Reading through Revelation – Chapter 12, Part 1 – A great sign appeared in Heaven


 
 

Revelation 12:1-6

NASB
The Woman, Israel

12 A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; and she was with child; and she *cried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth.

The Red Dragon, Satan

Then another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven diadems. And his tail *swept away a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the  dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her child.

The Male Child, Christ

And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to [a]rule all the [b]nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up to God and to His throne. Then the woman fled into the wilderness where she *had a place prepared by God, so that there [c]she would be nourished for one thousand two hundred and sixty days.

[a] Revelation 12:5  Or shepherd
[b] Revelation 12:5  Or Gentiles
[c] Revelation 12:6  Lit they would nourish her for


Intro to a tiny gallery

The importance of this passage convinced me not to introduce it with a mere image. Instead I’ve appended a tiny gallery.

No painting or engraving can capture the glories or terrors of the Apocalypse. Every attempt will fail, for God’s Word alone is Truth and Eternal, and absolutely Real. Art is a gift to us when it reflects and honors His Word, for then it can delight us and remind us of the One Who is good, holy, and true – the Triune God.  


A tiny gallery

Apocalypse by Gebhard Fugel (1863-1939) 14 - Kap. 12.1 Frau und DracheApocalypse by Gebhard Fugel (1863-1939) 14 – Kap. 12.1 Frau und Drache

Woman of the Apocalypse - from the Hortus Deliciarum by Herrad of Landsberg - 12th Century

Woman of the Apocalypse – from the Hortus Deliciarum by Herrad of Landsberg – 12th Century

Woman and dragon (Giusto de Menabuoi) 14th CenturyWoman and dragon (Giusto de Menabuoi) 14th Century

Vasiliy Koren's Apocalypse p.13 - Woman and dragon - between 1692 and 1696

Vasiliy Koren’s Apocalypse p.13 – Woman and dragon – between 1692 and 1696

The Woman Clothed in the Sun (Speculum humanae salvationis) - anonymousThe Woman Clothed in the Sun (Speculum humanae salvationis or Mirror of Human Salvation) – anonymous – originating in 14th Century


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