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Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. © Copyright 2010 - 2017   All rights reserved. Daniel 11 Explained (condensed ‘one page’ commentary) ‘Matthew 24’ Explained (must match Revelation) The ‘Seals’ Explained (Revelation timeline revealed) Seven Churches Explained (Past & Present Church Prophecy) Note: ‘Sitemap’ shows a complete list of all pages (by category). ‘Homepage’ gives 3 simple steps + timelines + summary. Current Events from Daniel 11 (matching the Middle East) The Abomination (Daniel 11:31) done Recent Events ISIS - Saudi - Turkey (Daniel 11: 24-27) Final Events to the Abomination (Daniel 11: 28-30) Shiites re-take Persia + America’s Role Begins (Daniel 11: 21-23) soon done done The Revelation 12 Prophecy Introduction   There was a lot of publicity surrounding the Revelation 12 sign, September 24, 2017.  Obviously, the rapture didn’t happen on that exact day but that doesn’t mean that the sign didn’t fulfill verses 1-2, concerning the woman.  There’s a second sign in verses 3-4, concerning a dragon, which may have taken place a couple of weeks later.  Then, there’s the “snatching up”, in verse 5, which could be the rapture because it’s the same word used to describe the “gathering of the elect” in Matthew 24:31.  My point is: It makes more sense that the verses of Revelation 12 form a mini-timeline, rather than describe just one event.  Therefore, the “snatching up” may not be far away.  Part 1: What was the Revelation 12 Sign? Revelation 12: 1-6 1 A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. 2 She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. 3 Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. 4 His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born. 5 She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter. And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. 6 The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.   In brief, Scottie Clark discovered the alignment of the sun, moon, planets, and constellations that will take place on September 23/24, 2017, which could match the description in verses 1 & 2.  He used an astronomy simulation program called Stellarium, which can be downloaded for free, at the link provided.  After I tried the program, I saw how rare and unusual the alignment is.  It involves Jupiter staying in the hip-quadrant of Virgo, from earth’s perspective, for about 38 weeks, the same gestation period as a human fetus.  Then, exiting the quadrant just as Mercury, Venus, and Mars align perfectly above Virgo’s head, adding to the nine stars of Leo to make a crown of twelve, just as the sun and moon are in the right position.  It could be coincidental but the odds of all those things happening at the same time is astronomical.   In brief, some of the elements of the sign are more common than others but it’s the combination that fulfills the prophecy.  In other words, the moon is in the right position once a month and the sun once a year.  Jupiter appears to back up once a year but takes twelve years to circle back to the Virgo constellation and doesn’t always line up perfectly with the hip quadrant, simulating a birth.  Yet, the most rare occurrence was the alignment of Mercury, Mars, and Venus, above Virgo’s head, which has probably never happened, most less at the exact time as everything else.    One of the biggest arguments against the Revelation 12 sign is that there were more than twelve stars above Virgo’s head.  I mentioned that in my video but the unique feature was the perfect alignment of three planets with the star Regulus, which kind-of formed an arch. I wouldn’t recommend fixating too much on the exact number of stars because ‘12’ can be used symbolically, in the Bible.  The biggest thing to consider on the crown of twelve stars is that the planets, which look like stars, must play a role because the regular stars don’t generally move, at last not from our perspective.  I mean, in order for the Biblical sign of the crown to be fulfilled, something unique had to be happening above Virgo’s head and I don’t think anything can match the perfect alignment of Mercury, Mars, and Venus, especially while everything else was in position.  Part 2: Should People Watch for Signs at all?   Some people are apparently against watching any kind of sign that points to end times because Jesus said, “No one knows about that day or hour …” (Matthew 24:36)  There are other similar verses but they all have one thing in common: They are all ‘present tense’, meaning that no one knew, at that time, but that doesn’t exclude knowing more details in the distant future, which is now.  Nor does it exclude knowing the approximate timing, such as the week, month, or season, etc.  Plus, Jesus encouraged people to watch the signs because He said, “It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them.” (Luke 12:37)  I don’t know about anyone else but I want to be part of that.  Of course. that doesn’t mean we should focus all our attention on one day but we should definitely watch the signs, in the Bible, one of which is Revelation 12.    I recently saw some articles criticizing the Revelation 12 sign, saying that it involves numerology and a mysterious planet called Nibiru, or Planet X, which is nothing more than science fiction.  