Revelation 12



Revelation 12 presents a symbolic vision of cosmic conflict, highlighting the birth and ascension of Christ, the defeat of Satan, and the protective care of God for His people, particularly Israel. The narrative underscores the ongoing spiritual battle and the ultimate triumph of God's redemptive plan.


  1. The Woman and the Dragon (Revelation 12:1-6): A great sign appears in heaven—a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and a crown of twelve stars on her head, symbolizing Israel. She is pregnant and cries out in labor pains. Another sign appears—a great fiery red dragon with seven heads and ten horns, representing Satan. The dragon stands before the woman, waiting to devour her child. The woman gives birth to a male child who is to rule all nations with a rod of iron. The child is caught up to God's throne, indicating the ascension and exaltation of Christ.
  2. War in Heaven (Revelation 12:7-12): A war breaks out in heaven between Michael and his angels and the dragon and his angels. The dragon is defeated, and he and his angels are cast out of heaven to the earth. The voice in heaven declares the victory and the salvation that comes through Christ. The devil, enraged, knows his time is short and intensifies his efforts on earth.
  3. Persecution of the Woman (Revelation 12:13-17): The dragon, now on earth, pursues the woman (Israel), who is given wings to flee into the wilderness. God provides a place of protection for her for a time, times, and half a time (3.5 years). The dragon, frustrated, spews water like a flood to overtake the woman, but the earth helps her, opening its mouth to swallow the flood.