Bible: Revelation 1-22

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 

The Woman, the Child, and the Dragon

12:1 Then 569  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. 570  12:2 She 571  was pregnant and was screaming in labor pains, struggling 572  to give birth. 12:3 Then 573  another sign appeared in heaven: a huge red dragon that had seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadem crowns. 574  12:4 Now 575  the dragon’s 576  tail swept away a third of the stars in heaven and hurled them to the earth. Then 577  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 578  the woman gave birth to a son, a male child, 579  who is going to rule 580  over all the nations 581  with an iron rod. 582  Her 583  child was suddenly caught up to God and to his throne, 12:6 and she 584  fled into the wilderness 585  where a place had been prepared for her 586  by God, so she could be taken care of 587  for 1,260 days.

War in Heaven

12:7 Then 588  war broke out in heaven: Michael 589  and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 12:8 But 590  the dragon was not strong enough to prevail, 591  so there was no longer any place left 592  in heaven for him and his angels. 593  12:9 So 594  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 595  I heard a loud voice in heaven saying,

The salvation and the power

and the kingdom of our God,

and the ruling authority 596  of his Christ, 597  have now come,

because the accuser of our brothers and sisters, 598 

the one who accuses them day and night 599  before our God,

has been thrown down.

12:11 But 600  they overcame him

by the blood of the Lamb

and by the word of their testimony,

and they did not love their lives 601  so much that they were afraid to die.

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

But 602  woe to the earth and the sea

because the devil has come down to you!

He 603  is filled with terrible anger,

for he knows that he only has a little time!

12:13 Now 604  when the dragon realized 605  that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. 12:14 But 606  the woman was given the two wings of a giant eagle so that she could fly out into the wilderness, 607  to the place God 608  prepared for her, where she is taken care of – away from the presence of the serpent – for a time, times, and half a time. 609  12:15 Then 610  the serpent spouted water like a river out of his mouth after the woman in an attempt to 611  sweep her away by a flood, 12:16 but 612  the earth came to her rescue; 613  the ground opened up 614  and swallowed the river that the dragon had spewed from his mouth. 12:17 So 615  the dragon became enraged at the woman and went away to make war on the rest of her children, 616  those who keep 617  God’s commandments and hold to 618  the testimony about Jesus. 619  And the dragon 620  stood 621  on the sand 622  of the seashore. 623 

The Two Beasts

13:1 Then 624  I saw a beast coming up out of the sea. It 625  had ten horns and seven heads, and on its horns were ten diadem crowns, 626  and on its heads a blasphemous name. 627  13:2 Now 628  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 629  dragon gave the beast 630  his power, his throne, and great authority to rule. 631  13:3 One of the beast’s 632  heads appeared to have been killed, 633  but the lethal wound had been healed. 634  And the whole world followed 635  the beast in amazement; 13:4 they worshiped the dragon because he had given ruling authority 636  to the beast, and they worshiped the beast too, saying: “Who is like the beast?” and “Who is able to make war against him? 637  13:5 The beast 638  was given a mouth speaking proud words 639  and blasphemies, and he was permitted 640  to exercise ruling authority 641  for forty-two months. 13:6 So 642  the beast 643  opened his mouth to blaspheme against God – to blaspheme both his name and his dwelling place, 644  that is, those who dwell in heaven. 13:7 The beast 645  was permitted to go to war against the saints and conquer them. 646  He was given ruling authority 647  over every tribe, people, 648  language, and nation, 13:8 and all those who live on the earth will worship the beast, 649  everyone whose name has not been written since the foundation of the world 650  in the book of life belonging to the Lamb who was killed. 651  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, 652 

then by the sword he must be killed.

This 653  requires steadfast endurance 654  and faith from the saints.

