Bible: Rev 12-14

The Woman, the Child, and the Dragon

12:1 Then 1  a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and with the moon under her feet, and on her head was a crown of twelve stars. 2  12:2 She 3  was pregnant and was screaming in labor pains, struggling 4  to give birth. 12:3 Then 5  another sign appeared in heaven: a huge red dragon that had seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadem crowns. 6  12:4 Now 7  the dragon’s 8  tail swept away a third of the stars in heaven and hurled them to the earth. Then 9  the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child as soon as it was born. 12:5 So 10  the woman gave birth to a son, a male child, 11  who is going to rule 12  over all the nations 13  with an iron rod. 14  Her 15  child was suddenly caught up to God and to his throne, 12:6 and she 16  fled into the wilderness 17  where a place had been prepared for her 18  by God, so she could be taken care of 19  for 1,260 days.

War in Heaven

12:7 Then 20  war broke out in heaven: Michael 21  and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 12:8 But 22  the dragon was not strong enough to prevail, 23  so there was no longer any place left 24  in heaven for him and his angels. 25  12:9 So 26  that huge dragon – the ancient serpent, the one called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world – was thrown down to the earth, and his angels along with him. 12:10 Then 27  I heard a loud voice in heaven saying,

The salvation and the power

and the kingdom of our God,

and the ruling authority 28  of his Christ, 29  have now come,

because the accuser of our brothers and sisters, 30 

the one who accuses them day and night 31  before our God,

has been thrown down.

12:11 But 32  they overcame him

by the blood of the Lamb

and by the word of their testimony,

and they did not love their lives 33  so much that they were afraid to die.

12:12 Therefore you heavens rejoice, and all who reside in them!

But 34  woe to the earth and the sea

because the devil has come down to you!

He 35  is filled with terrible anger,

for he knows that he only has a little time!

12:13 Now 36  when the dragon realized 37  that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. 12:14 But 38  the woman was given the two wings of a giant eagle so that she could fly out into the wilderness, 39  to the place God 40  prepared for her, where she is taken care of – away from the presence of the serpent – for a time, times, and half a time. 41  12:15 Then 42  the serpent spouted water like a river out of his mouth after the woman in an attempt to 43  sweep her away by a flood, 12:16 but 44  the earth came to her rescue; 45  the ground opened up 46  and swallowed the river that the dragon had spewed from his mouth. 12:17 So 47  the dragon became enraged at the woman and went away to make war on the rest of her children, 48  those who keep 49  God’s commandments and hold to 50  the testimony about Jesus. 51  And the dragon 52  stood 53  on the sand 54  of the seashore. 55 

The Two Beasts

13:1 Then 56  I saw a beast coming up out of the sea. It 57  had ten horns and seven heads, and on its horns were ten diadem crowns, 58  and on its heads a blasphemous name. 59  13:2 Now 60  the beast that I saw was like a leopard, but its feet were like a bear’s, and its mouth was like a lion’s mouth. The 61  dragon gave the beast 62  his power, his throne, and great authority to rule. 63  13:3 One of the beast’s 64  heads appeared to have been killed, 65  but the lethal wound had been healed. 66  And the whole world followed 67  the beast in amazement; 13:4 they worshiped the dragon because he had given ruling authority 68  to the beast, and they worshiped the beast too, saying: “Who is like the beast?” and “Who is able to make war against him? 69  13:5 The beast 70  was given a mouth speaking proud words 71  and blasphemies, and he was permitted 72  to exercise ruling authority 73  for forty-two months. 13:6 So 74  the beast 75  opened his mouth to blaspheme against God – to blaspheme both his name and his dwelling place, 76  that is, those who dwell in heaven. 13:7 The beast 77  was permitted to go to war against the saints and conquer them. 78  He was given ruling authority 79  over every tribe, people, 80  language, and nation, 13:8 and all those who live on the earth will worship the beast, 81  everyone whose name has not been written since the foundation of the world 82  in the book of life belonging to the Lamb who was killed. 83  13:9 If anyone has an ear, he had better listen!

13:10 If anyone is meant for captivity,

into captivity he will go.

If anyone is to be killed by the sword, 84 

then by the sword he must be killed.

