Bible: Revelation 12-19

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,

and the ruling authority 28  of his Christ, 29  have now come,

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.

This 85  requires steadfast endurance 86  and faith from the saints.

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!

14:8 A 127  second 128  angel 129  followed the first, 130  declaring: 131  “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great city! 132  She made all the nations 133  drink of the wine of her immoral passion.” 134 

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!’”

“Yes,” says the Spirit, “so they can rest from their hard work, 152  because their deeds will follow them.” 153 

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 horsesbridles 177  for a distance of almost two hundred miles. 178 

The Final Plagues

15:1 Then 179  I saw another great and astounding sign in heaven: seven angels who have seven final plagues 180  (they are final because in them God’s anger is completed).

15:2 Then 181  I saw something like a sea of glass 182  mixed with fire, and those who had conquered 183  the beast and his image and the number of his name. They were standing 184  by 185  the sea of glass, holding harps given to them by God. 186  15:3 They 187  sang the song of Moses the servant 188  of God and the song of the Lamb: 189 

“Great and astounding are your deeds,

Lord God, the All-Powerful! 190 

Just 191  and true are your ways,

King over the nations! 192 

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

and glorify 193  your name, because you alone are holy? 194 

All nations 195  will come and worship before you

for your righteous acts 196  have been revealed.”

15:5 After 197  these things I looked, and the temple (the tent 198  of the testimony) 199  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 200  around their chests. 15:7 Then 201  one of the four living creatures gave the seven angels seven golden bowls filled with the wrath 202  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 203  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 204  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.” 205  16:2 So 206  the first angel 207  went and poured out his bowl on the earth. Then 208  ugly and painful sores 209  appeared on the people 210  who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image.

16:3 Next, 211  the second angel 212  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 213  the third angel 214  poured out his bowl on the rivers and the springs of water, and they turned into blood. 16:5 Now 215  I heard the angel of the waters saying:

“You are just 216 the one who is and who was,

the Holy One – because you have passed these judgments, 217 

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

so 218  you have given them blood to drink. They got what they deserved! 219 

16:7 Then 220  I heard the altar reply, 221 Yes, Lord God, the All-Powerful, 222  your judgments are true and just!

16:8 Then 223  the fourth angel 224  poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was permitted to scorch people 225  with fire. 16:9 Thus 226  people 227  were scorched by the terrible heat, 228  yet 229  they blasphemed the name of God, who has ruling authority 230  over these plagues, and they would not repent and give him glory.

16:10 Then 231  the fifth angel 232  poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast so that 233  darkness covered his kingdom, 234  and people 235  began to bite 236  their tongues because 237  of their pain. 16:11 They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their sufferings 238  and because of their sores, 239  but nevertheless 240  they still refused to repent 241  of their deeds.

16:12 Then 242  the sixth angel 243  poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates and dried up its water 244  to prepare the way 245  for the kings from the east. 246  16:13 Then 247  I saw three unclean spirits 248  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 249  to bring them together for the battle that will take place on the great day of God, the All-Powerful. 250 

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

Blessed is the one who stays alert and does not lose 251  his clothes so that he will not have to walk around naked and his shameful condition 252  be seen.) 253 

16:16 Now 254  the spirits 255  gathered the kings and their armies 256  to the place that is called Armageddon 257  in Hebrew.

16:17 Finally 258  the seventh angel 259  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 260  there were flashes of lightning, roaring, 261  and crashes of thunder, and there was a tremendous earthquake – an earthquake unequaled since humanity 262  has been on the earth, so tremendous was that earthquake. 16:19 The 263  great city was split into three parts and the cities of the nations 264  collapsed. 265  So 266  Babylon the great was remembered before God, and was given the cup 267  filled with the wine made of God’s furious wrath. 268  16:20 Every 269  island fled away 270  and no mountains could be found. 271  16:21 And gigantic hailstones, weighing about a hundred pounds 272  each, fell from heaven 273  on people, 274  but they 275  blasphemed God because of the plague of hail, since it 276  was so horrendous. 277 

The Great Prostitute and the Beast

17:1 Then 278  one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke to me. 279 Come,” he said, “I will show you the condemnation and punishment 280  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.” 281  17:3 So 282  he carried me away in the Spirit 283  to a wilderness, 284  and there 285  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 286  the woman was dressed in purple and scarlet clothing, 287  and adorned with gold, 288  precious stones, and pearls. She held 289  in her hand a golden cup filled with detestable things and unclean things from her sexual immorality. 290  17:5 On 291  her forehead was written a name, a mystery: 292  “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. 293  I 294  was greatly astounded 295  when I saw her. 17:7 But 296  the angel said to me, “Why are you astounded? I will interpret 297  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 298  and then go to destruction. The 299  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 300  the beast was, and is not, but is to come. 17:9 (This requires 301  a mind that has wisdom.) The seven heads are seven mountains 302  the woman sits on. They are also seven kings: 17:10 five have fallen; one is, 303  and the other has not yet come, but whenever he does come, he must remain for only a brief time. 17:11 The 304  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 305  ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but will receive ruling authority 306  as kings with the beast for one hour. 17:13 These kings 307  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 308  the Lamb are the called, chosen, and faithful.”

17:15 Then 309  the angel 310  said to me, “The waters you saw (where the prostitute is seated) are peoples, multitudes, 311  nations, and languages. 17:16 The 312  ten horns that you saw, and the beast – these will hate the prostitute and make her desolate and naked. They 313  will consume her flesh and burn her up with fire. 314  17:17 For God has put into their minds 315  to carry out his purpose 316  by making 317  a decision 318  to give their royal power 319  to the beast until the words of God are fulfilled. 320  17:18 As for 321  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. 322  18:2 He 323  shouted with a powerful voice:

“Fallen, fallen, is Babylon the great!

