Bible: Rev 4-19

The Amazing Scene in Heaven

4:1 After these things I looked, and there was 1  a door standing open in heaven! 2  And the first voice I had heard speaking to me 3  like a trumpet 4  said: “Come up here so that 5  I can show you what must happen after these things.” 4:2 Immediately I was in the Spirit, 6  and 7  a throne was standing 8  in heaven with someone seated on it! 4:3 And the one seated on it was like jasper 9  and carnelian 10  in appearance, and a rainbow looking like it was made of emerald 11  encircled the throne. 4:4 In 12  a circle around the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on those thrones were twenty-four elders. They were 13  dressed in white clothing and had golden crowns 14  on their heads. 4:5 From 15  the throne came out flashes of lightning and roaring 16  and crashes of thunder. Seven flaming torches, which are the seven spirits of God, 17  were burning in front of the throne 4:6 and in front of the throne was something like a sea of glass, like crystal. 18 

In 19  the middle of the throne 20  and around the throne were four living creatures 21  full of eyes in front and in back. 4:7 The 22  first living creature was like a lion, the 23  second creature like an ox, the third creature had a face like a man’s, and the fourth creature looked like an eagle flying. 4:8 Each one of the four living creatures had six wings 24  and was full of eyes all around and inside. 25  They never rest day or night, saying: 26 

Holy Holy Holy is the Lord God, the All-Powerful, 27 

Who was and who is, and who is still to come!”

4:9 And whenever the living creatures give glory, honor, 28  and thanks to the one who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 4:10 the twenty-four elders throw themselves to the ground 29  before the one who sits on the throne and worship the one who lives forever and ever, and they offer their crowns 30  before his 31  throne, saying:

4:11You are worthy, our Lord and God,

to receive glory and honor and power,

since you created all things,

and because of your will they existed and were created! 32 

The Opening of the Scroll

5:1 Then 33  I saw in the right hand of the one who was seated on the throne a scroll written on the front and back 34  and sealed with seven seals. 35  5:2 And I saw a powerful angel proclaiming in a loud voice: “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to break its seals? 5:3 But 36  no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or look into it. 5:4 So 37  I began weeping bitterly 38  because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. 5:5 Then 39  one of the elders said 40  to me, “Stop weeping! 41  Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has conquered; 42  thus he can open 43  the scroll and its seven seals.”

5:6 Then 44  I saw standing in the middle of the throne 45  and of the four living creatures, and in the middle of the elders, a Lamb that appeared to have been killed. 46  He had 47  seven horns and seven eyes, which 48  are the seven 49  spirits of God 50  sent out into all the earth. 5:7 Then 51  he came and took the scroll 52  from the right hand of the one who was seated on the throne, 5:8 and when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders threw themselves to the ground 53  before the Lamb. Each 54  of them had a harp and golden bowls full of incense (which are the prayers of the saints). 55  5:9 They were singing a new song: 56 

“You are worthy to take the scroll

and to open its seals

because you were killed, 57 

and at the cost of your own blood 58  you have purchased 59  for God

persons 60  from every tribe, language, 61  people, and nation.

5:10 You have appointed 62  them 63  as a kingdom and priests 64  to serve 65  our God, and they will reign 66  on the earth.”

5:11 Then 67  I looked and heard the voice of many angels in a circle around the throne, as well as the living creatures and the elders. Their 68  number was ten thousand times ten thousand 69  – thousands times thousands – 5:12 all of whom 70  were singing 71  in a loud voice:

“Worthy is the lamb who was killed 72 

to receive power and wealth

and wisdom and might

and honor and glory and praise!

5:13 Then 73  I heard every creature – in heaven, on earth, under the earth, in the sea, and all that is in them – singing: 74 

“To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb

be praise, honor, glory, and ruling power 75  forever and ever!

5:14 And the four living creatures were saying “Amen,” and the elders threw themselves to the ground 76  and worshiped.

The Seven Seals

6:1 I looked on when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a thunderous voice, 77 Come! 78  6:2 So 79  I looked, 80  and here came 81  a white horse! The 82  one who rode it 83  had a bow, and he was given a crown, 84  and as a conqueror 85  he rode out to conquer.

6:3 Then 86  when the Lamb 87  opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come! 6:4 And another horse, fiery red, 88  came out, and the one who rode it 89  was granted permission 90  to take peace from the earth, so that people would butcher 91  one another, and he was given a huge sword.

6:5 Then 92  when the Lamb opened the third seal I heard the third living creature saying, “Come!” So 93  I looked, 94  and here came 95  a black horse! The 96  one who rode it 97  had a balance scale 98  in his hand. 6:6 Then 99  I heard something like a voice from among the four living creatures saying, “A quart 100  of wheat will cost a day’s pay 101  and three quarts of barley will cost a day’s pay. But 102  do not damage the olive oil and the wine!

