The moon represents Joseph’s mother, Rachel. And the “11 stars” are Joseph’s brothers with Joseph himself being the 12th “star”.
“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. 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.” Revelation 12:1-3 (KJV)
For starters, the Church is removed from the Earth in the Rapture before the start of the time of Jacob’s trouble. Why? Because it is Jacob’s trouble – Israel’s trouble – and the Church has no business being there so we are called up and away. We see this blessed event taking place, in type, in Revelation 4:1,2 (KJV). But lately for some reason, I have been seeing videos and reading articles trying to make a connection between Revelation 12 and the Church. So I thought it would be edifying to take a moment and visit with “the woman” of Revelation 12.
If you are a Catholic, you have undoubtedly taught that this “woman” is Mary giving birth to the baby Jesus. If you are a Laodicean with a “new version” of the Bible, you’ve likely been taught that the “woman” is the Church. But this brief study compare scripture with scripture to show you that the woman of Revelation 12 is exactly who the Bible says she is. The nation of Israel in the time of Jacob’s trouble.
For starters, this “woman” is wearing some mighty unique attire
Clothed with the sun, a crown of stars (12, mind you), and standing upon the moon. As a child in Catholic school, I constantly saw illustrations of the “virgin” Mary adorned like that. So to most Catholics, this sure sounds like Mary, right? Wrong. Do you remember where we have read a passage like that before? It’s all the way back in Genesis.
“And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me. And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth? And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.” Genesis 37:9-11 (KJV)
Ahhh, yes, the dream of Joseph that got him in hot water. And what do we see here? We see the very same sun, moon and stars from Revelation 12, and this passage give us their identity. As you read the verses in Genesis, you see instantly that the sun represents Joseph’s father, Jacob. The moon represents Joseph’s mother, Rachel. And the “11 stars” are Joseph’s brothers with Joseph himself being the 12th “star”. This band of brothers are the 12 tribes of Israel. So the “sun, moon and stars” are the entire family of Jacob, are they not? Indeed they are, so let’s ask the really obvious question now.
Who is the woman in Revelation 12? According the Genesis 37, the woman is none other than the nation of Israel. It is ludicrous to suggest that the woman is Mary, just as it is equally implausible to suggest the woman is the Church. While it’s true that Jesus came out of Mary, it is equally true and perhaps more so that He came out of the tribe of Judah which is part of national Israel. As far as this woman being the Church, it is Jesus who birthed the Church and not the other way around. The Church no where is referred to as a “woman”. It is called a virgin and a bride, but never a woman.
Going a little further, it is Jesus who will rule with a “rod of iron”, and it was Jesus in Acts who was “caught up to God” while the apostles watched. More than that, Paul never tells us Christians that we are “of Mary”, but that we are the “seed of Abraham”.
“Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:16,29 (KJV)
Israel is told to run for their lives, literally
Lastly, we know exactly who is driven out into the wilderness in Revelation 12 because in Matthew 24 where the same event is recorded, Jesus tells us who the woman is. And it is absolutely not Mary or the Church.
“When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:” Matthew 24:15,16 (KJV)
The people who are “in Judea” are the remnant of national Israel who have not taken the Mark of the Beast, and Jesus commands them to literally run for their lives. They do run, right to the red rock city of Selah Petra where God miraculously protects and feeds them there for ” a thousand two hundred and threescore days”, or three and one half years.
The great red dragon of Revelation 12 is Leviathan from Job 40
And what about the dragon “casting a flood” out of his mouth to try and drown Israel? Certainly you remember our old friend Leviathan from the book of Job, right? The same guy whom you were falsely told was a “dinosaur” is none other than the Devil, and the book of Job is a picture of the Jew in the time of Jacob’s trouble.
“Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth.” Job 40:23 (KJV)
When the Bible says that he “drinketh up a river”, it is directly referencing Revelation 12:15 (KJV). See how it is all coming together, and everywhere you look it is referencing Israel.
By the time all this takes place, the Church will have already been safely in Heaven for three and a half years. We will be watching “from the balcony” as the nation of Israel flees from Antichrist and hides out in Selah Petra.
Now you know who the woman is. It’s the nation of Israel. What part of Revelation 12 is the Church involved with? None of it.
Not a single, solitary, tiny little bit.
NTEB is run by end times author and editor-in-chief Geoffrey Grider. Geoffrey runs a successful web design company, and is a full-time minister of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition to running NOW THE END BEGINS, he has a dynamic street preaching outreach and tract ministry team in Saint Augustine, FL.