· Revelation ·

  Apocalypse of John

 
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CHAPTER 1
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1This is the Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things which must happen soon. He sent it and made it known by his angel to his servant, John, 2who testified about everything that he saw: to the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.

3Blessed is the one who reads the words of the prophecy and blessed are those who hear and observe the things that are written in it, for the time is at hand.

Letter to the seven Churches

4John, to the seven Churches that are in Asia: May grace and peace be with you from God, who is and who was and who is to come; and from the seven spirits who are before his throne; 5and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us, washed us from our sins by his blood, 6and made us to be a kingdom, priests to his God and Father; to him be the glory and the dominion unto the ages. Amen.

7Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, including those who pierced him. All the tribes of the earth will mourn over him. It shall be so. Amen.

8“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

In the Spirit on the Lord’s day – The vision of the son of man

9I John, your brother and partner with you in oppression, in the Kingdom, and in perseverance in Christ Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of God’s Word and the testimony of Jesus Christ. 10I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day and I heard behind me a loud voice, like a trumpet 11saying, “What you see, write in a book and send to the seven Churches; to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”

12I turned around to see the voice that had spoken to me. Having done so, I saw seven golden lampstands, 13and among the seven lampstands was someone like a son of man, (Daniel 7:13) clothed with a robe reaching down to his feet, and with a golden sash around his chest. 14His head and his hair were as white as white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire. 15His feet were like fine bronze, as if it had been refined in a furnace. His voice was like the voice of many waters. 16He had seven stars in his right hand and out of his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining at its brightest. 17When I saw him, I fell at his feet like a dead man.

He laid his right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid. I am the first and the last, 18and the Living one. I was dead, and behold, I am alive unto ages of ages. Amen; I have the keys of death and of hades. 19Therefore, write the things which you have seen, the things which are now and the things which will happen in the future. 20Write about the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands. The seven stars are the angels of the seven Churches and the seven lampstands are seven Churches.

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CHAPTER 2
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To Ephesus

1To the angel of the Church in Ephesus write:

He who holds the seven stars in his right hand, he who walks among the seven golden lampstands says these things,

2“I know your works, your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men. You have tested those who call themselves apostles although they are not and you have found them to be false. 3With perseverance you have endured much for my Name’s sake; you have worked hard and not grown weary. 4Still, I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5Remember therefore from where you have fallen, and repent and do the first works. Otherwise, I am coming to you swiftly and I will remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. 6But you have this: that you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7Whoever has an ear should listen to what the Spirit is saying to the Churches. To the one who overcomes, I will grant the right to eat from the tree of life which is in the Paradise of my God.”

To Smyrna

8To the angel of the Church in Smyrna, write:

The first and the last, who was dead and who has come to life says these things,

9“I know your works, your affliction and your poverty, but you are rich. I know the blasphemy of those who say that they are Jews even though they are not; instead, they are a synagogue of Satan. 10Do not be afraid of what you are about to endure. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison so that you may be tested, and you will have oppression for ten days. Be faithful to the point of death and I will give you the crown of life. 11Whoever has an ear should listen to what the Spirit is saying to the Churches. The one who overcomes will not be harmed by the second death.”

To Pergamum

12To the angel of the Church in Pergamum, write:

He who has the sharp two-edged sword says these things,

13“I know your works and where you live, which is where Satan’s throne is located. You hold firmly to my Name and you have not denied my faith in the days of Antipas my witness, my faithful one who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. 14But I have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the teaching of Balaam. He was one who taught Balak to throw a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit sexual immorality. 15Likewise, you also have some who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans which I hate. 16Repent therefore, or else I am coming to you quickly and I will make war against them with the sword of my mouth. 17Whoever has an ear should listen to what the Spirit is saying to the Churches. To the one who overcomes I will give of the hidden manna and I will give a white stone. On the stone a new name is written, which no one knows but the one who receives it.”

To Thyatira

18To the angel of the Church in Thyatira, write:

The Son of God, whose eyes are like a flame of fire, whose feet are like fine bronze, says these things,

19“I know your works, your love, faith, service, patient endurance and I know that your last works are more abundant than the first ones. 20But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel who calls herself a prophetess. She seduces my servants by teaching them to commit sexual immorality and to eat things sacrificed to idols. 21I have given her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality. 22Behold, I will throw her into a bed of pain and I will throw those who commit adultery with her into great suffering, unless they repent of her works. 23I will kill her children with death and all the Churches will know that I am the one who searches the minds and hearts. I will render to each one of you according to your deeds. 24But to the rest of you in Thyatira, those who do not follow this teaching and who do not know what some call ‘the deep things of Satan,’ to you I say this: I am not putting any other burden on you. 25Nevertheless, hold on to what you have with determination until I come. 26To the one who overcome and who keep my works to the end, I will give authority over the nations. 27He will rule the nations with a rod of iron, shattering them like clay pots; (Psalms 2:9) as I also have received of my Father: 28and I will give him the morning star. 29Whoever has an ear should listen to what the Spirit is saying to the Churches.”

