The Woman with a Crown of 12 Stars - A Prophecy Fulfilled in 1948

The prophecy of the "woman with 12 stars"  is invariably explained as "Mary giving birth to Jesus", but this is impossible because a prophecy must relate to a future event and this event was already nearly 100 years in the past when the prophecy was made: In any case, the explanation just doesn't fit what the prophecy actually says! Read it carefully:

Revelation Ch 12 v 1

And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: 2And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. 3And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 4And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. 5And 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. 6And 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 says quite clearly in Chapter 4v1 of The Book of Revelation, before the visions commence, that a "voice from Heaven" says "come up here and I will show you what must come to pass hereafter" 

Since the Book of Revelation is generally accepted to have been written in 93 AD, the birth of Jesus was already nearly 100 years in the past when this prophecy was made.

Moreover, nothing or no one stood by to devour Jesus on birth. Herod didn't even know about Jesus at the time of his birth and it was at least 2 years before he allegedly massacred all the children under 3 years of age.

Secondly, Mary was never persecuted. It is true the family is supposed to have fled to Egypt but that was to protect Jesus from the later (alleged) threat to him from Herod. Mary was never personally persecuted.

And finally, virtually all Bible scholars are agreed that if Mary and Joseph did actually flee to Egypt, they would not have been there for three and a half years because all strict Jews, which Mary and Joseph would have been, were required to visit Jerusalem annually on the anniversary of the Passover.

That would have been a massive undertaking, on foot, with an infant in tow, not to mention, of course, that they would have been walking straight back into the very trap they had fled to escape! So if they did flee to Egypt, it was certainly not for three and a half years! 

So this explanation does not really hold up, even if we ignore the obvious requirement that a prophecy must be about a future event and especially in this case where God has specifically decreed that the events shown must "come to pass hereafter" 

This may seem an obvious point and one could be excused for thinking that all Bible Scholars would know this! But no, even when this is pointed out to them, they wriggle and squirm and try to say that the Book of Revelation is about future events but not exclusively so!

By what authority do they dare to contradict God who has said otherwise?

Please do go on to Bible Question sites like Got Questions.org and ask the question yourself. Take note of the ridiculous answers you get and share them with us. Let's all have a good laugh together!

So what is this prophecy actually about?

This is a prophecy about the most important event in Jewish History for 2000 years  - the creation of the Independent Jewish State of Israel in 1948. This is a prophecy which could not possibly be excluded from any credible book which purports to fortell the future of the Jewish Nation. Let's examine this prophecy carefully now to see how all the details of the actual fulfillment match exactly the details in the prophecy.

It was, of course, the United Nations which actually “created” the State of Israel with Resolution 181, in November 1947 and should therefore be considered to be the true “mother”. This Resolution also fulfilled the incredible prophecy by Isaiah that the New State would be created in one day!

But what has twelve stars got to do with the "mother" if she is the United Nations? The twelve stars symbol is just a "clue" which, we will see, as we examine the prophecies one by one, is a common ploy in the Book of Revelation, to help the reader identify the event being described. I will make a special point as we proceed, of drawing your attention to each of these "clues" as we encounter them. Some are very subtle and even appear to have a touch of humour attached!

This particular clue just says "this is about Israel" and the vision predicts "The Birth of the New Jewish State of Israel" and shows the related events surrounding this "birth".

Now let's examine the fine detail:

It appears that a "Dragon with 7 heads and 10 horns" stood ready to devour the child as soon as it was born. Whatever the Dragon was, it was obviously fiercely opposed the formation of the New State and intended to attack it as soon as it was created. This entity should then be easy to identify just by checking the history books, or as we normally do today, by looking on Google!

It is revealed on Google that in 1945 seven Arab Nations, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen joined to create the League of Arab States and it was this alliance which threatened and did attack Israel on the day after it was created.

If further confirmation is needed of the identity of this "dragon", there is mention in a later prophecy in Rev 13 which describes what appears to be the same entity, except that it is now called a Beast with seven heads and ten horns and it supplies us with the  following additional information:

3 One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth followed the beast with wonder.

In 1979, Egypt was suspended from the league because it had signed a peace treaty with Israel but it was re-admitted in 1990.

The “head” which was “mortally wounded” would seem to be Egypt, which was one “head” of the seven-head alliance. The mortal wound was healed when it was re-elected in 1990.

