Bible: Revelation 4-18
The Amazing Scene in Heaven
4:1 After these things I looked, and there was 1 a door standing open in heaven! 2 And the first voice I had heard speaking to me 3 like a trumpet 4 said: “Come up here so that 5 I can show you what must happen after these things.” 4:2 Immediately I was in the Spirit, 6 and 7 a throne was standing 8 in heaven with someone seated on it! 4:3 And the one seated on it was like jasper 9 and carnelian 10 in appearance, and a rainbow looking like it was made of emerald 11 encircled the throne. 4:4 In 12 a circle around the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on those thrones were twenty-four elders. They were 13 dressed in white clothing and had golden crowns 14 on their heads. 4:5 From 15 the throne came out flashes of lightning and roaring 16 and crashes of thunder. Seven flaming torches, which are the seven spirits of God, 17 were burning in front of the throne 4:6 and in front of the throne was something like a sea of glass, like crystal. 18
In 19 the middle of the throne 20 and around the throne were four living creatures 21 full of eyes in front and in back. 4:7 The 22 first living creature was like a lion, the 23 second creature like an ox, the third creature had a face like a man’s, and the fourth creature looked like an eagle flying. 4:8 Each one of the four living creatures had six wings 24 and was full of eyes all around and inside. 25 They never rest day or night, saying: 26
“Holy Holy Holy is the Lord God, the All-Powerful, 27
Who was and who is, and who is still to come!”
4:9 And whenever the living creatures give glory, honor, 28 and thanks to the one who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 4:10 the twenty-four elders throw themselves to the ground 29 before the one who sits on the throne and worship the one who lives forever and ever, and they offer their crowns 30 before his 31 throne, saying:
4:11 “You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
since you created all things,
and because of your will they existed and were created!” 32
The Opening of the Scroll
5:1 Then 33 I saw in the right hand of the one who was seated on the throne a scroll written on the front and back 34 and sealed with seven seals. 35 5:2 And I saw a powerful angel proclaiming in a loud voice: “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to break its seals?” 5:3 But 36 no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or look into it. 5:4 So 37 I began weeping bitterly 38 because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. 5:5 Then 39 one of the elders said 40 to me, “Stop weeping! 41 Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has conquered; 42 thus he can open 43 the scroll and its seven seals.”
5:6 Then 44 I saw standing in the middle of the throne 45 and of the four living creatures, and in the middle of the elders, a Lamb that appeared to have been killed. 46 He had 47 seven horns and seven eyes, which 48 are the seven 49 spirits of God 50 sent out into all the earth. 5:7 Then 51 he came and took the scroll 52 from the right hand of the one who was seated on the throne, 5:8 and when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders threw themselves to the ground 53 before the Lamb. Each 54 of them had a harp and golden bowls full of incense (which are the prayers of the saints). 55 5:9 They were singing a new song: 56
“You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals
because you were killed, 57
5:11 Then 67 I looked and heard the voice of many angels in a circle around the throne, as well as the living creatures and the elders. Their 68 number was ten thousand times ten thousand 69 – thousands times thousands – 5:12 all of whom 70 were singing 71 in a loud voice:
“Worthy is the lamb who was killed 72
to receive power and wealth
and wisdom and might
and honor and glory and praise!”
“To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb
be praise, honor, glory, and ruling power 75 forever and ever!”
5:14 And the four living creatures were saying “Amen,” and the elders threw themselves to the ground 76 and worshiped.
The Seven Seals
6:1 I looked on when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a thunderous voice, 77 “Come!” 78 6:2 So 79 I looked, 80 and here came 81 a white horse! The 82 one who rode it 83 had a bow, and he was given a crown, 84 and as a conqueror 85 he rode out to conquer.
6:3 Then 86 when the Lamb 87 opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come!” 6:4 And another horse, fiery red, 88 came out, and the one who rode it 89 was granted permission 90 to take peace from the earth, so that people would butcher 91 one another, and he was given a huge sword.
6:5 Then 92 when the Lamb opened the third seal I heard the third living creature saying, “Come!” So 93 I looked, 94 and here came 95 a black horse! The 96 one who rode it 97 had a balance scale 98 in his hand. 6:6 Then 99 I heard something like a voice from among the four living creatures saying, “A quart 100 of wheat will cost a day’s pay 101 and three quarts of barley will cost a day’s pay. But 102 do not damage the olive oil and the wine!”
