The Messiah announced
“A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the mood under her feet and crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.” Revelation 12:1 – 2. God’s purpose for calling Abraham was to preserve a human line loyal to Him through whom the Savior of the world would come. The woman in pain refers to the descendants of Abraham, the nation of Israel. Through the surrounding countries, Satan engaged in a relentless pursuit of Israel’s people, intending to disrupt God’s plan for humankind. The Jewish nation suffered from disproportional external and internal pressure. However, God preserved the Remnant within Judah, and the world’s Savior did come into the world. They suffered because God chose to, through them, bring the Messiah into the world. The relentless evil efforts by God’s Enemy is portrayed as the birth-pains.
The birth-pains apply to the People of Israel as a nation. Mary, the Messiah’s earthly mother, did not experience the birth pains when she gave birth to Jesus. The prophet Isaiah prophesied, long before the Messiah, that the son would be born before the mother went into labor. “Before she goes into labor, she gives birth; before the pains come upon her, she delivers a son. Isaiah 66:7. Satan did not have the power to harm Mary because God chose her to through her; the Messiah would have His human ancestry. Satan knew that the fullness of time is very near when the Messiah would be born. Accordingly, Satan did his best to eliminate Judah’s people, and if possible, prevent the birth of the Messiah.
Satan employed the four successive kingdoms to destroy God’s chosen people and prevent the Messiah’s birth. When it became clear that he will not be able to destroy Judah’s people, Satan attempted to assimilate them into surrounding nations. God, however, purposed to save fallen humankind in fullness of time. Accordingly, God preserved a remnant in Judah, who maintained the knowledge of one true God and the right knowledge of God. Through the remnant in Judah, God assured humankind that the world’s Creator would triumph over evil. God, who loves us, did not leave us in the kingdom of sin and darkness. Despite Satan’s best efforts to prevent it, the Savior of the world did come to save it. Because the Messiah was born, Satan became very angry. He employed even more evil measures to eliminate the Messiah. He attempted to kill Him through King Herod. However, God has always been a step ahead of Satan’s evil aims. The Messiah has been preserved.
Satan’s evil plan; read the next blog.