Bible: Revelation 1-22
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 Father – to 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,
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
“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
“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
“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
“ 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 –
and like clay jars he will break them to pieces, 152
To the Church in Sardis
“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
“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
“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:
4:11 “You 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
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!”
“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.
8:7 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 lions’ heads, 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.”
“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
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,
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,
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.
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!”
14:9 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!’”
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 horses’ bridles 745 for a distance of almost two hundred miles. 746
The Final Plagues
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,
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.
“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,
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!
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
“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
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
has gone from you,
have gone from you –
they will never ever be found again!) 933
“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,
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.
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,
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,
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
19:7 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.
19:9 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 “Faithful” and “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.”
“Come, gather around for the great banquet 1007 of God,
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
22:16 “I, 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