Bible: Revelation 8-22

The Seventh Seal

8:1 Now 1  when the Lamb 2  opened the seventh seal there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 8:2 Then 3  I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. 8:3 Another 4  angel holding 5  a golden censer 6  came and was stationed 7  at the altar. A 8  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 9  smoke coming from the incense, 10  along with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand. 8:5 Then 11  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, 12  flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.

8:6 Now 13  the seven angels holding 14  the seven trumpets prepared to blow them.

8:7 The 15  first angel blew his trumpet, and there was hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was thrown at the earth so that 16  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 17  the second angel blew his trumpet, and something like a great mountain of burning fire was thrown into the sea. A 18  third of the sea became blood, 8:9 and a third of the creatures 19  living in the sea died, and a third of the ships were completely destroyed. 20 

8:10 Then 21  the third angel blew his trumpet, and a huge star burning like a torch fell from the sky; 22  it landed 23  on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. 8:11 (Now 24  the name of the star is 25  Wormwood.) 26  So 27  a third of the waters became wormwood, 28  and many people died from these waters because they were poisoned. 29 

8:12 Then 30  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 31  and for a third of the night likewise. 8:13 Then 32  I looked, and I heard an 33  eagle 34  flying directly overhead, 35  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! 36 

9:1 Then 37  the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky 38  to the earth, and he was given the key to the shaft of the abyss. 39  9:2 He 40  opened the shaft of the abyss and smoke rose out of it 41  like smoke from a giant furnace. The 42  sun and the air were darkened with smoke from the shaft. 9:3 Then 43  out of the smoke came locusts onto the earth, and they were given power 44  like that of the scorpions of the earth. 9:4 They 45  were told 46  not to damage the grass of the earth, or any green plant or tree, but only those people 47  who did not have the seal of God on their 48  forehead. 9:5 The locusts 49  were not given permission 50  to kill 51  them, but only to torture 52  them 53  for five months, and their torture was like that 54  of a scorpion when it stings a person. 55  9:6 In 56  those days people 57  will seek death, but 58  will not be able to 59  find it; they will long to die, but death will flee from them.

9:7 Now 60  the locusts looked like horses equipped for battle. On 61  their heads were something like crowns similar to gold, 62  and their faces looked like men’s 63  faces. 9:8 They 64  had hair like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. 9:9 They had breastplates 65  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 66  tails and stingers like scorpions, and their ability 67  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. 68 

9:12 The first woe has passed, but 69  two woes are still coming after these things!

9:13 Then 70  the sixth angel blew his trumpet, and I heard a single voice coming from the 71  horns on the golden altar that is before God, 9:14 saying to the sixth angel, the one holding 72  the trumpet, “Set free 73  the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates! 9:15 Then 74  the four angels who had been prepared for this 75  hour, day, 76  month, and year were set free to kill 77  a third of humanity. 9:16 The 78  number of soldiers on horseback was two hundred million; 79  I heard their number. 9:17 Now 80  this is what the horses and their riders 81  looked like in my 82  vision: The riders had breastplates that were fiery red, 83  dark blue, 84  and sulfurous 85  yellow in color. 86  The 87  heads of the horses looked like lionsheads, and fire, smoke, and sulfur 88  came out of their mouths. 9:18 A third of humanity was killed by these three plagues, that is, 89  by the fire, the smoke, and the sulfur that came out of their mouths. 9:19 For the power 90  of the horses resides 91  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 92  of gold, silver, 93  bronze, stone, and wood – idols that cannot see or hear or walk about. 9:21 Furthermore, 94  they did not repent of their murders, of their magic spells, 95  of their sexual immorality, or of their stealing.

The Angel with the Little Scroll

10:1 Then 96  I saw another powerful angel descending from heaven, wrapped 97  in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun and his legs were like pillars of fire. 98  10:2 He held 99  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 100  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 101  just then 102  I heard a voice from heaven say, “Seal up what the seven thunders spoke and do not write it down.” 10:5 Then 103  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! 104  10:7 But in the days 105  when the seventh angel is about to blow his trumpet, the mystery of God is completed, 106  just as he has 107  proclaimed to his servants 108  the prophets.” 10:8 Then 109  the voice I had heard from heaven began to speak 110  to me 111  again, 112 Go and take the open 113  scroll in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.” 10:9 So 114  I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He 115  said to me, “Take the scroll 116  and eat it. It 117  will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth.” 10:10 So 118  I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it, and it did taste 119  as sweet as honey in my mouth, but 120  when I had eaten it, my stomach became bitter. 10:11 Then 121  they 122  told me: “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, 123  languages, and kings.”

The Fate of the Two Witnesses

11:1 Then 124  a measuring rod 125  like a staff was given to me, and I was told, 126 Get up and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and the ones who worship there. 11:2 But 127  do not measure the outer courtyard 128  of the temple; leave it out, 129  because it has been given to the Gentiles, 130  and they will trample on the holy city 131  for forty-two months. 11:3 And I will grant my two witnesses authority 132  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.) 133  11:5 If 134  anyone wants to harm them, fire comes out of their mouths 135  and completely consumes 136  their enemies. If 137  anyone wants to harm them, they must be killed this way. 11:6 These two have the power 138  to close up the sky so that it does not rain during the time 139  they are prophesying. They 140  have power 141  to turn the waters to blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague whenever they want. 11:7 When 142  they have completed their testimony, the beast that comes up from the abyss will make war on them and conquer 143  them and kill them. 11:8 Their 144  corpses will lie in the street 145  of the great city that is symbolically 146  called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was also crucified. 11:9 For three and a half days those from every 147  people, tribe, 148  nation, and language will look at their corpses, because they will not permit them to be placed in a tomb. 149  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 150  after three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and tremendous fear seized 151  those who were watching them. 11:12 Then 152  they 153  heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them: “Come up here!” So the two prophets 154  went up to heaven in a cloud while 155  their enemies stared at them. 11:13 Just then 156  a major earthquake took place and a tenth of the city collapsed; seven thousand people 157  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; 158  the third is coming quickly.

The Seventh Trumpet

11:15 Then 159  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, 160 

and he will reign for ever and ever.”

11:16 Then 161  the twenty-four elders who are seated on their thrones before God threw themselves down with their faces to the ground 162  and worshiped God 11:17 with these words: 163 

“We give you thanks, Lord God, the All-Powerful, 164 

the one who is and who was,

because you have taken your great power

and begun to reign. 165 

11:18 The 166  nations 167  were enraged,

but 168  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, 169 

the prophets, their reward,

as well as to the saints

and to those who revere 170  your name, both small and great,

and the time has come 171  to destroy those who destroy 172  the earth.”

11:19 Then 173  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, 174  crashes of thunder, an earthquake, and a great hailstorm. 175 

The Woman, the Child, and the Dragon

12:1 Then 176  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. 177  12:2 She 178  was pregnant and was screaming in labor pains, struggling 179  to give birth. 12:3 Then 180  another sign appeared in heaven: a huge red dragon that had seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadem crowns. 181  12:4 Now 182  the dragon’s 183  tail swept away a third of the stars in heaven and hurled them to the earth. Then 184  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 185  the woman gave birth to a son, a male child, 186  who is going to rule 187  over all the nations 188  with an iron rod. 189  Her 190  child was suddenly caught up to God and to his throne, 12:6 and she 191  fled into the wilderness 192  where a place had been prepared for her 193  by God, so she could be taken care of 194  for 1,260 days.

War in Heaven

12:7 Then 195  war broke out in heaven: Michael 196  and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 12:8 But 197  the dragon was not strong enough to prevail, 198  so there was no longer any place left 199  in heaven for him and his angels. 200  12:9 So 201  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 202  I heard a loud voice in heaven saying,

The salvation and the power

and the kingdom of our God,

and the ruling authority 203  of his Christ, 204  have now come,

because the accuser of our brothers and sisters, 205 

the one who accuses them day and night 206  before our God,

has been thrown down.

12:11 But 207  they overcame him

by the blood of the Lamb

and by the word of their testimony,

and they did not love their lives 208  so much that they were afraid to die.

12:12 Therefore you heavens rejoice, and all who reside in them!

But 209  woe to the earth and the sea

because the devil has come down to you!

He 210  is filled with terrible anger,

for he knows that he only has a little time!

12:13 Now 211  when the dragon realized 212  that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. 12:14 But 213  the woman was given the two wings of a giant eagle so that she could fly out into the wilderness, 214  to the place God 215  prepared for her, where she is taken care of – away from the presence of the serpent – for a time, times, and half a time. 216  12:15 Then 217  the serpent spouted water like a river out of his mouth after the woman in an attempt to 218  sweep her away by a flood, 12:16 but 219  the earth came to her rescue; 220  the ground opened up 221  and swallowed the river that the dragon had spewed from his mouth. 12:17 So 222  the dragon became enraged at the woman and went away to make war on the rest of her children, 223  those who keep 224  God’s commandments and hold to 225  the testimony about Jesus. 226  And the dragon 227  stood 228  on the sand 229  of the seashore. 230 

The Two Beasts

13:1 Then 231  I saw a beast coming up out of the sea. It 232  had ten horns and seven heads, and on its horns were ten diadem crowns, 233  and on its heads a blasphemous name. 234  13:2 Now 235  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 236  dragon gave the beast 237  his power, his throne, and great authority to rule. 238  13:3 One of the beast’s 239  heads appeared to have been killed, 240  but the lethal wound had been healed. 241  And the whole world followed 242  the beast in amazement; 13:4 they worshiped the dragon because he had given ruling authority 243  to the beast, and they worshiped the beast too, saying: “Who is like the beast?” and “Who is able to make war against him? 244  13:5 The beast 245  was given a mouth speaking proud words 246  and blasphemies, and he was permitted 247  to exercise ruling authority 248  for forty-two months. 13:6 So 249  the beast 250  opened his mouth to blaspheme against God – to blaspheme both his name and his dwelling place, 251  that is, those who dwell in heaven. 13:7 The beast 252  was permitted to go to war against the saints and conquer them. 253  He was given ruling authority 254  over every tribe, people, 255  language, and nation, 13:8 and all those who live on the earth will worship the beast, 256  everyone whose name has not been written since the foundation of the world 257  in the book of life belonging to the Lamb who was killed. 258  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, 259 

then by the sword he must be killed.

This 260  requires steadfast endurance 261  and faith from the saints.

13:11 Then 262  I saw another beast 263  coming up from the earth. He 264  had two horns like a lamb, 265  but 266  was speaking like a dragon. 13:12 He 267  exercised all the ruling authority 268  of the first beast on his behalf, 269  and made the earth and those who inhabit it worship the first beast, the one whose lethal wound had been healed. 13:13 He 270  performed momentous signs, even making fire come down from heaven in front of people 271  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 272  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 273  was empowered 274  to give life 275  to the image of the first beast 276  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 277  everyone (small and great, rich and poor, free and slave 278 ) to obtain a mark on their right hand or on their forehead. 13:17 Thus no one was allowed to buy 279  or sell things 280  unless he bore 281  the mark of the beast – that is, his name or his number. 282  13:18 This calls for wisdom: 283  Let the one who has insight calculate the beast’s number, for it is man’s number, 284  and his number is 666. 285 

An Interlude: The Song of the 144,000

14:1 Then 286  I looked, and here was 287  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 288  coming out of heaven like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder. Now 289  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 290  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 291  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; 292  they 293  are blameless.

Three Angels and Three Messages

14:6 Then 294  I saw another 295  angel flying directly overhead, 296  and he had 297  an eternal gospel to proclaim 298  to those who live 299  on the earth – to every nation, tribe, 300  language, and people. 14:7 He declared 301  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 302  second 303  angel 304  followed the first, 305  declaring: 306  “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great city! 307  She made all the nations 308  drink of the wine of her immoral passion.” 309 

14:9 A 310  third angel 311  followed the first two, 312  declaring 313  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 314  will also drink of the wine of God’s anger 315  that has been mixed undiluted in the cup of his wrath, and he will be tortured with fire and sulfur 316  in front of the holy angels and in front of the Lamb. 14:11 And the smoke from their 317  torture will go up 318  forever and ever, and those who worship the beast and his image will have 319  no rest day or night, along with 320  anyone who receives the mark of his name.” 14:12 This requires 321  the steadfast endurance 322  of the saints – those who obey 323  God’s commandments and hold to 324  their faith in Jesus. 325 

14:13 Then 326  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, 327  because their deeds will follow them.” 328 

14:14 Then 329  I looked, and a white cloud appeared, 330  and seated on the cloud was one like a son of man! 331  He had 332  a golden crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. 14:15 Then 333  another angel came out of the temple, shouting in a loud voice to the one seated on the cloud, “Use 334  your sickle and start to reap, 335  because the time to reap has come, since the earth’s harvest is ripe! 14:16 So 336  the one seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped.

14:17 Then 337  another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. 14:18 Another 338  angel, who was in charge of 339  the fire, came from the altar and called in a loud voice to the angel 340  who had the sharp sickle, “Use 341  your sharp sickle and gather 342  the clusters of grapes 343  off the vine of the earth, 344  because its grapes 345  are now ripe.” 346  14:19 So 347  the angel swung his sickle over the earth and gathered the grapes from the vineyard 348  of the earth and tossed them into the great 349  winepress of the wrath of God. 14:20 Then 350  the winepress was stomped 351  outside the city, and blood poured out of the winepress up to the height of horsesbridles 352  for a distance of almost two hundred miles. 353 

The Final Plagues

15:1 Then 354  I saw another great and astounding sign in heaven: seven angels who have seven final plagues 355  (they are final because in them God’s anger is completed).

15:2 Then 356  I saw something like a sea of glass 357  mixed with fire, and those who had conquered 358  the beast and his image and the number of his name. They were standing 359  by 360  the sea of glass, holding harps given to them by God. 361  15:3 They 362  sang the song of Moses the servant 363  of God and the song of the Lamb: 364 

“Great and astounding are your deeds,

Lord God, the All-Powerful! 365 

Just 366  and true are your ways,

King over the nations! 367 

15:4 Who will not fear you, O Lord,

and glorify 368  your name, because you alone are holy? 369 

All nations 370  will come and worship before you

for your righteous acts 371  have been revealed.”

15:5 After 372  these things I looked, and the temple (the tent 373  of the testimony) 374  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 375  around their chests. 15:7 Then 376  one of the four living creatures gave the seven angels seven golden bowls filled with the wrath 377  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 378  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 379  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.” 380  16:2 So 381  the first angel 382  went and poured out his bowl on the earth. Then 383  ugly and painful sores 384  appeared on the people 385  who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image.

16:3 Next, 386  the second angel 387  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 388  the third angel 389  poured out his bowl on the rivers and the springs of water, and they turned into blood. 16:5 Now 390  I heard the angel of the waters saying:

“You are just 391 the one who is and who was,

the Holy One – because you have passed these judgments, 392 

16:6 because they poured out the blood of your saints and prophets,

so 393  you have given them blood to drink. They got what they deserved! 394 

16:7 Then 395  I heard the altar reply, 396 Yes, Lord God, the All-Powerful, 397  your judgments are true and just!

16:8 Then 398  the fourth angel 399  poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was permitted to scorch people 400  with fire. 16:9 Thus 401  people 402  were scorched by the terrible heat, 403  yet 404  they blasphemed the name of God, who has ruling authority 405  over these plagues, and they would not repent and give him glory.

16:10 Then 406  the fifth angel 407  poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast so that 408  darkness covered his kingdom, 409  and people 410  began to bite 411  their tongues because 412  of their pain. 16:11 They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their sufferings 413  and because of their sores, 414  but nevertheless 415  they still refused to repent 416  of their deeds.

16:12 Then 417  the sixth angel 418  poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates and dried up its water 419  to prepare the way 420  for the kings from the east. 421  16:13 Then 422  I saw three unclean spirits 423  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 424  to bring them together for the battle that will take place on the great day of God, the All-Powerful. 425 

16:15 (Look! I will come like a thief!

Blessed is the one who stays alert and does not lose 426  his clothes so that he will not have to walk around naked and his shameful condition 427  be seen.) 428 

16:16 Now 429  the spirits 430  gathered the kings and their armies 431  to the place that is called Armageddon 432  in Hebrew.

16:17 Finally 433  the seventh angel 434  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 435  there were flashes of lightning, roaring, 436  and crashes of thunder, and there was a tremendous earthquake – an earthquake unequaled since humanity 437  has been on the earth, so tremendous was that earthquake. 16:19 The 438  great city was split into three parts and the cities of the nations 439  collapsed. 440  So 441  Babylon the great was remembered before God, and was given the cup 442  filled with the wine made of God’s furious wrath. 443  16:20 Every 444  island fled away 445  and no mountains could be found. 446  16:21 And gigantic hailstones, weighing about a hundred pounds 447  each, fell from heaven 448  on people, 449  but they 450  blasphemed God because of the plague of hail, since it 451  was so horrendous. 452 

The Great Prostitute and the Beast

17:1 Then 453  one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke to me. 454 Come,” he said, “I will show you the condemnation and punishment 455  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.” 456  17:3 So 457  he carried me away in the Spirit 458  to a wilderness, 459  and there 460  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 461  the woman was dressed in purple and scarlet clothing, 462  and adorned with gold, 463  precious stones, and pearls. She held 464  in her hand a golden cup filled with detestable things and unclean things from her sexual immorality. 465  17:5 On 466  her forehead was written a name, a mystery: 467  “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. 468  I 469  was greatly astounded 470  when I saw her. 17:7 But 471  the angel said to me, “Why are you astounded? I will interpret 472  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 473  and then go to destruction. The 474  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 475  the beast was, and is not, but is to come. 17:9 (This requires 476  a mind that has wisdom.) The seven heads are seven mountains 477  the woman sits on. They are also seven kings: 17:10 five have fallen; one is, 478  and the other has not yet come, but whenever he does come, he must remain for only a brief time. 17:11 The 479  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 480  ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but will receive ruling authority 481  as kings with the beast for one hour. 17:13 These kings 482  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 483  the Lamb are the called, chosen, and faithful.”

17:15 Then 484  the angel 485  said to me, “The waters you saw (where the prostitute is seated) are peoples, multitudes, 486  nations, and languages. 17:16 The 487  ten horns that you saw, and the beast – these will hate the prostitute and make her desolate and naked. They 488  will consume her flesh and burn her up with fire. 489  17:17 For God has put into their minds 490  to carry out his purpose 491  by making 492  a decision 493  to give their royal power 494  to the beast until the words of God are fulfilled. 495  17:18 As for 496  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. 497  18:2 He 498  shouted with a powerful voice:

“Fallen, fallen, is Babylon the great!

She 499  has become a lair for demons,

a haunt 500  for every unclean spirit,

a haunt for every unclean bird,

a haunt for every unclean and detested beast. 501 

18:3 For all the nations 502  have fallen 503  from

the wine of her immoral passion, 504 

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.” 505 

18:4 Then 506  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 507  up all the way to heaven 508  and God has remembered 509  her crimes. 510  18:6 Repay her the same way she repaid others; 511  pay her back double 512  corresponding to her deeds. In the cup she mixed, mix double the amount for her. 18:7 As much as 513  she exalted herself and lived in sensual luxury, 514  to this extent give her torment and grief because she said to herself, 515 I rule as queen and am no widow; I will never experience grief!’ 18:8 For this reason, she will experience her plagues 516  in a single day: disease, 517  mourning, 518  and famine, and she will be burned down 519  with fire, because the Lord God who judges her is powerful!

18:9 Then 520  the kings of the earth who committed immoral acts with her and lived in sensual luxury 521  with her will weep and wail for her when they see the smoke from the fire that burns her up. 522  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 523  has come!

18:11 Then 524  the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn for her because no one buys their cargo 525  any longer 18:12 cargo such as gold, silver, 526  precious stones, pearls, fine linen, purple cloth, silk, 527  scarlet cloth, 528  all sorts of things made of citron wood, 529  all sorts of objects made of ivory, all sorts of things made of expensive wood, bronze, iron and marble, 18:13 cinnamon, spice, 530  incense, perfumed ointment, 531  frankincense, 532  wine, olive oil and costly flour, 533  wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and four-wheeled carriages, 534  slaves and human lives. 535 

18:14 (The ripe fruit 536  you greatly desired 537 

has gone from you,

and all your luxury 538  and splendor 539 

have gone from you

they will never ever be found again!) 540 

18:15 The merchants who sold 541  these things, who got rich from her, will stand a long way off because they are afraid of her torment. They will weep 542  and mourn, 18:16 saying,

Woe, woe, O great city

dressed in fine linen, purple and scarlet clothing, 543 

and adorned with gold, 544  precious stones, and pearls

18:17 because in a single hour such great wealth has been destroyed!” 545 

And every ship’s captain, 546  and all who sail along the coast 547 seamen, and all who 548  make their living from the sea, stood a long way off 18:18 and began to shout 549  when they saw the smoke from the fire that burned her up, 550 Who is like the great city? 18:19 And they threw dust on their heads and were shouting with weeping and mourning, 551 

“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! 552 

18:20 (Rejoice over her, O heaven,

and you saints and apostles and prophets,

for God has pronounced judgment 553  against her on your behalf!) 554 

18:21 Then 555  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 556 

Babylon the great city will be thrown down 557 

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 558  again.

No 559  craftsman 560  who practices any trade

will ever be found in you again;

the noise of a mill 561  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 562  were deceived by your magic spells! 563 

18:24 The 564  blood of the saints and prophets was found in her, 565 

along with the blood 566  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. 567 

For he has judged 568  the great prostitute

who corrupted the earth with her sexual immorality,

and has avenged the blood of his servants 569  poured out by her own hands! 570 

19:3 Then 571  a second time the crowd shouted, “Hallelujah!” The smoke rises from her forever and ever. 572  19:4 The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures threw themselves to the ground 573  and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne, saying: “Amen! Hallelujah!

19:5 Then 574  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 575  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: 576 

“Hallelujah!

For the Lord our God, 577  the All-Powerful, 578  reigns!

19:7 Let us rejoice 579  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 580  (for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints). 581 

19:9 Then 582  the angel 583  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 584  I threw myself down 585  at his feet to worship him, but 586  he said, “Do not do this! 587  I am only 588  a fellow servant 589  with you and your brothers 590  who hold to the testimony about 591  Jesus. Worship God, for the testimony about Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

The Son of God Goes to War

19:11 Then 592  I saw heaven opened and here came 593  a white horse! The 594  one riding it was called “Faithfuland “True,” and with justice 595  he judges and goes to war. 19:12 His eyes are like a fiery 596  flame and there are many diadem crowns 597  on his head. He has 598  a name written 599  that no one knows except himself. 19:13 He is dressed in clothing dipped 600  in blood, and he is called 601  the Word of God. 19:14 The 602  armies that are in heaven, dressed in white, clean, fine linen, 603  were following him on white horses. 19:15 From his mouth extends a sharp sword, so that with it he can strike the nations. 604  He 605  will rule 606  them with an iron rod, 607  and he stomps the winepress 608  of the furious 609  wrath of God, the All-Powerful. 610  19:16 He has a name written on his clothing and on his thigh: “King of kings and Lord of lords.”

