Bible: Revelation 6-18
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, 1 “Come!” 2 6:2 So 3 I looked, 4 and here came 5 a white horse! The 6 one who rode it 7 had a bow, and he was given a crown, 8 and as a conqueror 9 he rode out to conquer.
6:3 Then 10 when the Lamb 11 opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come!” 6:4 And another horse, fiery red, 12 came out, and the one who rode it 13 was granted permission 14 to take peace from the earth, so that people would butcher 15 one another, and he was given a huge sword.
6:5 Then 16 when the Lamb opened the third seal I heard the third living creature saying, “Come!” So 17 I looked, 18 and here came 19 a black horse! The 20 one who rode it 21 had a balance scale 22 in his hand. 6:6 Then 23 I heard something like a voice from among the four living creatures saying, “A quart 24 of wheat will cost a day’s pay 25 and three quarts of barley will cost a day’s pay. But 26 do not damage the olive oil and the wine!”
6:7 Then 27 when the Lamb opened the fourth seal I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come!” 6:8 So 28 I looked 29 and here came 30 a pale green 31 horse! The 32 name of the one who rode it 33 was Death, and Hades followed right behind. 34 They 35 were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill its population with the sword, 36 famine, and disease, 37 and by the wild animals of the earth.
6:9 Now 38 when the Lamb opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been violently killed 39 because of the word of God and because of the testimony they had given. 6:10 They 40 cried out with a loud voice, 41 “How long, 42 Sovereign Master, 43 holy and true, before you judge those who live on the earth and avenge our blood?” 6:11 Each 44 of them was given a long white robe and they were told to rest for a little longer, until the full number was reached 45 of both their fellow servants 46 and their brothers who were going to be killed just as they had been.
6:12 Then 47 I looked when the Lamb opened the sixth seal, and a huge 48 earthquake took place; the sun became as black as sackcloth made of hair, 49 and the full moon became blood red; 50 6:13 and the stars in the sky 51 fell to the earth like a fig tree dropping 52 its unripe figs 53 when shaken by a fierce 54 wind. 6:14 The sky 55 was split apart 56 like a scroll being rolled up, 57 and every mountain and island was moved from its place. 6:15 Then 58 the kings of the earth, the 59 very important people, the generals, 60 the rich, the powerful, and everyone, slave 61 and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains. 6:16 They 62 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, 63 6:17 because the great day of their 64 wrath has come, and who is able to withstand it?” 65
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 66 I saw another angel ascending from the east, 67 who had 68 the seal 69 of the living God. He 70 shouted out with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given permission 71 to damage the earth and the sea: 72 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 73 of our God.” 7:4 Now 74 I heard the number of those who were marked with the seal, 75 one hundred and forty-four thousand, sealed from all 76 the tribes of the people of Israel: 77
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 78 an enormous crowd that no one could count, made up of persons from every nation, tribe, 79 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, 80
to the one seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
7:11 And all the angels stood 81 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 82 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 83 one of the elders asked 84 me, “These dressed in long white robes – who are they and where have they come from?” 7:14 So 85 I said to him, “My lord, you know the answer.” 86 Then 87 he said to me, “These are the ones who have come out of the great tribulation. They 88 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 89 him day and night in his temple, and the one seated on the throne will shelter them. 90 7:16 They will never go hungry or be thirsty again, and the sun will not beat down on them, nor any burning heat, 91 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.” 92
The Seventh Seal
8:1 Now 93 when the Lamb 94 opened the seventh seal there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 8:2 Then 95 I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. 8:3 Another 96 angel holding 97 a golden censer 98 came and was stationed 99 at the altar. A 100 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 101 smoke coming from the incense, 102 along with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand. 8:5 Then 103 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, 104 flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.
8:7 The 107 first angel blew his trumpet, and there was hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was thrown at the earth so that 108 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 109 the second angel blew his trumpet, and something like a great mountain of burning fire was thrown into the sea. A 110 third of the sea became blood, 8:9 and a third of the creatures 111 living in the sea died, and a third of the ships were completely destroyed. 112
8:10 Then 113 the third angel blew his trumpet, and a huge star burning like a torch fell from the sky; 114 it landed 115 on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. 8:11 (Now 116 the name of the star is 117 Wormwood.) 118 So 119 a third of the waters became wormwood, 120 and many people died from these waters because they were poisoned. 121
8:12 Then 122 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 123 and for a third of the night likewise. 8:13 Then 124 I looked, and I heard an 125 eagle 126 flying directly overhead, 127 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!” 128
9:1 Then 129 the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky 130 to the earth, and he was given the key to the shaft of the abyss. 131 9:2 He 132 opened the shaft of the abyss and smoke rose out of it 133 like smoke from a giant furnace. The 134 sun and the air were darkened with smoke from the shaft. 9:3 Then 135 out of the smoke came locusts onto the earth, and they were given power 136 like that of the scorpions of the earth. 9:4 They 137 were told 138 not to damage the grass of the earth, or any green plant or tree, but only those people 139 who did not have the seal of God on their 140 forehead. 9:5 The locusts 141 were not given permission 142 to kill 143 them, but only to torture 144 them 145 for five months, and their torture was like that 146 of a scorpion when it stings a person. 147 9:6 In 148 those days people 149 will seek death, but 150 will not be able to 151 find it; they will long to die, but death will flee from them.
