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Rebekah and The Woman of Revelation 12

29 May

Rebekah & The Woman of Revelation 12

The woman in Revelation 12 and Rebekah in Genesis are inexplicably linked and a prophetic picture of one another.
As we have been talking somewhat about the concept of the ‘2nd Exodus’, the topic arose concerning Revelation 12 and the ‘woman clothed with the sun, a crown of 12 stars and the moon at her feet’. This passage also relates a second token in the sky, ‘a great red dragon’. Rebekah, the wife of Isaac, went through similar circumstances in Genesis 25 and in Genesis 37 we can gain insight into the sun and moon.
The Prophet Isaiah reminds us God ‘declares the end out of the beginning’. If we go back to Torah and look closely we see an image with striking similarity to the passage in Revelation 12.
Let’s think about Rebekah for a moment. She is pregnant and about to give birth and, calling or crying out to God in her distress, she asks why the struggle in her womb (struggle – Hebrew – to oppress or crush). Most know the response from God. ‘There are two nations and two peoples to come from you,’ He says. One is Jacob, later to be renamed Israel and the second is Esau, named thus because he emerged red and hairy. In reality, Rebekah bore two opposing forces. She bore Jacob (Israel – a nation of 12) and Esau, a godless man that literally embodies the spirit of Nimrod, the spirit of an/the adversary and all that is contrary to God and His ways. Jacob (Israel) produces 12 nations and out of these come the promised Messiah (Rev.12:5). These two opposing forces are still in the land today.
Revelation 12 pictures a ‘woman with 12 stars above her head, surrounded or covered by the sun and the moon at her feet’. In Joseph’s dream in Genesis 37:9, there are 11 stars, which are his brothers, and the sun and the moon are his mom and dad according to Jacob’s interpretation (Joseph, obviously, would have been number 12).
We must remember God gave a multi-faceted promise to Abraham. Abraham was promised descendants as numerous as the sand on the seashore, a Land set-part for his descendants and blessing and gathering for all the families of the earth through him. This promise would be passed through Isaac to Jacob according to God’s own words, and Rebekah would be the one chosen by God to bear a son to Isaac that would come to be named Israel. She is a woman with 12 stars . . . she literally gives birth to Israel.
Let’s take a little closer look at the passages concerning Rebekah for some deeper understanding and clarification. Unlike Moses and Jacob finding their brides at a well, when Abraham sent his servant to find a wife for Isaac, she – Rebekah – was found at a spring. So what’s the significance? In the Hebrew a well and a spring are not the same. ‘Be’ayr’ – well – is a hole in the ground full of water. The Hebrew word for spring is ‘ayin’, literally the eye of the water. It is actually the word for ‘eye’ in the Hebrew. Why was Rebekah found at a spring? Why is that important? Later in life we find that Isaac is physically blind. He was also spiritually blind in reference to his two sons. Isaac was blinded to Esau’s spiritual depravity by his affection for his eldest son. Rebekah, on the other hand, is the one that had ‘eyes to see’. She is the woman chosen to birth Israel.
Now keep in mind, there is an overriding prophetic picture in all of this which supersedes the realm of time. Jacob (the sun in Joseph’s dream) produces the twelve, and of that twelve, Rachel, (the moon in Joseph’s dream) produces Joseph and Benjamin. Joseph’s descendants become the Northern kingdom (Ephraim) and the tribe of Benjamin becomes a bridge connecting the northern and the southern kingdoms throughout Biblical history.
(more about the northern kingdom at ‘The Woman at the Well’ )
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(and some additional info concerning the Woman at The Well – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EI9KGkXTo0k )