19:17 Then 611  I saw one angel standing in 612  the sun, and he shouted in a loud voice to all the birds flying high in the sky: 613 

“Come, gather around for the great banquet 614  of God,

19:18 to eat 615  your fill 616  of the flesh of kings,

the flesh of generals, 617 

the flesh of powerful people,

the flesh of horses and those who ride them,

and the flesh of all people, both free and slave, 618 

and small and great!

19:19 Then 619  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 620  the beast was seized, and along with him the false prophet who had performed the signs on his behalf 621 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. 622  19:21 The 623  others were killed by the sword that extended from the mouth of the one who rode the horse, and all the birds gorged 624  themselves with their flesh.

The Thousand Year Reign

20:1 Then 625  I saw an angel descending from heaven, holding 626  in his hand the key to the abyss and a huge chain. 20:2 He 627  seized the dragon – the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan – and tied him up for a thousand years. 20:3 The angel 628  then 629  threw him into the abyss and locked 630  and sealed it so that he could not deceive the nations until the one thousand years were finished. (After these things he must be released for a brief period of time.)

20:4 Then 631  I saw thrones and seated on them were those who had been given authority to judge. 632  I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of the testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. These 633  had not worshiped the beast or his image and had refused to receive his mark on their forehead or hand. They 634  came to life 635  and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 20:5 (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were finished.) 636  This is the first resurrection. 20:6 Blessed and holy is the one who takes part 637  in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, 638  but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years.

Satan’s Final Defeat

20:7 Now 639  when the thousand years are finished, Satan will be released from his prison 20:8 and will go out to deceive 640  the nations at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, 641  to bring them together for the battle. They are as numerous as the grains of sand in the sea. 642  20:9 They 643  went up 644  on the broad plain of the earth 645  and encircled 646  the camp 647  of the saints and the beloved city, but 648  fire came down from heaven and devoured them completely. 649  20:10 And the devil who deceived 650  them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, 651  where the beast and the false prophet are 652  too, and they will be tormented there day and night forever and ever.

The Great White Throne

20:11 Then 653  I saw a large 654  white throne and the one who was seated on it; the earth and the heaven 655  fled 656  from his presence, and no place was found for them. 20:12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne. Then 657  books were opened, and another book was opened – the book of life. 658  So 659  the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to their deeds. 660  20:13 The 661  sea gave up the dead that were in it, and Death 662  and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each one was judged according to his deeds. 20:14 Then 663  Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death – the lake of fire. 20:15 If 664  anyone’s name 665  was not found written in the book of life, that person 666  was thrown into the lake of fire.

A New Heaven and a New Earth

21:1 Then 667  I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and earth had ceased to exist, 668  and the sea existed no more. 21:2 And I saw the holy city – the new Jerusalem – descending out of heaven from God, made ready like a bride adorned for her husband. 21:3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying: “Look! The residence 669  of God is among human beings. 670  He 671  will live among them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them. 672  21:4 He 673  will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death will not exist any more – or mourning, or crying, or pain, for the former things have ceased to exist.” 674 

21:5 And the one seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new!” Then 675  he said to me, “Write it down, 676  because these words are reliable 677  and true.” 21:6 He also said to me, “It is done! 678  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the one who is thirsty I will give water 679  free of charge 680  from the spring of the water of life. 21:7 The one who conquers 681  will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 21:8 But to the cowards, unbelievers, detestable persons, murderers, the sexually immoral, and those who practice magic spells, 682  idol worshipers, 683  and all those who lie, their place 684  will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. 685  That 686  is the second death.”

