Revelation 12:1-6

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Rev 12:1 And 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:
Rev 12:2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
Rev 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
Rev 12:4 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.
Rev 12:5 And 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.
Rev 12:6 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.

Introduction

Chapter 11 deals with those who bear witness to this revelation of Jesus Christ within each of God’s elect. It details, in signs and symbols, the experience our Lord foretold us we would have as those who bear witness to His Words. So the hatred and death of those witnesses is nothing less than the symbol of Christ’s prophecy that we “shall be hated of all men for my names sake…”

Mat 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

This “hatred of all men” is signified and symbolized by these words:

Rev 11:8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
Rev 11:9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.

This rejection by all of our families and friends and “all men” is “they of the people and kindreds and tongues, and nations”. It is this rejection of all men which the scriptures refer to as being dead and crucified with our Lord, and “lying dead in the streets of the great city… where also our Lord was crucified.” This symbolic ‘death’ is central to the revealing of our Lord within us thoughout the New Testament:

Joh 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
Mat 10:39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
Rom 6:3  Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Rom 6:4  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Gal 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Col 3:3  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

It is after this symbolic death and crucifixion “in the streets of that great city” that we are raised up from the dead just at the time “when the seventh angels begins to sound his trumpet”. This is what Paul was speaking of when he wrote: “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live… [ when] the seventh angel sounded”. This is a process that takes many “days”.

Rev 10:7  But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
Rev 11:11  And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.
Rev 11:12  And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
Rev 11:13  And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.
Rev 11:14  The second woe is past; [ and], behold, the third woe cometh quickly.
Rev 11:15  And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

It is after we are told that the seventh angel sounded that we find this twelfth chapter, with all that is revealed in it. It is followed by chapter thirteen, which deals with the beast in all of his manifestations, followed by the fourteenth chapter dealing with the revelation of the 144,000 firstfruits of God, followed by another grand introduction in chapter 15 of the seven angels who are given seven vials or bowls in which are filled up the wrath of God under which we are all born and live our entire lives, until we are brought to cry out to the rocks to fall on us and hide us from the face of the lamb.

Joh 3:36  He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
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:
Eph 2:3  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Col 3:3  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
Col 3:4  When Christ, [ who is] our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
Col 3:5  Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
Col 3:6  For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
Col 3:7  In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.

In other words we have a complete summary of story of Adam before we are introduced to the actual event that is this seventh trumpet in chapter 16.

When is this chapter fulfilled?

Rev 12:1  And 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:

The woman, the manchild and the great red dragon, are the three main principles in this twelfth chapter of Revelation. This is a chapter which we will see makes very clear the absolute necessity of God’s elect “keeping of the things written therein” in every generation since Christ.

Rev 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

When we forget this admonition, we inevitably are forced to apply these words to someone else at some other time than “the time [ which] is at hand”.
“Another wonder in heaven” means another miraculous event in heaven. The point is that this is just one part of an ongoing process that is being read, heard and kept by those to whom it is addressed.
The spiritual meaning of the woman, the sun and the moon in this verse is explained to us in the story of Joseph in the book of Genesis, where a woman and the sun and the moon are all mentioned. Let’s let the scriptures themselves show us what these symbols signify.

Gen 37:3  Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.
Gen 37:4  And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.
Gen 37:5  And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more.
Gen 37:6  And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed:
Gen 37:7  For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.
Gen 37:8  And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words.
Gen 37:9  And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.
Gen 37:10  And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?

While it is true that there is no indication that Jacob or Rachel ever hated Joseph, they are nevertheless used in this instance as the types of “your father the devil and of our mother when we were “the children of the bondwoman.” What we are told in this story of Joseph’s relations with his own family members is that we too, “shall be hated of all men” especially of our own flesh and blood and those of our own household, and we will, in the end, bear rule over our own flesh and over all those of our own household.

Rev 3:9  Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
Gen 37:4  And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.
Gen 37:9  And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.
Gen 37:10  And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?

