From 1974 and until he passed away in June of 2005, Frank Caw devoted a considerable amount of time to research and study in Bible prophecy and related philosophical and theological issues. This website is dedicated by his family to his memory and work and is as he presented it at the time of his death. The family of Frank Caw, Jr. would like to thank Tim McHyde of EscapeAllTheseThings.com for hosting his website.
While always insisting on a plain, literal and sensible approach to scriptural exegesis,
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prophetic developments that are poised to be fulfilled in our immediate
Thus, it is safe to say that things are not going to happen the way many people think
they will happen.
But, this book will give you the scriptural keys for truly understanding what God has
preordained will happen, and how you can survive the incredible scenario of prophetic
events about to unfold!
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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:
2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.
3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.
4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.
6 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.
7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. (KJV)
Chapter 12 entails a considerable amount of biblical symbolism in which we observe a pregnant, sun-clad woman standing on the moon, wearing a crown of twelve stars upon her head, and travailing in great agony due to the imminent birth of her man-child. The correct interpretation? Please bear in mind that Revelation is concerned primarily with the post-Rapture “church” — there is no history involved after the first three chapters (only the “hereafter”), and the Jews are mentioned only if they directly impact the church. This is important to note because many erroneous interpretations and conclusions have been drawn while violating this truth concerning Revelation. Thus, Revelation is for and about the church! (Rev. 1:1) (Rev. 1:11) (Rev. 2:7) (Rev. 2:11) (Rev. 2:17) (Rev. 2:29) (Rev. 3:6) (Rev. 3:13) (Rev. 3:22) (Rev. 22:16).
This second parallel account of apocalyptic events in Revelation begins with a narration of the Rapture in the same manner that Revelation 4-11 does. Since a woman, in prophecy, usually symbolizes some type of church (Eph. 5:24-33) (II Cor. 11:2), the sun-clad woman represents the visible, “professing” church of Christ just as the scarlet-clad woman represents Satan’s church in Revelation 17. Likewise, because there are numerous “born-again” Christians within the church BEFORE the Rapture, it is said to be clothed with sunlight, the garment of righteousness and evidence of the indwelling Holy Spirit. (“Ye are the light of the world.”) That is why the Christian church has complete power over the kingdom of darkness, symbolically portrayed as the sun-clad woman standing on top of the moon, the empress of darkness and symbol for the cult of Moon-god worship which dominated the ancient world religions and empires so pervasively. Then finally, the crown of twelve stars (i.e., the twelve apostles) symbolizes the New Testament church because it is the church that will be existent at the time of the Rapture. (Rev. 12:1).
“And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.” The sun-clad woman is portrayed in this passage of Scripture as enduring great pain and anguish before her delivery of the manchild. Since we are dealing with symbolic spiritual things in this scripture, it is apparent that this “travailing in birth” experience must symbolize the spiritual tribulation or final great apostasy which the church will suffer through just before the pre-tribulation Rapture occurs.
However, let me hasten to emphasize clearly that this final great apostasy will not be the Great Tribulation. The Great Tribulation will happen only after the Rapture of the true church has taken place, and it will be characterized by precisely 3½ years of mass executions of (newly-converted) Christian believers who will not take the mark of the beast. Before the Rapture, the Bible states repeatedly that the Antichrist will destroy (deceive) people through miracles and peace and prosperity, not physical torture and executions. Therefore, the persecution and testing of Christian believers, before the Rapture, generally will be only spiritual and deceptive in nature. But after the Rapture, it will become physical and brutal in nature, and it will be marked by mass numbers of executions instigated by the Antichrist even though just as much deception will continue as before.
Sometimes it is taught that a spiritual “latter rain” during the endtimes will spark a great revival among people. (Joel 2:23-24) (Jer. 5:24) (Hosea 6:3) (Zech. 10:1) (James 5:7). Although such an event will happen, it will not take place before the Rapture; that period of time will be marked only by deception and apostasy! Instead, this great outpouring of the Holy Spirit will occur after the Rapture, during the Great Tribulation, when mass numbers of people will become saved through Christ Jesus, and people will dream special dreams and will see visions and will prophesy:
12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? (KJV)
This seal marks the end of the Dispensation of Grace! Please observe that not one single person will be converted to salvation after this point in time. In fact, it is mentioned several times throughout Revelation that, after the Great Tribulation is over, not even one person will repent of their sins despite the incredible severity of the plagues that will strike the earth. Contextually-speaking, the prophetic stage is now set for the dark and terrible “Day of the Lord” — a day of wrath and judgment — to begin!
