We had covered this vision at length before we began annotating the Book chapter by chapter.
So we shall be brief.
The Book of Revelation in most part is a series of visions. As with the mode of inversion the Spirit sets these in heaven and switches to the earth and back to the heaven. Such shifts do emphasize the truth that events on the earth and what is ordained in heaven cannot be seen as separate, The fallen man (like Adam who hid himself while he heard the footfall of God walking in the cool of the day) might think it as separate, Oh no he is deluding himself. These visions are sideshows to the main narrative drive. It all boils down to this: problem of sin. Visions are guideposts hurrying a child of God to take heart and move on resolutely. In a moment before anyone can say,’It is come’ the kingdoms of the world shall become ‘the Kingdoms of our Lord and his Christ (Re.11:15). The Spirit applies a name as Christ to indicate from which POV the vision is to be interpreted. Compare the same from the POV of the Church. “And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it (Re.21:22)” Considering the Church as the Body of Christ the Spirit’s use of the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb as the temple makes clear from which standpoint the vision is to be approached.
If we follow this switchover in interpreting the vision of the woman clothed with the sun it shall be clear that the number 12 can well be safely applied to Israel and the Church. As with narrative set in God’s Time Jerusalem was qualified as ‘Egypt where also our Lord crucified’ the number 12 applies to the tribes or the apostles. The important point to keep in mind is that it is the number associated with God, the Son. So when it comes to the point the man- child is received by the Father. It ties up with the Psalm 2 v.7 and corroborated as true by reference to rod of iron (v.9).It is easy for sects to attach far greater importance to symbols and in the process lose sight of the nature of God and what is predestined and for what He sent his Son and what was his ambit: He is savior of the world and Jews and Gentiles alike must be brought into one fold(Jn.10:16) “They shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold,. and one shepherd.”
Wherever we study a vision we need ask ourselves what is the intent of the Spirit? Do the individual symbols add to the understanding of truth or cause confusion? The Spirit shall never mislead or go contrary to doctrinal truth. For example the Red Dragon has seven heads and 10 horns. Because God gave ten commandments one cannot place him in any other position on account of the number than as the Liar, deceiver. The Spirit further down states categorically what he is:’that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world (v.10):.
“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 (vv.1-2)”:
John is evidently on the earth, and he is now presented with another vision. This vision points to 12 stars and the significance of it ties it directly to Jesus Christ. This is from the standpoint of the Church. Stars being 12 in number is a tag to present the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ attesting it with the the number of disciples. The sun and the moon taken together signify the Father Son relationship. Their position as greater light and lesser light are two witnesses reinforcing this vision to the sovereignty of the Son over the Church. Grace and truth are characteristics of God: mercy and judgment made manifest by the Son. Mercy manifested in his word. Grace of his word was such ‘all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious word, which proceeded out of his mouth (Lk.4:22). “And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: …..(Jn.8:16)” Thus characteristics of God namely Mercy and Judgment are made manifest by grace and truth. Gospel of John attested it as his glory (Jn,1:14)”
(To be continued)