The ‘sun’ is Jacob, and the ‘moon’ is Rachel. These are Joseph’s physical parents, just as the the devil and his doctrines and the bondwoman and her doctrines are our first physical parents in this world.

Joh 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Gal 4:21 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?
Gal 4:22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.
Gal 4:23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.
Gal 4:24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
Gal 4:25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.

Sinai, where the law was given, “answers to Jerusalem which now is and is in bondage with her children”. Who was the apostle Paul before he was struck down on the road to Damascus? He was Saul of Tarsus, the son of the bondwoman, persecuting Jesus of Nazareth, the manchild who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron.

Act 9:1  And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,

Saul of Tarsus was of the son of the bondwoman, before he became the son of the free woman. We all have to fall into the ground and die before we can be “resurrected in newness of life” as “the son of the freewoman,” and before we can say that we “were in time past children of wrath, even as others”.
But just as the last Adam is of the first Adam, and just as the eighth is of the seven, so also does Saul of Tarsus, this manchild, and all who are in Christ, come first through this woman who is first a harlot before she is destroyed and is resurrected with Christ to become the bride of Christ, and “Jerusalem above, the mother of us all”. The church is her doctrines, more than she is those who are in her. The reason those who are in her, are there is because they believe her doctrines. Abraham had two wives, and it is true that we are not the children of the bondwoman, but of the free. But when we are granted to understand that there is one event to all men (Ecc (9:2), that mankind must all live by every word of God (Mat 4:4), that this generation will not pass away until all these things are fulfilled (Mat 24:34-35), and that all things are ours, life and death, the world, and things present and things to come (1Co 3:21-22), only then we will understand that we are the “manchild who is to rule all nations with a rod of iron”, and we are the children of the freewoman only because we were first “in bondage” with our old mother as “the children of the bondwoman”.
What this all tells us is that “I, and your mother and your brothers” in Gen 37:10, are the sun, and the moon, and the stars, and that even that the ‘sun’ and ‘stars’ of Rev 12:1 are symbols of our first parents, who we once considered to be the source of all light and sight and understanding and knowledge. We now see them revealed as nothing less than our first father, the devil, and his wife, the bondwoman, and now even he, along with our bondwoman mother and our first physical brothers in Christ, are now all bowing down to us and being made subject to us. This must all be done within before it will be seen without.
That we are all first “carnal… in Christ” is made clear in these verses:

1Co 3:1  And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
1Co 3:2  I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
1Co 3:3  For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
1Co 3:4  For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I [ am] of Apollos; are ye not carnal?

Who is the woman, the twelve stars, and the manchild?

Rev 12:2  And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

Who is this woman and who are these 12 stars? They are of course, primarily within us, and secondarily they are round about us in the form of all who are the “first man Adam”. They are primarily each of us as we sit in the temple of God, proclaiming ourselves to be God, and demanding the complete and total dedication of our flesh to the service of the pleasures of our flesh. That is why her manchild son is caught up to God’s throne, while the woman herself goes into the wilderness. Here is another symbol of this woman and her sons who will bow down Joseph as the symbol of God’s elect.

2Th 2:3  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
2Th 2:4  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

We have already demonstrated with the scriptures that each of us is that “temple of God”, and each of us is that “man of sin [ who] sits in the temple of God showing ourselves to be God”.
The “woman clothed with the sun” is the church out of which the manchild must come. The ‘sun’ is the light of the fading law of Moses, and the twelve stars are Joseph and his brothers who are one and all outwardly Christians claiming to be the “one seed… the seed of Abraham” even as they hate God’s elect just like Joseph’s brothers who hated their own brother, Joseph and wanted to kill him. The hatred of Joseph by his brothers is the Old Testament shadow of these verses:

Joh 8:37  I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.
Rev 12:4  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.

Here is this spiritual truth in the form of its shadow.

Gen 37:18  And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.
Gen 37:19  And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.
Gen 37:20  Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.

They certainly were right about the “evil beast” part, but not as they meant those words.

