The Revelation of John

Chapter 1

Prologue

   ¹The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him, to show to his servants what things must soon take place, and which he communicated when he sent it via his angel to his servant John, ²who has confirmed as the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ, what all things he saw.

   ³Blessed are the one reading and those listening to the words of this prophecy, and keeping the things written herein, for the time is near.

   John, to the seven churches in Asia, grace to you, and peace, from Him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and ruler over the kings of the earth.  To him who loves us, and freed us from our sins with his blood, and made us into a kingdom of priests for his God and Father– to him be glory and power, for ever and ever.  Amen.

   Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye shall see him, including of those who pierced him.  And all the peoples of the earth shall beat their breasts over him.  So let it be, amen.

   "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "the one who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty."

 

Someone Like a Son of Man

   I, John, your brother and fellow in the oppression and kingdom and endurance in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the witness about Jesus.  ¹⁰I was in the Spirit during the Lord's day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, like of a trumpet, ¹¹saying, "What you see, write in a book, 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."

   ¹²And I turned around to see the voice that was speaking with me.  And when I turned, I saw seven golden lampstands, ¹³and in among the lampstands was someone like a son of man, dressed in a cloak reaching down to his feet, and gird around at the pecs with a golden sash, ¹⁴except his head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes like flames of fire, ¹⁵and his feet like bronze as if made to glow in a furnace, and his voice like the sound of many waters, ¹⁶and he was holding in his right hand seven stars, and out of his mouth was coming a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in the strength of it.

   ¹⁷And when I saw him, I fell down by his feet as though dead.  And he placed his right hand on me, saying, "Do not fear.  I am the First and the Last, ¹⁸and the Living One, and I was dead, and behold, living for ever and ever, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.

   ¹⁹"Write therefore what things you see and what things are now, and also what things are about to take place after these things.  ²⁰The mystery of the seven stars which you see upon my right hand, and the seven golden lamp stands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.

 

Chapter 2

To the Church in Ephesus

   ¹"To the angel of the church in Ephesus, write: 'These things says He who grips the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands: ²"I know your works, and your toil and endurance, and how you are not able to tolerate evil people, and have put to the test those who call themselves apostles and are not and have found them to be liars; ³and you have endurance, and have held up for the sake of my name, and not become weary.

   “But I have against you that you have left your first love.  Remember therefore from where you have fallen, and repent and do your first works; otherwise I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.

   “But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.  He who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.  To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.

 

To the Church in Smyrna

   "And to the angel of the church in Smyrna, write: 'These things says the First and the Last, who was dead and came alive again: 'I know your affliction and your poverty (but you are rich) and the blasphemy of those claiming to be Jews and are not but are a synagogue of Satan.  ¹⁰Don't be afraid of any of the things you are about to suffer.  Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, so that you may be tried, and you will have affliction for ten days.  Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.  ¹¹He who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.  He who overcomes will certainly not be harmed by the second death.

 

To the Church in Pergamum

   ¹²"And to the angel of the church in Pergamum, write: 'These things says He who has the sharp two-edged sword: ¹³I know where you live, where Satan's throne is; yet you hold fast to my law and have not denied my faith, even in the days of Antipas my faithful witness who was put to death near you, where Satan lives.

   ¹⁴“But I have a few things against you, that you have some there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat idol sacrifices and to commit sexual immorality.  ¹⁵So also in the same way you have some who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans.  ¹⁶Repent therefore.  Otherwise I am coming to you soon, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

   ¹⁷“He who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.  He who overcomes, I will give to him from the hidden manna, and I will also give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name is written, which no one knows except the one receiving it.

 

To the Church in Thyatira

   ¹⁸"And to the angel of the church in Thyatira, write: 'These things says the Son of God, he who has his eyes like flames of fire and his feet like glowing bronze: ¹⁹I know your works and love and faith and service, and your perseverance, how your last works are greater than your first.

   ²⁰“But I have against you that you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and teaches, and leads my servants astray, to commit sexual immorality and to eat things sacrificed to idols.  ²¹And I have given her time to repent, and she is not willing to repent of her sexual immorality.  ²²Behold, I am casting her onto a bed, along with the ones committing adultery with her, for an affliction of great magnitude, unless they repent of her works.  ²³And her children I will destroy in death; and all the churches will know that I am He who searches minds and hearts, and that I will pay to each of you according to your works.

   ²⁴“And to the rest of you in Thyatira I say, as many as do not hold to these teachings– the ones who have not known 'the deep things of Satan,' as they say, I am not laying any further burden upon you.  ²⁵Except what things you have, hold on to them until I come.  ²⁶And he who overcomes and keeps my works to the end, I will give to him authority over the nations, ²⁷and he will rule them with a rod of iron, shattering them to pieces like pots of clay, ²⁸even as I also have received from my Father; and I will give to him the morning star.

   ²⁹“He who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches."

 

Chapter 3

To the Church in Sardis

   ¹"And to the angel of the church in Sardis, write: 'These things says He who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars: "I know your works, how you have the name that you are living, and you are dead.  ²Be watchful, and strengthen the things that remain, which are about to die.  For I have not found your works complete before my God.  ³Remember therefore how you received and how you heard, and maintain that, and repent.  Now then, if you are not watchful, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come upon you.