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CHAPTER 3
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To Sardis

1And to the angel of the Church in Sardis write:

He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars says these things,

“I know your works, that you have a reputation of being alive when in fact you are dead. 2Wake up and hold on to what remains, which were about to die, for I have not found any of your works perfected before my God. 3Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard. Keep it and repent. But if you refuse to keep watch, I will come as a thief and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. 4Nevertheless, you have a few names in Sardis that have not defiled their garments. They will walk with me in white because they are worthy. 5The one who overcomes will be vested in white garments and I will not blot his name from the book of life. I will confess that person’s name before my Father and before his angels. 6Whoever has an ear should listen to what the Spirit is saying to the Churches.”

To Philadelphia

7To the angel of the Church in Philadelphia, write:

He who is holy, he who is true, he who has the key of David, who opens and no one can shut, who shuts and no one opens, says these things, (see Isaiah 22:22)

8“I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one can shut. I know that you have a little power, that you have kept my word and you have not denied my Name. 9Behold, those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and they are not, but lie. Behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet and they will know that I have loved you. 10Because you have kept my command to endure, I also will keep you from the hour of testing which is about to come on the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. 11I am coming quickly. Hold firmly to what you have, so that no one may take your crown. 12The one who overcomes, I will make a pillar in the sanctuary of my God, from which he shall never be removed. On such a person I will write the Name of my God, the name of the city of my God which is the new Jerusalem coming down from heaven from my God, and my own new Name. 13Whoever has an ear should listen to what the Spirit is saying to the Churches.”

To Laodicea

14To the angel of the Church in Laodicea, write:

The Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the origin of God’s creation, says these things,

15“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were cold or hot. 16But because you are lukewarm and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. 17You say, ‘I am rich, I have obtained wealth and I have need of nothing’ and yet you do not know that you are the wretched one, miserable, poor, blind, and naked. 18I advise you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may become rich; and white garments, so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed. Buy also ointment to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. 19As many as I love, I reprove and discipline. Therefore, be zealous and repent. 20Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and have supper with him, and he with me. 21To the one who overcomes, I will grant to sit down with me on my throne, as I also overcame, and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22Whoever has an ear should listen to what the Spirit is saying to the Churches.”

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CHAPTER 4
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Vision of heavenly worship

1After these things, I looked and saw a door opened in heaven. The first voice that I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me. It was saying, “Come up here, and I will show you the things which must happen after this.”

2Immediately, I was in the Spirit and behold, there was a throne set in heaven, and one sitting on the throne 3who had the appearance of jasper and ruby. There was a rainbow around the throne with the appearance of an emerald. 4Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones were twenty-four elders sitting, vested in white robes, with crowns of gold on their heads. 5From the throne, lightning, sounds, and thunders came forth. There were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven spirits of God. 6Before the throne, there was something like a sea of glass, similar to crystal. In the centre and around the throne, there were four living creatures full of eyes on all sides. 7The first creature was like a lion, the second creature like a calf, the third creature had a human face and the fourth was like a flying eagle. 8Each one of the four living creatures had six wings, full of eyes around and within. They have no rest day and night, saying,

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty,
who was and who is and who is to come.

9When the living creatures give glory, honour, and thanks to him who sits on the throne, to him who lives unto ages of ages, 10the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and they worship him who lives unto ages of ages. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

11Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive the glory, the honour, and the power,
for you created everything,
and because of your will they existed, and were created.

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CHAPTER 5
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The scroll and the Lamb

1In the right hand of the one who sat on the throne, I saw a scroll written inside and outside, sealed shut with seven seals. 2Then I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to break its seals?” 3But no one in heaven above, or on earth, or under the earth, was able to open the scroll or to look in it. 4And so I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look in it. 5One of the elders said to me,

Do not weep. Behold, the Lion who is of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome; he who opens the book and its seven seals.

6I saw in the centre of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain. He had seven horns and seven eyes, (see Zechariah 4:10) which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7Then the Lamb came and took the scroll from the right hand of the one who sat on the throne. 8When he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one having a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9They sang a new song, saying,

You are worthy to take the book, and to open its seals,
because you were slain, and redeemed us for God with your blood,
out of every tribe, language, people, and nation.
10You have made us kings and priests to our God,
and they will reign on earth.

11I saw and I heard something like the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures and the elders. The number of those speaking was ten thousands of ten thousands, and thousands of thousands. 12They were saying with a loud voice,

Worthy is the Lamb who has been killed to receive the power, wealth, wisdom, strength, honour, glory, and blessing.

13I heard every creature in heaven, on earth, under the earth, on the sea, and everything in them, saying,

To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be the blessing, the honour, the glory, and the dominion,
unto ages of ages.

14The four living creatures said, “Amen.” and the twenty-four elders fell down and worshipped.

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CHAPTER 6
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The first six seals – The four horses

1I saw that the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice of thunder, “Come and see.” 2And behold, there was a white horse and its rider had a bow. A crown was given to him, and he came forth to conquer and intent on conquering.

