An event of great significance suddenly appeared in heaven – I saw a woman who was clothed with the sun. The moon lay beneath her feet, and she had a crown of twelve stars upon her head. She was pregnant, and she cried out in pain as she about to give birth.
Then another sign appeared in heaven – a great red dragon with seven heads, ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. His tail swept away one-third of the stars from the sky and flung them down to earth. Then he stood in front of the woman as she was about to give birth, ready to devour the baby as soon as it was born.
She gave birth to a boy – a boy who will rule the nations with a rod of iron. Her child was snatched away from the dragon and taken up to the throne of God. But the woman fled into the wilderness, to a place prepared by God where she would be taken care of for 1,260 days.
Then there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and his angels. Though the dragon and his angels fought back, they lost the battle and were forced out of heaven. This great dragon—the ancient serpent that is called the devil, or Satan, the one who deceives the whole world—was thrown down to the earth with all his angels.
Then I heard a loud voice in heavens saying, “Now has come the salvation and the power
and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ, for the accuser of our brothers and sisters – the one who accuses them night and day before our God – has been thrown down to earth. They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Therefore, rejoice, O heavens, and all you who live in the heavens, rejoice! But woe to the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to you in great anger, knowing that his time is short.”
When the dragon realized that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to baby boy, but she was given two wings like those of a great eagle so she could fly to the place that had been prepared for her in the wilderness. There she would be cared for and protected from the dragon for a time, times, and half a time.
The dragon tried to drown the woman with a flood of water that poured out of his mouth, but the earth rescued the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing up the river that gushed from the dragon. Then the dragon was furious with the woman and declared war against the rest of her children – those who keep God’s commands and maintain their testimony for Jesus – and he took his stand on the shore that lies beside the sea.