6:7 Then 103  when the Lamb opened the fourth seal I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come! 6:8 So 104  I looked 105  and here came 106  a pale green 107  horse! The 108  name of the one who rode it 109  was Death, and Hades followed right behind. 110  They 111  were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill its population with the sword, 112  famine, and disease, 113  and by the wild animals of the earth.

6:9 Now 114  when the Lamb opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been violently killed 115  because of the word of God and because of the testimony they had given. 6:10 They 116  cried out with a loud voice, 117 How long, 118  Sovereign Master, 119  holy and true, before you judge those who live on the earth and avenge our blood? 6:11 Each 120  of them was given a long white robe and they were told to rest for a little longer, until the full number was reached 121  of both their fellow servants 122  and their brothers who were going to be killed just as they had been.

6:12 Then 123  I looked when the Lamb opened the sixth seal, and a huge 124  earthquake took place; the sun became as black as sackcloth made of hair, 125  and the full moon became blood red; 126  6:13 and the stars in the sky 127  fell to the earth like a fig tree dropping 128  its unripe figs 129  when shaken by a fierce 130  wind. 6:14 The sky 131  was split apart 132  like a scroll being rolled up, 133  and every mountain and island was moved from its place. 6:15 Then 134  the kings of the earth, the 135  very important people, the generals, 136  the rich, the powerful, and everyone, slave 137  and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains. 6:16 They 138  said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of the one who is seated on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb, 139  6:17 because the great day of their 140  wrath has come, and who is able to withstand it? 141 

The Sealing of the 144,000

7:1 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth so no wind could blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree. 7:2 Then 142  I saw another angel ascending from the east, 143  who had 144  the seal 145  of the living God. He 146  shouted out with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given permission 147  to damage the earth and the sea: 148  7:3 Do not damage the earth or the sea or the trees until we have put a seal on the foreheads of the servants 149  of our God.” 7:4 Now 150  I heard the number of those who were marked with the seal, 151  one hundred and forty-four thousand, sealed from all 152  the tribes of the people of Israel: 153 

7:5 From the tribe of Judah, twelve thousand were sealed,

from the tribe of Reuben, twelve thousand,

from the tribe of Gad, twelve thousand,

7:6 from the tribe of Asher, twelve thousand,

from the tribe of Naphtali, twelve thousand,

from the tribe of Manasseh, twelve thousand,

7:7 from the tribe of Simeon, twelve thousand,

from the tribe of Levi, twelve thousand,

from the tribe of Issachar, twelve thousand,

7:8 from the tribe of Zebulun, twelve thousand,

from the tribe of Joseph, twelve thousand,

from the tribe of Benjamin, twelve thousand were sealed.

7:9 After these things I looked, and here was 154  an enormous crowd that no one could count, made up of persons from every nation, tribe, 155  people, and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb dressed in long white robes, and with palm branches in their hands. 7:10 They were shouting out in a loud voice,

Salvation belongs to our God, 156 

to the one seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!

7:11 And all the angels stood 157  there in a circle around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they threw themselves down with their faces to the ground 158  before the throne and worshiped God, 7:12 saying,

Amen! Praise and glory,

and wisdom and thanksgiving,

and honor and power and strength

be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!

7:13 Then 159  one of the elders asked 160  me, “These dressed in long white robes – who are they and where have they come from? 7:14 So 161  I said to him, “My lord, you know the answer.” 162  Then 163  he said to me, “These are the ones who have come out of the great tribulation. They 164  have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb! 7:15 For this reason they are before the throne of God, and they serve 165  him day and night in his temple, and the one seated on the throne will shelter them. 166  7:16 They will never go hungry or be thirsty again, and the sun will not beat down on them, nor any burning heat, 167  7:17 because the Lamb in the middle of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” 168 

The Seventh Seal

8:1 Now 169  when the Lamb 170  opened the seventh seal there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 8:2 Then 171  I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. 8:3 Another 172  angel holding 173  a golden censer 174  came and was stationed 175  at the altar. A 176  large amount of incense was given to him to offer up, with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar that is before the throne. 8:4 The 177  smoke coming from the incense, 178  along with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand. 8:5 Then 179  the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it on the earth, and there were crashes of thunder, roaring, 180  flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.

8:6 Now 181  the seven angels holding 182  the seven trumpets prepared to blow them.

8:7 The 183  first angel blew his trumpet, and there was hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was thrown at the earth so that 184  a third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.

