6 And [kai] the woman [gune] fled [pheugo] into [eis] the wilderness, [eremos]
where [hopou] she hath [echo] a place [topos] prepared [hetoimazo] of [apo] God, [theos] that [hina] they should
feed [trepho] her [autos] there [ekei] a thousand [chilioi] two hundred [diakosioi] and
threescore [hexekonta] days. [hemera] KJV-Interlinear
6 And the
woman fled into the wilderness where she had a place prepared by God, so that
there she might be nourished for one thousand two hundred and sixty days. NASB
The woman, remember, is
the symbolic reference for the nation of Israel. It is not a reference for Mary
or some other specific person.
The nation came out of
Egypt long ago, and spent forty years in the desert. While in the desert, they
were provided for by God. That was the first generation of the nation.
Now in their last generation,
the nation will come under the greatest suffering that they have ever been
subjected to in all of their history.
Jesus referred to the
last half of the Tribulation, as the Great Tribulation. The last three and a
half years will see the most horrible judgments and torments against humanity
in all of human history.
For forty-two months, or
more specifically for 1260 days, God will care for the Jewish peoples who obey
His command and head to the mountains at the mid-point of the Tribulation.
At that mid-point, the anti-christ
will commit abominable acts in the newly opened Temple in Jerusalem. This
dedication of the temple is only a ruse for the beginning of the greatest
oppression and attempted genocide of the Jews, ever.
Jesus warns that when
the abomination occurs, then time is up, Matt. 24:15-21. Get out of town and do
not even go home to get things. Just go and do not look back, as Lots wife
Their hiding place will
be in the mountains to the east, Dan. 11:40-41. And not to worry. The
anti-christ will have a military organization, however remember that during the
first three and a half years of the Tribulation, there will be horrible atrocities
and judgments as well. His military will not be in good working order.
And just as many people
who obey this command, will not have any supplies, God will create supplies for
them during their hiding out time for the last forty-two months of the
Tribulation. Those who obey and stick to their obedience, will be cared for. Those
who give up, get impatient, try to sneak back into some city, give away their
hiding place, listen to propaganda of Christ’s return, etc., will be captured
and end up in some torture cell and then dead.
It will not be a fun
time for folks, and especially for city folks who have to learn to live in the
wilderness in hiding, without the comforts and conveniences of home that they
have been used to. It is reasonable to assume that there will be many who will
not adjust, and therefore will get caught or turn themselves in, and probably
just for the promise of a meal and a hot bath, that they will never get.
Satan has been at the
throats of Israel since the time of Abraham and Pharaoh and throughout history.
Even though he has been defeated at every turn, and especially after the Cross,
he is still going to try to destroy Israel at the very end of the Tribulation.
God has one last
promise, and that is to bring a saved Israel into the Millennial Kingdom of
Christ, Zech 12:10-13:1; Rom 11:25-27. Satan will try his very best to destroy
all believing Jews, before the Second Advent of Christ.
And in a time when the odds
of survival are totally and completely against them, God will save not just a
few, but perhaps many thousands of Jewish believers (as well as gentile
believers), who will repopulate the world during the Millennium.
For God, nothing is
impossible. That principle applies to you and your life as well.