Revelation 12:13 “And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man [child].”
This verse teaches us a few things. The devil realized he was cast down to earth, so in retaliation he seeks the woman, Israel and Christianity as whole for that matter, because “she” brought forth the man child, Jesus.
We continue to see this happening today. Though Christianity leads the world as the dominate religion, a prime example of a new attack on Christians is the New Age movement, which if you’ve read anything prior I have ever written or anything on the New Age for that matter, you know that it is merely a mash up of old pagan religions and eastern mysticism, and no 2 New Age religions are completely alike, because it’s literally just a religion created by someone who cherry picked all their favorite beliefs, and often has nothing derived from the Word of God or Jesus.
Also, we cannot forget what is happening in Israel still today, with the ongoing war and attacks from Gaza, and vice-versa. This ongoing feud seems never ending, and the devil is at play on both sides, but God has one side, and good will prevail in the end. I won’t get too deep into this battle here, as you can spin it so many ways, and of course politics are involved - but when you look at the actual details and facts through a lens of purely what is good and what is evil, what is for God and what is not, it is very easy to form a conclusion.
Revelation 12:14 “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 a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.”
The “wings of a great eagle” mentioned here are not actually bird wings, but a mental image to depict God’s providential protection of Israel. We can compare an example of this found in Exodus where the same imagery was used:
Exodus 19:4 (ESV): You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.
Wings are often references to protection and quick escapes from persecution in the Bible:
Psalm 91:4 (KJV): He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Isaiah 40:31 (KJV): But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
The eagle itself, on the other hand, is symbolic of God. I believe it means God will protect us in the midst of the trouble, and always provide a way out. And at the end of it all, it shows again that God will protect the true church.
The second part of this verse tells us of how “she” (Israel) can “fly into the wilderness where will be nourished for a time” from Satan. During this time, God will protect Israel from Satan whom will be unable to get them completely because of God’s protection, but he will be attacking them and trying nonetheless. “A time, and times, and half a time” refers to three and a half years:
Revelation 11:2-3 (KJV): But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.
Revelation 13:5 (KJV): And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
This also falls in line with the last half of the Great Tribulation period, where will see a worldwide persecution of those who genuinely believe in Jesus without room for doubt or swaying of opinion:
Revelation 13:7 (KJV): And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
(the “saints” mentioned here are not the old saints of the Bible, as this indicates those who are alive in a current time of events, and refers to those who diligently follow Jesus. It wouldn’t make sense to say that Satan is tormenting the dead saints of old on earth and among nations)
Revelation 12:15 “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.”
Once the devil begins to really struggle with the completion of his plan, he goes to work another way. “Cast out of his mouth water as a flood” refers to him corrupting the judgments of several persons, who taught and preached corrupt doctrine. You see, water is symbolic of the Word of God, and this is strange analogy at first because we are reading about water that comes from the serpent’s mouth.
I believe this is a multitude of false doctrine coming from Satan himself - lo and behold, the last decade or so has seen a huge wave of New Age religious movements. The “All-Inclusive” religion that cherry picks the best parts and leaves out the one’s that single anyone out. They often rarely talk about Jesus too and put Him on the back-burner, so to speak. In fact, most American adults self-identify as Christians, but many of those same Christians also hold what are characterized as “New Age” beliefs, such as reincarnation, astrology and psychics (to an extent, it is one thing to know and understand these, but quite another to pray and worship burning stars or wind, fire and air) and the presence of spiritual energy in physical objects such as mountains, the moon, or trees.
You even have to be careful with which Bible you read. Some of the new translations are very dangerous, and by a slip of wording to make things easier to read and comprehend, it actually changes the complete meaning of certain verses and causes more confusion. If Satan can’t destroy us outside of the church, then the final attempt to me would be to go inside the church with false doctrine that is so close to truth that we know in the Word that we would not even recognize the difference unless we are grounded and rooted in the Truth.
In general, this verse portrays trouble. Satan’s forces will sweep towards the Jew’s hiding places like a great flood so as to be drowned, killed or consumed by them, and I feel this applies to Christians in general as well, as there are many warnings in the Bible about such a thing happening during this time of the Tribulation, and specifically the second half.