Bible: Revelation 5-11
The Opening of the Scroll
5:1 Then 1 I saw in the right hand of the one who was seated on the throne a scroll written on the front and back 2 and sealed with seven seals. 3 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 4 no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or look into it. 5:4 So 5 I began weeping bitterly 6 because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. 5:5 Then 7 one of the elders said 8 to me, “Stop weeping! 9 Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has conquered; 10 thus he can open 11 the scroll and its seven seals.”
5:6 Then 12 I saw standing in the middle of the throne 13 and of the four living creatures, and in the middle of the elders, a Lamb that appeared to have been killed. 14 He had 15 seven horns and seven eyes, which 16 are the seven 17 spirits of God 18 sent out into all the earth. 5:7 Then 19 he came and took the scroll 20 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 21 before the Lamb. Each 22 of them had a harp and golden bowls full of incense (which are the prayers of the saints). 23 5:9 They were singing a new song: 24
“You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals
because you were killed, 25
5:11 Then 35 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 36 number was ten thousand times ten thousand 37 – thousands times thousands – 5:12 all of whom 38 were singing 39 in a loud voice:
“Worthy is the lamb who was killed 40
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 43 forever and ever!”
5:14 And the four living creatures were saying “Amen,” and the elders threw themselves to the ground 44 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, 45 “Come!” 46 6:2 So 47 I looked, 48 and here came 49 a white horse! The 50 one who rode it 51 had a bow, and he was given a crown, 52 and as a conqueror 53 he rode out to conquer.
6:3 Then 54 when the Lamb 55 opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come!” 6:4 And another horse, fiery red, 56 came out, and the one who rode it 57 was granted permission 58 to take peace from the earth, so that people would butcher 59 one another, and he was given a huge sword.
6:5 Then 60 when the Lamb opened the third seal I heard the third living creature saying, “Come!” So 61 I looked, 62 and here came 63 a black horse! The 64 one who rode it 65 had a balance scale 66 in his hand. 6:6 Then 67 I heard something like a voice from among the four living creatures saying, “A quart 68 of wheat will cost a day’s pay 69 and three quarts of barley will cost a day’s pay. But 70 do not damage the olive oil and the wine!”
6:7 Then 71 when the Lamb opened the fourth seal I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come!” 6:8 So 72 I looked 73 and here came 74 a pale green 75 horse! The 76 name of the one who rode it 77 was Death, and Hades followed right behind. 78 They 79 were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill its population with the sword, 80 famine, and disease, 81 and by the wild animals of the earth.
6:9 Now 82 when the Lamb opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been violently killed 83 because of the word of God and because of the testimony they had given. 6:10 They 84 cried out with a loud voice, 85 “How long, 86 Sovereign Master, 87 holy and true, before you judge those who live on the earth and avenge our blood?” 6:11 Each 88 of them was given a long white robe and they were told to rest for a little longer, until the full number was reached 89 of both their fellow servants 90 and their brothers who were going to be killed just as they had been.
6:12 Then 91 I looked when the Lamb opened the sixth seal, and a huge 92 earthquake took place; the sun became as black as sackcloth made of hair, 93 and the full moon became blood red; 94 6:13 and the stars in the sky 95 fell to the earth like a fig tree dropping 96 its unripe figs 97 when shaken by a fierce 98 wind. 6:14 The sky 99 was split apart 100 like a scroll being rolled up, 101 and every mountain and island was moved from its place. 6:15 Then 102 the kings of the earth, the 103 very important people, the generals, 104 the rich, the powerful, and everyone, slave 105 and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains. 6:16 They 106 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, 107 6:17 because the great day of their 108 wrath has come, and who is able to withstand it?” 109
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 110 I saw another angel ascending from the east, 111 who had 112 the seal 113 of the living God. He 114 shouted out with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given permission 115 to damage the earth and the sea: 116 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 117 of our God.” 7:4 Now 118 I heard the number of those who were marked with the seal, 119 one hundred and forty-four thousand, sealed from all 120 the tribes of the people of Israel: 121
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 122 an enormous crowd that no one could count, made up of persons from every nation, tribe, 123 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, 124
to the one seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
7:11 And all the angels stood 125 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 126 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 127 one of the elders asked 128 me, “These dressed in long white robes – who are they and where have they come from?” 7:14 So 129 I said to him, “My lord, you know the answer.” 130 Then 131 he said to me, “These are the ones who have come out of the great tribulation. They 132 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 133 him day and night in his temple, and the one seated on the throne will shelter them. 134 7:16 They will never go hungry or be thirsty again, and the sun will not beat down on them, nor any burning heat, 135 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.” 136
The Seventh Seal
8:1 Now 137 when the Lamb 138 opened the seventh seal there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 8:2 Then 139 I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. 8:3 Another 140 angel holding 141 a golden censer 142 came and was stationed 143 at the altar. A 144 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 145 smoke coming from the incense, 146 along with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand. 8:5 Then 147 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, 148 flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.
