The Woman, the Child, and the Dragon
1A great sign # Or great symbolic display ; see Rv 12:3 appeared in heaven: #Mt 24:30 a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of 12 stars on her head. #Gn 37:9-10 2She was pregnant and cried out in labor and agony as she was about to give birth. #Ps 48:6Is 13:8Jr 22:23 3Then another sign # Or another symbolic display appeared in heaven: There was a great fiery red dragon #Rv 13:2|NoBook| 20:2 having seven heads and 10 horns, #Dn 7:7Rv 13:117:3-18 and on his heads were seven diadems. # Or crowns 4His tail swept away a third of the stars in heaven and hurled them to the earth. #Dn 8:10Rv 8:7 And the dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she did give birth he might devour her child. #Mt 2:16 5But she gave birth to a Son — a male who is going to shepherd # Or rule all nations with an iron scepter #Ps 2:7-9Rv 2:27|NoBook| 19:15 — and her child was caught up to God and to His throne. 6The woman fled into the wilderness, where she had a place prepared by God, #Ex 16:41Kg 19:3-8Hs 2:14 to be fed there # Lit God, that they might feed her there for 1,260 days. #Dt 1:31|NoBook| 2:7Dn 12:11Rv 11:2-3|NoBook| 12:14|NoBook| 13:5
The Dragon Thrown Out of Heaven
7Then war broke out in heaven: Michael #Dn 10:13|NoBook| 12:1Jd 9 and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and his angels also fought, 8but he could not prevail, #1Sa 2:9Ps 21:11Jr 20:11 and there was no place for them in heaven any longer. #Jb 2:1 9So the great dragon was thrown out — the ancient serpent, #Gn 3:1 who is called the Devil # In Gk, diabolos means slanderer. and Satan, # In Hb, Satan means adversary. #Lk 10:18Rm 16:20Rv 2:9|NoBook| 3:9|NoBook| 20:2 the one who deceives the whole world. #Rv 13:14|NoBook| 20:3 He was thrown to earth, and his angels with him. #Mt 25:41Lk 10:18Jn 12:31
10Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
The salvation and the power
and the kingdom of our God
and the authority of His Messiah
have now come, #Rv 11:17|NoBook| 19:1
because the accuser #Jb 1:6-122:1-5Zch 3:1Rm 8:33-34 of our brothers
has been thrown out:
the one who accuses them
before our God day and night.
11They conquered him
by the blood of the Lamb #1Pt 1:19Rv 5:9|NoBook| 7:14
and by the word of their testimony, #Rv 6:9
for they did not love their lives
in the face of death. #Lk 14:26Jn 12:25Heb 11:32-37Rv 2:10
12Therefore rejoice, you heavens,
and you who dwell in them! #Is 49:13Ps 96:11
Woe to the earth and the sea,
for the Devil has come down to you
with great fury,
because he knows he has a short time.
The Woman Persecuted
13When the dragon saw that he had been thrown to earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child. 14The woman was given two wings of a great eagle, #Ex 19:4Dt 32:10-11Is 40:31 so that she could fly from the serpent’s presence to her place in the wilderness, where she was fed for a time, times, and half a time. # This expression, occurring in Dn 7:25; 12:7, = 3 1/2 years or 42 months (Rv 11:2; 13:5) or 1,260 days (Rv 11:3). #Dn 7:25|NoBook| 12:7Rv 11:2|NoBook| 13:5 15From his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river flowing after the woman, to sweep her away in a torrent. 16But the earth helped the woman. The earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the river that the dragon had spewed from his mouth. 17So the dragon was furious with the woman and left to wage war #Rv 11:7|NoBook| 13:7 against the rest of her offspring # Or seed #Gn 3:15 — those who keep God’s commands #1Co 7:19 and have the testimony about Jesus. #Rv 1:2|NoBook| 19:10|NoBook| 20:4 18He # Other mss read I. “He” is apparently a reference to the dragon. stood on the sand of the sea. # Some translations put Rv 12:18 either in Rv 12:17 or Rv 13:1.
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