Sinking feeling? Hopeless?
Have you had those kinds of feelings about the
future of the church?
Ray Summers wrote - “Many times it appears
that the enemy has the upper hand and will
win, but all the time we know that the victory
is ours because we have seen the headline
announcing the victory. John used this
method many times in Revelation – always
Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman
clothed with the sun, with the moon under her
feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars.
A Radiant Woman
Clothed with the sun
Has 12 stars on her head
This woman is the church
Church is the bride of Christ – Romans 7:4
See also Revelation 21:9
This is not Mary bringing Jesus into the world
The church is the woman preaching Christ
Then being with child, she cried out in labor
and in pain to give birth.
She, the church, brought Christ to the world
Satan will do what he can to prevent Christ
from being preached to the world
Preaching Christ can be painful –
imprisonment, suffering, even death
The gospel is spread today – not in comfort,
but in pain and anguish.
And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a
great, fiery red dragon having seven heads
and ten horns, and seven diadems on his
The dragon is the devil – So the great dragon
was cast out, that serpent of old, called the
Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole
world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels
were cast out with him. (Revelation 12:9)
There is no dispute here.
His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and
threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood
before the woman who was ready to give birth,
to devour her Child as soon as it was born.
This dragon tried to prevent the arrival of
As soon as the church preaches Christ, Satan
is ready to attack
She bore a male Child who was to rule all
nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was
caught up to God and His throne.
Satan knew Christ was coming
He tried to prevent His coming to earth
Athaliah killed all the bloodline – except a 6
month old baby – Joash (2 Kings 11-13)
Haman had a plot to kill all Jews (Esther)
Herod killed male babies in Bethlehem
The Jews plotted to kill Jesus and keep Him in
ALL attempts failed
Christ was raised from the dead and ascended
But Christ was being preached by the church
Satan turns his attention to the woman
(church) that was preaching Christ.
Attacking the church is a way to get back at
Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where
she has a place prepared by God, that they
should feed her there one thousand two
hundred and sixty days.
To survive, the church must flee into the
wilderness (go into hiding)
God always protected His family
Israel – in Egypt, wilderness, promised land
When threatened by Haman or Athaliah
When threatened by Saul of Tarsus
When under attack today
What about today?
The church will suffer persecution
2 Timothy 3:12 Yes, and all who desire to live
godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
We will come out of the persecution, hardship,
tribulation and suffering
We may have to go through the wilderness
The church is in this world – but not of this
Man reading Revelation
on his lunch break.
Was asked, “Do you
understand all about
He answered, “I know
that the good guys