Chapter Thirty-NineRev. 12:1 And there appeared an important surprise in heaven; a girl clothed with the solar, and the moon underneath her ft, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:Rev. 12:2 And she or he being with baby cried, travailing in beginning, and pained to be delivered.Rev. 12:Three And there appeared one other surprise in heaven; and behold an important crimson dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and 7 crowns upon his heads.Rev. 12:four And his tail drew the third a part of the celebs of heaven, and did forged them to the earth: and the dragon stood earlier than the girl which was able to be delivered, for to devour her baby as quickly because it was born.I’ve been within the vanguard of these opposing any tendency on the a part of students to mess around with the Canon. Even so, it has typically occurred to me that Revelation may effectively have been divided up into I Revelation (chapter 1 by chapter 11) and II Revelation (chapters 12-through 22). Chapters 1 by 11 take us from Pentecost to the top. The remainder of the E-book of Revelation is taken up with topics which have been both coated within the first eleven chapters however not mentioned as completely; or with introducing different topics which can be comprehended within the period of the Church on this world however that weren’t introduced out within the first eleven chapters.The Grandest Girl of Them AllIn this specific occasion, John sees a imaginative and prescient which is startling – an important surprise appeared in heaven. There are a number of phrases within the Greek language that are translated surprise. This specific phrase has some has some distinctive properties. A few of the others have extra to do with the considered being amazed, or one thing that’s marvelous. This phrase focuses on the sensational. A fantastic, fantastic signal appeared in heaven. We’d not wish to strip this verse of its startling high quality. The sensational is there and is one thing that was very evident and instructive as John noticed it. Nonetheless, the entire lesson doesn’t vest within the image itself. It’s a startling occasion that teaches – it has a message to it.What John noticed by any affordable, orthodox interpretation, was a imaginative and prescient of the Church. That is usually agreed to by males of all persuasions. There are Christian Zionists, addicts who will need to have their Previous Testomony-Circumcision repair always and in each place, who wish to make this out to be nationwide Israel. Nonetheless, critical, main-stream, orthodox college students know that each by context and definition it’s a imaginative and prescient of the Church. There are a number of interpretive approaches as to what’s comprehended on this view of the Church. However for essentially the most half it’s acknowledged, and definitely is the place of Historic Orthodox Christianity, that it is a imaginative and prescient of the Church. In The Metropolis of God St. Augustine leaves little doubt that the Girl is the Church, and the Church is the Kingdom of God on this earth.St. John’s AmazementWhen John noticed this specific scene, he was amazed. One thing about it took him without warning and startled him. What do you suppose that was? Contemplate for a second the Apostle John as he carried out his ministry as certainly did the apostle Peter and St. Paul and others of the early leaders of the Church. In worlds which have been very totally different from what we’ve got made them out to be in modern faith, they spent days, weeks, and months strolling alongside dusty trails, making an attempt to get from one city to a different, dwelling lives which have been very demanding and troublesome, and getting little or no encouragement alongside the way in which. This isn’t how we normally see the apostles. We consider them as males to whom the entire city got here out, falling down earlier than them and giving them nice recognition. In response to the Biblical account, it occurred that approach on events. However if you happen to return over it and skim it fastidiously, you’ll discover that almost all typically the city chief confirmed up and beat them, threatened them, or stoned them. Then they have been led, dragged, or pushed to the outskirts of city and advised to maintain on transferring and never come again. These have been the stalwarts and the founders of the brand new Christian motion. They carried out these assignments, acknowledging and believing the Christ’s educating that this was the one essential life to stay, and this was a mission that have to be fulfilled. They walked by religion and never by sight, questioning the place the glory was. The place is that this nice Kingdom? The place is the proof and the truth of all these items Jesus taught that we have been committing ourselves to? John himself, within the isle of Patmos – perhaps there as a sentence, perhaps as a missionary – was in both case present process a lot hardship for the reason for Jesus Christ. Now he sees a scene from the divine perspective. From the throne of God, he will get