12: The Great Sign in Heaven:
Before we begin chapter 12, let's look at a brief
overview of the Revelation so far:
Summary of the Chapters
Summary of the
described in the
text (the set for the scene):
Scene 1 - Chapters 1-3:
Jesus walks among the seven lampstands (the
seven churches) and gives instructions,
encouragement and warnings to them.
Scene 2 - Chapters 4-11:
John is taken up to heaven. Here he
sees the throne room of God and the Lamb
(Jesus). The throne is surrounded by the
others including the seven spirits of God,
the 24 elders, and four living creatures.
In addition, there is an innumerable amount
God's bond-servants and angels who surround
The Lamb (Jesus) is the only one worthy to open the
book. The Lamb opens the seven
seals to the book and, as this happens, the angels sound
trumpets signaling the things that are to
Three woes (events of anguish and death)
fall on those who are not followers of God
* It is important to note that the graphics used
in this lesson are just very simple illustrations of what John may have seen...and
they are not intended to be accurate representations of exactly what was seen in
In chapter 12, we begin to see an
entirely new scene...starting with a great sign in
And 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; 2and she was with child; and she cried out, being in labor and in
pain to give birth.
3And another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great
red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven
diadems. 4And 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. 5And she gave
birth to a son, a male child who is to rule all the nations with a rod of
iron; and her child was caught up to God and to His throne. 6And the woman fled
into the wilderness where she had a place prepared by God, so that there she
might be nourished for one thousand two hundred and sixty days.
7And there was
war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. And the dragon
and his angels waged war, 8and they were not strong enough, and there was no
longer a place found for them in heaven. 9And the great dragon was thrown down,
the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole
world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with
him." Revelation 12:1-9 (NAS)
In John's vision as recorded in Revelation
12:1-9, many signs were seen in heaven:
A Great Sign: A woman that is pregnant...in pain
ready to give birth. She gives birth to a male son.
Another Sign: A great red dragon.
The War in Heaven: Michael the archangel
of God and other
angels going to war with the dragon.
According to Revelation 12:9, who is the great red dragon
in this vision?