13:11 Then 655  I saw another beast 656  coming up from the earth. He 657  had two horns like a lamb, 658  but 659  was speaking like a dragon. 13:12 He 660  exercised all the ruling authority 661  of the first beast on his behalf, 662  and made the earth and those who inhabit it worship the first beast, the one whose lethal wound had been healed. 13:13 He 663  performed momentous signs, even making fire come down from heaven in front of people 664  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 665  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 666  was empowered 667  to give life 668  to the image of the first beast 669  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 670  everyone (small and great, rich and poor, free and slave 671 ) to obtain a mark on their right hand or on their forehead. 13:17 Thus no one was allowed to buy 672  or sell things 673  unless he bore 674  the mark of the beast – that is, his name or his number. 675  13:18 This calls for wisdom: 676  Let the one who has insight calculate the beast’s number, for it is man’s number, 677  and his number is 666. 678 

An Interlude: The Song of the 144,000

14:1 Then 679  I looked, and here was 680  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 681  coming out of heaven like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder. Now 682  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 683  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 684  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; 685  they 686  are blameless.

Three Angels and Three Messages

14:6 Then 687  I saw another 688  angel flying directly overhead, 689  and he had 690  an eternal gospel to proclaim 691  to those who live 692  on the earth – to every nation, tribe, 693  language, and people. 14:7 He declared 694  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 695  second 696  angel 697  followed the first, 698  declaring: 699  “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great city! 700  She made all the nations 701  drink of the wine of her immoral passion.” 702 

14:9 A 703  third angel 704  followed the first two, 705  declaring 706  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 707  will also drink of the wine of God’s anger 708  that has been mixed undiluted in the cup of his wrath, and he will be tortured with fire and sulfur 709  in front of the holy angels and in front of the Lamb. 14:11 And the smoke from their 710  torture will go up 711  forever and ever, and those who worship the beast and his image will have 712  no rest day or night, along with 713  anyone who receives the mark of his name.” 14:12 This requires 714  the steadfast endurance 715  of the saints – those who obey 716  God’s commandments and hold to 717  their faith in Jesus. 718 

14:13 Then 719  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, 720  because their deeds will follow them.” 721 

14:14 Then 722  I looked, and a white cloud appeared, 723  and seated on the cloud was one like a son of man! 724  He had 725  a golden crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. 14:15 Then 726  another angel came out of the temple, shouting in a loud voice to the one seated on the cloud, “Use 727  your sickle and start to reap, 728  because the time to reap has come, since the earth’s harvest is ripe! 14:16 So 729  the one seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped.

14:17 Then 730  another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. 14:18 Another 731  angel, who was in charge of 732  the fire, came from the altar and called in a loud voice to the angel 733  who had the sharp sickle, “Use 734  your sharp sickle and gather 735  the clusters of grapes 736  off the vine of the earth, 737  because its grapes 738  are now ripe.” 739  14:19 So 740  the angel swung his sickle over the earth and gathered the grapes from the vineyard 741  of the earth and tossed them into the great 742  winepress of the wrath of God. 14:20 Then 743  the winepress was stomped 744  outside the city, and blood poured out of the winepress up to the height of horsesbridles 745  for a distance of almost two hundred miles. 746 

The Final Plagues

15:1 Then 747  I saw another great and astounding sign in heaven: seven angels who have seven final plagues 748  (they are final because in them God’s anger is completed).

15:2 Then 749  I saw something like a sea of glass 750  mixed with fire, and those who had conquered 751  the beast and his image and the number of his name. They were standing 752  by 753  the sea of glass, holding harps given to them by God. 754  15:3 They 755  sang the song of Moses the servant 756  of God and the song of the Lamb: 757 

“Great and astounding are your deeds,

Lord God, the All-Powerful! 758 

Just 759  and true are your ways,

King over the nations! 760 

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

and glorify 761  your name, because you alone are holy? 762 

All nations 763  will come and worship before you

for your righteous acts 764  have been revealed.”

15:5 After 765  these things I looked, and the temple (the tent 766  of the testimony) 767  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 768  around their chests. 15:7 Then 769  one of the four living creatures gave the seven angels seven golden bowls filled with the wrath 770  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 771  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 772  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.” 773  16:2 So 774  the first angel 775  went and poured out his bowl on the earth. Then 776  ugly and painful sores 777  appeared on the people 778  who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image.

16:3 Next, 779  the second angel 780  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 781  the third angel 782  poured out his bowl on the rivers and the springs of water, and they turned into blood. 16:5 Now 783  I heard the angel of the waters saying:

“You are just 784 the one who is and who was,

the Holy One – because you have passed these judgments, 785 

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

so 786  you have given them blood to drink. They got what they deserved! 787 

16:7 Then 788  I heard the altar reply, 789 Yes, Lord God, the All-Powerful, 790  your judgments are true and just!

