1 And a great portent was seen in heaven, a woman clad in the sun ??with the moon under her feet, and a tiara of twelve stars on her head; 2 she was with child, crying in the pangs of travail, in anguish for her delivery. 3 Then another portent was seen in heaven! There was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and seven horns and seven diadems upon his heads; 4 his tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven and flung them to the earth. And the dragon stood in front of the woman who was on the point of being delivered, to devour her child as soon as it was born. 5 She gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to shepherd all the nations with an iron flail; her child was caught up to God and to his throne, 6 and she herself fled to the desert, where a place has been prepared for her by God, in which she is to be nourished for twelve hundred and sixty days.
7 And war broke out in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting with the dragon; the dragon and his angels also fought, 8 but he failed, and there was no place for them in heaven any longer. 9 So the huge dragon was thrown down ??that old serpent called the Devil and Satan, the seducer of the whole world ??thrown down to the earth, and his angels thrown down along with him.
10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven saying, "Now it has come, the salvation and power, the reign of our God and the authority of his Christ! ??for the Accuser of our brothers is thrown down, who accused them before God day and night. 11 But they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they had to die for it, but they did not cling to life. 12 Rejoice for this, O heavens and ye that dwell in them! But woe to earth and sea! The devil has descended to you in fierce anger, knowing that his time is short."
13 And when the dragon found himself thrown down to earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child; 14 but the woman was given the two wings of a great eagle for her flight to the desert, to her appointed place, where she is nourished for a Time, two Times, and half a Time, safe from the serpent. 15 Then from his mouth the serpent poured water after the woman like a river, to sweep her away with a flood; 16 but the earth came to the rescue of the woman, the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the river that the dragon had poured out of his mouth. 17 So, enraged at the woman, the dragon went off to wage war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep God's commandments and hold the testimony of Jesus.