She 324  has become a lair for demons,

a haunt 325  for every unclean spirit,

a haunt for every unclean bird,

a haunt for every unclean and detested beast. 326 

18:3 For all the nations 327  have fallen 328  from

the wine of her immoral passion, 329 

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.” 330 

18:4 Then 331  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 332  up all the way to heaven 333  and God has remembered 334  her crimes. 335  18:6 Repay her the same way she repaid others; 336  pay her back double 337  corresponding to her deeds. In the cup she mixed, mix double the amount for her. 18:7 As much as 338  she exalted herself and lived in sensual luxury, 339  to this extent give her torment and grief because she said to herself, 340 I rule as queen and am no widow; I will never experience grief!’ 18:8 For this reason, she will experience her plagues 341  in a single day: disease, 342  mourning, 343  and famine, and she will be burned down 344  with fire, because the Lord God who judges her is powerful!

18:9 Then 345  the kings of the earth who committed immoral acts with her and lived in sensual luxury 346  with her will weep and wail for her when they see the smoke from the fire that burns her up. 347  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 348  has come!

18:11 Then 349  the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn for her because no one buys their cargo 350  any longer 18:12 cargo such as gold, silver, 351  precious stones, pearls, fine linen, purple cloth, silk, 352  scarlet cloth, 353  all sorts of things made of citron wood, 354  all sorts of objects made of ivory, all sorts of things made of expensive wood, bronze, iron and marble, 18:13 cinnamon, spice, 355  incense, perfumed ointment, 356  frankincense, 357  wine, olive oil and costly flour, 358  wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and four-wheeled carriages, 359  slaves and human lives. 360 

18:14 (The ripe fruit 361  you greatly desired 362 

has gone from you,

and all your luxury 363  and splendor 364 

have gone from you

they will never ever be found again!) 365 

18:15 The merchants who sold 366  these things, who got rich from her, will stand a long way off because they are afraid of her torment. They will weep 367  and mourn, 18:16 saying,

Woe, woe, O great city

dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet clothing, 368 

and adorned with gold, 369  precious stones, and pearls

18:17 because in a single hour such great wealth has been destroyed!” 370 

And every ship’s captain, 371  and all who sail along the coast 372 seamen, and all who 373  make their living from the sea, stood a long way off 18:18 and began to shout 374  when they saw the smoke from the fire that burned her up, 375 Who is like the great city? 18:19 And they threw dust on their heads and were shouting with weeping and mourning, 376 

“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! 377 

18:20 (Rejoice over her, O heaven,

and you saints and apostles and prophets,

for God has pronounced judgment 378  against her on your behalf!) 379 

18:21 Then 380  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 381 

Babylon the great city will be thrown down 382 

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 383  again.

No 384  craftsman 385  who practices any trade

will ever be found in you again;

the noise of a mill 386  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 387  were deceived by your magic spells! 388 

18:24 The 389  blood of the saints and prophets was found in her, 390 

along with the blood 391  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. 392 

For he has judged 393  the great prostitute

who corrupted the earth with her sexual immorality,

and has avenged the blood of his servants 394  poured out by her own hands! 395 

19:3 Then 396  a second time the crowd shouted, “Hallelujah!” The smoke rises from her forever and ever. 397  19:4 The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures threw themselves to the ground 398  and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne, saying: “Amen! Hallelujah!

19:5 Then 399  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 400  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: 401 

“Hallelujah!

For the Lord our God, 402  the All-Powerful, 403  reigns!

19:7 Let us rejoice 404  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 405  (for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints). 406 

19:9 Then 407  the angel 408  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 409  I threw myself down 410  at his feet to worship him, but 411  he said, “Do not do this! 412  I am only 413  a fellow servant 414  with you and your brothers 415  who hold to the testimony about 416  Jesus. Worship God, for the testimony about Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

The Son of God Goes to War

19:11 Then 417  I saw heaven opened and here came 418  a white horse! The 419  one riding it was called “Faithfuland “True,” and with justice 420  he judges and goes to war. 19:12 His eyes are like a fiery 421  flame and there are many diadem crowns 422  on his head. He has 423  a name written 424  that no one knows except himself. 19:13 He is dressed in clothing dipped 425  in blood, and he is called 426  the Word of God. 19:14 The 427  armies that are in heaven, dressed in white, clean, fine linen, 428  were following him on white horses. 19:15 From his mouth extends a sharp sword, so that with it he can strike the nations. 429  He 430  will rule 431  them with an iron rod, 432  and he stomps the winepress 433  of the furious 434  wrath of God, the All-Powerful. 435  19:16 He has a name written on his clothing and on his thigh: “King of kings and Lord of lords.”

19:17 Then 436  I saw one angel standing in 437  the sun, and he shouted in a loud voice to all the birds flying high in the sky: 438 

“Come, gather around for the great banquet 439  of God,

19:18 to eat 440  your fill 441  of the flesh of kings,

the flesh of generals, 442 

the flesh of powerful people,

the flesh of horses and those who ride them,

and the flesh of all people, both free and slave, 443 

and small and great!

19:19 Then 444  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 445  the beast was seized, and along with him the false prophet who had performed the signs on his behalf 446 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. 447  19:21 The 448  others were killed by the sword that extended from the mouth of the one who rode the horse, and all the birds gorged 449  themselves with their flesh.

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