Bible: Revelation 12-14
The Woman, the Child, and the Dragon
12:1 Then 1 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. 2 12:2 She 3 was pregnant and was screaming in labor pains, struggling 4 to give birth. 12:3 Then 5 another sign appeared in heaven: a huge red dragon that had seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadem crowns. 6 12:4 Now 7 the dragon’s 8 tail swept away a third of the stars in heaven and hurled them to the earth. Then 9 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 10 the woman gave birth to a son, a male child, 11 who is going to rule 12 over all the nations 13 with an iron rod. 14 Her 15 child was suddenly caught up to God and to his throne, 12:6 and she 16 fled into the wilderness 17 where a place had been prepared for her 18 by God, so she could be taken care of 19 for 1,260 days.
War in Heaven
12:7 Then 20 war broke out in heaven: Michael 21 and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 12:8 But 22 the dragon was not strong enough to prevail, 23 so there was no longer any place left 24 in heaven for him and his angels. 25 12:9 So 26 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 27 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, 30
the one who accuses them day and night 31 before our God,
has been thrown down.
12:11 But 32 they overcame him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony,
and they did not love their lives 33 so much that they were afraid to die.
12:12 Therefore you heavens rejoice, and all who reside in them!
But 34 woe to the earth and the sea
because the devil has come down to you!
He 35 is filled with terrible anger,
for he knows that he only has a little time!”
12:13 Now 36 when the dragon realized 37 that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. 12:14 But 38 the woman was given the two wings of a giant eagle so that she could fly out into the wilderness, 39 to the place God 40 prepared for her, where she is taken care of – away from the presence of the serpent – for a time, times, and half a time. 41 12:15 Then 42 the serpent spouted water like a river out of his mouth after the woman in an attempt to 43 sweep her away by a flood, 12:16 but 44 the earth came to her rescue; 45 the ground opened up 46 and swallowed the river that the dragon had spewed from his mouth. 12:17 So 47 the dragon became enraged at the woman and went away to make war on the rest of her children, 48 those who keep 49 God’s commandments and hold to 50 the testimony about Jesus. 51 And the dragon 52 stood 53 on the sand 54 of the seashore. 55
The Two Beasts
13:1 Then 56 I saw a beast coming up out of the sea. It 57 had ten horns and seven heads, and on its horns were ten diadem crowns, 58 and on its heads a blasphemous name. 59 13:2 Now 60 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 61 dragon gave the beast 62 his power, his throne, and great authority to rule. 63 13:3 One of the beast’s 64 heads appeared to have been killed, 65 but the lethal wound had been healed. 66 And the whole world followed 67 the beast in amazement; 13:4 they worshiped the dragon because he had given ruling authority 68 to the beast, and they worshiped the beast too, saying: “Who is like the beast?” and “Who is able to make war against him?” 69 13:5 The beast 70 was given a mouth speaking proud words 71 and blasphemies, and he was permitted 72 to exercise ruling authority 73 for forty-two months. 13:6 So 74 the beast 75 opened his mouth to blaspheme against God – to blaspheme both his name and his dwelling place, 76 that is, those who dwell in heaven. 13:7 The beast 77 was permitted to go to war against the saints and conquer them. 78 He was given ruling authority 79 over every tribe, people, 80 language, and nation, 13:8 and all those who live on the earth will worship the beast, 81 everyone whose name has not been written since the foundation of the world 82 in the book of life belonging to the Lamb who was killed. 83 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, 84
then by the sword he must be killed.
13:11 Then 87 I saw another beast 88 coming up from the earth. He 89 had two horns like a lamb, 90 but 91 was speaking like a dragon. 13:12 He 92 exercised all the ruling authority 93 of the first beast on his behalf, 94 and made the earth and those who inhabit it worship the first beast, the one whose lethal wound had been healed. 13:13 He 95 performed momentous signs, even making fire come down from heaven in front of people 96 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 97 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 98 was empowered 99 to give life 100 to the image of the first beast 101 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 102 everyone (small and great, rich and poor, free and slave 103 ) to obtain a mark on their right hand or on their forehead. 13:17 Thus no one was allowed to buy 104 or sell things 105 unless he bore 106 the mark of the beast – that is, his name or his number. 107 13:18 This calls for wisdom: 108 Let the one who has insight calculate the beast’s number, for it is man’s number, 109 and his number is 666. 110
An Interlude: The Song of the 144,000
14:1 Then 111 I looked, and here was 112 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 113 coming out of heaven like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder. Now 114 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 115 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 116 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; 117 they 118 are blameless.
Three Angels and Three Messages
14:6 Then 119 I saw another 120 angel flying directly overhead, 121 and he had 122 an eternal gospel to proclaim 123 to those who live 124 on the earth – to every nation, tribe, 125 language, and people. 14:7 He declared 126 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 135 third angel 136 followed the first two, 137 declaring 138 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 139 will also drink of the wine of God’s anger 140 that has been mixed undiluted in the cup of his wrath, and he will be tortured with fire and sulfur 141 in front of the holy angels and in front of the Lamb. 14:11 And the smoke from their 142 torture will go up 143 forever and ever, and those who worship the beast and his image will have 144 no rest day or night, along with 145 anyone who receives the mark of his name.” 14:12 This requires 146 the steadfast endurance 147 of the saints – those who obey 148 God’s commandments and hold to 149 their faith in Jesus. 150
14:13 Then 151 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 154 I looked, and a white cloud appeared, 155 and seated on the cloud was one like a son of man! 156 He had 157 a golden crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. 14:15 Then 158 another angel came out of the temple, shouting in a loud voice to the one seated on the cloud, “Use 159 your sickle and start to reap, 160 because the time to reap has come, since the earth’s harvest is ripe!” 14:16 So 161 the one seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped.
14:17 Then 162 another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. 14:18 Another 163 angel, who was in charge of 164 the fire, came from the altar and called in a loud voice to the angel 165 who had the sharp sickle, “Use 166 your sharp sickle and gather 167 the clusters of grapes 168 off the vine of the earth, 169 because its grapes 170 are now ripe.” 171 14:19 So 172 the angel swung his sickle over the earth and gathered the grapes from the vineyard 173 of the earth and tossed them into the great 174 winepress of the wrath of God. 14:20 Then 175 the winepress was stomped 176 outside the city, and blood poured out of the winepress up to the height of horses’ bridles 177 for a distance of almost two hundred miles. 178