6:7 Then 103 when the Lamb opened the fourth seal I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come!” 6:8 So 104 I looked 105 and here came 106 a pale green 107 horse! The 108 name of the one who rode it 109 was Death, and Hades followed right behind. 110 They 111 were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill its population with the sword, 112 famine, and disease, 113 and by the wild animals of the earth.
6:9 Now 114 when the Lamb opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been violently killed 115 because of the word of God and because of the testimony they had given. 6:10 They 116 cried out with a loud voice, 117 “How long, 118 Sovereign Master, 119 holy and true, before you judge those who live on the earth and avenge our blood?” 6:11 Each 120 of them was given a long white robe and they were told to rest for a little longer, until the full number was reached 121 of both their fellow servants 122 and their brothers who were going to be killed just as they had been.
6:12 Then 123 I looked when the Lamb opened the sixth seal, and a huge 124 earthquake took place; the sun became as black as sackcloth made of hair, 125 and the full moon became blood red; 126 6:13 and the stars in the sky 127 fell to the earth like a fig tree dropping 128 its unripe figs 129 when shaken by a fierce 130 wind. 6:14 The sky 131 was split apart 132 like a scroll being rolled up, 133 and every mountain and island was moved from its place. 6:15 Then 134 the kings of the earth, the 135 very important people, the generals, 136 the rich, the powerful, and everyone, slave 137 and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains. 6:16 They 138 said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of the one who is seated on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb, 139 6:17 because the great day of their 140 wrath has come, and who is able to withstand it?” 141
The Sealing of the 144,000
7:1 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth so no wind could blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree. 7:2 Then 142 I saw another angel ascending from the east, 143 who had 144 the seal 145 of the living God. He 146 shouted out with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given permission 147 to damage the earth and the sea: 148 7:3 “Do not damage the earth or the sea or the trees until we have put a seal on the foreheads of the servants 149 of our God.” 7:4 Now 150 I heard the number of those who were marked with the seal, 151 one hundred and forty-four thousand, sealed from all 152 the tribes of the people of Israel: 153
7:5 From the tribe of Judah, twelve thousand were sealed,
from the tribe of Reuben, twelve thousand,
from the tribe of Gad, twelve thousand,
7:6 from the tribe of Asher, twelve thousand,
from the tribe of Naphtali, twelve thousand,
from the tribe of Manasseh, twelve thousand,
7:7 from the tribe of Simeon, twelve thousand,
from the tribe of Levi, twelve thousand,
from the tribe of Issachar, twelve thousand,
7:8 from the tribe of Zebulun, twelve thousand,
from the tribe of Joseph, twelve thousand,
from the tribe of Benjamin, twelve thousand were sealed.
7:9 After these things I looked, and here was 154 an enormous crowd that no one could count, made up of persons from every nation, tribe, 155 people, and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb dressed in long white robes, and with palm branches in their hands. 7:10 They were shouting out in a loud voice,
“Salvation belongs to our God, 156
to the one seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
7:11 And all the angels stood 157 there in a circle around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they threw themselves down with their faces to the ground 158 before the throne and worshiped God, 7:12 saying,
“Amen! Praise and glory,
and wisdom and thanksgiving,
and honor and power and strength
be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!”
7:13 Then 159 one of the elders asked 160 me, “These dressed in long white robes – who are they and where have they come from?” 7:14 So 161 I said to him, “My lord, you know the answer.” 162 Then 163 he said to me, “These are the ones who have come out of the great tribulation. They 164 have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb! 7:15 For this reason they are before the throne of God, and they serve 165 him day and night in his temple, and the one seated on the throne will shelter them. 166 7:16 They will never go hungry or be thirsty again, and the sun will not beat down on them, nor any burning heat, 167 7:17 because the Lamb in the middle of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” 168
The Seventh Seal
8:1 Now 169 when the Lamb 170 opened the seventh seal there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 8:2 Then 171 I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. 8:3 Another 172 angel holding 173 a golden censer 174 came and was stationed 175 at the altar. A 176 large amount of incense was given to him to offer up, with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar that is before the throne. 8:4 The 177 smoke coming from the incense, 178 along with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand. 8:5 Then 179 the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it on the earth, and there were crashes of thunder, roaring, 180 flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.
