The woman versus the red, 7-headed, 10-horned, baby-eating dragon
Catholics say the "woman clothed with the sun" is Mary; Protestants say she is Israel, the church, or Eve. But whoever she is, she's
pregnant and the dragon wants to eat her newborn baby. He's worked up an
appetite by knocking down 1/3 of the stars with his tail. But when
the woman delivered, God beamed her baby boy up to heaven. Then the woman went into the wilderness to feed for 1260 days. Whatever.
(12:1) "There appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun,
and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars."
(12:2) "And she being with child ... pained to be delivered."
(12:3) "There appeared another wonder in heaven ... a great red dragon, having seven heads
and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads."
(12:4) "His tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth:
and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born."
(12:5) "She brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God,
and to his throne."
(12:6) "And the woman fled into the wilderness ... that they should feed her there
a thousand two hundred and threescore days."
(12:7-11) "There was war in heaven."
So even in heaven, you can't be safe from war or dragons.
Is God's will always done in heaven?
(12:7) "There was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon."
(12:9) "The great dragon was cast out ... into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."
(12:11) "They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb."
(12:12-17) The Return of the Dragon
After losing the heavenly war, the dragon came back to earth to look for the woman. But
she was given eagle wings to fly with, so she
flew to the wilderness to be nourished for "a time, and times, and half a time." Then the dragon spit out a
flood, but the earth swallowed
it up to help the woman. So the dragon went to war with her seed instead.
(12:12) "Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you."
(12:13) "When the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child."
(12:14) "To the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness
... where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time."
(12:15) "The serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood."
(12:16) "The earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth."
(12:17) "The dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed."