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 

and at the cost of your own blood 26  you have purchased 27  for God

persons 28  from every tribe, language, 29  people, and nation.

5:10 You have appointed 30  them 31  as a kingdom and priests 32  to serve 33  our God, and they will reign 34  on the earth.”

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!

5:13 Then 41  I heard every creature – in heaven, on earth, under the earth, in the sea, and all that is in them – singing: 42 

“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.

8:6 Now 149  the seven angels holding 150  the seven trumpets prepared to blow them.

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 lionsheads, 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.”

11:16 Then 297  the twenty-four elders who are seated on their thrones before God threw themselves down with their faces to the ground 298  and worshiped God 11:17 with these words: 299 

“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 

11:18 The 302  nations 303  were enraged,

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,

and the time has come 307  to destroy those who destroy 308  the earth.”

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 

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