   But you do have a few names in Sardis who have not defiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, because they are worthy.  He who overcomes in this way shall be dressed in garments of white, and I will never wipe his name out of the book of life, and I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels.  He who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches."

 

To the Church in Philadelphia

   "And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia, write: ‘These things says the Holy One, the True One, the one holding the key of David, who opens and no one closes, and closes and no one opens: ‘I know your works, (behold, before you I have provided an open door, which no one is able to close) how you have little power, yet have kept my word, and have not denied my name.

   Behold I will bring of the synagogue of Satan, of those claiming to be Jews and are not, but are lying; behold, I will make them such that they will come and fall down before your feet and know that I have loved you.

   ¹⁰Because you have kept my word about endurance, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which is about to come upon the whole inhabited earth, to try those dwelling on the earth.

   ¹¹I am coming quickly.  Hold fast to what you have, so that no one takes away your reward.  ¹²He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God, and he will never depart outside anymore, and I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the New Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God, and also my new name.

   ¹³He who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

 

To the Church in Laodicea

   ¹⁴"And to the angel of the church in Laodicea, write, ‘These things says the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God: ¹⁵'I know your works, that you are neither hot nor cold.  I wish that you were either hot or cold.  ¹⁶Thus, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am about to spew you out of my mouth.

   ¹⁷"Because you say 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and have need of nothing,' and do not know that you are wretched and pitiful and poor and blind and naked, ¹⁸I counsel you to purchase from me gold purified by fire so you will be rich, and white garments so you will be clothed and your shameful nakedness not exposed, and salve to anoint your eyes so you will see.  ¹⁹All whom I love, I punish and discipline.  Be zealous therefore, and repent.

   ²⁰"Behold, I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him and he with me.  ²¹To him who overcomes, I will grant to sit with me on my throne, just as I also overcame and sat with my Father on his throne.  ²²He who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.”

 

Chapter 4

The Throne in Heaven

   ¹After these things I looked, and behold, an open door in heaven, and a voice speaking with me, the voice like a trumpet I had heard at first; and it was saying, "Come up here, and I will show you what things must take place after this."  ²Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, there was situated in heaven a throne, and on the throne someone sitting.  ³And the one sitting was like jasper stone and carnelian in appearance.  And an aura encircles the throne, like emerald in appearance.  And in a circle around the throne are twenty-four thrones, and on those thrones, twenty-four elders dressed in white, and on their heads crowns of gold.  And from the throne come flashes and sounds and thunderings.  And there are seven flaming torches burning before the throne, which are the seven spirits of God, and in front of the throne is like a sea of glass, like crystal.

   And in between the throne and the circle around the throne are four living beings, full of eyes, front and back.  And the first being is like a lion, and the second being like an ox, and the third being has a human face, and the fourth being is like an eagle in flight.  And the four beings, every one of them has six wings each, which are covered completely around with eyes, even inward.  And they take no rest day or night, continually saying, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come."  And whenever the beings give glory and honor and thanks to the one sitting on the throne, to him who lives for ever and ever, ¹⁰the twenty-four elders will fall down before him who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives for ever and ever, and they will place their crowns before the throne, saying, ¹¹"You are worthy, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and for your purpose they exist and were created."

 

Chapter 5

Who is Worthy to Open the Scroll?

   ¹And I saw upon the right hand of the one sitting on the throne a scroll, written on, inside and back, sealed up with seven seals.  ²And I saw a powerful angel, heralding in a loud voice: "Who is worthy to open the scroll, and to break the seals of it?"

   ³And no one was able, not in heaven, nor on the earth, nor under the earth, to open the scroll, or even to look at it.  And I was weeping greatly, that no one worthy was found to open the scroll, or even to look at it.  Then one of the elders is saying to me, "Do not weep.  Look, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, he has overcome, so as to open the scroll and the seven seals of it."

   And I saw in between the throne and the four living beings and the elders, a lamb, postured as though slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.  And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of the One sitting on the throne.  And when he had taken the scroll, the four living beings and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a lyre and a golden bowl filled with incenses, which are the prayers of the saints,

   and they began singing a new song, saying: "You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open the seals of it, because you were slain, and thereby purchased some for God with your blood out of every tribe and language and people and nation!"   ¹⁰"And you made them into a kingdom and priesthood for our God, and they will reign on the earth!"

   ¹¹And I looked, and I heard the voices of many angels circled around the throne, and of the living beings and of the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand and thousands upon thousands, ¹²saying with a very great voice, "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing!"

   ¹³And every creature that was in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and in the sea, and all the things that were in them, I heard saying, "Blessing and honor, glory and power, to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, for ever and ever!"

   ¹⁴And the four beings were saying "Amen."  And the elders fell down and worshiped.

 

Chapter 6

The Seven Seals

   ¹And I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals.  And I heard one of the four living beings saying in a thunderous voice, "Come."  ²And I looked, and behold, a white horse, and the one sitting on it holding a bow and arrow, and to him was given a crown, and he went out conquering and to conquer.

