Bible: Rev 5-16

The Opening of the Scroll

5:1 Then 1  I saw in the right hand of the one who was seated on the throne a scroll written on the front and back 2  and sealed with seven seals. 3  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 4  no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or look into it. 5:4 So 5  I began weeping bitterly 6  because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. 5:5 Then 7  one of the elders said 8  to me, “Stop weeping! 9  Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has conquered; 10  thus he can open 11  the scroll and its seven seals.”

5:6 Then 12  I saw standing in the middle of the throne 13  and of the four living creatures, and in the middle of the elders, a Lamb that appeared to have been killed. 14  He had 15  seven horns and seven eyes, which 16  are the seven 17  spirits of God 18  sent out into all the earth. 5:7 Then 19  he came and took the scroll 20  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 21  before the Lamb. Each 22  of them had a harp and golden bowls full of incense (which are the prayers of the saints). 23  5:9 They were singing a new song: 24 

“You are worthy to take the scroll

and to open its seals

because you were killed, 25 

and at the cost of your own blood 26  you have purchased 27  for God

persons 28  from every tribe, language, 29  people, and nation.

5:10 You have appointed 30  them 31  as a kingdom and priests 32  to serve 33  our God, and they will reign 34  on the earth.”

5:11 Then 35  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 36  number was ten thousand times ten thousand 37  – thousands times thousands – 5:12 all of whom 38  were singing 39  in a loud voice:

“Worthy is the lamb who was killed 40 

to receive power and wealth

and wisdom and might

and honor and glory and praise!

5:13 Then 41  I heard every creature – in heaven, on earth, under the earth, in the sea, and all that is in them – singing: 42 

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

be praise, honor, glory, and ruling power 43  forever and ever!

5:14 And the four living creatures were saying “Amen,” and the elders threw themselves to the ground 44  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, 45 Come! 46  6:2 So 47  I looked, 48  and here came 49  a white horse! The 50  one who rode it 51  had a bow, and he was given a crown, 52  and as a conqueror 53  he rode out to conquer.

6:3 Then 54  when the Lamb 55  opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come! 6:4 And another horse, fiery red, 56  came out, and the one who rode it 57  was granted permission 58  to take peace from the earth, so that people would butcher 59  one another, and he was given a huge sword.

6:5 Then 60  when the Lamb opened the third seal I heard the third living creature saying, “Come!” So 61  I looked, 62  and here came 63  a black horse! The 64  one who rode it 65  had a balance scale 66  in his hand. 6:6 Then 67  I heard something like a voice from among the four living creatures saying, “A quart 68  of wheat will cost a day’s pay 69  and three quarts of barley will cost a day’s pay. But 70  do not damage the olive oil and the wine!

6:7 Then 71  when the Lamb opened the fourth seal I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come! 6:8 So 72  I looked 73  and here came 74  a pale green 75  horse! The 76  name of the one who rode it 77  was Death, and Hades followed right behind. 78  They 79  were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill its population with the sword, 80  famine, and disease, 81  and by the wild animals of the earth.

6:9 Now 82  when the Lamb opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been violently killed 83  because of the word of God and because of the testimony they had given. 6:10 They 84  cried out with a loud voice, 85 How long, 86  Sovereign Master, 87  holy and true, before you judge those who live on the earth and avenge our blood? 6:11 Each 88  of them was given a long white robe and they were told to rest for a little longer, until the full number was reached 89  of both their fellow servants 90  and their brothers who were going to be killed just as they had been.

6:12 Then 91  I looked when the Lamb opened the sixth seal, and a huge 92  earthquake took place; the sun became as black as sackcloth made of hair, 93  and the full moon became blood red; 94  6:13 and the stars in the sky 95  fell to the earth like a fig tree dropping 96  its unripe figs 97  when shaken by a fierce 98  wind. 6:14 The sky 99  was split apart 100  like a scroll being rolled up, 101  and every mountain and island was moved from its place. 6:15 Then 102  the kings of the earth, the 103  very important people, the generals, 104  the rich, the powerful, and everyone, slave 105  and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains. 6:16 They 106  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, 107  6:17 because the great day of their 108  wrath has come, and who is able to withstand it? 109 

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 110  I saw another angel ascending from the east, 111  who had 112  the seal 113  of the living God. He 114  shouted out with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given permission 115  to damage the earth and the sea: 116  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 117  of our God.” 7:4 Now 118  I heard the number of those who were marked with the seal, 119  one hundred and forty-four thousand, sealed from all 120  the tribes of the people of Israel: 121 