8:8 Then 185  the second angel blew his trumpet, and something like a great mountain of burning fire was thrown into the sea. A 186  third of the sea became blood, 8:9 and a third of the creatures 187  living in the sea died, and a third of the ships were completely destroyed. 188 

8:10 Then 189  the third angel blew his trumpet, and a huge star burning like a torch fell from the sky; 190  it landed 191  on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. 8:11 (Now 192  the name of the star is 193  Wormwood.) 194  So 195  a third of the waters became wormwood, 196  and many people died from these waters because they were poisoned. 197 

8:12 Then 198  the fourth angel blew his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, and a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened. And there was no light for a third of the day 199  and for a third of the night likewise. 8:13 Then 200  I looked, and I heard an 201  eagle 202  flying directly overhead, 203  proclaiming with a loud voice, “Woe! Woe! Woe to those who live on the earth because of the remaining sounds of the trumpets of the three angels who are about to blow them! 204 

9:1 Then 205  the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky 206  to the earth, and he was given the key to the shaft of the abyss. 207  9:2 He 208  opened the shaft of the abyss and smoke rose out of it 209  like smoke from a giant furnace. The 210  sun and the air were darkened with smoke from the shaft. 9:3 Then 211  out of the smoke came locusts onto the earth, and they were given power 212  like that of the scorpions of the earth. 9:4 They 213  were told 214  not to damage the grass of the earth, or any green plant or tree, but only those people 215  who did not have the seal of God on their 216  forehead. 9:5 The locusts 217  were not given permission 218  to kill 219  them, but only to torture 220  them 221  for five months, and their torture was like that 222  of a scorpion when it stings a person. 223  9:6 In 224  those days people 225  will seek death, but 226  will not be able to 227  find it; they will long to die, but death will flee from them.

9:7 Now 228  the locusts looked like horses equipped for battle. On 229  their heads were something like crowns similar to gold, 230  and their faces looked like men’s 231  faces. 9:8 They 232  had hair like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. 9:9 They had breastplates 233  like iron breastplates, and the sound of their wings was like the noise of many horse-drawn chariots charging into battle. 9:10 They have 234  tails and stingers like scorpions, and their ability 235  to injure people for five months is in their tails. 9:11 They have as king over them the angel of the abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon. 236 

9:12 The first woe has passed, but 237  two woes are still coming after these things!

9:13 Then 238  the sixth angel blew his trumpet, and I heard a single voice coming from the 239  horns on the golden altar that is before God, 9:14 saying to the sixth angel, the one holding 240  the trumpet, “Set free 241  the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates! 9:15 Then 242  the four angels who had been prepared for this 243  hour, day, 244  month, and year were set free to kill 245  a third of humanity. 9:16 The 246  number of soldiers on horseback was two hundred million; 247  I heard their number. 9:17 Now 248  this is what the horses and their riders 249  looked like in my 250  vision: The riders had breastplates that were fiery red, 251  dark blue, 252  and sulfurous 253  yellow in color. 254  The 255  heads of the horses looked like lionsheads, and fire, smoke, and sulfur 256  came out of their mouths. 9:18 A third of humanity was killed by these three plagues, that is, 257  by the fire, the smoke, and the sulfur that came out of their mouths. 9:19 For the power 258  of the horses resides 259  in their mouths and in their tails, because their tails are like snakes, having heads that inflict injuries. 9:20 The rest of humanity, who had not been killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, so that they did not stop worshiping demons and idols made 260  of gold, silver, 261  bronze, stone, and wood – idols that cannot see or hear or walk about. 9:21 Furthermore, 262  they did not repent of their murders, of their magic spells, 263  of their sexual immorality, or of their stealing.

The Angel with the Little Scroll

10:1 Then 264  I saw another powerful angel descending from heaven, wrapped 265  in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun and his legs were like pillars of fire. 266  10:2 He held 267  in his hand a little scroll that was open, and he put his right foot on the sea and his left on the land. 10:3 Then 268  he shouted in a loud voice like a lion roaring, and when he shouted, the seven thunders sounded their voices. 10:4 When the seven thunders spoke, I was preparing to write, but 269  just then 270  I heard a voice from heaven say, “Seal up what the seven thunders spoke and do not write it down.” 10:5 Then 271  the angel I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven 10:6 and swore by the one who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and what is in it, and the earth and what is in it, and the sea and what is in it, “There will be no more delay! 272  10:7 But in the days 273  when the seventh angel is about to blow his trumpet, the mystery of God is completed, 274  just as he has 275  proclaimed to his servants 276  the prophets.” 10:8 Then 277  the voice I had heard from heaven began to speak 278  to me 279  again, 280 Go and take the open 281  scroll in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.” 10:9 So 282  I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He 283  said to me, “Take the scroll 284  and eat it. It 285  will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth.” 10:10 So 286  I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it, and it did taste 287  as sweet as honey in my mouth, but 288  when I had eaten it, my stomach became bitter. 10:11 Then 289  they 290  told me: “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, 291  languages, and kings.”

