Bible: Revelation 1-11

The Prologue

1:1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, 1  which God gave him to show his servants 2  what must happen very soon. 3  He made it clear 4  by sending his angel to his servant 5  John, 1:2 who then 6  testified to everything that he saw concerning the word of God and the testimony about 7  Jesus Christ. 1:3 Blessed is the one who reads the words of this 8  prophecy aloud, 9  and blessed are 10  those who hear and obey 11  the things written in it, because the time is near! 12 

1:4 From John, 13  to the seven churches that are in the province of Asia: 14  Grace and peace to you 15  from “he who is,” 16  and who was, and who is still to come, 17  and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, 1:5 and from Jesus Christ – the faithful 18  witness, 19  the firstborn from among the dead, the ruler over the kings of the earth. To the one who loves us and has set us free 20  from our sins at the cost of 21  his own blood 1:6 and has appointed 22  us as a kingdom, 23  as priests 24  serving his God and Fatherto him be the glory and the power for ever and ever! 25  Amen.

1:7 (Look! He is returning with the clouds, 26 

and every eye will see him,

even 27  those who pierced him, 28 

and all the tribes 29  on the earth will mourn because 30  of him.

This will certainly come to pass! 31  Amen.) 32 

1:8I am the Alpha and the Omega,” 33  says the Lord Godthe one who is, and who was, and who is still to comethe All-Powerful! 34 

1:9 I, John, your brother and the one who shares 35  with you in the persecution, kingdom, and endurance that 36  are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony about Jesus. 37  1:10 I was in the Spirit 38  on the Lord’s Day 39  when 40  I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, 1:11 saying: “Write in a book what you see and send it to the seven churches – to Ephesus, 41  Smyrna, 42  Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.”

1:12 I 43  turned to see whose voice was speaking to me, 44  and when I did so, 45  I saw seven golden lampstands, 1:13 and in the midst of the lampstands was one like a son of man. 46  He was dressed in a robe extending down to his feet and he wore a wide golden belt 47  around his chest. 1:14 His 48  head and hair were as white as wool, even as white as snow, 49  and his eyes were like a fiery 50  flame. 1:15 His feet were like polished bronze 51  refined 52  in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar 53  of many waters. 1:16 He held 54  seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp double-edged sword extended out of his mouth. His 55  face shone like the sun shining at full strength. 1:17 When 56  I saw him I fell down at his feet as though I were dead, but 57  he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid! I am the first and the last, 1:18 and the one who lives! I 58  was dead, but look, now I am alive – forever and ever – and I hold the keys of death and of Hades! 59  1:19 Therefore write what you saw, what is, and what will be after these things. 60  1:20 The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and the seven golden lampstands is this: 61  The seven stars are the angels 62  of the seven churches and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

To the Church in Ephesus

2:1To the angel of the church in Ephesus, 63  write the following: 64 

This is the solemn pronouncement of 65  the one who has a firm grasp on 66  the seven stars in his right hand 67 the one who walks among the seven golden 68  lampstands: 2:2 I know your works as well as your 69  labor and steadfast endurance, and that you cannot tolerate 70  evil. You have even put to the test 71  those who refer to themselves as apostles (but are not), and have discovered that they are false. 2:3 I am also aware 72  that you have persisted steadfastly, 73  endured much for the sake of my name, and have not grown weary. 2:4 But I have this against you: You have departed 74  from your first love! 2:5 Therefore, remember from what high state 75  you have fallen and repent! Do 76  the deeds you did at the first; 77  if not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place – that is, if you do not repent. 78  2:6 But you do have this going for you: 79  You hate what the Nicolaitans 80  practice 81 practices I also hate. 2:7 The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, 82  I will permit 83  him to eat from the tree of life that is 84  in the paradise of God.’ 85 

To the Church in Smyrna

2:8To 86  the angel of the church in Smyrna write the following: 87 

This is the solemn pronouncement of 88  the one who is the first and the last, the one who was dead, but 89  came to life: 2:9 I know the distress you are suffering 90  and your poverty (but you are rich). I also know 91  the slander against you 92  by those who call themselves Jews and really are not, but are a synagogue 93  of Satan. 2:10 Do not be afraid of the things you are about to suffer. The devil is about to have some of you thrown 94  into prison so you may be tested, 95  and you will experience suffering 96  for ten days. Remain faithful even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown that is life itself. 97  2:11 The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers 98  will in no way be harmed by the second death.’

