A Gift from Above

1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him to show his bondservants the things that must shortly come to pass. And having sent his angel, he signified them through the angel1 to his bondservant John, who bore witness to everything he saw: the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed is he who reads—and blessed are those who hear—the words of this2 prophecy; and blessed are those who believe and obey3 the things written in it, for the appointed time is near.

Greeting and Doxology

4 John, to the seven churches in the province of Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is4 and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before5 his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ: the faithful witness, the firstborn from among the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.

To him who loves us, and who freed us from our sins by his blood, 6 and who made us to be a kingdom, priests to his God and Father: To him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

7 Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him. And all the tribes of the earth will wail and beat their breasts because of him.6 So shall it surely be.7 Amen!

8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “he who is and who was and who is to come—the mighty ruler over all.”8

John’s Vision on the Lord’s Day

9 I, John, your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patient endurance that are found in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony concerning9 Jesus. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day; and I heard behind me a loud voice—it sounded like a trumpet—11 saying, “Write down what you see on a scroll and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.”

12 So I turned to see whose voice it was10 that was speaking with me; and when I had turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the lampstands One like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to his feet, and girded with a golden sash extending to his breasts. 14 His head and his hair were white like white wool, as white as snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire. 15 His feet were like burnished bronze, as if refined11 in a furnace. And his voice was like the roar of mighty12 waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth went forth a two-edged sword, great and sharp. And his face was like the sun shining in its strength.

17 Now when I saw him, I fell at his feet like a dead man. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Don’t be afraid: I am the first and the last 18 and the living One! Yes, I was dead. But look: I am alive forevermore,13 and I possess the keys of death and Hades. 19 So write down the things you have seen, the things that are, and the things that will take place soon after them.14 20 As for the mystery of the seven stars you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the messengers15 of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

Notes

  1. Lit. and having sent, he signified (them, it) through his angel
  2. Lit. the
  3. Lit. hold, guard
  4. Ex. 3:14
  5. Lit. who (that) are before
  6. Dan. 7:13; Zech. 12:10-14
  7. Or So may it be; lit. Yes, certainly!
  8. Or the Almighty, the All-Powerful
  9. Lit. of
  10. Lit. to see the voice
  11. Or made to glow
  12. Or many
  13. Lit. to the ages of the ages
  14. Lit. these things
  15. Or angels

Message to Ephesus

2 “To the messenger of the church in Ephesus write: Thus says the One who holds the seven stars in his right hand, and who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: 2 I know your works, your toil, and your patient endurance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, but have put to the test those who call themselves apostles (though they are not), and have found them to be false. 3 I also know that you continue to persevere, and that you have endured much for my name’s sake yet not grown weary. 4 But this I have against you: You have left your first love. 5 So then: Remember the place from which you have fallen, and repent and do the first works.2 Otherwise I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent. 6 But this you do have, that you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I hate as well. 7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches. To him who overcomes I will grant him to eat from the tree of life in the paradise of God.’

Message to Smyrna

8 “And to the messenger of the church in Smyrna write: Thus says the first and the last, the One who died but came to life again: 9 I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich), and the slander3 of those who call themselves Jews, and who are not, but who are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Don’t be afraid of the things you are soon to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested: For ten days you will have tribulation. Stay faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches. He who overcomes will never be harmed by the second death.

Message to Pergamum

12 “And to the messenger of the church in Pergamum write: Thus says the One who has the two-edged sword, great and sharp: 13 I know where you dwell—the place of Satan’s throne. Yet you cling to my name, and did not deny your faith in me4 even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death among you, in the place where Satan dwells. 14 But I have a few things against you, for you have there some who hold the teaching of Balaam, who instructed Balak to put5 a stumbling block in front the sons of Israel, enticing them to eat things sacrificed to idols and to engage in sexual immorality. 15 Thus, you too have among you those who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 16 So repent, or else I will come to you swiftly and wage war against them with the sword of my mouth. 17 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give6 of the hidden manna; and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone: a name that no one knows except the one who receives it.

Message to Thyatira

18 “And to the messenger of the church in Thyatira write: Thus says the Son of God, the One whose eyes are like a flame of fire and his feet like burnished bronze: 19 I know your works, including7 your love, faith, service, and patient endurance; and I also know that your latest works are greater than your first. 20 But this I have against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and who leads my bondservants astray, teaching them to engage in sexual immorality and to eat things sacrificed to idols. 21 I gave her time to repent, but she is unwilling to repent of her sexual immorality. 22 Behold, I will throw8 her into a sickbed; and I will throw those who commit adultery with into great tribulation, unless they repent of her works. 23 And I will destroy her children with death itself.9 Then all the churches will know that I am the One who searches the minds and the hearts, and that I will repay10 each one of you according to your deeds. 24 But to the rest of you in Thyatira—all who11 do not hold this teaching, who have not12 known “the deep things13 of Satan”, as they like to call them—I say: I place no further burden upon you. 25 Nevertheless, what you do have, cling to it until I come. 26 To him who overcomes and keeps my works until the end I will grant authority over the nations. 27And he will be to them as a shepherd14 with a rod of iron, as when a potter’s jars are broken to pieces,15 just as I myself have received from my Father. 28 And I will give him the morning star. 29 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

Notes

  1. Lit. have perseverance (endurance, patience)
  2. Or the works you did at the first
  3. Or blasphemy
  4. Or my faith; lit. the faith of me
  5. Lit. throw
  6. Lit. give him
  7. Lit. and, even
  8. Lit. am throwing
  9. Or with deadly disease
  10. Lit. give
  11. Lit. as many as
  12. Lit. did not
  13. Or the depths, deep secrets
  14. Lit. shepherd (rule) them
  15. See Ps. 2:8-9

Message to Sardis

3 “To the messenger of the church in Sardis write: Thus says the One who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars: I know your works, that you have a name for being alive, but are dead. Wake up, keep watch, and strengthen the things that remain, things that have long been close to death; for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. 3 So remember how you first received and heard, and obey and repent! For if you refuse to wake up and watch, I will come like a thief—and you have no idea when I will fall upon you.1 But you do have a few names in Sardis who have not stained their garments; and these will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. 5 He who overcomes will be dressed like this: in garments of white. And I will never erase his name from the Scroll2 of Life, but will confess his name before my Father and before his angels. 6 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