Now, fast forward to Revelation 12. Israel, the ‘ SHE ’ in these passages, is still divided into two camps, and at this point there are some of each camp in the Land and some of each camp outside the Land. Verse 6 says the ‘She’ in the Land flees to a place prepared for a very specific time period – 1260 days. Verse 17 tells us the ‘red dragon’ can’t get to ‘her’ and becomes enraged and goes after the rest of ‘Her’ children (the other ‘She’), the ones who have the testimony of Yeshua and keep the commandments.
What if this battle is not totally a future event, but, in fact, has, in part, been going on for centuries (between Jacob and Esau), and the final scene, as it were, is when the ‘she’ in the Land is finally given momentary sanctuary (Rev.12:6) and the Adversary comes after the rest of ‘Her’ children in earnest and in vengeance (Rev.12:17) . . . just another example of us looking for a ‘future event’ to take place when, in fact, a portion of this prophecy has been going on right under our noses. And who is it that comes after us ? . . . yes, we said ‘us’ . . .
Jeremiah 16 tells us God will send fishers and then, afterwards, He will send hunters. Esau was a skilled hunter. Nimrod was a mighty hunter in the face of God. Those connections are not coincidental. They were both Godless men that embodied the spirit of the Adversary (red dragon), the hunter, the fowler, the wolf among the sheep. So what about the time of Tribulation or ‘Jacob’s trouble’ ? Are we exempt? Is ‘Jacob’ (Israel) only in the Land? Are we, as believers, included? What does the Word say? Paul says in Ephesians 2 & Romans 11:17 we have been made a part of (and grafted into) the covenant of promise . . . “11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (that done in the body by the hands of men),
12 remember that at that time you were separate from Messiah, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.
13 But now in Messiah Yeshua you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Messiah.
(A little side note here about Paul. He was from the tribe of Benjamin and sent to be a bridge to and for the “wild olive branches).

So we find in this passage of Rev. 12 a woman crying out, giving birth, male child, red dragon and 12 stars, sun and moon. In Gen.25 we see a woman (Rebekah) inquiring, giving birth, male children, one that would be called Israel and the other Edom (red). By extension, we could say Rebekah had the 12 stars because she was the woman that gave birth to Israel and the sun and the moon were associated with him in Gen.37. Rebekah bore ‘a son of promise’ and the woman in Revelation 12 bore the Messiah, the Son of Promise.

Rebekah bore Jacob (Israel) and Esau (Edom, red). Israel had 12 sons and Rachel had 2 of those of which one, Joseph, would be known as the Northern Kingdom (Ephraim) that would at a future point be reunited with the Southern Kingdom into the Whole House of Israel (Ezekiel 20 ) . The nation of Israel produced the Messiah. Through Messiah, the eternal Kingdom of Israel will be born. ‘ . . . and because of the blood of Messiah, you have now been made part of the citizenship of Israel . . .’ (Ephesians 2:11-13, paraphrased). So why is she pictured in Revelation ? Once again Israel is about to be birthed.

We read about going into the wilderness in Rev.12, Ezek. 20 and Hosea 2. (and by the way, ‘fleeing to the wilderness’ and ‘coming out of Babylon’ are not the same thing). In Rev. 12 they are told to flee into the wilderness to a place that has been prepared by God for her (Israel). This is apparently speaking to those that are residing in the land of Israel and is going to take place during what we call the tribulation. We see this referred to by Yeshua in Matt. 24:16, Mark 13;14.
In Hosea 2:14-15 it speaks about the Lord bringing the people into the wilderness. This was given by Hosea to the Northern Kingdom (Ephraim) . . .
14 “Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her.
15 There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor {15 Achor means trouble.} a door of hope. There she will sing {15 Or respond} as in the days of her youth, as in the day she came up out of Egypt.

Why is the woman pictured in Revelation? Because it is time to start the birthing process again. The first time was physical with twelve sons. The second time is spiritual . Israel will be birthed or born again (pun intended). As Jacob produced sons in the physical so Messiah produces offspring in the spiritual. Messiah came the first time born of flesh to start the process of bringing back the lost sheep of the house of Israel . Peter said the last days began then (Acts 2) . Scripture bears that out in Hosea 6:1-2 . . . “Hosea 6:1 “Come, let us return to the LORD. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds.
2 After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence.””
At the second day mark He came to revive us and now we are at the 3rd day where He says He will restore. Restore what? The Land, the people, the people to the Land.
Hosea 2:23 “I will plant her for myself in the land; I will show my love to the one I called ‘Not my loved one. {23 Hebrew Lo-Ruhamah} ‘I will say to those called ‘Not my people, {23 Hebrew Lo-Ammi} ”You are my people’; and they will say, ‘You are my God.'”
Ezekiel 20:40 “For on my holy mountain, the high mountain of Israel, declares the Sovereign LORD, there in the land the entire house of Israel will serve me, and there I will accept them . . .”

What happened in Gen. is a type and shadow of what is taking place in Rev.12 and is a prophetic picture being fulfilled in these last days.
The restoration will happen at Messiah’s second coming. So let us have the spiritual eyes of Rebekah to see where we are and what is taking place.
Blessing and Shalom, R&J

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