First, when forced by a famine, 75-year Abraham and wife, went to Egypt. Then, many years later, when she was finally pregnant, they began residing at Gerar. Though advanced in years, Sarah was very beautiful in appearance, so that both kings took the woman into their household in order to have sex with her. It was a real alarming situation. Only God’s intervention saved her from being violated.
Figures in a symbolic drama
In writing to the Galatians, the apostle Paul showed that Abraham’s wife Sarah meant “the Jerusalem above,” the mother of spirit-anointed Christians, the spiritual “seed” of Abraham.
“For example, it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the servant girl and one by the free woman. […] These things may be taken as a symbolic drama. […] Then the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother. For it is written: “Be glad, you barren woman who does not give birth; break into joyful shouting, you woman who does not have birth pains; for the children of the desolate woman are more numerous than those of her who has the husband. (Galatians 4:22-31)
God’s marital covenant
Sarah’s difficult period in Egypt and Gerar was representative of something future. The modern remnant of spiritual Israel is today in a serious danger of becoming adulterous. Not respecting the Scriptural truth concerning the earth could lead to the apostasy of God’s anointed ones. Daniel’s prophecy, referring to the king of North, communicates these rather enigmatic words:
“And those who act wickedly against the covenant, he will lead into apostasy by means of smooth words. But the people who know their God will prevail and act effectively. And those having insight among the people will impart understanding to the many.” (Daniel11:32-33)
A woman in her agony to give birth
The last book of the Bible, Revelation, has a picture of a woman who is, like Sarah, similarly pregnant and in her distress for giving birth.
“Then a great sign was seen in heaven: A woman was arrayed with the sun, and the moon was beneath her feet, and on her head was a crown of twelve stars, and she was pregnant. And she was crying out in her pains and in her agony to give birth.
Another sign was seen in heaven. Look! A great fiery-colored dragon, with seven heads and ten horns and on its heads seven diadems; and its tail drags a third of the stars of heaven, and it hurled them down to the earth.
The dragon kept standing before the woman who was about to give birth so that when she did give birth, it might devour her child. And she gave birth to a son, a male, who is to shepherd all the nations with an iron rod. Her child was snatched away to God and to his throne. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God and where they would feed her for 1,260 days.” (Revelation 12:1-6)
Water like a river from the dragon’s mouth
“Now when the dragon saw that it had been hurled down to the earth, it persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child. But the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman so that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is to be fed for a time and times and half a time away from the face of the serpent.
And the serpent spewed out water like a river from its mouth after the woman, to cause her to be drowned by the river. But the earth came to the woman’s help, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the river that the dragon spewed out from its mouth. So the dragon became enraged at the woman and went off to wage war with the remaining ones of her offspring, who observe the commandments of God and have the work of bearing witness concerning Jesus.” (Revelation chapter 12:13-17)
The dragon disgorging water like a river
The woman of revelation is corresponding to Sarah when giving birth to Isaak. The male son means, in this case, the one who is going to “shepherd all the nations with his iron rod”. This is God’s kingdom.
Anyway, after the son’s birth, the woman has to face a perverse condition again. The dragon is going to disgorge water like a river from its mouth in order to drown her. So the earth has to come in her rescue to avoid her to be overcome.
What does the whole situation mean? The fact the woman is arrayed with the sun, and the moon is under her feet can only denote a rather ambiguous situation, just as ambiguous as the case of Sarah in Pharaoh’s and Abimelek’s house, according to the accounts given in Genesis. Something similar occurred in Joseph’s dreams and it meant his being involved into Egyptian idolatry or superstition. (See my previous post: Joseph’s dream of sun and moon and 11 stars edited on Oct – 12 – 2018, within this blog)
The Queen of heavens
Israelites in the course of their history worshiped the Queen of heavens. This worship had a strong hold on the Jews. The title suggests that this was a stellar deity. In Judah and in the ten-tribe kingdom, the veneration of heavenly bodies was a common practice. The worship of heavenly bodies formed an integral part of the religion of Babylon. Scholars associate the queen of heavens with the fertility goddess Ishtar, generally associated with the planet Venus. Similarly, the Queen of Heavens was associated with the moon. Another similar goddess of the Canaanites, Ashtoreth, was considered to be the wife of Baal.
In Egypt, where both Abraham and later the people of Israel resided, moon worship was prominently practiced. God’s Word should have served as a protection for the Israelites against such moon worship. It showed the moon to be simply a luminary and a convenient time indicator, devoid of personality. At the time of their approaching Canaan, God specifically warned the nation of Israel that they should not worship heavenly creations as though they were representations of him.