The Fate of the Two Witnesses

11:1 Then 292  a measuring rod 293  like a staff was given to me, and I was told, 294 Get up and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and the ones who worship there. 11:2 But 295  do not measure the outer courtyard 296  of the temple; leave it out, 297  because it has been given to the Gentiles, 298  and they will trample on the holy city 299  for forty-two months. 11:3 And I will grant my two witnesses authority 300  to prophesy for 1,260 days, dressed in sackcloth. 11:4 (These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth.) 301  11:5 If 302  anyone wants to harm them, fire comes out of their mouths 303  and completely consumes 304  their enemies. If 305  anyone wants to harm them, they must be killed this way. 11:6 These two have the power 306  to close up the sky so that it does not rain during the time 307  they are prophesying. They 308  have power 309  to turn the waters to blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague whenever they want. 11:7 When 310  they have completed their testimony, the beast that comes up from the abyss will make war on them and conquer 311  them and kill them. 11:8 Their 312  corpses will lie in the street 313  of the great city that is symbolically 314  called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was also crucified. 11:9 For three and a half days those from every 315  people, tribe, 316  nation, and language will look at their corpses, because they will not permit them to be placed in a tomb. 317  11:10 And those who live on the earth will rejoice over them and celebrate, even sending gifts to each other, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth. 11:11 But 318  after three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and tremendous fear seized 319  those who were watching them. 11:12 Then 320  they 321  heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them: “Come up here!” So the two prophets 322  went up to heaven in a cloud while 323  their enemies stared at them. 11:13 Just then 324  a major earthquake took place and a tenth of the city collapsed; seven thousand people 325  were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.

11:14 The second woe has come and gone; 326  the third is coming quickly.

The Seventh Trumpet

11:15 Then 327  the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven saying:

“The kingdom of the world

has become the kingdom of our Lord

and of his Christ, 328 

and he will reign for ever and ever.”

11:16 Then 329  the twenty-four elders who are seated on their thrones before God threw themselves down with their faces to the ground 330  and worshiped God 11:17 with these words: 331 

“We give you thanks, Lord God, the All-Powerful, 332 

the one who is and who was,

because you have taken your great power

and begun to reign. 333 

11:18 The 334  nations 335  were enraged,

but 336  your wrath has come,

and the time has come for the dead to be judged,

and the time has come to give to your servants, 337 

the prophets, their reward,

as well as to the saints

and to those who revere 338  your name, both small and great,

and the time has come 339  to destroy those who destroy 340  the earth.”

11:19 Then 341  the temple of God in heaven was opened and the ark of his covenant was visible within his temple. And there were flashes of lightning, roaring, 342  crashes of thunder, an earthquake, and a great hailstorm. 343 

The Woman, the Child, and the Dragon

12:1 Then 344  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. 345  12:2 She 346  was pregnant and was screaming in labor pains, struggling 347  to give birth. 12:3 Then 348  another sign appeared in heaven: a huge red dragon that had seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadem crowns. 349  12:4 Now 350  the dragon’s 351  tail swept away a third of the stars in heaven and hurled them to the earth. Then 352  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 353  the woman gave birth to a son, a male child, 354  who is going to rule 355  over all the nations 356  with an iron rod. 357  Her 358  child was suddenly caught up to God and to his throne, 12:6 and she 359  fled into the wilderness 360  where a place had been prepared for her 361  by God, so she could be taken care of 362  for 1,260 days.

War in Heaven

12:7 Then 363  war broke out in heaven: Michael 364  and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 12:8 But 365  the dragon was not strong enough to prevail, 366  so there was no longer any place left 367  in heaven for him and his angels. 368  12:9 So 369  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 370  I heard a loud voice in heaven saying,

The salvation and the power

and the kingdom of our God,

and the ruling authority 371  of his Christ, 372  have now come,

because the accuser of our brothers and sisters, 373 

the one who accuses them day and night 374  before our God,

has been thrown down.

12:11 But 375  they overcame him

by the blood of the Lamb

and by the word of their testimony,

and they did not love their lives 376  so much that they were afraid to die.

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

But 377  woe to the earth and the sea

because the devil has come down to you!

He 378  is filled with terrible anger,

for he knows that he only has a little time!

