Extracts and comments from Revelation Chps. 1 & 12.
(a)Even (b)Jesus the Christ, (c)Who is the faithful Witness, the FIRST BEGOTTEN (at Resurrection) of the dead, and the (d)Prince (Ruler) of the kings of the earth. (e)Unto Him that loveth us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood.
(a) Even (INT.) The AV. states "and".
(b) Messiah - Anointed One.
(c) The Amen - See P.1511 Comp. note 4.
(d) This is not, nor has yet been fact, and is to be in Millennial.
(e) Clearly defines the speaker as Christ!
(a)I am He that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore, and have the keys of (b)death and the grave.
(a) Christ defeated the last enemy at the cross, the completed work will be handed back to the Father at end of Millennial, (1Cor. 15:24).
And his tail dragged the (a)third part of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth: and the dragon (b)is standing before the woman which is about to bring forth, in order to eat up her (c)child as soon as it was born.
(c) "Child"; this is Jesus the Christ (anointed), who is at present at the Right Hand of the Majesty, in Heaven, awaiting the time that His enemies are made His footstool. There are a number of people who feel that this child is the "new Israel", and will be caught up to God and His throne for protection. In the view of the writers this cannot be, as Satan must almost annihilate the Jews before Christ will return to save the remnant of them. If the Almighty intervened at this stage, and took a part of Israel out of the Tribulation, Satan would claim the victory, as the events prophesied in Scripture would have not been allowed to run their full course on Earth, which is his (Satan's) sphere of rule. The help given to the suffering Jews will be via. Christ's Spirit as described in Chp. 11:4; and elsewhere.
Only Christ can be with Jehovah God on His throne after He became the first fruit in resurrection. Only He has the sanctity to be with the Father. On the contrary the Jews who are at the present still "Lo-Ammi", (not My people) are yet to see, accept and mourn Christ whom they pierced (Zech. 12:10), only then will their cleansing begin, and together with the righteous resurrected Jews, form the reborn, new, nation of Israel, the eventual Jeshurun, (the ideal Israel).
There is a curious verse (Isa. 66:7) which seems to say that a child (nation) will be born before the normal travail of labour. However; the "before" (Str. 2962) is probably mistranslated in the A.V., and should read "delayed", "suspended", "not yet", "none-occurrence". The meaning being that the nation being brought to being is suspended! That prophecy foreshadows the rejection of Christ by Israel, and therefore their own rejected ("Lo-Ammi"), state for 2000 years. After the Zech. 12:10 experience, the rest of Isa. 66 applies and is wonderful for Israel and other peoples of God. That a nation is being brought forth cannot be disputed, as in the following verse (Isa. 66: 8), Zion is travailed! Verses 7 & 8 therefore seem to contradict, except for the above possible explanation, and a filling full of the prophecy. It is supremely significant, that as soon as Antichrist breaks his peace agreement with Israel, (2nd ½ of 70th week Dan.) Chapter 11 of Rev. and its events start, which correspond with Isa. 66:8, "for as soon as Zion travaileth, she brought forth her sons (children)". This is the birth of the new nation of Israel. The one that will have such Earthly blessing in the 1000 years of Jehovah / Christ's reign on Earth, whose borders will be as the promise made to Abraham by Jehovah (Gen. 12:2-3), (Gen. 15:18), (Jer. 32:37-42), (Jer. 33:14-16), (Jer. 33:25-26), (Ezk. 11:17-20), (Ezk. 34) & (Ezk. 47:15-21), and many other references throughout Scripture. The birth of this nation is one of the great events in the plan of Jehovah Zebaoth on Earth, and will be greeted with great joy in Heaven and Earth, as it corresponds with the praise of the heavenly hosts for the vanquishing of the Evil One on earth (Rev. 19:1), which was prophesied in Psalm 104:35.
And (a)she brought forth (b)a son, a male, (c)who is about to (d)rule all the nations with an iron staff: (e)and her child was caught away unto God, and to His throne.
(b) "A son, a male"; the original Greek has these empathic words. It is emphasised; there is no mistaking the gender of the child (male), which has important implications for the Satanically inspired workings worldwide, attempting the reversal of the Almighty's order in creation and design and purpose, bringing the female to the fore "to take the male position". This child is The Christ of V.4, (see note).
(c) "Who is about"; i.e. about to start His rule. The Greek gives this explicit meaning, whereas the Authorised uses the word "was", which diminishes the importance and imminence of what is about to take place, and was so translated to conform to Church of England and Roman teaching. The AV also with the use of "was", implies past tense, or failure, which is not the case.
(d) "Rule all the nations with an iron staff"; Christ to rule with an iron staff. The fact is all the nations on Earth will be thus ruled. The "iron staff", shows clearly that it will be very firm, fair, and just. In fact justice will be redefined (or returned to its original meaning) from the present humanly and Satanically conspired mess of compromise, vested interest, cowardice and evil intent, to the absolute Jehovah / Christ standard, which will usher onto the Earth the peace and security which mankind of goodwill has always desired. At the present time, the fallen state of mankind, aided and enforced by Satan and his demons is bringing complete ruin on the Earth. In the yet future state of this verse, Satan and demons will be consigned to 1000 years of imprisonment in the bottomless pit (Zech. 13:2) & (Rev. 20:1-3).