Bible: Revelation 19-22
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. 1
For he has judged 2 the great prostitute
who corrupted the earth with her sexual immorality,
19:3 Then 5 a second time the crowd shouted, “Hallelujah!” The smoke rises from her forever and ever. 6 19:4 The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures threw themselves to the ground 7 and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne, saying: “Amen! Hallelujah!”
19:5 Then 8 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 13 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 16 the angel 17 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 18 I threw myself down 19 at his feet to worship him, but 20 he said, “Do not do this! 21 I am only 22 a fellow servant 23 with you and your brothers 24 who hold to the testimony about 25 Jesus. Worship God, for the testimony about Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
The Son of God Goes to War
19:11 Then 26 I saw heaven opened and here came 27 a white horse! The 28 one riding it was called “Faithful” and “True,” and with justice 29 he judges and goes to war. 19:12 His eyes are like a fiery 30 flame and there are many diadem crowns 31 on his head. He has 32 a name written 33 that no one knows except himself. 19:13 He is dressed in clothing dipped 34 in blood, and he is called 35 the Word of God. 19:14 The 36 armies that are in heaven, dressed in white, clean, fine linen, 37 were following him on white horses. 19:15 From his mouth extends a sharp sword, so that with it he can strike the nations. 38 He 39 will rule 40 them with an iron rod, 41 and he stomps the winepress 42 of the furious 43 wrath of God, the All-Powerful. 44 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 48 of God,
the flesh of generals, 51
the flesh of powerful people,
the flesh of horses and those who ride them,
and the flesh of all people, both free and slave, 52
and small and great!”
19:19 Then 53 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 54 the beast was seized, and along with him the false prophet who had performed the signs on his behalf 55 – 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. 56 19:21 The 57 others were killed by the sword that extended from the mouth of the one who rode the horse, and all the birds gorged 58 themselves with their flesh.
The Thousand Year Reign
20:1 Then 59 I saw an angel descending from heaven, holding 60 in his hand the key to the abyss and a huge chain. 20:2 He 61 seized the dragon – the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan – and tied him up for a thousand years. 20:3 The angel 62 then 63 threw him into the abyss and locked 64 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 65 I saw thrones and seated on them were those who had been given authority to judge. 66 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 67 had not worshiped the beast or his image and had refused to receive his mark on their forehead or hand. They 68 came to life 69 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.) 70 This is the first resurrection. 20:6 Blessed and holy is the one who takes part 71 in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, 72 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 73 when the thousand years are finished, Satan will be released from his prison 20:8 and will go out to deceive 74 the nations at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, 75 to bring them together for the battle. They are as numerous as the grains of sand in the sea. 76 20:9 They 77 went up 78 on the broad plain of the earth 79 and encircled 80 the camp 81 of the saints and the beloved city, but 82 fire came down from heaven and devoured them completely. 83 20:10 And the devil who deceived 84 them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, 85 where the beast and the false prophet are 86 too, and they will be tormented there day and night forever and ever.
The Great White Throne
20:11 Then 87 I saw a large 88 white throne and the one who was seated on it; the earth and the heaven 89 fled 90 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 91 books were opened, and another book was opened – the book of life. 92 So 93 the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to their deeds. 94 20:13 The 95 sea gave up the dead that were in it, and Death 96 and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each one was judged according to his deeds. 20:14 Then 97 Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death – the lake of fire. 20:15 If 98 anyone’s name 99 was not found written in the book of life, that person 100 was thrown into the lake of fire.
A New Heaven and a New Earth
21:1 Then 101 I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and earth had ceased to exist, 102 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 103 of God is among human beings. 104 He 105 will live among them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them. 106 21:4 He 107 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.” 108
21:5 And the one seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new!” Then 109 he said to me, “Write it down, 110 because these words are reliable 111 and true.” 21:6 He also said to me, “It is done! 112 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the one who is thirsty I will give water 113 free of charge 114 from the spring of the water of life. 21:7 The one who conquers 115 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, 116 idol worshipers, 117 and all those who lie, their place 118 will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. 119 That 120 is the second death.”
The New Jerusalem Descends
21:9 Then 121 one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven final plagues came and spoke to me, 122 saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb!” 21:10 So 123 he took me away in the Spirit 124 to a huge, majestic mountain 125 and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God. 21:11 The city possesses 126 the glory of God; its brilliance is like a precious jewel, like a stone of crystal-clear jasper. 127 21:12 It has 128 a massive, high wall 129 with twelve gates, 130 with twelve angels at the gates, and the names of the twelve tribes of the nation of Israel 131 are written on the gates. 132 21:13 There are 133 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. 134 21:14 The 135 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 136 who spoke to me had a golden measuring rod with which to measure the city and its foundation stones and wall. 21:16 Now 137 the city is laid out as a square, 138 its length and width the same. He 139 measured the city with the measuring rod 140 at fourteen hundred miles 141 (its length and width and height are equal). 21:17 He also measured its wall, one hundred forty-four cubits 142 according to human measurement, which is also the angel’s. 143 21:18 The city’s 144 wall is made 145 of jasper and the city is pure gold, like transparent glass. 146 21:19 The foundations of the city’s wall are decorated 147 with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation is jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, 148 the fourth emerald, 21:20 the fifth onyx, 149 the sixth carnelian, 150 the seventh chrysolite, 151 the eighth beryl, 152 the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, 153 the eleventh jacinth, 154 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 155 main street 156 of the city is pure gold, like transparent glass.
21:22 Now 157 I saw no temple in the city, because the Lord God – the All-Powerful 158 – 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 159 will walk by its light and the kings of the earth will bring their grandeur 160 into it. 21:25 Its gates will never be closed during the day 161 (and 162 there will be no night there). 163 21:26 They will bring the grandeur and the wealth 164 of the nations 165 into it, 21:27 but 166 nothing ritually unclean 167 will ever enter into it, nor anyone who does what is detestable 168 or practices falsehood, 169 but only those whose names 170 are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
22:1 Then 171 the angel 172 showed me the river of the water of life – water as clear as crystal – pouring out 173 from the throne of God and of the Lamb, 22:2 flowing down the middle of the city’s 174 main street. 175 On each side 176 of the river is the tree of life producing twelve kinds 177 of fruit, yielding its fruit every month of the year. 178 Its leaves are for the healing of the nations. 22:3 And there will no longer be any curse, 179 and the throne of God and the Lamb will be in the city. 180 His 181 servants 182 will worship 183 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
22:7 (Look! I am coming soon!
Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy expressed in this book.) 188
22:8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things, 189 and when I heard and saw them, 190 I threw myself down 191 to worship at the feet of the angel who was showing them to me. 22:9 But 192 he said to me, “Do not do this! 193 I am a fellow servant 194 with you and with your brothers the prophets, and with those who obey 195 the words of this book. Worship God!” 22:10 Then 196 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, 197 and the one who is morally filthy 198 must continue to be filthy. The 199 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 200 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!) 201
22:14 Blessed are those who wash their robes so they can have access 202 to the tree of life and can enter into the city by the gates. 22:15 Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers 203 and the sexually immoral, and the murderers, and the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood! 204
22:16 “I, 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!” 205 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 206 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 207 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. 208