And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth. Revelation 12:1-2
For many years it has been believed that this chapter in Revelation was allegorical. It wasn’t until recently that the technology has been available to view stellar alignments through the whole of history. We now know that the great sign described by John in Revelation 12 is that of a specific event which is to take place on September 23, 2017. This alignment has never before taken place and will never take place again.
As with previous celestial signs many people draw erroneous conclusions. The blood moons tetrad of 2014-2015 is the latest example. While the blood moons were an important sign, only the 7th to fall on Jewish Feasts since Christ, with previous two resulting in the return of Israel followed by the return of Jerusalem. Many teachers deceptively implied it meant the start of apocalypse. They used the verse in Joel talking about the Day of the Lord to sell books.
The celestial signs are markers of a prophetic hour. This does not mean that on the day or year they are displayed in the heavens we are to expect the lever to be pulled. It is the same with the Revelation 12 sign. It is an important sign. Its symbolism marks the Day of the Lord, the catching away of the Bride and the time of Jacob’s Trouble. Both the church and Israel are a part of the sign, as is Messiah. The sign also indicates the dragon is cast down and the following chapter is the introduction of the antichrist.
I expect much to change in the coming years on the world stage. Prophetic happenings are occurring at a dizzying pace. Many hack their way through the internet attempting to find the next prediction (there are many). They see a date and focus in on THE DATE while missing the deeper import of what is taking place. The date of the Revelation 12 sign is set. We know it is significant but we do not know if anything will take place on that day. If it follows the pattern of previous signs the event of significance takes place within a 2 year window on either side. 2017-2018 will be the time frame where we can expect to see something take place with the Temple.
As for the catching away and the revealing of the antichrist there is nobody who can say when this will take place. The revealing is an appointed time, so anyone who claims to know who the antichrist is claiming to have special knowledge prior to the appointed revealing.
Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction. 2 Thessalonians 2:3
This sign represents the completion of grace. Taking place on the 3rd day after the year 5777 on the Hebrew calendar, it literally reads “the divine spiritual completion of grace”. Does it mean the tribulation begins on this? Absolutely not. It does let us know that we are in the season for this take place. God’s timetable is not bound to ours but He gives made the stars for signs and seasons. Quite simply, the Revelation 12 sign says we are in the season of the catching away, the revealing of the antichrist and the time of Jacob’s Trouble.