Message to Philadelphia

“And to the messenger of the church in Philadelphia write: Thus says the One who is holy and true, who holds the key of David, and who opens so that no one can shut, and shuts so that no one can open:3 8 I know your works (see, I have set before you an open door which no one can shut), that4 you have a little strength, and kept my word, and did not deny my name. 9 Behold, I grant5 that some of the synagogue of Satan, of those who say they are Jews, and are not, but lie—behold, I will cause them to come and bow down at your feet, and to know that I have loved you. 10 Because you have kept my command to patiently endure, I in turn will keep you from the hour of testing that is soon to come upon the whole world, in order to test those who live on the earth. 11 I am coming swiftly: Cling tightly to what you have, so that no one steals your victor’s wreath. 12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God, never to leave again.6 Moreover, I will write on him the name of my God, the name of the city of my God—the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God—and my new name. 13 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

Message to Laodicea

14 “To the messenger of the church in Laodicea write: Thus says the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the origin7 of the creation of God: 15 I know your works, that you are neither hot nor cold. If only you were hot or cold! 16 So then: Because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am poised to spew you out of my mouth. 17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, and have acquired wealth in abundance, and stand in need of nothing,” yet fail to see that you are wretched and pitiful and poor and blind and naked, 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in fire, so you can acquire true wealth; and white garments, so you can dress yourself, concealing the shame of your nakedness; and eye salve with which to anoint your eyes, so you can truly see. 19 All whom I love I reprove and discipline. So be zealous and repent. 20 Look, I’ve been standing at the door, knocking! If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him; and I will dine with him, and he with me. 21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit down with me on my throne, just as I also overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches.”

Notes

  1. Lit. you by no means know what sort of hour I will come upon (against) you
  2. Or Book
  3. Is. 22:22
  4. Or works. Behold, I have . . . shut because
  5. Or decree; lit. give
  6. Lit. and he will by no means go outside
  7. Or beginning, ruler

A Vision of God, the Sovereign Creator

4 After these things I looked, and behold: a door standing open in the sky.1 And I heard the first voice—the one which had spoken with me, sounding like a trumpet—saying, “Come up here and I will show you the things that must take place after these things.”

2 All at once I was in the Spirit, and behold: a throne standing2 in heaven, with One3 seated on the throne! 3 Now in appearance the One seated there is like a precious stone—like a jasper and a carnelian; and around the throne there is a rainbow,4 in appearance like an emerald. 4 Moreover, around the throne there are twenty-four other thrones; and seated on the thrones are twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden victor’s wreaths on their heads. 5 Out of the throne, in constant procession, come flashes of lightning and rumblings and claps of thunder. And before the throne, ever burning, are seven lamps5 of fire, which are the seven spirits of God. 6 And before the throne there is something like a sea of glass,6 like crystal.

Between the throne and the twenty-four elders, and encircling the throne,7 there are four living creatures,8 full of eyes in front and behind. 7 The first living creature is like a lion, the second is like a calf, the third has a face like a man, and the fourth is like an eagle in flight. 8 Each of the four living creatures has six wings, and the creatures9 are full of eyes all around and deep within; and day and night they take no rest, saying, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God, the mighty Ruler over all, who was and who is and who is to come!”

9 Now whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to the One seated on the throne—to him who lives forever and ever—10 the twenty-four elders fall down10 before the One seated on the throne, and worship11 him who lives forever and ever; and they throw12 down their victor’s wreaths before the throne, saying, 11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for you created all things, and through your will they came to be and were fashioned as they are.”

Notes

  1. Or heaven
  2. Or set, situated
  3. Or Someone, a Person
  4. Or halo
  5. Or torches
  6. Or sea as clear as glass
  7. Lit. Now in the midst of the throne and around the throne
  8. Or beings; lit. living ones
  9. Lit. they
  10. Lit. will fall down
  11. Lit. will worship
  12. Lit. will throw

A Vision of Christ, the Sovereign Redeemer

Then I saw a scroll in the right hand of the One seated on the throne, a scroll with writing inside and out, and fastened with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel, crying out1 in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and unfasten its seals?” 3 But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or look inside it. 4 So I broke down, sobbing with grief, because no one could be found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside it. But then one of the elders said to me, “Don’t weep! Look, the Lion from the tribe of Judah—the Root of David—has overcome so as to open the scroll and unfasten its seven seals!”

6 Then I saw a Lamb—as if it had been slain—standing between the elders and the throne with the four living creatures.2 And he had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. And he came up and took the scroll out of the right hand of the One seated on the throne. 8 Now when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each of them having a harp and golden bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they all were singing3 a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to unfasten its seals, for you were slain, and with your blood you have purchased for God a people from every tribe and tongue and people and nation; 10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they will reign upon the earth.”

11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice4 of many angels around the throne, and the voice of the living creatures and the elders. And in number the angels were5 myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands; 12 and with a loud voice they all were saying, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” 13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea—and everything else that is in them—saying, “To the One who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb, be praise and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever!” 14 And the four living creatures kept on saying, “Amen!” And the elders fell down and worshiped.

Notes

  1. Or proclaiming
  2. Lit. Then I saw in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, a lamb
  3. Lit. And they sing
  4. Or sound
  5. Lit. and the number of them was

The Six Seals

6 Then I watched as the Lamb broke open one of the seven seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, “Come!” So I looked, and behold, a white horse, and the One1 seated on it holding a bow; and a victor’s wreath was given to him, after which2 he went forth conquering and intent on conquest.3

War

3 Now when he broke open the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come!” 4 And another horse, red like fire, came out; and it was granted to the one seated on it to take peace from the earth, and that men would4 slaughter one another. And a great sword was given to him.

Scarcity

5 And when he broke open the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, “Come!” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and the one seated on it holding a pair of scales in his hand. 6 Then I heard what sounded like a voice coming from the midst5 of the four living creatures, saying, “A quart6 of wheat for a day’s wages, and three quarts of barley for a day’s wages;7 but do no harm to the oil8 and the wine.”

Death

7 And when he broke open the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature, saying, “Come.” 8 Then I looked, and behold, a pale gray horse. And the name of the one riding on it was Death; and Hades was following close behind him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with the sword and with famine and with deadly disease and by9 the wild beasts of the earth.

Martyrs

9 And when he broke open the fifth seal, I saw beneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony they had maintained. 10 And they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “O Ruler of all—holy and true—how long will you refrain from judging those who live on the earth, and from avenging our blood?” 11 Then a white robe was given to each of them, and they were told they must rest a little while longer, until10 the number of their brothers and fellow servants who were to be killed as they had been11 is complete.

Final Judgment

12 Now when he broke open the sixth seal, I looked, and there was a great shaking.12 And the sun turned black—black as sackcloth made of hair—and the whole moon turned the color of blood,13 13 and the stars in the sky fell to the earth as though a fig tree shaken by a mighty wind were casting its unripe figs to the ground; 14 and the sky withdrew14 like a rolled-up scroll, and every mountain and every island was dislodged from its site. 15 Then the kings of the earth and the leading men of the cities and the commanders of thousands and the rich and the powerful and every slave and every free man hid themselves in the caves and crags of the mountains. 16 And they said to the rocks and the mountains, “Fall on us! Hide us from the face of the One seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, 17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

Notes

  1. Or one
  2. Lit. and
  3. Lit. and in order to conquer
  4. Lit. that they would
  5. Lit. a voice in the midst
  6. Lit. choenix
  7. Lit. denarius
  8. Or olive oil
  9. Or beneath
  10. Lit. until also
  11. Lit. as also themselves
  12. Or earthquake; but see Mt. 24:29
  13. Lit. became (appeared) like blood
  14. Lit. split, parted

144,000 Sealed

7 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, so that no wind could blow on the earth or on the sea or on any tree. 2 And I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, having the seal of the living God; and with a loud voice he cried out to the four angels to whom it was given to harm the earth and the sea, 3 saying, “Do no harm to the earth or the sea or the trees until we have sealed the bondservants of our God on their foreheads.

4 Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000, sealed from all the tribes of the sons of Israel. 5 From the tribe of Judah, 12,000 were sealed; from the tribe of Reuben, 12,000; from the tribe of Gad, 12,000; 6 from the tribe of Asher, 12,000; from the tribe of Naphtali, 12,000; from the tribe of Manasseh 12,000; from the tribe of Simeon, 12,000; from the tribe of Levi, 12,000; from the tribe of Issachar, 12,000; 8 from the tribe of Zebulun, 12,000; from the tribe of Joseph, 12,000; and from the tribe of Benjamin, 12,000 were sealed.

Life and Worship Around the Throne

After these things I looked, and behold, a great throng that no one could number, drawn from every nation and from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, arrayed in white robes, and holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And with a loud voice they kept crying out, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God: to the One seated on the throne, and to the Lamb.” 11 Now all the angels were stationed around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell face down before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might belong to our God, forever and ever! Amen!”

13 Then one of the elders responded, saying to me, “These who are arrayed in white robes: Who are they, and where have they come from?” 14 So I said to him, “My lord, you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who have come1 out of the great tribulation; and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 For this reason they are before the throne of God, worshiping and serving2 him day and night in his sanctuary; and the One who is seated on the throne will spread his tent over them. 16 Never again will they hunger or thirst, neither shall the sun or any deadly heat beat down on them. 17 For the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them, and he will guide them to the springs of the waters of life. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

Notes

  1. Lit. who come
  2. Lit. and they serve (worship)

The Seventh Seal

Now when the Lamb broke open the seventh seal, silence fell in heaven for about half an hour. 2 Then I saw the seven angels who were stationed before God; and seven trumpets were given to them. 3 Then another angel holding a golden censer came up and was stationed beside the altar; and much incense was given to him, that he might mingle it with1 the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar that stands before the throne. 4 So the smoke of the incense mingled with the prayers of the saints ascended out of the angel’s hand in the sight of2 God. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it down to the earth; and there were claps of thunder and rumblings and flashes of lightning and a shaking of the earth.3 6 And the seven angels holding the seven trumpets prepared themselves, that they might sound them.

The First Four Trumpets

7 So the first angel blew his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mingled with blood; and they were4 thrown down to the earth, and a third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.

Then the second angel blew his trumpet, and something like a great mountain, ablaze with fire, was hurled into the sea; and a third of the sea became blood, 9 a third of the living creatures in the sea5 died, and a third of the ships were completely destroyed.

10 Then the third angel blew his trumpet, and there fell from heaven a great star, burning like a torch; and it fell on a third of the rivers, and on the springs of waters. 11 Now the name of the star is Wormwood. So a third of the waters were turned to wormwood, and many men died from the waters, because the waters were made bitter.6

12 Then the fourth angel blew his trumpet, and a third of the sun, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars were stricken, so that a third of them were covered with darkness; and for a third of the day no light went forth, and for a third of the night as well.

13 Then I looked, and I heard the cry of a solitary eagle flying in the sky overhead,7 saying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe to those who live on the earth because of the rest of the blasts of the trumpets of the three angels who are about to sound them!”

Notes

  1. Lit. give (it) with
  2. Or before, in the presence of
  3. Lit. and an earthquake (storm)
  4. Lit. it was
  5. Lit. the creatures of the sea having souls (life)
  6. Or poisoned
  7. Lit. in mid-heaven, mid-air

The Fifth Trumpet

9 Then the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from heaven1 to the earth; and the key to the shaft of the abyss was given to him. 2 So he opened the shaft of the abyss, and smoke like the smoke of a great furnace billowed out of the shaft; and the sun was darkened, and the air as well, because of the smoke rising out the shaft.

Then locusts came out of the smoke and into the earth; and power was given to them, like the power possessed by the scorpions of the earth. 4 And the locusts were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any green plant or any tree—only the men who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. 5 And the locusts were allowed to test them by torment2 for five months, but not to kill them; and their torment was like the torment caused by a scorpion when it stings a man. 6 And in those days men will seek death but by no means find it; and they will long to die, but death will flee from them.

7 Now in appearance the locusts resembled horses prepared for battle.3 On their heads they wore something like crowns, as if of gold. Their faces were like the faces of men, 8 their hair was like the hair of women, and their teeth were like the teeth of lions. 9 They had breastplates, as if made of iron;4 and the sound of their wings was like the sound of many horse-drawn chariots rushing into battle. 10 Moreover, they have tails with stingers like scorpions; and their power to harm men for five months lies in their tails. 11 And they have as king over them the angel of the abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon,5 but whose name in Greek is Apollyon.6

12 The first woe is past. Behold, after these things two more woes are still to come!

The Sixth Trumpet

13 Then the sixth angel blew his trumpet, and I heard a solitary voice coming from the four horns of the golden altar that stands before God. 14 It said to the sixth angel holding the sixth trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates!” 15 Then the four angels—prepared for this very hour and day and month and year—were released to kill a third of mankind. 16 And the number of the warriors on horseback was twice ten thousand, times ten thousand; I distinctly heard their number.7 17 And in my8 vision the horses and their riders looked like this: The riders had breastplates that were red like fire, and blue like hyacinth, and yellow like sulfur. The heads of the horses were like the heads of lions; and pouring forth from their mouths came fire and smoke and sulfur. 18 By means of these three plagues—the fire and the smoke and the sulfur that continually pour forth from their mouths—a third of mankind was killed. 19 For the power of the horses resides in their mouths and in their tails, because their tails are like many-headed serpents,10 and with their tails11 they do great harm. 20 Yet the rest of mankind—those who were not killed by these three plagues—did not repent of the works of their hands so as to cease their worship of demons, and of idols made of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood—idols that can neither see nor hear nor walk. 21 Nor did they repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.

