The upcoming section is intended to demonstrate how the seven years of the new covenant is in fact mistaken for the seven years of the Great Tribulation by believers in the Pre, Mid and Post Tribulation doctrines.
Unquestioningly, Jesus began and finished His ministry, the blessings half of the covenant during a period of three and a half years. This could not be coincidence or happenstance. The dividing line within Daniel’s seventieth week (the Seventy Weeks of Daniel prophecy) is intended to take place precisely at the three-and-a-half-year mark. As we should consider all scriptural text in any significant doctrine, Christ’s ministry undeniably provided the first segment of three and a half years for the covenant based on the seventieth week’s fulfillment. The Great Consummation provides the second timeframe of three and a half years completing or fulfilling the last half of the seventieth week. Revelation 12 conveniently conveys both the purposes and timelines which covers both halves of the seventieth week.
And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. (Revelation 12:1–2 KJV)
Revelation 12:1–2 presents a woman who denotes the faith of Israel, and bears the child who is The Christ and thus Christianity. The crown of twelve stars on the woman’s head identifies the nation of Israel and Israel’s royalty by faith. Jesus is the figurehead for the church, the leader and forbearer to the Body of Christ. Note how the woman cries in child bearing.
The verse symbolically represents Christendom entering the world through great pain and struggle. Remember, the end result of God’s grand process is the birth of His new family. It is no small thing for the saints to be called the Children of God.
“And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads” (Revelation 12:3 KJV).
The red dragon listed above is also known as the Beast or Satan. The fulfillment of Revelation 12:3–6 takes place during Christ’s ministry when the Beast with seven heads, ten horns, and seven crowns governs the known world through Rome. The Seven Hills of Rome relates to the seven heads of the beast upon which the Whore of Babylon sits, representing the government or power base of the Beast. According to the verses found in Revelation 17:7–8, the Beast is identified through the seven heads and ten horns. The elements which differentiate the governments of Christ’s ministry and of the Latter Days are depicted by the crowns. During Christ’s ministry, the Beast possesses seven crowns, representing the Seven Hills of Rome under the authority of the Beast during that era. The ten crowns for the period of the Great Consummation represents the ten rulers of the oligarchy over which the Beast will reign during the Latter Days. A better description for the Whore of Babylon and the Dragon can be obtained by reading Revelation 17:1–18.
And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. (Revelation 12:4 KJV)
The description in Revelation 12:4 shows a third of the angelic host, which God allowed to be cast to the earth. This was and is part of God’s perfect plan. Satan stood ready to destroy Christ and His church at its inception. Fortunately, Satan is not capable of overcoming the will of God.
“And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne” (Revelation 12:5 KJV).
The nation of Israel brought forth Jesus, the Christ, who will one day rule the world with a rod of iron (Revelation 19:11–16). At the end of the first three and a half years of His ministry, Christ died for sin, brought all sacrifices to an end, and fulfilled four of the six edicts mandated in the Seventy Weeks of Daniel prophecy. After finishing the first half of the seventieth week, Jesus ascended into heaven to be with His Father for a designated period of time. He will return twice near the end of the Time of the Gentiles, during which the second three-and-a-half-year segment of the seventieth week will be fulfilled. Jesus will return once in the skies over the earth to collect the Body of Christ at the time of the Rapture and a second time during with the Body of Christ for the 2nd Advent and the Battle of Armageddon to end the war, deliver the nation of Israel, and set the Israelites free from the laws of sin and death. After accomplishing each of these tasks, Jesus will ascend to the throne of David where He will rule the world for one thousand years, or the Millennial Reign.
“And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days” (Revelation 12:6 KJV).
As Revelation 12:6 indicates, for three and a half years, the nation of Israel received the benefit of Christ’s personal ministry. During this period of nurture, Christ delivered the gospel message throughout Israel. First, Jesus imparted divine wisdom to the Israelites, followed by the blinding in part for reasons important and profound. Recognize, 1,260 days is equal to three and a half years, according to the Hebrew calendar tabulated on a 360-day calendar year.
Next time we’ll continue with Revelation 12:7-14 and finish with part 4.
So, until next time… May the Rogue Rabbit be with you!
It is Easter Weekend after all.
 Oligarchy is a small group of leaders that rule over a kingdom, organization, or institution.