9:7 Now 152 the locusts looked like horses equipped for battle. On 153 their heads were something like crowns similar to gold, 154 and their faces looked like men’s 155 faces. 9:8 They 156 had hair like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. 9:9 They had breastplates 157 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 158 tails and stingers like scorpions, and their ability 159 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. 160
9:12 The first woe has passed, but 161 two woes are still coming after these things!
9:13 Then 162 the sixth angel blew his trumpet, and I heard a single voice coming from the 163 horns on the golden altar that is before God, 9:14 saying to the sixth angel, the one holding 164 the trumpet, “Set free 165 the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates!” 9:15 Then 166 the four angels who had been prepared for this 167 hour, day, 168 month, and year were set free to kill 169 a third of humanity. 9:16 The 170 number of soldiers on horseback was two hundred million; 171 I heard their number. 9:17 Now 172 this is what the horses and their riders 173 looked like in my 174 vision: The riders had breastplates that were fiery red, 175 dark blue, 176 and sulfurous 177 yellow in color. 178 The 179 heads of the horses looked like lions’ heads, and fire, smoke, and sulfur 180 came out of their mouths. 9:18 A third of humanity was killed by these three plagues, that is, 181 by the fire, the smoke, and the sulfur that came out of their mouths. 9:19 For the power 182 of the horses resides 183 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 184 of gold, silver, 185 bronze, stone, and wood – idols that cannot see or hear or walk about. 9:21 Furthermore, 186 they did not repent of their murders, of their magic spells, 187 of their sexual immorality, or of their stealing.
The Angel with the Little Scroll
10:1 Then 188 I saw another powerful angel descending from heaven, wrapped 189 in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun and his legs were like pillars of fire. 190 10:2 He held 191 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 192 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 193 just then 194 I heard a voice from heaven say, “Seal up what the seven thunders spoke and do not write it down.” 10:5 Then 195 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! 196 10:7 But in the days 197 when the seventh angel is about to blow his trumpet, the mystery of God is completed, 198 just as he has 199 proclaimed to his servants 200 the prophets.” 10:8 Then 201 the voice I had heard from heaven began to speak 202 to me 203 again, 204 “Go and take the open 205 scroll in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.” 10:9 So 206 I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He 207 said to me, “Take the scroll 208 and eat it. It 209 will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth.” 10:10 So 210 I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it, and it did taste 211 as sweet as honey in my mouth, but 212 when I had eaten it, my stomach became bitter. 10:11 Then 213 they 214 told me: “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, 215 languages, and kings.”
The Fate of the Two Witnesses
11:1 Then 216 a measuring rod 217 like a staff was given to me, and I was told, 218 “Get up and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and the ones who worship there. 11:2 But 219 do not measure the outer courtyard 220 of the temple; leave it out, 221 because it has been given to the Gentiles, 222 and they will trample on the holy city 223 for forty-two months. 11:3 And I will grant my two witnesses authority 224 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.) 225 11:5 If 226 anyone wants to harm them, fire comes out of their mouths 227 and completely consumes 228 their enemies. If 229 anyone wants to harm them, they must be killed this way. 11:6 These two have the power 230 to close up the sky so that it does not rain during the time 231 they are prophesying. They 232 have power 233 to turn the waters to blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague whenever they want. 11:7 When 234 they have completed their testimony, the beast that comes up from the abyss will make war on them and conquer 235 them and kill them. 11:8 Their 236 corpses will lie in the street 237 of the great city that is symbolically 238 called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was also crucified. 11:9 For three and a half days those from every 239 people, tribe, 240 nation, and language will look at their corpses, because they will not permit them to be placed in a tomb. 241 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 242 after three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and tremendous fear seized 243 those who were watching them. 11:12 Then 244 they 245 heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them: “Come up here!” So the two prophets 246 went up to heaven in a cloud while 247 their enemies stared at them. 11:13 Just then 248 a major earthquake took place and a tenth of the city collapsed; seven thousand people 249 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; 250 the third is coming quickly.
