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The Woman Survives

The Bible describes the 1,260 years the saints suffered by saying, “The woman [the invisible church] was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the desert, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach.” (Revelation 12:14, insertion mine)

 

Comment:   The language, “the two wings of a great eagle,” indicates a miraculous escape, not from persecution, but from extinction. Some historians estimate that fifty million people were martyred for their faith during the Dark Ages, but miraculously, the invisible church did not perish! No doubt, many Protestants wished for their wings of a great eagle as they languished in filthy dungeons. Even thought Prophecy I (Revelation 12:1-6) and Prophecy 2 (Revelation 12:7-14:5) are separate and distinct prophecies, the tine, times, and half a time in verse 6 is the same time period as the 1,260 days mentioned in verse 14. Because the Bible describes the same time period in two different ways, we know that a time, times, and half a time equals 1,260 day/years. This information also proves that a time, times, and half a time mentioned in Daniel 7:25 equals 1,260 years. The Bible also predicted that the little horn would persecute the saints for 1,260 day/years (Daniel 7:25) and history confirms the fulfillment of these prophecies. In other words, the 1,260 year (A.D. 538-1798) time period is mentioned three times in the Bible. All three instances must be translated using a day for a year because the Jubilee Calendar is operation during this time. 

 

Note: For reasons presented in the segment on the Two Witnesses, the time, times, and half a time in Daniel 12:7 and the 1,260 days granted to the Two Witnesses in Revelation 11:3 are the same time period. The 1,335 days given in Daniel 12:12 represent the total time allotted to the Great Tribulation. Because these time periods occur after the expiration of the Jubilee Calendar in 1994, these time periods should be considered a literal time of 1,335 days and should not be translated a day for a year.

 


“Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river [a flood, KJV], to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent.” (Revelation 12:15)

 

Comment: This is a surprising contradiction.  John saw the enormous red dragon spew water out of his mouth! This is surprising because ancient dragons were believed to be “fire breathing creatures.” God surprises us with an interesting point using reverse caricature. A torrent of water is one of nature’s most destructive forces. Weighing a little more than sixty-two pounds per cubit foot, a torrent of water traveling at a high rate of speed is a deadly and utterly destructive force, but it is not annihilating. In other words, life resumes after a flash flood, in fact, vegetation often prospers after a flood. The language in this verse indicates the devil did his best to destroy God’s people during the Dark Ages through legislation. The dragon spoke (an endless torrent of laws) through church edicts. The devil tried to destroy the woman with wave after wave of persecution, but the blood of martyrs only fueled the growth of the invisible church.

 

The devil soon realized that perpetual persecution required perpetual darkness. In 1401, the devil moved upon King Henry IV to decree that anyone owning or producing a translation of the Bible would be burned at the stake. In 1409, Archbishop Thomas Arundel imposed punitive measures on anyone who would presume to produce any written material that departed from the Latin Vulgate. (In other words, Bible texts could not be translated into the common language of the people.) These and other various threats did not keep the woman from the Bible. Prior to Gutenberg’s invention of the moveable type for printing presses in 1439, Bibles were very rare. But Gutenberg’s invention enabled Bible distribution to flourish, so the devil prompted government leaders to outlaw Bible reading! In 1543, England’s parliament passed a law forbidding common women to read the Bible and the penalty was death!

 

Using the church as a puppet, the devil made it impossible for anyone to disagree with pope or priest without suffering the harshest of penalties. Open speech against the Church and/or its leaders was considered hate speech or blasphemy, and heretics were often condemned to death on the testimony of one witness. When the church rules over the state, religious freedom becomes a myth. The church ruled by fear, not love. The devil found a way to torment millions of good-hearted Catholics through false doctrines. For example, Catholics were led to believe that salvation required the required the receipt of seven sacraments. Consequently, few parishioners spoke out about the excesses and abuses of the clergy because the cessation of sacraments meant the loss of eternal life. For 1,260 long years, the devil did everything possible to make life miserable for the people of Europe, whether in the visible or the invisible church.

