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War With The Remnant Of Her Seed
"2:4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; because he was of the house and lineage of David [see also David's Prophecies Of The Christ]: 2:5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 2:6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn." (Luke 2:4-7 KJV)
Christ was also the firstborn of His Church (see What Is The Church?), from the dead:
"1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence." (Colossians 1:18 KJV)
Mary was the mother of her firstborn, Jesus, and later other sons and daughters (again, see Mary's Other Children). For that reason, Mary is used as an analogy for the Church of God, the "woman" from whom God's children (see Spiritual Conception) will be born from the dead (see Born Again, How and When?), just as Christ was (see also The Day Of Christ's Resurrection). When Satan could no longer destroy Christ, by means of corruption (that's what the "temptation of Christ" was all about - see Could Jesus Have Sinned?), he instead turned on the other "children" who can still be endangered by him, by corruption, because they "keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."
"12:13 And when the dragon [see Dragons] saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. 12:14 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. 12:15 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. 12:16 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. 12:17 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." (Revelation 12:13-17 KJV)
"To the church of the firstborn"
The writer of the epistle to the Hebrews (the author is not identified, but many think that it was the apostle Paul; see Epistles) spoke of the "general assembly and church of the firstborn" based upon the facts outlined above.
"12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God [see What Is Jesus Christ Doing Right Now?]. 12:3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
Fact Finder: Was Mary (who is now dead in her grave, awaiting her birth from death the same as all others; see What Happens When You Die?, When Will You Be Judged? and Through The Gates Of Hell i.e. Mary will be born from the "woman" that she merely was used to symbolize in Revelation 12:13-17) just a normal human who would be horrified to see how millions of people have turned her into their idol?