8:7 The 183 first angel blew his trumpet, and there was hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was thrown at the earth so that 184 a third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.
8:8 Then 185 the second angel blew his trumpet, and something like a great mountain of burning fire was thrown into the sea. A 186 third of the sea became blood, 8:9 and a third of the creatures 187 living in the sea died, and a third of the ships were completely destroyed. 188
8:10 Then 189 the third angel blew his trumpet, and a huge star burning like a torch fell from the sky; 190 it landed 191 on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. 8:11 (Now 192 the name of the star is 193 Wormwood.) 194 So 195 a third of the waters became wormwood, 196 and many people died from these waters because they were poisoned. 197
8:12 Then 198 the fourth angel blew his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, and a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened. And there was no light for a third of the day 199 and for a third of the night likewise. 8:13 Then 200 I looked, and I heard an 201 eagle 202 flying directly overhead, 203 proclaiming with a loud voice, “Woe! Woe! Woe to those who live on the earth because of the remaining sounds of the trumpets of the three angels who are about to blow them!” 204
9:1 Then 205 the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky 206 to the earth, and he was given the key to the shaft of the abyss. 207 9:2 He 208 opened the shaft of the abyss and smoke rose out of it 209 like smoke from a giant furnace. The 210 sun and the air were darkened with smoke from the shaft. 9:3 Then 211 out of the smoke came locusts onto the earth, and they were given power 212 like that of the scorpions of the earth. 9:4 They 213 were told 214 not to damage the grass of the earth, or any green plant or tree, but only those people 215 who did not have the seal of God on their 216 forehead. 9:5 The locusts 217 were not given permission 218 to kill 219 them, but only to torture 220 them 221 for five months, and their torture was like that 222 of a scorpion when it stings a person. 223 9:6 In 224 those days people 225 will seek death, but 226 will not be able to 227 find it; they will long to die, but death will flee from them.
9:7 Now 228 the locusts looked like horses equipped for battle. On 229 their heads were something like crowns similar to gold, 230 and their faces looked like men’s 231 faces. 9:8 They 232 had hair like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. 9:9 They had breastplates 233 like iron breastplates, and the sound of their wings was like the noise of many horse-drawn chariots charging into battle. 9:10 They have 234 tails and stingers like scorpions, and their ability 235 to injure people for five months is in their tails. 9:11 They have as king over them the angel of the abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon. 236
9:12 The first woe has passed, but 237 two woes are still coming after these things!
9:13 Then 238 the sixth angel blew his trumpet, and I heard a single voice coming from the 239 horns on the golden altar that is before God, 9:14 saying to the sixth angel, the one holding 240 the trumpet, “Set free 241 the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates!” 9:15 Then 242 the four angels who had been prepared for this 243 hour, day, 244 month, and year were set free to kill 245 a third of humanity. 9:16 The 246 number of soldiers on horseback was two hundred million; 247 I heard their number. 9:17 Now 248 this is what the horses and their riders 249 looked like in my 250 vision: The riders had breastplates that were fiery red, 251 dark blue, 252 and sulfurous 253 yellow in color. 254 The 255 heads of the horses looked like lions’ heads, and fire, smoke, and sulfur 256 came out of their mouths. 9:18 A third of humanity was killed by these three plagues, that is, 257 by the fire, the smoke, and the sulfur that came out of their mouths. 9:19 For the power 258 of the horses resides 259 in their mouths and in their tails, because their tails are like snakes, having heads that inflict injuries. 9:20 The rest of humanity, who had not been killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, so that they did not stop worshiping demons and idols made 260 of gold, silver, 261 bronze, stone, and wood – idols that cannot see or hear or walk about. 9:21 Furthermore, 262 they did not repent of their murders, of their magic spells, 263 of their sexual immorality, or of their stealing.
