Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Hippolytus of Rome on Revelation 12:1

Taken from TREATISE ON CHRIST AND ANTICHRIST

See http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/text/hippolytus-christ.html

60. Now, concerning the tribulation of the persecution which is to fall upon the Church from the adversary, John also speaks thus: "And I saw a great and wondrous sign in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars. And she, being with child, cries, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man-child, who is to rule all the nations: and the child was caught up unto God and to His throne. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath the place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. And then when the dragon saw it, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man-child. And to the woman were given two wings of the great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. 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. And the earth helped the woman, and opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast) out of his mouth. And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the saints of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus."

61. By the woman then clothed with the sun," he meant most manifestly the Church, endued wth the Father's word, whose brightness is above the sun. And by the "moon under her feet" he referred to her being adorned, like the moon, with heavenly glory. And the words, "upon her head a crown of twelve stars," refer to the twelve apostles by whom the Church was founded. And those, "she, being with child, cries, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered," mean that the Church will not cease to bear from her heart the Word that is persecuted by the unbelieving in the world. "And she brought forth," he says, "a man-child, who is to rule all the nations;" by which is meant that the Church, always bringing forth Christ, the perfect man-child of God, who is declared to be God and man, becomes the instructor of all the nations. And the words, "her child was caught up unto God and to His throne," signify that he who is always born of her is a heavenly king, and not an earthly; even as David also declared of old when he said, "The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit Thou at my right hand, until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool." "And the dragon," he says, "saw and persecuted the woman which brought forth the man-child. And to the woman were given two wings of the great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent." That refers to the one thousand two hundred and threescore days (the half of the week) during which the tyrant is to reign and persecute the Church, which flees from city to city, and seeks conceal-meat [sic] in the wilderness among the mountains, possessed of no other defence [sic] than the two wings of the great eagle, that is to say, the faith of Jesus Christ, who, in stretching forth His holy hands on the holy tree, unfolded two wings, the right and the left, and called to Him all who believed upon Him, and covered them as a hen her chickens. For by the mouth of Malachi also He speaks thus: "And unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in His wings."

9 comments:

Duncan said...

http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/hippolytus.html

Edgar Foster said...

After posting Dunca's comment, I remembered that I did embed the link for the Hippolytus work within my blog entry. However, he gave a link to another section of the site.

Best, Edgar.

Duncan said...

Was this post in reference to the final sentence?

Edgar Foster said...

Duncan,

I was posting Hippolytus' commentary on Revelation 12:1 about the heavenly woman. It was only later that I noticed his use of Malachi, but that's not why I posted this blog entry.

Best,
Edgar

Duncan said...

Sorry, it just I seem to keep triggering of the wrong point & commenting at odds to your reasons for posting. Don't mean to. I will have to read each post several times before commenting.

omar meza solano said...

Edgar hello, greetings, let me know if I can give conclusive information about the partitive genitive and Colossians 1:15 "firstborn of creation"

I would also like you can guide me in this question is it true that for firstborn of creation be a partitive genitive must have an article or preposition?

I thank you in advance for your help ....

Edgar Foster said...

Greetings Omar,

Go ahead and send the exact question through the blogger system, and I'll post a new thread on the subject. I believe that I understand what question you're asking, but I would just ask for specifics before addressing your query. Thanks, Edgar.

omar meza solano said...

Ok Edgar look I have an objection of a trinitarian is a bit extensive , I would like enviartelo maybe you have mail or if you want to you sending parties in your blog , but it is worthy of analysis

Edgar Foster said...

If the post is not too long, you can just send to the blog as normal, and I'll start a new blog entry later. Thanks.