Mother, Child, Dragon, and War
1A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
2She is pregnantcrying out in birth pains, in agony to give birth.
3Then another sign appeared in heaven: a great fiery red dragon that had seven heads and ten horns, and seven royal crowns on his heads.
4His tail sweeps away a third of the stars of heavenit hurled them to the earth. Now the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that whenever she gave birth he might devour her child.
5And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with an iron rod. And her child was snatched away to God and to His throne.
6Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God so they might take care of her for 1,260 days.
7And war broke out in heaven, Michael and his angels making war against the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought,
8but they were not strong enough, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.
9And the great dragon was thrown downthe ancient serpent, called the devil and satan, who deceives the whole world. He was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
10Then I heard a loud voice in heaven saying, Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Anointed One, for the accuser of our brothers and sistersthe one who accuses them before our God day and nighthas been thrown out.
11They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives even in the face of death.
12Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to you with great rage, knowing that his time is short.
13Now when the dragon saw that he had been thrown to the earth, he stalked the woman who had given birth to the male child.
14But the woman was given two wings of the great eagle, so that she might fly away from the presence of the serpent into the wilderness, to the place where she is taken care offor a time, times, and half a time.
15And from out of his mouth, the serpent spewed water like a river after the woman, in order to sweep her away with a flood.
16But the earth came to the aid of the woman. The earth opened its mouth and swallowed the river that the dragon had spewed from his mouth.
17So the dragon became enraged at the woman and went off to make war with the rest of her offspringthose who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Yeshua.
18And he stood on the shore of the sea.