Revelation 12:4

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Revelation 12:4

And his taile drew the third part of the starres of heauen, and did cast them to the earth: And the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be deliuered, for to deuoure her childe as soone as it was borne.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And his tail *swept away a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her child.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And his tail draweth the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon standeth before the woman that is about to be delivered, that when she is delivered he may devour her child.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And his tail was pulling a third part of the stars of heaven down to the earth, and the dragon took his place before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when the birth had taken place he might put an end to her child.
- Basic English Bible

and his tail draws the third part of the stars of the heaven; and he cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bring forth, in order that when she brought forth he might devour her child.
- Darby Bible

And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to be delivered, to devour her child as soon as it was born.
- Webster's Bible

His tail was drawing after it a third part of the stars of Heaven, and it dashed them to the ground. And in front of the woman who was about to become a mother, the Dragon was standing in order to devour the child as soon as it was born.
- Weymouth Bible

His tail drew one third of the stars of the sky, and threw them to the earth. The dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her child.
- World English Bible

And the tail of hym drow the thridde part of sterris of heuene, and sente hem in to the erthe. And the dragoun stood bifore the womman, that was to berynge child, that whanne sche hadde borun child, he schulde deuoure hir sone.
- Wycliffe Bible

and his tail doth draw the third of the stars of the heaven, and he did cast them to the earth; and the dragon did stand before the woman who is about to bring forth, that when she may bring forth, her child he may devour;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for Revelation 12:4

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 12:4


12:4 And his tail - His falsehood and subtilty. Draweth - As a train. The third part - A very large number. Of the stars of heaven - The Christians and their teachers, who before sat in heavenly places with Christ Jesus. And casteth them to the earth - Utterly deprives them of all those heavenly blessings. This is properly a part of the description of the dragon, who was not yet himself on earth, but in heaven: consequently, this casting them down was between the beginning of the seventh trumpet and the beginning of the third woe; or between the year 847 and the year 947; at which time pestilent doctrines, particularly that of the Manichees in the east, drew abundance of people from the truth. And the dragon stood before the woman, that when she had brought forth, he might devour the child - That he might hinder the kingdom of Christ from spreading abroad, as it does under this trumpet.


People's Bible Notes for Revelation 12:4


Re 12:4 And his tail drew a third part of the stars. This may indicate the great power of the dragon. Perhaps it has a more particular meaning. We have found under Re 8:7 9:18 that the old Roman world was divided into three parts, that the term "third part" was used of these divisions (also see topic 9706). In the early part of the fourth century, when the great triumph of Christianity over Paganism was about to be realized, the Roman world shows this division; in two parts toleration is shown; in the remaining "third part" there is the most bitter persecution, and finally the ruler of this part, Maximus, enters upon war with Constantine with the vow that if successful he will restore everywhere the old Pagan religion. This may be symbolized. And the dragon stood before the woman. This symbolizes an effort to destroy the saints, the seed of the woman, the children of the Church.

Discussion for Revelation 12:4

  • Del Olds on Revelation 12:4
    The 1 3 part of the stars in chapter 4 is us, you and me. Satans and his angels were cast out with him by Micheal in 12 9.
  • How can so many educated people be so wrong? read and re read the Good Book you will come to the conclusion that it is indeed talking about those fallen ones 3rd part? Unmistakable makes you wonder are these people deliberately giving false info or is it the spirit of the beast?
  • Carroll Sanders on Revelation 12:4
    The tail of the great red dragon and the head of the Head of the church is identified in Isaiah. Isaiah 9 15 KJV ... The ancient and honourable, he is the head and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail. Jesus Christ is the ancient of days, head of the church and the false prophets are the tail of the dragon!
  • Joel turner on Revelation 12:4
    I had trouble finding an explination for the third part of the stars of heaven, being cast into the earth.Finally out not down. Thanks for the understanding that you have given me.

