The prophet John was given a prophetic view of the history of God’s people as they were persecuted throughout the dark ages. It is clear from verse six that the church had to go into a literal wilderness experience to escape the tyrannical oppression leveled against her throughout the dark ages. The reality of this oppression fulfilled the statement of Balaam that God’s people would dwell alone and not be reckoned among the nations. It is always interesting to note that God’s will to have a peculiar people is always accomplished, even via means that are not very pleasant.
Revelation12:3 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.
12:4 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.
12:5 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.
12:6 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.
How have God worked in your life to have you be separate and for you to touch not the unclean thing?
2 Corinthians 6:14-18