3When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come.” 4Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. To its rider was given power to take peace from the earth, so that people should kill each other, and a great sword was given to him.

5When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, “Come and see.” And behold, there was a black horse and its rider had a balance in his hand. 6I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a day’s wage and three quarts of barley for a day’s wage. Do not damage the oil and the wine.”

7When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the fourth living creature say, “Come and see.” 8And behold, a pale horse, and the name of its rider was Death, and Hades followed him. He was given authority over one fourth of the earth, to kill with the sword, with famine, with death, and by the wild animals of the earth.

9When the Lamb opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been killed for the sake of the word of God and for the testimony they had kept. 10They cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, holy and true Master, until you judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11A long white robe was given to each of them. They were told to rest for a while longer, until their fellow-servants and brethren, who would also be killed as they were, should complete their course.

12When the Lamb opened the sixth seal, I saw that there was a great earthquake. The sun became black as a coarse sackcloth, and the whole moon became as blood. 13The stars of the sky fell to the earth, like a fig tree dropping its unripe figs when it is shaken by a great wind. 14The sky was removed like a scroll when it is rolled up. Every mountain and island was removed from its place. 15At this, the kings of the earth, the princes, commanding officers, the rich, the strong, every slave and free person sought to hide themselves in the caves and the rocks of the mountains. 16They said to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us, and hide us from the face of the one who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb, 17for the great day of his wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

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CHAPTER 7
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The 144,000

1After this, I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth. They were holding the four winds of the earth so that no wind would blow on the earth, or on the sea, or on any tree. 2I saw another angel ascend from the rising sun with the seal of the living God. He cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was given to harm the earth and the sea, 3saying, “Do not harm the earth, the sea or the trees until we have sealed the slaves of our God on their foreheads.” 4I heard the number of those who were sealed: one hundred and forty-four thousand, sealed out of every tribe of the children of Israel:

5of the tribe of Judah twelve thousand were sealed,
of the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand,
of the tribe of Gad twelve thousand,
6of the tribe of Asher twelve thousand,
of the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand,
of the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand,
7of the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand,
of the tribe of Levi twelve thousand,
of the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand,
8of the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand,
of the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand,
of the tribe of Benjamin twelve thousand were sealed.

The great multitude

9After these things I looked, and behold, there was a great multitude which no one could number, out of every nation and of all tribes, peoples, and languages. They were standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes and holding palm branches in their hands. 10They cried with a loud voice, saying,

Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne and to the Lamb.

11All the angels were standing around the throne, along with the elders and the four living creatures. They fell on their faces before his throne and worshipped God, 12saying,

Amen. Blessing, glory, wisdom, thanksgiving, honour, power, and might, be to our God unto ages of ages. Amen.

13Then one of the elders spoke and asked me, “Who are these who are arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?” 14I told him, “My lord, you know.”

He said to me, “These are those who have come out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15Therefore, they are before the throne of God and they worship him day and night in his sanctuary. He who sits on the throne will tabernacle with them. 16They will never be hungry or thirsty any more. Neither heat not sun will ever scorch them, 17because the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne is their shepherd. He leads them to the springs of the waters of life and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

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CHAPTER 8
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The seven trumpets – The golden censer

1When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. 2I saw the seven angels who stand before God and seven trumpets were given to them. 3Another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer. A lot of incense was given to him, so that the angel should add it to the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne. (see Tobit 12:12) 4The smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel’s hand. 5The angel took the censer and filled it with the fire of the altar, and threw it upon the earth, causing thunder, voices, lightning and an earthquake.

The first four trumpets

6Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound them.

7The first sounded, and there followed hail and fire mixed with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. One third of the earth was burnt up and also one third of the trees, along with all green grass.

8The second angel sounded, and something like a great burning mountain was thrown into the sea. One third of the sea became blood, 9one third of the living creatures which were in the sea died, and one third of the ships were destroyed.

10The third angel sounded, and a great star fell from the sky, burning like a torch. It fell on one third of the rivers and on the springs of the waters. 11The name of the star is ‘Wormwood’ and one third of the waters became wormwood. Many people died from the waters, because they were made bitter.

12The fourth angel sounded, and one third of the sun was struck, one third of the moon, and one third of the stars, so that one third of them would be darkened and the day would not shine for one third of it, and the night in the same way. 13Then I saw and heard an eagle flying in mid-heaven, proclaiming with a loud voice, “Woe. Woe. Woe to those who dwell on the earth, because the other voices of the trumpets of the three angels are yet to sound.”