The Angel with the Little Scroll
10:1 Then 264 I saw another powerful angel descending from heaven, wrapped 265 in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun and his legs were like pillars of fire. 266 10:2 He held 267 in his hand a little scroll that was open, and he put his right foot on the sea and his left on the land. 10:3 Then 268 he shouted in a loud voice like a lion roaring, and when he shouted, the seven thunders sounded their voices. 10:4 When the seven thunders spoke, I was preparing to write, but 269 just then 270 I heard a voice from heaven say, “Seal up what the seven thunders spoke and do not write it down.” 10:5 Then 271 the angel I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven 10:6 and swore by the one who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and what is in it, and the earth and what is in it, and the sea and what is in it, “There will be no more delay! 272 10:7 But in the days 273 when the seventh angel is about to blow his trumpet, the mystery of God is completed, 274 just as he has 275 proclaimed to his servants 276 the prophets.” 10:8 Then 277 the voice I had heard from heaven began to speak 278 to me 279 again, 280 “Go and take the open 281 scroll in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.” 10:9 So 282 I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He 283 said to me, “Take the scroll 284 and eat it. It 285 will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth.” 10:10 So 286 I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it, and it did taste 287 as sweet as honey in my mouth, but 288 when I had eaten it, my stomach became bitter. 10:11 Then 289 they 290 told me: “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, 291 languages, and kings.”
The Fate of the Two Witnesses
11:1 Then 292 a measuring rod 293 like a staff was given to me, and I was told, 294 “Get up and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and the ones who worship there. 11:2 But 295 do not measure the outer courtyard 296 of the temple; leave it out, 297 because it has been given to the Gentiles, 298 and they will trample on the holy city 299 for forty-two months. 11:3 And I will grant my two witnesses authority 300 to prophesy for 1,260 days, dressed in sackcloth. 11:4 (These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth.) 301 11:5 If 302 anyone wants to harm them, fire comes out of their mouths 303 and completely consumes 304 their enemies. If 305 anyone wants to harm them, they must be killed this way. 11:6 These two have the power 306 to close up the sky so that it does not rain during the time 307 they are prophesying. They 308 have power 309 to turn the waters to blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague whenever they want. 11:7 When 310 they have completed their testimony, the beast that comes up from the abyss will make war on them and conquer 311 them and kill them. 11:8 Their 312 corpses will lie in the street 313 of the great city that is symbolically 314 called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was also crucified. 11:9 For three and a half days those from every 315 people, tribe, 316 nation, and language will look at their corpses, because they will not permit them to be placed in a tomb. 317 11:10 And those who live on the earth will rejoice over them and celebrate, even sending gifts to each other, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth. 11:11 But 318 after three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and tremendous fear seized 319 those who were watching them. 11:12 Then 320 they 321 heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them: “Come up here!” So the two prophets 322 went up to heaven in a cloud while 323 their enemies stared at them. 11:13 Just then 324 a major earthquake took place and a tenth of the city collapsed; seven thousand people 325 were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.
11:14 The second woe has come and gone; 326 the third is coming quickly.
The Seventh Trumpet
11:15 Then 327 the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven saying:
“The kingdom of the world
has become the kingdom of our Lord
and of his Christ, 328
and he will reign for ever and ever.”
“We give you thanks, Lord God, the All-Powerful, 332
the one who is and who was,
because you have taken your great power
and begun to reign. 333
but 336 your wrath has come,
and the time has come for the dead to be judged,
and the time has come to give to your servants, 337
the prophets, their reward,
as well as to the saints
and to those who revere 338 your name, both small and great,
11:19 Then 341 the temple of God in heaven was opened and the ark of his covenant was visible within his temple. And there were flashes of lightning, roaring, 342 crashes of thunder, an earthquake, and a great hailstorm. 343
The Woman, the Child, and the Dragon
12:1 Then 344 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. 345 12:2 She 346 was pregnant and was screaming in labor pains, struggling 347 to give birth. 12:3 Then 348 another sign appeared in heaven: a huge red dragon that had seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadem crowns. 349 12:4 Now 350 the dragon’s 351 tail swept away a third of the stars in heaven and hurled them to the earth. Then 352 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 353 the woman gave birth to a son, a male child, 354 who is going to rule 355 over all the nations 356 with an iron rod. 357 Her 358 child was suddenly caught up to God and to his throne, 12:6 and she 359 fled into the wilderness 360 where a place had been prepared for her 361 by God, so she could be taken care of 362 for 1,260 days.
War in Heaven
12:7 Then 363 war broke out in heaven: Michael 364 and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 12:8 But 365 the dragon was not strong enough to prevail, 366 so there was no longer any place left 367 in heaven for him and his angels. 368 12:9 So 369 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 370 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, 373
the one who accuses them day and night 374 before our God,
has been thrown down.
12:11 But 375 they overcame him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony,
and they did not love their lives 376 so much that they were afraid to die.
12:12 Therefore you heavens rejoice, and all who reside in them!
But 377 woe to the earth and the sea
because the devil has come down to you!
He 378 is filled with terrible anger,
for he knows that he only has a little time!”
12:13 Now 379 when the dragon realized 380 that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. 12:14 But 381 the woman was given the two wings of a giant eagle so that she could fly out into the wilderness, 382 to the place God 383 prepared for her, where she is taken care of – away from the presence of the serpent – for a time, times, and half a time. 384 12:15 Then 385 the serpent spouted water like a river out of his mouth after the woman in an attempt to 386 sweep her away by a flood, 12:16 but 387 the earth came to her rescue; 388 the ground opened up 389 and swallowed the river that the dragon had spewed from his mouth. 12:17 So 390 the dragon became enraged at the woman and went away to make war on the rest of her children, 391 those who keep 392 God’s commandments and hold to 393 the testimony about Jesus. 394 And the dragon 395 stood 396 on the sand 397 of the seashore. 398
The Two Beasts
13:1 Then 399 I saw a beast coming up out of the sea. It 400 had ten horns and seven heads, and on its horns were ten diadem crowns, 401 and on its heads a blasphemous name. 402 13:2 Now 403 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 404 dragon gave the beast 405 his power, his throne, and great authority to rule. 406 13:3 One of the beast’s 407 heads appeared to have been killed, 408 but the lethal wound had been healed. 409 And the whole world followed 410 the beast in amazement; 13:4 they worshiped the dragon because he had given ruling authority 411 to the beast, and they worshiped the beast too, saying: “Who is like the beast?” and “Who is able to make war against him?” 412 13:5 The beast 413 was given a mouth speaking proud words 414 and blasphemies, and he was permitted 415 to exercise ruling authority 416 for forty-two months. 13:6 So 417 the beast 418 opened his mouth to blaspheme against God – to blaspheme both his name and his dwelling place, 419 that is, those who dwell in heaven. 13:7 The beast 420 was permitted to go to war against the saints and conquer them. 421 He was given ruling authority 422 over every tribe, people, 423 language, and nation, 13:8 and all those who live on the earth will worship the beast, 424 everyone whose name has not been written since the foundation of the world 425 in the book of life belonging to the Lamb who was killed. 426 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, 427
then by the sword he must be killed.
13:11 Then 430 I saw another beast 431 coming up from the earth. He 432 had two horns like a lamb, 433 but 434 was speaking like a dragon. 13:12 He 435 exercised all the ruling authority 436 of the first beast on his behalf, 437 and made the earth and those who inhabit it worship the first beast, the one whose lethal wound had been healed. 13:13 He 438 performed momentous signs, even making fire come down from heaven in front of people 439 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 440 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 441 was empowered 442 to give life 443 to the image of the first beast 444 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 445 everyone (small and great, rich and poor, free and slave 446 ) to obtain a mark on their right hand or on their forehead. 13:17 Thus no one was allowed to buy 447 or sell things 448 unless he bore 449 the mark of the beast – that is, his name or his number. 450 13:18 This calls for wisdom: 451 Let the one who has insight calculate the beast’s number, for it is man’s number, 452 and his number is 666. 453
An Interlude: The Song of the 144,000
14:1 Then 454 I looked, and here was 455 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 456 coming out of heaven like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder. Now 457 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 458 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 459 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; 460 they 461 are blameless.
