Revelation Chapter 12, Part 10

Verse 6Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God that
they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days
.”

What is this “wilderness” to which the woman flees?

The Wilderness, symbolizes disrespect --outcast condition, while "City" represents the reverse
viz: popularity, honor, respect, dominion, kingdom.
The Lord Jesus left his church in the Wilderness
condition, saying;
"In the world ye shall have tribulation"--"Marvel not if the world hate you," etc.,
but promised that in due time he would come again, take her out of the ignoble condition, and exalt her to
honor, respect, dominion in the kingdom with himself, i.e. he would take the church out of the Wilderness
into the City condition.
This city condition is beautifully represented by a symbol of a glorious new
city “the holy city, New Jerusalem
” (Rev 21:2, 10)

It was not wrong for the church to long for the coming bliss of the New Jerusalem condition, but becoming
impatient she (
the nominal church) left the Wilderness and wandered off toward the World's city and had
joined with them. Thus leaving "
her (our) place (the wilderness condition)." She succeeded in getting a
footing and in partly remodeling the city, but she merely
succeeded in making it "Babylon" (the “great
city
” of confusion a mixture of clay and iron, church and state) of course she could never make it a "New
Jerusalem
" government.” (R 307)

The wilderness condition of the church all during this “reign” of the papacy is similar to Paul's
admonition: “
Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach” “filling
up that which is lacking in the afflictions of Christ
” (Heb 13:13; Col 1:14) picture in the Tabernacle
by the fires which were burning “
outside the camp” (Lev 16:27) representing the disesteem and
contempt in which the faithful were (are) viewed by those outside the camp (the world) and by those not
in covenant relationship with God (the nominal professor). These (especially the latter class) see the
sacrifices and self-denials of the faithful only as the consuming of “
the filth and offscourings of the
earth
” a people far from God, his “enemies through wicked works” Why? Because they will not accept
this new turn of events the conglomeration of church and state (Babylon) as God’s kingdom being
established on earth
.

"A place prepared by God” what is the significance of this?        

“This verse, parenthetical in nature, reflects the proper perspective, that of having divine approval. God
clearly foresaw the circumstances that would arise and the plight of the woman, which would necessitate a
flight for safety to a condition as far removed as possible from the jurisdiction, the frequency of
observation, and the closeness of inspection of the dragon. Therefore, a place of spiritual seclusion and
solace was “
prepared of God” for the woman.” T.K.O.R. Page 307

Gather the wheat into my barn" (the spiritual condition, the condition of security, and separateness
from the worldly
, separateness from the mere professing or nominal Christian, “in name only” not
necessarily in body, but in mind and in spirit
.) Matt 13:30

Gather my saints (separating them as wheat from tares) together to me, those who have made a
covenant with me by sacrifice
.” (Psa 50:5; Rom 12:1)

Depart! Depart! Go out from there, touch no unclean thing; Go out from the midst of her, be
clean, you who bear the vessels of the LORD
.” (Isa 52:11)

“The true Church (the true seed mentioned in Verse 17) had to flee into a condition of mind-
separateness
, away from this symbolic “city” (government) which persecuted her.”

What is it that she is fed, and who are the they who feed her?

“In the land of Israel, the professed nation of God, a 3 1/2-year drought prevailed in the days of King
Ahab. The general populace, with the exception of the Prophet Elijah, was greatly distressed. Elijah was
instructed of the Lord to hide himself by the brook Cherith: “
Thou shall drink of the brook; and I have
commanded the ravens to feed thee there. . . . And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in
the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook
” (1 Kings 17:3–6).
Obviously, the Prophet’s God-given supply of food differed from that of the general public. Though not
abundant, it was sufficient for the need of each day. No doubt the Prophet partook of his portion,
delivered in such a miraculous manner, with deepest gratitude and open thankfulness to the source
whence it came.

Spiritual Application

So, likewise, a somewhat similar condition of want is described under the third seal, affecting in this
instance the whole of Christendom. It is a condition not of material deprivation, but of spiritual need—“
not
a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord
” (Amos 8:11, 12).
Yet the faithful Elijah class of this black horse era, though not finding an abundance of Scripture available,
nonetheless fared better than did others. Instead of a diminution of benefit, the “
no frills” life support
system furnished for the Lord’s people seems to have had the opposite effect. The comfort and
consolation of the Holy Spirit (the oil), and the love of the truth with its exhilarating, compensatory joy
(the wine), appear to have disproportionately far outweighed their meager provision of food (
Psa 37:16).”
T.K.O.R. Page 167

“The phrase “they should feed her there” refers to the ravens that fed Elijah. The raven is a bird of the
crow family, having glossy, jet-black plumage. The blackness of the bird prefigures a class of humanity
whose sins are not covered with the robe of Christ’s righteousness; that is, an unconsecrated, worldly
element and, like the bird, normally self centered and given to voraciously satisfying its own fleshly desires
along material lines, hence
ravenous by nature. Under God’s providence the ravens in Elijah’s
experience provided the material necessities of life,
whereas water from the brook, symbolizing
the water of truth, was a commodity the ravens could not supply
.” T.K.O.R. Page 307

And last how does theone thousand two hundred and sixty daysrelate here?

Elijah was
"three years and six months" in the literal wilderness and during that time there was no
rain, and a great famine was in the land. (
1 Kings 17:7; 18:2; Luke 4:25; James 5:17)

The Church was three and a half symbolic years (a day for a year-- 1260 literal years) in the
wilderness condition
, during which there was a spiritual famine because of the lack of truth--the living
water. (
Amos 8:11)

“Here for 1,260 years from 539 A.D. when the Pope had obtained dominance in the city of Rome until
1799 A.D. when the French Revolution ended with the embarrassing capture of the Pope by Napoleon the
true saints fed on whatever truth God let to be known in the midst of the darkness.”

Brother Frank Shallieu suggest another thought on this, “The 1,260 days (Rev 11:3) of the Bible in
mourning
(A.D. 265 to 1525) and the 1,260 days (Rev 12:6) of the Church in the wilderness
(A.D. 539 to 1799) do not coincide in their fulfillment and are not meant to, but the number itself
is symbolic of humiliation and or suffering and want
.” T.K.O.R. Page 307 (For more on this
alternative view please see
T.K.O.R. Pages 257-260)

We shall with our next post take a look at
Verse 7


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