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Revelation

Then a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant, and she cried out in labor pains as she was about to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: a huge red dragon with seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads seven crowns. The dragon’s tail swept away one third of the stars of heaven, and threw them to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her child. The woman gave birth to a son, a male child, who is destined to rule all the nations with a rod of iron. Her child was caught up to God and to His throne. The woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared for her by God, so that she would be taken care of there for 1,260 days. Then there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But the dragon and his angels were not strong enough, so there was no longer a place for them in heaven. So the huge dragon — the original serpent, the one called the Devil and Satan, who is deceiving the whole world — was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven saying, “Now the salvation, the power, the Kingdom of our God and the ruling authority of His Messiah have come, because the accuser of our brothers and sisters, the one who accuses them day and night before our God, has been thrown down. But they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony. They did not love their lives even when facing death. Therefore rejoice, you heavens, and all who live in them. But disaster to the earth and sea, because the Devil has gone down to you in great anger, knowing that he has only a short time!” When the dragon realized that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. But two wings of a huge eagle were given to the woman, so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place, where she would be taken care of for a time, times, and half a time, away from the presence of the serpent. Then the serpent spewed water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, trying to sweep her away by a flood. But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing up the river which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. The dragon became enraged with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her children, those who keep God’s commandments and hold Jesus’ Gospel-testimony.

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