Revelation Chapter 12 : 5

Revelation 12:5 – She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron.

The woman in the sign in heaven bore a male child who would rule the world with a “rod of iron.” The phrase “male child” calls to mind the promise to Eve, that the Messiah would come through her seed:

Genesis 3:15-16 – “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; in pain you shall bring forth children; your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”

Genesis 4:1 – Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the LORD.”

When Eve bore her first son, she might have thought Cain or Abel was the promised seed, but that was not the case. After Cain killed Abel, Eve seemed to think that Seth was the promised seed:

Genesis 4:25 – And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son and named him Seth, “For God has appointed another seed for me instead of Abel, whom Cain killed.”

Abel was not the promised seed as the Messiah came through Seth’s seed. But Satan might have thought that the promised seed would come through Abel. Cain’s murder of Abel was likely Satan’s first attempt to thwart God’s plan of redemption through the seed of the woman, like he did through all seven kingdoms or heads of the dragon, as discussed in Revelation 12:4.

“A man child”: Jesus Christ in His incarnation was of Jewish descent (Matt. 1:1; 2 Tim. 2:8). Despite Satan’s efforts to destroy Israel and the messianic line, Jesus’ birth took place as predicted by the prophets (compare Isa. 7:14; 9:6; Micah 5:2).

This is speaking of Jesus Christ. Jesus was caught up unto God to set on the right hand of God at the resurrection and is currently sitting at the right hand of God. When He returns, Jesus will rule all nations as King of kings and Lord of lords.

During Jesus’ earthly, millennium kingdom, this rule is a breaking, and shattering work of judgment.

“Rod of iron”: describes Jesus’ coronation as king over the nations of the world (compare 11:15; 19:15; Psalm 2:6-9).

This “Rod”, is one that cannot be broken and speaks of the resoluteness of Christ’s rule. He will swiftly and immediately judge all sin and put down any rebellion.

“Her child was caught up unto God’: Christ’s ascension is in view (Acts 1:9; 2:33; Heb. 1:1-3; 12:2).

To rule with a rod of iron means the ruling body is just, but punishment is swift and harsh. The one who will rule with a “rod of iron” is the Son of God and King of kings, Jesus Christ, as discussed in Revelation 2:27. While ruling with a rod of iron sounds harsh, the Lord’s strict enforcement of the law will bolster a peaceful kingdom:

Isaiah 2:2-4 – Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; he will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.

The Greek word for “rule” means to shepherd, which is fitting since the following passages describe the Messiah as a shepherd:

Matthew 2:6 – ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are not the least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you shall come a Ruler who will shepherd My people Israel.’

Matthew 26:31 – Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written: ‘I will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.'”

John 10:14-16 – I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.

Hebrews 13:20 – Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant….

Revelation 7:16-17 – “They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

A shepherd leads, nourishes, and protects his sheep. Likewise, the Lord leads his flock like a shepherd and gives refuge to those who seek it:

Psalms 23:1-4 – A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

Isaiah 40:10-11 – Behold, the Lord GOD shall come with a strong hand, and His arm shall rule for Him; behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him. He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those who are with young.

Jeremiah 31:10-12 – “Hear the word of the LORD, O nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him as a shepherd does his flock.’ For the LORD has redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of one stronger than he. Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, streaming to the goodness of the LORD for wheat and new wine and oil, for the young of the flock and the herd; their souls shall be like a well-watered garden, and they shall sorrow no more at all.”

However, those who don’t seek the Shepherd’s refuge, the Lord will dash them to pieces like pottery with a rod of iron:

Psalms 2:7-9 – “I will declare the decree: The LORD has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.'”

Revelation 2:26-27 – And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations – ‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron; they shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’ – as I also have received from My Father…

Revelation 19:15-16 – Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

 

Revelation 12:5 – And her Child was caught up to God and His throne.

John sees the woman’s child “caught up” to God’s throne in Heaven after the woman gives birth to him. As discussed in the last section, this child is the promised seed and Messiah who will rule the nations with a “rod of iron” after He defeats the dragon who rules over the nations. The Greek word for “caught up” is “harpazó,” which means to take by force (Matthew 11:12, 12:29, 13:19, John 6:15, 10:12, 28-29, Acts 23:10, Jude 1:23). This word is also found in the following passages which describe a supernatural movement of persons either on the earth or between the earth and Heaven:

Acts 8:39 – Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away,so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing.

2 Corinthians 12:2-4 – I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago – whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows – such a one was caught up to the third heaven. And I know such a man – whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows – how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

1 Thessalonians 4:14-17 – For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

The Messiah was also supernaturally taken up to Heaven after rising from the dead:

Acts 1:6-9 – Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.

Luke 24:51 – Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven.

The Messiah now sits at the right hand of God on His throne in Heaven:

Mark 16:19 – So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.

Ephesians 1:19-20 – …and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places….

Hebrews 12:2 – …looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

The Messiah will remain at the right hand of God until it is time to defeat His enemies:

Acts 2:32-35 – This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear. “For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself: ‘The LORD said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”‘

Some believe that the male child “caught up” to Heaven is a picture of the rapture of the Church. That said, it is true that the Church is the “body” of Christ:

Romans 12:4-5 – For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.

1 Corinthians 12:12-13, 27 – For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body – whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free – and have all been made to drink into one Spirit…. Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.

The Church is “caught up” (harpazó) to Heaven in the rapture like the child of the woman:

1 Thessalonians 4:14-17 – For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

The Church also appears at the throne in Heaven represented by the twenty-four elders (Revelation 4:4). Chronologically, Christ’s ascension and rapture of the Church both occur between the birth of the child and the middle of the Tribulation, which is where the narrative of the sign in heaven brings us to in the next verse. That said, Christ’s ascension is the primary meaning of the sign of the woman’s child who is “caught up” to God’s throne in Heaven, but the rapture of the Church could also be in view, as the Church is the body of Christ and it fits chronologically in the narrative. However, this secondary meaning is a weak argument used by some to show that the rapture occurs before the middle of the Tribulation. That said, it does not contradict the numerous proof-texts that clearly teach a Pre-Tribulation rapture. Click here for more on placement of the rapture on the prophetic timeline.

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