To the Church in Pergamum

2:12To 99  the angel of the church in Pergamum write the following: 100 

This is the solemn pronouncement of 101  the one who has the sharp double-edged sword: 102  2:13 I know 103  where you live – where Satan’s throne is. Yet 104  you continue to cling 105  to my name and you have not denied your 106  faith in me, 107  even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, 108  who was killed in your city 109  where Satan lives. 2:14 But I have a few things against you: You have some people there who follow the teaching of Balaam, 110  who instructed Balak to put a stumbling block 111  before the people 112  of Israel so they would eat food sacrificed to idols and commit sexual immorality. 113  2:15 In the same way, there are also some among you who follow the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 114  2:16 Therefore, 115  repent! If not, I will come against you quickly and make war against those people 116  with the sword of my mouth. 2:17 The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, 117  I will give him some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white 118  stone, 119  and on that stone will be written a new name that no one can understand 120  except the one who receives it.’

To the Church in Thyatira

2:18To 121  the angel of the church in Thyatira writethe following: 122 

This is the solemn pronouncement of 123  the Son of God, the one who has eyes like a fiery flame 124  and whose feet are like polished bronze: 125  2:19 I know your deeds: your love, faith, 126  service, and steadfast endurance. 127  In fact, 128  your more recent deeds are greater than your earlier ones. 2:20 But I have this against you: You tolerate that 129  woman 130  Jezebel, 131  who calls herself a prophetess, and by her teaching deceives 132  my servants 133  to commit sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols. 134  2:21 I 135  have given her time to repent, but 136  she is not willing to repent of her sexual immorality. 2:22 Look! I am throwing her onto a bed of violent illness, 137  and those who commit adultery with her into terrible suffering, 138  unless they repent of her deeds. 2:23 Furthermore, I will strike her followers 139  with a deadly disease, 140  and then all the churches will know that I am the one who searches minds and hearts. I will repay 141  each one of you 142  what your deeds deserve. 143  2:24 But to the rest of you in Thyatira, all who do not hold to this teaching 144  (who have not learned the so-called “deep secrets 145  of Satan), to you I say: I do not put any additional burden on you. 2:25 However, hold on to what you have until I come. 2:26 And to the one who conquers 146  and who continues in 147  my deeds until the end, I will give him authority over the nations 148 

2:27 he 149  will rule 150  them with an iron rod 151 

and like clay jars he will break them to pieces, 152 

2:28 just as I have received the right to rule 153  from my Father – and I will give him the morning star. 154  2:29 The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

To the Church in Sardis

3:1To 155  the angel of the church in Sardis write the following: 156 

This is the solemn pronouncement of 157  the one who holds 158  the seven spirits of God and the seven stars: ‘I know your deeds, that you have a reputation 159  that you are alive, but 160  in reality 161  you are dead. 3:2 Wake up then, and strengthen what remains that was about 162  to die, because I have not found your deeds complete 163  in the sight 164  of my God. 3:3 Therefore, remember what you received and heard, 165  and obey it, 166  and repent. If you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will never 167  know at what hour I will come against 168  you. 3:4 But you have a few individuals 169  in Sardis who have not stained 170  their clothes, and they will walk with me dressed 171  in white, because they are worthy. 3:5 The one who conquers 172  will be dressed like them 173  in white clothing, 174  and I will never 175  erase 176  his name from the book of life, but 177  will declare 178  his name before my Father and before his angels. 3:6 The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

