Bible: Revelation 17-22

The Great Prostitute and the Beast

17:1 Then 1  one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke to me. 2 Come,” he said, “I will show you the condemnation and punishment 3  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.” 4  17:3 So 5  he carried me away in the Spirit 6  to a wilderness, 7  and there 8  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 9  the woman was dressed in purple and scarlet clothing, 10  and adorned with gold, 11  precious stones, and pearls. She held 12  in her hand a golden cup filled with detestable things and unclean things from her sexual immorality. 13  17:5 On 14  her forehead was written a name, a mystery: 15  “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. 16  I 17  was greatly astounded 18  when I saw her. 17:7 But 19  the angel said to me, “Why are you astounded? I will interpret 20  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 21  and then go to destruction. The 22  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 23  the beast was, and is not, but is to come. 17:9 (This requires 24  a mind that has wisdom.) The seven heads are seven mountains 25  the woman sits on. They are also seven kings: 17:10 five have fallen; one is, 26  and the other has not yet come, but whenever he does come, he must remain for only a brief time. 17:11 The 27  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 28  ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but will receive ruling authority 29  as kings with the beast for one hour. 17:13 These kings 30  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 31  the Lamb are the called, chosen, and faithful.”

17:15 Then 32  the angel 33  said to me, “The waters you saw (where the prostitute is seated) are peoples, multitudes, 34  nations, and languages. 17:16 The 35  ten horns that you saw, and the beast – these will hate the prostitute and make her desolate and naked. They 36  will consume her flesh and burn her up with fire. 37  17:17 For God has put into their minds 38  to carry out his purpose 39  by making 40  a decision 41  to give their royal power 42  to the beast until the words of God are fulfilled. 43  17:18 As for 44  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. 45  18:2 He 46  shouted with a powerful voice:

“Fallen, fallen, is Babylon the great!

She 47  has become a lair for demons,

a haunt 48  for every unclean spirit,

a haunt for every unclean bird,

a haunt for every unclean and detested beast. 49 

18:3 For all the nations 50  have fallen 51  from

the wine of her immoral passion, 52 

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.” 53 

18:4 Then 54  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 55  up all the way to heaven 56  and God has remembered 57  her crimes. 58  18:6 Repay her the same way she repaid others; 59  pay her back double 60  corresponding to her deeds. In the cup she mixed, mix double the amount for her. 18:7 As much as 61  she exalted herself and lived in sensual luxury, 62  to this extent give her torment and grief because she said to herself, 63 I rule as queen and am no widow; I will never experience grief!’ 18:8 For this reason, she will experience her plagues 64  in a single day: disease, 65  mourning, 66  and famine, and she will be burned down 67  with fire, because the Lord God who judges her is powerful!

18:9 Then 68  the kings of the earth who committed immoral acts with her and lived in sensual luxury 69  with her will weep and wail for her when they see the smoke from the fire that burns her up. 70  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 71  has come!

18:11 Then 72  the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn for her because no one buys their cargo 73  any longer 18:12 cargo such as gold, silver, 74  precious stones, pearls, fine linen, purple cloth, silk, 75  scarlet cloth, 76  all sorts of things made of citron wood, 77  all sorts of objects made of ivory, all sorts of things made of expensive wood, bronze, iron and marble, 18:13 cinnamon, spice, 78  incense, perfumed ointment, 79  frankincense, 80  wine, olive oil and costly flour, 81  wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and four-wheeled carriages, 82  slaves and human lives. 83 

18:14 (The ripe fruit 84  you greatly desired 85 

has gone from you,

and all your luxury 86  and splendor 87 

have gone from you

they will never ever be found again!) 88 

18:15 The merchants who sold 89  these things, who got rich from her, will stand a long way off because they are afraid of her torment. They will weep 90  and mourn, 18:16 saying,

Woe, woe, O great city

dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet clothing, 91 

and adorned with gold, 92  precious stones, and pearls

18:17 because in a single hour such great wealth has been destroyed!” 93 

And every ship’s captain, 94  and all who sail along the coast 95 seamen, and all who 96  make their living from the sea, stood a long way off 18:18 and began to shout 97  when they saw the smoke from the fire that burned her up, 98 Who is like the great city? 18:19 And they threw dust on their heads and were shouting with weeping and mourning, 99 

“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! 100 

18:20 (Rejoice over her, O heaven,

and you saints and apostles and prophets,

for God has pronounced judgment 101  against her on your behalf!) 102 

18:21 Then 103  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 104 

Babylon the great city will be thrown down 105 

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 106  again.

