This is a verse by verse commentary on Revelation. You will find one article for every part of Revelation.
Revelation 12:6: “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.”
“And the woman fled into the wilderness,”
Israel runs away.
“where she hath a place prepared of God,”
God has something prepared for them where they’re going to flee towards in the wilderness. So the Jews are running away cause the dragon is chasing after them.
“that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.”
So here are some interesting points here:
– who are “they”?
– how long is “1260 days”?
– what are they being fed with?
Micah 7:14 “Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage, which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old.”
Micah’s telling God to feed his people. When will God feed His people? That’s at Revelation.
“with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage,” notice the wording sounds like a shepherd here, that sounds like David. That could be another supporting reference for David where David was known as a shepherd. Or it could be Jesus again too, because He’s known as a great shepherd.
“Feed thy people with thy rod,” That can be more specifically to God and Jesus, so that could be possible.
“the flock of thine heritage, which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel:” They’re isolated. Why? Because the Bible says she fled to the wilderness, she’s going to a place where no one finds her.
“let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old.” So like in the days of old, God did feed the Jews in the wilderness. When did God ever feed His people in the wilderness back then? Jews under Moses with manna from heaven.
Micah 7:15:“According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I shew unto him marvellous things.”
It is the Jews and manna from heaven.
Who feeds Israel?
If God is feeding them, He’s feeding them manna. This might give a clue to something else.
We know that manna is referring to angel’s food, so we got the answer here to who “they” could be. “They” is referring to the angels. Did that ever happen that the angels gave food to people in the wilderness?
Matthew 4:11:“Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.”
Jesus was in the wilderness if you look at verse 1. The angels were taking care of people in the wilderness.
1 Kings 19:5-6: “And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat. And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again.”
Elijah was fleeing away, where? In verse 4, in the wilderness. He was fed in the wilderness by an angel. Did this happen again? Yes, verse 7 and 8.
This happened multiple times in the wilderness, so it’s natural to think that the angels would be the ones to feed.
Where does the manna come from?
Back to our main text, we know that the Jews are being fed with manna. It’s very important to understand where this manna is coming from. We do know that this is angel’s food but where, particularly, would manna be coming from?
What are the seven heads of Leviathan?
The heads of the leviathan are representing these world powers. These heads and these powers who rule over the world during the tribulation persecute the nation of Israel. You can read more about these powers in details in this article. In summary, here are the likely seven world powers that Satan gave power to:
2. Pharaoh in Egypt
3. Sennacherib, Assyria
4. Nebuchadrezzar, Babylon
5. King of Persia
6. Alexander the Great, Greece
7. Caesar, Rome
What the world powers are going to be doing is that when they persecute the Jews, they’re going to eat the Jews like cannibals. Because they eat them up like cannibals, God gives them a payback.
What is the manna that the tribulation Jews are eating?
What God does is that He bashes the heads of Satan, which represents his world power. What comes out of the head of the dragon is a part of him that is edible to eat, and this is manna. Satan tried to devour the child in Revelation 12 and God’s going to pay them back by the Jews eating up the devil.
Psalms 74:14:“Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness.”
“heads” is plural. “him” singular. Satan who has multiple heads, gavest him to be meat to the people in the wilderness.