28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. (KJV)
16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. (KJV)
“And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron.” According to Strong’s Hebrew-Greek Dictionary, the word “man” is based on the Greek word “arrhen” or “arsen,” and is translated in the King James Version as “male” or “man.” Likewise, the word “child” is derived from the Greek word “huios,” and again, according to Strong’s Hebrew-Greek Dictionary, it is “apparently a primary word; a son (sometimes of animals), used very widely of immediate, remote or figuratively, kinship... and translated by KJV as child, foal, son.”
Generally, when two nouns are written side by side as in this case, they are written in the same gender so as to maintain harmony and consistency. However, in this particular verse, the actual literal form of the Greek word “arsen” is in the neuter gender, not masculine. If the masculine gender had been intended, then the masculine variation of the root word “arsen” would have been employed, i.e., “arsena.” So, in other words, we have the neuter “arsen” linked beside the masculine “huios.” As further proof that the Greek text intended for the word “man” to be in the neuter gender in this instance, the word “man” in verse 13, further down in this same passage, reverts back to its masculine form, “arsena.”
Therefore, we must conclude God wanted to reveal that the manchild is a son (born in a mere moment) with the spiritual strength and maturity and wisdom of an adult man, fully capable of doing his (their) assigned tasks while God finalizes the redemption of earth through the apocalyptic events about to unfold. Yet, the usual masculinity of the word “man” was deliberately downplayed and de-emphasized in verse 5 by using its neuter form. Accordingly, the manchild is not a man or even a group of men and women, but rather, a large group of individuals who are all members of one body, the true church of God, and who are perfected by God to be like Christ. (Eph. 4:13).
Sometimes people will quote the following passage as proof that the manchild represents Jesus (born out of the nation or woman, Israel):
7 Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child. (KJV)
Although scholars generally agree this passage refers to Jesus being born from Israel, please note one huge discrepancy between this passage and Revelation 12:5. In this passage, the manchild (Jesus) is born first, then — and only then — does the woman (Israel) travail with pain (which was Israel’s destruction, by the Romans in 70 A.D., for rejecting Jesus as Messiah). In stark contrast, however, the sunclad woman in Revelation 12 first travails with pain to be delivered (the final great apostasy which will take place before the Rapture), and then only after the travailing, does she finally give birth to the manchild (the Raptured church). Obviously, the manchild portrayed in Revelation 12 does not represent or symbolize an historical fulfillment; it is the Rapture!
Thus, the “manchild” represents Christians who will be “caught up” (I Thess. 4:16-17) (Rev. 12:5) at the time of the Rapture. He (saints) will rule with a “rod of iron,” as noted in the following passages:
5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. (KJV)
26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.
28 And I will give him the morning star. (KJV)
1 Corinthians 6:2
2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? (KJV)
5 Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.
6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand;
7 To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people;
8 To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;
9 To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD. (KJV)
21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;
22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. (KJV)
It should be noted that a woman, travailing in birth, is utilized in yet another New Testament passage, and there it also refers to the Rapture:
I Thessalonians 5:2-3
2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. (KJV)
“Peace and safety; then sudden destruction...” Contextually-speaking, the scriptural phrase “sudden destruction” is an obvious direct reference to the “Day Of The Lord” mentioned in the previous scriptural verse. Thus, the expression, “peace and safety,” must be an explicit allusion to a very specific period of time, i.e., the deceptive period of peace and prosperity that will be inspired by Antichrist until the pre-tribulation Rapture ushers in a devastating period of tribulation, judgment, death and destruction. Therefore, because the period of “peace and safety” in the above passage is followed immediately by “sudden destruction” during the Day Of The Lord, it obviously correlates with the prophetic scenario associated with the Antichrist.
This view is even confirmed in the very same scriptural sentence: “Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child.” Since Revelation 12 uses this very same symbolic “woman in travail” to portray the Rapture, this proves beyond any reasonable doubt that the prophetic events described in this scriptural passage should be associated contextually with the Rapture. Moreover, we should observe that the passage in I Thessalonians 5:3 states that “sudden destruction” and “a woman travailing with child” occur together almost simultaneously. Therefore, in essence, this passage is saying that peace and safety will be ended abruptly when the Rapture begins a process of judgment and destruction.
I Thessalonians 4:15-17
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (KJV)
“War In Heaven.” The “voice of the archangel” is a reference to Michael, the archangel. He and his angels will appear with the Lord when the Rapture occurs, the exact timing of which is a secret so that Satan and his minions can not interfere with events. The sudden, “surprise” Rapture of the “manchild” saints will trigger an extraordinary war in the heavens as Satan attempts to destroy Christian believers when they are translated or resurrected into Heaven. But, the archangel Michael and his angels will wage all-out war against Satan and his evil angels in an awesome and supernatural battle of epic proportions. Moreover, this final, stupendous conflict in Heaven will not only provide safe passage for believers when they are transported into Heaven, supernaturally and instantaneously, but Satan and his angels will be cast down to the earth and banished from the heavens forever.
