PROPHECY HEADLINES: Saudi Arabia launches war games w/ 20 other countries | Israel warns of nuclear arms race among Arab nations | Netanyahu says Arab nations should acknowledge covert relationships with Israel
PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: Our topic for today is titled “War in Heaven? Part 5” from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book “Revelation: Unlocking the Future.”
— The Woman is Israel
A woman appears who is “clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars! The identity of this woman is the most critical issue in properly interpreting the Apocalypse. The woman symbolizes the nation and people of Israel. The imagery is taken from Joseph’s dream in Genesis 37:9-11, where the sun and moon and twelve stars represent the patriarchs of Israel and the twelve tribes. The figure of Israel as a travailing woman is prevalent in the Old Testament.
The woman is not the Church! The woman is depicted here as giving birth to the Messiah (the “male child”). The Church did not give birth to Christ. Rather, Christ gave birth to the Church. Despite the fact that the Reformers and Puritans pictured the woman as the true Church in contrast to the “harlot,” she is not the Church at all.
OCCUPY TILL I COME: We are continuing our journey through the book, “Coming Events and Present Duties,” by J.C. Ryle. This section is titled, “Watch” (Part 35) based on the parable of the foolish and wise virgins in Matthew 25:1-13. J.C. Ryle writes:
I take the parable of the ten virgins as my warrant, and I address that question to every one. I ask you, “Are you ready?” Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, “Those who were ready went in with the bridegroom to the wedding banquet” — they who were ready, and no others. Now here, in the sight of God, I ask each and every reader, Is this your case? Are you ready?