The restoration of Israel unto God, and the establishing
of them in the kingdom of God is an occurrence which
the Bible records in many books of the Old and the New
Testaments.  An event of such  significant proportion
must surely have a place  of unveiling in  the book of
Revelation;  and I believe that the  twelfth chapter is a
disclosure of this long awaited event.

Amos 9:11
In that day will I raise up the  tabernacle of David that
is fallen,  and close up the breaches thereof; and I will
raise up his ruins.     

Acts 15:15-17
And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is
written, After this I will return, and will build again the
tabernacle of David, which is fallen down;  and I will
build again the ruins thereof,  and I will set it up.
That the residue of men might seek after the Lord,
and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called,
saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.

The restoring of Israel to her first estate as God's
chosen people is the rebuilding of the tabernacle of
David.  Israel will once again  have that place of
communion and fellowship with God that she once
knew in the beginning. And Israel will worship God in
Spirit and in truth, through Jesus Christ, the Son of
God, whom they will now accept as "Messiah."

* Rev. 12:1 * (Study Text)
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:

There are two women that are of spiritual origin spoken
of in the book of Revelation. One is the Bride of Christ,
or the Church.  The other one is the  "Great Whore"
described in chapter 17 of Revelation. They are
referred to as women because they bring forth seed in
their likeness; and those who are brought up under their
influence become as they are:  for they sustain and
nurture their own seed;  the seed of the Church being
the righteous,  and the seed of the Whore being the
unrighteous.

Those who are born again by the Spirit of God are the
seed of the free woman, which is the Church; and they
take on the likeness and the nature of Jesus Christ, by
manifesting the fruit  of the Spirit.  All others upon the
face of the earth  are the seed of  the bond woman,
which is the great Whore; and they manifest the nature
and the fruit of the earth, following after the ways of the
world.

The woman seen  here in verse one,  clothed with the
sun,  is the Church  clothed with  the righteousness of
Jesus.  And the moon under her feet means that she
has put  the ruler  of darkness,  which is Satan,  in a
defeated position (under her feet). The crown of twelve
stars upon her head symbolizes the twelve tribes of the
nation of Israel being in foremost position.

When Israel accepts Jesus as Messiah and Lord, the
Church is  made complete,  and total victory is won.  
Satan will lose  his long time hold  on Israel as she   
passes through the blood of Jesus, the blood that he
cannot come near, the blood that shall defeat him.

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

Again, this is the new birth of Israel being revealed.
When Jesus was born of Mary two thousand years
ago, Israel rejected that birth of the Saviour.  But in
the latter days  His birth will  finally be accepted as
that of the Messiah and Saviour of Israel.

Gal. 4:19
My little children, of whom I travail in birth again
until Christ be formed in you.     

Micah 5:2-4
But thou,  Bethlehem Ephratah,  though thou be little
among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall
he come forth  unto me that is to be  ruler in Israel;
whose goings forth  have been from of old,  from
everlasting.
Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she
which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant
of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.
And he shall stand and  feed in the strength of the
Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God;
and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto
the ends of the earth.   

* Rev. 12:3 * (Study Text)
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.

Satan is referred to here in this Scripture as the great
red dragon because he will come against Israel through
war (red),  and with malicious power (dragon).  He is
seen with seven heads because he will have complete
and absolute authority in the seventh,  and final, world
power that will have rule over the earth during this time.
And this world power will be composed of ten nations
that are represented by the ten horns. We'll get into this
seventh world empire in more detail in the next chapter
entitled  
"The Great Beast."

* Rev. 12:4 * (Study Text)
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.

The dragon's tail casting a third part of the stars of
heaven to the earth is a sign unto us of the time period   
in which Israel  will be converted.  It will be  a time of
darkness upon the earth; and a time of the great falling
away from the truth  which is symbolized here by the
stars, or ministers of light, being swayed by Satan, and
cast down to his level.

