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.
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!”
14:9 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!’”
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 horses’ bridles 122 for a distance of almost two hundred miles. 123
The Final Plagues
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,
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.