Bible: Revelation 13-15

The Two Beasts

13:1 Then 1  I saw a beast coming up out of the sea. It 2  had ten horns and seven heads, and on its horns were ten diadem crowns, 3  and on its heads a blasphemous name. 4  13:2 Now 5  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 6  dragon gave the beast 7  his power, his throne, and great authority to rule. 8  13:3 One of the beast’s 9  heads appeared to have been killed, 10  but the lethal wound had been healed. 11  And the whole world followed 12  the beast in amazement; 13:4 they worshiped the dragon because he had given ruling authority 13  to the beast, and they worshiped the beast too, saying: “Who is like the beast?” and “Who is able to make war against him? 14  13:5 The beast 15  was given a mouth speaking proud words 16  and blasphemies, and he was permitted 17  to exercise ruling authority 18  for forty-two months. 13:6 So 19  the beast 20  opened his mouth to blaspheme against God – to blaspheme both his name and his dwelling place, 21  that is, those who dwell in heaven. 13:7 The beast 22  was permitted to go to war against the saints and conquer them. 23  He was given ruling authority 24  over every tribe, people, 25  language, and nation, 13:8 and all those who live on the earth will worship the beast, 26  everyone whose name has not been written since the foundation of the world 27  in the book of life belonging to the Lamb who was killed. 28  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, 29 

then by the sword he must be killed.

This 30  requires steadfast endurance 31  and faith from the saints.

13:11 Then 32  I saw another beast 33  coming up from the earth. He 34  had two horns like a lamb, 35  but 36  was speaking like a dragon. 13:12 He 37  exercised all the ruling authority 38  of the first beast on his behalf, 39  and made the earth and those who inhabit it worship the first beast, the one whose lethal wound had been healed. 13:13 He 40  performed momentous signs, even making fire come down from heaven in front of people 41  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 42  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 43  was empowered 44  to give life 45  to the image of the first beast 46  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 47  everyone (small and great, rich and poor, free and slave 48 ) to obtain a mark on their right hand or on their forehead. 13:17 Thus no one was allowed to buy 49  or sell things 50  unless he bore 51  the mark of the beast – that is, his name or his number. 52  13:18 This calls for wisdom: 53  Let the one who has insight calculate the beast’s number, for it is man’s number, 54  and his number is 666. 55 

An Interlude: The Song of the 144,000

14:1 Then 56  I looked, and here was 57  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 58  coming out of heaven like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder. Now 59  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 60  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 61  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; 62  they 63  are blameless.

Three Angels and Three Messages

14:6 Then 64  I saw another 65  angel flying directly overhead, 66  and he had 67  an eternal gospel to proclaim 68  to those who live 69  on the earth – to every nation, tribe, 70  language, and people. 14:7 He declared 71  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 72  second 73  angel 74  followed the first, 75  declaring: 76  “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great city! 77  She made all the nations 78  drink of the wine of her immoral passion.” 79 

14:9 A 80  third angel 81  followed the first two, 82  declaring 83  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 84  will also drink of the wine of God’s anger 85  that has been mixed undiluted in the cup of his wrath, and he will be tortured with fire and sulfur 86  in front of the holy angels and in front of the Lamb. 14:11 And the smoke from their 87  torture will go up 88  forever and ever, and those who worship the beast and his image will have 89  no rest day or night, along with 90  anyone who receives the mark of his name.” 14:12 This requires 91  the steadfast endurance 92  of the saints – those who obey 93  God’s commandments and hold to 94  their faith in Jesus. 95 

14:13 Then 96  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, 97  because their deeds will follow them.” 98 

14:14 Then 99  I looked, and a white cloud appeared, 100  and seated on the cloud was one like a son of man! 101  He had 102  a golden crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. 14:15 Then 103  another angel came out of the temple, shouting in a loud voice to the one seated on the cloud, “Use 104  your sickle and start to reap, 105  because the time to reap has come, since the earth’s harvest is ripe! 14:16 So 106  the one seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped.

14:17 Then 107  another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. 14:18 Another 108  angel, who was in charge of 109  the fire, came from the altar and called in a loud voice to the angel 110  who had the sharp sickle, “Use 111  your sharp sickle and gather 112  the clusters of grapes 113  off the vine of the earth, 114  because its grapes 115  are now ripe.” 116  14:19 So 117  the angel swung his sickle over the earth and gathered the grapes from the vineyard 118  of the earth and tossed them into the great 119  winepress of the wrath of God. 14:20 Then 120  the winepress was stomped 121  outside the city, and blood poured out of the winepress up to the height of horsesbridles 122  for a distance of almost two hundred miles. 123 

The Final Plagues

15:1 Then 124  I saw another great and astounding sign in heaven: seven angels who have seven final plagues 125  (they are final because in them God’s anger is completed).

15:2 Then 126  I saw something like a sea of glass 127  mixed with fire, and those who had conquered 128  the beast and his image and the number of his name. They were standing 129  by 130  the sea of glass, holding harps given to them by God. 131  15:3 They 132  sang the song of Moses the servant 133  of God and the song of the Lamb: 134 

“Great and astounding are your deeds,

Lord God, the All-Powerful! 135 

Just 136  and true are your ways,

King over the nations! 137 

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

and glorify 138  your name, because you alone are holy? 139 

All nations 140  will come and worship before you

for your righteous acts 141  have been revealed.”

15:5 After 142  these things I looked, and the temple (the tent 143  of the testimony) 144  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 145  around their chests. 15:7 Then 146  one of the four living creatures gave the seven angels seven golden bowls filled with the wrath 147  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 148  no one could enter the temple until the seven plagues from the seven angels were completed.

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