(2) And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
In this vision, a woman appears to John. She is described as being “clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars”.
This woman represents the people of God…
Christ shines forth in their life (clothed with sun); they share in the many blessings of God (the moon at their feet); and are made up of people of God throughout history (the crown of twelve stars – the 12 tribes of OT Israel and the 12 NT apostles of Christ.
Also, she is said to be “with child” and is “travailing in birth and pained to be delivered”. Who is this child and what is the great birth that is about to take place?…
The child is a symbolic representation of Christ, and the birth of this child is describing Christ being born into this world in Bethlehem during His first coming. Throughout the Old Testament times, God’s people anxiously looked forward to the coming of their promised Messiah. Much like a woman who, feeling labor pains, who anxiously looks forward to the approaching birth of her child. The coming Messiah was their only hope for deliverance and the central source of their joy…
Psa 39:7 KJV – “And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.”
Isa 25:9 KJV – “And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”
Just as the OT saints eagerly waited for the first coming of the Messiah, we also, as New Testament saints, should be excitedly waiting for the second coming of Jesus, the Messiah. It will be at His coming that we will be delivered from this sinful world. This is the focus of our joy and hope in the midst of a sinful world….
Tit 2:12-14 KJV – “Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”
1 Th 2:19-20 KJV – “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? For ye are our glory and joy.”
For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation