Then a great and mysterious sight appeared in the sky. There was a woman, whose dress was the sun and who had the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.
She was soon to give birth, and the pains and suffering of childbirth made her cry out.
Another mysterious sight appeared in the sky. There was a huge red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and a crown on each of his heads. 1
References for Revelation 12:3
With his tail he dragged a third of the stars out of the sky and threw them down to the earth. He stood in front of the woman, in order to eat her child as soon as it was born. 2
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Then she gave birth to a son, who will rule over all nations with an iron rod. But the child was snatched away and taken to God and his throne. 3
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12.5 a Is 66.7; b Ps 2.9.
The woman fled to the desert, to a place God had prepared for her, where she will be taken care of for 1,260 days.
Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, who fought back with his angels; 4
References for Revelation 12:7
12.7 Dn 10.13, 21; 12.1;
but the dragon was defeated, and he and his angels were not allowed to stay in heaven any longer.