The Seventh Trumpet
11:15 Then 251 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, 252
and he will reign for ever and ever.”
“We give you thanks, Lord God, the All-Powerful, 256
the one who is and who was,
because you have taken your great power
and begun to reign. 257
but 260 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, 261
the prophets, their reward,
as well as to the saints
and to those who revere 262 your name, both small and great,
11:19 Then 265 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, 266 crashes of thunder, an earthquake, and a great hailstorm. 267
The Woman, the Child, and the Dragon
12:1 Then 268 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. 269 12:2 She 270 was pregnant and was screaming in labor pains, struggling 271 to give birth. 12:3 Then 272 another sign appeared in heaven: a huge red dragon that had seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadem crowns. 273 12:4 Now 274 the dragon’s 275 tail swept away a third of the stars in heaven and hurled them to the earth. Then 276 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 277 the woman gave birth to a son, a male child, 278 who is going to rule 279 over all the nations 280 with an iron rod. 281 Her 282 child was suddenly caught up to God and to his throne, 12:6 and she 283 fled into the wilderness 284 where a place had been prepared for her 285 by God, so she could be taken care of 286 for 1,260 days.
War in Heaven
12:7 Then 287 war broke out in heaven: Michael 288 and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 12:8 But 289 the dragon was not strong enough to prevail, 290 so there was no longer any place left 291 in heaven for him and his angels. 292 12:9 So 293 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 294 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, 297
the one who accuses them day and night 298 before our God,
has been thrown down.
12:11 But 299 they overcame him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony,
and they did not love their lives 300 so much that they were afraid to die.
12:12 Therefore you heavens rejoice, and all who reside in them!
But 301 woe to the earth and the sea
because the devil has come down to you!
He 302 is filled with terrible anger,
for he knows that he only has a little time!”
12:13 Now 303 when the dragon realized 304 that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. 12:14 But 305 the woman was given the two wings of a giant eagle so that she could fly out into the wilderness, 306 to the place God 307 prepared for her, where she is taken care of – away from the presence of the serpent – for a time, times, and half a time. 308 12:15 Then 309 the serpent spouted water like a river out of his mouth after the woman in an attempt to 310 sweep her away by a flood, 12:16 but 311 the earth came to her rescue; 312 the ground opened up 313 and swallowed the river that the dragon had spewed from his mouth. 12:17 So 314 the dragon became enraged at the woman and went away to make war on the rest of her children, 315 those who keep 316 God’s commandments and hold to 317 the testimony about Jesus. 318 And the dragon 319 stood 320 on the sand 321 of the seashore. 322
The Two Beasts
13:1 Then 323 I saw a beast coming up out of the sea. It 324 had ten horns and seven heads, and on its horns were ten diadem crowns, 325 and on its heads a blasphemous name. 326 13:2 Now 327 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 328 dragon gave the beast 329 his power, his throne, and great authority to rule. 330 13:3 One of the beast’s 331 heads appeared to have been killed, 332 but the lethal wound had been healed. 333 And the whole world followed 334 the beast in amazement; 13:4 they worshiped the dragon because he had given ruling authority 335 to the beast, and they worshiped the beast too, saying: “Who is like the beast?” and “Who is able to make war against him?” 336 13:5 The beast 337 was given a mouth speaking proud words 338 and blasphemies, and he was permitted 339 to exercise ruling authority 340 for forty-two months. 13:6 So 341 the beast 342 opened his mouth to blaspheme against God – to blaspheme both his name and his dwelling place, 343 that is, those who dwell in heaven. 13:7 The beast 344 was permitted to go to war against the saints and conquer them. 345 He was given ruling authority 346 over every tribe, people, 347 language, and nation, 13:8 and all those who live on the earth will worship the beast, 348 everyone whose name has not been written since the foundation of the world 349 in the book of life belonging to the Lamb who was killed. 350 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, 351
then by the sword he must be killed.
13:11 Then 354 I saw another beast 355 coming up from the earth. He 356 had two horns like a lamb, 357 but 358 was speaking like a dragon. 13:12 He 359 exercised all the ruling authority 360 of the first beast on his behalf, 361 and made the earth and those who inhabit it worship the first beast, the one whose lethal wound had been healed. 13:13 He 362 performed momentous signs, even making fire come down from heaven in front of people 363 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 364 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 365 was empowered 366 to give life 367 to the image of the first beast 368 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 369 everyone (small and great, rich and poor, free and slave 370 ) to obtain a mark on their right hand or on their forehead. 13:17 Thus no one was allowed to buy 371 or sell things 372 unless he bore 373 the mark of the beast – that is, his name or his number. 374 13:18 This calls for wisdom: 375 Let the one who has insight calculate the beast’s number, for it is man’s number, 376 and his number is 666. 377
An Interlude: The Song of the 144,000
14:1 Then 378 I looked, and here was 379 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 380 coming out of heaven like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder. Now 381 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 382 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 383 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; 384 they 385 are blameless.