I agree that Nibiru is science fiction but the alignment of planets and stars to fulfill the Revelation 12 sign has nothing to do with that or numerology.  Some people have connected the two, which is unfortunate, but they are not related.  The Revelation 12 sign only involves the sun, moon, constellations, and known planets, which happen to match a particular Bible verse, not some ancient pagan calendar or anything like that.    In general, I’m against trying to pick an exact “day or hour” but the Bible clearly states that Christians won’t be totally in the dark about the time in which they are living.  Non-Christians will be in the dark but Paul said, “But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.” (1 Thess 5:4)  Furthermore, Hebrews 10:25 indicates that Christians will “see the Day approaching”, which would require definite signs.  Last but not least, Jesus tells the Church at Sardis, which is “dead” (contrary to their reputation) to “wake up, obey, and repent.”  Jesus says, “But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief …”  (Rev 3:1-3)  That statement implies that the ‘spiritually dead’, who might be the same ones who refuse to watch the signs, will be surprised by Jesus’ coming, not the Christians who are spiritually awake and eager for Jesus’ arrival.   Although Revelation 12 is a sign, it’s not the main sign that Jesus said to watch for.  The main sign is the ‘abomination that causes desolation’, spoken of by the prophet Daniel, as mentioned by Jesus in Matthew 24:15.  In other words, the closest indication of the rapture is found in the Book of Daniel and the signs leading to the abomination.  The most detailed series of events that lead to that event are the individual verses of Daniel 11, which lead to the abomination in verse 31.  All the events prior to verse 31 are done so the uprising and abomination could happen at any time.  The fact that Israel’s enemies are growing ever more angry and frustrated is a good reason to think that the abomination might be close.  Jesus said, “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.” (Luke 21:20)  The threats to Israel are growing because Hezbollah is stronger than ever, Iran has more influence in Syria than ever, and the Palestinians are growing frustrated because the peace talks are going nowhere.  Paul said, “While people are saying, ‘peace and safety,’ destruction will come on them suddenly.” (1 Thessalonians 5:3)  There are many signs in the Bible, and all of them are converging in the present time, so this is not the time to bury one’s head in the sand.  Jesus said, “When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”  (Luke 21:28)    Note: For those who don’t believe in ‘pre-tribulation’ rapture, see Proof of Rapture Regardless of what you think happens when the abomination is set up, rapture or tribulation, the signs should make people want to get closer to Jesus, which is a good thing.  The best way to do that is prayer and reading the Bible. Part 3: Does this Rev-12 theory make Revelation’s timeline out of order?   The short answer is ‘no’ absolutely not.  The important thing to remember, with Revelation’s timeline, is that the Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls must be sequential and cannot be overlapped because that creates contradictions, not to mention violates common sense.  On the other hand, some things in Revelation do happen at the same time, particularly during the Trumpet plagues, during the first 3.5 years after the rapture.  It’s really not that complicated if I can be allowed to explain.   Basically, Revelation chapters 8-11 cover the Trumpet plagues and the two witnesses, which last for 1260 days (or 42 months), after the rapture.  There’s evidence of this because the Trumpet plagues start in chapter 8 but the 7th trumpet sounds when the two witnesses ascend to heaven in chapter 11.  The two witnesses are only mentioned in chapter 11 but they prophesy for 1260 days, which means they had to start right after the rapture, when the Trumpet plagues started.  Thus, those two series of events happen at the same time.    Likewise, Revelation chapters 12-13 go together to tell the story of Satan, who gets thrown out of heaven and unleashes his fury on earth by giving the ‘beast’ his power and authority.  The 10-horned beast is allowed to execute that authority for 42 months (Rev 13:5), which is the same 42 months that the two witnesses prophesy, after the rapture, during the Trumpet plagues.  The two stories are written separately because they don’t merge until near the end of the 42 months, when the 10-horned beast invades Israel (Rev 13:7), attacking and killing the two witnesses (Rev 11:7), which is at the end of their 1260-day testimony.  Thus, you can tell that chapters 12-13 take place simultaneously with the two witnesses, who prophesy during the Trumpet plagues, which start after the rapture.  So, it makes perfect sense for the Revelation 12 sign, which begins the story of Satan and the beast, to happen near the rapture and nothing is out of order.  The rest of the story   For the record, at the end of the 42 months, the beast changes to 2-horns (Rev 13:11), at which time the false prophet appears and enacts the mark of the beast (Rev 13:16).  