Christ Himself “was made of a woman, made under the law”, and just as Christ came out of “the church in the wilderness”, so too, must we come out of the church that is in the wilderness, where she is fed by God for the exact same period of time that we spent in the wilderness wanting our Lord and His doctrines dead.

Act 7:38  This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:
Gal 4:1  Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;
Gal 4:2  But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
Gal 4:3  Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:
Gal 4:4  But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
Gal 4:5  To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

Our Savior is “the heir” and in Him we too, are “heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ, if we suffer with Him”.

Rom 8:17  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint- heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

It is this suffering with Him “that we may be glorified together” with Him, which this seventh trumpet is all about. It is dying with Christ daily, as God’s wrath is being poured out upon our sinful flesh, until the day that we give up on this life and are “crucified with him”.

Gal 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
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:
Eph 2:3  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Col 3:6  For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
Col 3:7  In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
1Pe 4:3  For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:

None of which is meant to imply we have the fullness of the spirit while we are still in corruptible flesh and blood, but it all does imply that if we are suffering with Christ, we have “ceased from sin” in the sense “sin no longer has dominion over us”, and we are not now “abiding in wrath”.

Joh 3:36  He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
1Pe 4:1  Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;

Rom 6:12  Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
Rom 6:13  Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
Rom 6:14  For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Who is this “great red dragon”?

Rev 12:3  And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.

This verse confirms Christ’s statement that we are all first “of our father the devil.” Here is who we are in the next chapter:

Rev 13:1  And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

Truly we are first “of our father the devil, with our seven heads and our ten horns and the name of blasphemy upon those seven heads.
This “great read dragon” is none other than “that old serpent the devil, and Satan”, as we are told in this very chapter.

Rev 12:9  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.

As is the case throughout scripture, there are many symbols which all signify the same thing. “The dream is one” we are told about Pharaoh’s dreams of cows and corn, both of which were speaking of one thing, a period of abundance followed by an impending famine. Likewise this “great red dragon” is “that old serpent… our [ first] father the devil.” He has always been on the same page with our first mother, the bondwoman.

Gen 3:1  Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

So as blasphemous and evil as is this old serpent, the devil, he is an integral part of this revelation of Jesus Christ within us.

Why just a third part of the stars of heaven?

Rev 12:4  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.

“A third part of the stars of heaven” has nothing to do with the percentage of the stars of heaven. What it is telling us, as is always the case when we encounter the number ‘three’ is the process of judgment is being carried out as we “keep the things written… in the words of this prophecy” (Rev 1:3 and 22:7).
We have covered the dragon “standing before the woman… to devour her child as soon as it was born” in our discussion of verse two. We saw the shadow of this in the story of Joseph and we can also see its shadow in the story of Cain and Abel.

Gen 4:1  And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.
Gen 4:2  And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
Gen 4:3  And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
Gen 4:4  And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
Gen 4:5  But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
Gen 4:6  And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
Gen 4:7  If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee [ shall be] his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
Gen 4:8  And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
Gen 4:9  And the LORD said unto Cain, Where [ is] Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: [ Am] I my brother’s keeper?
Gen 4:10  And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.
Gen 4:11  And now [ art] thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;

Cain, as Adam’s first son, typifies our first Adam, as “a man from the Lord.” Being a tiller of the ground his offering is “of the fruit of the ground” and not a blood offering “of the firstlings of the flock”. Thus Cain’s offering typifies our efforts to improve this doomed world apart from the blood of Christ. In killing his brother who was favored by the Lord, he demonstrates that he is truly “of his father the devil… a murderer from the beginning.”

Who “rules the nations”?

Rev 12:5  And 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.

It is generally understood that this manchild is the church and not Christ Himself. What is certainly not generally understood, is the degree to which Christ identifies with you and me as being He himself. We have already seen how He calls us by His own titles. He tells us that He is the light of the world and then He tells us ” ye are the light of the world.”

