1Then an amazing sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and a crown of twelve stars on her head. 2She was pregnant, and she cried out because of her labor pains, groaning as she was giving birth. 3Another sign appeared in heaven: a great red dragon with seven heads and ten horns, with seven small crowns#12:3. Or “diadems” (also 13:1). The Greek word used here is different to that used in 12:1. on his heads. 4His tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven and threw them down to the earth. The dragon stood right in front of the woman who was giving birth, so that he could eat her child as soon as it was born.
5She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all nations with an iron rod. Her son was snatched up to God and his throne. 6The woman ran away into the desert, where God had prepared a place for her, so that she could be looked after for 1260 days.
7There was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought with the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought 8but he was not strong enough, and they could no longer remain in heaven. 9The great dragon, the ancient serpent called the Devil and Satan who deceives the whole world, was thrown down to the earth, and his angels with him.
10Then I heard a loud voice in heaven saying, “Now salvation has come, and power, and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. The Accuser of the believers#12:10. Literally, “brothers.” has been thrown down—the one who accuses them in God’s presence day and night. 11They conquered him through the blood of the Lamb and through their personal testimony—they did not love their lives so much that they were willing to die if necessary.
12“So celebrate, heaven, and everyone who lives there! Mourn, earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you and is very angry, knowing his time is short.”
13When the dragon realized he had been thrown down to the earth, he persecuted the woman that had given birth to the male child. 14The woman was given the wings of a large eagle so she could fly away to a deserted place where she could be looked after for a time, times, and half a time, protected from the serpent.
15The serpent spewed water like a river out of his mouth, trying to sweep her away in the flood. 16The earth came to the woman’s aid by opening its mouth and swallowing up the river that the dragon spewed out of his mouth. 17The dragon was furious with the woman, and went off to attack the rest of her offspring, those who keep God’s commandments and have the testimony of Jesus.