|Mystic Figure, The Male Child,
Verses 5-6 (NASB)
The most obvious is the male child is Christ Himself and the mother is Israel (as a chosen people), Psalm 2:7-9.
The less obvious is the male child is the overcomers, Revelation 2:26-27 and the mother is the church of believers. This is not so impossible or confusing as true overcomers are "in Christ" (Romans 12:3-5-8; Philippians 1:21; and 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
With respect to the less obvious, the overcomers according to 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 are with Him; the Laodicean overcomers (Revelation 3:21) are granted the privilege to sit on the throne even as Christ Himself is an overcomer. PRAISE HIM!Believers (overcomers) at regeneration time will sit on twelve thrones judging Israel (chosen people -- not overcomers because of unbelief) according to Matthew 19:27-28-30.
Symbolically, the wilderness is a place of trial and much hardship for humans; yet, it is the place of peace and confident rest for God and His people. Recall this PLACE is prepared by God (John 14:1-11, Isaiah 33:13-16).
This time period is the GREAT TRIBULATION. If it lasted any longer, all life may disappear (Matthew 24:15-22).Revelation 11:3-4) speak out, and that this is the same 42 weeks that is given to "the beast" to do his boasting (Revelation 13:5).
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