To the Church in Philadelphia

3:7To 179  the angel of the church in Philadelphia write the following: 180 

This is the solemn pronouncement of 181  the Holy One, the True One, who holds the key of David, who opens doors 182  no one can shut, and shuts doors 183  no one can open: 3:8 I know your deeds. (Look! I have put 184  in front of you an open door that no one can shut.) 185  I know 186  that you have little strength, 187  but 188  you have obeyed 189  my word and have not denied my name. 3:9 Listen! 190  I am going to make those people from the synagogue 191  of Satan – who say they are Jews yet 192  are not, but are lying – Look, I will make 193  them come and bow down 194  at your feet and acknowledge 195  that I have loved you. 3:10 Because you have kept 196  my admonition 197  to endure steadfastly, 198  I will also keep you from the hour of testing that is about to come on the whole world to test those who live on the earth. 3:11 I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have so that no one can take away 199  your crown. 200  3:12 The one who conquers 201  I will make 202  a pillar in the temple of my God, and he will never depart from it. I 203  will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God (the new Jerusalem that comes down out of heaven from my God), 204  and my new name as well. 3:13 The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

To the Church in Laodicea

3:14To 205  the angel of the church in Laodicea write the following: 206 

This is the solemn pronouncement of 207  the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the originator 208  of God’s creation: 3:15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. 209  I wish you were either cold or hot! 3:16 So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going 210  to vomit 211  you out of my mouth! 3:17 Because you say, “I am rich and have acquired great wealth, 212  and need nothing,” but 213  do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, 214  poor, blind, and naked, 3:18 take my advice 215  and buy gold from me refined by fire so you can become rich! Buy from me 216  white clothing so you can be clothed and your shameful nakedness 217  will not be exposed, and buy eye salve 218  to put on your eyes so you can see! 3:19 All those 219  I love, I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent! 3:20 Listen! 220  I am standing at the door and knocking! If anyone hears my voice and opens the door I will come into his home 221  and share a meal with him, and he with me. 3:21 I will grant the one 222  who conquers 223  permission 224  to sit with me on my throne, just as I too conquered 225  and sat down with my Father on his throne. 3:22 The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

The Amazing Scene in Heaven

4:1 After these things I looked, and there was 226  a door standing open in heaven! 227  And the first voice I had heard speaking to me 228  like a trumpet 229  said: “Come up here so that 230  I can show you what must happen after these things.” 4:2 Immediately I was in the Spirit, 231  and 232  a throne was standing 233  in heaven with someone seated on it! 4:3 And the one seated on it was like jasper 234  and carnelian 235  in appearance, and a rainbow looking like it was made of emerald 236  encircled the throne. 4:4 In 237  a circle around the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on those thrones were twenty-four elders. They were 238  dressed in white clothing and had golden crowns 239  on their heads. 4:5 From 240  the throne came out flashes of lightning and roaring 241  and crashes of thunder. Seven flaming torches, which are the seven spirits of God, 242  were burning in front of the throne 4:6 and in front of the throne was something like a sea of glass, like crystal. 243 

In 244  the middle of the throne 245  and around the throne were four living creatures 246  full of eyes in front and in back. 4:7 The 247  first living creature was like a lion, the 248  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 249  and was full of eyes all around and inside. 250  They never rest day or night, saying: 251 

Holy Holy Holy is the Lord God, the All-Powerful, 252 

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

4:9 And whenever the living creatures give glory, honor, 253  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 254  before the one who sits on the throne and worship the one who lives forever and ever, and they offer their crowns 255  before his 256  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! 257 

The Opening of the Scroll

5:1 Then 258  I saw in the right hand of the one who was seated on the throne a scroll written on the front and back 259  and sealed with seven seals. 260  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 261  no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or look into it. 5:4 So 262  I began weeping bitterly 263  because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. 5:5 Then 264  one of the elders said 265  to me, “Stop weeping! 266  Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has conquered; 267  thus he can open 268  the scroll and its seven seals.”