God’s view of the Church. And what does he see? It was one thing very totally different within the eye of religion than that which he was experiencing on this world. He sees an excellent, an impressive and exquisite lady clothed with a gleaming garment as good because the solar. On her head was an important, golden, crown adorned with twelve stars. So excessive, magnificent, good and lofty, was she that the moon was underneath her ft.Solar, Moon and StarsNow if one studied all of the Biblical references to the moon, he would see that the moon in distinction to the solar represents the sunshine upon the earth versus the sunshine in heaven. What we see right here is the earth beneath the ft of the girl. In different phrases, we see the wonderful image of the bride – the Church, in relationship to Christ, the groom – reigning as sovereign with the crown upon her head. She is gorgeously appareled with a garment that represents the purity, holiness and great thing about heaven, ruling over the earth. We should perceive that after we discuss ruling over the earth, we’re speaking about rulership from God’s perspective. Return to the times of Jesus and the Pharisees.Thy Kingdom Come; Thy Can be DoneThere was a distinction between what Jesus thought-about kingdom and rulership to be and what these folks had in thoughts. Oh certainly they have been ready for the Messiah – the King of the Jews. Their commonplace reply to their pals, to the Romans and to the Herodians, was: “You just wait till our king shows up. He will come throw these Romans out of our city and country and we will rule this whole world. We will absolutely be in control of it. God promised Abraham that Messiah would reign over this earth and we will reign with Him.”Driving on an Asses Colt Then sooner or later their king confirmed up, meek and lowly and driving on a jackass. He started educating issues that they had all the time disdained and thought have been beneath them of their misguided sense of self-importance. They checked out Jesus on that jackass and so they stated, “oh no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no!” This isn’t what we would like. This isn’t it. We now have not waited all these a whole bunch of years for this! This isn’t the hope that we’ve got held on and for which we’ve got saved up our spirit and labored and toiled – not for this. For heaven sakes! This isn’t it.This Is Jesus, King of the Jews”He came unto his own, and his own received Him not.” However have you learnt what? Jesus was the King of that Nation. Oh, sure, He actually was! It was their privilege to reject Him in the event that they wished to as a result of that’s the approach God labored, and works, and all the time will work. God isn’t a slaver. He by no means imposes His rule upon anybody who doesn’t need it, and He by no means will. All the time in God’s rulership, solely keen folks will probably be concerned, and that’s partially why you see the issues happening on this world that you just do right this moment. Regardless that they’re opposite to the values of God and His Legislation, God is not going to destroy man within the technique of making an attempt to ship him. He’ll allow them to go so long as time goes on. He is not going to take the free will from them till the Day of Judgment. As long as the earth goes on and man upon it, it’s incongruous with something that God has ever performed to seize the spirit of man and power it towards its will to adapt to the desire of God. If God was going to try this, He would have performed it a very long time in the past. Definitely, God has legal guidelines. He additionally has enforcers. In some senses, there are penalties for breaking these legal guidelines within the current time. However all of that however, God doesn’t power His rule upon folks. Even so, God has the authority and the ability and the Kingdom. On the trial and crucifixion of Jesus, Pilot was divinely instructed to place an indication over his Cross, saying “This is Jesus king of the Jews.” The Jews stated, “do not put that up there. We do not want it there. He is not our king. Away with this man; you take him. Take that sign down, or, if you are going to leave it up, put on it that he said he was our king, not that he is our king.” However Pilot stated, “No, I will not take it down, nor will I change it. What I have written, I have written.” Jesus Christ was crucified underneath the title that God insisted be put over that Cross and over His head – THIS IS JESUS, KING OF THE JEWS.Behold, He’s within the Desert Someplace within the considering of non secular males right this moment, as with the Pharisees so way back, there’s a notion that they will throw Him out. They won’t settle for His reign on this world and that can forestall Him from being King. They won’t take His Kingship on the idea that He needs to supply it. Subsequently, He goes away – there may be nothing else He can do. He’s going to come back again once more, however when He does, He’ll yield to our pressures and calls for. He’s going to rule the way in which we would like Him to. If He