16:8 Then 791  the fourth angel 792  poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was permitted to scorch people 793  with fire. 16:9 Thus 794  people 795  were scorched by the terrible heat, 796  yet 797  they blasphemed the name of God, who has ruling authority 798  over these plagues, and they would not repent and give him glory.

16:10 Then 799  the fifth angel 800  poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast so that 801  darkness covered his kingdom, 802  and people 803  began to bite 804  their tongues because 805  of their pain. 16:11 They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their sufferings 806  and because of their sores, 807  but nevertheless 808  they still refused to repent 809  of their deeds.

16:12 Then 810  the sixth angel 811  poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates and dried up its water 812  to prepare the way 813  for the kings from the east. 814  16:13 Then 815  I saw three unclean spirits 816  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 817  to bring them together for the battle that will take place on the great day of God, the All-Powerful. 818 

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

Blessed is the one who stays alert and does not lose 819  his clothes so that he will not have to walk around naked and his shameful condition 820  be seen.) 821 

16:16 Now 822  the spirits 823  gathered the kings and their armies 824  to the place that is called Armageddon 825  in Hebrew.

16:17 Finally 826  the seventh angel 827  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 828  there were flashes of lightning, roaring, 829  and crashes of thunder, and there was a tremendous earthquake – an earthquake unequaled since humanity 830  has been on the earth, so tremendous was that earthquake. 16:19 The 831  great city was split into three parts and the cities of the nations 832  collapsed. 833  So 834  Babylon the great was remembered before God, and was given the cup 835  filled with the wine made of God’s furious wrath. 836  16:20 Every 837  island fled away 838  and no mountains could be found. 839  16:21 And gigantic hailstones, weighing about a hundred pounds 840  each, fell from heaven 841  on people, 842  but they 843  blasphemed God because of the plague of hail, since it 844  was so horrendous. 845 

The Great Prostitute and the Beast

17:1 Then 846  one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke to me. 847 Come,” he said, “I will show you the condemnation and punishment 848  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.” 849  17:3 So 850  he carried me away in the Spirit 851  to a wilderness, 852  and there 853  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 854  the woman was dressed in purple and scarlet clothing, 855  and adorned with gold, 856  precious stones, and pearls. She held 857  in her hand a golden cup filled with detestable things and unclean things from her sexual immorality. 858  17:5 On 859  her forehead was written a name, a mystery: 860  “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. 861  I 862  was greatly astounded 863  when I saw her. 17:7 But 864  the angel said to me, “Why are you astounded? I will interpret 865  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 866  and then go to destruction. The 867  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 868  the beast was, and is not, but is to come. 17:9 (This requires 869  a mind that has wisdom.) The seven heads are seven mountains 870  the woman sits on. They are also seven kings: 17:10 five have fallen; one is, 871  and the other has not yet come, but whenever he does come, he must remain for only a brief time. 17:11 The 872  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 873  ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but will receive ruling authority 874  as kings with the beast for one hour. 17:13 These kings 875  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 876  the Lamb are the called, chosen, and faithful.”

17:15 Then 877  the angel 878  said to me, “The waters you saw (where the prostitute is seated) are peoples, multitudes, 879  nations, and languages. 17:16 The 880  ten horns that you saw, and the beast – these will hate the prostitute and make her desolate and naked. They 881  will consume her flesh and burn her up with fire. 882  17:17 For God has put into their minds 883  to carry out his purpose 884  by making 885  a decision 886  to give their royal power 887  to the beast until the words of God are fulfilled. 888  17:18 As for 889  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. 890  18:2 He 891  shouted with a powerful voice:

“Fallen, fallen, is Babylon the great!

