posted by roshavotJuly 24, 2010

Wonder Woman

 
on her head a crown of twelve stars

Rev 12:1 And a great wonder appeared above: a woman (Gomer, Hos 1:2-3) clothed (Hos 2:9); the sun and the moon (Jacob and Rachel, Gen 37:9-10) under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars .

Gen 37:9-10 mentions only eleven stars, symbolizing Joseph’s brothers. The moon is the mother of Joseph (not Judah). Since Wonder Woman represents the House of Israel (Ephraim, see Sidebar to the right), Judah is not included. The stars are Joseph’s remaining 10 brothers and his two sons (Gen 48:14; Num 34:23-24; Eze 47:18).

The "regathering"

 
Jezreel - One who is to shepherd all the tribes with a staff of iron

Rev 12:2-3 She was pregnant (Hos 1:3) and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth (Mic 5:3). Then another sign appeared beyond Israel: behold, a great red dragon (the “dragon” is a kingdom, Dan 7:7-8,19-27 and “red” points to Edom, Gen 25:30) with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven diadems (compare the commentary of Rev 13:1-2 in the chapter called "666").

Rev 12:4b Then the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it.

Rev 12:5a She gave birth to a male child (Hos 1:4, Jezreel, who represents the "regathering").

Rev 12:5b One who is to shepherd all the tribes with a staff of iron (Rev 2:20,26-27; Hos 12:13; 14:8. The "regathering" shepherds the remnant of Israel out of idolatry, Eze 20:33-37; 34:11-13).

Rev 12:5c And her child was caught away to Elohim even to his throne (his throne in Jerusalem, Eze 43:6-7).

Rev 12:7 And war occurred above (Psa 122:3-4; Isa 2:2-3), Michael and his angels waged war with the dragon (war with an Edomite Kingdom, 2Chr 32:21-23. A serpent or a dragon symbolizes Esau's fanatical hatred toward Jacob, Gen 3:14-15; Psa 58; Psa 140:1-3; Mal 1:3).

Rev 12:8-9. The dragon and its envoy fought but it was not strong enough, nor was a place found for it any longer above (Nah 1:15). So the great dragon was thrown down -- the ancient serpent (Nehushtan, 2Kin 18:4, the Copper Serpent of the Desert), which is called a dia-bolos (a Greek word meaning a slanderer) and the satan (a Hebrew word for the adversary), which deceives the "whole earth" (the empire of the beast as discussed in the next chapter, called "666"). And it was scattered among the whole earth (Nah 3:18), and its envoy with it.

Rev 12:13 And when the dragon saw that he had been scattered among the whole earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child.

Saved from an advancing army

 
the army of the Edomites

Rev 12:4a The dragon unintentionally dragged a third of the twelve stars mentioned above and cast them into the Land (Neh 9:23; Hos 1:10-11. One of Hosea and Gomer’s three children is inadvertently replanted in Israel. The child is Jezreel, whose name means 'seeded by Elohim').

Rev 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness (Jer 16:14-15; Eze 20:33-44; Hos 2:14-23), where she has a place prepared by Elohim (Mic 2:12-13), in which she is to be nourished for 1,260 days.

Rev 12:14 That is to say, the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle so that she might fly from the serpent into the wilderness (Exo 19:3-5; Deu 32:9-14), to the place where she is to be nourished for a time, and times, and half a time.

Rev 12:15-17 The serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, to sweep her away with a flood (cp. Jer 12:5).

The over flowing river represents an advancing army. Compare Isa 8:6-7: Because these people (the ten tribes of Israel, Isa 7) rejected the slowly flowing waters of Shiloah (the Gihon spring beneath the Temple in Jerusalem. The ten tribes are accused of rejecting the authority of the Temple) and rejoiced with Rezin and the son of Remaliah, Adonai is bringing up against them the waters of the River, mighty and many, even the king of Assyria and all his army. And the army will rise over all its channels and go over all its banks.

Rev 12:16-17 But the earth (Hos 2:21-22) came to the help of the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed the river (the armies) that the dragon had poured from his mouth. Then the dragon became furious with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring (Rev 7:4; Rom 9:25-29), on those who keep the Commandments of YHVH and hold to the testimony of Yeshua. And he stood on the sand of the sea (Gen 32:12).