12:13 Now 379  when the dragon realized 380  that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. 12:14 But 381  the woman was given the two wings of a giant eagle so that she could fly out into the wilderness, 382  to the place God 383  prepared for her, where she is taken care of – away from the presence of the serpent – for a time, times, and half a time. 384  12:15 Then 385  the serpent spouted water like a river out of his mouth after the woman in an attempt to 386  sweep her away by a flood, 12:16 but 387  the earth came to her rescue; 388  the ground opened up 389  and swallowed the river that the dragon had spewed from his mouth. 12:17 So 390  the dragon became enraged at the woman and went away to make war on the rest of her children, 391  those who keep 392  God’s commandments and hold to 393  the testimony about Jesus. 394  And the dragon 395  stood 396  on the sand 397  of the seashore. 398 

The Two Beasts

13:1 Then 399  I saw a beast coming up out of the sea. It 400  had ten horns and seven heads, and on its horns were ten diadem crowns, 401  and on its heads a blasphemous name. 402  13:2 Now 403  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 404  dragon gave the beast 405  his power, his throne, and great authority to rule. 406  13:3 One of the beast’s 407  heads appeared to have been killed, 408  but the lethal wound had been healed. 409  And the whole world followed 410  the beast in amazement; 13:4 they worshiped the dragon because he had given ruling authority 411  to the beast, and they worshiped the beast too, saying: “Who is like the beast?” and “Who is able to make war against him? 412  13:5 The beast 413  was given a mouth speaking proud words 414  and blasphemies, and he was permitted 415  to exercise ruling authority 416  for forty-two months. 13:6 So 417  the beast 418  opened his mouth to blaspheme against God – to blaspheme both his name and his dwelling place, 419  that is, those who dwell in heaven. 13:7 The beast 420  was permitted to go to war against the saints and conquer them. 421  He was given ruling authority 422  over every tribe, people, 423  language, and nation, 13:8 and all those who live on the earth will worship the beast, 424  everyone whose name has not been written since the foundation of the world 425  in the book of life belonging to the Lamb who was killed. 426  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, 427 

then by the sword he must be killed.

This 428  requires steadfast endurance 429  and faith from the saints.

13:11 Then 430  I saw another beast 431  coming up from the earth. He 432  had two horns like a lamb, 433  but 434  was speaking like a dragon. 13:12 He 435  exercised all the ruling authority 436  of the first beast on his behalf, 437  and made the earth and those who inhabit it worship the first beast, the one whose lethal wound had been healed. 13:13 He 438  performed momentous signs, even making fire come down from heaven in front of people 439  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 440  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 441  was empowered 442  to give life 443  to the image of the first beast 444  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 445  everyone (small and great, rich and poor, free and slave 446 ) to obtain a mark on their right hand or on their forehead. 13:17 Thus no one was allowed to buy 447  or sell things 448  unless he bore 449  the mark of the beast – that is, his name or his number. 450  13:18 This calls for wisdom: 451  Let the one who has insight calculate the beast’s number, for it is man’s number, 452  and his number is 666. 453 

An Interlude: The Song of the 144,000

14:1 Then 454  I looked, and here was 455  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 456  coming out of heaven like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder. Now 457  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 458  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 459  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; 460  they 461  are blameless.

Three Angels and Three Messages

14:6 Then 462  I saw another 463  angel flying directly overhead, 464  and he had 465  an eternal gospel to proclaim 466  to those who live 467  on the earth – to every nation, tribe, 468  language, and people. 14:7 He declared 469  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 470  second 471  angel 472  followed the first, 473  declaring: 474  “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great city! 475  She made all the nations 476  drink of the wine of her immoral passion.” 477 

14:9 A 478  third angel 479  followed the first two, 480  declaring 481  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 482  will also drink of the wine of God’s anger 483  that has been mixed undiluted in the cup of his wrath, and he will be tortured with fire and sulfur 484  in front of the holy angels and in front of the Lamb. 14:11 And the smoke from their 485  torture will go up 486  forever and ever, and those who worship the beast and his image will have 487  no rest day or night, along with 488  anyone who receives the mark of his name.” 14:12 This requires 489  the steadfast endurance 490  of the saints – those who obey 491  God’s commandments and hold to 492  their faith in Jesus. 493 

14:13 Then 494  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, 495  because their deeds will follow them.” 496 

14:14 Then 497  I looked, and a white cloud appeared, 498  and seated on the cloud was one like a son of man! 499  He had 500  a golden crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. 14:15 Then 501  another angel came out of the temple, shouting in a loud voice to the one seated on the cloud, “Use 502  your sickle and start to reap, 503  because the time to reap has come, since the earth’s harvest is ripe! 14:16 So 504  the one seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped.

