Bible: Revelation 9:10-17:2

9:10 They have 1  tails and stingers like scorpions, and their ability 2  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. 3 

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 lionsheads, 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.”

11:16 Then 96  the twenty-four elders who are seated on their thrones before God threw themselves down with their faces to the ground 97  and worshiped God 11:17 with these words: 98 

“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 

11:18 The 101  nations 102  were enraged,

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,

and the time has come 106  to destroy those who destroy 107  the earth.”

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,

and the ruling authority 138  of his Christ, 139  have now come,

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.

This 195  requires steadfast endurance 196  and faith from the saints.

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!

14:8 A 237  second 238  angel 239  followed the first, 240  declaring: 241  “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great city! 242  She made all the nations 243  drink of the wine of her immoral passion.” 244 

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!’”

“Yes,” says the Spirit, “so they can rest from their hard work, 262  because their deeds will follow them.” 263 

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 horsesbridles 287  for a distance of almost two hundred miles. 288 

The Final Plagues

15:1 Then 289  I saw another great and astounding sign in heaven: seven angels who have seven final plagues 290  (they are final because in them God’s anger is completed).

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,

and glorify 303  your name, because you alone are holy? 304 

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.

16:3 Next, 321  the second angel 322  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 323  the third angel 324  poured out his bowl on the rivers and the springs of water, and they turned into blood. 16:5 Now 325  I heard the angel of the waters saying:

“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,

so 328  you have given them blood to drink. They got what they deserved! 329 

16:7 Then 330  I heard the altar reply, 331 Yes, Lord God, the All-Powerful, 332  your judgments are true and just!

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!

Blessed is the one who stays alert and does not lose 361  his clothes so that he will not have to walk around naked and his shameful condition 362  be seen.) 363 

16:16 Now 364  the spirits 365  gathered the kings and their armies 366  to the place that is called Armageddon 367  in Hebrew.

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 

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