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1 And 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: 2 And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. 3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 4 And 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. 5 And 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. 6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. 7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. 12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. 13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. 14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. 15 And 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. 16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. 17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

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1 Deena E = ""the woman...a crown of 12 stars"Many scholars of biblical prophecy believe the woman referenced here is Israel, through whom Christ was born.The 12 stars represent the 12 tribes of Israel."
2 Cary W = "Paul repeatedly taught us that the victory of Christ over all principalities and powers is done, and that the ruler of this world has been cast out.  So now, this day brethren is come our salvation, our Strength, and the kingdom and power of God and His Christ, which includes you and me as His members."
3 Deena E = ""he persecuted the woman"The woman here symbolizes Israel. Historically, Jews have been heavily persecuted even up to today. Paul says the struggle is not of flesh and blood (see Ephesians 6:12). Although persecution may come through physical people (like the Nazis during the holocaust), there are evil unseen forces at work in them."
4 Vin P = "In Revelation 12:9 Satan is referred to as a dragon, serpent and devil. Elaine Pagels, in her book Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation, New York: Viking, 2012, writes about Revelation 12:17 “Now John pictures the dragon, the savage forces embodied in Rome, unleashing its fury on God’s people. Raging with frustration at the messiah’s escape and sensing his own impending doom, the dragon turns to ‘make war on…her children.’”"
5 Deena E = ""The remnants of her seed, which keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ" refers to Messianic Jews."