Who Is The Woman
Of Revelation 12?
Question: Who does "the woman" represent in Revelation 12?

Revelation 12:1-4  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.

Answer: The woman of Revelation 12 is symbolic of biblical Israel (not
the secular nation we have today)
. We know this because Israel brought
forth the Messiah-- Yeshua/Jesus. She is crowned with 12 stars, which are
symbolic of the 12 Tribes of Israel. Catholics interpret this woman to be
"Mary" but the
proper interpretation is that of Hebrew nation.

Rev 12:5  
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.

The man-child is the Messiah Jesus Christ (and His Body-- which is the
Church) caught up unto God and His Throne.

Rev 12:6,13, 14:  
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...And when the dragon saw that he was
cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man
child. 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.

The persecution of the woman takes place in the last half of the Tribulation
period. The dragon (the devil) makes war with the remnant of Israel's
seed-- which are the true Jews; and as prophesied by Jesus in Matthew 24,
they will flee into the wilderness/mountains where they are protected by
God for 3.5 years until "the indignation be overpast." (See Daniel 12:7).

Isaiah 26:20  
Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy
doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the
indignation be overpast.

Messiah-- Yeshua/ Jesus will return to earth (with His Saints) to establish
His earthly kingdom and will save the Jewish remnant (those who follow
His ways) and will overthrow the Beast and the worldly system.

So in conclusion, the people of Israel (not the secular nation) is depicted as
the woman in this passage as well as others in the Bible. See Isaiah
66:7-10, Isaiah 26:17, Micah 4:10.

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Further Reading:
Why Are The Jews Called God's Chosen People?
Who Are The Two Witnesses in Revelation 11?
Who Is The First Rider Of The Apocalypse?
Are You Rapture Ready?
Iraq In The End Times - Will Babylon Be Rebuilt?
The Antichrist and The DaVinci Code
What Is The Spirit of Antichrist?
The Second Coming Of Jesus Christ in the Old Testament
The Work of Christ: Past, Present and Future by A. C. Gaebelein
The Return Of The Lord
Will The Jews Be Converted When Jesus Returns?
Questions Concerning Revelation 13, Revelation 17:11 and Daniel 9:26-27?
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