 

“But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.” (Revelation 12:16)

 

Comment:   After Noah’s flood, God divided Earth into continents. (Genesis 10:25) For thousands of years, God reserved a large parcel of Earth that would one day help the woman. Over time, this parcel of land became known as the United Sates of America. Just twenty-two years before the end of the 1,260 years (1798), God raised up a new nation (1776) to serve His purposes. He gave this nation a form of government that was unlike anything the world has ever seen. Today, we call it a “Democracy.” God did not raise up the United States of America for the sole benefit of its citizens; rather, God established the United States for a divine purpose. He gave this nation a form of government that was unlike anything else the world has ever seen. Today, we call it a “Democracy.” God did not raise up the United States of America for the sole benefit of its citizens; rather, God established the United States for a divine purpose.

 

God gave Protestants a place where they could freely translate and publish the Bibles in hundreds of languages. He also gave Protestants vast resources and much wealth so that they could spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. From 1798 onward, the United States has produced more Christian missionaries, published more Bibles, and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ farther than all other nations on Earth combined. The citizens of this wealthy nation have given more money for Christian missions than all the other nations combined. These endeavors fulfilled God’s plan that Earth would help the woman! Today, approximately nine percent of the world’s population is Protestant. This is amazing considering the Protestants in 1798 amounted to less than 0.1% of the world’s population.  This phenomenal growth occurred because immigrants came to the United States of America seeking religious freedom. From the Protestant country, Protestantism spread around the globe. Of course, millions of non-Protestants also immigrated to this country because they wanted to live in a land blessed with opportunity and promise. The United States of America has shared more of its wealth with other nations than any other. Earth physically helped the woman, and the United States became a powerful influence for the gospel of Christ in a short period of time.

 

Unfortunately, the United States has turned away from honoring and serving God. As a nation, it no longer nor exalts our Creator with its actions. Christians are entertained with sinful behavior that is constantly glamorized on television and in movies. U.S. printing presses produce more filth and garbage than its population can digest. Its radio stations spew hate talk and music that glorifies drugs, sexual immorality, and violence. Occasionally, citizens might hear a political leader say “God bless America,” but how can God bless the United States when corporately speaking; its national behavior is an insult? The United States is in a state or moral and financial decline. Many of the nations leaders (both political and religious) are corrupt. Love for money and pleasure has displaced love for God and His Word. Integrity is disappearing. Honesty and transparency in business and government is fading. Sexual immorality is rampant. Clergy have become multimillionaires and priests have sexually abused thousands of children. The United States has offended and lost many of its international friends, it has squandered much of its wealth on selfish indulgence, and if the Lord does not come soon, the country will fall, just like all of the great nations in history. The Earth did help the woman, but that helping hand is gone and the remnant of the woman is wondering how much longer will God tolerate this planet before casting down the censer.

 

The Final Assault Will Soon Begin

 

[Unable to destroy the woman for 1,260 years] Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off [to prepare] to make war against the rest [KJV: the remnant] of her offspring – those who obey God’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.” (Revelation 12:17, insertions mine)

 

Comment:   When the papacy received a fatal wound in 1798, the devil called off the chase. Even though he had made the woman miserable for 1,260 years, he realized he could not destroy her. Being the devil that he is though, he did not give up. He went off to regroup and make plans for a final assault. Lucifer and his demons know all about the Great Tribulation. They understand every verse in the Bible. They were present when every event written in the Bible took place and they personally know each Bible writer in the Bible and person mentioned in the Bible! They understand the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation better than we do and the demons know they will be given one final chance to destroy the saints. Of course, the demons also know that they will be destroyed at the end of sin’s drama. Since there is nothing they can do about that, they intend to destroy as many saints as possible before their doom arrives. This is the way hatred works. Lucifer knows that he is going to die just as Jesus knew that He was going to die. Their respective actions and attitudes show the enormous gulf between hatred and love, between selfishness and selflessness.

