Bible: Revelation 12:1-12

The Woman, the Child, and the Dragon

12:1 Then 1  a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and with the moon under her feet, and on her head was a crown of twelve stars. 2  12:2 She 3  was pregnant and was screaming in labor pains, struggling 4  to give birth. 12:3 Then 5  another sign appeared in heaven: a huge red dragon that had seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadem crowns. 6  12:4 Now 7  the dragon’s 8  tail swept away a third of the stars in heaven and hurled them to the earth. Then 9  the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child as soon as it was born. 12:5 So 10  the woman gave birth to a son, a male child, 11  who is going to rule 12  over all the nations 13  with an iron rod. 14  Her 15  child was suddenly caught up to God and to his throne, 12:6 and she 16  fled into the wilderness 17  where a place had been prepared for her 18  by God, so she could be taken care of 19  for 1,260 days.

War in Heaven

12:7 Then 20  war broke out in heaven: Michael 21  and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 12:8 But 22  the dragon was not strong enough to prevail, 23  so there was no longer any place left 24  in heaven for him and his angels. 25  12:9 So 26  that huge dragon – the ancient serpent, the one called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world – was thrown down to the earth, and his angels along with him. 12:10 Then 27  I heard a loud voice in heaven saying,

The salvation and the power

and the kingdom of our God,

and the ruling authority 28  of his Christ, 29  have now come,

because the accuser of our brothers and sisters, 30 

the one who accuses them day and night 31  before our God,

has been thrown down.

12:11 But 32  they overcame him

by the blood of the Lamb

and by the word of their testimony,

and they did not love their lives 33  so much that they were afraid to die.

12:12 Therefore you heavens rejoice, and all who reside in them!

But 34  woe to the earth and the sea

because the devil has come down to you!

He 35  is filled with terrible anger,

for he knows that he only has a little time!

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