Notes

  1. Or the sky
  2. Or to torment (test with torture)
  3. For clarity sake I have not translated several conjunctions in this single-sentence paragraph
  4. Lit. like breastplates of iron
  5. I.e. Destruction
  6. I.e. Destroyer
  7. Or I listened carefully to their number
  8. Lit. the
  9. Lit. thus did I see the horses and those who rode on them
  10. Lit. like serpents having heads
  11. Lit. them

An Angel With an Open Scroll

10 Then I saw another strong angel coming down out of heaven, clothed with a cloud; and a1 rainbow was above2 his head, and his face shone like the sun, and his feet were like pillars of fire. 2 And he held in his hand a small, unfurled scroll.3 Placing his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, 3 he cried out with a loud voice, like a lion when it roars; and when he cried out, the seven thunders raised4 their voices. 4 Now when the seven thunders had spoken,5 I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Seal up the things the seven thunders spoke, and do not write them down.”

Then the angel I saw standing on the sea and the land lifted up his right hand to heaven; and he swore by him who lives forever and ever—the One who created heaven and all that is in it,6 and the earth and all that is in it, and the sea and all that is in it—that no longer will there be any delay, 7 but that in the days of the sounding7 of the seventh angel, when he is ready to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be brought to completion, just as he proclaimed to his servants the prophets.

8 Then the voice I had heard from heaven began to speak with me again, saying, “Go and receive the unfurled scroll which is in the hand of the angel standing on the sea and the land.” So I went over to the angel and said to him, “Give me the little scroll.” Then he said to me, “Take it and eat it: It will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet like honey.” 10 So I took the little scroll out of the angel’s hand and ate it; and in my mouth it was sweet like honey, but when I had eaten it my stomach grew bitter. 11 Then they said to me, “You must prophesy again over many peoples and nations and languages and kings.”

Notes

  1. Lit. the
  2. Or upon
  3. Or small open book
  4. Lit. spoke, uttered
  5. Lit. spoke
  6. Lit. the things in it
  7. Or voice

Measured for Protection

11 Then I was given a measuring rod that looked like a staff; and I was told, “Get up and measure the sanctuary1 of God and the altar and those who worship in it. 2 But as for the courtyard outside the sanctuary, leave it out and do not measure it, for it has been handed over to the Gentiles.2 For forty-two months they will trample the holy city under foot. 3 But I will give authority3 to my two witnesses, and for 1,260 days they will prophesy, clothed in sackcloth.”4

The Ministry of the Two Witnesses

4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the whole earth. 5 And if anyone tries5 to harm them, fire goes forth from their mouths and consumes their enemies; this is how anyone who tries to harm them must be destroyed.6 6 These two have authority to shut up heaven7 so that no rain will fall during the days of their prophesying; and they have authority over the waters, to turn them to blood, and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often they desire.

The Persecution of the Two Witnesses

7 Now when they have finished bringing their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the abyss will wage war against them, and overcome them, and kill them. 8 And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city, which the Spirit calls8 Sodom and Egypt—the very place where9 their Lord was crucified. 9 For three and a half days men from all the peoples and tribes and languages and nations will gloat over their dead bodies, and will not permit them to be buried.10 10 Moreover, those who dwell on the earth will rejoice at their death,11 and celebrate, and give gifts to one another because these two prophets had tormented all who dwell on the earth.

The Rescue of the Two Witnesses

11 But after the three and a half days, the breath of life from God entered them and they stood on their feet; and great fear fell on those who beheld them. 12 And they heard a loud voice from heaven, saying to them, “Come up here.” So they ascended into heaven in the cloud, and their enemies beheld them. 13 And in that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell; and in the earthquake the names of seven thousand men12 were abolished,13 and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.

14 The second woe is past; behold, the third woe is coming quickly!

The Seventh Trumpet: Coming, Judgment, and Kingdom

15 Then the seventh angel sounded, and loud voices rose up in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ; and he shall reign forever and ever.” 16 And the twenty-four elders who were seated before God on their thrones fell to their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying, “We give you thanks, O Lord God, the mighty Ruler over all—you who are and who were—for you have taken up your great power and begun to reign. 18 Yes,14 the nations were enraged; but your wrath has come,15 as well as the time for the dead to be judged and for all your bondservants—the prophets and the saints and those who fear your name, both small and great—to receive their reward, and for you to destroy the destroyers of the earth.” 19 Then the sanctuary of God in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant appeared in his sanctuary; and there were flashes of lightning and rumblings and claps of thunder and an earthquake and a great storm of hail.

Notes

  1. Or temple
  2. Or nations
  3. Or power
  4. The Greek contains no quotation marks
  5. Lit. desires, intends
  6. Or killed
  7. Or the sky
  8. Lit. which spiritually is called
  9. Lit. where also
  10. Lit. their corpses to be placed in a tomb
  11. Lit. over them
  12. Lit. seven thousand names of men
  13. Lit. killed, put to death
  14. Lit. and, indeed
  15. Lit. came

The Woman

12 Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, having the moon beneath her feet, and on her head a victor’s wreath composed of twelve stars. 2 And the woman was pregnant, crying out in pain and struggling to give birth.

The Dragon

Then another sign appeared in heaven; and behold, a great dragon, red like fire, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads, seven diadems.1 4 And his tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven and threw them down to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child as soon as she gave birth.

The Son

5 And the woman gave birth to a son, a male child who will soon be like a shepherd with a rod of iron to all the nations;2 and her child was caught3 up to God and to his throne. 6 Then the woman fled into the wilderness where she has a place prepared by God, so that there she may be nourished for 1,260 days.

War in the Heavenlies

7 Then war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. Now the dragon and his angels fought back, 8 but he could not prevail, and no longer was any place found for them in heaven. 9 So the great dragon—the serpent from of old who is called the devil and Satan, he who deceives the whole world—was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 10 And then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brotherhood has been thrown down—he who accuses them day and night before our God. 11 But they overcame him through the blood of the Lamb and through the word of their testimony; and they did not love their lives4 even in the face of death. 12 For this reason, rejoice you heavens, and all5 who dwell6 within them! But woe to the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to you, filled with great wrath, knowing that his time is short.”