 

The devil and his demons have had over 200 years to prepare for their final war against the woman. The stage is set. The world is consumed with idolatry, greed, sexual immorality, and violence. The devil has carefully studied world conditions. He has strategically placed his demons and human agents (demon possessed people) in highest places. He is delighted that even though hundreds of millions of Christians have Bibles, the vast majority of them are virtually ignorant of his coming ambush. The devil keeps this information hidden from view in various ways. Prejudice and apathy work very well. When someone says that Jesus is coming soon, Christians often respond, “No one knows the day and hour of Christ’s return. Why, people have been saying ‘Wolf, wolf!’ for 2,000 years. Anyone speaking about the imminent return of Jesus is just crying ‘Wolf, wolf!’” Pastors usually agree. Many churches discourage or even prohibit discussion of new ideas on Bible prophecy because it is seen as being potentially divisive. Too many churches are more concerned about unity than truth. They think it is far better to be united in error than to be divided over truth. The bible has been put into lockdown. It is not allowed to speak for itself. Christians are told the Bible is too complicated to understand on its own merit and must be left to the scholars to decipher. How can the Bible teach Christians truths that they do not know and do not want to hear? If we limit what the Bible can say, how can it say something that is new and relevant?

 

Consider the following text and especially notice the last half of the sentence: “Then the dragon was enraged at the woman [the invisible church] and went off to make war against the rest the last of the remnant] of her offspring – those who obey God’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.” (Revelation 12:17, insertions mine) During the Great Tribulation, the invisible church will become very visible! The remnant of the woman will be identified by two hey features:

 

  1. The saints will obey God’s Commandments – all twelve of them! The two greatest commandments are these: “Love the Lord with all your heart, mind and soul and your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-40) Expressions of love for God and man are not defined by human beings! Instead, our Creator has defined what love will do within the Ten Commandments. The first four commandments declare how love for God will be expressed and the remaining six commandments define how love for our neighbor will be expressed. When we do the things required by the law out of love for God and man, we fulfill the law! (Romans 13:10)

 

Currently, most of God’s people are unaware of their obligation to obey the Ten Commandments, especially the fourth commandment. This will change. When the 144,00 proclaim, “Worship Him who created the heavens, the earth, the sea, and the fountains of water, and honor His holy Sabbath day,” people will think God’s servants are fanatics. But when Babylon forms and implements laws mandating the observance of holy days, the issue will become serious and the question will be, “Which day does God declare sacred?” The 144,00 will boldly address this question and the importance of God’s Sabbath will become widely known. God’s Word clearly states that His people will obey the Ten Commandments because they love God and man. The fourth commandment declares Saturday, the seventh day of the week, is God’s holy day. The commandment will become an inflammatory issue during the Great Tribulation because Babylon will defy and oppose the fourth commandment. In countries where Catholicism and Protestantism are a majority, laws exalting the sacredness of Sunday will be enforced. In countries where Islam is the majority, laws exalting the sacredness of Friday will be enforced. In Israel, laws exalting the sacredness of Saturday will be enforced. The laws of Babylon will cause the remnant of the woman to stand out like evergreen trees in a snow-covered forest.

 

  1. The remnant of the woman will also obey the testimony of Jesus. The testimony is the Spirit of prophecy. (Revelation 19:10) Notice how this works: Jesus will speak often during the Great Tribulation. The Holy Spirit will speak the words through His prophets. Thus, 144,000 mouthpieces will deliver the words of Jesus in real-time to a listening world and the honest in heart will recognize the voice of Jesus and honor Him by obeying His commands. “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.” (John 10:27,28) Think about this: People all over the world will actually hear the words (the testimony) of Jesus coming out of the mouths of His prophets. This rare phenomenon has occurred a few times in history and it will happen again during the Great Tribulation. 

 

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