She 892  has become a lair for demons,

a haunt 893  for every unclean spirit,

a haunt for every unclean bird,

a haunt for every unclean and detested beast. 894 

18:3 For all the nations 895  have fallen 896  from

the wine of her immoral passion, 897 

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.” 898 

18:4 Then 899  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 900  up all the way to heaven 901  and God has remembered 902  her crimes. 903  18:6 Repay her the same way she repaid others; 904  pay her back double 905  corresponding to her deeds. In the cup she mixed, mix double the amount for her. 18:7 As much as 906  she exalted herself and lived in sensual luxury, 907  to this extent give her torment and grief because she said to herself, 908 I rule as queen and am no widow; I will never experience grief!’ 18:8 For this reason, she will experience her plagues 909  in a single day: disease, 910  mourning, 911  and famine, and she will be burned down 912  with fire, because the Lord God who judges her is powerful!

18:9 Then 913  the kings of the earth who committed immoral acts with her and lived in sensual luxury 914  with her will weep and wail for her when they see the smoke from the fire that burns her up. 915  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 916  has come!

18:11 Then 917  the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn for her because no one buys their cargo 918  any longer 18:12 cargo such as gold, silver, 919  precious stones, pearls, fine linen, purple cloth, silk, 920  scarlet cloth, 921  all sorts of things made of citron wood, 922  all sorts of objects made of ivory, all sorts of things made of expensive wood, bronze, iron and marble, 18:13 cinnamon, spice, 923  incense, perfumed ointment, 924  frankincense, 925  wine, olive oil and costly flour, 926  wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and four-wheeled carriages, 927  slaves and human lives. 928 

18:14 (The ripe fruit 929  you greatly desired 930 

has gone from you,

and all your luxury 931  and splendor 932 

have gone from you

they will never ever be found again!) 933 

18:15 The merchants who sold 934  these things, who got rich from her, will stand a long way off because they are afraid of her torment. They will weep 935  and mourn, 18:16 saying,

Woe, woe, O great city

dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet clothing, 936 

and adorned with gold, 937  precious stones, and pearls

18:17 because in a single hour such great wealth has been destroyed!” 938 

And every ship’s captain, 939  and all who sail along the coast 940 seamen, and all who 941  make their living from the sea, stood a long way off 18:18 and began to shout 942  when they saw the smoke from the fire that burned her up, 943 Who is like the great city? 18:19 And they threw dust on their heads and were shouting with weeping and mourning, 944 

“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! 945 

18:20 (Rejoice over her, O heaven,

and you saints and apostles and prophets,

for God has pronounced judgment 946  against her on your behalf!) 947 

18:21 Then 948  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 949 

Babylon the great city will be thrown down 950 

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 951  again.

No 952  craftsman 953  who practices any trade

will ever be found in you again;

the noise of a mill 954  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 955  were deceived by your magic spells! 956 

18:24 The 957  blood of the saints and prophets was found in her, 958 

along with the blood 959  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. 960 

For he has judged 961  the great prostitute

who corrupted the earth with her sexual immorality,

and has avenged the blood of his servants 962  poured out by her own hands! 963 

19:3 Then 964  a second time the crowd shouted, “Hallelujah!” The smoke rises from her forever and ever. 965  19:4 The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures threw themselves to the ground 966  and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne, saying: “Amen! Hallelujah!

19:5 Then 967  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 968  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: 969 

“Hallelujah!

For the Lord our God, 970  the All-Powerful, 971  reigns!

19:7 Let us rejoice 972  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 973  (for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints). 974 

19:9 Then 975  the angel 976  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 977  I threw myself down 978  at his feet to worship him, but 979  he said, “Do not do this! 980  I am only 981  a fellow servant 982  with you and your brothers 983  who hold to the testimony about 984  Jesus. Worship God, for the testimony about Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

The Son of God Goes to War

19:11 Then 985  I saw heaven opened and here came 986  a white horse! The 987  one riding it was called “Faithfuland “True,” and with justice 988  he judges and goes to war. 19:12 His eyes are like a fiery 989  flame and there are many diadem crowns 990  on his head. He has 991  a name written 992  that no one knows except himself. 19:13 He is dressed in clothing dipped 993  in blood, and he is called 994  the Word of God. 19:14 The 995  armies that are in heaven, dressed in white, clean, fine linen, 996  were following him on white horses. 19:15 From his mouth extends a sharp sword, so that with it he can strike the nations. 997  He 998  will rule 999  them with an iron rod, 1000  and he stomps the winepress 1001  of the furious 1002  wrath of God, the All-Powerful. 1003  19:16 He has a name written on his clothing and on his thigh: “King of kings and Lord of lords.”

