Q. Please explain Revelation 12, verse 6. Is this the church during the tribulation period?
A. In Rev. 12 the dragon represents Satan and the woman represents Israel. We know this because verse 5 tells us that the woman gave birth to the Messiah. It was Israel who gave birth to the Lord, not the Church. Verse 6 describes the believing remnant of Israel being protected in the desert during the time of the Great Tribulation. This thought is expanded in verses 13-17. Many believe that the place she’ll be taken is Petra, in modern Jordan.