No 107  craftsman 108  who practices any trade

will ever be found in you again;

the noise of a mill 109  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 110  were deceived by your magic spells! 111 

18:24 The 112  blood of the saints and prophets was found in her, 113 

along with the blood 114  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. 115 

For he has judged 116  the great prostitute

who corrupted the earth with her sexual immorality,

and has avenged the blood of his servants 117  poured out by her own hands! 118 

19:3 Then 119  a second time the crowd shouted, “Hallelujah!” The smoke rises from her forever and ever. 120  19:4 The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures threw themselves to the ground 121  and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne, saying: “Amen! Hallelujah!

19:5 Then 122  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 123  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: 124 


For the Lord our God, 125  the All-Powerful, 126  reigns!

19:7 Let us rejoice 127  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 128  (for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints). 129 

19:9 Then 130  the angel 131  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 132  I threw myself down 133  at his feet to worship him, but 134  he said, “Do not do this! 135  I am only 136  a fellow servant 137  with you and your brothers 138  who hold to the testimony about 139  Jesus. Worship God, for the testimony about Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

The Son of God Goes to War

19:11 Then 140  I saw heaven opened and here came 141  a white horse! The 142  one riding it was called “Faithfuland “True,” and with justice 143  he judges and goes to war. 19:12 His eyes are like a fiery 144  flame and there are many diadem crowns 145  on his head. He has 146  a name written 147  that no one knows except himself. 19:13 He is dressed in clothing dipped 148  in blood, and he is called 149  the Word of God. 19:14 The 150  armies that are in heaven, dressed in white, clean, fine linen, 151  were following him on white horses. 19:15 From his mouth extends a sharp sword, so that with it he can strike the nations. 152  He 153  will rule 154  them with an iron rod, 155  and he stomps the winepress 156  of the furious 157  wrath of God, the All-Powerful. 158  19:16 He has a name written on his clothing and on his thigh: “King of kings and Lord of lords.”

19:17 Then 159  I saw one angel standing in 160  the sun, and he shouted in a loud voice to all the birds flying high in the sky: 161 

“Come, gather around for the great banquet 162  of God,

19:18 to eat 163  your fill 164  of the flesh of kings,

the flesh of generals, 165 

the flesh of powerful people,

the flesh of horses and those who ride them,

and the flesh of all people, both free and slave, 166 

and small and great!

19:19 Then 167  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 168  the beast was seized, and along with him the false prophet who had performed the signs on his behalf 169 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. 170  19:21 The 171  others were killed by the sword that extended from the mouth of the one who rode the horse, and all the birds gorged 172  themselves with their flesh.

The Thousand Year Reign

20:1 Then 173  I saw an angel descending from heaven, holding 174  in his hand the key to the abyss and a huge chain. 20:2 He 175  seized the dragon – the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan – and tied him up for a thousand years. 20:3 The angel 176  then 177  threw him into the abyss and locked 178  and sealed it so that he could not deceive the nations until the one thousand years were finished. (After these things he must be released for a brief period of time.)

20:4 Then 179  I saw thrones and seated on them were those who had been given authority to judge. 180  I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of the testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. These 181  had not worshiped the beast or his image and had refused to receive his mark on their forehead or hand. They 182  came to life 183  and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 20:5 (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were finished.) 184  This is the first resurrection. 20:6 Blessed and holy is the one who takes part 185  in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, 186  but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years.

Satan’s Final Defeat

20:7 Now 187  when the thousand years are finished, Satan will be released from his prison 20:8 and will go out to deceive 188  the nations at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, 189  to bring them together for the battle. They are as numerous as the grains of sand in the sea. 190  20:9 They 191  went up 192  on the broad plain of the earth 193  and encircled 194  the camp 195  of the saints and the beloved city, but 196  fire came down from heaven and devoured them completely. 197  20:10 And the devil who deceived 198  them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, 199  where the beast and the false prophet are 200  too, and they will be tormented there day and night forever and ever.

The Great White Throne

20:11 Then 201  I saw a large 202  white throne and the one who was seated on it; the earth and the heaven 203  fled 204  from his presence, and no place was found for them. 20:12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne. Then 205  books were opened, and another book was opened – the book of life. 206  So 207  the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to their deeds. 208  20:13 The 209  sea gave up the dead that were in it, and Death 210  and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each one was judged according to his deeds. 20:14 Then 211  Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death – the lake of fire. 20:15 If 212  anyone’s name 213  was not found written in the book of life, that person 214  was thrown into the lake of fire.

A New Heaven and a New Earth

21:1 Then 215  I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and earth had ceased to exist, 216  and the sea existed no more. 21:2 And I saw the holy city – the new Jerusalem – descending out of heaven from God, made ready like a bride adorned for her husband. 21:3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying: “Look! The residence 217  of God is among human beings. 218  He 219  will live among them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them. 220  21:4 He 221  will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death will not exist any more – or mourning, or crying, or pain, for the former things have ceased to exist.” 222 

21:5 And the one seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new!” Then 223  he said to me, “Write it down, 224  because these words are reliable 225  and true.” 21:6 He also said to me, “It is done! 226  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the one who is thirsty I will give water 227  free of charge 228  from the spring of the water of life. 21:7 The one who conquers 229  will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 21:8 But to the cowards, unbelievers, detestable persons, murderers, the sexually immoral, and those who practice magic spells, 230  idol worshipers, 231  and all those who lie, their place 232  will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. 233  That 234  is the second death.”

