Who is this who comes up from the wilderness leaning upon her beloved?


Wilderness – c) a desert – d) an uncultivated, uninhabited region, waste.

Lean – d) to bend the body so as to rest part of one’s weight upon something.

The Lord led the Israelites into the wilderness because it was a barren place where they would have to learn to lean on the Lord for everything. This is a blessed place. How else could they see the awesome miracles He would perform for them? This will make or break His people. Only two made it out of 600,000. Not even Moses made it to the Promise Land.

Revelation 12:12-14

12. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he has but a short time.

13. And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.

14. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

When Jesus died on the cross, Satan was cast out of heaven. He went in pursuit of the Church to stop her from spreading the Gospel. He knows Jesus will return and put him in the pit, so he is doing all he can to take everyone with him. He has great wrath. So where does the woman go for safety?

Verse 12 says to rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. The Greek word for dwell is “skenoo” meaning communion and protection. It refers to those who dwell in the heavenlies, in the presence of God as in Eph. 2:6. She has been given two wings of a great eagle that she might fly into the wilderness to her secret place that has been prepared for her by God. She is actually spiritually raptured and living a separated life in the wilderness away from the world and all its distractions.

The key here is that she might fly away to the wilderness. She has the choice to make. If we want to belong completely to the Lord, we need to be broken of many hindrances in the wilderness experience. He will not force us to go.

Verse 12 also says, “Woe to the inhabiters of the earth.” In verses 3:10, 6:10, 11:10 the word “dwell” is used for those that dwell upon the earth. This is a different word than the first “dwell.” The Greek word for “dwell” is “katoikeo” meaning to reside. The difference in the two words here are whether you are safely dwelling in the heavenly realm of the Holy Spirit or if you dwell in the earthly realm of the flesh.

The flesh is proud and self sufficient. We all have been born with a sin nature that needs to be crucified with Christ. Romans 8:1 says There is no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus who walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit. Does the flesh control you or does the Holy Spirit?

Romans 8:7 …the mind of the flesh which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit is death…but the mind of the Holy Spirit is life and soul peace both now and forever.

If we do not take up the wings of the Spirit, we will be cast to the fleshly realm and in great danger. We must put our hand in His and submit to His cleansing and refining process in the wilderness.

Then we will learn to lean on our Beloved in all things and become overcomer’s which will not cling to this life but “Rejoice in the Heavenly Realm.”


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