The Woman of Rev 12
In scripture the faithful are always portrayed as chaste virgins, whereas the unfaithful are always portrayed as harlots.The Faithful
Matthew 25 - "Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom."
2 Corinthians 11:2 - "For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ."
2 Kings 19:20-21 - "Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, That which thou hast prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard. This is the word that the LORD hath spoken concerning him; The virgin the daughter of Zion hath despised thee, and laughed thee to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee." (See also Isaiah 37:22)
In other words, "unspotted from the world".The Unfaithful
The unfaithful are considered harlots.
Ezekiel 16:28 - "Thou hast played the whore also with the Assyrians, because thou wast unsatiable; yea, thou hast played the harlot with them, and yet couldest not be satisfied."
Ezekiel 23:19 - "Yet she multiplied her whoredoms, in calling to remembrance the days of her youth, wherein she had played the harlot in the land of Egypt."
Revelation 17:1-2 - "And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication."
In other words, "that woman Jezebel" who "teaches and seduces my servants to commit fornication".Identifying Characteristics
Is the woman in Revelation 12 faithful or unfaithful? She has some very telling characteristics, but the key one is that she is pregnant. This alone removes her from being the "chaste virgin to Christ."
It is clear that she is not the True Ecclesia of God. Since the rest of scripture portrays the harlots as being apostates, we must conclude with scripture that this woman is the apostate Ecclesia of the time.
Note also that if the woman is the true ecclesia, how does she give birth to the man-child if the man-child is Christ? Christ gave birth to the ecclesia, not the other way around. The Heavens in Revelation
As pointed out very adequately in Eureka, the heavens as used in prophetic scripture represents are the political (ruling) environment. When woman is pictured in Revelation 12 as being "in heaven", she is in the political realm. When the man-child is pictured as caught up to heaven, it again is referring to the ruling environment.
Edited by Cdelph, 20 May 2004 - 01:37 PM.