KJV Revelation 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
It is my conviction that verse six should have been a continuation in the Bible as one verse with verse 5. The phrase "the woman fled into the wilderness" is also in the "aorist tense" as was the catching away in verse 5. What difference does that make ? The woman doesn't flee into the wilderness until after the war in heaven, Satan is cast down, and God gives her wings of an eagle to fly into the wilderness, ( vs 7, 13,14).
The aorist tense simply states that something happens, without reference to time. In English, it looks like the man child is caught up, the woman flees and there is a war in heaven, Satan is cast down, then pursues the woman who is given wings to fly into the wilderness. In other words, it appears she flees twice. In verse 6, it is a statement of fact, and in verse 14, it is written in the "present tense", in reference to the dragon being cast down and pursuing her.
So the true sequence of events is as follows : a. the man child is caught up b. there is a war in heaven, c. Satan is cast down d. Satan pursues the woman e. The woman is given wings that she may flee into the wilderness.
Remember, all these events are occurring in the vision given to John "in the LORD'S day" ( the Day of the Lord, not Sunday ) ...... the great day of God. This This is in the 7th head world gov't regime, and John lived in the 6th head, Roman regime. This war in heaven has not happened yet. Satan still stands before the throne in heaven accusing the brethren. ( Rev 12:10; Eph 3:10, 6:12; ) KJV Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. ( Literally, in the heavenlies ) Definition of "heavenlies": w. ref. to heaven as the dwelling of God and what belongs there heavenly (HE 12.22); (2) subst. (a) dwellers in heaven, heavenly beings (PH 2.10); (b) what is derived fr. God heavenly things, divine or spiritual things (JN 3.12); (c) ta. as the dwelling place of God heaven, the heavenly world, the heavenly places (EP 3.10); <<-------
Continuing in verse six " where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days."
She will flee ( after the war in heaven ) into a wilderness where she has a place prepared of God to nourish her. Definitionally, "wilderness" speaks of a place bereft of aid, friends, kindred, etc. But here God is protecting her, nourishing her, providing for her for 3.5 years. Remember in the days of King Ahab, God had 7,000 prophets hidden in caves. I believe this woman continues to produce spiritual offspring during these 3.5 years. She is still clothed with the sun, the word of God as the lamp for her feet, and crowned with a victor's wreath garnished with 12 stars of spiritual authority. Who are "they" which feed her for 3.5 years ? The pronoun "they" points to those of this earth who dwell in this "spiritual wilderness", the earth ( v16) The "earth" speaks of those whose citizenship is of this world, not in the heavenlies ( Matt 5:13; Lu 8:18; Eph 2:19; Phil 3:20 ). Just as God provided for the 7,000 prophets,and for Elijah in the midst of a godless world, he will provide for this woman food for the body, soul & spirit. There will be people who will have compassion on the woman and the remnant of her seed. They will house them, feed them, hide them. Many of them in turn, will become believers.
She is in hiding for 1260 days or, 42 months @ 30 days a month = 3.5yrs. This is also seen in verse 14 as "Time, times, and half a times". We'll discuss where she is hiding when we cover verses 14-16. Just remember that she doesn't go into hiding until after the war in heaven, Satan is cast down to earth, and he begins to persecute her.
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