God at one time in the days of Ezekiel, when evil and
perversion were prevalent  in the midst of Jerusalem,
gave a command to set a mark  upon the foreheads of   
all the righteous.  Then the command was given to slay
all those who did not have the mark upon their forehead.
And God also said, "Begin at my sanctuary."  God will
once again judge  his sanctuary;  and all those who are
not rooted in Him will be shaken loose,  and fall to the
earth.

Heb. 12:25-29
See that ye refuse not Him that speaketh. For if they
escaped not who refused him that spake on earth,
much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from
Him that speaketh from heaven:
Whose voice then shook the earth: but now He hath
promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth
only, but also heaven.
And this word, yet once more, signifieth
the removing
of those things that are shaken
,  as of things that are
made,
that those things which cannot be shaken may
remain
.
Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be
moved,  let us have grace,  whereby we may serve
God acceptably  with reverence and  godly fear:
For our God is a consuming fire.

Satan set out to destroy, or thwart, Israel's chances to
be delivered twice in the past.  When Moses was born
Pharaoh gave the command to kill all the male babies
that were born  to the Jewish people,  for he feared
Israel's deliverance. But God had ordained that Moses
would be His  people's deliverer,  and so He made a
way of escape for him.  Again, when Jesus was born,
all male babies were being killed, by the order of
Herod,  that he might destroy  the man child which
prophecy declared would  reign as king of the Jews.
But once again  Satan's plans were thwarted,  and the
Christ child lived;  and because He lives Israel shall be
delivered once again.

* Rev. 12:5 * (Study Text)
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 recorded in the Bible several times that Christ and
his saints shall rule the nations with a rod of iron during
the days of the thousand year millennial reign.  The
three places in  the Scriptures that you  will find this
written are in Psa. 2:9,  and Rev. 2:27,  and in Rev.
19:15.  Again, as we have already read in the chapter
entitled "The Two Great Witnesses," that the ascension
upward into heaven by the man child symbolizes a time
when God's promise shall be fulfilled, and His covenant
and Spirit to be sent down.

* Rev. 12:6 * (Study Text)
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.

If you will go back to the eleventh chapter of the book
of Revelation, and the third verse, you will find that the
time given there  unto the two witnesses to prophesy,
and the time that the woman here in chapter twelve is
fed in the wilderness, are the same.  This is because
both Scriptures are describing the same event taking
place during  the same time period.  When the two
witnesses prophesy unto Israel they are feeding her
the Word of God;  and it's at this time that the nation
of Israel will receive the gospel of Jesus Christ.

* Rev. 12: 7-9 * (Study Text)
And 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.

Satan will surely fight  with all his might  and with all the
evil power at  his command  to keep such a blessed   
event from taking place; but he shall fail: and it shall be
a notable defeat. God brings to remembrance the first
time that  Satan suffered defeat,  when he and his
angelic cohorts were cast out of heaven. And he again
suffered a  great defeat  when Jesus  rose from the
dead;  and this was  an even greater defeat because
man was give power over Satan through the death and
resurrection of Jesus.  And now  for the  third time
Satan's efforts  are thwarted,  and he suffers  a great
defeat, and God is given the glory as Israel becomes
victorious, and becomes the final piece in God's master
plan,  and
the first that was last,  shall become the last
that shall be first
 (Matt. 20:16).

* Rev. 12:10-11 * (Study Text)
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 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.

Many Old Testament prophecies  are fulfilled as Israel
enters into the kingdom of God through the blood of
Jesus,  and the power of His gospel.  The testimony
of Israel had always been the Law,  and the works of
the Law;  but this will  be the day  of atonement and
redemption for Israel through the blood of the Lamb,
and the New Testament. No longer will their covenant
with God, and their right standing with Him be through
the works of the Law, but it will be through the Word,
Christ Jesus; and the phrase "they loved not their lives
unto the death"  fulfills the  words of Jesus  when He
spoke of all those  who would deny themselves,  and
follow after him. The remnant of the Jews in Israel will
give their  lives over  to the gospel  of their  Lord and
Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Mark 8:35
For whosoever will save his life  shall lose it; but
whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the
gospel's, the same shall save it.       

