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Friday, October 06, 2006

The Woman Flees

"And when the dragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child. But the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place, where she was nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent." (Revelation 12:13,14 - New American Standard)

The events of this passage on the surface seem mysterious. However, when combined with some other prophetic passages and geological facts; they fall into place.

In the last few posts, we learned that the dragon is Satan and the woman is Israel. Around the middle of the Tribulation, there will be a great war in heaven. Satan and his demons will be cast out of heaven never to be allowed to return. Satan will be enraged. Satan will promote the greatest persecution of the Jewish people ever.

Regarding verse fourteen, Hal Lindsey writes, “Some kind of massive airlift will rapidly transport these fleeing Jews across the rugged terrain to their place of protection. Since the eagle is the national symbol of the United States, it's possible that the airlift will be made available by aircraft from the US Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean.” (page 165, There's A New World Coming, Hal Lindsey, Bantam Books Inc, NY, 1975)

This presents one possible interpretation of this passage: that the wings of a great eagle refer to an airlift. If this is the case, we have no idea what nations will be involved. Many nations use the eagle as a symbol. Besides the United States, nations that have used the eagle as a national symbol include: Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome, Austria, Russia, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Spain, Mexico and the Philippines.

There is another possible interpretation. This is one based upon another passage of Scripture. God told Moses to tell the people of Israel, “Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagle's wings, and brought you unto Myself.” (Exodus 19:4 – King James Version)

How did God carry the people of Israel on eagle's wings out of Egypt? He opened up a path through the sea for them. God gave them a way of escape from the army of Egypt. During the Tribulation, Israel will once again need a way of escape. God will provide one.

The prophet Zechariah wrote, “And His feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; . . .” (Zechariah 14:4,5a – King James Version)

When those in Jerusalem need to flee from the Anti-Christ, it will not be the Red Sea that blocks their path, but the Mount of Olives. The Lord tells us that He will split this mountain in two creating a valley that goes east out of Jerusalem. This will provide a smooth and easy means for the Jews to escape the Anti-Christ. They will flee to a place of refuge where God will protect them for three and a half years from the Anti-Christ.


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