and she brought forth a male child, who is about to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, and caught away was her child unto God and His throne,
Revelation 12:5 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Revelation 12:5 per Adam Clarke
And her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne - In Yalcut Rubeni are these words: "Rachael, the niece of Methusala, was pregnant, and ready to be delivered in Egypt. They trod upon her, and the child came out of her bowels, and lay under the bed; Michael descended, and took him up to the throne of glory. On that same night the first born of Egypt were destroyed."
Revelation 12:5 per John Edward Clarke
And she brought forth a man child - The Christian Church, when her full time came, obtained a deliverer, who, in the course of the Divine providence, was destined: -
To rule all nations - The heathen Roman empire,
With a rod of iron - A strong figure to denote the very great restraint that should be put upon paganism, so that it should not be able longer to persecute the Christian Church. The man child mentioned in this verse is the dynasty of Christians emperors, beginning with Constantine's public acknowledgment of his belief in the divinity of the Christian religion, which happened in the latter part of a.d. 312, after the defeat of the Emperor Maxentius.
And her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne - A succession of Christian emperors was raised up to the Church; for the Roman throne, as Bishop Newton observes, is here called the throne of God, because there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Revelation 12:2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Jeremiah 31:22 How long will you go about, O you backsliding daughter? for the LORD has created a new thing in the earth, A woman shall compass a man.
Micah 5:3 Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travails has brought forth...
Matthew 1:25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
rule. See on ch.
Revelation 2:26,27 And he that overcomes, and keeps my works to the end, to him will I give power over the nations...
Revelation 19:15 And out of his mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron...
Psalm 2:9,10 You shall break them with a rod of iron; you shall dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel...
caught. See on ch.
Revelation 11:12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying to them, Come up here. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud...
Mark 16:19 So then after the Lord had spoken to them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
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