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The Woman, The Dragon, and The Child

Jul 09, 2017

Passage: Revelation 12:1-6

Preacher: Darrell Jones

Series: Revelation

Category: Sermons


The Woman, The Dragon, and The Child
Revelation 12:1-6

1. Read Revelation 12:1-6

2. Pray

I. John see’s a great sign appear.

A. Chapters 12, 13 and 14 describe the main characters of the Great Tribulation.

1. There are actually 7 different characters introduced in these 3 chapters.

2. Chapter 12 introduces us to 3 of these main figures.

B. John see’s this great sign appear in heaven.

1. Because John plainly says this is a sign, we don’t expect this woman to appear literally on the earth.

2. God will use this sign to communicate something to John and to us.

II. The three characters of the great sign:

A. The Woman

1. She is clothed with the sun

a. In Genesis 37:9-11 Joseph has a dream. In his dream, the sun represents Jacob-Israel, the moon represents Joseph’s mother Rachel, and the eleven stars are the sons of Israel, which bow down to Joseph (twelfth star).

2. She gives birth in great pain and labor

a. The nation of Israel cried out when Herod called for the death of every child under age 2 years of age.

3. She is Israel.

B. The Dragon

1. It is fiery red with seven heads, ten horns, and wears seven regal crowns.

a. This description parallels that of Daniel 7:7-8. The subject signifies ferocious strength, and is linked with the antichrist, which rises from the nations of the ancient Roman Empire.

2. It is thrown to the earth, taking a third of the angels with it.

a. Isaiah 14 makes reference of the fall of Lucifer with the same description Jesus uses in Luke 10:18.

18 And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.

b. Many believe this describes one-third of the angelic host that make up the world of demonic spirits.

3. It seeks to devour the child from the womb.

4. It is Satan

C. The Child

1. He is a male child.

2. He will rule all the nations with a rod of iron.

a. Rev. 19:11-16

Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. 15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:

3. Satan has clearly attempted to devour the child.

a. Initially by Herod’s attempts to kill Jesus as a child.

b. Throughout Jesus’ life as Satan attacked Him, leading to Jesus’ crucifixion.

4. He is Jesus