Joh 8:12  Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Mat 5:14  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

We are told that Christ is the bread from heaven, and we are told that we are one loaf.

Joh 6:35  And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
1Co 10:17  For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.

As Christ suffered for the church, we too, are to do the same.

Col 1:24  Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:

Young’s Literal Translation, has the article ‘the’ before the word ‘Christ’, as we see in the King James elsewhere, as the holy spirit refers to us as “the Christ.”

Col 1:24  I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and do fill up the things lacking of the tribulations of the Christ in my flesh for his body, which is the assembly, (YLT)
Act 4:26  The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.
Rev 11:15  And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
Rev 12:10  And 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.

Here, in no uncertain terms, is this manchild who is to rule all nations with a rod of iron:

Rev 2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
Rev 2:27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

That is this manchild. It is “he that overcomes and keeps Christ’s works unto the end.” That is no small task, but it is possible “through Christ.”

Php 4:13  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Christ considers this manchild to be “as He [ Himself] is in this world”.

1Jn 4:17  Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

How are we “caught up to God and to His throne”?

If we really are this manchild, then we should be able to demonstrate that we too, are “caught up to God and to His throne as soon as we are born” of Christ. Is there any such verse of scripture. As a matter of fact there is just such a verse of scripture, which, along with this verse here in Rev 12, confirms the truth of this statement that the dragon is intent upon devouring this manchild “as soon as he is born”. Here is this truth as it is inspired to be revealed to us:

Eph 2:6 and He raised us up together and seated us together in the heavenlies [ or, heavenly realms] in Christ Jesus, (ALT)

Here is Rotherham’s version of this verse:

Eph 2:6 And raised us up together, and seated us together in the heavenlies, in Christ: (REV)

As is always the case, we are “in the wilderness” before we are “caught up to God and to His throne”.

What takes place while we are “in the wilderness”?

Rev 12:6  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.

Our “resurrection in newness of life” is our birth out of this woman, and it is at this point that the great red dragon stands poised to devour us. It is at this same point that we, in Christ, are “caught up to God and to His throne” while our mother goes into the wilderness to be nourished of God, just as rebellious Israel was nourished of God in the wilderness for forty years as she rebelled against him “ten times”.

Num 14:22  Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice;

With what are we nourish while we are being tried in the wilderness? We are nourished with a “bread from heaven” which does not impart life and which is “not the true bread from heaven”.

Exo 16:4  Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.

But this “bread from heaven, even though it is from “the Lord”, is “not the true bread” which will give us life.

Joh 6:31  Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.
Joh 6:32  Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
Joh 6:33  For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
Joh 6:34  Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.
Joh 6:35  And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

While we are in the wilderness we think we are eating “bread from heaven”. After all, the Lord Himself said it was so. But it was “Not… the true bread from heaven”, and it could not give life.

Why does the dragon have seven crowns on seven heads while the beast has ten crowns on ten horns?

This is a detail that we need to understand, so the first thing we need to do is to establish what the spiritual significance of the two words ‘horns’ and ’10’ are. What does the word ‘horns’ signify in scripture? What does the number ’10’ signify in scripture? To answer these questions we must, as always, remember that Christ is “the Word” of God (Joh 1:1), and “The words I speak to you are spirit” (Joh 6:63), meaning they are not seen or heard by anyone without the spirit of God.
Those who are given that spirit are given to see and hear “the things of the spirit”, which are foolishness to the natural man who cannot understand spiritual matters and who does not know that all scripture is spiritual in nature.

1Co 2:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
1Co 2:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
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:
1Co 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
1Co 2:8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
1Co 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
1Co 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

So this entire book of Revelation is being taught us by the holy spirit which “teaches comparing spiritual things with spiritual”. It concerns “the things freely given us of God… which the natural man cannot receive or know because they are foolishness to him”.
So what do ‘horns’ signify spiritually. Their positive spiritual meaning is the strength and power of the spirit of God. Notice how this relates to the Lamb Himself and to His elect:

Rev 5:6  And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
1Sa 2:10  The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed.
Mic 4:13  Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass: and thou shalt beat in pieces many people: and I will consecrate their gain unto the LORD, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth.