had performed that, He wouldn’t have been rejected the primary time. He’s going to rule in a stifling, political dictatorship. He’s going to dominate folks in order that they won’t even have the ability to categorical the evil that’s of their hearts.That’s fanciful, imaginary, and false. Let me let you know, as God is my witness towards the Day of Judgment, it isn’t going to occur! Jesus was their King. Jesus has all the time been King. There was by no means a time when He has not been King. Each place Jesus is, He’s King; and each place the place Jesus Christ guidelines as King, the identical values and the identical form of rulership that was expressed in these days of Galilee, will prevail.They tried to take Him and make Him King in a political approach that they wished Him to be king and He wouldn’t allow them to do it. He hid Himself from them. Nonetheless, He was their King.A Kingdom not of this World In the identical sense that Jesus was their King, the Church is God’s company ruling over this world. It isn’t as man sees, understands, or needs rulership. It’s as God understands it as a result of God’s rule has to do with fact, righteousness, the Legislation of God, the ethical and non secular values embodied in that regulation, and with habits that manifests love and appreciation for and submission to a holy and righteous Creator – God, our Savior and our Buddy. That’s the nature of rule and authority. And within the true Church (We’re not speaking concerning the world of faith; the world of faith has most frequently been a part of the kingdoms of this world and few there be, Jesus stated, who’re underneath the rule of God) these values are honored, they’re taught, they’re lived by, and they’re expressed. The true Church of Jesus Christ exists wherever there may be dying, burial, resurrection, new life, new character, expressing as authentic man didn’t and couldn’t, the reality of God, the Legislation of God, the lifetime of God, and the love of God. That, within the final sense, is the one true Kingdom and rulership that there’s on this world or that there ever will probably be.I Noticed a New Heaven and a New EarthIn God’s program with man, the aim of redemption is to ascertain lastly and endlessly that form of rule with man upon the earth. The meek shall inherit the earth. Within the ultimate evaluation when it’s all stated and performed, then shall the righteous shine forth because the Son within the Kingdom of their Father when this righteous rule of God has destroyed each enemy. The ultimate enemy, which is dying will probably be destroyed on the Second Coming and on the Resurrection. In that act, and with that destruction of dying, will come the destruction of the Previous Creation, in keeping with St. Peter in I Peter 3, and the beginning of the New Heavens and the New Earth. It’s possible you’ll say that you don’t consider that. My pal, it makes no distinction whether or not you consider it or not. It would occur; it should occur! Oh, however it should occur! The reality will win out. The sunshine will prevail. The righteous will stay. The depraved will die. And since that’s the approach it will occur, that’s the approach it’s taking place regardless that, to the silly thoughts of fallen man, it doesn’t look like that approach.Come Up Hither and I Will Present TheeBecause John lived on this world of fallen mortals and since his stroll was one in all religion and never sight, what he noticed on this world as he went alongside was very totally different from God’s perspective. That is for our instruction. It’s inform us what, from the throne of God and from the heavenly perspective, is going on and the way it actually is with the Church on this world. Bear in mind once more, in that regard, that we stroll by religion and never by sight.The Pangs of BirthRev. 12:2 And she or he being with baby cried, travailing in beginning, and pained to be delivered.Rev. 12:Three And there appeared one other surprise in heaven; and behold an important crimson dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and 7 crowns upon his heads.The Dragon tried to stop the beginning of this man baby however couldn’t. When he couldn’t forestall the beginning, he tried to destroy Him. The Dragon couldn’t do this as a result of He (the Man Youngster) was caught up in heaven; so he tried to destroy the girl.I’ll clarify to you what’s going on right here, however first we wish to come to grips with two issues which can be launched instantly. We famous that that is the Church in her glory; an impressive and fantastic factor. Now we see that the girl cries and travails in ache, wanting to be delivered. Is that this not incongruous? How can there be glory when there may be crying and travailing of ache? It may be as a result of the redemption of mortality is struggling for the Kingdom of God. The aim of the Church on this world (illustrated as the girl within the household relationship) is to travail in beginning so as to deliver kids into the household and lift them to maturity. That’s the Church’s glory, simply as it’s the lady’s glory. This