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 122  an enormous crowd that no one could count, made up of persons from every nation, tribe, 123  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, 124 

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

7:11 And all the angels stood 125  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 126  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 127  one of the elders asked 128  me, “These dressed in long white robes – who are they and where have they come from? 7:14 So 129  I said to him, “My lord, you know the answer.” 130  Then 131  he said to me, “These are the ones who have come out of the great tribulation. They 132  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 133  him day and night in his temple, and the one seated on the throne will shelter them. 134  7:16 They will never go hungry or be thirsty again, and the sun will not beat down on them, nor any burning heat, 135  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.” 136 

The Seventh Seal

8:1 Now 137  when the Lamb 138  opened the seventh seal there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 8:2 Then 139  I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. 8:3 Another 140  angel holding 141  a golden censer 142  came and was stationed 143  at the altar. A 144  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 145  smoke coming from the incense, 146  along with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand. 8:5 Then 147  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, 148  flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.

8:6 Now 149  the seven angels holding 150  the seven trumpets prepared to blow them.

8:7 The 151  first angel blew his trumpet, and there was hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was thrown at the earth so that 152  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 153  the second angel blew his trumpet, and something like a great mountain of burning fire was thrown into the sea. A 154  third of the sea became blood, 8:9 and a third of the creatures 155  living in the sea died, and a third of the ships were completely destroyed. 156 

8:10 Then 157  the third angel blew his trumpet, and a huge star burning like a torch fell from the sky; 158  it landed 159  on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. 8:11 (Now 160  the name of the star is 161  Wormwood.) 162  So 163  a third of the waters became wormwood, 164  and many people died from these waters because they were poisoned. 165 

8:12 Then 166  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 167  and for a third of the night likewise. 8:13 Then 168  I looked, and I heard an 169  eagle 170  flying directly overhead, 171  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! 172 

9:1 Then 173  the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky 174  to the earth, and he was given the key to the shaft of the abyss. 175  9:2 He 176  opened the shaft of the abyss and smoke rose out of it 177  like smoke from a giant furnace. The 178  sun and the air were darkened with smoke from the shaft. 9:3 Then 179  out of the smoke came locusts onto the earth, and they were given power 180  like that of the scorpions of the earth. 9:4 They 181  were told 182  not to damage the grass of the earth, or any green plant or tree, but only those people 183  who did not have the seal of God on their 184  forehead. 9:5 The locusts 185  were not given permission 186  to kill 187  them, but only to torture 188  them 189  for five months, and their torture was like that 190  of a scorpion when it stings a person. 191  9:6 In 192  those days people 193  will seek death, but 194  will not be able to 195  find it; they will long to die, but death will flee from them.

9:7 Now 196  the locusts looked like horses equipped for battle. On 197  their heads were something like crowns similar to gold, 198  and their faces looked like men’s 199  faces. 9:8 They 200  had hair like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. 9:9 They had breastplates 201  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 202  tails and stingers like scorpions, and their ability 203  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. 204 

9:12 The first woe has passed, but 205  two woes are still coming after these things!

9:13 Then 206  the sixth angel blew his trumpet, and I heard a single voice coming from the 207  horns on the golden altar that is before God, 9:14 saying to the sixth angel, the one holding 208  the trumpet, “Set free 209  the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates! 9:15 Then 210  the four angels who had been prepared for this 211  hour, day, 212  month, and year were set free to kill 213  a third of humanity. 9:16 The 214  number of soldiers on horseback was two hundred million; 215  I heard their number. 9:17 Now 216  this is what the horses and their riders 217  looked like in my 218  vision: The riders had breastplates that were fiery red, 219  dark blue, 220  and sulfurous 221  yellow in color. 222  The 223  heads of the horses looked like lionsheads, and fire, smoke, and sulfur 224  came out of their mouths. 9:18 A third of humanity was killed by these three plagues, that is, 225  by the fire, the smoke, and the sulfur that came out of their mouths. 9:19 For the power 226  of the horses resides 227  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 228  of gold, silver, 229  bronze, stone, and wood – idols that cannot see or hear or walk about. 9:21 Furthermore, 230  they did not repent of their murders, of their magic spells, 231  of their sexual immorality, or of their stealing.