19:17 Then 1004  I saw one angel standing in 1005  the sun, and he shouted in a loud voice to all the birds flying high in the sky: 1006 

“Come, gather around for the great banquet 1007  of God,

19:18 to eat 1008  your fill 1009  of the flesh of kings,

the flesh of generals, 1010 

the flesh of powerful people,

the flesh of horses and those who ride them,

and the flesh of all people, both free and slave, 1011 

and small and great!

19:19 Then 1012  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 1013  the beast was seized, and along with him the false prophet who had performed the signs on his behalf 1014 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. 1015  19:21 The 1016  others were killed by the sword that extended from the mouth of the one who rode the horse, and all the birds gorged 1017  themselves with their flesh.

The Thousand Year Reign

20:1 Then 1018  I saw an angel descending from heaven, holding 1019  in his hand the key to the abyss and a huge chain. 20:2 He 1020  seized the dragon – the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan – and tied him up for a thousand years. 20:3 The angel 1021  then 1022  threw him into the abyss and locked 1023  and sealed it so that he could not deceive the nations until the one thousand years were finished. (After these things he must be released for a brief period of time.)

20:4 Then 1024  I saw thrones and seated on them were those who had been given authority to judge. 1025  I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of the testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. These 1026  had not worshiped the beast or his image and had refused to receive his mark on their forehead or hand. They 1027  came to life 1028  and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 20:5 (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were finished.) 1029  This is the first resurrection. 20:6 Blessed and holy is the one who takes part 1030  in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, 1031  but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years.

Satan’s Final Defeat

20:7 Now 1032  when the thousand years are finished, Satan will be released from his prison 20:8 and will go out to deceive 1033  the nations at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, 1034  to bring them together for the battle. They are as numerous as the grains of sand in the sea. 1035  20:9 They 1036  went up 1037  on the broad plain of the earth 1038  and encircled 1039  the camp 1040  of the saints and the beloved city, but 1041  fire came down from heaven and devoured them completely. 1042  20:10 And the devil who deceived 1043  them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, 1044  where the beast and the false prophet are 1045  too, and they will be tormented there day and night forever and ever.

The Great White Throne

20:11 Then 1046  I saw a large 1047  white throne and the one who was seated on it; the earth and the heaven 1048  fled 1049  from his presence, and no place was found for them. 20:12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne. Then 1050  books were opened, and another book was opened – the book of life. 1051  So 1052  the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to their deeds. 1053  20:13 The 1054  sea gave up the dead that were in it, and Death 1055  and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each one was judged according to his deeds. 20:14 Then 1056  Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death – the lake of fire. 20:15 If 1057  anyone’s name 1058  was not found written in the book of life, that person 1059  was thrown into the lake of fire.

A New Heaven and a New Earth

21:1 Then 1060  I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and earth had ceased to exist, 1061  and the sea existed no more. 21:2 And I saw the holy city – the new Jerusalem – descending out of heaven from God, made ready like a bride adorned for her husband. 21:3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying: “Look! The residence 1062  of God is among human beings. 1063  He 1064  will live among them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them. 1065  21:4 He 1066  will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death will not exist any more – or mourning, or crying, or pain, for the former things have ceased to exist.” 1067 

21:5 And the one seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new!” Then 1068  he said to me, “Write it down, 1069  because these words are reliable 1070  and true.” 21:6 He also said to me, “It is done! 1071  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the one who is thirsty I will give water 1072  free of charge 1073  from the spring of the water of life. 21:7 The one who conquers 1074  will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 21:8 But to the cowards, unbelievers, detestable persons, murderers, the sexually immoral, and those who practice magic spells, 1075  idol worshipers, 1076  and all those who lie, their place 1077  will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. 1078  That 1079  is the second death.”

