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The Woman and the Dragon
And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
Now notice the verse starts with “And”?
This means it’s a continuing verse from chapter 11. This is what it says in chapter 11.
and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city that symbolically is called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was crucified.
The great city here is about Jerusalem. This is the city where our Lord was crucified. Now why is this important?
It’s because the stars moon and sun are affiliated with Jerusalem. Here is what Joel said.
“And I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes.
Now what you may not know is the verse before that.
The Lord Will Pour Out His Spirit
“And it shall come to pass afterward,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
your old men shall dream dreams,
and your young men shall see visions.
Now if you read the book of Acts you will see this being fulfilled in that generation.
But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:
“‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams;
even on my male servants and female servants
in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.
And I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;
the sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.
And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’
Now you would notice Peter added the words, “in the last days”. This means the prophecy was for THEIR time.
Look at what is being said right after that.
“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know—
Men of Israel
Now again what has this got to do with the sun moon and stars?
Israel is actually a family. It is not a nation. It is the family of Jacob. He had 12 sons. He had also a famous son called Joseph. He once had a dream that the sun moon and 11 stars bowed down to him.
Then he dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers and said, “Behold, I have dreamed another dream. Behold, the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”
Now I want you to note what Jacob said.
“But when he told it to his father and to his brothers, his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow ourselves to the ground before you?””
So you see this about Israel and not the rest of the world. Also note in Revelation 12 it says this.
And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven diadems.
Now the scriptures actually tell you what these diadems are.
This calls for a mind with wisdom: the seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is seated; they are also seven kings, five of whom have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come, and when he does come he must remain only a little while.
It is here that we note at the time of writing it was the 6th Caesar who was sitting on the throne. His name was Nero. He was also called the Beast. He was the emperor that decreed the destruction of Jerusalem. He appointed a general by the name of Vespasian to do it. He then became the new emperor after a short reign of 5 other kings. As such he became the 8th king.
As for the beast that was and is not, it is an eighth but it belongs to the seven, and it goes to destruction.
All these things point to the time where Rome was persecuting Israel and destroyed Jerusalem in AD70.
Let’s have dinner on 24/9/2017.