   ³And when the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the voice of the second being saying, "Come."  And another horse came, a red one, and the one sitting on it, to him the order was given to take peace away from the earth, that is, so that they slaughter one another.  To him was given a large sword.

   And when the third seal was opened, I heard the voice of the third being saying, "Come."  And I looked, and behold, a black horse, and the one sitting on it holding a pair of scales in his hands.  And I heard a voice as if in the midst of the four living beings, saying, "A quart of wheat for a day's wage, or three barley loaves for a day's wage.  And don't you damage the oil or the wine."

   And when the fourth seal was opened, I heard the voice of the fourth being saying, "Come."  And I looked, and behold, a pale green horse, and the one who is sitting on it, his name is Death, and Hades is trailing after him; and authority is given them over one fourth of the earth, to kill them with war, and famine, and death, and by the wild animals of the earth.

   And when the fifth seal was opened, I saw beneath the altar, the souls of those slain for the word of God and for the witness that they were bearing.  ¹⁰And they cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Until when, O Master, holy and true, are you refraining from adjudicating and avenging our blood from those who dwell on the earth?"

   ¹¹And they were given each a white robe, and it was prescribed for them that they would take rest a little while longer, until the number of their fellow-servants and brethren was also complete, those about to be killed even as they.

 

The Sixth Seal

   ¹²And I watched as he opened the sixth seal, and a mighty earthquake took place, and the sun became black like animal hair sack-cloth, and the full moon became like blood, ¹³and the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree shaken by a strong wind casts its unripe figs, ¹⁴and the sky retreated like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.

   ¹⁵And the kings of the earth, and the great and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in caverns, and among the rocks of the mountains, ¹⁶and they are saying to the mountains and to the rocks, "Fall on us, and hide us from the face of the One sitting on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; ¹⁷for the great day of their wrath has come, and who shall be able to stand?"

 

Chapter 7

The 144,000 Sealed

   ¹After this I saw four angels standing at the four points of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, so that no wind would blow upon the earth, or upon the sea or upon any tree.

   ²And I saw another angel rising up from the east, holding the seal of the living God, and he cried out in a very great voice toward the four angels to whom the orders had been given to harm the earth and the sea, ³saying, "Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads."

   And I heard the number of the ones sealed, 144,000, sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel: from the tribe of Judah twelve thousand were sealed, from the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand, from the tribe of Gad twelve thousand, from the tribe of Asher twelve thousand, from the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand, from the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand, from the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand, from the tribe of Levi twelve thousand, from the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand, from the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand, from the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand, from the tribe of Benjamin twelve thousand were sealed.

 

The Multitude out of the Tribulation

   After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes, and palm branches in their hands; ¹⁰and they are shouting out with a loud voice, saying, "Salvation is with our God who sits on the throne, and with the Lamb!"

   ¹¹And all the angels had stood in a circle around the throne and around the elders and the four living beings, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, ¹²saying, "Amen.  Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever.  Amen."

   ¹³And one of the elders responded saying to me, "These wearing the white robes, who are they, and where did they come from?"

   ¹⁴And I spoke to him, "My lord, you know."

   And he said to me, "These are those coming out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.  ¹⁵Because of this they are before the throne of God, and they serve him day and night in his temple, and the One sitting on the throne will spread his tent over them.  ¹⁶No longer will they hunger, neither will they thirst any more, nor will the sun attack them nor any scorching heat.  ¹⁷For the Lamb that is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them, and he will lead them to the springs of the waters of life; and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."

 

Chapter 8

The 7th Seal: the Seven Trumpets

   ¹And when he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.  ²And I saw the seven angels which stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.  ³And another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer, and many incenses were given to him so that he might present the prayers of all the saints at the golden altar which is before the throne.  And the smoke of the incenses went up before God from the hand of the angel mingled with the prayers of the saints.  And the angel took the censer and filled it with the burning incense, and he hurled it to the earth; and there came rumblings and voices and peals of thunder, and an earthquake.  And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets readied themelves to play.

   And the first one sounded his trumpet; and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was rained on the earth.  And one third of the earth was burned up, and one third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.

   And the second angel sounded his trumpet; and something like a huge mountain burning with fire was hurled into the sea.  And one third of the sea was turned to blood, and one third of the creatures that have lives in the sea died, and one third of the ships were destroyed.

   ¹⁰And the third angel sounded his trumpet; and a huge star fell from heaven, burning like a lamp, and it fell on a third of the rivers, and on the sources of the waters.  ¹¹And the name of the star means "Wormwood."  And a third of the waters were turned into bitterness, and many of the people died from the waters because they were made bitter.

   ¹²And the fourth angel sounded his trumpet; and a third of the sun was struck, and a third of the moon and a third of the stars, such that one third of their light was darkened and a third of the daylight would not be shined, and the same with the night.

   ¹³And I looked, and I heard an eagle flying at zenith saying with a very loud voice, "Woe, woe, woe to those dwelling on the earth, because of the remaining sounds of the trumpet from the three angels about to sound!"