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CHAPTER 9
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The fifth trumpet

1The fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star from heaven which had fallen to the earth. The key to the pit of the abyss was given to him. 2He opened the pit of the abyss and smoke went up out of the pit, like smoke from an enormous burning furnace. The sun and the air were darkened because of the smoke from the pit. 3Then, out of the smoke, locusts came forth on the earth and power was given to them, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 4They were told not to hurt the grass of the earth, or anything green or any tree, but only those people who do not have God’s seal on their foreheads. 5They were given power not to kill them but to torment them for five months. Their torment was like the torment of a scorpion, when it strikes a person. 6In those days, people will seek death and will not find it. They will desire to die, but death will flee from them. 7The locusts had the appearance of horses prepared for war. On their heads were something like golden crowns, and their faces were like human faces. 8They had hair like women’s hair and their teeth were like those of lions. 9They had breastplates, like breastplates of iron. The sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots, or of many horses rushing to war. 10They have tails like those of scorpions, and stings. In their tails, they have power to harm men for five months. 11They have over them as king the angel of the abyss. His name in Hebrew is ‘Abaddon’ but in Greek he has the name ‘Apollyon.’ 12The first disaster is past. Behold, there are still two woes coming after this.

13The sixth angel sounded. I heard a voice from the horns of the golden altar which is before God 14saying to the sixth angel who had one trumpet, “Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates.”

The sixth trumpet

15Then the four angels who had been prepared for that hour and day and month and year were released so that they might kill one third of mankind. 16The number of the armies of the horsemen was two hundred million; I heard their number. 17Then, I saw the horses in the vision, and those who sat on them, having breastplates of fiery red, hyacinth blue, and sulphur yellow; and they had the heads of lions. Fire, smoke, and sulphur come out of their mouths. 18By these three plagues, one third of mankind was killed: by the fire, the smoke, and the sulphur which came out of their mouths. 19Indeed, the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails, for their tails are like snakes, and these have heads with which they cause harm. 20The rest of mankind, those who were not killed with these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands. They did not cease bowing down to demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood, idols which can neither see, nor hear, nor walk. 21They did not repent from their murders, or sorceries, or from their sexual immorality, or from their thefts.

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CHAPTER 10
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The oath of the mighty angel – The command to eat the scroll

1Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, robed with a cloud. A rainbow was on his head, his face was like the sun, and his feet were like pillars of fire. 2He had in his hand a little open scroll. He set his right foot on the sea, and his left on the land. 3He cried with a loud voice, as a lion roars, and when he shouted, the seven thunders uttered their voices. 4When the seven thunders sounded, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Seal up what the seven thunders have pronounced, and do not write them.”

5Then the angel I saw standing on sea and land lifted up his right hand to the sky. 6He swore by the one who lives unto ages of ages, him who created heaven and what is in it, the earth and what is in it, and the sea and what is in it. He swore that there would be no more delay. 7But in the days when the voice of the seventh angel is about to sound, then the mystery of God will be fulfilled, as he has announced to his servants the prophets. 8Again, the voice I heard from heaven spoke to me and said, “Go, take the scroll which is open in the hand of the angel who stands on the sea and on the land.”

9So He answered, “Take it and eat it. It will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth, it will be as sweet as honey.” (see Ezekiel 3:1-3)

10I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it. It was as sweet as honey in my mouth, but after eating the scroll, my stomach became bitter. 11I was told, “You must prophesy again concerning many peoples, nations, languages, and kings.”

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CHAPTER 11
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The measuring of the temple – The two witnesses (or martyrs)

1Then a measuring reed like a staff was given to me. I was told, “Arise, and measure God’s sanctuary, and the altar, and those who worship in it. 2Leave out the court which is outside the sanctuary; do not measure it, for it has been given to the nations. They will trample over the holy city for forty-two months. 3I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.” 4They are the two olive trees (see Zachariah 4) and the two lampstands who stand before the Lord of the earth. 5If anyone desires to harm them, fire comes out of their mouth and devours their enemies. Whoever desires to harm them will be killed in this way. 6They have the power to shut up the sky, so that it may not rain during the days of their prophecy. They also have power over the waters, to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with every plague, as often as they desire. 7When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes out of the abyss will attack them, overcome them, and kill them. 8Their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, and where their Lord was crucified. 9For three and a half days, people from tribes, languages, and nations will look at their dead bodies, and they will not allow their dead bodies to be laid in a tomb. 10The people of the world rejoice over them and celebrate the event, exchanging gifts because these two prophets tormented the inhabitants of the earth.

11After the three and a half days, the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood up on their feet, and those who saw them were terrified. 12Then I heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they went up into heaven in the cloud as their enemies were watching. 13In that day, a great earthquake occurred and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people died in the earthquake, and the rest, terrified, gave glory to the God of heaven. 14The second disaster is past. Behold, the third one comes quickly.

The seventh angel

15The seventh angel sounded, and great voices in heaven followed, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the Kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ. He will reign unto the ages of ages.” 16Then the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God’s throne fell on their faces. They worshipped God and 17said, “We give thanks to you, Lord God, the Almighty, the one who is and who was, and who is coming; because you have assumed your great power and begun to reign. 18The nations raged, and your wrath came, as did the time for the dead to be judged. The time has come to give their reward your slaves the prophets, and also to the saints and to those who fear your Name, to the small and the great. And the time has come to destroy those who destroy the earth.”