Three Angels and Three Messages
14:6 Then 462 I saw another 463 angel flying directly overhead, 464 and he had 465 an eternal gospel to proclaim 466 to those who live 467 on the earth – to every nation, tribe, 468 language, and people. 14:7 He declared 469 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 478 third angel 479 followed the first two, 480 declaring 481 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 482 will also drink of the wine of God’s anger 483 that has been mixed undiluted in the cup of his wrath, and he will be tortured with fire and sulfur 484 in front of the holy angels and in front of the Lamb. 14:11 And the smoke from their 485 torture will go up 486 forever and ever, and those who worship the beast and his image will have 487 no rest day or night, along with 488 anyone who receives the mark of his name.” 14:12 This requires 489 the steadfast endurance 490 of the saints – those who obey 491 God’s commandments and hold to 492 their faith in Jesus. 493
14:13 Then 494 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 497 I looked, and a white cloud appeared, 498 and seated on the cloud was one like a son of man! 499 He had 500 a golden crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. 14:15 Then 501 another angel came out of the temple, shouting in a loud voice to the one seated on the cloud, “Use 502 your sickle and start to reap, 503 because the time to reap has come, since the earth’s harvest is ripe!” 14:16 So 504 the one seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped.
14:17 Then 505 another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. 14:18 Another 506 angel, who was in charge of 507 the fire, came from the altar and called in a loud voice to the angel 508 who had the sharp sickle, “Use 509 your sharp sickle and gather 510 the clusters of grapes 511 off the vine of the earth, 512 because its grapes 513 are now ripe.” 514 14:19 So 515 the angel swung his sickle over the earth and gathered the grapes from the vineyard 516 of the earth and tossed them into the great 517 winepress of the wrath of God. 14:20 Then 518 the winepress was stomped 519 outside the city, and blood poured out of the winepress up to the height of horses’ bridles 520 for a distance of almost two hundred miles. 521
The Final Plagues
15:2 Then 524 I saw something like a sea of glass 525 mixed with fire, and those who had conquered 526 the beast and his image and the number of his name. They were standing 527 by 528 the sea of glass, holding harps given to them by God. 529 15:3 They 530 sang the song of Moses the servant 531 of God and the song of the Lamb: 532
“Great and astounding are your deeds,
Lord God, the All-Powerful! 533
Just 534 and true are your ways,
King over the nations! 535
15:4 Who will not fear you, O Lord,
All nations 538 will come and worship before you
for your righteous acts 539 have been revealed.”
15:5 After 540 these things I looked, and the temple (the tent 541 of the testimony) 542 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 543 around their chests. 15:7 Then 544 one of the four living creatures gave the seven angels seven golden bowls filled with the wrath 545 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 546 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 547 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.” 548 16:2 So 549 the first angel 550 went and poured out his bowl on the earth. Then 551 ugly and painful sores 552 appeared on the people 553 who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image.
“You are just 559 – the one who is and who was,
the Holy One – because you have passed these judgments, 560
16:6 because they poured out the blood of your saints and prophets,
16:8 Then 566 the fourth angel 567 poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was permitted to scorch people 568 with fire. 16:9 Thus 569 people 570 were scorched by the terrible heat, 571 yet 572 they blasphemed the name of God, who has ruling authority 573 over these plagues, and they would not repent and give him glory.
16:10 Then 574 the fifth angel 575 poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast so that 576 darkness covered his kingdom, 577 and people 578 began to bite 579 their tongues because 580 of their pain. 16:11 They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their sufferings 581 and because of their sores, 582 but nevertheless 583 they still refused to repent 584 of their deeds.
16:12 Then 585 the sixth angel 586 poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates and dried up its water 587 to prepare the way 588 for the kings from the east. 589 16:13 Then 590 I saw three unclean spirits 591 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 592 to bring them together for the battle that will take place on the great day of God, the All-Powerful. 593
16:15 (Look! I will come like a thief!