Three Angels and Three Messages
14:6 Then 386 I saw another 387 angel flying directly overhead, 388 and he had 389 an eternal gospel to proclaim 390 to those who live 391 on the earth – to every nation, tribe, 392 language, and people. 14:7 He declared 393 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 402 third angel 403 followed the first two, 404 declaring 405 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 406 will also drink of the wine of God’s anger 407 that has been mixed undiluted in the cup of his wrath, and he will be tortured with fire and sulfur 408 in front of the holy angels and in front of the Lamb. 14:11 And the smoke from their 409 torture will go up 410 forever and ever, and those who worship the beast and his image will have 411 no rest day or night, along with 412 anyone who receives the mark of his name.” 14:12 This requires 413 the steadfast endurance 414 of the saints – those who obey 415 God’s commandments and hold to 416 their faith in Jesus. 417
14:13 Then 418 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 421 I looked, and a white cloud appeared, 422 and seated on the cloud was one like a son of man! 423 He had 424 a golden crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. 14:15 Then 425 another angel came out of the temple, shouting in a loud voice to the one seated on the cloud, “Use 426 your sickle and start to reap, 427 because the time to reap has come, since the earth’s harvest is ripe!” 14:16 So 428 the one seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped.
14:17 Then 429 another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. 14:18 Another 430 angel, who was in charge of 431 the fire, came from the altar and called in a loud voice to the angel 432 who had the sharp sickle, “Use 433 your sharp sickle and gather 434 the clusters of grapes 435 off the vine of the earth, 436 because its grapes 437 are now ripe.” 438 14:19 So 439 the angel swung his sickle over the earth and gathered the grapes from the vineyard 440 of the earth and tossed them into the great 441 winepress of the wrath of God. 14:20 Then 442 the winepress was stomped 443 outside the city, and blood poured out of the winepress up to the height of horses’ bridles 444 for a distance of almost two hundred miles. 445
The Final Plagues
15:2 Then 448 I saw something like a sea of glass 449 mixed with fire, and those who had conquered 450 the beast and his image and the number of his name. They were standing 451 by 452 the sea of glass, holding harps given to them by God. 453 15:3 They 454 sang the song of Moses the servant 455 of God and the song of the Lamb: 456
“Great and astounding are your deeds,
Lord God, the All-Powerful! 457
Just 458 and true are your ways,
King over the nations! 459
15:4 Who will not fear you, O Lord,
All nations 462 will come and worship before you
for your righteous acts 463 have been revealed.”
15:5 After 464 these things I looked, and the temple (the tent 465 of the testimony) 466 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 467 around their chests. 15:7 Then 468 one of the four living creatures gave the seven angels seven golden bowls filled with the wrath 469 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 470 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 471 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.” 472 16:2 So 473 the first angel 474 went and poured out his bowl on the earth. Then 475 ugly and painful sores 476 appeared on the people 477 who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image.
“You are just 483 – the one who is and who was,
the Holy One – because you have passed these judgments, 484
16:6 because they poured out the blood of your saints and prophets,
16:8 Then 490 the fourth angel 491 poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was permitted to scorch people 492 with fire. 16:9 Thus 493 people 494 were scorched by the terrible heat, 495 yet 496 they blasphemed the name of God, who has ruling authority 497 over these plagues, and they would not repent and give him glory.
16:10 Then 498 the fifth angel 499 poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast so that 500 darkness covered his kingdom, 501 and people 502 began to bite 503 their tongues because 504 of their pain. 16:11 They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their sufferings 505 and because of their sores, 506 but nevertheless 507 they still refused to repent 508 of their deeds.
16:12 Then 509 the sixth angel 510 poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates and dried up its water 511 to prepare the way 512 for the kings from the east. 513 16:13 Then 514 I saw three unclean spirits 515 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 516 to bring them together for the battle that will take place on the great day of God, the All-Powerful. 517
16:15 (Look! I will come like a thief!