5:6 Then 269  I saw standing in the middle of the throne 270  and of the four living creatures, and in the middle of the elders, a Lamb that appeared to have been killed. 271  He had 272  seven horns and seven eyes, which 273  are the seven 274  spirits of God 275  sent out into all the earth. 5:7 Then 276  he came and took the scroll 277  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 278  before the Lamb. Each 279  of them had a harp and golden bowls full of incense (which are the prayers of the saints). 280  5:9 They were singing a new song: 281 

“You are worthy to take the scroll

and to open its seals

because you were killed, 282 

and at the cost of your own blood 283  you have purchased 284  for God

persons 285  from every tribe, language, 286  people, and nation.

5:10 You have appointed 287  them 288  as a kingdom and priests 289  to serve 290  our God, and they will reign 291  on the earth.”

5:11 Then 292  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 293  number was ten thousand times ten thousand 294  – thousands times thousands – 5:12 all of whom 295  were singing 296  in a loud voice:

“Worthy is the lamb who was killed 297 

to receive power and wealth

and wisdom and might

and honor and glory and praise!

5:13 Then 298  I heard every creature – in heaven, on earth, under the earth, in the sea, and all that is in them – singing: 299 

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

be praise, honor, glory, and ruling power 300  forever and ever!

5:14 And the four living creatures were saying “Amen,” and the elders threw themselves to the ground 301  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, 302 Come! 303  6:2 So 304  I looked, 305  and here came 306  a white horse! The 307  one who rode it 308  had a bow, and he was given a crown, 309  and as a conqueror 310  he rode out to conquer.

6:3 Then 311  when the Lamb 312  opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come! 6:4 And another horse, fiery red, 313  came out, and the one who rode it 314  was granted permission 315  to take peace from the earth, so that people would butcher 316  one another, and he was given a huge sword.

6:5 Then 317  when the Lamb opened the third seal I heard the third living creature saying, “Come!” So 318  I looked, 319  and here came 320  a black horse! The 321  one who rode it 322  had a balance scale 323  in his hand. 6:6 Then 324  I heard something like a voice from among the four living creatures saying, “A quart 325  of wheat will cost a day’s pay 326  and three quarts of barley will cost a day’s pay. But 327  do not damage the olive oil and the wine!

6:7 Then 328  when the Lamb opened the fourth seal I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come! 6:8 So 329  I looked 330  and here came 331  a pale green 332  horse! The 333  name of the one who rode it 334  was Death, and Hades followed right behind. 335  They 336  were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill its population with the sword, 337  famine, and disease, 338  and by the wild animals of the earth.

6:9 Now 339  when the Lamb opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been violently killed 340  because of the word of God and because of the testimony they had given. 6:10 They 341  cried out with a loud voice, 342 How long, 343  Sovereign Master, 344  holy and true, before you judge those who live on the earth and avenge our blood? 6:11 Each 345  of them was given a long white robe and they were told to rest for a little longer, until the full number was reached 346  of both their fellow servants 347  and their brothers who were going to be killed just as they had been.

6:12 Then 348  I looked when the Lamb opened the sixth seal, and a huge 349  earthquake took place; the sun became as black as sackcloth made of hair, 350  and the full moon became blood red; 351  6:13 and the stars in the sky 352  fell to the earth like a fig tree dropping 353  its unripe figs 354  when shaken by a fierce 355  wind. 6:14 The sky 356  was split apart 357  like a scroll being rolled up, 358  and every mountain and island was moved from its place. 6:15 Then 359  the kings of the earth, the 360  very important people, the generals, 361  the rich, the powerful, and everyone, slave 362  and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains. 6:16 They 363  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, 364  6:17 because the great day of their 365  wrath has come, and who is able to withstand it? 366 

