John had described that great red Dragon Satan, and his dragon-like Roman vassal (the Pagan Roman Empire). Next, he went on to explain how "the Dragon stood in front of the woman who was ready to give birth in order to devour her child as soon as he was born."504
Although probably also referring to the Satan-inspired persecution of the true children of God in the Early and in the Mediaeval Church470 even the latter obviously roots in the persecution of Jesus Himself from the time He was a child.467 Accordingly, the human life of Christ Himself will be the main focus of this particular exposition here in our present study reserving Satan's subsequent persecution(s) of Christ's Church till our next study.
The Satanic Dragon inspired his Pagan Roman lackey and the latter's wicked Puppet-King Herod of Judea to attempt to destroy the Saviour right at His very birth. For when he heard that Jesus had been "born King" Herod "was troubled" and "sent forth and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem." For that was the city out of which God said "He shall come forth to Me Who is to be Ruler in Israel Whose goings-forth have been…from everlasting."505
First. Satan's futile attempt to destroy the infant Jesus soon after He was born predictably ended in utter failure. For the woman, the Older Testament's Church, through the agency of the blessed virgin Mary as a Member of that Church,506 "brought forth a male child" alias a baby boy504 in the person of the infant Jesus.507
Not only was the then-tiny Jesus not destroyed by wicked Herod as Rome's Puppet-King. Too, many also in Israel even then confessed His Lordship.508 And three important leaders also from the East even then acknowledged Him as their King, too.509
504 Rev. 12:4f. Cf. v. 4's poimanein (= "to rule" or "to shepherd") & n. 67. 505 Mt. 2:1-7,16 cf. Mic. 5:2 & n. 470. 506 Lk. 1:26-38 & 1:46-55. 507 Lk. 2:4-21 cf. Mt. 1:18-25. 508 Lk. 1:32 to 2:3. 509 Mt. 2:1-11.
Christ now rules All Nations, reigning over Them from on High
At that very time, when the Roman vassal Herod was about to strike, the infant Messiah was "caught up unto God."510 For an "Angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph [the husband of Mary the mother of our Lord] in a dream, saying: 'Arise, and take the young child and His mother, and flee into Egypt!'"
Too, "when Herod was dead look! An Angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying: 'Arise, and take the young child and His mother, and go into the land of Israel! For they who sought the young child's life, are dead.'"510
Also shortly thereafter, when he heard that Herod's son Archelaus was reigning in Judea Joseph and his wife and the infant Jesus again escaped and went to live in Galilee.511 That was the region where the Saviour had been predestinated to shine forth as a great Light and as a reigning King and with an ever-increasing government.512 Indeed, the one brought forth by the woman in John's vision was of course None Other than He "Who was to rule all Nations with a rod of iron."503
The Geneva Bible makes a valuable comment on this. It observes that "Jesus Christ, the first-born among many brethren" whom He benefitted "was born of the virgin Mary, as a special Member of the Church."503