 

Chapter 9

The Fifth Trumpet

   ¹And the fifth angel sounded his trumpet; and I saw a fallen star, fallen out of heaven onto earth, and the key to the bottomless pit had been given to him.  ²And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke ascended from the pit like smoke from a giant furnace.  And the sun and the sky became dark from the smoke of the pit.  ³And from the smoke, locusts went out over the earth, and they were given a power like the power that the scorpions of Earth have.

   And it was commanded them that they not harm the grass of the earth or anything green or any tree, but only humans who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.  And orders were given them that they not kill them, but that they be tormented for five months.  And their torment will be like the pain of a scorpion when it strikes a person.  And during those days the people will seek death, and will not find it.  Yes, they will long earnestly to die, and death will elude them.

   And the appearance of the locusts was like horses outfitted for war, and on their heads something like golden crowns, and their faces like human faces, and they had hair like the hair of women, and their teeth were like lions' teeth, and they had thoraxes like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the sound of many chariot horses rushing to battle.  ¹⁰And they have tails like scorpions, and stingers, and in their tails their power to do harm to humans for five months.  ¹¹They have as king over them the angel of the Abyss.  His name in Hebrew is Abaddōn, and in Greek he has the name Apollyōn.

   ¹²The first woe has passed.  Behold, even after all this, two woes still are coming.

   ¹³And the sixth angel sounded his trumpet.  And I heard a voice from the horns of the golden altar before God, ¹⁴saying to the sixth angel, the one holding the trumpet, "Release the four angels that are bound at the great river Euphrates."  ¹⁵And he released the four angels, held ready for that hour and day and month and year in order to kill one third of humanity.  ¹⁶And the number of their mounted troops was 200,000,000.  I heard the number of them.

   ¹⁷And this is how I saw the horses in the vision, and those sitting on them: Having breastplates like fire, that is, dusky red and sulphur colored; and the heads of the horses like heads of lions, and from their mouths comes fire and smoke and sulphur.  ¹⁸By these three plagues, of the fire and smoke and sulphur coming from their mouths, one third of humanity was killed.  ¹⁹Now the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails are like snakes, having heads, and with these they do harm.

   ²⁰And the rest of humanity, those who were not killed by these plagues, they did not repent, neither of the works of their hands, such that they worship demons and idols made of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk, ²¹and neither did they repent of their murders, nor their drugs, nor their sexual immorality, nor their thefts.

 

Chapter 10

The Prophet's Bitter Burden

   ¹And I saw another powerful angel coming down out of heaven, wrapped in a cloud, and a nimbus above his head, and his face like the sun, and his legs like columns of fire, ²and holding in his hands a little scroll that was opened.  And he placed his right foot upon the sea, and his left upon the land, ³and he cried out with a great voice, like a lion roaring.  And when he had cried out, the seven thunders spoke with their sounds.

   And when the seven thunders had spoken, I was about to write, and I heard a voice from heaven saying, "Seal up what things the seven thunders have spoken, and do not write them."

   And the angel which I had seen standing on the sea and on the land, he lifted his right hand to heaven, and swore by Him who lives for ever and ever, He who gave birth to the heaven and the things in it, and to the earth and the things in it, and to the sea and the things in it, he swore that there shall be no more time, but that in the days of the blast of the seventh angel, whenever he is about to sound his trumpet, even then will be brought to completion the mystery of God, as he has announced it to his servants the prophets.

   And the voice that I had heard from heaven, it spoke with me again, and said, "Go take the scroll that is opened in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land."

   And I went over to the angel, asking him to give me the little scroll.  And he says to me, "Take it and eat it, and it will make your stomach bitter, though in your mouth it will be sweet like honey."  ¹⁰And I took the little scroll from the hand of the angel, and I ate it, and in my mouth it was sweet like honey.  And after I had eaten it, my stomach was made bitter.

   ¹¹And they are saying to me, "You must again prophesy concerning many peoples and nations and languages and kings."

 

Chapter 11

The Two Witnesses

   ¹And a reed was given to me, like a measuring rod, as he was saying, "Get up, and measure the temple of God along with the altar and those worshiping in it.  ²And the outer courtyard of the temple you shall exclude, and not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles, and they will trample on the holy city for forty-two months.  ³And I will give authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days clothed in sackcloth."

   These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands which stand before the Lord of the earth.  And if anyone wants to harm them, fire comes from their mouth and consumes their enemies.  And if anyone would want to harm them, this is how he ought to be killed.  These have the authority to shut up the sky so that no rain will fall during the days of their prophesying, and they have authority over the waters to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with any kind of plague as often as they wish.  And when they complete their witness, the beast coming up out of the bottomless pit will make war with them, and will conquer them and kill them.  And their corpses lie on the boulevard of the great city which is spiritually named Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified.

   And from peoples and tribes and languages and nations they see their corpses for three and a half days.  And they are not allowing their corpses to be placed in a grave.  ¹⁰And those dwelling on the earth rejoice over them, and celebrate, and will send gifts to one another.  For these two prophets had tormented those dwelling on the earth.

