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

  • Alex
    Why didn't this woman birth the children 2000 yrs ago,simply b/c Micah 5 says he wd give them up TILL she that is in Travail has given birth then the Remnant of his Brethren wd return unto the children of Israel and Malachi said that Elijah wd come and turn the hearts of the fathers to the CHILDREN, The Book in the right hand of the FATHER CONTAINS THE SEEDS/WORDS OF THE SOWER, THUS THE CHILDREN
  • Alex
    That Woman in Rev. 12 is US,unto US a child is born,unto US a son is given, we are all gonna birth a baby christ via his seed which is his Word,the Child is the H.G. HE SAID THAT WHICH IS BORN OF THE SPIRIT IS SPIRIT which is tHE H.G. IMMANUEL,MY LIL CHILDREN OF WHOM I TRAVAIL IN BIRTH TILL CHRIST BE FORMED IN YOU,THATS Y HE REFERS TO HIMSELF AS THE SON OF MAN,MANKIND IS GONNA BIRTH CHRIST.
  • Brenda Boze
    Never has there been so many facts that line up to Christ's return for His church. I believe that the Virgin is Israel and the manchild is the Holy Spirit that resides in each redeemed believer.
    The dragon represents the roman empire from which the whore of Babylon comes. She, the roman church has caused generations to drink of her poison and has led people to worship idols instead of God.
  • Scott phinn
    23 sept Jupiter will pass through constellation of Virgo in retrograde. Virgo is the woman. And the crown jewels on her head are planets n alignment. It did say there will be signs in the heavens. And the red dragon could be a meteor with comets. Or NIBIRU....BTW. THE SITE KEEPS DELETING MY COMMENTS. god bless you all
  • Daniel Burkwit
    Unfortunately for those of you seeking Truth or some level of tangible
  • A disciple
    Chris; This wonder is one of the many, many kinds of visions given by God to describe what's done in the spiritual realm; (in heaven); concerning God and men. The war in heaven has already been, and the devil and his angels ARE cast out. The woman who gave birth to the Anointed is not only Mary of Nazareth but spiritual. Mary wasn't given wings to fly into the wilderness. The flood is persecution.

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