was
to follow. From 4 short Gospel accounts and the epistles of the
Apostles, literally billions of pages - the leaven of man's
opinions and his doctrines - have been added to earth's
storehouse of the "knowledge of God".
doctrines religions have controlled what their members receive of the
Gospel itself. Satan has truly caused chaos in Christianity.
This flood refers
to the 'knowledge of God' man himself has created over the last 2000
years. It is also pictured in the book of Daniel as a river (flood in
thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the
time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one
on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of
the bank of the river. And one said to the man clothed in linen,
which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to
the end of these wonders? And I heard the man clothed in linen,
which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right
hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for
ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when
he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people,
all these things shall be finished."
(Daniel 12:4-7 KJV)
times, and an half" referred to in Daniel is the same referred
to in this chapter of Revelation - as is the flood of knowledge the
same as the knowledge represented by the river in Daniel's vision.
has been merged with Biblical truths since the first Christian
religion was founded, resulting in strange mixtures of doctrine and
more than 2,000 Christian denominations.
earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood: This
flood of false was swallowed by the earth. Note that the Second
Beast of Revelation Chapter 13 arises out of the earth,
tainted by this false doctrine.
dragon was wroth with the woman: Very important!
This verse records the first differences that arise between the Woman
clothed with the Sun and 'the remnant of her seed'.
went to make war with the remnant of her seed: Again,
very important! The remnant of the Woman's seed is identified
separately from the Woman in this verse. The remnant of the Woman's
seed are described as those who "keep the commandments
of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ".
happened to the Woman? She is still in the wilderness. However,
to protect herself from the knowledge cast at her by Satan, she will
'disguise' herself by absorbing some of it. She appears later on
in Revelation - in costume, so to speak.