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Revelation 12 Disciples’ Literal New Testament (DLNT)

Sign 1: A Woman About To Give Birth

12 And a great sign appeared in heaven: there was a woman, having been clothed-with the sun, and the moon was under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head, and having a child in her womb. And she is crying-out, suffering-birth-pains and being-in-torment to give-birth.

Sign 2: A Red Dragon Tries To Devour The Woman And Her Newborn Son, But Fails

And another sign appeared in heaven. And behold— there was a great fire-red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems[a] on his heads. And his tail sweeps-away[b] a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon is standing before the woman being about to give-birth, in order that when she gives-birth he might devour her child. And she gave-birth to a Son, a male Child, Who is going to shepherd[c] all the nations with an iron rod. And her Child was snatched-up to God, and to His throne. And the woman fled into the wilderness[d] where she has a place there having been prepared by God, in order that they[e] might nourish[f] her there for one-thousand two-hundred sixty days.

There Is a War In Heaven: The Dragon Is Thrown Down To Earth

And there was a war[g] in heaven. Michael and his angels were to fight against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought. And he did not prevail, nor was a place for them still found in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown-down— the ancient serpent, the one being called the devil and Satan, the one deceiving the whole world— he was thrown-down to the earth. And his angels were thrown-down with him. 10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying “Now[h] the salvation[i] and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ came[j], because the accuser of our brothers was thrown-down— the one accusing them before our God by day and by night. 11 And they overcame[k] him because-of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of [l] their testimony. And they did not love their life until[m] death. 12 For this reason— celebrate, heavens, and the ones dwelling in them. Woe for the land and the sea, because the devil went down to you having great fury, knowing that he has a short time”.

The Dragon Pursues The Woman, And Then Makes War Against Her Children

13 And when the dragon saw that he was thrown-down to the earth, he pursued[n] the woman who gave-birth to the male Child. 14 And the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman in order that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place where she is nourished there for a time and times and half of a time from the presence of the serpent. 15 And the serpent threw[o] water from his mouth after the woman like a river, in order that he might cause her to be swept-away-by-a-river. 16 And the earth helped[p] the woman. Indeed the earth opened its mouth and swallowed-up the river which the dragon threw from his mouth. 17 And the dragon became-angry at the woman, and he went to make war against the rest of her seed[q]— the ones keeping the commandments of God and holding the testimony of [r] Jesus. 18 And he stood on the sand of the sea.


  1. Revelation 12:3 That is, king’s crowns.
  2. Revelation 12:4 Or, drags-away.
  3. Revelation 12:5 That is, rule.
  4. Revelation 12:6 Or, desert.
  5. Revelation 12:6 That is, ones send by God, but otherwise undefined by John.
  6. Revelation 12:6 Or, feed, provide for.
  7. Revelation 12:7 Or, battle.
  8. Revelation 12:10 Or, At-this-moment, At-this-time.
  9. Revelation 12:10 Or, deliverance.
  10. Revelation 12:10 Or, came-to-pass, became-reality.
  11. Revelation 12:11 Or, were victorious over.
  12. Revelation 12:11 That is, consisting of. Or, the Word to which they bore testimony.
  13. Revelation 12:11 Or, as far as, up to. That is, they loved Jesus more than their lives, until their death.
  14. Revelation 12:13 Or, persecuted.
  15. Revelation 12:15 Or, cast.
  16. Revelation 12:16 Or, came-to-the-aid-of.
  17. Revelation 12:17 That is, her offspring, her spiritual descendants, Christians.
  18. Revelation 12:17 That is, given by; or, concerning.
Disciples’ Literal New Testament (DLNT)

Disciples' Literal New Testament: Serving Modern Disciples by More Fully Reflecting the Writing Style of the Ancient Disciples, Copyright © 2011 Michael J. Magill. All Rights Reserved. Published by Reyma Publishing

Revelation 12 New International Version (NIV)

The Woman and the Dragon

12 A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads. Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.”[a] And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. The woman fled into the wilderness to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.

Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.

10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:

“Now have come the salvation and the power
    and the kingdom of our God,
    and the authority of his Messiah.
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters,
    who accuses them before our God day and night,
    has been hurled down.
11 They triumphed over him
    by the blood of the Lamb
    and by the word of their testimony;
they did not love their lives so much
    as to shrink from death.
12 Therefore rejoice, you heavens
    and you who dwell in them!
But woe to the earth and the sea,
    because the devil has gone down to you!
He is filled with fury,
    because he knows that his time is short.”

13 When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. 14 The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach. 15 Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river, to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent. 16 But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. 17 Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring—those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.


  1. Revelation 12:5 Psalm 2:9
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