Verse 14 (NASB)
International Version God's WordTM
14. And the two wings of the great eagle were
given to the
in order that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she
was nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence
of the serpent.
And the two wings of the GREAT EAGLE were
given to the
In the covenant made with Israel upon leaving Egypt, the "wings of
19:3-6) is the expression used to describe how quickly the
made. In this verse, during the tribulation the WOMAN (Israel as a
nation) is transported very quickly to the wilderness. Some biblical
scholars feel that the United States or other ally of Israel will
provide aircraft or helicopters to "fly" the people to the wilderness.
However, the use of "GREAT EAGLE" (fourth
chapter - see verse 1) would indicate a supernatural
(like the way through the Red Sea). Jesus talked about how quickly this
must happen in Matthew
in order that she might FLY into the
wilderness to HER
The "wilderness" is where God holds court. Ezekiel explains in Ezekiel
20:32-39. And after the judgment, a bonding will take place
His chosen people again (Hosea
2:14-23). The last part of the Hosea prophesy indicates that
Gentile believers will be considered part of "My people". Some scholars
use this to say that "the WOMAN" here refers not only to Israel as
God's chosen people but also to all born-again believers. See also Deuteronomy
32:4-18 and Isaiah
where she was nourished for a time and times
and half a
Even in the harshest of conditions, God still NOURISHES! This is both
spiritually and physically.
Note the precision of the time period: time equals a
equals two years, and total time is 3 1/2 years or 1260 days (verse 6).
from the PRESENCE of the SERPENT.
How comforting to know that believers are protected from the devil when
they are "feeding on God's Word". We don't have to try to eat and watch
over our shoulders for an evil attack. This is a deep spiritual truth
that even David recognizes in Psalm
There is a reference switch here from DRAGON to SERPENT.
the equivalence of the two. The switch back to DRAGON is made in verse 16.
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