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Sunday, November 5th, 2017 - AM - Two Wonders (Rev. 12:1-6)

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Through this pair of heavenly wonders, a trio of important characters involved in the tribulation account are described.

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Introduction:

Revelation 12:1–6 KJV 1900
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. 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. 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. 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.
Revelation is a book of sevens:
- In chapters 2 and 3 we have the seven churches.
- In chapter 5 - the seven-sealed book.
- In chapter 6 - the beginning of the seven seals.
- In chapter 8 - the beginning of the seven trumpets.
- In chapters 12 and 13 - the seven personages.
- In chapter 16 - the seven vials.
- In chapters 17, 18, 19 - the seven dooms.
- In chapters 21 and 22 - the seven new things.
Seven is God’s number of completion - the divine number of divine completeness. In Revelation God is making a complete end of sin and sorrow. He will complete His wonderful plan of redemption for all creation.
Paradise, with all of its original glory, and more, is restored in Revelation, chapters 21 and 22. In the first few chapters of Genesis, Paradise is lost; in the last two chapters of Revelation, Paradise is restored.
[Oliver B. Greene, Revelation, A Verse by Verse Study, Commentaries and Writings of Oliver B. Greene (The Gospel Hour, Inc., 1963), 240–241.]
Main Thought:
May I tell you, these are dangerous days in which we live, and the storm clouds are gathering, and a storm is about to descend, the lightning is flashing, and the lighting rod is Israel. Now Israel is on the front page of every major newspaper in the world today. And Bible-believing Christians cannot deny or ignore the significance of the nation Israel. If you pick up your Bible and read Bible prophecy, you will find out that Israel is in 100% of all Bible prophecy concerning the future, if you read it carefully enough. I want to tell you that the eyes of the entire world are upon this tiny state of Israel, and your eyes need to be upon the land of Israel, because the Jew and Israel are the people and land of destiny. As the Jew goes, so goes the world. Israel is God’s yardstick. Israel is God’s measuring rod. Israel is God’s blueprint. Israel is God’s program for what He is doing in the world.
Now we want to ask this question: Has God turned His back on Israel? Has God forgotten Israel? Has God somehow abrogated the promises that He made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? Indeed not! Absolutely not! The passage that we have before us deals, therefore, with the nation Israel, and I want us to notice some things about Israel this morning from Revelation chapter 12.
[Adrian Rogers, “Why I Love Israel,” in Adrian Rogers Sermon Archive (Signal Hill, CA: Rogers Family Trust, 2017), Re 12.]
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Chapter 12 opens with these tremendous words (verses 1 and 2): “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.”
This woman (the “great wonder”) is clothed in a very extraordinary manner. She is wearing the sun - and for shoes she wears the moon. For her hat she wears a crown studded with twelve stars. She is a mother-to-be, and her delivery is imminent.
[Greene, 241.]
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