Who is the child in Revelation 12?
The first thing we should do is view this in the context of verses 1 and 2 of Revelation 12.
Verse one: “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”
The woman refers to the group in Israel that did not receive Christ, these have given themselves over to the Anti-Christ, and will be judged by God.
“with the sun and moon under her feet”
The sun and moon represent the Earth. The sun symbolizes Christ’s authority over man. The moon refers to man’s authority over the earth. The authority man has over the earth is fleeting, because man is ruling and controlling mayhem during the tribulation. It is control they exercise over an unruly people, who are at war with themselves under the influence of the Anti Christ.
“moon under her feet”
This refers to the control unbelieving Israel has on the Earth.
The distinction is that of Israel, rather than the Gentiles who are also on the planet at this time.
Class ruling is taking place in the same way it was when the Romans ruled.
If you were a Roman no one would dare harm you, because of the absolute power and defense of Rome for her citizens.
“upon her head a crown of twelve stars”
The crown denotes victory in battle over the Two Witnesses. Israel in the tribulation is considered lost at this point.
“in that day saith the Lord, will I assemble her the halteth” Micah 4:6-11
The Hebrew word for Halteth is “Tsela” meaning adversity.
The Greek word for adversity is “Kakoucheo” Kak-oo-kheh meaning to maltreat with such adversity, to torment. Kakoucheo is from the Greek word “Kakos” meaning worthless, depraved, bad, evil, wicked, or lost.
This is the state of Israel. In (Micah 4:6) the Lord is calling Israel lost.
“and I will gather her that is driven out and her that I have afflicted” Micah 4:6
Even at this point, God has not given up on Israel and He will still go after Israel. He does this by driving Israel through the plagues of the tribulation. He uses the 144K as ministers, and keeps the temple open to those who will come to Him out of the tribulation, both Jew and Gentile.
“I will seek that which was lost and bring again that which was driven away” Ezekiel 34:16.
The Lord was speaking of Israel in the tribulation.
“I will make her that halted a remnant” Micah 4:7
This refers to the remnant in the tribulation that will believe because of the ministry of the 144K and the signs. The word remnant in Greek is “Loipoi” meaning residue, remaining ones.
“shall reign over them” Micah 4:7
This is referring to Jesus (Daniel 7:14, Luke 1:33). The remnant exists because of God’s grace, all those that are lost are those who refused to see and hear the truth.
“in Mount Zion from henceforth even forever” Micah 4:7
Zion is symbolic of the “New Earth” where the Lord will live with men in the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of Heaven when God Himself will live with mankind on the Earth. (Rev. 21:1-2)
“The daughter of Zion” Micah 4:8
“where are the King and Counselor?” Micah 4:9
Israel is lost, the crying reference asking: “where are the King and counselor?” is making fun of their complaining, because nothing can deliver you out of the hand of God.
They are experiencing travail at His hand.
Israel is being driven to Babylon because of the plagues at this stage, but they are all ultimately driven to Jerusalem where the final battle takes place at Armageddon.
Micah is prophetic of all this. (Micah 4:10)
Verse Two: “And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered”
“and she being with child”
This refers to the Christ coming out of Israel (Matthew 1:1-17; Luke 3:23-38).
Jesus is the child.
“pained to be delivered”
To be delivered out of the hands of Satan is to be saved through the acceptance of Christ.