The New Jerusalem Descends

21:9 Then 235  one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven final plagues came and spoke to me, 236  saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb! 21:10 So 237  he took me away in the Spirit 238  to a huge, majestic mountain 239  and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God. 21:11 The city possesses 240  the glory of God; its brilliance is like a precious jewel, like a stone of crystal-clear jasper. 241  21:12 It has 242  a massive, high wall 243  with twelve gates, 244  with twelve angels at the gates, and the names of the twelve tribes of the nation of Israel 245  are written on the gates. 246  21:13 There are 247  three gates on the east side, three gates on the north side, three gates on the south side and three gates on the west side. 248  21:14 The 249  wall of the city has twelve foundations, and on them are the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

21:15 The angel 250  who spoke to me had a golden measuring rod with which to measure the city and its foundation stones and wall. 21:16 Now 251  the city is laid out as a square, 252  its length and width the same. He 253  measured the city with the measuring rod 254  at fourteen hundred miles 255  (its length and width and height are equal). 21:17 He also measured its wall, one hundred forty-four cubits 256  according to human measurement, which is also the angel’s. 257  21:18 The city’s 258  wall is made 259  of jasper and the city is pure gold, like transparent glass. 260  21:19 The foundations of the city’s wall are decorated 261  with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation is jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, 262  the fourth emerald, 21:20 the fifth onyx, 263  the sixth carnelian, 264  the seventh chrysolite, 265  the eighth beryl, 266  the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, 267  the eleventh jacinth, 268  and the twelfth amethyst. 21:21 And the twelve gates are twelve pearls – each one of the gates is made from just one pearl! The 269  main street 270  of the city is pure gold, like transparent glass.

21:22 Now 271  I saw no temple in the city, because the Lord God – the All-Powerful 272 and the Lamb are its temple. 21:23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, because the glory of God lights it up, and its lamp is the Lamb. 21:24 The nations 273  will walk by its light and the kings of the earth will bring their grandeur 274  into it. 21:25 Its gates will never be closed during the day 275  (and 276  there will be no night there). 277  21:26 They will bring the grandeur and the wealth 278  of the nations 279  into it, 21:27 but 280  nothing ritually unclean 281  will ever enter into it, nor anyone who does what is detestable 282  or practices falsehood, 283  but only those whose names 284  are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

22:1 Then 285  the angel 286  showed me the river of the water of life – water as clear as crystal – pouring out 287  from the throne of God and of the Lamb, 22:2 flowing down the middle of the city’s 288  main street. 289  On each side 290  of the river is the tree of life producing twelve kinds 291  of fruit, yielding its fruit every month of the year. 292  Its leaves are for the healing of the nations. 22:3 And there will no longer be any curse, 293  and the throne of God and the Lamb will be in the city. 294  His 295  servants 296  will worship 297  him, 22:4 and they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 22:5 Night will be no more, and they will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, because the Lord God will shine on them, and they will reign forever and ever.

A Final Reminder

22:6 Then 298  the angel 299  said to me, “These words are reliable 300  and true. The Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants 301  what must happen soon.”

22:7 (Look! I am coming soon!

Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy expressed in this book.) 302 

22:8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things, 303  and when I heard and saw them, 304  I threw myself down 305  to worship at the feet of the angel who was showing them to me. 22:9 But 306  he said to me, “Do not do this! 307  I am a fellow servant 308  with you and with your brothers the prophets, and with those who obey 309  the words of this book. Worship God! 22:10 Then 310  he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy contained in this book, because the time is near. 22:11 The evildoer must continue to do evil, 311  and the one who is morally filthy 312  must continue to be filthy. The 313  one who is righteous must continue to act righteously, and the one who is holy must continue to be holy.”

22:12 (Look! I am coming soon,

and my reward is with me to pay 314  each one according to what he has done!

22:13 I am the Alpha and the Omega,

the first and the last,

the beginning and the end!) 315 

22:14 Blessed are those who wash their robes so they can have access 316  to the tree of life and can enter into the city by the gates. 22:15 Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers 317  and the sexually immoral, and the murderers, and the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood! 318 

22:16I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star! 319  22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say: “Come!” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wants it take the water of life free of charge.

22:18 I testify to the one who hears the words of the prophecy contained in this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described 320  in this book. 22:19 And if anyone takes away from the words of this book of prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life 321  and in the holy city that are described in this book.

22:20 The one who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! 22:21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. 322 

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