Highlights of Satan, the Pregnant Woman, and the Male Child in Chapter 12
The pregnant woman is Israel! The male child is Jesus.
Satan crouches between the woman’s legs ready to devour the Male Child at the moment of His birth. Satan knows Scripture and therefore knows that the Messiah will come through Israel’s seed. If Satan can destroy the Male Child, there will be no Christianity. However, the woman gives birth to the Male Child, who survives the unfulfilled Satanic attack. Satan is furious and instigates waves of anti-Semitism that encircle the globe. God takes Israel to safety and protects her during the last three and a half years of the Great Tribulation.
The Male Child is caught up to the throne of God.
“The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child, who 'will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.' And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne." Revelation 12:4-5 NIV
This “catching up” may refer to Christ’s resurrection and ascension. It may also refer to the “rapture.”
“After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.” 1 Thessalonians 4:17 NIV
After the rapture, there will be no Christians on earth. However, many will come to know Jesus as their personal Savior. These are they who will be intensely persecuted.
Where will Israel go?
Petra and Jordan are likely candidates. The Antichrist invades the Middle East. But Edom (southwestern Jordan), Moab (west-central Jordan), and Ammon (east of the Jordan River) will be secure (Daniel 11: 41).
“He will also invade the Beautiful Land. Many countries will fall, but Edom, Moab and the leaders of Ammon will be delivered from his hand.” Daniel 11:41 NIV
But these areas are surely too small to house the number of Jews who are seeking refuge from the Antichrist. Perhaps, these are representatives of a remnant known as the “10 lost tribes of Israel.” Most Jews are now scattered all over the globe.
“The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach.” Revelation 12:14 NIV
Since the symbol of the United States is an eagle, some have suggested that the United States will come to Israel’s rescue during the last half of the tribulation.
God preserves Israel supernaturally. Since Genesis 3:15, in the Garden, Satan has attempted to kill Jesus and thus stymie God’s plan for salvation. Satan does not know when the Antichrist will arrive. Therefore, he always has an Antichrist-type person for him to indwell.
Here is a list of some of the attempts by the Red Dragon to incapacitate God’s plan:
- Murders Abel (Genesis 4:8)
- Kills the baby boys in Egypt (Exodus 1:22)
- Jezebel’s daughter, Athaliah, sets out to destroy every living descendant in the royal line of David. She killed all but one. A man named Joseph survived (2 Kings 11:1-3).
- Haaman’s decree to kill Jews in the time of Queen Esther (Esther 3:6)
Satan was only one death away from wiping out Jesus before He was even born.
“From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!” Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” Matthew 16:21-23 NIV
Finally, Satan got his wish when Jesus was crucified. However, the joke was on him. Through his death on the cross, Jesus opened the door of salvation for multiplied millions.