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“Revelation 12:2”
by Art Sadlier   
April 5th, 2009

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

Last week we said that the woman here is Israel, it is important to establish that the woman is indeed Israel. We need to understand that this chapter has only to do with Israel. That shows that the church is out of the way, safely in heaven. This proves the premillenial rapture of the church and that God is not finished dealing with Israel.

Today we want to give three proofs that demonstrate that the woman is Israel.

FIRST - As we said last week, Genesis 37:9-10 reveals that the woman is Israel.

SECOND - The identity of the woman in verse :2 is confirmed She is  Israel who brought forth the Messiah. That Christ is born of the nation Israel is seen in Hebrews 7:14 , "For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Judah; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood." Notice, The emphasis is not on Mary but on Israel. We see the same emphasis in Romans 9:4,5  "....Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ Came....."  Also in Micah 4:9,10 Israel is presented as a woman in travail of birth pangs.

Also in verse 13 and 14 the woman is persecuted, that is not Mary but the nation of Israel. In John 4:22 Jesus is united to Israel to provide salvation, "Salvation is of the Jews."

THIRD - The identity of Israel as the woman is from the tense of the verbs in this chapter. The words are "being", "travailing", "pained" in verse 2, are all in the present tense in the Greek. This emphasizes continuous action. So the nation of Israel is seen as being continuously in pain to be delivered. That is, the nation of Israel from its beginning as it longed to give birth to its deliverer.

The nation of Israel is characterized in the Old Testament as a woman, the wife of God (Isa.54:5 - Jer. 31:8).

Add to that the fact that Israel  in verse 14, is said to be given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to be preserved for 3 ½ years. Jesus confirms this time of preservation for Israel in Mat. 24.

The Church is not referred to as a woman or a wife prior to Christ's second coming, but is identified as the Virgin Bride of Christ.

To prove that the woman in chapter 12 is Israel and not the Church or Mary is to forever sound the death knell to Replacement Theology. God has chosen Israel as his people forever. Israel's sin and unbelief caused the Lord to set Her aside for a season, with promise to chasten Her and to restore Her forever. In chapter 12, the chastening program now begins to come to its climax.

Remember: This chapter is about Israel, that is the key.

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