John 12:25
He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth
his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.   


* Rev. 12:12-14 * (Study Text)
Therefore rejoice,  ye heavens,  and ye that  dwell in
them.  Woe to the  inhabitants 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.
And 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 a half a time, from the face of the serpent.

Although there will be rejoicing in heaven over the
salvation of Israel, there will be great turmoil upon the
earth, for Satan knows that his days are numbered.
Through many nations, and the Antichrist, Satan will  
inflict pain and persecution upon the inhabitants of   
planet earth; but Israel and the Church, now made one,
will be nourished and sustained by God until the day of
deliverance. The woman being given eagle's wings that
she might  fly into  the wilderness  symbolizes God
bearing the Church up to an exalted place in Him.  And
although the wilderness is a barren waste land,  it was
often times in the Old Testament a place of refuge, and  
a place  of preparation for things  to come for God's
people: where God proved himself to them by feeding
them, leading them, and making the wilderness a place
where his people could not only survive, but flourish.

Ex. 19:4
Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I
bare you on eagle's wings, and brought you unto myself.

Deut. 32:11-12
As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her
young,  spreadeth abroad her wings,  taketh them,
beareth them on her wings:
So the Lord alone did lead him,  and there was no
strange god with him.    

Psa. 78:52-53
But made his own people to go forth like sheep,
and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
And he led them on safely,  so that they feared
not:  but the sea overwhelmed  their enemies.

* Rev. 12:15-17 * (Study Text)
And 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.

In the last few verses of the twelfth chapter Satan is
referred to as a dragon,  and as a serpent;  as the
dragon he will persecute  and seek to devour;  as the
serpent he will seek to deceive,  and poison.  And so
the flood that he casts forth out of his mouth will be an
overwhelming attempt to destroy the Church and God's
people through persecution, deceit, and poison (false
doctrine).  But the Church will be complete through the
entering in of Israel,  and her strength and faith will be
greater than ever before;  and after a season of trial,
there will be great, and eternal victory.

As I said before,  the twelfth chapter  of the book of
Revelation is  the disclosing of  the restoration of the
tabernacle of David.  Some people  believe that the
tabernacle of David will be a literal building that will be
constructed in Jerusalem.  Israel may indeed build  
another temple,  but it would not be the tabernacle of
David. For although David desired to build a temple for
God, he was not allowed to,  for he was a man of war,
and he had blood on his hands; so God told David that   
it would be his son,  Solomon,  that would build the
temple for God.

In 2nd Samuel, chapter seven, God promises to build a
house for David, not that David would build a house for
God. And the tabernacle that God builds in Israel will be
the tabernacle  not made  with hands;  and the chief  
Corner Stone will be his Son, Jesus. And the tabernacle
will be in the  midst of Israel for ever;  and  shall return
Israel to her former position as God's chosen, and his
firstborn among the nations.

Eze. 37:27-28
My tabernacle also shall be with them:  yea,  I will be
their God, and they shall be my people.
And the heathen  shall know that I  the Lord do sanctify
Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them
for evermore.
    

Israel is also the first-fruits of God,  and of the Lamb;
so when the first-fruits  of the harvest  are ready for
reaping,  then the day  of harvest  and the day of our
redemption draws nigh. Remember the words of Jesus
in Matthew 24:32-34.

Matt. 24:32-34
Now learn a parable of the fig tree;  when his branch
is yet tender,  and putteth forth leaves,  ye know that
summer is nigh:
So likewise ye,  when ye shall see all these things,
know that it is near, even at the doors.
Verily I say unto you,  This generation shall not pass,
till all these things be fulfilled.                                              
Chapter 6
{God's promise to Israel fulfilled.}
The Tabernacle Restored
End Time Prophecies
Prophecy Of The Last Days
End Time Revelation
The Word And Prophecy
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