Help in the Wilderness

13 Now when the dragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth, he pursued7 the woman who had given birth to the male child. 14 But she was given the two wings of the great eagle, so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time, times, and half a time away from the face of the serpent. 15 And the serpent, following behind the woman, poured forth water from his mouth in order to sweep her away. 16 But the earth gave help to the woman, opening its mouth and swallowing up the river that the dragon was spewing out of his mouth. 17 So the dragon was enraged at the woman, and went off to wage war against the rest of her seed: all8 who keep the commandments of God, and who hold fast to the testimony of Jesus.

Notes

  1. I.e. a jeweled crown or headband symbolizing rulership
  2. Lit. who will soon shepherd all the nations with a rod of iron (Psalm 2)
  3. Lit. seized, snatched
  4. Lit. life; see John 12:25
  5. Lit. those
  6. Lit. tabernacle
  7. Or persecuted
  8. Lit. those

The Beast from the Sea

13 Now the dragon stood on the sand of the seashore. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads; and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads, blasphemous names. 2 The beast I saw was like a leopard, but his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority. 3 Now one of the heads of the beast looked as if it had received a fatal wound—a fatal wound that was healed. So the whole earth marveled and followed after the beast. 4 And they worshiped the dragon, for the dragon had given his authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast?” and “Who can wage war against him?”

War on the Saints

Now the beast was given a mouth uttering great boasts and blasphemies; and for forty-two months he was given authority to act.1 6 So he opened his mouth to speak blasphemies against God: to blaspheme2 both his name and his tabernacle (that is, those who dwell in heaven). Moreover, it was granted to him to wage war against the saints and overpower them; and authority over every tribe and people and language and nation was given to him. 8 And all who dwell on the earth will worship the beast, all whose name has not been written in the Scroll of Life belonging to the Lamb who was slain from the foundation of the world.3 9 If anyone has an ear, let him hear: 10 If anyone is meant for4 captivity, into captivity he will go; if anyone is meant to be killed5 with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. Herein lies the faith and patient endurance6 of the saints.

The Beast from the Earth

11 Then I saw another beast rising up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. 12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast on his behalf,7 and compels the whole earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed. 13 He also performs great signs, even causing fire to fall from the sky to the earth in the sight of men. 14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by means of the signs he was given to perform on behalf of the beast, telling8 those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who has the wound from the sword, but who came to life. 15 And it was granted to him to give breath9 to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast could both10 speak and act, so that11 whoever refuses to worship the image of the beast might be put to death. 16 And he forces all men—the small and great, and the rich and the poor, and the free and the slaves—to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead. 17 And he requires that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark: either the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom: Let him who understands work out12 the number of the beast, for it is the number of man.12 And his number is 666.

Notes

  1. Or he was permitted to exercise authority
  2. Or slander, revile
  3. Or written from the foundation of the world in the Scroll . . . slain
  4. Or possibly takes, leads into
  5. Many mss kills
  6. Lit. Here is the endurance and faith
  7. Or in his presence
  8. Or ordering
  9. Or spirit, life
  10. Or even, also
  11. Or speak and cause
  12. Or calculate, compute, figure out, reckon, determine
  13. Or for (the) number is (that) of a man

The Song of the Redeemed

14 Then I looked, and behold: the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion; and with him were 144,000, all of them having his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. 2 And I heard a sound coming out of heaven, like the sound of many waters and loud thunder; and the sound I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps. 3 Now those whom I saw1 were singing a new song before the throne, and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one was able to learn the song except the 144,000 who were purchased from the earth. 4 These are those who did not defile themselves2 with women (for they are virgins), those who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These were purchased from among men as first fruits for3 God and the Lamb. 5 And no lie was found in their mouth: They are without blame.4

An Everlasting Gospel

6 Then I saw another angel flying high in the sky overhead,5 having an everlasting gospel to proclaim to the inhabitants of the earth, even to every nation and tribe and language and people. 7 And with a loud voice he kept saying, “Fear God and give him glory, for the hour of his judgment has come; and worship him who made the heavens and the earth, the sea and the springs of water.” 8 And another angel, a second, followed after the first, saying, “Fallen, fallen! Babylon the great is utterly fallen—she who caused6 all the nations to drink from the wine of the lust that drives7 her immorality.”8

Wrath and Blessing

9 Then another angel, a third, followed them both, saying in a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, or9 receives the mark on his forehead or his hand, 10 he will also drink from the wine of the wrath of God, wrath that is mixed full strength in the cup of his anger; and he will be tormented with fire and burning sulfur before10 all the holy angels and before the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment will go up forever and ever; day and night they will have no rest—those who worship the beast and his image, or who receive11 the mark of his name.” 12 Here is the patient endurance of the saints, of all12 who cling to the commandments of God and to the faith that Jesus brought.13

13 Then I heard a voice coming out of heaven, saying, “Write, ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from this time forth!’ ” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “so they may rest from all their toil,14 for their works follow after them.”

Coming and Judgment

14 Then I looked, and behold: a white cloud, and seated on the cloud One like a son of man, with a golden victor’s wreath on his head, and a sharp sickle in his hand. 15 And another angel came forth f rom the sanctuary, crying with a loud voice to the One who was seated on the cloud, “Send forth your sickle and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” 16 So the One who was seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped.

17 Then another angel came forth from the sanctuary in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. 18 And after him, another angel came forth from the altar: the angel holding authority over its15 fire. With a loud voice he called out to the angel with the sharp sickle, saying, “Send forth your sharp sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, for her grapes are ripe for harvest.” 19 So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth; and he gathered up the vine of the earth and threw it into the great wine press of the wrath of God. 20 And the wine press was trodden outside the city; and blood reaching up to the horses’ bridles poured out of the winepress to a distance of 1,600 stadia.

Notes

  1. Lit. And they
  2. Or were not defiled
  3. Lit. to
  4. Or blemish; some mss for they are
  5. Lit. in mid-heaven
  6. Lit. has caused
  7. Or the wine of the wrath of(belonging to)
  8. The Greek denotes sexual immorality of all kinds
  9. Or and
  10. Or in the presence of
  11. Lit. or if someone receives
  12. Lit. those
  13. Or and to their faith in Jesus; lit. the faith of Jesus
  14. Lit. from their toils (labors)
  15. Lit. the

The Song of Moses

15 Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and wondrous: seven angels holding seven final1 plagues, for with them the wrath of God was brought to completion.

2 I also saw what looked like a sea of glass mingled with fire; and I saw those who had triumphed over the beast and his image and the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, holding harps that came from2 God. 3 And they sang the song of Moses, the bond-servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and wondrous are your works, O Lord God, the mighty Ruler over all! Righteous and true are your ways, O King of the nations! 4 Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name, since you alone are holy? For all the nations will come and worship3 before you, for your righteous judgments4 have been revealed.”