This 85  requires steadfast endurance 86  and faith from the saints.

13:11 Then 87  I saw another beast 88  coming up from the earth. He 89  had two horns like a lamb, 90  but 91  was speaking like a dragon. 13:12 He 92  exercised all the ruling authority 93  of the first beast on his behalf, 94  and made the earth and those who inhabit it worship the first beast, the one whose lethal wound had been healed. 13:13 He 95  performed momentous signs, even making fire come down from heaven in front of people 96  13:14 and, by the signs he was permitted to perform on behalf of the beast, he deceived those who live on the earth. He told 97  those who live on the earth to make an image to the beast who had been wounded by the sword, but still lived. 13:15 The second beast 98  was empowered 99  to give life 100  to the image of the first beast 101  so that it could speak, and could cause all those who did not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 13:16 He also caused 102  everyone (small and great, rich and poor, free and slave 103 ) to obtain a mark on their right hand or on their forehead. 13:17 Thus no one was allowed to buy 104  or sell things 105  unless he bore 106  the mark of the beast – that is, his name or his number. 107  13:18 This calls for wisdom: 108  Let the one who has insight calculate the beast’s number, for it is man’s number, 109  and his number is 666. 110 

An Interlude: The Song of the 144,000

14:1 Then 111  I looked, and here was 112  the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with him were one hundred and forty-four thousand, who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. 14:2 I also heard a sound 113  coming out of heaven like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder. Now 114  the sound I heard was like that made by harpists playing their harps, 14:3 and they were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No 115  one was able to learn the song except the one hundred and forty-four thousand who had been redeemed from the earth.

14:4 These are the ones who have not defiled themselves 116  with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These were redeemed from humanity as firstfruits to God and to the Lamb, 14:5 and no lie was found on their lips; 117  they 118  are blameless.

Three Angels and Three Messages

14:6 Then 119  I saw another 120  angel flying directly overhead, 121  and he had 122  an eternal gospel to proclaim 123  to those who live 124  on the earth – to every nation, tribe, 125  language, and people. 14:7 He declared 126  in a loud voice: “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has arrived, and worship the one who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water!

14:8 A 127  second 128  angel 129  followed the first, 130  declaring: 131  “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great city! 132  She made all the nations 133  drink of the wine of her immoral passion.” 134 

14:9 A 135  third angel 136  followed the first two, 137  declaring 138  in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and takes the mark on his forehead or his hand, 14:10 that person 139  will also drink of the wine of God’s anger 140  that has been mixed undiluted in the cup of his wrath, and he will be tortured with fire and sulfur 141  in front of the holy angels and in front of the Lamb. 14:11 And the smoke from their 142  torture will go up 143  forever and ever, and those who worship the beast and his image will have 144  no rest day or night, along with 145  anyone who receives the mark of his name.” 14:12 This requires 146  the steadfast endurance 147  of the saints – those who obey 148  God’s commandments and hold to 149  their faith in Jesus. 150 

14:13 Then 151  I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this:

‘Blessed are the dead,

those who die in the Lord from this moment on!’”

“Yes,” says the Spirit, “so they can rest from their hard work, 152  because their deeds will follow them.” 153 

14:14 Then 154  I looked, and a white cloud appeared, 155  and seated on the cloud was one like a son of man! 156  He had 157  a golden crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. 14:15 Then 158  another angel came out of the temple, shouting in a loud voice to the one seated on the cloud, “Use 159  your sickle and start to reap, 160  because the time to reap has come, since the earth’s harvest is ripe! 14:16 So 161  the one seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped.

14:17 Then 162  another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. 14:18 Another 163  angel, who was in charge of 164  the fire, came from the altar and called in a loud voice to the angel 165  who had the sharp sickle, “Use 166  your sharp sickle and gather 167  the clusters of grapes 168  off the vine of the earth, 169  because its grapes 170  are now ripe.” 171  14:19 So 172  the angel swung his sickle over the earth and gathered the grapes from the vineyard 173  of the earth and tossed them into the great 174  winepress of the wrath of God. 14:20 Then 175  the winepress was stomped 176  outside the city, and blood poured out of the winepress up to the height of horsesbridles 177  for a distance of almost two hundred miles. 178 

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