14:17 Then 505  another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. 14:18 Another 506  angel, who was in charge of 507  the fire, came from the altar and called in a loud voice to the angel 508  who had the sharp sickle, “Use 509  your sharp sickle and gather 510  the clusters of grapes 511  off the vine of the earth, 512  because its grapes 513  are now ripe.” 514  14:19 So 515  the angel swung his sickle over the earth and gathered the grapes from the vineyard 516  of the earth and tossed them into the great 517  winepress of the wrath of God. 14:20 Then 518  the winepress was stomped 519  outside the city, and blood poured out of the winepress up to the height of horsesbridles 520  for a distance of almost two hundred miles. 521 

The Final Plagues

15:1 Then 522  I saw another great and astounding sign in heaven: seven angels who have seven final plagues 523  (they are final because in them God’s anger is completed).

15:2 Then 524  I saw something like a sea of glass 525  mixed with fire, and those who had conquered 526  the beast and his image and the number of his name. They were standing 527  by 528  the sea of glass, holding harps given to them by God. 529  15:3 They 530  sang the song of Moses the servant 531  of God and the song of the Lamb: 532 

“Great and astounding are your deeds,

Lord God, the All-Powerful! 533 

Just 534  and true are your ways,

King over the nations! 535 

15:4 Who will not fear you, O Lord,

and glorify 536  your name, because you alone are holy? 537 

All nations 538  will come and worship before you

for your righteous acts 539  have been revealed.”

15:5 After 540  these things I looked, and the temple (the tent 541  of the testimony) 542  was opened in heaven, 15:6 and the seven angels who had the seven plagues came out of the temple, dressed in clean bright linen, wearing wide golden belts 543  around their chests. 15:7 Then 544  one of the four living creatures gave the seven angels seven golden bowls filled with the wrath 545  of God who lives forever and ever, 15:8 and the temple was filled with smoke from God’s glory and from his power. Thus 546  no one could enter the temple until the seven plagues from the seven angels were completed.

The Bowls of God’s Wrath

16:1 Then 547  I heard a loud voice from the temple declaring to the seven angels: “Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls containing God’s wrath.” 548  16:2 So 549  the first angel 550  went and poured out his bowl on the earth. Then 551  ugly and painful sores 552  appeared on the people 553  who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image.

16:3 Next, 554  the second angel 555  poured out his bowl on the sea and it turned into blood, like that of a corpse, and every living creature that was in the sea died.

16:4 Then 556  the third angel 557  poured out his bowl on the rivers and the springs of water, and they turned into blood. 16:5 Now 558  I heard the angel of the waters saying:

“You are just 559 the one who is and who was,

the Holy One – because you have passed these judgments, 560 

16:6 because they poured out the blood of your saints and prophets,

so 561  you have given them blood to drink. They got what they deserved! 562 

16:7 Then 563  I heard the altar reply, 564 Yes, Lord God, the All-Powerful, 565  your judgments are true and just!

16:8 Then 566  the fourth angel 567  poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was permitted to scorch people 568  with fire. 16:9 Thus 569  people 570  were scorched by the terrible heat, 571  yet 572  they blasphemed the name of God, who has ruling authority 573  over these plagues, and they would not repent and give him glory.

16:10 Then 574  the fifth angel 575  poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast so that 576  darkness covered his kingdom, 577  and people 578  began to bite 579  their tongues because 580  of their pain. 16:11 They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their sufferings 581  and because of their sores, 582  but nevertheless 583  they still refused to repent 584  of their deeds.

16:12 Then 585  the sixth angel 586  poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates and dried up its water 587  to prepare the way 588  for the kings from the east. 589  16:13 Then 590  I saw three unclean spirits 591  that looked like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 16:14 For they are the spirits of the demons performing signs who go out to the kings of the earth 592  to bring them together for the battle that will take place on the great day of God, the All-Powerful. 593 

16:15 (Look! I will come like a thief!

Blessed is the one who stays alert and does not lose 594  his clothes so that he will not have to walk around naked and his shameful condition 595  be seen.) 596 

16:16 Now 597  the spirits 598  gathered the kings and their armies 599  to the place that is called Armageddon 600  in Hebrew.

