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Revelation 12:3

ESV And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven diadems.
NIV Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads.
NASB Then another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven crowns.
CSB Then another sign appeared in heaven: There was a great fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven crowns.
NLT Then I witnessed in heaven another significant event. I saw a large red dragon with seven heads and ten horns, with seven crowns on his heads.
KJV 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.

What does Revelation 12:3 mean?

John saw another sign appear in heaven. A great red dragon—the second of seven important figures mentioned in this segment of Revelation. Verse 9 identifies this dragon as the Devil and Satan.

The dragon had seven heads and ten horns, and each of his heads had a diadem: a crown-like object similar to a headband. The imagery suggests that Satan holds absolute sway over political entities in the tribulation. The ten horns represent ten kings who reign for a while with the first beast mentioned in Revelation 13:1. Daniel 7:7–8, 23–24 prophesies this confederacy of ten kings. Today, as "the god of this world," Satan dominates the evil world system (2 Corinthians 4:4), but this influence will be even more potent, and more obvious, during the tribulation.

In John 12:31, Jesus called Satan "the ruler of this world." When he tempted Jesus, he offered Jesus all the kingdoms of the world if Jesus would fall down and worship him (Matthew 4:8–9). In the tribulation Satan's political power will reach its peak. He will use the two beasts of Revelation 13 to suppress millions of people.
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