Now a great sign was seen in heaven - a woman clothed with the sun, under her feet the moon, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
She was pregnant and about to give birth, and she screamed in the agony of labor.
Another sign was seen in heaven there was a great red dragon with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven royal crowns.
Its tail swept a third of the stars out of heaven and threw them down to the earth. It stood in front of the woman about to give birth, so that it might devour the child the moment it was born.
She gave birth to a son, a male child, the one who will rule all the nations with a staff of iron. But her child was snatched up to God and his throne;
and she fled into the desert, where she has a place prepared by God so that she can be taken care of for 1,260 days.
Next there was a battle in heaven - Mikha'el and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back.
But it was not strong enough to win, so that there was no longer any place for them in heaven.
The great dragon was thrown out, that ancient serpent, also known as the Devil and Satan [the Adversary], the deceiver of the whole world. He was hurled down to the earth, and his angels were hurled down with him.
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven saying, "Now have come God's victory, power and kingship, and the authority of his Messiah; because the Accuser of our brothers, who accuses them day and night before God, has been thrown out!
"They defeated him because of the Lamb's blood and because of the message of their witness. Even when facing death they did not cling to life.