16:17 Finally 601 the seventh angel 602 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 603 there were flashes of lightning, roaring, 604 and crashes of thunder, and there was a tremendous earthquake – an earthquake unequaled since humanity 605 has been on the earth, so tremendous was that earthquake. 16:19 The 606 great city was split into three parts and the cities of the nations 607 collapsed. 608 So 609 Babylon the great was remembered before God, and was given the cup 610 filled with the wine made of God’s furious wrath. 611 16:20 Every 612 island fled away 613 and no mountains could be found. 614 16:21 And gigantic hailstones, weighing about a hundred pounds 615 each, fell from heaven 616 on people, 617 but they 618 blasphemed God because of the plague of hail, since it 619 was so horrendous. 620
The Great Prostitute and the Beast
17:1 Then 621 one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke to me. 622 “Come,” he said, “I will show you the condemnation and punishment 623 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.” 624 17:3 So 625 he carried me away in the Spirit 626 to a wilderness, 627 and there 628 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 629 the woman was dressed in purple and scarlet clothing, 630 and adorned with gold, 631 precious stones, and pearls. She held 632 in her hand a golden cup filled with detestable things and unclean things from her sexual immorality. 633 17:5 On 634 her forehead was written a name, a mystery: 635 “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. 636 I 637 was greatly astounded 638 when I saw her. 17:7 But 639 the angel said to me, “Why are you astounded? I will interpret 640 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 641 and then go to destruction. The 642 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 643 the beast was, and is not, but is to come. 17:9 (This requires 644 a mind that has wisdom.) The seven heads are seven mountains 645 the woman sits on. They are also seven kings: 17:10 five have fallen; one is, 646 and the other has not yet come, but whenever he does come, he must remain for only a brief time. 17:11 The 647 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 648 ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but will receive ruling authority 649 as kings with the beast for one hour. 17:13 These kings 650 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 651 the Lamb are the called, chosen, and faithful.”
17:15 Then 652 the angel 653 said to me, “The waters you saw (where the prostitute is seated) are peoples, multitudes, 654 nations, and languages. 17:16 The 655 ten horns that you saw, and the beast – these will hate the prostitute and make her desolate and naked. They 656 will consume her flesh and burn her up with fire. 657 17:17 For God has put into their minds 658 to carry out his purpose 659 by making 660 a decision 661 to give their royal power 662 to the beast until the words of God are fulfilled. 663 17:18 As for 664 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 667 has become a lair for demons,
a haunt 668 for every unclean spirit,
a haunt for every unclean bird,
a haunt for every unclean and detested beast. 669
the wine of her immoral passion, 672
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.” 673
18:4 Then 674 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 675 up all the way to heaven 676 and God has remembered 677 her crimes. 678 18:6 Repay her the same way she repaid others; 679 pay her back double 680 corresponding to her deeds. In the cup she mixed, mix double the amount for her. 18:7 As much as 681 she exalted herself and lived in sensual luxury, 682 to this extent give her torment and grief because she said to herself, 683 ‘I rule as queen and am no widow; I will never experience grief!’ 18:8 For this reason, she will experience her plagues 684 in a single day: disease, 685 mourning, 686 and famine, and she will be burned down 687 with fire, because the Lord God who judges her is powerful!”
18:9 Then 688 the kings of the earth who committed immoral acts with her and lived in sensual luxury 689 with her will weep and wail for her when they see the smoke from the fire that burns her up. 690 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 691 has come!”
18:11 Then 692 the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn for her because no one buys their cargo 693 any longer – 18:12 cargo such as gold, silver, 694 precious stones, pearls, fine linen, purple cloth, silk, 695 scarlet cloth, 696 all sorts of things made of citron wood, 697 all sorts of objects made of ivory, all sorts of things made of expensive wood, bronze, iron and marble, 18:13 cinnamon, spice, 698 incense, perfumed ointment, 699 frankincense, 700 wine, olive oil and costly flour, 701 wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and four-wheeled carriages, 702 slaves and human lives. 703
has gone from you,
have gone from you –
they will never ever be found again!) 708
“Woe, woe, O great city –
dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet clothing, 711
and adorned with gold, 712 precious stones, and pearls –
18:17 because in a single hour such great wealth has been destroyed!” 713
And every ship’s captain, 714 and all who sail along the coast 715 – seamen, and all who 716 make their living from the sea, stood a long way off 18:18 and began to shout 717 when they saw the smoke from the fire that burned her up, 718 “Who is like the great city?” 18:19 And they threw dust on their heads and were shouting with weeping and mourning, 719
“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!” 720
18:20 (Rejoice over her, O heaven,
and you saints and apostles and prophets,
18:21 Then 723 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 724
Babylon the great city will be thrown down 725
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 726 again.
will ever be found in you again;
the noise of a mill 729 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 734 of all those who had been killed on the earth.”