Vision of the Ark – The woman clothed with the sun

19Then God’s sanctuary in heaven was opened, and the Ark of the Lord’s covenant was seen in his sanctuary. Lightnings, sounds, thunders, an earthquake, and great hail followed. (see 2 Maccabees 2:4-8)

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CHAPTER 12
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1And a great sign was seen in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun. The moon was under her feet and on her head was a crown of twelve stars. (see Wisdom 7:29-30) 2She was with child, crying out in pain, in labour to give birth. 3Another sign was seen in heaven: Behold, a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven crowns. 4His tail drew one third of the stars of heaven (see Job 38:7) and threw them down to the earth. The dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her child. 5She gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron. (see Psalms 2:9) But her child was caught up to God, and to his throne. 6The woman fled into the wilderness where she has a place prepared by God so that she may be nourished one thousand two hundred and sixty days

War in heaven

7A war took place in heaven: Michael and his angels made war on the dragon, and the dragon and his angels made war. 8But they did not prevail, and no longer was there any place found for him in heaven. 9The great dragon was hurled down, the old serpent, he who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world. He was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 10Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now has come the salvation, the power, and the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brethren has been cast down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. 11They overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb, and because of the word of their testimony. They did not love their life, even to death. 12Therefore, rejoice, heavens, and you who dwell in them. But woe to the earth and to the sea, because the devil has gone down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he only has a short time.” 13When the dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth, he began to persecute the woman who had given birth to the male child. 14Two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, so that she might fly from the face of the serpent into the wilderness to her place and be nourished for a time, and times, and half a time. 15Then from his mouth, the serpent spewed water like a river after the woman, so that he might cause her to be carried away by the stream. 16But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing up the river which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. 17The dragon became enraged with the woman and departed to make war with the rest of her seed, (see Genesis 3:15) those who keep God’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.

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CHAPTER 13
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The beast with ten horns and seven heads

1I then stood on the seashore and saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads. On his horns were ten crowns, and on his heads, blasphemous names. 2The beast which I saw was like a leopard; his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth was like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. 3One of his heads looked like it had been wounded fatally, but his fatal wound was healed, and the whole earth marvelled at the beast. 4They bowed down to the dragon, because he gave his authority to the beast, and they also bowed down to the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” 5A mouth speaking great things and blasphemy was given to the beast, and authority to make war for forty- two months. 6He opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to slander his Name, and his habitation, and those who dwell in heaven. 7He was given power to make war against the saints, and to overcome them. Authority over every tribe, people, language, and nation was given to him. 8All who dwell on the earth will bow down to him, everyone whose name has not, from the foundation of the world, been written in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain. 9Let anyone who has an ear listen. 10If anyone is to go into captivity, he will go into captivity. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, he must be killed. Here is the patient endurance and the faith of the saints.

The second beast

11Then saw another beast coming up out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke like a dragon. 12He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his behalf and makes the earth and those who dwell in it to bow down before the first beast whose fatal wound had been healed. 13He performs great signs, even making fire come down out of the sky to the earth in the sight of people. 14He deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs he was granted to perform in front of the beast, saying to those who dwell on the earth that they should make an image to the beast that was wounded by the sword and lived. 15It was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast so that it should speak and cause as many as would not bow down to the image of the beast to be killed. 16He causes all people, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to be given marks on their right hands or on their foreheads. 17Hence, no one would be able to buy or sell, unless he has that mark, the name of the beast or the number of his name. 18Here is wisdom: let anyone who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. His number is six hundred and sixty-six.

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CHAPTER 14
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The 144,000

1Then I looked, and behold, the Lamb standing on Mount Zion and with him one hundred and forty-four thousand who have his Name, and the Name of his Father written on their foreheads. 2I also heard a sound from heaven like the roar of many waters and like the sound of a great thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing on their harps, 3and they sing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the one hundred and forty-four thousand, those who had been redeemed out of the earth. 4These are those who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are those who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were redeemed from among mankind as first fruits to God and to the Lamb. 5In their mouth was found no lie, for they are blameless.

6Then I saw another angel flying in mid-heaven, having an eternal Good News to proclaim to the inhabitants of the earth, and to every nation, tribe, language, and people. 7He said with a loud voice, “Fear the Lord, and give him glory. For the hour of his judgement has come. Bow down to him who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and the springs of waters.”

8A second angel followed and said, “Fallen, Fallen is Babylon the great, which has made all the nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her sexual immorality.”

9Another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a great voice, “Anyone who bows down to the beast and his image, and receives a mark on the forehead or the hand, 10will also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is prepared unmixed in the cup of his anger. They will be tormented with fire and sulphur in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb. 11The smoke of their torment goes up unto the ages of ages. Those who bow down to the beast and his image, and all those who receive the mark of his name have no rest day or night. 12Here is the patient endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.”

13Then I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write, ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’”

“Yes,” says the Spirit, “so that they may rest from their labours, for their works follow with them.”

14I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud someone like a Son of Man was sitting. He had on his head a golden crown and in his hand a sharp sickle. 15Then another angel came out from the sanctuary. With a loud voice, he cried to the one sitting on the cloud, “Launch your sickle, and reap. The hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” 16He who sat on the cloud swung his sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.