As with every word, there is also a negative application which is applied to the things of our vain flesh, in which “is no good thing”.

Rom 7:18  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but [ how] to perform that which is good I find not.

Here is an example of how this word ‘horn’ is used in relation to our flesh:

Psa 75:4 I said unto the fools, Deal not foolishly: and to the wicked, Lift not up the horn:
Psa 75:5 Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck.

One of the main reasons why “the natural man receives not the things of the spirit of God” and one reason why “he cannot know them because they are spiritually discerned” is that “spiritual discernment” means that every Word of God reflects what is our Lord, and it so happens that our Lord is the Creator of both light and darkness, and while it is beyond the mind of the sons of the great red dragon to understand, the truth remains that it is God who “creates evil… Yes even the wicked for the day of evil” within us, and He does not deny that Truth.

Pro 16:4 The LORD hath made all [ things] for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

Isa 45:7  I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

This simply is not given to the natural minded “carnal… babe in Christ” to receive or understand. But this is demonstrated for us by the way our Lord was perceived in the “pillar of fire”, on the shores of the Red Sea.

Exo 14:20  And it [ the pillar of fire] came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them [ the Egyptians], but it gave light by night to these [ God’s people, Israel]: so that the one came not near the other all the night.

This is the very nature of Christ and His Words which makes all spiritual matters “a cloud and darkness” to the natural man. This is the very nature of these words ‘horn’ and ‘ten’ which we are just now considering. It is this dual application of all scripture which keeps our natural man from seeing what we are being told about this dragon and all of his sons. The word ‘horn’ as it relates to this dragon and his son, the beast, tells us that He is indeed the powerful “prince of the power of the air”, and therefore this dragon has “seven crowns upon his heads”.

Rev 12:3  And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course [ Greek- aion] of this world [ Greek, kosmos], according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

What then is the number ‘ten’ in spiritual terms? Ten is demonstrated to signify the perfection of our flesh in its lawlessness. That is why there are ten commandments in what is called “the letter… for the lawless and disobedient”.

2Co 3:6  Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
1Ti 1:8  But we know that the law [ is] good, if a man use it lawfully;
1Ti 1:9  Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

Since “the law is not made for a righteous man”, its “lawful use” is therefore to make us aware of its promise of a Savior who, like Moses, was prophesied to come during a “time of reformation” of the “carnal ordinances” which were the law.

Deu 18:18  I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.
Act 28:23  And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into [ his] lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.
Heb 9:10  Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.

There were ten plagues on Egypt, Laban deceived Jacob ten times, Joseph was sold into Egypt by his ten brothers, there were ten rebellions against God by Israel in the wilderness, and Job’s comforters, reproached him ten times.

Gen 31:7  And your father hath deceived me, and changed my wages ten times; but God suffered him not to hurt me.
Num 14:22  Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice;
Job 19:3  These ten times have ye reproached me: ye are not ashamed that ye make yourselves strange to me.

As always there is a flip side to any negative, and the flip side of the number ten is the contrast of the minds of spiritual men to the minds of natural men.

Dan 1:20  And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king [ Nebuchadnezzar] enquired of them [ Daniel and his three friends], he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.

So let’s put these two verses describing the dragon and his sons side by side and analyze them in light of what those words mean and not just what they say.

Rev 12:3  And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.

The great red dragon has been given seven heads with seven crowns upon his seven heads. But he also has ten horns. Now let’s contrast the description of this “great red dragon” with the description of his sons (Joh 8:44).

Rev 13:1  And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
Joh 8:43  Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
Joh 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Satan did not become the adversary; that is what he was “from the beginning”. None of us are born “understanding Christ’s speech.” We are all born spiritually deaf and blind. Here is Paul quoting Isaiah in relation to how we come into this world.