was spelled out instantly after the Fall within the Backyard of Eden when God stated to the girl that He was going to significantly multiply her conceptions, and in ache she would deliver forth kids. This was not solely a curse, but it surely was the nice hand of God in implementing a way by which life (or soul, the 2 being the identical phrase) can be redeemed again from the dying that will have in any other case have claimed it. We hear a lot speak in modern society about this being a good time within the historical past of the world to be a girl. I consider that is the worst time in historical past to be a girl – completely the worst time. We stay in a time when Devil, by the college, philosophies, the media, authorities, courts, sure and sadly by the non secular organizations, is warping and distorting the girl all out of her pure God-given position, objective, and place in life. The one factor that will fulfill her life – to be an excellent mom, an excellent spouse, and an excellent keeper at residence – is attacked on each facet:”You’ve got to get away from these children; you’ve got to get away from these wifely responsibilities; you’ve got to get out here into this world, and you’ve got to find yourself.”The poor lady is being twisted and warped and lied to by a bunch of outdated biddies with lesbian mentalities who resent their womanhood and are attempting to destroy girls and marriages and motherhood, and thru them, kids and houses. The federal government doesn’t come to their help; the courtroom doesn’t come to their help; the native authorities don’t come to their help; the thinker doesn’t assist them; the Church doesn’t assist them in most cases. The Church is infested with a gaggle of ego-centered people who find themselves there to construct a reputation for themselves and to be appreciated and to be applauded. They don’t wish to stick their necks out. They don’t wish to get on the unsuitable facet of standard actions of the day and run the danger of being disliked. So they won’t converse up. They’re lending their voice, cowards and traitors that they’re, to the lie. The poor lady has no person to assist her. It’s a tragic and determined time in historical past to be a girl. The aim of the bride is to travail in beginning, to deliver life into the household and to boost them to maturity. That’s certainly – it’s certainly the glory of the girl.She Cried In Ache Embodied on this imagery of the girl representing the Church is the fundamental objective of the Church. It’s by the struggling of the Church that Christ must be born into this world. This isn’t solely speaking concerning the Previous Testomony program the place Christ was born into this world by the nation Israel. It isn’t solely concerning the Virgin Mary giving beginning to the Christ baby. It isn’t uniquely speaking concerning the particular person new beginning. That is speaking about the entire program of the Gospel on this world. Christ and the New Creation are to be born into lives and the souls (and conversely lives and souls into Christ and the New Creation) by the travail of the Church. On this approach, kids are born into the Church and thru travailing them in beginning once more they’re raised to maturity. How are folks going to be born once more? How are they going to seek out Christ? How is that this new beginning course of going to happen? It occurs by the intercourse between the Bride and the Groom and the travailing of the Bride in beginning till the youngsters are born. Youngsters can’t be born until the girl suffers the pains of childbirth. It’s possible you’ll say that that is true within the pure households however it isn’t true within the non secular household. Oh, however it’s! Within the non secular household, as with the pure household, travailing should happen earlier than beginning could be achieved. One of many lies plaguing the fashionable Church, and one of many issues that places the mislead a lot of what’s known as Gospel preaching, is the concept of individuals being born into the household of God with no struggling in travail by the Church. It isn’t taking place. It can not occur, and it’ll not occur. The obvious discrepancy consists within the distorted idea of what it means to come back to Christ. The trendy Church has not reversed or circumvented the method that was set in movement by God when He created man in his personal picture, and when He gave the New Testomony work to the Church. The non secular world has modified issues round, redrawn the strains, re-imparted meanings to phrases. Prosperity preaching has plagued the non secular world with a-get-rich-quick mentality the place everyone can have every part, and no person has to place something out to get it. It doesn’t occur that approach. Even when it may, there can be no glory in it, but it surely can not. The reality is that for all times to be introduced into the household of God, the true Church of Jesus Christ should undergo. There the glory, the achievement, and the success resides. This nice and wonderful lady is crying out within the travail of kid beginning.