So this confirms the identity of the dragon or beast with seven heads but what is the relevance of the 10 horns? Later in Revelation 17v8 it explains that "the ten horns are ten kings, who have received no kingdom as yet but receive power for one hour with the Beast" 

It is not obvious at this stage what this means. How can a man be a King without a Kingdom?

It will become clear later, when persons are labelled "kings" but are obviously not kings as we would normally understand it. Knowing what they are, when they are identified, will clearly show us what is meant here but the explanation is difficult before reviewing these later prophecies and so, for the moment, must wait until later to be revealed. 

The newly formed State of Israel desperately defended itself but would have been overrun if it had not been for the United Nations ordering a cease-fire and setting up the UN Truce Supervision Organization, by Resolution 50 on 29th May.

“Caught up by God” would be an over-elaboration but Israel was certainly saved by a “higher power”, which could be described as the “god of the earth”, being the most powerful organization in the world at that time.

Finally “the mother” is said to have been given the "two wings of the great eagle" (the bald eagle is the emblem of the United States of America) to escape to the place "prepared for her for 1260 days", which equates to 3.5 years.

The United Nations Headquarters moved from Switzerland to New York in 1952, when the new Headquarters building was completed. The corner-stone, had been laid in 1949 but unfortunately, the only accurate recorded dates of the construction are the laying the cornerstone and the finishing date, which spans a period of 3 ¼ years. However, it is obvious that several months would have been necessary to prepare the site and excavate the foundations, before the cornerstone was laid, so the complete building work would have taken in the region of 3 ½ years.

The "mother of the male child", the United Nations, could reasonably have been said to have been carried “by the wings of the great eagle” to a place prepared for her for 3½ years, (1260 days), which was the time taken to construct the new building, rather than the time she was "given sanctuary". It just depends how you read it and indeed, on the punctuation, which seems to conspicuous by its absence!

So every tiny detail slots into place and I think there can be little doubt about the interpretation of this prophecy.

In any case, as I have said before, it would be inconceivable that the Book of Revelation would not contain a prophecy about this massively important event and there is nothing else in this amazing book which could possibly be interpreted as this event.

The interpretattion of the Woman with 12 Stars Prophecy as the Birth of the New Jewish State of Israel is perfect in every detail!

But is the misinterpretation of this prophecy as the birth of Jesus really important? Its only one of many, isn't it?

Unfortunately, the answer is a resounding

Yes - It alters the interpretation of the whole of the rest of the Book of Revelation

If the interpretation is allowed to remain as the birth of Jesus, then the "Beast with Seven Heads" becomes a Beast associated with the "seven hills" of Rome and that it was The Holy Roman Empire represented by Herod, which stood by to kill the child.

This establishes the Roman Empire as the "Beast" throughout the Book of Revelation and results in the completely incorrect assumption that because the Roman Empire no longer exists in 2015, a "Revived Roman Empire" will arise In the End Times to terrorise us as "The Beast" or "The Antichrist", and will "kill all those who will not worship It or its Image, or have the number 666 tatooed on his head or his right hand".

But if the Beast with Seven Heads is correctly identified as The League of Arab States, it will be seen that all the terrible events predicted to occur in the "Last Days" associated with these "beasts" have already happened and were nowhere near as apocalyptic as is suggested by so-called "Bible Scholars" and "End Times Prophets-of-Doom"!

This whole horrendous scenario is based soley on the misinterpretation of the very first prophecy in the Book of Revelation, for which there can be no excuse, since its interpretation should have become quite obvious in 1948!

There is a quite incredible possibility for the long-standing misinterpretation. Could it be that the  story of the nativity was fabricated specifically to "fulfill" this prediction in the Book of Revelation?

Although the prophecy was made by John of Patmos in 93 AD, it would probably have been written down before the nativity account in the gospel, which was not written down until possibly as late as 110 AD

So there was plenty of time to add the details about Herod's massacre of the children (an alleged atrocity not recorded in history books) and the supposed flight of Mary and Joseph to Egypt to avoid the ficticious massacre.

When the prophecy was actually fulfilled in 1948, the previously claimed fulfillment in the birth of Jesus and the resultant misinterpretation of the whole Book of Revelation, was too far advanced to be changed by subsequent professed "Bible Scholars" and the Church has never been too interested in the truth, only what they have decided people should know!