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“Revelation 12:14”
by Art Sadlier   
June 28th, 2009

" 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".

It is now the midtribulation period, Satan has been cast out of heaven and the final battle of the ages is about to begin. Satan knows that his time is short, he knows that he has but 3 1/2 years to defeat God, and he knows that his only hope is to destroy Israel. Satan understands that Christ has promised to return to earth and rule over a redeemed and restored Israel, he believes that if he can destroy Israel he will have defeated God.

"That she might fly into the wilderness". Jesus tells us about this event in Matthew 24:15-16. At the midtrib point Satan's man, antichrist, turns against Israel and seeks to destroy her. Jesus warned Israel to flee into the mountains, John says that they will fly into the wilderness. There is only one mountain wilderness area near Judea, that is mountains of Petra. It has long been speculated, and I think rightly so, that Israel at that time will flee to mountain fortress of Petra.

"Ànd to the woman  were given two wings of a great eagle", what is this all about? This reminds us of how God miraculously brought Israel out of the hand of pharoah who sought to destroy her. "Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles wings and brought you unto myself", Exodus 19:4.

Remember how God sent a cloud to hide Israel from Pharoah, in this latter case it will probably not be a literal cloud nor literal eagles wings, but God is able to hide the remnant of Israel from the armies of antichrist.

Ezekiel tells us about this event, "And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead you face to face", Ezekiel 20:35. The word plead means to chasten or judge, during those years the Lord will put Israel through the fire and refine her and bring her to the point of redemption. We read about the closing days of that time in Zechariah 12:10, "And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him...".

As God chastens Israel, but He pours out His love on the repentant remnant. "I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and I will try them as gold is tried; they shall call upon my name, and I will hear them; I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, the Lord is my God.

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