Israel will be included because the two witnesses will no longer be around to protect them.  At least 144,000 selected Jews (Rev 7) will be martyred for refusing to accept the mark (Rev 14) but they will become priests during the 1000 years (Rev 20).  After the beheading of the 144,000, which only takes a couple of months (until day-1335 Daniel 12:12), the Bowl plagues will start, which complete God’s wrath.  The 7th and final Bowl is Armageddon  (Rev 16), after which Jesus will re-consecrate the sanctuary (day-2300 Daniel 8:14) and start His 1000-year reign on earth (Rev 20).    Thus, everything fits together and makes perfect sense, without any contradictions, as long as the Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls are left sequential, as they are written.  By the way, that also proves ‘pre-tribulation’ rapture because the multitude of Christians are in heaven in Revelation 7, between the 6th and 7th Seals.  It’s ‘pre-tribulation’ because Seals 1-5 are done  and the rapture is next to happen in Revelation.  The 6th Seal (Rev 6:12) matches the rapture in Matthew 24:29-31 and the Trumpet plagues can’t start until the 7th Seal is done (Rev 8).  That alone proves ‘pre-tribulation’ because many things happen after the 6th Seal (after the multitude arrives in heaven), which can’t happen instantly (as explained above), can’t be over-lapped and can’t be ignored, no matter what post-tribulationists try to say.                                     See “Proof of Rapture” for more details. Part 4: The Draconids Meteor Shower   The Draconids meteor shower took place on October 7-8, 2017, which could be the meaning of Revelation 12:3-4, concerning the dragon that sweeps 1/3 of stars from the sky with its tail.  In general, meteor showers are named according to the constellation that they seem to radiate from.  Thus, the Draconids radiate from Draco, the dragon.  Revelation 12: 3-4 3 Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. 4 His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born.   Granted, there are several discrepancies such as Draco not having seven heads, not being in front of Virgo, and not having the ability to sweep 1/3 of stars towards earth.  (That would be approximately 33 billion stars, just counting the Milky Way galaxy.)  On the other hand, there are some coincidences that make the Draconids a possible match for the Revelation 12:3-4 sign, even though they occur once a year.    Basically, I’m talking about the subject matter and timing of the meteor shower and the fact that verses 3-4 come right after verses 1-2.  The Draconids are the first meteor shower after the Revelation 12 sign, which took place between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  The Draconids are right afterwards, during Sukkot.  If Revelation 12:1-2 described conditions around a certain constellation of a ‘woman’, then Revelation 12:3-4 could describe conditions around a certain constellation of a ‘dragon’.  In this case, planets cannot play a role because Draco is not in the same plane where planets revolve, so the meteors radiating from the constellation is about the only symbolism that can be had.  Nonetheless, the subject matter and the timing, during the Jewish high holidays, could be enough to indicate that the “snatching up” (rapture), in verse 5, is still on God’s schedule and very near.    *When you think about it, it makes sense that Revelation 12:1-5 is a short timeline of events, leading to the rapture, rather than everything happening at the same time.   Note: Starting in Revelation 12:7-9, the dragon is clearly referring to Satan (actually says so in verse 9) but the “sign” in verses 3-4 could still be talking about the constellation.   Part 5: The “snatching up” in verse 5 Revelation 12:5-6 5 She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter. And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. 6 The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.   The most difficulty that I had in believing the Revelation 12 sign was that verse 5 sounded more like Jesus’ birth than the rapture.  That’s because Revelation 19:15 uses the same phrase “rule the nations with an iron scepter” when talking about Jesus at the Battle of Armageddon. Yet, the phrase was originally prophesied by David, in Psalms 2:9.  In fact, it was used by Jesus when talking about the seven churches.  Revelation 2:26-27 26 To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give      authority over the nations -  27 'He will rule them with an iron scepter; he will dash them to pieces like pottery'       - just as I have received authority from my Father.   The above is an exert from Jesus’ message to the Church in Thyatira, which is the 4th church out of seven, but if you read all the churches, you will see that they all have a phrase, towards the end, which says, “To him who overcomes ...”  Therefore, each message that follows could apply to each and every church, or Christians as a whole.  After all, the raptured Christians are following behind Jesus, in Revelation 19:14, following the conclusion of the Wedding Supper of the Lamb. (Notice the clothing given in Rev 19:8.)  