16:17 Finally 601  the seventh angel 602  poured out his bowl into the air and a loud voice came out of the temple from the throne, saying: “It is done! 16:18 Then 603  there were flashes of lightning, roaring, 604  and crashes of thunder, and there was a tremendous earthquake – an earthquake unequaled since humanity 605  has been on the earth, so tremendous was that earthquake. 16:19 The 606  great city was split into three parts and the cities of the nations 607  collapsed. 608  So 609  Babylon the great was remembered before God, and was given the cup 610  filled with the wine made of God’s furious wrath. 611  16:20 Every 612  island fled away 613  and no mountains could be found. 614  16:21 And gigantic hailstones, weighing about a hundred pounds 615  each, fell from heaven 616  on people, 617  but they 618  blasphemed God because of the plague of hail, since it 619  was so horrendous. 620 

The Great Prostitute and the Beast

17:1 Then 621  one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke to me. 622 Come,” he said, “I will show you the condemnation and punishment 623  of the great prostitute who sits on many waters, 17:2 with whom the kings of the earth committed sexual immorality and the earth’s inhabitants got drunk with the wine of her immorality.” 624  17:3 So 625  he carried me away in the Spirit 626  to a wilderness, 627  and there 628  I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. 17:4 Now 629  the woman was dressed in purple and scarlet clothing, 630  and adorned with gold, 631  precious stones, and pearls. She held 632  in her hand a golden cup filled with detestable things and unclean things from her sexual immorality. 633  17:5 On 634  her forehead was written a name, a mystery: 635  “Babylon the Great, the Mother of prostitutes and of the detestable things of the earth.” 17:6 I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints and the blood of those who testified to Jesus. 636  I 637  was greatly astounded 638  when I saw her. 17:7 But 639  the angel said to me, “Why are you astounded? I will interpret 640  for you the mystery of the woman and of the beast with the seven heads and ten horns that carries her. 17:8 The beast you saw was, and is not, but is about to come up from the abyss 641  and then go to destruction. The 642  inhabitants of the earth – all those whose names have not been written in the book of life since the foundation of the world – will be astounded when they see that 643  the beast was, and is not, but is to come. 17:9 (This requires 644  a mind that has wisdom.) The seven heads are seven mountains 645  the woman sits on. They are also seven kings: 17:10 five have fallen; one is, 646  and the other has not yet come, but whenever he does come, he must remain for only a brief time. 17:11 The 647  beast that was, and is not, is himself an eighth king and yet is one of the seven, and is going to destruction. 17:12 The 648  ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but will receive ruling authority 649  as kings with the beast for one hour. 17:13 These kings 650  have a single intent, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. 17:14 They will make war with the Lamb, but the Lamb will conquer them, because he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those accompanying 651  the Lamb are the called, chosen, and faithful.”

17:15 Then 652  the angel 653  said to me, “The waters you saw (where the prostitute is seated) are peoples, multitudes, 654  nations, and languages. 17:16 The 655  ten horns that you saw, and the beast – these will hate the prostitute and make her desolate and naked. They 656  will consume her flesh and burn her up with fire. 657  17:17 For God has put into their minds 658  to carry out his purpose 659  by making 660  a decision 661  to give their royal power 662  to the beast until the words of God are fulfilled. 663  17:18 As for 664  the woman you saw, she is the great city that has sovereignty over the kings of the earth.”

Babylon is Destroyed

18:1 After these things I saw another angel, who possessed great authority, coming down out of heaven, and the earth was lit up by his radiance. 665  18:2 He 666  shouted with a powerful voice:

“Fallen, fallen, is Babylon the great!

She 667  has become a lair for demons,

a haunt 668  for every unclean spirit,

a haunt for every unclean bird,

a haunt for every unclean and detested beast. 669 

18:3 For all the nations 670  have fallen 671  from

the wine of her immoral passion, 672 

and the kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality with her,

and the merchants of the earth have gotten rich from the power of her sensual behavior.” 673 

18:4 Then 674  I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, so you will not take part in her sins and so you will not receive her plagues, 18:5 because her sins have piled 675  up all the way to heaven 676  and God has remembered 677  her crimes. 678  18:6 Repay her the same way she repaid others; 679  pay her back double 680  corresponding to her deeds. In the cup she mixed, mix double the amount for her. 18:7 As much as 681  she exalted herself and lived in sensual luxury, 682  to this extent give her torment and grief because she said to herself, 683 I rule as queen and am no widow; I will never experience grief!’ 18:8 For this reason, she will experience her plagues 684  in a single day: disease, 685  mourning, 686  and famine, and she will be burned down 687  with fire, because the Lord God who judges her is powerful!

18:9 Then 688  the kings of the earth who committed immoral acts with her and lived in sensual luxury 689  with her will weep and wail for her when they see the smoke from the fire that burns her up. 690  18:10 They will stand a long way off because they are afraid of her torment, and will say,

Woe, woe, O great city,

Babylon the powerful city!

For in a single hour your doom 691  has come!

