Revelation: The Fuel Project Guide Part 22 – The Woman And The Child
The Fuel Project study guide to the Book of Revelation.
In this video Mark says that John now gets a heavenly perspective on Jacob’s Trouble.
There are so many errors in Mark’s interpretation of Revelation 12, that it’s hard to address them all, so I’ll address the main ones.
But the best way to show that his interpretations are incorrect, is to show the true historical fulfillment.
Before we start, I want to provide some framework for the Revelation timeline, because if you don’t see how Jesus patterned it, it can be difficult to comprehend.
In Revelation 2-3 Jesus spoke of seven church eras that would span until Jesus returns, so visualize seven chronological church eras on a timeline. To learn more, read the Seven Churches of Revelation
In Revelation 6-9 Jesus describes how He would exact vengeance against the Roman Empire for killing 10 million saints. He did this through the seal and trumpet judgments, which were fulfilled from 100-1453 A.D.
In Revelation 10, Jesus describes the printed Bible, The Little Book, which appeared in the 15th and 16th centuries, when the Word of God was translated into English and with the advent of the printing press. This Word of God is the rod of iron to rule the nations.
In Revelation 11, Jesus describes when Martin Luther would measure the Church in the early 16th century, to see who was the true church and who was the false church (the Roman Catholic Church). This caused Luther to post his 95 Theses, which ignited the Protestant Reformation, and led to millions of people coming out of the Papal Church to be saved by faith in Jesus.
And Revelation 11 described the Two Witnesses, the Word of God and the Church of Christ, who up to this point had testified from 538-1514 A.D., that salvation is by faith in Christ, not by works through the Papal Church; and that the Papal Church is the antichrist beast of Revelation, the Little Horn of Daniel, and the Pope, the Son of Perdition.
So now that we’re halfway through the apocalyptic vision, Jesus gives us the big picture of what would happen from His first coming to His second.
In Revelation 12, Jesus describes what took place from when He left, until He exacted vengeance against the Roman Empire by causing it to collapse, with the last Emperor being deposed in 476 A.D.
Then in Revelation 13, Jesus gives us the vision of what would happen during the reign of the first beast from 538-1798 A.D; and the second beast from 1798 A.D. until He returns.
As you’ve seen in the previous studies, the following events had occurred up until 538 A.D.
The Church of Christ grew dynamically, especially in Rome.
Satan used the Roman Empire to kill 10 million Christians, in an attempt to wipe out Christianity.
Our Lord exacted vengeance against the Roman Empire by causing the leadership structure to collapse, removing their power.
In its place, the Roman Catholic Church rose to power, which killed even more Christians.
So now let’s see how Revelation 12 is describing all of that.
“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.” Revelation 12:1
Mark correctly says that a women in prophecy normally represents a church, but since he applies this prophecy to the end times, he says that it can’t be a church because they are gone.
As you will see, Revelation 12 does not apply to the end times, and the woman is in fact the Early Church of Christ and the twelve stars represent the apostles.
Mark says that the Bible itself provides the meaning of the sun, moon and stars, as meaning a leadership structure, but he failed to use this Bible definition in his explanation of the 6th Seal Of Revelation 6
He said it was the literal sun, moon and stars, when it was actually symbolically speaking of the leadership of the Roman Empire collapsing.
Once the Bible defines a term, the definition does not change, so Mark is not consistent in his use of Bible terms.
In Revelation 12 it represents the leadership structure of the Early Church.
The Early Church is clothed with the Sun above all; with the righteousness of Christ;
The church is sometimes compared to the moon herself, because, as the moon receives its light from the sun, so she receives her light from Christ;
The twelve stars represent the 12 disciples, the foundation of the church.
“Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.” Revelation 12:2
The birthing of the Early Church was difficult as they were persecuted by the Jews and the Romans. They cried in pain as they were tortured and killed.
“And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. 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.” Revelation 12:3-4
Mark is telling you that Revelation 12 is fulfilled in the end times, but then he says that this represents Satan falling from heaven with his angels.
That is chronologically impossible, for Satan fell from heaven a long time ago.
This represents Satan controlling the Roman Empire, which was so vast that it accounted for 1/3 of the populated Earth.
And Satan was using them to try to wipe out the Early Church and the Word of God.
Mark said that the woman represents the personification of His other covenant people, believing Israel.
Friend, there is only one covenant, and there is no special dispensation time for the Jews.
“For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Galations 3:26-29
There is no end-times 7-year tribulation period, because that concept is based on a futuristic 70th week of Daniel.
But Jesus and His disciples already fulfilled the 70th week of Daniel from 27-34 A.D., when they offered the Jews salvation through the New Covenant. Read this Bible study Daniel 70th Week Jesus Christ vs. Antichrist
To see how the Revelation seal, trumpet and bowl judgments all fit together, and to see where we’re at on the timeline today, click on Revelation Fulfillment Timeline.
The next study page will cover the rest of the historical fulfillment of Revelation 12. Click on Revelation 12 – Part 2