And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
This chapter sheds light on the dynamics surrounding the conflict between the Chosen People in both Testaments and the devil, in the past, the present and future.
Although the woman in our text is unnamed and unidentified, her association with the sun, moon, and 12 stars recalls Joseph’s dream in Genesis 37:9. Whereas various views on this Woman’s identity exist, that she is the nation of Israel is the most credible conclusion to us.
Suffice it to say that the Bride of Christ (the Church) must appreciate the Woman (Israel) who delivered the man-child (Jesus Christ). As in the past, so shall it be in future: the dragon (Satan) persecutes this Woman.
Beloved, God has certainly not cast away cast away His people, Israel (Rom 11:1-2). Let us beware of Replacement Theology, which a good study of Romans 11-12 will obviate. The Bride of Christ (the Church) cannot afford to be hostile to the Woman through whom her Groom (Christ) came! Doing so is falling into a satanic trap.
Paul exhorts the Church, “Now if their fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness!” (Romans 11:12). Thus Israel’s journey of faith must inspire us to live for God in humble adoration, rather than in arrogance. Our attitude to this “Woman clothed with the sun” will either bless or curse our lives!
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee” (Psalm 122:6). “I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Gen. 12:3).