Revelation 12:3

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And there appeared another wonder in heauen, and behold a great red dragon, hauing seuen heads, and ten hornes, and seuen crownes vpon his heads.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Then another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads {were} seven diadems.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And there was seen another sign in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his heads seven diadems.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And there was seen another sign in heaven; a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven crowns.
- Basic English Bible

And another sign was seen in the heaven: and behold, a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven diadems;
- Darby Bible

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.
- Webster's Bible

And another marvel was seen in Heaven--a great fiery-red Dragon, with seven heads and ten horns; and on his heads were seven kingly crowns.
- Weymouth Bible

Another sign was seen in heaven. Behold, a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven crowns.
- World English Bible

And another signe was seyn in heuene; and lo! a greet reede dragoun, that hadde seuene heedis, and ten hornes, and in the heedis of hym seuene diademes.
- Wycliffe Bible

And there was seen another sign in the heaven, and, lo, a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his head seven diadems,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 12:3


12:3 And behold a great red dragon - His fiery - red colour denoting his disposition. Having seven heads - Implying vast wisdom. And ten horns - Perhaps on the seventh head; emblems of mighty power and strength, which he still retained. And seven diadems on his heads - Not properly crowns, but costly bindings, such as kings anciently wore; for, though fallen, he was a great potentate still, even the prince of this world.


People's Bible Notes for Revelation 12:3


Re 12:3 Behold a great red dragon. Another wonder is seen, also in the sky, a great serpent-like figure, red, with seven heads and ten horns. This figure, we learn from Re 12:9 is a devilish manifestation. The devil uses it for his purposes. The red color implies a persecuting power. Having seven heads and ten horns. The seven heads are explained in Re 17:9, where the seven-headed beast appears again, to be seven mountains, and also seven kingdoms; the ten horns are there said to be ten kingdoms which did not yet exist. We have also this monster appearing substantially in Da 7:7. I will discuss it more particularly in chapter 17 (see PNT "Re 17:12), but will here say that there is little doubt that it represents the persecuting powers of the earth which have opposed God and his Israel; the great world powers arrayed against God. This world power appears as Pagan Rome in the persecution of the Woman; the Church. The dragon was the standard of Pagan Rome in the third century, as testified by many ancient writers.

Discussion for Revelation 12

  • Eliiah the Prophet
    For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life::::::::For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world through him might be saved.
  • Sabbathkeeper
    The battle we wage is spiritual and it's about truth vs apostacy. Apostacy is false teaching aka doctrines of men. There is physical suffering on earth for God's chosen because the devil makes ear with them like when Rome killed 100 million during the dark ages. It will be them again beheading people. They put prophecy as far in future so you don't see the wound healing like NOW with UNITY push.
  • BSP
    Verse 12 shows that the earth is experiencing great woe because Satan the Devil has been hurled down here and he knows that his time is short.
  • Sabbath keeper and Wife
    Finally! Someone gets it. Onsase is spot on. The seal of God is like any other seal. It has the name:God,title: creator , dominion: heaven and earth- all described in the 4th commandment. Only way NOT to get the MARK is by being sealed in the forehead (your mind) being grounded in truth. Read Rev 14:12 , then 19:10 and you'll see what the 3angels messages show you must understand. Peace to you all
  • Onsase
    The woman dressed with sun and moon under feet is the church of God,the remnant church of God which does Gods will,
    Gods will is doing doing as per Gods commandments.
    There are ten commandments given by God summarized by Jesus Christmas
    1.love your neighbor. As you love yourself
    2.love your God with your all.
    The mark and identifier of Gods people is the sabbath day as given as the fourth command
  • Onsase
    Jesus says pray and do not faint.

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