The New Jerusalem Descends

21:9 Then 1080  one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven final plagues came and spoke to me, 1081  saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb! 21:10 So 1082  he took me away in the Spirit 1083  to a huge, majestic mountain 1084  and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God. 21:11 The city possesses 1085  the glory of God; its brilliance is like a precious jewel, like a stone of crystal-clear jasper. 1086  21:12 It has 1087  a massive, high wall 1088  with twelve gates, 1089  with twelve angels at the gates, and the names of the twelve tribes of the nation of Israel 1090  are written on the gates. 1091  21:13 There are 1092  three gates on the east side, three gates on the north side, three gates on the south side and three gates on the west side. 1093  21:14 The 1094  wall of the city has twelve foundations, and on them are the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

21:15 The angel 1095  who spoke to me had a golden measuring rod with which to measure the city and its foundation stones and wall. 21:16 Now 1096  the city is laid out as a square, 1097  its length and width the same. He 1098  measured the city with the measuring rod 1099  at fourteen hundred miles 1100  (its length and width and height are equal). 21:17 He also measured its wall, one hundred forty-four cubits 1101  according to human measurement, which is also the angel’s. 1102  21:18 The city’s 1103  wall is made 1104  of jasper and the city is pure gold, like transparent glass. 1105  21:19 The foundations of the city’s wall are decorated 1106  with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation is jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, 1107  the fourth emerald, 21:20 the fifth onyx, 1108  the sixth carnelian, 1109  the seventh chrysolite, 1110  the eighth beryl, 1111  the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, 1112  the eleventh jacinth, 1113  and the twelfth amethyst. 21:21 And the twelve gates are twelve pearls – each one of the gates is made from just one pearl! The 1114  main street 1115  of the city is pure gold, like transparent glass.

21:22 Now 1116  I saw no temple in the city, because the Lord God – the All-Powerful 1117 and the Lamb are its temple. 21:23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, because the glory of God lights it up, and its lamp is the Lamb. 21:24 The nations 1118  will walk by its light and the kings of the earth will bring their grandeur 1119  into it. 21:25 Its gates will never be closed during the day 1120  (and 1121  there will be no night there). 1122  21:26 They will bring the grandeur and the wealth 1123  of the nations 1124  into it, 21:27 but 1125  nothing ritually unclean 1126  will ever enter into it, nor anyone who does what is detestable 1127  or practices falsehood, 1128  but only those whose names 1129  are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

22:1 Then 1130  the angel 1131  showed me the river of the water of life – water as clear as crystal – pouring out 1132  from the throne of God and of the Lamb, 22:2 flowing down the middle of the city’s 1133  main street. 1134  On each side 1135  of the river is the tree of life producing twelve kinds 1136  of fruit, yielding its fruit every month of the year. 1137  Its leaves are for the healing of the nations. 22:3 And there will no longer be any curse, 1138  and the throne of God and the Lamb will be in the city. 1139  His 1140  servants 1141  will worship 1142  him, 22:4 and they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 22:5 Night will be no more, and they will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, because the Lord God will shine on them, and they will reign forever and ever.

A Final Reminder

22:6 Then 1143  the angel 1144  said to me, “These words are reliable 1145  and true. The Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants 1146  what must happen soon.”

22:7 (Look! I am coming soon!

Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy expressed in this book.) 1147 

22:8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things, 1148  and when I heard and saw them, 1149  I threw myself down 1150  to worship at the feet of the angel who was showing them to me. 22:9 But 1151  he said to me, “Do not do this! 1152  I am a fellow servant 1153  with you and with your brothers the prophets, and with those who obey 1154  the words of this book. Worship God! 22:10 Then 1155  he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy contained in this book, because the time is near. 22:11 The evildoer must continue to do evil, 1156  and the one who is morally filthy 1157  must continue to be filthy. The 1158  one who is righteous must continue to act righteously, and the one who is holy must continue to be holy.”

22:12 (Look! I am coming soon,

and my reward is with me to pay 1159  each one according to what he has done!

22:13 I am the Alpha and the Omega,

the first and the last,

the beginning and the end!) 1160 

22:14 Blessed are those who wash their robes so they can have access 1161  to the tree of life and can enter into the city by the gates. 22:15 Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers 1162  and the sexually immoral, and the murderers, and the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood! 1163 

22:16I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star! 1164  22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say: “Come!” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wants it take the water of life free of charge.

22:18 I testify to the one who hears the words of the prophecy contained in this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described 1165  in this book. 22:19 And if anyone takes away from the words of this book of prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life 1166  and in the holy city that are described in this book.

22:20 The one who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! 22:21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. 1167 

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