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Revelation Answer to Question #10


10. Who are the two different women
       of Revelation 12 and 17?

A woman in Scripture signifies a church (Ephesians 5:22-32).

In Revelation 21, the true church is pictured as a Bride, who will rule as a "city" in God's Kingdom on earth (Rev. 21:1-4).

On the other hand, in Revelation 17 is a woman who is a "harlot" who has ruled the earth as "Babylon," as a false Kingdom of God.  She wears no blue or white clothing for faithfulness or purity.

In Revelation 12, the woman who is "clothed with the [gospel] sun...and upon her head a crown of twelve stars [the 12 apostles]," is the early church. But even in the early church the apostasy was already developing— the "mystery of iniquity doth already work" Paul said (2 Thessalonians 2:7).

The Pagan Rome "dragon" was waiting in the ecclesiastical "heaven" to devour this growing apostasy to its advantage. Instead, the "dragon" was thrown back  down to the "earth" (civil authority), and the papacy exalted itself "to rule all nations with a rod of iron."

Yes, this "man of sin...exalteth himself above all that is called that he as God sitteth in the temple of God showing himself that he is God" (2 Thessalonians 2:3,4).

As a result, the "woman" (the true church) had to flee on the "two wings of a great eagle" (the Old and New Testaments) to the "wilderness"—isolated in spirit from the great harlot system for 1260 years. (See the #3.)

At the conclusion of this time, Satan tried to destroy the "woman" with the great "flood" of truth of the French Revolution. But his plan backfired. Society ("earth") absorbed these truths of human and civil rights—and the church actually benefited too.

Still, Satan will aggressively go after the last members of the church until the end of the age.  

The apostate "woman" of Revelation 17 sits at different times either on a "scarlet beast" or "many waters" (Revelation 17:1, 3).  How is this possible?

At some times the Papacy is carried and supported by a type of government"beast."  At other times, she sits on people!

"The waters which thou sawest where the whore sitteth are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues" (Revelation 17:15).

Since a "beast" is a government, this "beast" would be some form of peoples' government which will for awhile support the papacy—then destroy it.  This has not happenedyet.


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