“AND A great sign (wonder)—[warning of future events of ominous significance] appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and with a crown-like garland (tiara) of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and she cried out in her birth pangs, in the anguish of her delivery.” Revelation 12:1-2 ->me: For the early Christians there was an important continuity between the Old Israel and the ‘church’, the new Israel. Here the woman is undoubtedly Israel who gives birth to the Messiah, but later in the chapter she is the church who is persecuted for her faith. Am I an Israeli? No, but I am a member of God’s chosen people — the True Israel. I have been graphed into the vine (Romans 11:16&17) and therefore share in what the root (Abraham) was promised. As I read through these chapters of Revelation I am reminded of God’s love and protection of His people. I am so thankful that He chose me to be a part of His family, being adopted in to share in the inheritance of His Kingdom. It can be so hard sometimes for my feeble brain to comprehend the magnitude of that. Even today I was walking and praying that God would grow my faith so that I may reach the full potential He wants for me…that I may fully mature in His sanctification of me.