[quote=Psalm45:9]The woman of Revelation 12 is symbolic of many things: the Nation of Israel; the sun stands for Abraham, the moon for Sarah, and the twelve stars for the sons of Jacob. She is also symbolic of the church, because the church is the new Israel and the woman is persecuted, just like the church. With that said, the birth that is being described is the resurrection of Christ. The pain, is the pain the blessed mother felt at the crucifixion. A nation and a church cannot physically give birth to someone though, only a woman can, so Mary is also to be included in the interpretation of Revelation 12.
Look at the wonderful mathematical symbolism woven into the text of chapter 12 .
The 1260 translate into 42 months and my old St Joseph’s edition of Rev used to render verse 14 as " one year,2 years and a half year".For those paying attension 1 year,2 years and 6 months mirrors 1260 days numerically just as 144,000 mirrors the 144 cubits of Rev 21 v17.
I dare not corrupt the text for my own personal ends but my goodness,the depth and richness of Revelation for those who can get below the symbolism is breathtaking,truly !.
One word,should I write on the mathematical symbolism in Revelation it has nothing to do with gematria or numerology,if a participant here cannot see the emerging mathematical facet of Revelation it will not make them any better or worse for it as a Christian.Revelation is too sprawling of a work to allow any one person to speak for it as representative of the Divine author but again, it has little to do with contemporary conceptions which try to make sense of the symbolism within the context of some corporeal historical activity be it Christian persecution or future events.