5 Now after these things I looked, and the sanctuary of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened; and the seven angels who had the seven plagues came out of the sanctuary, dressed in linen, pure5 and bright, and wearing golden sashes around their chests. Then one of the four living creatures gave the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God, he who lives forever and ever. 8 And the sanctuary was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no one was able to enter the sanctuary until the seven plagues of the seven angels were brought to an end.

Notes

  1. Or last
  2. Or belong to; lit. of God
  3. Or bow, kneel in worship
  4. Or acts
  5. Or clean

The Seven Bowls of God’s Wrath

16 Then I heard a loud voice coming from the sanctuary, saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath onto1 the earth.”

2 So the first angel went out and poured his bowl onto the earth; and a foul and painful sore broke out on those who had the mark of the beast, and those who worshiped his image.

3 Then the second angel poured his bowl onto the sea, and the sea turned to blood—blood like that of a dead man—and every sea creature with the breath of life died.

4 Then the third angel poured out his bowl onto the rivers and the springs of water; and they too turned to blood. And I heard the angel of the waters saying, “You are righteous—he who is and who was, the Holy One—in judging as you have,2 for they poured out the blood of the saints and the prophets; and you have given them blood to drink, just as they deserve.” And I heard the altar reply, saying, “Yes, Lord God—the mighty Ruler over all—your judgments are righteous and true!”

8 Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was granted to the sun to scorch men with fire. 9 So men were scorched with intense3 heat; and they blasphemed the name of God, who had authority over all these plagues; but they refused to4 repent and give5 him glory.

10 Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was covered with darkness. And men gnawed their tongues because of the pain; 11 and because of their pains and their sores they blasphemed the God of heaven; and they did not repent of their evil deeds.

12 Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to make way for the kings who will come from the east. 13 And I saw three unclean spirits proceeding from the mouth of the dragon, and from the mouth of the beast, and from the mouth of the false prophet; and the spirits looked like frogs. 14 For they are demonic spirits6 performing miraculous signs, spirits that7 go out to8 the kings of the whole world to gather them together for the battle of the great day of God, the mighty Ruler over all. 15 (“Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is he who stays awake and guards his garments, lest he walk about naked, with his shame exposed for all to see!”9) 16 So they gathered them together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.10

17 Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl on the air, and a loud voice from the throne came out of the sanctuary, saying, “It is done!” 18 And there were flashes of lightning and rumblings and claps of thunder and a great earthquake—an earthquake so immense and powerful that nothing like it had ever occurred since the day that man appeared on the earth. 19 Then the great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. So Babylon the great was remembered before God, that he might give to her11 the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. 20 And every island fled away, and not a single mountain was found. 21 And great hailstones weighing about a talent each rained down from heaven onto men; and men blasphemed God because of the plague of hail, for the destruction it brought12 was exceedingly great.

Notes

  1. Lit. into
  2. Lit. because you judged these things
  3. Lit. great
  4. Lit. and they did not
  5. Lit. to give
  6. Lit. spirits of demons
  7. Or signs that
  8. Or upon
  9. Lit. naked, and they see his shame
  10. From the Hebrew for hill or city of Megiddo
  11. Lit. God, to give to her
  12. Lit. for its plague

The Harlot and the Beast

17 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came up and spoke with me, saying, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who is seated on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth engaged in sexual immorality, so that those who live on the earth became drunk with the wine of her fornication.”

3 So he carried me away in the Spirit1 to a wilderness. And there I saw a woman seated on a scarlet beast, a beast filled with blasphemous names and having seven heads and ten horns. 4 Now the woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls; and in her hand she held a golden cup filled with abominations and the unclean things of her sexual immorality. 5 And a name was written on her forehead, a mystery: “Babylon the Great, the mother of harlots and of all the detestable things of the earth.” 6 And I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the witnesses2 of Jesus. And when I saw her, I wondered with great wonder.

7 So the angel said to me, “Why did you wonder? I will tell you the mystery of the woman, and of the beast with seven heads and ten horns that is carrying her. 8 The beast that you saw once was, and now is not, but will soon arise out of the abyss, only to go to destruction. And those who dwell on the earth—those whose names have not been written in the Scroll of Life from the foundation of the world—will stand in awe when3 they see the beast that once was, and now is not, but will soon be present. Here is the mind that has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is seated. 10 They also are seven kings: five have fallen, one now is, but the other has not yet come; and when he does come, he must remain for a little while. 11 Now the beast that once was but now is not, is himself also an eighth, yet one of the seven; and he will go4 to destruction.

12 “As for the ten horns you saw, they are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom;5 but they will receive authority to rule as kings for one hour with the beast. 13 These will have a single goal, and will therefore give their power and authority to the beast. 14 They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with him are the called, the chosen, and the faithful.”

15 Then he said to me, “The waters you saw—those on which the harlot is seated—are peoples and multitudes and nations and languages. 16 And the beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the harlot, and will make her desolate, and will strip her bare; and they will devour her flesh and consume her with fire. 17 For God will have put it in their hearts to accomplish his purpose by purposing as one to give6 their royal authority to the beast until the words of God are all fulfilled.

18 “As for the woman you saw, she is the great city that holds dominion over all the kings of the earth.”

Notes

  1. Or in spirit
  2. Or martyrs
  3. Or because
  4. Lit. goes
  5. Or royal power
  6. Lit. purpose, and to make a single purpose (plan) and to give

Babylon Is Fallen

18 After these things I saw another angel coming down out of heaven, having great authority; and the earth was illumined with his glory. 2 And with a mighty voice he cried out, saying, “Fallen, fallen, Babylon the great is fallen, and has become a habitation of demons, and a prison for every unclean spirit, and a prison for every unclean bird, and a prison for every unclean and detestable beast.1 3 For all the nations have drunk2 from the wine of the lust that drives her sexual immorality; and the kings of the earth have lain3 with her, and the merchants of the earth have grown rich through the power of her sensuality.”4

4 Then I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins and receive of her plagues; 5 for her sins are piled as high as heaven,5 and God has remembered her iniquities. 6 Just as she paid out, so you must pay her back; indeed, pay her back double in accordance with all her deeds. In the cup that she mixed, mix twice as much for her; 7 in the measure that she glorified herself and lived in luxury, in that same measure give her torment and grief; for she says in her heart, ‘I am seated as a queen and am not a widow: I will never see grief.’ 8 For this reason her plagues will come upon her in a single day: pestilence6 and grief and famine. And she will be consumed by fire, for the Lord God who judges her is strong.”7

9 Now when the kings of the earth who lived with her in luxury8 and immorality gaze at the smoke from the fire that consumes her,9 they will weep and wail over her. 10 Standing at a distance for fear of her torment, they will say, ‘Woe, woe to10 the great city, to Babylon the strong city! For in a single hour your punishment11 has come upon you.

