We Which Are Alive and Remain 2
T he Manchild
Revelation 12: 1-17 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: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And 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. And 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. 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. And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
This cataclysmic event is forecast in the beginning of the Bible and can be systematically tracked through the six thousand years (days) of the redemptive working week of God, to this very generation.
A major fulfilment is seen in the life of the Lord Jesus Christ in His death on the cross of Calvary. It is here that He (the seed of the woman), smites the serpent's head, crushing his skull, (at Calvary), there defeating the devil, stripping him of his authority.
Notice also, (and we are very negligent and quick to ignore this statement), the devil will be given authority over the heel of the woman’s seed, (the remnant of her seed). Thou shalt bruise his heel! This is the unwise virgin class, the outer court class, that is totally dominated, controlled, exterminated by the Antichrist, (the devil in human form), during the coming great tribulation period of three and a half years.
Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
And what of this man child? He is shown to be alive immediately before the second coming of Christ, but does he remain?
No. He is caught up to God and his throne, (some four and a half years before the second coming).
He is not destroyed as the previous two categories. He is alive, and after his catching up, he does remain, in heaven! But, he does not remain on the earth. Indeed, he never touches the earth, neither does he have a ministry on or to the earth. His ministry is in heaven; and what a ministry! His arrival causes war to break out: war in heaven. Yes, his ministry will cause hell in heaven!
This point is overlooked by those who struggle and wrestle the scriptures in an endeavour to prove this child is the Lord Jesus.
Jesus ministry was to the earth and was accomplished on the earth. He came from heaven to earth. The man child’s ministry is quite the reverse! He comes from earth and goes to heaven, there to precipitate the greatest battle the heavens will ever witness. You can be sure its effect will be felt on earth. The final ejecting of Satan from the heavens, his final manifestation on the earth in the form of the Antichrist, is the fulfilling of the promise to him. The outer court class will be given into his hand, he will bruise the heel of the woman’s seed, he will make war against the saints and will overcome them.