9 And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land.
10 And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them. (KJV)
1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. (KJV)
6 For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land;
7 And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts. (KJV)
26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.
27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. (KJV)
13 And when the dragon (i.e., Satan) saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman (i.e., the visible church) which brought forth the man child (i.e., true believers who were Raptured).
14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle (i.e., “eagle Christians”), that she might fly into the wilderness (i.e., extreme conditions), into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time (i.e., 3½ years), from the face of the serpent.
15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood (i.e., persecution) after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed (i.e., Tribulation Saints), which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. (KJV)
Just as soon as Christians are Raptured, the condition of the church will become one of extreme desperation, symbolically represented as a “wilderness” experience. (ALL subject-matter is symbolic so as to be consistent in the method of interpretation.) The dragon (Satan; Rev. 12:9) will then persecute the “remnant of her seed” (i.e., Tribulation Saints). We are likewise informed that Satan will send out a devastating flood of persecution for a period of 3½ years. (Rev. 12:6) (Rev. 12:15-17).
“Two Wings Of A Great Eagle.” The word “eagle” in this passage is the same word we observed previously in other scriptural passages, and in each case, it was a reference to “eagle” Christians. In this instance, Isaiah provides tremendous insight regarding eagle wings, and their relationship to spiritual sustenance during a time of weariness and tribulation:
31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (KJV)
Revelation 13:5, 7, 10
5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. (KJV)
“A great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.” The incredible seven-headed dragon portrayed in Revelation 12 represents Satan, as confirmed in verse 9. This symbolic dragon is analogous to the seven-headed beasts which are portrayed in both Revelation 13 and 17 — with some important differences. Thus, the symbolic seven-headed dragon represents Satan in order to exhibit certain characteristics of Satan, but the seven-headed beast in Revelation 17 also symbolizes Satan in order to facilitate the display of other actions and/or attributes. However, the seven-headed, leopard-like beast in Revelation 13 is used to represent Antichrist while also reflecting the presence and/or influence of Satan within him. In all of these symbolic images, however, the seven heads represent the seven major biblical world empires which Satan uses to oppress Israel at one time or another down throughout history. Likewise, whereas the seven-headed dragon is wearing crowns on all seven of its heads, in Revelation 13 the seven-headed, leopard-like beast is wearing crowns on just the ten horns of the seventh symbolic (empire) head. By comparison, the seven-headed beast in Revelation 17 is not wearing any crowns whatsoever on its seven heads and ten horns.
Moreover, Revelation 17:12 indicates that the ten horns are crowned on the seven-headed, leopard-like beast (in Revelation 13) because both Antichrist and the ten-horn kings will have power and authority at that point in time. But in Revelation 17, the ten-horn kings and the seven-headed beast (representing Satan, and in this instance, his influence and/or presence within Antichrist) were not yet empowered at the time that John was given the Revelation. This helps to explain why, in Revelation 17, John said that the seven mountains or heads of the beast represent “seven kings: five are fallen, and one is and the other is not yet come, and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.” (Rev. 17:10). Similarly, in Revelation 17:8, a parallel description puts it this way: “The beast that was, and is not, and yet is.”
Obviously the above scriptural statements correlate perfectly with the recorded history of the seven biblical world empires! At the time John wrote Revelation, five of the seven world empires (i.e., Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, and Greece) were history, thereby matching the phrase: “Five are fallen.” Rome was the existent empire at the time of John’s prophetic revelation, hence the scriptural phrase: “And one is.” Likewise, the empire of Antichrist was a future development then, even as it remains so now as these words are being written, thereby matching the scriptural phrase which reads as follows: “The other is not yet come, and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.”
Moreover, as we have demonstrated during our analysis of Revelation, chapters 4-11 in Revelation narrate a series of post-Rapture events which are parallel in time to the post-Rapture events described in Revelation 12-16. Thus, both prophetic accounts begin with the pre-tribulation Rapture, then correlate with each other through a long series of apocalyptic events, then culminate with the Battle of Armageddon and the Second Coming of Christ. Furthermore, it is important to note that all of the events portrayed in Revelation 4-11 occur in a numbered chronological sequence, making it easy to determine the time relationships between the various events in both parallel accounts. Since all seven heads of the dragon are crowned in Revelation 12 at the very outset, this means that all seven world empires will have already been crowned with power and authority by the time the manchild Christians are Raptured to Heaven. In other words, all seven biblical world empires must exist at one time or another before the Rapture takes place. But, since the seventh biblical world empire will be the empire of Antichrist, his empire obviously will have to be in existence before the Rapture occurs. Which means, of course, that the Antichrist will appear before the pre-tribulation Rapture occurs in order to inspire the final great apostasy!
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