The Nature of the Conflict Between the Saints and Satan

Two Signs in the Heavens

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: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. (Revelation 12:1-2)

 

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. 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)

 

The word that is translated wonder is the Greek word, semeion, which also means sign. Comparing Revelation 12:5 and Revelation 19:15 we can conclude that the child born of the woman is Jesus Christ. Jesus came forth from Israel, so the woman represents Israel. This results in great conflict between Israel and the followers of Jesus Christ and the Great Red Dragon or Satan who empowers Antichrist.

 

 

Remnant of Israel Preserved in Wilderness

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 12:14)

 

In Exodus 19:1-4 God says that He delivered Israel from Egypt on “eagles’ wings”. In similar fashion, Revelation 12:6 and Zechariah 14:3-5 describe how God will provide a way of escape for His people from Jerusalem. We are not sure exactly where this is, but it sounds very much like the instructions Jesus gave to flee to the mountains in Luke 21:20-24.