8:7 The 151 first angel blew his trumpet, and there was hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was thrown at the earth so that 152 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 153 the second angel blew his trumpet, and something like a great mountain of burning fire was thrown into the sea. A 154 third of the sea became blood, 8:9 and a third of the creatures 155 living in the sea died, and a third of the ships were completely destroyed. 156
8:10 Then 157 the third angel blew his trumpet, and a huge star burning like a torch fell from the sky; 158 it landed 159 on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. 8:11 (Now 160 the name of the star is 161 Wormwood.) 162 So 163 a third of the waters became wormwood, 164 and many people died from these waters because they were poisoned. 165
8:12 Then 166 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 167 and for a third of the night likewise. 8:13 Then 168 I looked, and I heard an 169 eagle 170 flying directly overhead, 171 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!” 172
9:1 Then 173 the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky 174 to the earth, and he was given the key to the shaft of the abyss. 175 9:2 He 176 opened the shaft of the abyss and smoke rose out of it 177 like smoke from a giant furnace. The 178 sun and the air were darkened with smoke from the shaft. 9:3 Then 179 out of the smoke came locusts onto the earth, and they were given power 180 like that of the scorpions of the earth. 9:4 They 181 were told 182 not to damage the grass of the earth, or any green plant or tree, but only those people 183 who did not have the seal of God on their 184 forehead. 9:5 The locusts 185 were not given permission 186 to kill 187 them, but only to torture 188 them 189 for five months, and their torture was like that 190 of a scorpion when it stings a person. 191 9:6 In 192 those days people 193 will seek death, but 194 will not be able to 195 find it; they will long to die, but death will flee from them.
9:7 Now 196 the locusts looked like horses equipped for battle. On 197 their heads were something like crowns similar to gold, 198 and their faces looked like men’s 199 faces. 9:8 They 200 had hair like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. 9:9 They had breastplates 201 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 202 tails and stingers like scorpions, and their ability 203 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. 204
9:12 The first woe has passed, but 205 two woes are still coming after these things!
9:13 Then 206 the sixth angel blew his trumpet, and I heard a single voice coming from the 207 horns on the golden altar that is before God, 9:14 saying to the sixth angel, the one holding 208 the trumpet, “Set free 209 the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates!” 9:15 Then 210 the four angels who had been prepared for this 211 hour, day, 212 month, and year were set free to kill 213 a third of humanity. 9:16 The 214 number of soldiers on horseback was two hundred million; 215 I heard their number. 9:17 Now 216 this is what the horses and their riders 217 looked like in my 218 vision: The riders had breastplates that were fiery red, 219 dark blue, 220 and sulfurous 221 yellow in color. 222 The 223 heads of the horses looked like lions’ heads, and fire, smoke, and sulfur 224 came out of their mouths. 9:18 A third of humanity was killed by these three plagues, that is, 225 by the fire, the smoke, and the sulfur that came out of their mouths. 9:19 For the power 226 of the horses resides 227 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 228 of gold, silver, 229 bronze, stone, and wood – idols that cannot see or hear or walk about. 9:21 Furthermore, 230 they did not repent of their murders, of their magic spells, 231 of their sexual immorality, or of their stealing.
The Angel with the Little Scroll
10:1 Then 232 I saw another powerful angel descending from heaven, wrapped 233 in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun and his legs were like pillars of fire. 234 10:2 He held 235 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 236 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 237 just then 238 I heard a voice from heaven say, “Seal up what the seven thunders spoke and do not write it down.” 10:5 Then 239 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! 240 10:7 But in the days 241 when the seventh angel is about to blow his trumpet, the mystery of God is completed, 242 just as he has 243 proclaimed to his servants 244 the prophets.” 10:8 Then 245 the voice I had heard from heaven began to speak 246 to me 247 again, 248 “Go and take the open 249 scroll in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.” 10:9 So 250 I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He 251 said to me, “Take the scroll 252 and eat it. It 253 will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth.” 10:10 So 254 I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it, and it did taste 255 as sweet as honey in my mouth, but 256 when I had eaten it, my stomach became bitter. 10:11 Then 257 they 258 told me: “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, 259 languages, and kings.”
The Fate of the Two Witnesses
11:1 Then 260 a measuring rod 261 like a staff was given to me, and I was told, 262 “Get up and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and the ones who worship there. 11:2 But 263 do not measure the outer courtyard 264 of the temple; leave it out, 265 because it has been given to the Gentiles, 266 and they will trample on the holy city 267 for forty-two months. 11:3 And I will grant my two witnesses authority 268 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.) 269 11:5 If 270 anyone wants to harm them, fire comes out of their mouths 271 and completely consumes 272 their enemies. If 273 anyone wants to harm them, they must be killed this way. 11:6 These two have the power 274 to close up the sky so that it does not rain during the time 275 they are prophesying. They 276 have power 277 to turn the waters to blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague whenever they want. 11:7 When 278 they have completed their testimony, the beast that comes up from the abyss will make war on them and conquer 279 them and kill them. 11:8 Their 280 corpses will lie in the street 281 of the great city that is symbolically 282 called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was also crucified. 11:9 For three and a half days those from every 283 people, tribe, 284 nation, and language will look at their corpses, because they will not permit them to be placed in a tomb. 285 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 286 after three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and tremendous fear seized 287 those who were watching them. 11:12 Then 288 they 289 heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them: “Come up here!” So the two prophets 290 went up to heaven in a cloud while 291 their enemies stared at them. 11:13 Just then 292 a major earthquake took place and a tenth of the city collapsed; seven thousand people 293 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; 294 the third is coming quickly.
The Seventh Trumpet
11:15 Then 295 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, 296
and he will reign for ever and ever.”
“We give you thanks, Lord God, the All-Powerful, 300
the one who is and who was,
because you have taken your great power
and begun to reign. 301
but 304 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, 305
the prophets, their reward,
as well as to the saints
and to those who revere 306 your name, both small and great,
11:19 Then 309 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, 310 crashes of thunder, an earthquake, and a great hailstorm. 311