Revelation 12:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Revelation 12:14, NIV: The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent's reach.

Revelation 12:14, ESV: But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle so that she might fly from the serpent into the wilderness, to the place where she is to be nourished for a time, and times, and half a time.

Revelation 12:14, KJV: 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.

Revelation 12:14, NASB: But the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place, where she *was nourished for a time, times, and half a time, away from the presence of the serpent.

Revelation 12:14, NLT: But she was given two wings like those of a great eagle so she could fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness. There she would be cared for and protected from the dragon for a time, times, and half a time.

Revelation 12:14, CSB: The woman was given two wings of a great eagle, so that she could fly from the serpent's presence to her place in the wilderness, where she was nourished for a time, times, and half a time.

What does Revelation 12:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Satan's end-times assault on Israel does not succeed. Many Jews will escape to the wilderness, likely the region known as Petra (Matthew 24:16). This is at least partly in response to Jesus' warning to flee to the mountains when they "see the abomination of desolation…standing in the holy place" (Matthew 24:15). This "abomination" likely refers to defiling of the temple, such as through setting up an idol of the head of the Revived Roman Empire.

God responds to this idolatrous act by bringing about an invasion in the middle of the tribulation, most likely by Russia and her allies. Some students of prophecy believe the two wings of the great eagle mentioned in Revelation 12:14 refer to an airlift that rescues Jews from the Russian invasion. However, the use of "wings" as a reference to protection is well established in Scripture (Deuteronomy 32:11–12; Exodus 19:4).

The Jewish refugees will be sustained in their place of safety for "a time, and times, and half a time." This equals three and a half years, the length of the second half of the tribulation. God is able to protect those who trust in Him.