   ¹¹And after three and a half days, the breath of life from God went into them, and they stood up on their feet.  And great fear fell over those watching them.  ¹²And they heard a great voice from heaven saying to them, "Come up here."  And they went up into heaven in a cloud, and their enemies watched them.  ¹³And in that hour a great earthquake took place, and one tenth of the city collapsed, and 7,000 people were killed.  And the survivors were terrified, and they gave glory to the God of heaven.

   ¹⁴The second woe has passed.  Behold, the third woe comes quickly.

 

The Last Trumpet

   ¹⁵And the seventh angel sounded his trumpet; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord, and of his Christ!  And he shall reign for ever and ever!"

   ¹⁶And the twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, ¹⁷saying, "We thank you, Lord God Almighty, who is and who was, that you have taken that great power of yours and begun to reign.  ¹⁸And the nations have become angry, and your anger also has come, and the time for the dead to be judged, and reward to be given to your servants the prophets and to the saints and to those fearing your name, both small and great, and to destroy the ones destroying the earth."

   ¹⁹And the temple of God in heaven opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen in his temple; and there came peals of thunder, and voices and rumblings and an earthquake, and large hailstones.

 

Chapter 12

The Woman, Her Seed, and the Dragon

   ¹And a great sign was seen in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars, ²and being with child, and crying out with contractions and anguish to deliver.

   ³And another sign was seen in heaven, and behold, a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven crowns, and his tail is pulling one third of the stars from heaven; and it threw them to the earth.  And the dragon took his stand in front of the woman who was about to deliver, so that he might devour the child whenever it was born.

   And she bore a son, a male child, who was destined to shepherd all the nations with a rod of iron.  And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne.  And the woman fled to the desert, to where she has a place prepared there by God, so that there they might take care of her for 1,260 days.

   And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels must make war with the dragon.  And the dragon made war, and his angels also, and he was not strong enough, neither was their place found anymore in heaven.  And the great dragon was thrown out, that ancient serpent, which is called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world, he was thrown to the earth, and his angels thrown along with him.

   ¹⁰And I heard a great voice in heaven, saying, "Now has come the salvation and power and kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ; for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown out, the one accusing them before our God day and night, ¹¹and these have overcome him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives even unto death.

   ¹²“Rejoice over this, O heaven, and you who dwell therein!  Woe to the earth and the sea!  For the devil has come down to you with great fury, because he knows he has but little time."

   ¹³And when the dragon saw that he was thrown to the earth, he went after the woman that bore the male child.  ¹⁴And she was given the two wings of a great eagle to fly to the desert to that place of hers where she gets taken care of for a time, times, and half a time, away from the face of the serpent.

   ¹⁵And the serpent poured water from his mouth like a river after the woman, to cause her to be swept away by a flood, ¹⁶and the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed the flood that the dragon had poured from his mouth.

   ¹⁷And the dragon was enraged over the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her seed, those keeping the commandments of God and bearing the witness of Jesus.  ¹⁸And he stood at the shore of the sea.

 

Chapter 13

The First Beast, out of the Sea

   ¹And I saw a beast coming up from the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, and on its horns ten crowns, and on its heads a name that is blasphemy.  ²And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and the feet of it like a bear's, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion.  And the dragon gave his power to him, and his throne, and great authority.  ³And one of his heads was as slain to death, and the fatal wound was healed.  And the whole earth was filled with wonder and followed after the beast, and they worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?"

   And there was given to him a mouth speaking big things and blasphemies, and authority was given to him to act for forty-two months.  And he opened his mouth in blasphemies toward God, to blaspheme his name and his tabernacle, those tabernacling in heaven.  And it was given to him to make war with the saints and to conquer them, and authority was given to him over every tribe and people and language and nation.  And they worship him, all those dwelling on the earth, every one whose name is not written in the book of life of the Lamb that was slain from the foundation of the world.

   If anyone has an ear, hear.  ¹⁰If anyone is to be taken captive, into captivity he is going.  If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword he will be killed.  Here is the endurance and faith of the saints.

 

The Second Beast, out of the Earth

   ¹¹And I saw another beast, coming up from the earth, and it had two horns like a lamb, and it spoke as the dragon.  ¹²And all the authority of the first beast it exercises before him.  And he causes the earth and those dwelling in it to worship the first beast, whose mortal wound had been healed.  ¹³And he performs great signs, such that he even causes fire to come down from heaven to earth before the people.  ¹⁴And he deceives those dwelling on the earth by means of the signs which were given him to do before the beast, telling those dwelling on the earth to make an image to the beast which has the wound of the sword and yet has lived.  ¹⁵And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, such that the image of the beast can even talk, and also to cause anyone who does not worship the image of the beast to be put to death.

   ¹⁶And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free and the slave, to provide themselves a mark on their right upper limb or on their forehead, ¹⁷and makes it so that no one is able to buy or sell without having the mark¾ the name of the beast or the number of his name.  ¹⁸Here is wisdom: he who has the understanding should calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a human being; and his number is 666.

