Revelation Chapter 12, Part 5

Verse 2Then (or later) being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.”

“If we locate it aright, the woman is seen in this vision (
Verse 2) about 308 A.D., and has been in the
"
Smyrna" stage of the Church as described in Rev 2:8-10.” (R 306)

Persecuted and reviled, she was pained to be delivered, and longed for the completion of the
promised
seed of the woman, which should bruise the servants head” (Gen 3:15)

“She wants to be delivered of her
true seed (the Wheat class). Unfortunately, as we shall see, and as we
know from Jesus’ parable, there will also be a
false seed (Tares). That her seed is plural may be seen by
the reading of
Verse 17 where it refers to the “remnant of her seed.” N.A.N.O.R. Page 156

As The Apostle’s Paul and John had warnedthe mystery of lawlessness was already at work
(
2 Thess 2:7; 1 John 4:3) a very small yet persistent and determined minority of the early Church
membership possessed an impatient and inordinate desire for the promised Kingdom power. At first these
individuals were vastly outnumbered and buried in proportional obscurity within the sincere majority body
membership of the Ephesian Church. During that era, when their deeds surfaced, the brotherhood
resented and responded to their impious behavior. The risen Lord commended the righteous majority, “
I
know… how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they
are apostles
(teachers), and are not, and hast found them liars (false prophets): … this thou hast,
that thou hates the deeds of
the Nicolaitans (those who would lord it over God’s people), which I
also hate
” (Rev 2:2, 6).

Nevertheless, that which began with certain individuals later, in the Smyrna Church era, significantly
increased in size and influence; and in Pergamos, the third era, this class constituted a clear and open
majority, publicly representative of the whole. This distressing circumstance and progressive development
in the professed Church of Christ caused those faithful and true to the Lord to experience pain and
suffering, as pictured by the woman herself being in travail, crying out in pain, longing to be delivered of
her internal agony.

Not only did the woman long to be delivered, but the growing numbers of the false element in her midst
were also equally frustrated by the restricting influence of the holy class. Alas! The woman robed with the
sun, and in labor, was somewhat comparable to the white horse of the First Seal, which was destined to
come under the control and leadership of the
rider bent on pursuit and conquest (Rev 6:2).” T.K.O.R.
Page 295

“This woman cried and the baby grew in her womb and a birth was eminent. There was suffering and pain
among these people, the “
wheat and the tares”, alike. A separation was coming in the future; it was
already in the works.
These verses depict it as the birth of a human child, but a child it is not, but
rather something else, something new, something different
created out of the Church. Like as
Jesus was born to a virgin, unmarried, but an espoused woman; so this picture shows that a new thing is
to be created out from the virgin, unmarried, but espoused woman,
espoused to Christ, the Christian
Church.

The true Church, the wheat, was desirous of being freed from these factions of “
tares”, but Jesus had
said; “
Let both (wheat and tares) grow together till the harvest.” So no separation of the work was
expected way back then,
nevertheless,

The woman was pained to be delivered; she desired to be rid of the loathsome babe that Satan had
planted in her womb (
Matt 13:25). The birth of the Antichrist from the early Church was a counterfeit
of the birth of Christ from the Virgin Mary. But the birth was slow and other things happen…

John has seen this pregnant woman,
in heaven (amongst the controlling elements of society); what an
astounding sight for him,
a great wonder” indeed. She was right up there among the ecclesiastical
powers of the time,
the powers that be, a place where the true Church of Christ should never
have been
, not in this age. (The Revelation Decoded and Explained”, Page 163)

I
n this last statement Brother Bob brings out a very important point, the true Church has no part in the
affairs of this world, the present order of things, or “
powers that be” we are in the world yes, but not to
be a part of it, and so we should not be found aspiring for a say or for position in its affairs whether they
be political, economical or religious. This system or order of things is doomed, “
Babylon is fallen” so
what have we to do with her or any of her works, which are destined to come to not?

The nominal church would have us believe that we have erred in our interpretation of these texts, that it
is they who suffer and travail in birth, and indeed the Lord through the prophet Isaiah so pictures it,
but
not quite as they envision it
. The prophet puts the following words in their mouth when at last they
awake to the knowledge of the Lord’s presence.

As a woman with child is in pain and cries out in her pangs, when she draws near the time of
her delivery, so have
we (i.e. the nominal church) been in your sight O Lord. We have been with
child, we have been in pain; we have, as it were brought forth wind; we have not accomplished
any deliverance in the earth, nor have the inhabitants of the world fallen
.” (Isa 26:17, 18)

“They have, with much labor on the part of some, organized their armies, developed their machinery, and
multiplied their stores; but yet the enemy does not fall before them. They claim that their principal object
and aim is to convert sinners; to (spiritually) beget children,
but alas their efforts have proven fruitless,
they have only succeeded in bringing forth more “
tares”, the blind who follow the blind, as stated their
efforts have brought forth nothing but “
wind. (R 505)

We will continue our study with
Verse 3 in our next post.


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