18:11 Then 692  the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn for her because no one buys their cargo 693  any longer 18:12 cargo such as gold, silver, 694  precious stones, pearls, fine linen, purple cloth, silk, 695  scarlet cloth, 696  all sorts of things made of citron wood, 697  all sorts of objects made of ivory, all sorts of things made of expensive wood, bronze, iron and marble, 18:13 cinnamon, spice, 698  incense, perfumed ointment, 699  frankincense, 700  wine, olive oil and costly flour, 701  wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and four-wheeled carriages, 702  slaves and human lives. 703 

18:14 (The ripe fruit 704  you greatly desired 705 

has gone from you,

and all your luxury 706  and splendor 707 

have gone from you

they will never ever be found again!) 708 

18:15 The merchants who sold 709  these things, who got rich from her, will stand a long way off because they are afraid of her torment. They will weep 710  and mourn, 18:16 saying,

Woe, woe, O great city

dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet clothing, 711 

and adorned with gold, 712  precious stones, and pearls

18:17 because in a single hour such great wealth has been destroyed!” 713 

And every ship’s captain, 714  and all who sail along the coast 715 seamen, and all who 716  make their living from the sea, stood a long way off 18:18 and began to shout 717  when they saw the smoke from the fire that burned her up, 718 Who is like the great city? 18:19 And they threw dust on their heads and were shouting with weeping and mourning, 719 

“Woe, Woe, O great city

in which all those who had ships on the sea got rich from her wealth

because in a single hour she has been destroyed! 720 

18:20 (Rejoice over her, O heaven,

and you saints and apostles and prophets,

for God has pronounced judgment 721  against her on your behalf!) 722 

18:21 Then 723  one powerful angel picked up a stone like a huge millstone, threw it into the sea, and said,

With this kind of sudden violent force 724 

Babylon the great city will be thrown down 725 

and it will never be found again!

18:22 And the sound of the harpists, musicians,

flute players, and trumpeters

will never be heard in you 726  again.

No 727  craftsman 728  who practices any trade

will ever be found in you again;

the noise of a mill 729  will never be heard in you again.

18:23 Even the light from a lamp

will never shine in you again!

The voices of the bridegroom and his bride

will never be heard in you again.

For your merchants were the tycoons of the world,

because all the nations 730  were deceived by your magic spells! 731 

18:24 The 732  blood of the saints and prophets was found in her, 733 

along with the blood 734  of all those who had been killed on the earth.”

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. 735 

For he has judged 736  the great prostitute

who corrupted the earth with her sexual immorality,

and has avenged the blood of his servants 737  poured out by her own hands! 738 

19:3 Then 739  a second time the crowd shouted, “Hallelujah!” The smoke rises from her forever and ever. 740  19:4 The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures threw themselves to the ground 741  and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne, saying: “Amen! Hallelujah!

19:5 Then 742  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 743  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: 744 

“Hallelujah!

For the Lord our God, 745  the All-Powerful, 746  reigns!

19:7 Let us rejoice 747  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 748  (for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints). 749 

19:9 Then 750  the angel 751  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 752  I threw myself down 753  at his feet to worship him, but 754  he said, “Do not do this! 755  I am only 756  a fellow servant 757  with you and your brothers 758  who hold to the testimony about 759  Jesus. Worship God, for the testimony about Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

The Son of God Goes to War

19:11 Then 760  I saw heaven opened and here came 761  a white horse! The 762  one riding it was called “Faithfuland “True,” and with justice 763  he judges and goes to war. 19:12 His eyes are like a fiery 764  flame and there are many diadem crowns 765  on his head. He has 766  a name written 767  that no one knows except himself. 19:13 He is dressed in clothing dipped 768  in blood, and he is called 769  the Word of God. 19:14 The 770  armies that are in heaven, dressed in white, clean, fine linen, 771  were following him on white horses. 19:15 From his mouth extends a sharp sword, so that with it he can strike the nations. 772  He 773  will rule 774  them with an iron rod, 775  and he stomps the winepress 776  of the furious 777  wrath of God, the All-Powerful. 778  19:16 He has a name written on his clothing and on his thigh: “King of kings and Lord of lords.”

19:17 Then 779  I saw one angel standing in 780  the sun, and he shouted in a loud voice to all the birds flying high in the sky: 781 

“Come, gather around for the great banquet 782  of God,

19:18 to eat 783  your fill 784  of the flesh of kings,

the flesh of generals, 785 

the flesh of powerful people,

the flesh of horses and those who ride them,

and the flesh of all people, both free and slave, 786 

and small and great!

19:19 Then 787  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 788  the beast was seized, and along with him the false prophet who had performed the signs on his behalf 789 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. 790  19:21 The 791  others were killed by the sword that extended from the mouth of the one who rode the horse, and all the birds gorged 792  themselves with their flesh.

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