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 367  I saw another angel ascending from the east, 368  who had 369  the seal 370  of the living God. He 371  shouted out with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given permission 372  to damage the earth and the sea: 373  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 374  of our God.” 7:4 Now 375  I heard the number of those who were marked with the seal, 376  one hundred and forty-four thousand, sealed from all 377  the tribes of the people of Israel: 378 

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 379  an enormous crowd that no one could count, made up of persons from every nation, tribe, 380  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, 381 

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

7:11 And all the angels stood 382  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 383  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 384  one of the elders asked 385  me, “These dressed in long white robes – who are they and where have they come from? 7:14 So 386  I said to him, “My lord, you know the answer.” 387  Then 388  he said to me, “These are the ones who have come out of the great tribulation. They 389  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 390  him day and night in his temple, and the one seated on the throne will shelter them. 391  7:16 They will never go hungry or be thirsty again, and the sun will not beat down on them, nor any burning heat, 392  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.” 393 

The Seventh Seal

8:1 Now 394  when the Lamb 395  opened the seventh seal there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 8:2 Then 396  I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. 8:3 Another 397  angel holding 398  a golden censer 399  came and was stationed 400  at the altar. A 401  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 402  smoke coming from the incense, 403  along with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand. 8:5 Then 404  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, 405  flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.

8:6 Now 406  the seven angels holding 407  the seven trumpets prepared to blow them.

8:7 The 408  first angel blew his trumpet, and there was hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was thrown at the earth so that 409  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 410  the second angel blew his trumpet, and something like a great mountain of burning fire was thrown into the sea. A 411  third of the sea became blood, 8:9 and a third of the creatures 412  living in the sea died, and a third of the ships were completely destroyed. 413 

8:10 Then 414  the third angel blew his trumpet, and a huge star burning like a torch fell from the sky; 415  it landed 416  on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. 8:11 (Now 417  the name of the star is 418  Wormwood.) 419  So 420  a third of the waters became wormwood, 421  and many people died from these waters because they were poisoned. 422 

8:12 Then 423  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 424  and for a third of the night likewise. 8:13 Then 425  I looked, and I heard an 426  eagle 427  flying directly overhead, 428  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! 429 

9:1 Then 430  the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky 431  to the earth, and he was given the key to the shaft of the abyss. 432  9:2 He 433  opened the shaft of the abyss and smoke rose out of it 434  like smoke from a giant furnace. The 435  sun and the air were darkened with smoke from the shaft. 9:3 Then 436  out of the smoke came locusts onto the earth, and they were given power 437  like that of the scorpions of the earth. 9:4 They 438  were told 439  not to damage the grass of the earth, or any green plant or tree, but only those people 440  who did not have the seal of God on their 441  forehead. 9:5 The locusts 442  were not given permission 443  to kill 444  them, but only to torture 445  them 446  for five months, and their torture was like that 447  of a scorpion when it stings a person. 448  9:6 In 449  those days people 450  will seek death, but 451  will not be able to 452  find it; they will long to die, but death will flee from them.

9:7 Now 453  the locusts looked like horses equipped for battle. On 454  their heads were something like crowns similar to gold, 455  and their faces looked like men’s 456  faces. 9:8 They 457  had hair like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. 9:9 They had breastplates 458  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 459  tails and stingers like scorpions, and their ability 460  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. 461 

9:12 The first woe has passed, but 462  two woes are still coming after these things!