11 The merchants of the earth will also weep and mourn over her, for no one purchases their cargoes any more: 12 cargoes of gold and silver and precious stones and pearls; of fine linen; of purple and silk and scarlet fabric; of all sorts of citron wood and every kind of vessel made of ivory and costly woods and bronze and iron and marble; 13 of cinnamon and spice and incense and perfumed ointment12 and frankincense; of wine and olive oil and fine flour and wheat; of cattle and sheep and horses and four-wheeled chariots and human bodies13 and the very lives14 of men.

14 (Thus has your ripe summer fruit—the craving of your soul—departed from you; and all your refined and luxurious items have been torn from you, never to be found again!)

15 The merchants who sold these things and grew rich because of her will stand at a distance for fear of her torment. With weeping and mourning 16 they will say, ‘Alas, alas for15 the great city—she who was arrayed in fine linen, and in purple and scarlet fabrics, and who was adorned with gold and pearls and precious stones—17 for in a single hour such great wealth has been16 brought to ruin!’ And all the ship’s captains, and all who travel17 from port to port, and all sailors, and as many as earn their living at sea—all of them stood at a distance. 18 And when they saw the smoke from the fire that burned her, they began to cry out, saying, ‘What can compare with18 the great city?’ 19 So they threw dust on their heads, and with weeping and mourning they began to cry out, saying, ‘Alas, alas for19 the great city, in which all who had ships at sea grew rich because of her great wealth; for in a single hour she has been20 brought to ruin!’

20 (Rejoice over her, O heaven; and rejoice all you saints and apostles and prophets; for God has judged her just as she judged you!21)

21 Then a strong angel picked up a stone—it looked like a great millstone—and he threw it into the sea, saying, “Thus shall Babylon, the great city, be thrown down with sudden violence, 22 never again to be found. 22 And the sound of harpists and musicians and flautists and trumpeters will never again be heard in you; and no tradesman plying any trade will ever again be found in you; and the sound of a mill will never again be heard in you; 23 and the light of a lamp will never again shine in you; and the voice of a bridegroom and his bride will never again be heard in you, because your merchants were the great men of the earth, because23 all the nations were deceived by your sorcery. 24 And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain upon the earth.

Notes

  1. Some mss omit the final phrase
  2. Some mss fallen
  3. Lit. engaged in sexual immorality
  4. Or luxury
  5. Lit. until heaven
  6. Or death
  7. Some interpreters close the quotes at v. 20
  8. Or sensuality
  9. Lit. the smoke of her fire
  10. Or because of
  11. Or judgment, sentence
  12. Or myrrh
  13. Or slaves
  14. Or souls
  15. Or possibly Woe, woe (to us because of)
  16. Lit. was
  17. Or navigate
  18. Or who is like
  19. See note 15
  20. Lit. was
  21. Lit. for God judged your judgment from her
  22. Or a sudden surge of force
  23. Or and because

A Hallelujah Chorus

19 After these things I heard, as it were, the voice1 of a great crowd in heaven, saying, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for his judgments are righteous and true, for he has judged the great harlot who was corrupting the earth with her harlotry; and he has avenged the blood of his bondservants shed by her hand.

3 Then for a second time they said, “Hallelujah! The smoke from her burning2 goes up forever and ever.” And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who is seated3 on the throne, saying, “Amen! Hallelujah!”

5 Then a voice came from the throne, saying, “Give praise to our God, all you his bondservants, and4 all you who fear him, both small and great.”

And I heard, as it were, the voice5 of a great crowd, and the voice of many waters, and the voice of mighty rolls of thunder, saying, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God—the mighty Ruler over all—has come to reign!6 7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has prepared herself, 8 for7 it was granted to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.”

Then the angel said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage feast of the Lamb.’” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.” 10 Then I fell down at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you don’t do that! I am only your fellow servant, and the fellow servant of your brothers who keep8 the testimony of Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

Second Coming and Judgment

11 Then I saw heaven opening up, and behold, a white horse; and the One who was seated on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and wages war.9 12 Now his eyes were like a flame of fire, and on his head were many diadems. And a name was written on him, a name that no one knew but he himself. 13 And he was clothed with a robe that was dipped in blood, and his name was called the Word of God. 14 Now the armies in heaven—arrayed in fine linen, white and clean—were following him on white horses. 15 And out of his mouth went forth a sharp sword, so that with it he might strike the nations. And he will be to them like a shepherd10 with a rod of iron; and he will tread them down in the vat of the wine11 of the fierceness of the wrath of God, the mighty Ruler over all.12 16 And he has a name written on his robe and on his thigh: “King of kings, and Lord of lords.”

17 Then I saw a single13 angel standing in the sun; and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds flying in the sky overhead,14 “Come, assemble yourselves for the great supper of God, 18 so that you may devour the flesh of kings, and the flesh of commanders, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, both slave and free, small and great.”

19 Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and all their armies gathered together to wage war against the One who was seated on the horse, and against his army. 20 But the beast was seized, and along with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs in his presence, the signs by which he had deceived those who took the mark of the beast and had worshiped his image; and the two of them were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. 21 As for the rest, they were killed with the sword that came forth from the mouth of the One who was seated on the horse; and all the birds were filled with their flesh.

Notes

  1. Or sound, noise, cry, roar
  2. Lit. her smoke
  3. Or possibly worshiped the God who is seated
  4. Or even; some mss omit this word
  5. Lit. I heard as (like) a voice, and so throughout the verse
  6. Or reigns; lit. reigned
  7. Lit. and
  8. Or hold; lit. the ones having
  9. Or was judging and waging war
  10. Lit. he will shepherd them
  11. Or the winepress
  12. Isaiah 63:1-3
  13. Lit. one
  14. Lit. in mid-heaven

The Binding of Satan

20 Then I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, holding in his hand a great chain and the key to the abyss. And he seized the dragon—the ancient serpent who is called the devil and Satan—and bound him for a thousand years, 3 throwing him into the abyss and locking and sealing it over him1 so that he could no longer deceive the nations until the thousand years had come to an end.2 After that,3 he must be released for a little while.

