Bible: Revelation 9:10-17:2
9:12 The first woe has passed, but 4 two woes are still coming after these things!
9:13 Then 5 the sixth angel blew his trumpet, and I heard a single voice coming from the 6 horns on the golden altar that is before God, 9:14 saying to the sixth angel, the one holding 7 the trumpet, “Set free 8 the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates!” 9:15 Then 9 the four angels who had been prepared for this 10 hour, day, 11 month, and year were set free to kill 12 a third of humanity. 9:16 The 13 number of soldiers on horseback was two hundred million; 14 I heard their number. 9:17 Now 15 this is what the horses and their riders 16 looked like in my 17 vision: The riders had breastplates that were fiery red, 18 dark blue, 19 and sulfurous 20 yellow in color. 21 The 22 heads of the horses looked like lions’ heads, and fire, smoke, and sulfur 23 came out of their mouths. 9:18 A third of humanity was killed by these three plagues, that is, 24 by the fire, the smoke, and the sulfur that came out of their mouths. 9:19 For the power 25 of the horses resides 26 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 27 of gold, silver, 28 bronze, stone, and wood – idols that cannot see or hear or walk about. 9:21 Furthermore, 29 they did not repent of their murders, of their magic spells, 30 of their sexual immorality, or of their stealing.
The Angel with the Little Scroll
10:1 Then 31 I saw another powerful angel descending from heaven, wrapped 32 in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun and his legs were like pillars of fire. 33 10:2 He held 34 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 35 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 36 just then 37 I heard a voice from heaven say, “Seal up what the seven thunders spoke and do not write it down.” 10:5 Then 38 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! 39 10:7 But in the days 40 when the seventh angel is about to blow his trumpet, the mystery of God is completed, 41 just as he has 42 proclaimed to his servants 43 the prophets.” 10:8 Then 44 the voice I had heard from heaven began to speak 45 to me 46 again, 47 “Go and take the open 48 scroll in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.” 10:9 So 49 I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He 50 said to me, “Take the scroll 51 and eat it. It 52 will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth.” 10:10 So 53 I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it, and it did taste 54 as sweet as honey in my mouth, but 55 when I had eaten it, my stomach became bitter. 10:11 Then 56 they 57 told me: “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, 58 languages, and kings.”
The Fate of the Two Witnesses
11:1 Then 59 a measuring rod 60 like a staff was given to me, and I was told, 61 “Get up and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and the ones who worship there. 11:2 But 62 do not measure the outer courtyard 63 of the temple; leave it out, 64 because it has been given to the Gentiles, 65 and they will trample on the holy city 66 for forty-two months. 11:3 And I will grant my two witnesses authority 67 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.) 68 11:5 If 69 anyone wants to harm them, fire comes out of their mouths 70 and completely consumes 71 their enemies. If 72 anyone wants to harm them, they must be killed this way. 11:6 These two have the power 73 to close up the sky so that it does not rain during the time 74 they are prophesying. They 75 have power 76 to turn the waters to blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague whenever they want. 11:7 When 77 they have completed their testimony, the beast that comes up from the abyss will make war on them and conquer 78 them and kill them. 11:8 Their 79 corpses will lie in the street 80 of the great city that is symbolically 81 called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was also crucified. 11:9 For three and a half days those from every 82 people, tribe, 83 nation, and language will look at their corpses, because they will not permit them to be placed in a tomb. 84 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 85 after three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and tremendous fear seized 86 those who were watching them. 11:12 Then 87 they 88 heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them: “Come up here!” So the two prophets 89 went up to heaven in a cloud while 90 their enemies stared at them. 11:13 Just then 91 a major earthquake took place and a tenth of the city collapsed; seven thousand people 92 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; 93 the third is coming quickly.
The Seventh Trumpet
11:15 Then 94 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, 95
and he will reign for ever and ever.”
“We give you thanks, Lord God, the All-Powerful, 99
the one who is and who was,
because you have taken your great power
and begun to reign. 100
but 103 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, 104
the prophets, their reward,
as well as to the saints
and to those who revere 105 your name, both small and great,
11:19 Then 108 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, 109 crashes of thunder, an earthquake, and a great hailstorm. 110
The Woman, the Child, and the Dragon
12:1 Then 111 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. 112 12:2 She 113 was pregnant and was screaming in labor pains, struggling 114 to give birth. 12:3 Then 115 another sign appeared in heaven: a huge red dragon that had seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadem crowns. 116 12:4 Now 117 the dragon’s 118 tail swept away a third of the stars in heaven and hurled them to the earth. Then 119 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 120 the woman gave birth to a son, a male child, 121 who is going to rule 122 over all the nations 123 with an iron rod. 124 Her 125 child was suddenly caught up to God and to his throne, 12:6 and she 126 fled into the wilderness 127 where a place had been prepared for her 128 by God, so she could be taken care of 129 for 1,260 days.
War in Heaven
12:7 Then 130 war broke out in heaven: Michael 131 and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 12:8 But 132 the dragon was not strong enough to prevail, 133 so there was no longer any place left 134 in heaven for him and his angels. 135 12:9 So 136 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 137 I heard a loud voice in heaven saying,
“The salvation and the power
and the kingdom of our God,
because the accuser of our brothers and sisters, 140
the one who accuses them day and night 141 before our God,
has been thrown down.
12:11 But 142 they overcame him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony,
and they did not love their lives 143 so much that they were afraid to die.
12:12 Therefore you heavens rejoice, and all who reside in them!
But 144 woe to the earth and the sea
because the devil has come down to you!
He 145 is filled with terrible anger,
for he knows that he only has a little time!”
12:13 Now 146 when the dragon realized 147 that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. 12:14 But 148 the woman was given the two wings of a giant eagle so that she could fly out into the wilderness, 149 to the place God 150 prepared for her, where she is taken care of – away from the presence of the serpent – for a time, times, and half a time. 151 12:15 Then 152 the serpent spouted water like a river out of his mouth after the woman in an attempt to 153 sweep her away by a flood, 12:16 but 154 the earth came to her rescue; 155 the ground opened up 156 and swallowed the river that the dragon had spewed from his mouth. 12:17 So 157 the dragon became enraged at the woman and went away to make war on the rest of her children, 158 those who keep 159 God’s commandments and hold to 160 the testimony about Jesus. 161 And the dragon 162 stood 163 on the sand 164 of the seashore. 165
The Two Beasts
13:1 Then 166 I saw a beast coming up out of the sea. It 167 had ten horns and seven heads, and on its horns were ten diadem crowns, 168 and on its heads a blasphemous name. 169 13:2 Now 170 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 171 dragon gave the beast 172 his power, his throne, and great authority to rule. 173 13:3 One of the beast’s 174 heads appeared to have been killed, 175 but the lethal wound had been healed. 176 And the whole world followed 177 the beast in amazement; 13:4 they worshiped the dragon because he had given ruling authority 178 to the beast, and they worshiped the beast too, saying: “Who is like the beast?” and “Who is able to make war against him?” 179 13:5 The beast 180 was given a mouth speaking proud words 181 and blasphemies, and he was permitted 182 to exercise ruling authority 183 for forty-two months. 13:6 So 184 the beast 185 opened his mouth to blaspheme against God – to blaspheme both his name and his dwelling place, 186 that is, those who dwell in heaven. 13:7 The beast 187 was permitted to go to war against the saints and conquer them. 188 He was given ruling authority 189 over every tribe, people, 190 language, and nation, 13:8 and all those who live on the earth will worship the beast, 191 everyone whose name has not been written since the foundation of the world 192 in the book of life belonging to the Lamb who was killed. 193 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, 194
then by the sword he must be killed.
13:11 Then 197 I saw another beast 198 coming up from the earth. He 199 had two horns like a lamb, 200 but 201 was speaking like a dragon. 13:12 He 202 exercised all the ruling authority 203 of the first beast on his behalf, 204 and made the earth and those who inhabit it worship the first beast, the one whose lethal wound had been healed. 13:13 He 205 performed momentous signs, even making fire come down from heaven in front of people 206 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 207 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 208 was empowered 209 to give life 210 to the image of the first beast 211 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 212 everyone (small and great, rich and poor, free and slave 213 ) to obtain a mark on their right hand or on their forehead. 13:17 Thus no one was allowed to buy 214 or sell things 215 unless he bore 216 the mark of the beast – that is, his name or his number. 217 13:18 This calls for wisdom: 218 Let the one who has insight calculate the beast’s number, for it is man’s number, 219 and his number is 666. 220
An Interlude: The Song of the 144,000
14:1 Then 221 I looked, and here was 222 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 223 coming out of heaven like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder. Now 224 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 225 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 226 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; 227 they 228 are blameless.
Three Angels and Three Messages
14:6 Then 229 I saw another 230 angel flying directly overhead, 231 and he had 232 an eternal gospel to proclaim 233 to those who live 234 on the earth – to every nation, tribe, 235 language, and people. 14:7 He declared 236 in a loud voice: “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has arrived, and worship the one who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water!”
