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,
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
The Final Plagues
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,
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.
“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,
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!
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
“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
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
has gone from you,
have gone from you –
they will never ever be found again!) 365
“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,
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.
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,
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,
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
19:7 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.
19:9 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 “Faithful” and “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.”
“Come, gather around for the great banquet 439 of God,
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.