Revelation 12: the woman, the dragon, and the man child
"For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ." 2 Corinthians 11:2,3
2 Corinthians 11:2,3 clearly defines a woman to be a church.
Note: It is interesting that Paul makes a reference to Eve and the Fall in regards to the church... because Revelation does also.
Ephesians 5:31,32 clearly defines a woman to be a church. Quoting Genesis 2:24 concerning the first couple, Adam and Eve, and the first marriage, Paul says,
"For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. ..."
But he doesn't stop there but continues with...
"... This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. "
Note: It is interesting here that Paul makes an indirect reference to Eve in regards to the church... because Revelation does also.
"And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman... And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered." Revelation 12:1,2
"And she brought forth a man child..." Revelation 12:5
Notice that Jesus makes reference to this pregnancy...
"A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world." John 16:21
And He defines it...
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy." John 16:20
And He speaks these words at the Last Supper just before He is about to head out to Gethsemane and Calvary where the disciples will experience the greatest disappointment and sorrow they have ever experienced. And what is this joy they will experience? Is it the birth of a son?
"God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee." Acts 13:33
Yes! Indeed it is!
"And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne." Revelation 12:5
"And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. 12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. Revelation 12:10-12
These two texts are parallels! But how so?
"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb..." (Revelation 12:11) "...the blood of the Lamb..." That is an obvious reference to the crucifixion!