Who Is This Pregnant Woman

After reading Revelation 12, understanding the spiritual warfare begins with understanding who the Pregnant Woman is. The chapter introduces four main characters.

  • The Pregnant Woman about to give birth
  • A Dragon
  • The Male Son of the pregnant woman
  • The archangel Michael (with his army of angels)

In this post, we will take a look at who the pregnant woman is. The next post will cover who the dragon is, then the following post will look at the male son and the archangel and tie together the story.

So who is this pregnant woman and why is she so important? The pregnant woman about to give birth is widely recognized as Israel; the one who carries the male son, the Messiah, in her womb.

So what’s the story with her and why is she important?

The First Sign

As the chapter opens, we see the Pregnant Woman clothed in the sun with the moon under her feet and a crown on her head made with 12 stars representing the 12 tribes of Israel. When we first see her, she is very pregnant, in much pain and about to deliver her male child. She is in labor!

The woman leaves and goes to the wilderness to be protected for 1,260 days (3 1/2 years). This amount of time may be symbolic. Some scholars believe that each day represents a year, in which case it would be 1,260 years. I’m a little cautious about asserting symbolism where it’s not clear from the context, but want to give a fair hearing to other interpretations. If you have any thoughts, I’d love to hear them in the comments. The important part of all this, though, is found in God’s love for her and the protection He gives her and has given her throughout history.

How God Loves His People, Israel

Throughout scripture, we can find several passages that demonstrate how God truly loves His people Israel. It is through the family line of Abraham, the father of the Israel, that the male child described early in this post, Jesus Christ, came. It’s through this gift of Jesus Christ that God fulfills his promises to us. Jesus (The Lamb found in this chapter and way back in chapter 4) shed His blood which is the means by which the angles and the pregnant woman overcome in chapter 12; but it’s also how we overcome now!

Yeah, But Why Did God Choose Israel?

God said that Abraham’s faith was counted as righteousness, and because of that, God blessed him and made promises to him about the blessing that would come through his family line.

Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.

Genesis 15:6

This is reiterated by the apostle Paul in Romans 4:3. The promise that through Abraham, the whole earth would be blessed is found in Genesis 12:1-3.

These next few verses describe so well Israel and God’s love for His people and why He chose and loves them.

“For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession. The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.”

Deuteronomy 7:6-9

The Lord appeared to us in the past,[a] saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.”

Jeremiah 31:3

Hosea Tells How God Loves The Woman

The book of Hosea describes Israel as a woman (sound familiar? Just like in Revelation 12). In fact, in this context, the woman is a prostitute who is very unfaithful to her husband, God. Hosea tells us that Israel (the woman) continues to leave her husband (God) for other men. Yet the husband (God) loves her so much. God even tells Hosea to take a prostitute as his wife as an example of God’s own experience with Israel. He tells Hosea to love her anyway, no matter what she does, just like God’s love for the unfaithful Israel. God says though to show your wife again, your love! This is picture of God’s incredible love, perfect love! No other love besides God’s love truly cares regardless of what someone else does, even when it is terrible sin and a terrible affront to Him. What an example that God gives us! Love and forgiveness only shown by God through His Son. Please read the whole passage in Hosea 11:1-12. I only posted the first two verses below but you will see clearer how Israel acted and God continued to love regardless.

The Lord said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.”

Hosea 3:1

But the more they were called,
    the more they went away from me.[a] read all of Hosea 11:2

Here are some additional places where God expresses His love for Israel.

“Yet the Lord set his affection on your ancestors and loved them, and he chose you, their descendants, above all the nations—as it is today.”

Deuteronomy 10:15

So What Does This Mean To Me?

Jesus (The male child) is the fulfillment of that promise that God made to Abraham (and Israel) and He is the Savior of the world to anyone who receives Him as their personal Lord and Savior. Many children of Israel honored God, many did not! There were wars but God still sent His Son to save the world. He loves us just like He loved Israel. He gave His Son as a sacrifice to those who believe. This is something He chose to do out of love for His creation. You!

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

John 3:16

In the next couple of posts, we’ll see just how far God goes to protect the woman He loves (Israel) and those who are Christ-followers by extension.

6 thoughts on “Who Is This Pregnant Woman

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  1. I appreciate your discussion of the woman in labor, especially your emphasizing the love God has for the people of Israel as well as the prophecy borne. I don’t know about the number, either. It’s divisible by forty, which seems to be a significant number for the Israelites and for Jesus. Years and days, respectively, in the wilderness. Time for the woman who, like the Israelites, were and are protected by God.

  2. The timetable and passage of time may very well be different in the Heavenlies than on earth.
    Parts of chapter 12 seem to describe Lucifer’s war with Michael and fall to earth prior to humanity even being created. As for symbolism there certainly is some herein, in that Satan is not a literal dragon with a tail that sweeps away a third of the stars and the woman likely does not get literal wings.
    Certainly, the male child is the Messiah, but the connection to 1260 days (which is one-half of the Tribulation period) seems disconnected from our timeline.
    I rest in that this particular chapter may have a combination of flashbacks and future views that will remain a mystery until we understand it from the other side. That is not to dismiss it as though it should not be studied along with the rest of Scripture, but like you, we must remain open to interpretations and focus on loving God, each other and trusting He will make all things clear in His time.
    ❤️&🙏, c.a.

    1. Agreed. Like you, I see a lot that it’s figurative as well. I see a lot of flash backs in the chapter especially as relates to the dragon (looking forward to that post as well). For instance, I find it interesting that it was a 1/3 of the stars being swept from the heavens. At the same time, we see in other passages that 1/3 of the angels fell from heaven along with Lucifer. Makes sense that it could well be a flash back to Lucifer’s fall.

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