This chapter does not follow chronological order, but rather gives us a rearview of things that have transpired long ago; it also reveals the future. The woman we identify as Israel comes under severe persecution, but we read in verse 6, “…the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God.” God takes care of Israel.
Then there is war in heaven. Finally, Satan is cast out of heaven onto the earth. Thus, total darkness prevails on planet earth. The Church of Jesus Christ has been removed; the light and salt of the earth is with the Lord.