 

Chapter 14

The Lamb and the 144,000

   ¹And I looked, and behold, the Lamb is standing on Mount Zion, and with him the 144,000 who have his name and the name of his father written on their foreheads.  ²And I heard a voice from heaven like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder.  The sound which I heard was also like lyre players playing their lyres.  ³And they sing a new song before the throne and before the four living beings and the elders.  And no one is able to learn the song except the 144,000, the ones purchased from the earth.  These are men who have not been defiled with women, for they are virgins.  These are the ones following the Lamb wherever he goes.  They were purchased from humanity as a firstfruits to God and to the Lamb, and in their mouths no falsehood has been found.  They are blameless.

 

The Three Angels

   And I saw another angel flying at zenith, having an eternal gospel to herald above those dwelling on the earth, even over every nation and tribe and language and people, saying in a loud voice, "Fear God and give him glory, for the hour of his judgment has come; and worship him who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and the sources of waters."

   And another angel, a second one, followed, saying, "Fallen!  Fallen is Babylon the great, which had given all the nations to drink of the wine of the wrath of her whoredom. "

   And another angel, a third one, followed those, saying with a loud voice, "If anyone worships the beast and his image, and takes the mark on his forehead or on his upper limb, ¹⁰he shall himself also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, mixed undiluted in the cup of his anger, and he shall be tormented with fire and sulfur before the holy angels and before the Lamb.  ¹¹And the smoke of their torture goes up for ever and ever, and they have no relief day or night, those who worship the beast and the image of him, and anyone who takes the mark of his name."

   ¹²Here is the endurance of the saints, those keeping the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.  ¹³And I heard a voice from heaven saying, "Write, 'Blessed are the dead, those dying in the Lord from now on.'"

   "Yes," says the Spirit, "in that they shall rest from their labors, with their works, you see, following right with them."

 

The Angels Harvest the Earth

   ¹⁴And I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and someone like a son of man sitting on the cloud, having a crown of gold on his head, and a sharp sickle in his hand.  ¹⁵And another angel came, from the temple, calling out in a loud voice toward the one sitting on the cloud, "Send out your sickle and reap, for the hour to reap has come, since the harvest has become dry."

   ¹⁶And the one sitting on the cloud launched his sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested.

   ¹⁷And another angel came from the temple that is in heaven, he also holding a sharp sickle.

   ¹⁸And another angel came from the altar, who had authority over the fire, and he called out in a loud voice to the one holding the sharp sickle, saying, "Send out your sharp sickle, and collect the clusters of the vine of the earth, for its grapes have peaked."  ¹⁹And the angel launched his sickle onto the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and he cast it into the great winepress of God's wrath.  ²⁰And the winepress outside the city was trampled, and the blood went out from the winepress as deep as the bridles of the horses for a distance of 1,600 stadia.

 

Chapter 15

The Seven Bowls Full of Wrath

   ¹And I saw another sign in heaven, great and awesome: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for with them is completed the wrath of God.  ²And I saw like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and the ones overcoming of the beast and of his image and of the number of his name were standing on the glassy sea, holding lyres of God.  ³And they are singing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, as follows,

 

   "Great and marvelous are your deeds,

            O Lord God Almighty.

   Just and true are your ways,

        O king of the nations.

   ⁴Who shall not fear, O Lord,

        and glorify your name?

Because you alone are holy.

   For all the nations will come,

        and will worship before you,

   because your righteous judgments

        have been revealed."

 

   And after these things I looked, and the temple of the tabernacle of testimony was opened in heaven, and out of the temple came the seven angels who had the seven plagues, dressed in clean bright linen and gird around the chest with golden sashes.  And one of the four living beings handed to the seven angels seven bowls made of gold, which were becoming full of the wrath of God, who lives for ever and ever.  And the temple was filled with smoke, from the glory of God and from his power, and no one is able to go into the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels are carried out.

 

Chapter 16

   ¹And I heard a great voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, "Go and pour out the seven bowls of the wrath of God onto the earth."

   ²And the first one went and poured out his bowl onto the earth.  And there came a nasty and painful ulcer on the people who had the mark of the beast and on those worshiping his image.

   ³And the second angel poured out his bowl onto the sea.  And it became blood like of the dead, and every living soul died, the ones in the sea.

   And the third angel poured out his bowl onto the rivers and the sources of the waters.  And they became blood.

   And I heard the angel of the waters saying, "You are righteous, you who are and who was, O holy one, that you have judged these things, for they poured out the blood of saints and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink.  They deserve it."

   And I heard the altar saying, "Agreed, Lord God Almighty, your punishments are true and just."

   And the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun.  And it was given to the sun to scorch the people by fire.  And the people were burned a very bad burn, and they cursed the name of God, the one having authority over these plagues, yet they did not repent to give him glory.

   ¹⁰And the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast.  And his kingdom became covered in darkness.  And they were biting their tongues in pain, ¹¹and they cursed the God of heaven, because of their pains and because of their ulcers, yet they did not repent of their works.

   ¹²And the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates.  And it caused its water to dry up, so that a route was prepared for the kings from the east.  ¹³And I saw coming from the mouth of the dragon, and from the mouth of the beast, and from the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits, like frogs; ¹⁴for they are spirits of demons performing miracles, which are going out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them together for the war of the great day of God Almighty.  ¹⁵(Behold, I am coming like a thief.  Blessed are those keeping vigilant and guarding their garments, so they are not walking around naked and people seeing their private parts.)  ¹⁶And He gathered them together at the place called in Hebrew Harmagedōn.