Act 28:26  Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive:
Act 28:27  For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with [ their] eyes, and hear with [ their] ears, and understand with [ their] heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

Christ here is telling us that all those who “cannot hear Christ’s word are of their father the devil”. Understanding and hearing Christ’s Word is what we are talking about at this very moment, as we discuss these two words ‘ten’ and ‘horns’. That is why this book of scripture is called “the revelation of Jesus Christ”. It is not primarily revealing the events surrounding His return to rule this physical earth as much as it is discussing the destruction of these ten horns within us as a type and a sign of “the man of sin” within us.

Rev 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
2Th 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
2Th 2:6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.

As hard as it is to believe, the Truth is that part of this “revelation of Jesus Christ” requires “that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” It is this “man of sin” who withstands Christ at His coming, and it is this “man of sin” who is portrayed by these ten horns who make war with and are destroyed by Christ at His coming. These ten horns are on one beast. They are the symbol for the nations and principalities within us which withstand the word of God when it comes to us.

Rev 17:11  And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
Rev 17:12  And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
Rev 17:13  These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
Rev 17:14  These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him [ are] called, and chosen, and faithful.

These “ten horns… have one mind… give their power and strength to the beast [ and they] make war with the Lamb”. It is obvious that these ten horns are all that is within us which cannot accept the words of Christ and His doctrines. Like the “ten commandments” which were on “tables of stone” and whose glory was fading and passing, these ten horns are ten kings or ruling doctrines within us which are also fading and passing away, as they are destroyed by the brightness of the coming of the doctrine of Christ.

2Co 3:7  But if the ministration of death, [ the ten commandments] written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:
2Co 3:8  How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?
2Co 3:9  For if the ministration of condemnation [ be] glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.
2Co 3:10  For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.
2Co 3:11  For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.
2Co 3:12  Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:
2Co 3:13  And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:

There is only one time in scripture that we are told that “Moses face did shine.” What was in his hand that caused his face to shine?

Exo 34:29  And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him.

So these ten horns that oppose the doctrine of Christ in us are the letter of God’s Word which keeps us blinded to the things of the spirit. They are the symbol and sign of the mind of the natural man who cannot understand the things of the spirit”

1Co 2:4  And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit [ words of Christ, Joh 6:63] and of power:
1Co 2:5  That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. (the Word of God)
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:
1Co 2:7  But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
1Co 2:8  Which none of the [ ten] princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

Whereas the great red dragon has “seven crowns upon his heads”, the beast is said to have “the name of blasphemy… on his heads.” Does this mean that the dragon does not have the name of blasphemy on his seven heads? Absolutely not. The fact they are not mentioned does not mean this dragon is not blasphemous. That is exactly why any “son of the devil” has “the name of blasphemy” on his “seven heads”. He has the name of blasphemy because that is his father’s name.
All of the devil’s sons “speak as a dragon” every time they mention any of the dragon’s doctrines.

Rev 13:11  And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

“Two horns like a lamb [ but] speaking as a dragon” demonstrates the fact that those who are deceived are unaware that they are not following the true ‘Lamb’ who they think they are following. They are speaking blasphemy “as a dragon”, because they “are of their father the devil” who “was a liar from the beginning”.
So even though it is not mentioned in this verse, we have established that the dragon is also a blasphemer, because the beast, who has “the name of blasphemy” written on his seven heads may appear to the undiscerning to be “a lamb”, but with his doctrines he “speaks as a dragon”. Who, among the dragon’s sons, for example, does not believe he has free will?
So the differences between these two descriptions of the dragon and his children is that the dragon has seven crowns on his seven heads, but the beast is said to have ten crowns upon his ten horns. Both father and son have seven heads and ten horns, but while the father is said to have seven crowns on his seven heads with no mention of “the name of blasphemy” on his seven heads, the son is said to have ten crowns on his ten horns with no mention of seven crowns on his seven heads. Instead of crowns, it is “the name of blasphemy” which is emphasized as being on the seven heads of the beast.
So why aren’t the seven crowns said to be on the seven heads of the beast? It is because the blasphemous name on the heads [ is] our flesh’s and our father the devil’s hatred for anything Godly, and it is the verification that we “are of our father the devil”.