The Angel with the Little Scroll

10:1 Then 232  I saw another powerful angel descending from heaven, wrapped 233  in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun and his legs were like pillars of fire. 234  10:2 He held 235  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 236  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 237  just then 238  I heard a voice from heaven say, “Seal up what the seven thunders spoke and do not write it down.” 10:5 Then 239  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! 240  10:7 But in the days 241  when the seventh angel is about to blow his trumpet, the mystery of God is completed, 242  just as he has 243  proclaimed to his servants 244  the prophets.” 10:8 Then 245  the voice I had heard from heaven began to speak 246  to me 247  again, 248 Go and take the open 249  scroll in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.” 10:9 So 250  I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He 251  said to me, “Take the scroll 252  and eat it. It 253  will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth.” 10:10 So 254  I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it, and it did taste 255  as sweet as honey in my mouth, but 256  when I had eaten it, my stomach became bitter. 10:11 Then 257  they 258  told me: “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, 259  languages, and kings.”

The Fate of the Two Witnesses

11:1 Then 260  a measuring rod 261  like a staff was given to me, and I was told, 262 Get up and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and the ones who worship there. 11:2 But 263  do not measure the outer courtyard 264  of the temple; leave it out, 265  because it has been given to the Gentiles, 266  and they will trample on the holy city 267  for forty-two months. 11:3 And I will grant my two witnesses authority 268  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.) 269  11:5 If 270  anyone wants to harm them, fire comes out of their mouths 271  and completely consumes 272  their enemies. If 273  anyone wants to harm them, they must be killed this way. 11:6 These two have the power 274  to close up the sky so that it does not rain during the time 275  they are prophesying. They 276  have power 277  to turn the waters to blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague whenever they want. 11:7 When 278  they have completed their testimony, the beast that comes up from the abyss will make war on them and conquer 279  them and kill them. 11:8 Their 280  corpses will lie in the street 281  of the great city that is symbolically 282  called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was also crucified. 11:9 For three and a half days those from every 283  people, tribe, 284  nation, and language will look at their corpses, because they will not permit them to be placed in a tomb. 285  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 286  after three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and tremendous fear seized 287  those who were watching them. 11:12 Then 288  they 289  heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them: “Come up here!” So the two prophets 290  went up to heaven in a cloud while 291  their enemies stared at them. 11:13 Just then 292  a major earthquake took place and a tenth of the city collapsed; seven thousand people 293  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; 294  the third is coming quickly.

The Seventh Trumpet

11:15 Then 295  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, 296 

and he will reign for ever and ever.”

11:16 Then 297  the twenty-four elders who are seated on their thrones before God threw themselves down with their faces to the ground 298  and worshiped God 11:17 with these words: 299 

“We give you thanks, Lord God, the All-Powerful, 300 

the one who is and who was,

because you have taken your great power

and begun to reign. 301 

11:18 The 302  nations 303  were enraged,

but 304  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, 305 

the prophets, their reward,

as well as to the saints

and to those who revere 306  your name, both small and great,

and the time has come 307  to destroy those who destroy 308  the earth.”

11:19 Then 309  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, 310  crashes of thunder, an earthquake, and a great hailstorm. 311 

The Woman, the Child, and the Dragon

12:1 Then 312  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. 313  12:2 She 314  was pregnant and was screaming in labor pains, struggling 315  to give birth. 12:3 Then 316  another sign appeared in heaven: a huge red dragon that had seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadem crowns. 317  12:4 Now 318  the dragon’s 319  tail swept away a third of the stars in heaven and hurled them to the earth. Then 320  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 321  the woman gave birth to a son, a male child, 322  who is going to rule 323  over all the nations 324  with an iron rod. 325  Her 326  child was suddenly caught up to God and to his throne, 12:6 and she 327  fled into the wilderness 328  where a place had been prepared for her 329  by God, so she could be taken care of 330  for 1,260 days.

War in Heaven

12:7 Then 331  war broke out in heaven: Michael 332  and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 12:8 But 333  the dragon was not strong enough to prevail, 334  so there was no longer any place left 335  in heaven for him and his angels. 336  12:9 So 337  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 338  I heard a loud voice in heaven saying,

The salvation and the power

and the kingdom of our God,

and the ruling authority 339  of his Christ, 340  have now come,

because the accuser of our brothers and sisters, 341 

the one who accuses them day and night 342  before our God,

has been thrown down.

12:11 But 343  they overcame him

by the blood of the Lamb

and by the word of their testimony,

and they did not love their lives 344  so much that they were afraid to die.

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

But 345  woe to the earth and the sea

because the devil has come down to you!