   ¹⁷And the seventh angel poured out his bowl onto the air.  And there came from the temple a loud voice by authority of the throne, saying, "It is done!"  ¹⁸And there were lightnings and sounds and thunderings, and a powerful earthquake occurred, such as has not happened since humankind existed on the earth, so great an earthquake it was.  ¹⁹And the great city was split into three, and the cities of the Gentiles collapsed.  And Babylon the Great, it was remembered in the presence of God to give her the cup of the wine of the fury of God's wrath.  ²⁰And every island vanished away, and no mountains were found.  ²¹And huge hailstones, about 100 pounds in weight, came down on the people out of heaven; and the people cursed God because of the plague of hail.  For severe is the blow of it, extremely.

 

Chapter 17

The Mysterious Prostitute

   ¹Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke with me, saying, "Come, I will show you the judgment of the great prostitute who sits on many waters, ²with whom the kings of the earth have fornicated.  And those dwelling on the earth have become intoxicated from the wine of her fornication."

   ³And he carried me away in the Spirit to a wilderness.  And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that had seven heads and ten horns, which was full of blasphemous names.  And the woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and covered with gold and precious stones and pearls, holding a golden cup in her hand, full of abominations and the uncleanness of her prostitution.  And on her forehead a title was written:

 

A Mystery

Babylon the Great,

the mother of prostitutes

and of the abominations of the earth.

 

And I saw the woman drunk from the blood of the saints and from the blood of Jesus' witnesses.  And I was astonished when I saw her, with a great astonishment.

   And the angel said to me, "Why are you astonished?  I will declare to you the mystery of the woman, and of the beast carrying her which has the seven heads and ten horns.  The beast which you saw, was, and now is not, and in the future is to rise again from the Abyss, and then is going to destruction.  And those dwelling on the earth will be amazed when they see the beast, anyone whose name has not been written in the book of life since the foundation of the world, for it was, and is not, and will be.

   ⁹"Consider this, O mind having wisdom: the seven heads are seven mountains, where the woman sits on them.  They are also seven kings.  ¹⁰Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet appeared, and when he appears, he must continue a few years¹¹And the beast which was and is not, he also is an eighth king, and from the seven he is, and to destruction he is going.

   ¹²"And the ten horns which you saw, they are ten kings who have not yet received kingship; they only receive authority as kings for one hour with the beast.  ¹³These have one purpose, and they give their power and authority to the beast.  ¹⁴These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because he is lord of lords, and king of kings, and those with him are the called, and elect, and faithful."

   ¹⁵And he says to me, "The waters which you saw, where the prostitute sits, they are peoples and populaces, and ethnic groups and languages.  ¹⁶And the ten horns which you saw, and the beast, these will hate the prostitute, and they will lay her waste, and bare, and eat her flesh, and burn her up with fire.  ¹⁷For God has given it into their hearts, to carry out that purpose of His, even to perform one single purpose, and that is to give their kingdoms to the beast, until the words of God are accomplished.  ¹⁸And the woman which you saw is that great city that has rule over the kings of the earth."

 

Chapter 18

Fallen Is Babylon the Great

   ¹After these things I saw another angel coming down out of heaven, having great authority, and the earth was lit up from his glory.  ²And he cried out in a powerful voice, saying, "Fallen!  Fallen is Babylon the Great, and has become the dwelling place of demons and the haunt of every unclean spirit and the haunt of every unclean bird, and the haunt of every unclean and detestable beast, ³because every nation has drunk of the wine of the wrath of her prostitution, and the kings of the earth have fornicated with her, and the merchants of the earth by virtue of her luxury have become rich."

   And I heard another voice from heaven saying, "Get out, O my people, out of her, that you not be parties to her sins, and not receive of her plagues.  For her sins are piled all the way up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.  Deal back to her even as she dealt out, and pay to her double, as befits her deeds.  In the cup in which she had mixed, mix her a double.  As much as she glorified herself and experienced luxury, that much suffering and mourning deal to her.  For she says in her heart, 'I sit as a queen, and no widow am I, and mourning I will never see.'  Because of this, her blows will come in a single day, death and mourning and famine, and she will be consumed by fire.  For able is the Lord God who sentenced her."

   And the kings of the earth when they see the smoke of her burning, shall weep and beat their breasts over her, they who had fornicated and experienced luxury with her, ¹⁰standing a long distance away, for the horror of her torment, saying, "Alas, alas, great city!  Babylon, strong city!  For in a single hour your doom has come!"

   ¹¹And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargo anymore, ¹²cargo of gold, silver, precious stones and pearls, and of linen, silk, purple and scarlet cloth, and every aromatic wood, and every item of ivory, and every article of expensive wood, copper, iron, and marble, ¹³and cinnamon and cardamom, and incenses, myrrh and frankincense, and wine, olive oil, finest flour, and wheat, and cattle, sheep and horses, and carriages, and the bodies and souls of human beings.

