by Keith Malcomson


Revelation 12:1, “And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:”

The woman in Revelation 12 is not the constellation of Virgo as certain people have been saying over the past two years. These people have predicted that the rapture or certain other events would take place on the 23rd of September 2017!!! Many false predictions have been made in the past and this one was also another false – utterly unbiblical – prediction which contradicted scripture, the teaching of prophecy, and common sense. Having said that, some very sincere, nice, believers were caught up in this because of their ignorance.

The biblical prophecy in Revelation 12 is a symbolic vision of a woman. She represents something. The sun, the moon, and the twelve stars also represent something. We must always interpret scripture with scripture. In only one other verse in the Bible do we find the sun, moon, and stars appearing together in a symbolic vision or in a dream and that is in Genesis 37:9 when Joseph had a dream where these very prophetic symbols represent his father Jacob, his mother Rachel, and his eleven brothers. In Revelation 12 the woman clothed in these same symbols represents the nation of Israel.

This woman does not represent the Church, neither is it a sign to reveal the date of the rapture of the Church, or of the return of Jesus Christ to the earth. In fact, verse 6, tells us, “And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.” Let me keep this brief. This is a period of three-and-a-half years, which is during the great tribulation, and the woman is Israel.

To turn this biblical prophecy into an alignment of the stars in the heavens to discover certain dates and events on earth has more to do with astronomy than it does with the correct interpretation of biblical prophecy. Studying the stars and studying the Word of God are two very different arts. Astronomy has is source in ancient Babylon but the Bible reveals future events directly and clearly from the mind of God.


Joel 2:31, “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.”

For several years there was, and still is, much talk about the Blood Moons and the return of Christ. Mark Blitz connected these blood-moons to extraordinary events in Israel and the return of Christ and in 2008 he began predicting the beginning of the tribulation. Several prominent leaders including John Hagee promoted similar ideas and teachings saying that four unique alignments of blood-moons, or lunar eclipses—which make the moon briefly look red—would take place between 2004 and 2005. The books published on this subject became best sellers. They predicted that some major event would take place in Israel and that everything in the world would change during these dates.

But again, this had nothing to do with Bible prophecy. The Bible, the Old and the New Testaments, say much about an event that does indeed happen to the moon at the end of the age. In fact, there is a remarkable amount of scriptures that predicts this, describes it, and teaches on it (Joel 2:10, 2:31, 3:15; Isa.13:9-10; 24:23; 60:19-20; Amos 5, 8; Mt.24:29; Mk.13:24-25; Acts 2:20; Rev.6:12-13). If we understand what the Bible teaches we will not fall for these other false teachings that float through the Church every few years or increasingly every year.

The Bible clearly teaches that the moon turning to blood is symbolic. It means that it is killed, or that it dies. It loses its light. The sun and stars become dark and none of the constellations give forth their light. If the sun stops shining the moon of course gives no light. This is called the cosmic blackout. This happens at a time when the earth quakes and the heavens tremble. It happens at the end of the great tribulation (Mt.24:29), and just before the great and terrible day of the Lord (Joel 2:31). In the light of this teaching we cannot take these prophecies about the moon turning to blood—when it stops giving forth its reflected light—and interpret them to mean that the moon is going to turn slightly reddish for a brief time in a lunar eclipse. This is a misuse of the Word of God and its prophetic revelation.


John 18:20, “Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.”  

Over the years people in the world and in the Church have been excited over supposed hidden messages in the Bible. Again, books on Bible-Codes, which reveal hidden messages become popular and nobodies spring to notoriety with these claims. They often claim to reveal names, details, and dates, hidden from the eyes of the normal reader of the Bible. They use numerology to work out complicated hidden patterns. This practise is occultic. These practices come from pagan and Jewish mystical teachers who delved into the occult or hidden mystery realms. This has nothing to do with the true message of the Bible or its teaching.

Although one-fifth of the Bible clearly deals with prophecy and makes clear predictions these men ignore this and find strange word or number patterns within the text. They ignore the message of repentance, Blood-redemption, and the born-again experience that is taught clearly in the Bible. They disregard the entire clear teaching of the Bible, and the message of the Gospel, but they build on these strange hidden messages which are impossible for any normal reader to find.

John 18:20 reveals that Christ always taught his message openly for all to hear. When He did speak in parables He also gave the meaning which is clearly written in the Bible. His message on sin, holiness, God, repentance, the new birth and truth was clear and explicit. This is also true of the prophets in the Old Testament. The Bible is filled with clear prophecies. Many of them are already fulfilled. Those predicting Christ’s first coming, His birth, life and death are staggering. These were written clearly and fulfilled perfectly. But again, many prophecies are given concerning the last days and Christs return which are yet to be fulfilled. Anyone can read them and with a little study or help understand them. Any other hidden secrets should be rejected.


II Pet.3:3, “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 3:4, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation

The consequence or result of these false claims about dates predicting Christ’s return or some apocalyptic disaster through using astrology, blood-moons, and secret Bible codes, is the widespread creation of scoffers and mockers. Because these claims, which are often made by born-again Christians, are so public and widespread through our contemporary media, it increasingly creates a movement of mockers and scoffers who know about the Bible’s promises predicting Christ’s return, but who make it their public business not only to disagree with these sentiments but to publicly mock them and expose them.

Naive Christians by their false predictions create an opposing movement of cunning apologists who make a mockery of the promise of Christ’s return in the Bible. These mockers live in the lusts of the flesh proving by this that they are not Christians. These false claims have given them ammunition to professionally and eloquently attack the claims of the Bible.

Those who add star-gazing, or moon-gazing, to the Bible’s clear prophetic teaching are on dangerous ground. They do not care about the spiritual condition of sinners who constantly listen to their false claims and as a result become increasingly sceptical about the claims of Christ and immunized to the truth. It’s time for us to strongly reject these false ways of predicting the future and return to the safe ground of the Bible’s prophecies remembering Christ’s own words that no man knows the day or hour of His return (Mt.24:36, 42, 44; 25:13, Mk.13:32; Zech.14:7; Acts 1:7-8).