| Quote #1
The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and celebrate and exchange presents, because these two prophets had been a torment to the inhabitants of the earth. But after the three and a half days, the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and those who saw them were terrified. (NRSV 11:10-11)
And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. And after three days and an half the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. (KJV 11:10-11)
So God sends some good prophets to Earth and evil people reject them (sound familiar?). Naturally, things are not going to go well when the prophets wake up from their faux-death and start enforcing some goodness in the world.
| Quote #2
Then another portent appeared in heaven: a great red Dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. Then the Dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, so that he might devour her child as soon as it was born. (NRSV 12:3-4)
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. 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. (KJV 12:3-4)
A classic showdown. First we have the angelic Woman Clothed with the Sun, who is doing one of the most selfless, loving things in the world—giving birth. Then we have the horrifying evil Dragon who is waiting around to gobble up her baby. Obviously, God is not going to let evil win the day here.
| Quote #3
The Dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth [and] he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle, so that she could fly from the serpent into the wilderness[…]Then from his mouth the serpent poured water like a river after the woman, to sweep her away with the flood. But the earth came to the help of the woman[…] Then the Dragon was angry with the woman, and went off to make war on the rest of her children. (NRSV 12:13-17)
And when the Dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness[...] 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. And the earth helped the woman[…] And the Dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed. (KJV 12:13-17)
The thrilling conclusion. The Woman is able to escape (with a little help) and the Dragon goes to torment the Woman's other children (namely her Christian children). Because nothing makes an evil Dragon madder than holy people following God.