Joh 8:41  Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, [ even] God.
Joh 8:42  Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.
Joh 8:43  Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
Joh 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Crowns represent authority and power. Where does this beast get the power and authority that is behind these ten crowns on his ten horns? Here is why this is worded as it is. Here is why there are ten crowns on the ten horns of the beast, while there are seven crowns on the seven heads of the great red dragon.

Rev 13:2  And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

The Greek word translated “seat” here is “thronos”, and is better translated as ‘throne’. It is those who are on thrones who wear crowns, and the beast we are wears ten crowns upon ten horns, demonstrating that we all must first worship this beast that we are before we are brought to worship the slain Lamb, who is also the Lion of The Tribe of Judah, and The King of Kings. When we bow down to the beast that is within us, we are all, in effect bowing down to and worshiping the great red dragon.

Rev 13:4  And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

As hard as it may be to accept, the truth of this revelation is that we are to keep Rev 13:4.

Rev 1:3  Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
Rev 22:7  Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

These ten horns “are the loftiness of our doctrines and the power of our carnality”, to borrow a quote from an e- mail I received this week on this very subject. That is exactly what these ten crowns on ten horns are all about. The reason the crowns are on the heads of the dragon is because the doctrines of the dragon are what rule him. The reason why the crowns are on the horns of the beast is because horns signify power, and “the beast gets his power and his throne and great authority [ directly] from the dragon.”

What is “a thousand two hundred and three score days” in the wilderness?

As we saw in our discussion of the time the court without the temple is given to be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles and the time given to the witness of the two witnesses, both times are the same time:

Rev 11:2  But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
Rev 11:3  And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

It is no accident that these two phrases describe the same period of time. It is a period of three and one half years. This same period of time is also described in this same chapter in these terms:

Rev 12:14  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.

As Joseph told the Pharaoh, “The dream is one”, and that is true here as well. We all “keep the things written in this prophecy.” We all spend a symbolic three and one half years “treading the holy city under foot” before we spend the exact same symbolic amount of time witnessing against those who tread the holy city under foot. It takes both halves of this period to complete the revelation of Jesus Christ within us. In other words it takes being and “keeping the things written” concerning the first Adam in this revelation, as an essential and integral part of this complete revelation. Three and one half is the number which symbolizes half of the revelation of Jesus Christ. It symbolizes the time we spend both “breathing out threats against our Lord and His disciples”, as well as the time we spend bearing witness to the truths of our Lord and His disciples. It is knowing what three and one half means that brings us to understand that “There is one event to all men”, and it is knowing the meaning of three and one half, that brings us to understand why we are told that “All things are ours, life and death, things present and things to come, and we are Christ’s and Christ is God’s”. Three and one half, whether it is expressed in three days and a half, 1260 days, forty and two months, time, times, and half a time, as three and one half years, “the dream is one”, and they  are all “the same”.

Gen 41:25  And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one: God hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do.
Gen 41:26  The seven good kine are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years: the dream is one.

What is being said is being said in the symbolism of “three and one half” which is only half of the whole revelation of Jesus Christ, “life and death, things present and things to come.” We are the walking dead in our old man until we are given life eternal in our new man.

Mat 8:22  But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.
1Co 3:21  Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;
1Co 3:22  Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;
1Co 3:23  And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.

“You are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s” is twice three and one half. “You are Christ’s and Christ is God’s” is seven and is complete.

Gen 2:2  And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.

We must enter into Christ our rest before God’s work is ended, and that work is “ended… on the seventh day.” It is ended at the end of two sets of “three and one half”. We will all spend a symbolic “forty and two months treading the holy city under foot” as we rebel against our Lord ten times, in the wilderness. We will do this even as we are being nourished of God in the wilderness on bread which “is not the true bread”, before we bring forth a manchild within us who will bear witness to the truths of our Lord for this same period of one thousand two hundred and three score days.