The New Jerusalem Descends

21:9 Then 687  one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven final plagues came and spoke to me, 688  saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb! 21:10 So 689  he took me away in the Spirit 690  to a huge, majestic mountain 691  and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God. 21:11 The city possesses 692  the glory of God; its brilliance is like a precious jewel, like a stone of crystal-clear jasper. 693  21:12 It has 694  a massive, high wall 695  with twelve gates, 696  with twelve angels at the gates, and the names of the twelve tribes of the nation of Israel 697  are written on the gates. 698  21:13 There are 699  three gates on the east side, three gates on the north side, three gates on the south side and three gates on the west side. 700  21:14 The 701  wall of the city has twelve foundations, and on them are the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

21:15 The angel 702  who spoke to me had a golden measuring rod with which to measure the city and its foundation stones and wall. 21:16 Now 703  the city is laid out as a square, 704  its length and width the same. He 705  measured the city with the measuring rod 706  at fourteen hundred miles 707  (its length and width and height are equal). 21:17 He also measured its wall, one hundred forty-four cubits 708  according to human measurement, which is also the angel’s. 709  21:18 The city’s 710  wall is made 711  of jasper and the city is pure gold, like transparent glass. 712  21:19 The foundations of the city’s wall are decorated 713  with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation is jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, 714  the fourth emerald, 21:20 the fifth onyx, 715  the sixth carnelian, 716  the seventh chrysolite, 717  the eighth beryl, 718  the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, 719  the eleventh jacinth, 720  and the twelfth amethyst. 21:21 And the twelve gates are twelve pearls – each one of the gates is made from just one pearl! The 721  main street 722  of the city is pure gold, like transparent glass.

21:22 Now 723  I saw no temple in the city, because the Lord God – the All-Powerful 724 and the Lamb are its temple. 21:23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, because the glory of God lights it up, and its lamp is the Lamb. 21:24 The nations 725  will walk by its light and the kings of the earth will bring their grandeur 726  into it. 21:25 Its gates will never be closed during the day 727  (and 728  there will be no night there). 729  21:26 They will bring the grandeur and the wealth 730  of the nations 731  into it, 21:27 but 732  nothing ritually unclean 733  will ever enter into it, nor anyone who does what is detestable 734  or practices falsehood, 735  but only those whose names 736  are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

22:1 Then 737  the angel 738  showed me the river of the water of life – water as clear as crystal – pouring out 739  from the throne of God and of the Lamb, 22:2 flowing down the middle of the city’s 740  main street. 741  On each side 742  of the river is the tree of life producing twelve kinds 743  of fruit, yielding its fruit every month of the year. 744  Its leaves are for the healing of the nations. 22:3 And there will no longer be any curse, 745  and the throne of God and the Lamb will be in the city. 746  His 747  servants 748  will worship 749  him, 22:4 and they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 22:5 Night will be no more, and they will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, because the Lord God will shine on them, and they will reign forever and ever.

A Final Reminder

22:6 Then 750  the angel 751  said to me, “These words are reliable 752  and true. The Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants 753  what must happen soon.”

22:7 (Look! I am coming soon!

Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy expressed in this book.) 754 

22:8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things, 755  and when I heard and saw them, 756  I threw myself down 757  to worship at the feet of the angel who was showing them to me. 22:9 But 758  he said to me, “Do not do this! 759  I am a fellow servant 760  with you and with your brothers the prophets, and with those who obey 761  the words of this book. Worship God! 22:10 Then 762  he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy contained in this book, because the time is near. 22:11 The evildoer must continue to do evil, 763  and the one who is morally filthy 764  must continue to be filthy. The 765  one who is righteous must continue to act righteously, and the one who is holy must continue to be holy.”

22:12 (Look! I am coming soon,

and my reward is with me to pay 766  each one according to what he has done!

22:13 I am the Alpha and the Omega,

the first and the last,

the beginning and the end!) 767 

22:14 Blessed are those who wash their robes so they can have access 768  to the tree of life and can enter into the city by the gates. 22:15 Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers 769  and the sexually immoral, and the murderers, and the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood! 770 

22:16I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star! 771  22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say: “Come!” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wants it take the water of life free of charge.

22:18 I testify to the one who hears the words of the prophecy contained in this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described 772  in this book. 22:19 And if anyone takes away from the words of this book of prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life 773  and in the holy city that are described in this book.

22:20 The one who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! 22:21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. 774 

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