16:17 Finally 525 the seventh angel 526 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 527 there were flashes of lightning, roaring, 528 and crashes of thunder, and there was a tremendous earthquake – an earthquake unequaled since humanity 529 has been on the earth, so tremendous was that earthquake. 16:19 The 530 great city was split into three parts and the cities of the nations 531 collapsed. 532 So 533 Babylon the great was remembered before God, and was given the cup 534 filled with the wine made of God’s furious wrath. 535 16:20 Every 536 island fled away 537 and no mountains could be found. 538 16:21 And gigantic hailstones, weighing about a hundred pounds 539 each, fell from heaven 540 on people, 541 but they 542 blasphemed God because of the plague of hail, since it 543 was so horrendous. 544
The Great Prostitute and the Beast
17:1 Then 545 one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke to me. 546 “Come,” he said, “I will show you the condemnation and punishment 547 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.” 548 17:3 So 549 he carried me away in the Spirit 550 to a wilderness, 551 and there 552 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 553 the woman was dressed in purple and scarlet clothing, 554 and adorned with gold, 555 precious stones, and pearls. She held 556 in her hand a golden cup filled with detestable things and unclean things from her sexual immorality. 557 17:5 On 558 her forehead was written a name, a mystery: 559 “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. 560 I 561 was greatly astounded 562 when I saw her. 17:7 But 563 the angel said to me, “Why are you astounded? I will interpret 564 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 565 and then go to destruction. The 566 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 567 the beast was, and is not, but is to come. 17:9 (This requires 568 a mind that has wisdom.) The seven heads are seven mountains 569 the woman sits on. They are also seven kings: 17:10 five have fallen; one is, 570 and the other has not yet come, but whenever he does come, he must remain for only a brief time. 17:11 The 571 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 572 ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but will receive ruling authority 573 as kings with the beast for one hour. 17:13 These kings 574 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 575 the Lamb are the called, chosen, and faithful.”
17:15 Then 576 the angel 577 said to me, “The waters you saw (where the prostitute is seated) are peoples, multitudes, 578 nations, and languages. 17:16 The 579 ten horns that you saw, and the beast – these will hate the prostitute and make her desolate and naked. They 580 will consume her flesh and burn her up with fire. 581 17:17 For God has put into their minds 582 to carry out his purpose 583 by making 584 a decision 585 to give their royal power 586 to the beast until the words of God are fulfilled. 587 17:18 As for 588 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 591 has become a lair for demons,
a haunt 592 for every unclean spirit,
a haunt for every unclean bird,
a haunt for every unclean and detested beast. 593
the wine of her immoral passion, 596
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.” 597
18:4 Then 598 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 599 up all the way to heaven 600 and God has remembered 601 her crimes. 602 18:6 Repay her the same way she repaid others; 603 pay her back double 604 corresponding to her deeds. In the cup she mixed, mix double the amount for her. 18:7 As much as 605 she exalted herself and lived in sensual luxury, 606 to this extent give her torment and grief because she said to herself, 607 ‘I rule as queen and am no widow; I will never experience grief!’ 18:8 For this reason, she will experience her plagues 608 in a single day: disease, 609 mourning, 610 and famine, and she will be burned down 611 with fire, because the Lord God who judges her is powerful!”
18:9 Then 612 the kings of the earth who committed immoral acts with her and lived in sensual luxury 613 with her will weep and wail for her when they see the smoke from the fire that burns her up. 614 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 615 has come!”
18:11 Then 616 the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn for her because no one buys their cargo 617 any longer – 18:12 cargo such as gold, silver, 618 precious stones, pearls, fine linen, purple cloth, silk, 619 scarlet cloth, 620 all sorts of things made of citron wood, 621 all sorts of objects made of ivory, all sorts of things made of expensive wood, bronze, iron and marble, 18:13 cinnamon, spice, 622 incense, perfumed ointment, 623 frankincense, 624 wine, olive oil and costly flour, 625 wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and four-wheeled carriages, 626 slaves and human lives. 627
has gone from you,
have gone from you –
they will never ever be found again!) 632
“Woe, woe, O great city –
dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet clothing, 635
and adorned with gold, 636 precious stones, and pearls –
18:17 because in a single hour such great wealth has been destroyed!” 637
And every ship’s captain, 638 and all who sail along the coast 639 – seamen, and all who 640 make their living from the sea, stood a long way off 18:18 and began to shout 641 when they saw the smoke from the fire that burned her up, 642 “Who is like the great city?” 18:19 And they threw dust on their heads and were shouting with weeping and mourning, 643
“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!” 644
18:20 (Rejoice over her, O heaven,
and you saints and apostles and prophets,
18:21 Then 647 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 648
Babylon the great city will be thrown down 649
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 650 again.
will ever be found in you again;
the noise of a mill 653 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 658 of all those who had been killed on the earth.”