17Another angel came out from the sanctuary which is in heaven. He too had a sharp sickle. 18And another angel who has power over fire came out from the altar. He called with a loud voice to the one who had the sharp sickle, saying, “Swing your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth. For the earth’s grapes are fully ripe.” 19So the angel swung his sickle on the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. 20The winepress was trodden outside of the city, and blood came out from the winepress, as high the bridles of horses, and as far as one thousand six hundred stadia.

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CHAPTER 15
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The seven last plagues and their plagues

1Then I saw another great and marvellous sign in heaven: seven angels with the seven last plagues, for in those last plagues God’s wrath is completed. 2I also saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who overcame the beast, his image, and the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass. They held harps given to them by God and 3they sang the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,

Great and marvellous are your works, Lord God, the Almighty.
Righteous and true are your ways, you King of the nations.
4Who would not fear you, Lord, and glorify your Name?
For you only are holy.
Certainly, all the nations will come and bow down before you,
for your righteous deeds have been revealed.

5After these things, I looked: the sanctuary, the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened. 6The seven angels who had the seven plagues came out, robed with pure, bright linen and wearing golden sashes around their chests.

7One of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God who lives unto ages of ages. 8And the sanctuary was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power. No one was able to enter the sanctuary, until the seven plagues of the seven angels would be finished.

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CHAPTER 16
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The seven bowls

1Then I heard a loud voice out of the sanctuary, saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out the seven bowls of the wrath of God upon the earth.”

2The first went, poured out his bowl on the earth. A foul and painful sore came upon the people who had the mark of the beast and who had bowed down to his image.

3The second poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became blood, as the blood of a dead man, and in the sea, every living thing died.

4The third poured out his bowl into the rivers and springs of water, and they too became blood. 5I heard the angel of the waters saying, “You are righteous, the one who is, who was, the Holy One, because you have passed judgement. 6They poured out the blood of the saints and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink. They deserve this.” 7And I heard the altar saying, “Yes, Lord God, the Almighty, true and righteous are your judgements.”

8The fourth poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was given power to scorch people with fire. 9They were scorched with great heat and blasphemed the Name of God who has the power over these plagues, but they did not repent and give him glory.

10The fifth poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was darkened. People gnawed their tongues in agony 11and blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and sores, but they did not repent of their works.

12The sixth poured out his bowl on the great river, the Euphrates. Its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings that come from the sunrise. 13Then, I saw three unclean spirits that looked like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14They are spirits of demons who perform signs and go forth to the kings of the whole inhabited earth, to gather them for the war of the great day of God the Almighty.

15“Behold, I come like a thief. Blessed is the one who keeps watch and preserves his garments in order not to walk naked and be shamefully exposed.”

16And the kings were gathered to the place which is called in Hebrew, Armageddon.

17The seventh poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the sanctuary of heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is accomplished.” 18There were lightnings, sounds, and thunders. Then there was a great earthquake, such as had not taken place since there were humans on the earth, so great and so powerful. 19And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. Babylon the great was remembered in the sight of God, so that she would be given the cup of wine of the intensity of his wrath. 20Every island fled away and the mountains were not found. 21Great hailstones, about the weight of a talent, fell from the sky on people, and they blasphemed God because of the plague of hail, because this plague is extremely severe.

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CHAPTER 17
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Babylon the Great and the Beast

1One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here. I will show you the judgement of the great prostitute who sits on many waters. 2The kings of the earth committed sexual immorality with her, and those who dwell on the earth were made drunk with the wine of her sexual immorality.” 3He carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness. I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet-coloured animal, full of blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns. 4The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and decked with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of the sexual immorality of the earth. 5And on her forehead a name was written, ‘Mystery – Babylon the Great – The Mother of Harlots and of the Abominations of the Earth.’ 6I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. When I saw her, I was filled with great amazement. 7The angel asked me, “Why do you wonder? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns. 8The beast you saw was, and is not; and it is about to come up out of the abyss and to go into destruction. Those who dwell on the earth and whose names have not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world will marvel when they see that the beast was, now is not, and yet will come. 9This calls for a mind that has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sits. 10They are seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. When he comes, he must remain for a little while. 11The beast that was, and is not, is himself also an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and goes to destruction. 12The ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they receive authority as kings, along with the beast, for one hour. 13They have one mind, and they give their power and authority to the beast. 14They will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings; (see 2 Maccabees 13:4; 3 Maccabees 5:35) and those with him are called, elect and faithful.” 15The angel said to me, “The waters which you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and languages. 16The ten horns which you saw, and the beast, they will hate the prostitute and make her desolate; they will make her naked, eat her flesh, and will burn her completely with fire. 17For God has put in their hearts to do what he has in mind, and to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God should be accomplished. 18The woman whom you saw is the great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth.” (see Deuteronomy 15:6)

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CHAPTER 18
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The fall of Babylon

1After these things, I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. 2He cried with a powerful voice, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great. She has become a dwelling-place of demons, a haunt for every unclean spirit, and a shelter for every unclean and detestable bird. 3Truly, all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her sexual immorality: the kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich from the abundance of her luxury.”

