Bible: Rev 19-22

19:1 After these things I heard what sounded like the loud voice of a vast throng in heaven, saying,

Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,

19:2 because his judgments are true and just. 1 

For he has judged 2  the great prostitute

who corrupted the earth with her sexual immorality,

and has avenged the blood of his servants 3  poured out by her own hands! 4 

19:3 Then 5  a second time the crowd shouted, “Hallelujah!” The smoke rises from her forever and ever. 6  19:4 The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures threw themselves to the ground 7  and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne, saying: “Amen! Hallelujah!

19:5 Then 8  a voice came from the throne, saying:

“Praise our God

all you his servants,

and all you who fear Him,

both the small and the great!

The Wedding Celebration of the Lamb

19:6 Then 9  I heard what sounded like the voice of a vast throng, like the roar of many waters and like loud crashes of thunder. They were shouting: 10 

“Hallelujah!

For the Lord our God, 11  the All-Powerful, 12  reigns!

19:7 Let us rejoice 13  and exult

and give him glory,

because the wedding celebration of the Lamb has come,

and his bride has made herself ready.

19:8 She was permitted to be dressed in bright, clean, fine linen 14  (for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints). 15 

19:9 Then 16  the angel 17  said to me, “Write the following: Blessed are those who are invited to the banquet at the wedding celebration of the Lamb!” He also said to me, “These are the true words of God.” 19:10 So 18  I threw myself down 19  at his feet to worship him, but 20  he said, “Do not do this! 21  I am only 22  a fellow servant 23  with you and your brothers 24  who hold to the testimony about 25  Jesus. Worship God, for the testimony about Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

The Son of God Goes to War

19:11 Then 26  I saw heaven opened and here came 27  a white horse! The 28  one riding it was called “Faithfuland “True,” and with justice 29  he judges and goes to war. 19:12 His eyes are like a fiery 30  flame and there are many diadem crowns 31  on his head. He has 32  a name written 33  that no one knows except himself. 19:13 He is dressed in clothing dipped 34  in blood, and he is called 35  the Word of God. 19:14 The 36  armies that are in heaven, dressed in white, clean, fine linen, 37  were following him on white horses. 19:15 From his mouth extends a sharp sword, so that with it he can strike the nations. 38  He 39  will rule 40  them with an iron rod, 41  and he stomps the winepress 42  of the furious 43  wrath of God, the All-Powerful. 44  19:16 He has a name written on his clothing and on his thigh: “King of kings and Lord of lords.”

19:17 Then 45  I saw one angel standing in 46  the sun, and he shouted in a loud voice to all the birds flying high in the sky: 47 

“Come, gather around for the great banquet 48  of God,

19:18 to eat 49  your fill 50  of the flesh of kings,

the flesh of generals, 51 

the flesh of powerful people,

the flesh of horses and those who ride them,

and the flesh of all people, both free and slave, 52 

and small and great!

19:19 Then 53  I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to do battle with the one who rode the horse and with his army. 19:20 Now 54  the beast was seized, and along with him the false prophet who had performed the signs on his behalf 55 signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. Both of them were thrown alive into the lake of fire burning with sulfur. 56  19:21 The 57  others were killed by the sword that extended from the mouth of the one who rode the horse, and all the birds gorged 58  themselves with their flesh.

The Thousand Year Reign

20:1 Then 59  I saw an angel descending from heaven, holding 60  in his hand the key to the abyss and a huge chain. 20:2 He 61  seized the dragon – the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan – and tied him up for a thousand years. 20:3 The angel 62  then 63  threw him into the abyss and locked 64  and sealed it so that he could not deceive the nations until the one thousand years were finished. (After these things he must be released for a brief period of time.)

20:4 Then 65  I saw thrones and seated on them were those who had been given authority to judge. 66  I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of the testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. These 67  had not worshiped the beast or his image and had refused to receive his mark on their forehead or hand. They 68  came to life 69  and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 20:5 (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were finished.) 70  This is the first resurrection. 20:6 Blessed and holy is the one who takes part 71  in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, 72  but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years.

Satan’s Final Defeat

20:7 Now 73  when the thousand years are finished, Satan will be released from his prison 20:8 and will go out to deceive 74  the nations at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, 75  to bring them together for the battle. They are as numerous as the grains of sand in the sea. 76  20:9 They 77  went up 78  on the broad plain of the earth 79  and encircled 80  the camp 81  of the saints and the beloved city, but 82  fire came down from heaven and devoured them completely. 83  20:10 And the devil who deceived 84  them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, 85  where the beast and the false prophet are 86  too, and they will be tormented there day and night forever and ever.

The Great White Throne

20:11 Then 87  I saw a large 88  white throne and the one who was seated on it; the earth and the heaven 89  fled 90  from his presence, and no place was found for them. 20:12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne. Then 91  books were opened, and another book was opened – the book of life. 92  So 93  the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to their deeds. 94  20:13 The 95  sea gave up the dead that were in it, and Death 96  and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each one was judged according to his deeds. 20:14 Then 97  Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death – the lake of fire. 20:15 If 98  anyone’s name 99  was not found written in the book of life, that person 100  was thrown into the lake of fire.

