â€œAnd 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.â€ (Revelation 12:5)
This remarkable scene was part of a great vision given to the apostle John as the Lord was revealing to him â€œthe things which shall be hereafterâ€ (Revelation 1:19). He had seen an amazing â€œsignâ€ in heavenâ€”a woman â€œclothed with the sun . . . travailing in birth,â€ with â€œa great red dragonâ€ awaiting the delivery and ready â€œto devour her child as soon as it was bornâ€ (Revelation 12:1-4).
Although the whole vision is richly symbolic, the figure of the man child clearly refers to Jesus Christ, because it is He alone who must eventually rule all nations â€œwith a rod of ironâ€ (Revelation 19:15). Thus, the symbolic â€œwomanâ€ must suggest His human mother, Mary, but also Eve, the â€œmother of all livingâ€ (Genesis 3:20), for in His human birth, the Son of God became also â€œthe Son of manâ€ (Acts 7:56; Revelation 1:13). The vision, in fact, dramatizes the long warfare between the great dragon (i.e., Satanâ€”Revelation 12:9) and the seed of the woman (Genesis 3:15).
In the vision, the â€œman childâ€ will have been â€œcaught upâ€ (i.e., â€œrapturedâ€) to heaven, and the dragon and his angels â€œcast outâ€ to earth (Revelation 12:5-9). But when Christ returns from heaven, all believers, living and dead, will also be â€œcaught upâ€ to meet Him in the air, and thus may well be included in the man child of the great â€œsign.â€
There has been continuous warfare between the seed of the Serpent and the spiritual seed of the woman. The Dragon is forever â€œwroth with the womanâ€ and with â€œthe remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christâ€ (Revelation 12:17). But Christ will finally prevail and cast Satan into the eternal lake of fire (Revelation 20:10). HMM