Then I witnessed in heaven an event of great significance. I saw a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon beneath her feet, and a crown of twelve stars on her head.
She was pregnant, and she cried out in the pain of labor as she awaited her delivery.
Suddenly, I witnessed in heaven another significant event. I saw a large red dragon with seven heads and ten horns, with seven crowns on his heads.
His tail dragged down one-third of the stars, which he threw to the earth. He stood before the woman as she was about to give birth to her child, ready to devour the baby as soon as it was born.
She gave birth to a boy who was to rule all nations with an iron rod. And the child was snatched away from the dragon and was caught up to God and to his throne.
And the woman fled into the wilderness, where God had prepared a place to give her care for 1,260 days.
Then there was war in heaven. Michael and the angels under his command fought the dragon and his angels.
And the dragon lost the battle and was forced out of heaven.
This great dragon -- the ancient serpent called the Devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world -- was thrown down to the earth with all his angels.
Then I heard a loud voice shouting across the heavens, "It has happened at last -- the salvation and power and kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ! For the Accuser has been thrown down to earth -- the one who accused our brothers and sisters a before our God day and night.
And they have defeated him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of their testimony. And they were not afraid to die.
Rejoice, O heavens! And you who live in the heavens, rejoice! But terror will come on the earth and the sea. For the Devil has come down to you in great anger, and he knows that he has little time."
And when the dragon realized that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the child.
But she was given two wings like those of a great eagle. This allowed her to fly to a place prepared for her in the wilderness, where she would be cared for and protected from the dragon b for a time, times, and half a time.
Then the dragon tried to drown the woman with a flood of water that flowed from its mouth.
But the earth helped her by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that gushed out from the mouth of the dragon.
Then the dragon became angry at the woman, and he declared war against the rest of her children -- all who keep God's commandments and confess that they belong to Jesus.
Then he stood c waiting on the shore of the sea.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)