19 Then the sanctuary of God in the
heavens was opened,and the Ark of
the Covenant of God could be seen
inside the sanctuary.There were
flashes of lightning, peals of thunder,
an earthquake and a violent hailstorm.
1 A great sign appeared in heaven:
a woman, clothed with the sun,
with the with the moon under her feet
and a crown of twelve stars on her
head,2 She was pregnant and cried out
in pain,looking to her time of delivery.
3 Then another sign appeared:a
huge,red dragon with seven heads and
ten horns and wearing seven crowns on
its heads. 4 It had just swept along a
third of the stars of heaven with its tail,
throwing them down to the earth.
The dragon stood in front of the
woman who was about to give birth,so
that it might devour the child as soon
as it was born. 5 She gave birth, to a
male child,the one who is to rule all the
nations with an iron scepter; then her
child was seized and taken up to God
and to his throne 6 while the woman fled
to the desert where God had prepared a
place for her; there she would be
looked after for one thousand two hun-
dred and sixty days.