Thus, it appears as though Jesus is willing to share His authority with members of the Church who overcome.  Therefore, the iron scepter phrase in Revelation 12 could be referring to Christians in general.   Another point in favor is that according to Scottie Clark, the Greek word that is interpreted “snatched up”, in verse 5, is the same word that is interpreted “gather”, in Matthew 24:31, which describes the rapture.  To me, that’s a fairly convincing point but I was still undecided.    The thing that convinced me the most was when I stumbled across the following scripture, in Isaiah 66, which links the rapture to ‘delivering a son’. Isaiah 66: 7-8 7 "Before she goes into labor, she gives birth; before the pains come upon her, she delivers a son. 8 Who has ever heard of such a thing?  Who has ever seen such things?  Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment?  Yet no sooner is Zion in labor than she gives birth to her children.    The above passage actually matches the “snatching up” in Revelation 12:5 and also the “fleeing to the desert” in Revelation 12:6.  Notice that the ‘son’ is born before the labor pains, which matches the rapture.  Then, Zion gives birth to her ‘children’, soon after she goes into labor.  That matches the 144,000 Jews who are ‘sealed’ in Revelation 7, and protected through the Trumpet plagues, while the two witnesses are prophesying for 1260-days.  Even the times match perfectly.  The main thing to note is that the ‘son’ and the ‘children’ are two different groups, just as there are two different groups in Revelation 7 - the Christians who arrive immediately into heaven and the Jews who must go through the Trumpet plagues (labor pains) and get martyred in Rev 14 for not having the mark of the beast.  Thus, the ‘son’ matches the Christians, who are raptured before the labor pains, just like the son gets “snatched up” in Revelation 12:5.    Therefore, Revelation 12 is indeed the rapture but nothing is out of order because chapters 12-13 parallel chapters 8-11, as described in detail in part 3 above.  Part 6: Revelation 12 continued:   The rest of Revelation 12 elaborates on the distressful time, after the rapture, which most people call the tribulation.  Note: The “great tribulation”, mentioned in Rev 7:14, is not the same thing because it’s ‘past-tense’ and refers to the Seals (from Rev. 6), which span between the resurrection and the rapture.  The rapture is “pre-tribulation” because Seals 1-5 are done.  The 6th Seal is the rapture, which makes sense because the multitude is in heaven between the 6th and 7th Seals.  The Trumpets, in Revelation 8, can’t start until the 7th Seal is done.  The period of time that people call the tribulation is really the events during the Trumpet and Bowl plagues. (Rev 8+)  That time is especially bad because Satan is hurled to earth (full text below) and his fury is aroused because he knows his time is short.  Revelation 12: 7-17 7 And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 8 But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven.  9 The great dragon was hurled down-that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. 10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: "Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ.  For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. 11 They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. 12 Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them!  But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short." 13 When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. 14 The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the desert, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent's reach. 15 Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river, to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent. 16 But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. 17 Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring-those who obey God's commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.   Another thing that seems to confirm that Revelation 12 backs up and starts at the rapture (same as Revelation 11 - two witnesses) is that the chant in verse 10 sounds very similar to the great multitude in heaven, from Rev. 7, below.  Granted, the words are not exact but Salvation, God, and Christ are mentioned in the same order and context.  Just compare: Revelation 7:10 And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”    ** Verse 12 is interesting because it further proves ‘pre-tribulation’ by mentioning some people who are in heaven, rejoicing, at the same time that some are in peril, on earth.    Verse 14 is essentially the same as verse 6 because “a times, time, and half a time” is 3.5 years, which is the same as 1260-days.   Verses 15-16 is a mystery but appears to be a flood-type event where God intervenes to lessen the severity for the 144,000 Jews.  They are mentioned in verse 17 as being on earth but now holding to the testimony of Jesus, whom they saw in the sky during the rapture, while they were hiding in the mountains. (Revelation 6:15-17)   Here’s a video that I made to show how to use Stellarium and view the Revelation 12 sign.  It also explains why the planets move like they do in the program.     running time = 30 min.
Updated: 10-17-17