By Ken Blue |
July 4th, 2011. Filed under: ARTICLES.
“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:15.
This is the earliest prophecy in Scripture, and it concerns Israel’s future defeat of Satan and evil. There can be no doubt that the battle of the ages has been between Satan and his seed, and the nation of Israel, (the woman and her seed). If Satan can destroy the nation, the kingdom will remain his and “Paradise Regained” will never happen.
We must jump forward between six and seven thousand years for the fulfillment of this prophecy. We discover in Revelation chapter 12 that the woman is the nation of Israel and the man-child is the 144,000. “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. 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. 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. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: (See Rev. 2:26-27) and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. 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 12:1-6.
It doesn’t take much insight to see that the battle in the Tribulation is the battle between the serpent and the woman that has been going on for centuries. The 144,000 come forth from the nation of Israel. As soon as it comes to birth, the Devil seeks to destroy it. God seals it for protection. Later the 144,000 are caught up to heaven to the throne of God, Satan’s wrath then turns on the nation of Israel, the woman. It is then; the woman flees into the wilderness where she is protected of God for 3 1/2 years.
The man child was sealed in Revelation chapter 7 and raptured to heaven sometime before chapter 14. “And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.” Revelation 14:1-5.
The Word of God is sure. What He promised in the first book of the Bible, He completes in the last book. Satan will be conquered by Christ and the man child. “And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron:” “ And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.” Revelation 2:26-27. Psalm 2.