The First Resurrection

Then I saw thrones, and they sat upon them; and authority to judge had been given to them.4 And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony concerning Jesus,5 and because of the word of God. And I saw those who6 had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead or their hand. And they all came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years came to an end.) This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he who shares in the first resurrection: over these the second death holds no sway, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him a7 thousand years.

The Last Battle

7 Now when the thousand years have come to an end, Satan will be released from his prison. 8 And he will go8 out to deceive the nations that dwell in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog—and to gather them together for the war; and their9 number is like the sands of the seashore. 9 And they went up onto the broad plain of the earth, and they surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city; but fire came down from heaven and consumed them. 10 Then the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and burning sulfur, there to join the beast and the false prophet.10 And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

The Judgment

11 Then I saw a great white throne and the One seated upon it, from whose face the earth and the sky fled for safety; but no such place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, both the great and the small, standing before the throne. Then scrolls were opened; and another scroll was opened, which is the Scroll of Life. And the dead were judged based on the things written in the scrolls, that is, according to their deeds. 13 So the sea gave up the dead who were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them; and they all were judged, each according to his11 deeds. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death: the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the Scroll of Life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

Notes

  1. Lit. and he threw . . . and locked (shut) and sealed over him
  2. Or come to a close; been completed
  3. Lit. After these things
  4. Lit. and judgment was given to them
  5. Lit. the testimony of Jesus
  6. Or even those who
  7. Some mss the
  8. Or come
  9. Lit. whose
  10. Lit. where also the beast and the false prophet
  11. Lit. their

The World to Come

21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the former heaven and the former earth had passed away; and there was no longer any sea. 2 And then I saw the holy city—New Jerusalem—coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice coming from the throne, saying, “Look, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will tabernacle with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them; 4 and he will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death and mourning and crying and pain shall be no more, for the former things have passed away.”

Then the One seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new!” And he said, “Write! For these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 Then he said to me, “All has come to pass!1 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To him who thirsts I will grant him to drink from the spring2 of the water of life without cost. 7 He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be God to him, and he a son to me. 8 But as for the cowardly and unbelieving and loathsome and murderers and fornicators and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars—their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

The City to Come

9 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven final plagues came up and spoke with me, saying, “Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10 So he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and lofty mountain; and he showed me the holy city—Jerusalem—coming down out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God. Her brilliance was like the brilliance of a precious gem, like a jasper, clear as crystal. 12 She also had a great and lofty wall with twelve gates; and stationed at the gates were twelve angels, and written on the gates were the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel. 13 Three of the gates were on the east, and three were on the north, and three were on the south, and three were on the west. 14 Moreover, the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and written on the foundations were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

15 Now the angel who was speaking with me had a measure—a golden reed—so that he could measure the city and her gates and her wall. 16 And the city was laid out as a square, her length being equal to her width. So he measured the city with the reed: 12,000 stadia (her length and width and height were all equal). 17 He also measured her wall: 144 cubits by a man’s measure, and by an angel’s as well.3 18 Now the wall was made of jasper, and the city itself of pure gold, as pure as glass. 19 The foundations of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone: the first with jasper, the second with sapphire, the third with chalcedony, the fourth with emerald, 20 the fifth with sardonyx, the sixth with sardius, the seventh with chrysolite, the eighth with beryl, the ninth with topaz, the tenth with chrysoprase, the eleventh with jacinth, and the twelfth with amethyst. 21 And the twelve gates of the city were twelve pearls: Each of the gates was made from a single pearl! And the street of the city was pure gold, as clear as glass.

22 But I saw no sanctuary in her, for the Lord God, the mighty Ruler over all, is her sanctuary, and the Lamb as well. 23 And the city has no need for the sun or the moon to illumine her, for the glory of God illumined her, and her lamp was the Lamb. 24 And the nations will walk by her light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into her. 25 And during the day, her gates will never be shut, for in that place night will be no more; 26 and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into her. 27 Nothing unclean will ever enter her, nor will anyone who practices abomination or falsehood4—only those whose names are written5 in the Lamb’s Scroll of Life.

Notes

  1. Lit. They have taken place
  2. Or fountain
  3. Lit. which is (that) of an angel
  4. Lit. he who practices (an) abomination and a lie (falsehood)
  5. Lit. only those who have been written

Paradise Regained

22 Then he showed me the river of the water of life—clear and bright as crystal—flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb
2 down1 the middle of her street. And2 on either side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit,3 each yielding its crop month by month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And4 no longer will there be any curse. Moreover, the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in her, and his bondservants will serve him; 4 and they will see his face, and his name will be written on their foreheads. Night will be no more, and they will never again need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God himself will give them light. And they will reign forever and ever.

“Worship God!”

6 Then the angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true.5 For6 the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his bondservants the things that must shortly come to pass.”

7 “Behold, I am coming swiftly. Blessed is he who keeps7 the words of the prophecy contained in this scroll.”

8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw all these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell to the ground to worship at the feet of the angel who was showing them to me. 9 But he said to me, “See that you don’t do that! I am only your fellow servant, and the fellow servant of your brothers the prophets, and of those who keep the words contained in this scroll. Worship God!”

The Time is Near

10 Then he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy contained in this scroll, for the appointed time is near. 11 He who does wrong, let him still do wrong; and he who is vile, let him still be vile; and he who is righteous, let him still practice righteousness; and he who is holy, let him still be made holy.”

12 “Behold, I am coming swiftly, and my wages are with me, to pay each man according to his work. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. 14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may rightfully come to the tree of life8 and enter the city through her gates. 15 Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the sexually immoral and the murderers and the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.9 16 I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you these things concerning10 the churches. I am the root and offspring of David, the bright morning star.”

17 Now the Spirit and the Bride say, “Come!” So let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who is thirsty come. Let him who so desires take the water of life without cost!

Warning, Promise, Plea, Farewell

18 I myself testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy contained in11 this scroll: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues that stand written12 in this scroll. 19 And if anyone takes away from the words of the prophecy contained in this scroll,13 God will take away his portion from the tree of life and14 the holy city which have been described15 in this scroll.

20 He who testifies these things says, “Yes, I am coming swiftly!”

Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!

21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you all. Amen.

Notes

  1. Lit. in
  2. Or Lamb. In the midst of its street and
  3. Or crops of fruit; lit. twelve fruits
  4. Or nations, and
  5. Some interpreters close the quotes here
  6. Lit. and
  7. Or observes, guards, obeys
  8. Lit. that their authority might be over the tree of life
  9. Or a lie
  10. Or for
  11. Lit. the prophecy of
  12. Or plagues described; lit. plagues that have been written
  13. Lit. words of the scroll of this prophecy
  14. Lit. and out of
  15. Or holy city, from the things that stand written