Rev 11:2  But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
Rev 11:3  And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

Summary

1) We have seen when this chapter is to be fulfilled, and what we saw once again is that this revelation is, was and always will be being fulfilled in all who are given to see and hear and keep the things of the spirit, “the things which are written in this prophecy”.
2) We have seen what the sun and the twelve stars and the woman symbolize. What we saw is that Jacob and Rachel, the physical parents of Joseph, are signified in Joseph’s dream as the sun and the moon bowing down to Joseph. If we see Joseph as a type of Christ in us and us in Christ, then we can see that the sun and the moon symbolize our old father and mother while we are of our father the devil and of our mother, the bondwoman, Babylon the great. The twelve stars in the woman’s crown tell us that we are all conceived of the same mother, just as both the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, as well as the tree of life, both come “out of the ground.” Cain and Abel are both of the same mother, Eve, and Jacob and Esau are both of the same mother, Rebekah. The spiritual message in this revelation is that God’s people all “come out of… Babylon the great, the mother of harlots”.
3) We have seen that the “great red dragon” is none other than our father the devil, that old serpent who deceives the whole word, to whom we are first introduced in the second chapter of Genesis, He is also called Satan. Once again we have many titles for the same thing, and once again, we are all first of our father the devil, before our man of sin is destroyed by the brightness of the coming of Christ into our hearts and minds.
4) We saw what is the spiritual significance of a third part of the stars of heaven following the tail of the great red dragon, and what we saw is that “one third” doesn’t mean ‘one third’ any more than seven thousand means seven thousand.

Rom 11:4  But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.
Rev 11:13  And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.

Just as seven signifies a complete complement, the number three, or one third, signifies the process of judgment we are enduring as we are: crucified with Christ, as we die daily and as the great red dragon is being cast out of our heavens.
5) We have seen that the manchild who rules with a rod of iron, is Christ’s Christ, who, in Him, are dead and buried with Him and raised up with Christ to rule the nations within with a rod of iron before the redemption of the purchased possession.
6) We have seen how, according to Eph 2:6, the manchild who is to rule the nations with a rod of iron is caught up to God and to His throne within us even now while we are still in these vessels of clay. Even now we are “seated with Him in the heavens”.
7) We have seen what takes place while we are the woman “in the wilderness”, and what we saw was that we rebel against our Lord ten times even as we are being nourished of Him with a “bread from heaven” which is “not the true bread from heaven”. We also saw that this time of nourishment on bread that is not the true bread is “a time, and times, and half a time”, which just happens to be the same period of time we spend as God’s witnesses to what is the true bread from heaven. Both are said to be one thousand two hundred and sixty days, or three and one half years, and together they make a complete revelation which is ended on the seventh day.
8) We saw that there are seven crowns on the seven heads of the great red dragon, because his doctrines, which make him who he is, just like our doctrines, are all in our mind and in our hearts. We have also seen that the crowns of the beast are on his ten horns because the beast receives his power, his throne, and great authority over our lives from the doctrines of the great red dragon, and by worshiping our own idols we are in spiritual reality worshiping the dragon who gives our beast within his power and his throne.
9) Finally we saw that “a thousand two hundred and sixty days” is also called “a time, times and half a time” in verse 14 which refers to this same period of time in which the woman is nourished of God while she is “in the wilderness” where she rebels against her own Savior for that symbolic period of three and one half years. What we learned is that any time the number three and one half is mentioned, the spiritual significance of that number is that we are all natural before we become spiritual, and the natural half of our walk is integral to and the prerequisite to the spiritual part of our walk.
Next week, if the Lord wills, we will discover that there is war in the heavens, and that the great red dragon can be and is cast out of our heavens, and is brought into subjection to the power of the son of God within us.

Rev 12:7  And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
Rev 12:8  And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
Rev 12:9  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole Rev 12:10  And 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.
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.
Rev 12:12  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.

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