|Revelation Chapter 12
NY Study Group
|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:
2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
3 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.
4 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.
5 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.
6 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.
7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
9 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.
10 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.
11 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.
12 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.
13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
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.
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.
16 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.
17 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.
|WOMAN - The soul, the record in a collective
sense as the soul of Mankind, collective unconscious.
SUN, MOON, UNDER HER FEET - In control of vital forces, instincts.
CROWNED WITH TWELVE STARS - Perfect state.
CHILD - Active mental principle, the conscious mind.
RED DRAGON - Urges for rebellion on spiritual level.
SEVEN HEADS AND SEVEN CROWNS - Rebellious urges in control of endocrine centers.
TEN HORNS - Aggressive urges for self-gratification through senses.
RON OF IRON - Symbol of control.
WILDERNESS - Below level of consciousness.
1260 DAYS - Period of passive state.
MICHAEL AND ANGELS - Protective forces.
WINGS OF EAGLE - Mental ability to rise above physical conditions.
WATER AS A FLOOD - Destructive emotions.
REMNANT OF HER SEED - Established ideals.
(N.B. John is now given a picture of the soul of Man in its development since the beginning in a historical sense - showing the relaitonshp of the conscious mind to the subsconscious, and which came first.)
1. "The great wonder" is symbolic of the human soul, fully illumined and in control of consciousness, crowned with the twelve basic patterns of Man. Her child is the active principle of mind, the "conscious mind", as we call it. None of this is as yet come into materiality.
3. Simultaneously, a parallel activity takes place. With the coming of the conscious mind, the rival force of Self Will occurs, whch brings about recurring periods of rebellion in Man.
5. However, through Divine intervention, the conscious mind is taken into "protective custody" while the unconscious mind from which it has sprung, is withdrawn below the conscious level, where it continues to be supplied for a period. (See Genesis 1, 2, 3 - "Fall of man")
9. The forces of rebellion are removed from the levels of mentality and now have their place in the body.
10., 11. It is now the duty of the human mind to control the rebellious urges coming from the physical as a result of experience in the world.
13. Rebellion from the physical next brings conflict into the soul (persecution) but the soul can remain above it by remaining concealed from the forces of Self Will.
15. The emotions coming as a result of the struggles between the soul and Self-Will are absorbed by the body, but there remains ever the danger of continued attacks upon all established ideals.