9:13 Then 463  the sixth angel blew his trumpet, and I heard a single voice coming from the 464  horns on the golden altar that is before God, 9:14 saying to the sixth angel, the one holding 465  the trumpet, “Set free 466  the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates! 9:15 Then 467  the four angels who had been prepared for this 468  hour, day, 469  month, and year were set free to kill 470  a third of humanity. 9:16 The 471  number of soldiers on horseback was two hundred million; 472  I heard their number. 9:17 Now 473  this is what the horses and their riders 474  looked like in my 475  vision: The riders had breastplates that were fiery red, 476  dark blue, 477  and sulfurous 478  yellow in color. 479  The 480  heads of the horses looked like lionsheads, and fire, smoke, and sulfur 481  came out of their mouths. 9:18 A third of humanity was killed by these three plagues, that is, 482  by the fire, the smoke, and the sulfur that came out of their mouths. 9:19 For the power 483  of the horses resides 484  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 485  of gold, silver, 486  bronze, stone, and wood – idols that cannot see or hear or walk about. 9:21 Furthermore, 487  they did not repent of their murders, of their magic spells, 488  of their sexual immorality, or of their stealing.

The Angel with the Little Scroll

10:1 Then 489  I saw another powerful angel descending from heaven, wrapped 490  in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun and his legs were like pillars of fire. 491  10:2 He held 492  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 493  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 494  just then 495  I heard a voice from heaven say, “Seal up what the seven thunders spoke and do not write it down.” 10:5 Then 496  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! 497  10:7 But in the days 498  when the seventh angel is about to blow his trumpet, the mystery of God is completed, 499  just as he has 500  proclaimed to his servants 501  the prophets.” 10:8 Then 502  the voice I had heard from heaven began to speak 503  to me 504  again, 505 Go and take the open 506  scroll in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.” 10:9 So 507  I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He 508  said to me, “Take the scroll 509  and eat it. It 510  will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth.” 10:10 So 511  I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it, and it did taste 512  as sweet as honey in my mouth, but 513  when I had eaten it, my stomach became bitter. 10:11 Then 514  they 515  told me: “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, 516  languages, and kings.”

The Fate of the Two Witnesses

11:1 Then 517  a measuring rod 518  like a staff was given to me, and I was told, 519 Get up and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and the ones who worship there. 11:2 But 520  do not measure the outer courtyard 521  of the temple; leave it out, 522  because it has been given to the Gentiles, 523  and they will trample on the holy city 524  for forty-two months. 11:3 And I will grant my two witnesses authority 525  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.) 526  11:5 If 527  anyone wants to harm them, fire comes out of their mouths 528  and completely consumes 529  their enemies. If 530  anyone wants to harm them, they must be killed this way. 11:6 These two have the power 531  to close up the sky so that it does not rain during the time 532  they are prophesying. They 533  have power 534  to turn the waters to blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague whenever they want. 11:7 When 535  they have completed their testimony, the beast that comes up from the abyss will make war on them and conquer 536  them and kill them. 11:8 Their 537  corpses will lie in the street 538  of the great city that is symbolically 539  called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was also crucified. 11:9 For three and a half days those from every 540  people, tribe, 541  nation, and language will look at their corpses, because they will not permit them to be placed in a tomb. 542  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 543  after three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and tremendous fear seized 544  those who were watching them. 11:12 Then 545  they 546  heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them: “Come up here!” So the two prophets 547  went up to heaven in a cloud while 548  their enemies stared at them. 11:13 Just then 549  a major earthquake took place and a tenth of the city collapsed; seven thousand people 550  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; 551  the third is coming quickly.

The Seventh Trumpet

11:15 Then 552  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, 553 

and he will reign for ever and ever.”

11:16 Then 554  the twenty-four elders who are seated on their thrones before God threw themselves down with their faces to the ground 555  and worshiped God 11:17 with these words: 556 

“We give you thanks, Lord God, the All-Powerful, 557 

the one who is and who was,

because you have taken your great power

and begun to reign. 558 

11:18 The 559  nations 560  were enraged,

but 561  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, 562 

the prophets, their reward,

as well as to the saints

and to those who revere 563  your name, both small and great,

and the time has come 564  to destroy those who destroy 565  the earth.”

11:19 Then 566  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, 567  crashes of thunder, an earthquake, and a great hailstorm. 568 

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