A New Heaven and a New Earth

21:1 Then 101  I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and earth had ceased to exist, 102  and the sea existed no more. 21:2 And I saw the holy city – the new Jerusalem – descending out of heaven from God, made ready like a bride adorned for her husband. 21:3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying: “Look! The residence 103  of God is among human beings. 104  He 105  will live among them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them. 106  21:4 He 107  will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death will not exist any more – or mourning, or crying, or pain, for the former things have ceased to exist.” 108 

21:5 And the one seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new!” Then 109  he said to me, “Write it down, 110  because these words are reliable 111  and true.” 21:6 He also said to me, “It is done! 112  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the one who is thirsty I will give water 113  free of charge 114  from the spring of the water of life. 21:7 The one who conquers 115  will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 21:8 But to the cowards, unbelievers, detestable persons, murderers, the sexually immoral, and those who practice magic spells, 116  idol worshipers, 117  and all those who lie, their place 118  will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. 119  That 120  is the second death.”

The New Jerusalem Descends

21:9 Then 121  one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven final plagues came and spoke to me, 122  saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb! 21:10 So 123  he took me away in the Spirit 124  to a huge, majestic mountain 125  and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God. 21:11 The city possesses 126  the glory of God; its brilliance is like a precious jewel, like a stone of crystal-clear jasper. 127  21:12 It has 128  a massive, high wall 129  with twelve gates, 130  with twelve angels at the gates, and the names of the twelve tribes of the nation of Israel 131  are written on the gates. 132  21:13 There are 133  three gates on the east side, three gates on the north side, three gates on the south side and three gates on the west side. 134  21:14 The 135  wall of the city has twelve foundations, and on them are the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

21:15 The angel 136  who spoke to me had a golden measuring rod with which to measure the city and its foundation stones and wall. 21:16 Now 137  the city is laid out as a square, 138  its length and width the same. He 139  measured the city with the measuring rod 140  at fourteen hundred miles 141  (its length and width and height are equal). 21:17 He also measured its wall, one hundred forty-four cubits 142  according to human measurement, which is also the angel’s. 143  21:18 The city’s 144  wall is made 145  of jasper and the city is pure gold, like transparent glass. 146  21:19 The foundations of the city’s wall are decorated 147  with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation is jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, 148  the fourth emerald, 21:20 the fifth onyx, 149  the sixth carnelian, 150  the seventh chrysolite, 151  the eighth beryl, 152  the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, 153  the eleventh jacinth, 154  and the twelfth amethyst. 21:21 And the twelve gates are twelve pearls – each one of the gates is made from just one pearl! The 155  main street 156  of the city is pure gold, like transparent glass.

21:22 Now 157  I saw no temple in the city, because the Lord God – the All-Powerful 158 and the Lamb are its temple. 21:23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, because the glory of God lights it up, and its lamp is the Lamb. 21:24 The nations 159  will walk by its light and the kings of the earth will bring their grandeur 160  into it. 21:25 Its gates will never be closed during the day 161  (and 162  there will be no night there). 163  21:26 They will bring the grandeur and the wealth 164  of the nations 165  into it, 21:27 but 166  nothing ritually unclean 167  will ever enter into it, nor anyone who does what is detestable 168  or practices falsehood, 169  but only those whose names 170  are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

22:1 Then 171  the angel 172  showed me the river of the water of life – water as clear as crystal – pouring out 173  from the throne of God and of the Lamb, 22:2 flowing down the middle of the city’s 174  main street. 175  On each side 176  of the river is the tree of life producing twelve kinds 177  of fruit, yielding its fruit every month of the year. 178  Its leaves are for the healing of the nations. 22:3 And there will no longer be any curse, 179  and the throne of God and the Lamb will be in the city. 180  His 181  servants 182  will worship 183  him, 22:4 and they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 22:5 Night will be no more, and they will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, because the Lord God will shine on them, and they will reign forever and ever.

A Final Reminder

22:6 Then 184  the angel 185  said to me, “These words are reliable 186  and true. The Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants 187  what must happen soon.”

22:7 (Look! I am coming soon!

Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy expressed in this book.) 188 

22:8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things, 189  and when I heard and saw them, 190  I threw myself down 191  to worship at the feet of the angel who was showing them to me. 22:9 But 192  he said to me, “Do not do this! 193  I am a fellow servant 194  with you and with your brothers the prophets, and with those who obey 195  the words of this book. Worship God! 22:10 Then 196  he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy contained in this book, because the time is near. 22:11 The evildoer must continue to do evil, 197  and the one who is morally filthy 198  must continue to be filthy. The 199  one who is righteous must continue to act righteously, and the one who is holy must continue to be holy.”

22:12 (Look! I am coming soon,

and my reward is with me to pay 200  each one according to what he has done!

22:13 I am the Alpha and the Omega,

the first and the last,

the beginning and the end!) 201 

22:14 Blessed are those who wash their robes so they can have access 202  to the tree of life and can enter into the city by the gates. 22:15 Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers 203  and the sexually immoral, and the murderers, and the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood! 204 

22:16I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star! 205  22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say: “Come!” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wants it take the water of life free of charge.

22:18 I testify to the one who hears the words of the prophecy contained in this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described 206  in this book. 22:19 And if anyone takes away from the words of this book of prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life 207  and in the holy city that are described in this book.

22:20 The one who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! 22:21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. 208 

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