Is Mary the Woman of Revelation 12?
Pastor Ross: We have Patrick who is listening from Fort Lauderdale, in Florida. Patrick, welcome to the program.
Patrick: My question is with regards to Revelation 12, which speaks of the pure woman. I understand that women represent the church, which is the Bride of Christ, but what I don't understand is why is it that on that same woman gives birth to Christ, wouldn't that make her his mother?
Pastor Doug: Well, not really, First of all, you've got seven women in the Bible that have miracle births. All the miracle births end up having boys. Those boys are all types of Christ in the Bible. Whether it's Isaac, or Samson, or Samuel, their mothers were all barren and then through a miracle, they gave birth. This woman who is bringing forth, just like Mary was a virgin, Mary's a type of that woman, but the reason we don't think it's Mary in Revelation 12, is because later it says that, "The child is caught up to the throne of God." That's Jesus died, and He ascended to heaven. And then the dragon makes war on the woman, and she flees into the wilderness.
Well, Mary never did any of that, but the church had to flee from persecution in the prophecy. Revelation is full of symbols. Keep in mind the woman in Revelation 12, is the opposite of the woman in Revelation 17. The woman Revelation 17 is certainly not Mary, it says she's a harlot. The woman in revelation 12, is clothed with the sun, moon, and star. She's a symbol of the church, which is the light of the world, Jesus said. That DVD that we just talked about Pastor Ross and that website, goes into revelation 12 in great deep, that starts with that woman in Revelation 12. Patrick you would really enjoy watching that if you can get online, anybody, Revelation Mystery.
Pastor Ross: We have a study guide called, The Bride of Christ, that also focuses on Revelation Chapter 12. Just give us a call on our resource line, 800-835-6747. You can ask for the study guide called, The Bride of Christ. We'll be happy to send that to you Patrick or anybody else who calls and asks.