    Thanks and the God of all wisdom bless you.
  • Peter mayers on Revelation 12:4
    Could the third part of the stars of heaven refer to some advanced technology which the devil will make available to men of science so as to further lead man away from GOD and the truth?
  • Kenny kgatla on Revelation 12:4
    And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven and did cast them to the earth - we know from the book of Revelation 1:20 that the stars represent Angels. So here the third part of the stars represents all the fallen angels who sided with the devil when war broke out in heaven and were cast down with him after losing the fight in Revelation 12:7-9. He caused them to rebel against God through deception. And the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, Israel waiting patiently for salvation from the Messiah- for to devour her child as soon as it was born. KING HEROD SEEKING TO KILL THE MESSIAH OR JESUS CHRIST AS A CHILD IN BETHLEHEM. HE HOPED TO DESTROY HIS EARTHLY KINGDOM BEFORE IT EVEN BEGAN.
  • Peter mayers on Revelation 12:4
    It is interesting that so many view this text as meaning one third of the stars of heaven, when the verse clearly states;the third part of the stars of heaven. The third part is not the same as one third. The third part is in reality three parts after the first part and two parts before the fifth part,four parts before the seventh part and so on. So the question is, what is the third part of the stars of heaven?
  • Nina Mccutcheon on Revelation 12:4
    The four living beasts are real chosen people todayby God.These four are written in the bible all the way to the end of revelation book.Also written in ezekiel,and daniel.These four are leaders who go all the way,to the end,to lead those left behind in tribulation time.{Living is the key word.}These four are,the chosenwoman,the ruler with iron cepter,and two witnesess.Plain and simple.The lamp stands represent the churches,the candle sticks represent the saints.
  • Nina mccutcheon on Revelation 12:4
    1.I saw a time when i was on the streets of london ontario,on dundas st,next to arkaid mission.The day was bright and all of a sudden,the sky went black,the clouds rolled very quickly,like the sea.I was yelling the time of the tribulation,a girl yelled ya right nina.2.I was walking through a field,it was desolate,the mission was moving away from me.As i walked up the field to a forest,the field turned into beautifull flowers.I looked down and saw a purple liloc ,i picked it,tasted it,it tasted sweet.I turned to my left and saw a light in the sky,i then saw a river flowing to oneside,i walked down the river,and saw a angel,who i didnot worship,he said,nina ,do you know why people push you away?No i said why?He said because you have a love that confounds them,and they cant get close to it.This second vision was seen inmy sleep,when i was 18 years of age,bedridden after a operation,because of a tailbone sist.At that time a church was there helping me and God gave me a song.Ill write that song at the end of these visions exsplained as God showed me.3.A building,i was on the floor,on the right of me was a evil entity,i was yelling out in labour pain,i then had a baby boy,and some authorities came out of another area of this building and rescued us.4.I saw a mountain,i saw Jesus Christ comming down from the sky,smiling at me,i was going up and down a river very fast,i ended up on dry land,i saw people in my vision,that died and were alive again,i was preaching the gospel to them.5.I was running through the streets,as i ran i saw people falling to the ground,the sun was very hot,and there flesh was hanging out.6.I saw a vision of me running,i was with a young boy,on a patch of green grass.I heard a authority yell from a helocopter above me,he said stop right there,as the boy ran off,i stopped and the helocopter landed over me.7I saw a tree,under the tree i was preaching the gospel to children,i saw a evil force in the distance,one of the children ran to the otheside,i yelled loudly,dont go there.8.I was on a white horse,with wings,it ran very fast through a field,i was in a white robe,with long white hair.9.In this vision in 2010,i was awake,i saw in the sky,when i walked out on patio,chariots running through the clouds,i was exsited and had to look again,sure enough it was so.I had friends there,and they came out,and i believe they saw them too.Latter at church,they preached on chariots in the sky.9.A black car,a white house,and children that were missing and being abused,i went to this house,and was used by God to recue them,i saw a horse and buggie running down dundas st,with no coach very fast.In 2009,a child went missing in london ontario,tori,and my friends new at my sisters place a organzation about this vision,i latter walked into the place,and they said nina you were right,this child was found near a mininite asstablishment near a river in a field.The vision concerning the tree my friends,you now see a tree on every governmental truch,or sighn in ontario canada.This woman in revelation12,is represented as one who holds up what God is asstablishing concerning the governments.She protects the saints from governmental abuse today.Her teachers are two witnesess in revelations11,one is her biological father,they are chosen by God,and persicuted by the nations,because they dont like how they pretray thereselves today.These two are prophets who preach the gospel of Jesus christ around the world.These are only some of the visions given to me by God.There are more.
  • Nina Mccutcheon on Revelation 12:4
    I infact believe it would help if i exsplain,the visions first God has given me,then ill proceed.


 

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