He 346  is filled with terrible anger,

for he knows that he only has a little time!

12:13 Now 347  when the dragon realized 348  that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. 12:14 But 349  the woman was given the two wings of a giant eagle so that she could fly out into the wilderness, 350  to the place God 351  prepared for her, where she is taken care of – away from the presence of the serpent – for a time, times, and half a time. 352  12:15 Then 353  the serpent spouted water like a river out of his mouth after the woman in an attempt to 354  sweep her away by a flood, 12:16 but 355  the earth came to her rescue; 356  the ground opened up 357  and swallowed the river that the dragon had spewed from his mouth. 12:17 So 358  the dragon became enraged at the woman and went away to make war on the rest of her children, 359  those who keep 360  God’s commandments and hold to 361  the testimony about Jesus. 362  And the dragon 363  stood 364  on the sand 365  of the seashore. 366 

The Two Beasts

13:1 Then 367  I saw a beast coming up out of the sea. It 368  had ten horns and seven heads, and on its horns were ten diadem crowns, 369  and on its heads a blasphemous name. 370  13:2 Now 371  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 372  dragon gave the beast 373  his power, his throne, and great authority to rule. 374  13:3 One of the beast’s 375  heads appeared to have been killed, 376  but the lethal wound had been healed. 377  And the whole world followed 378  the beast in amazement; 13:4 they worshiped the dragon because he had given ruling authority 379  to the beast, and they worshiped the beast too, saying: “Who is like the beast?” and “Who is able to make war against him? 380  13:5 The beast 381  was given a mouth speaking proud words 382  and blasphemies, and he was permitted 383  to exercise ruling authority 384  for forty-two months. 13:6 So 385  the beast 386  opened his mouth to blaspheme against God – to blaspheme both his name and his dwelling place, 387  that is, those who dwell in heaven. 13:7 The beast 388  was permitted to go to war against the saints and conquer them. 389  He was given ruling authority 390  over every tribe, people, 391  language, and nation, 13:8 and all those who live on the earth will worship the beast, 392  everyone whose name has not been written since the foundation of the world 393  in the book of life belonging to the Lamb who was killed. 394  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, 395 

then by the sword he must be killed.

This 396  requires steadfast endurance 397  and faith from the saints.

13:11 Then 398  I saw another beast 399  coming up from the earth. He 400  had two horns like a lamb, 401  but 402  was speaking like a dragon. 13:12 He 403  exercised all the ruling authority 404  of the first beast on his behalf, 405  and made the earth and those who inhabit it worship the first beast, the one whose lethal wound had been healed. 13:13 He 406  performed momentous signs, even making fire come down from heaven in front of people 407  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 408  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 409  was empowered 410  to give life 411  to the image of the first beast 412  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 413  everyone (small and great, rich and poor, free and slave 414 ) to obtain a mark on their right hand or on their forehead. 13:17 Thus no one was allowed to buy 415  or sell things 416  unless he bore 417  the mark of the beast – that is, his name or his number. 418  13:18 This calls for wisdom: 419  Let the one who has insight calculate the beast’s number, for it is man’s number, 420  and his number is 666. 421 

An Interlude: The Song of the 144,000

14:1 Then 422  I looked, and here was 423  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 424  coming out of heaven like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder. Now 425  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 426  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 427  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; 428  they 429  are blameless.

Three Angels and Three Messages

14:6 Then 430  I saw another 431  angel flying directly overhead, 432  and he had 433  an eternal gospel to proclaim 434  to those who live 435  on the earth – to every nation, tribe, 436  language, and people. 14:7 He declared 437  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 438  second 439  angel 440  followed the first, 441  declaring: 442  “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great city! 443  She made all the nations 444  drink of the wine of her immoral passion.” 445 

14:9 A 446  third angel 447  followed the first two, 448  declaring 449  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 450  will also drink of the wine of God’s anger 451  that has been mixed undiluted in the cup of his wrath, and he will be tortured with fire and sulfur 452  in front of the holy angels and in front of the Lamb. 14:11 And the smoke from their 453  torture will go up 454  forever and ever, and those who worship the beast and his image will have 455  no rest day or night, along with 456  anyone who receives the mark of his name.” 14:12 This requires 457  the steadfast endurance 458  of the saints – those who obey 459  God’s commandments and hold to 460  their faith in Jesus. 461 

14:13 Then 462  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, 463  because their deeds will follow them.” 464 

14:14 Then 465  I looked, and a white cloud appeared, 466  and seated on the cloud was one like a son of man! 467  He had 468  a golden crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. 14:15 Then 469  another angel came out of the temple, shouting in a loud voice to the one seated on the cloud, “Use 470  your sickle and start to reap, 471  because the time to reap has come, since the earth’s harvest is ripe! 14:16 So 472  the one seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped.