4I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, my people, so that you may have no participation in her sins, and so that you may not receive any of her plagues. 5For her sins have reached up to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. 6Give back to her just as she returned, and repay her double as she did, and according to her works. In the cup which she mixed, mix to her double. 7As much as she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, give her torment and mourning. For she says in her heart, ‘I sit as a queen and I am not a widow. I will never see mourning.’

8Therefore, in one day, her plagues will come: death, mourning, and famine; and she will be utterly burnt with fire; for the Lord God who has judged her is mighty. 9The kings of the earth, who committed sexual immorality and lived luxuriously with her will weep and wail over her when they look at the smoke of her burning. 10They will stand far away terrified at her torment, saying, ‘Woe, woe. The great city, Babylon, the city of power. Your doom has come in one hour.’ 11The merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their merchandise any more; 12merchandise of gold, silver, precious stones, pearls, fine linen, purple, silk, scarlet, all expensive wood, every vessel of ivory, every vessel made of most precious wood, and of bronze, and iron, and marble; 13and cinnamon, incense, perfume, frankincense, wine, olive oil, fine flour, wheat, sheep, horses, chariots, and people’s bodies and souls. 14The fruits which your soul lusted after have perished from you, and all things that were splendid and sumptuous have been lost to you, and you will never find them again. 15The merchants of these things, who were made rich by her, will stand far away terrified by her torment, weeping and mourning; 16saying, ‘Woe, woe. The great city, she who was dressed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls. 17In an hour such great riches are made desolate.’ Every shipmaster, and everyone who sails anywhere, and sailors, and all those who earn their living by sea, stood far away. 18They cried out as they looked at the smoke of her burning, saying, ‘What city was like the great city?’ 19They cast dust on their heads, and cried. Weeping and mourning, they exclaimed, ‘Woe, woe. The great city, in which all who had their ships in the sea were made rich by through her wealth.’ For in one hour she has been laid waste.

20“Rejoice over her, O heaven, you saints, apostles, and prophets, for God has given judgement for you against her.” 21A mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and cast it into the sea, saying, “In this way, with violence, Babylon the great city will be thrown down and never more be found. 22The voice of harpists, musicians, flute players and trumpeters will never more be heard in you. No craftsman, of whatever craft, will be found any more in you. The sound of a mill will never again be heard in you. 23The light of a lamp will never more shine in you. The voice of the bridegroom and of the bride will never again be heard in you, for your merchants were the princes of the earth, and by your sorcery all the nations were deceived. 24In her was found the blood of prophets and of saints, and of all those who have been slain on the earth.”

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CHAPTER 19
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The song of victory

1After these things, I heard something like the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, exclaiming, “Alleluia. Salvation, power, and glory belong to our God, 2for true and righteous are his judgements. For he has judged the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her sexual immorality, and he has avenged the blood of his servants who suffered at her hand.”

3A second voice said, “Alleluia. Her smoke shall ascend unto the ages of ages.” 4Then the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshipped God who sits on the throne, saying, “Amen. Alleluia.”

5A voice came forth from the throne, saying, “Give praise to our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, small and great.”

6And I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the roar of many waters, and like the peal of mighty thunders, saying, “Alleluia. For the Lord God, the Almighty, reigns. 7Let us rejoice and be extremely glad, and let us give the glory to him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his bride has prepared herself.” 8To her it has been granted that she would array herself in bright, pure, fine linen: for the fine linen represents the righteous deeds of the saints.

9He said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’” He also told me, “These are true words of God.”

10I fell down before his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do it. I am a fellow-servant with you and with your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus. Worship God, for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

The King of kings

11I saw the heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And its rider is called Faithful and True. He judges and make war in righteousness. 12His eyes are a flame of fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has names written and a Name written which no one knows but himself. 13He is clothed in a garment sprinkled with blood, and His Name is ‘The Word of God.’ 14The heavenly hosts followed him on white horses, clothed in white, pure, fine linen. 15Out of his mouth comes a sharp, double-edged sword by which he should strike the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. (Psalms 2:9) He treads the winepress of the fierceness of the wrath of God, the Almighty. 16He has on his garment and on his thigh a Name written, ‘King of kings, and Lord of lords.’ (see 2 Maccabees 13:4; 3 Maccabees 5:35)

17Then I saw an angel standing in the sun. He cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the sky, “Come. Be gathered together for the supper of the great God. 18You may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses and riders, and the flesh of all people, both free and slave, small and great.” 19I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies gathered together to make war against the one who sat on the horse, and against his army. 20But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked the signs in his sight and by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who bowed down to his image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulphur. 21The rest were killed with the sword of him who sat on the horse, with the sword which came forth out of his mouth. And all the birds gorged themselves with their flesh.