New moon observance
In order to protect his people from worshiping the heavenly bodies, God established specific rules for the new moon observance. Among the Jews, each new moon marked the occasion for the blowing of trumpets and the offering up of sacrifices to God. The seventh new moon of each year, for instance, was sabbatical, and it was a time of complete rest.
Enveloped in the dragon’s vomit
As it is by now clear, the woman of Revelation is involved in an unpleasant setting and waters all around her are not fully fresh nor pure. She is lying enveloped in the dragon’s vomit, which is something rather disgusting. In conclusion, she needs to be rescued and the earth comes in her help. Two wings of the great eagle are given and she is brought into the wilderness. There she will be fed for “a time and times and half a time away from the face of the serpent”, i.e. a total of 42 months or 1,260 days.
Modern Israel’s seed and idolatry
The result is that the modern seed of Israel is still involved in the sun and moon idolatry. When supporting heliocentrism you will support idolatry. It’s a religion, you support Ra, Egypt and Greek superstitious mythology. To become an idolater you don’t need to practice on regular basis rites and worship. You are only asked a silent consensus. Just a tiny grain of incense in front of the emperor’s image, then you’re ok, once and forever…
The two witnesses of Revelation 11
The reason is that God’s people have not yet established the truth about God’s creation of the earth and sky. As a consequence, the two witnesses of Revelation 11 are now dead and “their corpses are left on the broad way of the great city which is in a spiritual sense called Sodom and Egypt, where their lord was also impaled.” This is the Christian congregation. (Revelation 11:7-10)
The flag of Europe
Stars are rather common in heraldry. The flag of Europe consists of a circle of twelve five-pointed yellow stars on a blue field. Blue is traditionally the color of the mantle of the Virgin Mary. The model for the European flag was official on the 8th of December 1955, the day of the feast of the Immaculate Conception.
She retires into the wilderness
So, the woman of Revelation, soon after bearing the male son, gets a pair of wings and retires into the desert where she gets nourishment from God for three years and a half. Which period is that? What does the desert mean? The Greek word here employed is ἔρημος. In a strict sense, it is an uncultivated place, not having a population. A territory without an owner which can offer free pasturage to everybody’s flock. So, it is a solitary spot which can finally provide the needed quiet. Most of the times the desert is a place where God richly grants his presence and provision for those seeking him. It’s the time John has presented as the one God has appointed to measure the temple. So, in an appointed time of 42 months, the truth about the earth has to be searched and finally found.
The measuring of the earth in Revelation
“And a reed like a rod was given to me as he said: “Get up and measure the temple sanctuary of God and the altar and those worshipping in it. But as for the courtyard that is outside the temple sanctuary, leave it out and do not measure it, because it has been given to the nations, and they will trample the holy city underfoot for 42 months.[or 3 years and a half] I will cause my two witnesses to prophesy for 1,260 days dressed in sackcloth.” These are symbolized by the two olive trees and the two lampstands and are standing before the Lord of the earth.” (Revelation 11:1-3)
Now, the measuring of the temple is the measuring of the earth. It’s a prophecy which God is now fulfilling. It means the exact understanding of the truth. The debunking of the lie relative to the globe. It’s a lonesome, solitary activity made in the desert. Maybe a dangerous job worth of persecution. But clearly foretold in the Scriptures.
Corpses on the main street
“When they have finished their witnessing, the wild beast that ascends out of the abyss will wage war with them and conquer them and kill them. And their corpses will be on the main street of the great city that is in a spiritual sense called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was also executed on the stake. So, those of the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations will look at their corpses for three and a half days, and they do not allow their corpses to be laid in a tomb. And those dwelling on the earth rejoice over them and celebrate, and they will send gifts to one another because these two prophets tormented those dwelling on the earth.” (Revelation 11:7-10)
This is, by now, the exact situation. The two witnesses are unheard and under persecution. Anyway, they don’t feel desperate. Daniel’s prophecy introduces the final fight of the South against the North. They are two cryptic kings. Daniel’s prophecy is foretelling something about the two witnesses of Revelation 11, as well.
“But when they are made to stumble, they will be given a little help; and many will join with them by means of smooth speech. And some of those having insight will be made to stumble, in order to do a refining work because of them and to do a cleansing and a whitening until the time of the end; because it is yet for the time appointed.” (Daniel 11:34-35)