14:17 Then 473  another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. 14:18 Another 474  angel, who was in charge of 475  the fire, came from the altar and called in a loud voice to the angel 476  who had the sharp sickle, “Use 477  your sharp sickle and gather 478  the clusters of grapes 479  off the vine of the earth, 480  because its grapes 481  are now ripe.” 482  14:19 So 483  the angel swung his sickle over the earth and gathered the grapes from the vineyard 484  of the earth and tossed them into the great 485  winepress of the wrath of God. 14:20 Then 486  the winepress was stomped 487  outside the city, and blood poured out of the winepress up to the height of horsesbridles 488  for a distance of almost two hundred miles. 489 

The Final Plagues

15:1 Then 490  I saw another great and astounding sign in heaven: seven angels who have seven final plagues 491  (they are final because in them God’s anger is completed).

15:2 Then 492  I saw something like a sea of glass 493  mixed with fire, and those who had conquered 494  the beast and his image and the number of his name. They were standing 495  by 496  the sea of glass, holding harps given to them by God. 497  15:3 They 498  sang the song of Moses the servant 499  of God and the song of the Lamb: 500 

“Great and astounding are your deeds,

Lord God, the All-Powerful! 501 

Just 502  and true are your ways,

King over the nations! 503 

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

and glorify 504  your name, because you alone are holy? 505 

All nations 506  will come and worship before you

for your righteous acts 507  have been revealed.”

15:5 After 508  these things I looked, and the temple (the tent 509  of the testimony) 510  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 511  around their chests. 15:7 Then 512  one of the four living creatures gave the seven angels seven golden bowls filled with the wrath 513  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 514  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 515  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.” 516  16:2 So 517  the first angel 518  went and poured out his bowl on the earth. Then 519  ugly and painful sores 520  appeared on the people 521  who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image.

16:3 Next, 522  the second angel 523  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 524  the third angel 525  poured out his bowl on the rivers and the springs of water, and they turned into blood. 16:5 Now 526  I heard the angel of the waters saying:

“You are just 527 the one who is and who was,

the Holy One – because you have passed these judgments, 528 

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

so 529  you have given them blood to drink. They got what they deserved! 530 

16:7 Then 531  I heard the altar reply, 532 Yes, Lord God, the All-Powerful, 533  your judgments are true and just!

16:8 Then 534  the fourth angel 535  poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was permitted to scorch people 536  with fire. 16:9 Thus 537  people 538  were scorched by the terrible heat, 539  yet 540  they blasphemed the name of God, who has ruling authority 541  over these plagues, and they would not repent and give him glory.

16:10 Then 542  the fifth angel 543  poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast so that 544  darkness covered his kingdom, 545  and people 546  began to bite 547  their tongues because 548  of their pain. 16:11 They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their sufferings 549  and because of their sores, 550  but nevertheless 551  they still refused to repent 552  of their deeds.

16:12 Then 553  the sixth angel 554  poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates and dried up its water 555  to prepare the way 556  for the kings from the east. 557  16:13 Then 558  I saw three unclean spirits 559  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 560  to bring them together for the battle that will take place on the great day of God, the All-Powerful. 561 

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

Blessed is the one who stays alert and does not lose 562  his clothes so that he will not have to walk around naked and his shameful condition 563  be seen.) 564 

16:16 Now 565  the spirits 566  gathered the kings and their armies 567  to the place that is called Armageddon 568  in Hebrew.

16:17 Finally 569  the seventh angel 570  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 571  there were flashes of lightning, roaring, 572  and crashes of thunder, and there was a tremendous earthquake – an earthquake unequaled since humanity 573  has been on the earth, so tremendous was that earthquake. 16:19 The 574  great city was split into three parts and the cities of the nations 575  collapsed. 576  So 577  Babylon the great was remembered before God, and was given the cup 578  filled with the wine made of God’s furious wrath. 579  16:20 Every 580  island fled away 581  and no mountains could be found. 582  16:21 And gigantic hailstones, weighing about a hundred pounds 583  each, fell from heaven 584  on people, 585  but they 586  blasphemed God because of the plague of hail, since it 587  was so horrendous. 588 

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