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CHAPTER 20
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The thousand years – The first resurrection

1Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. 2He seized the dragon, the old serpent, which is the devil and Satan, the one who deceives the whole inhabited earth. The angel bound the dragon for a thousand years 3and cast him into the abyss. It was shut and sealed over him, so that he should deceive the nations no more, until the thousand years were finished. After this, he is to be released for a short time.

4I saw thrones on which those who had received authority to pass judgement were seated. I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and who had not bowed down to the beast or his image and who has not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand. They lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6Blessed and holy is the one who has part in the first resurrection. Over these, the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for one thousand years.

7After the millennium, Satan will be released from his prison 8and he will come out to deceive the nations which are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog. (see Ezekiel 38-39) He will gather them together to the war, and their number is as the sand of the sea. 9They marched over the breadth of the land and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. Fire came down from God from heaven and they were consumed. 10The devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulphur, where the beast and the false prophet are also. They will be tormented day and night, unto ages of ages.

The great white throne

11Then I saw a great white throne, and the one seated on it. The earth and the sky fled away from his face: no place was found for them. 12And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne. Books were opened, and another book was opened: the book of life. The dead were judged according to what was written in the books, according to their works. (see Malachi 3:16) 13The sea gave up the dead who were in it, death and hades gave up the dead who were in them. They were judged, each one according to his works. 14Then death and hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15Anyone who was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

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CHAPTER 21
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The new heaven and new earth

1Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth have passed away, and the sea is no more. 2I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from heaven from God, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband. 3I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, God’s dwelling is with people. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; neither will there be mourning, crying, or pain any more. The first things have passed away.”

5The one who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making everything new.” He said, “Write, for these words of God are faithful and true.” 6He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To whoever is thirsty, I will freely give from the spring of the water of life. 7To the one who overcomes, I will give these things. I will be God to him, and he will be a son to me. 8But as for the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic, idolaters, and all liars, their part is in the lake that burns with fire and sulphur, which is the second death.”

The bride of the Lamb – The holy city

9One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls loaded with the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here. I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10In the Spirit, he carried me away to a great and high mountain, and he showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down from heaven from God. 11She had the glory of God; her radiance was like a most precious stone, as if it was a jasper stone, clear as crystal. 12She had a great and high wall with twelve gates. At the gates were twelve angels and names were written on the gates: the names of the Twelve tribes of the children of Israel. 13On the east were three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. 14The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them the twelve names of the Twelve Apostles of the Lamb.

15The angel who spoke with me held a golden reed as a measuring unit to measure the city, its gates, and its walls. 16The city was laid our as a square: its length is as great as its breadth. He measured the city with the reed: twelve thousand and twelve stadia. Its length, breadth, and height are equal. 17Then the angel measured its wall: one hundred and forty-four cubits, by the measure of a man, that is, of an angel. 18Its wall are built with jasper and the city was pure gold, like pure glass. 19The foundations of the city’s wall were adorned with all kinds of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; (see Tobit 13:17) the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald; 20the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprasus; the eleventh, jacinth; and the twelfth, amethyst. 21The twelve gates were twelve pearls. Each one of the gates was made of one pearl. The street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.

22I saw no sanctuary in it, for the Lord God, the Almighty, and the Lamb, are its sanctuary. 23The city has no need for the sun or the moon to shine, for the very glory of God illuminated it, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24The nations will walk in its light; the kings of the earth bring their glory and honour into it. 25Its gates will not be shut by day, for there will be no night there, 26and the nations will come, bringing their splendour and tribute. 27Nothing profane will enter the city, or anyone who causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

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CHAPTER 22
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1The angel showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing out of the throne of God and of the Lamb, 2in the middle of it great street. On each side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruits, yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations, 3and the curse will be abolished. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants worship him. 4They will see his face, and his Name will be on their foreheads. 5There will be no night, and they need no lamp light, for the Lord God will illuminate them, and they will reign unto ages of ages.

6The angel said to me, “These words are faithful and true. The Lord God of the spirits of the prophets sent his angel to show to his servants the things which must happen soon.”

Epilogue

7“Behold, I come quickly. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

8Now I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. When I heard and saw, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had shown me these things. 9He said to me, “See that you do not do it. I am a fellow-servant with you and with your brethren the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.” 10He also said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. 11Let the evildoer still do evil, and the unclean still be unclean, and the righteous still do right, and the holy be holy still.”

12“Behold, I come quickly. My reward is with me, to repay to each one according to his work. 13I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. 14Blessed are those who observe his commandments, so that they may have access to the tree of life and may enter the city through the gates. 15But outside are the dogs, the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

16I, Jesus, have sent my angel to attest these things to you for the Churches. I am the root and the offspring of David; the Bright and Morning Star.” (see Sirach 50:6)

17The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let everyone who hears say, “Come.” Let everyone who is thirsty come, let anyone who wishes take the water of life freely.

18I bear witness to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, may God add to him the plagues which are written in this book. 19If anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, may God take away his part from the tree of life, and out of the holy city, which are written in this book. 20He who attests these things says, “Yes, I come quickly.”

Amen. Yes, come, Lord Jesus.

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