Extracts and comments from Revelation Chp. 12:4(c) & Isa. 66:8
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! (One explanation for this puzzle is that the Declaration of The "State of Israel"; which took place on the 14th day of May 1948; and Israel became a Nation "in one day"; was the beginning of what has yet to be completed, as per. Isa. 66:9)! 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 greatest 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.
Who hath heard such a thing? Who hath seen such things? Shall the Earth be made to bring forth in one day? Or shall a Nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion travelled she brought forth her children.