The Woman, Her Son, and the Dragon 12 1A great Sign appeared in Heaven: a Woman dressed all in sunlight, standing on the moon, and crowned with Twelve Stars. 2She was giving birth to a Child and cried out in the pain of childbirth. 3And then another Sign alongside the first: a huge and fiery Dragon! It had seven heads and ten horns, a crown on each of the seven heads. 4With one flick of its tail it knocked a third of the Stars from the sky and dumped them on earth. The Dragon crouched before the Woman in childbirth, poised to eat up the Child when it came. 5The Woman gave birth to a Son who will shepherd all nations with an iron rod. Her Son was seized and placed safely before God on his Throne. 6The Woman herself escaped to the desert to a place of safety prepared by God, all comforts provided her for 1,260 days. 7War broke out in Heaven. Michael and his Angels fought the Dragon. The Dragon and his Angels fought back, 8but were no match for Michael. They were cleared out of Heaven, not a sign of them left. 9The great Dragon—ancient Serpent, the one called Devil and Satan, the one who led the whole earth astray—thrown out, and all his Angels thrown out with him, thrown down to earth. 10Then I heard a strong voice out of Heaven saying,   Salvation and power are established! Kingdom of our God, authority of his Messiah! The Accuser of our brothers and sisters thrown out, who accused them day and night before God. 11They defeated him through the blood of the Lamb and the bold word of their witness. They weren’t in love with themselves; they were willing to die for Christ. 12So rejoice, O Heavens, and all who live there, but doom to earth and sea, For the Devil’s come down on you with both feet; he’s had a great fall; He’s wild and raging with anger; he hasn’t much time and he knows it.   13When the Dragon saw he’d been thrown to earth, he went after the Woman who had given birth to the Man–Child. 14The Woman was given wings of a great eagle to fly to a place in the desert to be kept in safety and comfort for a time and times and half a time, safe and sound from the Serpent. 15The Serpent vomited a river of water to swamp and drown her, 16but earth came to her help, swallowing the water the Dragon spewed from its mouth. 17Helpless with rage, the Dragon raged at the Woman, then went off to make war with the rest of her children, the children who keep God’s commands and hold firm to the witness of Jesus.
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