Bible: Revelation 6-19

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.

8:6 Now 105  the seven angels holding 106  the seven trumpets prepared to blow them.

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 lionsheads, 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.”

11:16 Then 253  the twenty-four elders who are seated on their thrones before God threw themselves down with their faces to the ground 254  and worshiped God 11:17 with these words: 255 

“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 

11:18 The 258  nations 259  were enraged,

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,

and the time has come 263  to destroy those who destroy 264  the earth.”

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,

and the ruling authority 295  of his Christ, 296  have now come,

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.

This 352  requires steadfast endurance 353  and faith from the saints.

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!

14:8 A 394  second 395  angel 396  followed the first, 397  declaring: 398  “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great city! 399  She made all the nations 400  drink of the wine of her immoral passion.” 401 

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!’”

“Yes,” says the Spirit, “so they can rest from their hard work, 419  because their deeds will follow them.” 420 

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 horsesbridles 444  for a distance of almost two hundred miles. 445 

The Final Plagues

15:1 Then 446  I saw another great and astounding sign in heaven: seven angels who have seven final plagues 447  (they are final because in them God’s anger is completed).

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,

and glorify 460  your name, because you alone are holy? 461 

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.

16:3 Next, 478  the second angel 479  poured out his bowl on the sea and it turned into blood, like that of a corpse, and every living creature that was in the sea died.

16:4 Then 480  the third angel 481  poured out his bowl on the rivers and the springs of water, and they turned into blood. 16:5 Now 482  I heard the angel of the waters saying:

“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,

so 485  you have given them blood to drink. They got what they deserved! 486 

16:7 Then 487  I heard the altar reply, 488 Yes, Lord God, the All-Powerful, 489  your judgments are true and just!

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!

Blessed is the one who stays alert and does not lose 518  his clothes so that he will not have to walk around naked and his shameful condition 519  be seen.) 520 

16:16 Now 521  the spirits 522  gathered the kings and their armies 523  to the place that is called Armageddon 524  in Hebrew.

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

18:1 After these things I saw another angel, who possessed great authority, coming down out of heaven, and the earth was lit up by his radiance. 589  18:2 He 590  shouted with a powerful voice:

“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 

18:3 For all the nations 594  have fallen 595  from

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 

18:14 (The ripe fruit 628  you greatly desired 629 

has gone from you,

and all your luxury 630  and splendor 631 

have gone from you

they will never ever be found again!) 632 

18:15 The merchants who sold 633  these things, who got rich from her, will stand a long way off because they are afraid of her torment. They will weep 634  and mourn, 18:16 saying,

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,

for God has pronounced judgment 645  against her on your behalf!) 646 

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.

No 651  craftsman 652  who practices any trade

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,

because all the nations 654  were deceived by your magic spells! 655 

18:24 The 656  blood of the saints and prophets was found in her, 657 

along with the blood 658  of all those who had been killed on the earth.”

19:1 After these things I heard what sounded like the loud voice of a vast throng in heaven, saying,

Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,

19:2 because his judgments are true and just. 659 

For he has judged 660  the great prostitute

who corrupted the earth with her sexual immorality,

and has avenged the blood of his servants 661  poured out by her own hands! 662 

19:3 Then 663  a second time the crowd shouted, “Hallelujah!” The smoke rises from her forever and ever. 664  19:4 The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures threw themselves to the ground 665  and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne, saying: “Amen! Hallelujah!

19:5 Then 666  a voice came from the throne, saying:

“Praise our God

all you his servants,

and all you who fear Him,

both the small and the great!

The Wedding Celebration of the Lamb

19:6 Then 667  I heard what sounded like the voice of a vast throng, like the roar of many waters and like loud crashes of thunder. They were shouting: 668 

“Hallelujah!

For the Lord our God, 669  the All-Powerful, 670  reigns!

19:7 Let us rejoice 671  and exult

and give him glory,

because the wedding celebration of the Lamb has come,

and his bride has made herself ready.

19:8 She was permitted to be dressed in bright, clean, fine linen 672  (for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints). 673 

19:9 Then 674  the angel 675  said to me, “Write the following: Blessed are those who are invited to the banquet at the wedding celebration of the Lamb!” He also said to me, “These are the true words of God.” 19:10 So 676  I threw myself down 677  at his feet to worship him, but 678  he said, “Do not do this! 679  I am only 680  a fellow servant 681  with you and your brothers 682  who hold to the testimony about 683  Jesus. Worship God, for the testimony about Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

The Son of God Goes to War

19:11 Then 684  I saw heaven opened and here came 685  a white horse! The 686  one riding it was called “Faithfuland “True,” and with justice 687  he judges and goes to war. 19:12 His eyes are like a fiery 688  flame and there are many diadem crowns 689  on his head. He has 690  a name written 691  that no one knows except himself. 19:13 He is dressed in clothing dipped 692  in blood, and he is called 693  the Word of God. 19:14 The 694  armies that are in heaven, dressed in white, clean, fine linen, 695  were following him on white horses. 19:15 From his mouth extends a sharp sword, so that with it he can strike the nations. 696  He 697  will rule 698  them with an iron rod, 699  and he stomps the winepress 700  of the furious 701  wrath of God, the All-Powerful. 702  19:16 He has a name written on his clothing and on his thigh: “King of kings and Lord of lords.”

19:17 Then 703  I saw one angel standing in 704  the sun, and he shouted in a loud voice to all the birds flying high in the sky: 705 

“Come, gather around for the great banquet 706  of God,

19:18 to eat 707  your fill 708  of the flesh of kings,

the flesh of generals, 709 

the flesh of powerful people,

the flesh of horses and those who ride them,

and the flesh of all people, both free and slave, 710 

and small and great!

19:19 Then 711  I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to do battle with the one who rode the horse and with his army. 19:20 Now 712  the beast was seized, and along with him the false prophet who had performed the signs on his behalf 713 signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. Both of them were thrown alive into the lake of fire burning with sulfur. 714  19:21 The 715  others were killed by the sword that extended from the mouth of the one who rode the horse, and all the birds gorged 716  themselves with their flesh.

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