14:9 A 245 third angel 246 followed the first two, 247 declaring 248 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 249 will also drink of the wine of God’s anger 250 that has been mixed undiluted in the cup of his wrath, and he will be tortured with fire and sulfur 251 in front of the holy angels and in front of the Lamb. 14:11 And the smoke from their 252 torture will go up 253 forever and ever, and those who worship the beast and his image will have 254 no rest day or night, along with 255 anyone who receives the mark of his name.” 14:12 This requires 256 the steadfast endurance 257 of the saints – those who obey 258 God’s commandments and hold to 259 their faith in Jesus. 260
14:13 Then 261 I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this:
‘Blessed are the dead,
those who die in the Lord from this moment on!’”
14:14 Then 264 I looked, and a white cloud appeared, 265 and seated on the cloud was one like a son of man! 266 He had 267 a golden crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. 14:15 Then 268 another angel came out of the temple, shouting in a loud voice to the one seated on the cloud, “Use 269 your sickle and start to reap, 270 because the time to reap has come, since the earth’s harvest is ripe!” 14:16 So 271 the one seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped.
14:17 Then 272 another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. 14:18 Another 273 angel, who was in charge of 274 the fire, came from the altar and called in a loud voice to the angel 275 who had the sharp sickle, “Use 276 your sharp sickle and gather 277 the clusters of grapes 278 off the vine of the earth, 279 because its grapes 280 are now ripe.” 281 14:19 So 282 the angel swung his sickle over the earth and gathered the grapes from the vineyard 283 of the earth and tossed them into the great 284 winepress of the wrath of God. 14:20 Then 285 the winepress was stomped 286 outside the city, and blood poured out of the winepress up to the height of horses’ bridles 287 for a distance of almost two hundred miles. 288
The Final Plagues
15:2 Then 291 I saw something like a sea of glass 292 mixed with fire, and those who had conquered 293 the beast and his image and the number of his name. They were standing 294 by 295 the sea of glass, holding harps given to them by God. 296 15:3 They 297 sang the song of Moses the servant 298 of God and the song of the Lamb: 299
“Great and astounding are your deeds,
Lord God, the All-Powerful! 300
Just 301 and true are your ways,
King over the nations! 302
15:4 Who will not fear you, O Lord,
All nations 305 will come and worship before you
for your righteous acts 306 have been revealed.”
15:5 After 307 these things I looked, and the temple (the tent 308 of the testimony) 309 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 310 around their chests. 15:7 Then 311 one of the four living creatures gave the seven angels seven golden bowls filled with the wrath 312 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 313 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 314 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.” 315 16:2 So 316 the first angel 317 went and poured out his bowl on the earth. Then 318 ugly and painful sores 319 appeared on the people 320 who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image.
“You are just 326 – the one who is and who was,
the Holy One – because you have passed these judgments, 327
16:6 because they poured out the blood of your saints and prophets,
16:8 Then 333 the fourth angel 334 poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was permitted to scorch people 335 with fire. 16:9 Thus 336 people 337 were scorched by the terrible heat, 338 yet 339 they blasphemed the name of God, who has ruling authority 340 over these plagues, and they would not repent and give him glory.
16:10 Then 341 the fifth angel 342 poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast so that 343 darkness covered his kingdom, 344 and people 345 began to bite 346 their tongues because 347 of their pain. 16:11 They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their sufferings 348 and because of their sores, 349 but nevertheless 350 they still refused to repent 351 of their deeds.
16:12 Then 352 the sixth angel 353 poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates and dried up its water 354 to prepare the way 355 for the kings from the east. 356 16:13 Then 357 I saw three unclean spirits 358 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 359 to bring them together for the battle that will take place on the great day of God, the All-Powerful. 360
16:15 (Look! I will come like a thief!
16:17 Finally 368 the seventh angel 369 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 370 there were flashes of lightning, roaring, 371 and crashes of thunder, and there was a tremendous earthquake – an earthquake unequaled since humanity 372 has been on the earth, so tremendous was that earthquake. 16:19 The 373 great city was split into three parts and the cities of the nations 374 collapsed. 375 So 376 Babylon the great was remembered before God, and was given the cup 377 filled with the wine made of God’s furious wrath. 378 16:20 Every 379 island fled away 380 and no mountains could be found. 381 16:21 And gigantic hailstones, weighing about a hundred pounds 382 each, fell from heaven 383 on people, 384 but they 385 blasphemed God because of the plague of hail, since it 386 was so horrendous. 387
The Great Prostitute and the Beast
17:1 Then 388 one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke to me. 389 “Come,” he said, “I will show you the condemnation and punishment 390 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.” 391