Our reasons for interpreting the man-child of Revelation 12 as the 144,000 sealed Israelites of Revelation 7 are as follows:
(1) Isaiah 66:7, 8 calls “a nation” a “man-child” and doubtless refers to this same event in history. Note it expressly says Zion brought forth before or “as soon as” it travailed. In Revelation 12, the teaching is quite the contrary, for the Woman travails while Satan watches for the outcome. Hence, this Woman is not representative of Zion. Zion’s travail at the moment of or just after the birth of the man-child may refer to the earthquake which occurs following `the rapture.
(2) It is expressly declared the child is a male. However, the 144,000 on Mt. Zion with the Lamb in chapter 14 are, I believe, one and the same with the man-child. According to Weymouth’s translation, verse 4 should be rendered “virgins” who “have not defiled themselves with women.”
(3) When this male child ascends to heaven, Michael appears; and a great war with Satan follows. In the book of Daniel, it is prophesied concerning the time of this same great Tribulation as follows: “At that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for (defends) thy people (that is, the Jews; Daniel was a Jew) . . . and at that time thy people shall be delivered (from this Tribulation), everyone that shall be found written in the book.” Michael is nowhere mentioned in the Bible after Daniel except by Jude, who says he contended for the body of Moses, until this scene in Revelation 12 nor is he ever mentioned again. If Michael “stands up” for this male child, then the fact seems to prove the child is Jewish.
(4) Paul reminds us, “In the days when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ,” the order in which it will be done is as follows: “Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also to the Gentile; but glory, honor, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile” (Romans 2:16, 9, 10). In other words, when Christ assigns “glory, honor and peace” to His faithful, believing ones, He will reward the Jew first. What greater glory can Christ award than translation or resurrection upon which all the after-glory depends? This child being “caught up” is a scene of translation where “the Jew first” must be the order.
(5) Again, the 144,000 are called in 14:4, “first-fruits unto God, and to the Lamb.” We ask, which first-fruits? According to Leviticus 23:10 and 17, two first-fruits were offered. The second first-fruits offering was made fifty days later than the first first-fruits offering. Since the order is “the Jew first” and also the Gentile,” the first-fruits offered first must be Jewish.