   ¹⁴And your fruit, what your soul had lusted for, has left you; yes, all the luxuries and the splendor, have vanished from you, and never shall men find them again.

   ¹⁵Those merchants who became rich from her will stand afar off for the horror of her torment, weeping and mourning, ¹⁶saying, "Alas, Alas, great city dressed in fine linen and purple and scarlet, and gilded in gold and precious stone and pearl!  ¹⁷That this kind of wealth has been ruined in one hour!"

   And every pilot and everyone sailing toward the place, and mariners and such as work the sea, stood afar off, ¹⁸and cried out, watching the smoke of her fire, saying, "What city is like the great city?"  ¹⁹And they threw dust above their heads and cried out weeping and mourning, saying, "Alas, Alas, great city, through whom all those owning ships on the sea became rich from her Priceyness.  How has she been laid waste in one hour?"

   ²⁰Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you saints and apostles and prophets!  For God has adjudicated your redress from her.  ²¹And a powerful angel lifted up a stone, like a giant millstone, and threw it into the sea, saying, "With such violence will that great city Babylon be thrown down, and never more be found."

  ²²"And the sound of guitarists and musicians and flutists and trumpeters will never more be heard in you, nor will any craftsman of any skill be found in you anymore, nor the sound of a factory be heard in you anymore, ²³and the light of a lamp will will not shine in you anymore, and the sound of bridegroom and bride will not be heard in you anymore.  For your traders were the lords of the earth, in that by your sorceries all nations were deceived.  ²⁴And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints, indeed of all the slain upon the earth.

 

Chapter 19

Hallelujah!

   ¹After these things I heard something like the sound of a very large multitude in heaven, saying, "Hallelujah!  The salvation and glory and power of our God!  ²How true and right are his judgments!  For he has judged the great prostitute who was destroying the earth with her prostitution, and has avenged the blood of his servants spilled by her hand."

   ³And a second time they said, "Hallelujah!  And the smoke from her ascends for ever and ever."

   And the twenty-four elders and the four living beings fell down and worshiped God, the one sitting on the throne, saying, "Amen.  Hallelujah!"

   And there came a voice from the throne, saying, "Praise our God, all you his servants, and you who fear him, both small and great."

   And I heard like the sound of a great multitude, and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of powerful thunderclaps, saying, "Hallelujah!  For the Lord our God the Almighty has begun to reign.  Let us rejoice and exult, and give glory to him, for the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his wife has made herself ready; and it was given to her that she be dressed in fine linen bright and clean, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints."

   And he says to me, "Write: 'Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding banquet of the Lamb.' "  And he says to me, "These are true words from God."

   ¹⁰And I fell down before his feet to worship him.  And he says to me, "Watch out!  I am your fellow servant, and one of your brothers in having the testimony of Jesus.  Worship God.  For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."

 

Behold a White Horse

   ¹¹And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and the one sitting on it called faithful and true, and in righteousness he judges and makes war.  ¹²And his eyes are like flames of fire, and on his head many diadems, having a name written on them which no one knows but himself, ¹³and he is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and called by the name "the Word of God."

   ¹⁴And the armies that are in heaven are following him on white horses, dressed in bright, clean linen.  ¹⁵And from his mouth goes out a sharp sword, so that with it he might strike the nations, and then he himself will shepherd them with a rod of iron; and he himself will tread the press of the wine of the passion of the wrath of God the Almighty.  ¹⁶And he has a name written on his robe and on his thigh: King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

   ¹⁷And I saw an angel standing on the sun, and he cried out in a very great voice, saying, "To all the birds flying in mid-air, Come, gather toward the great feast of God, ¹⁸that you may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of generals, and the flesh of the mighty, and the flesh of horses and of those riding on them; even the flesh of every sort, both free and slave, both the small and the great."

   ¹⁹And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies, gathered together to make war with the one sitting on the horse and with his army.  ²⁰And the beast was arrested, and with him the false prophet who did the wonders before him by which he deceived those receiving the mark of the beast and worshiping his image.  The two were thrown while living into the lake of fire burning with sulfur.  ²¹And the rest were killed by the sword which goes out from the mouth of the one sitting on the horse.  And all the birds got fat off their flesh.

 

Chapter 20

The One Thousand Years

   ¹And I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding the key to the abyss and a giant chain in his hand.  ²And he captured the dragon, the ancient serpent, which is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, ³and cast him into the abyss, and closed and sealed it over him, so that he could no longer deceive the nations, until the end of the thousand years; after them he must be released for a short time.

   And I saw thrones, and they took their seat on them, and judgeship was given to them, that is, the souls of those beheaded because of the testimony of Jesus, and because of the word of God, and who did not worship the beast, neither the image of him, and did not take the mark on their forehead or on their upper limb.  And they came to life, and reigned with Christ a thousand years.  (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were finished.)  This is the first resurrection.  Blessed and holy is he who takes part in the first resurrection; over such, the second death has no power, but instead they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

 

The Last War

   And when the thousand years are finished, Satan shall be released from his prison, and he shall go forth to deceive the nations which are in the four points of the earth, Gōg and Magōg, to gather them together for war, the number of them being as the sand of the seashore.  And they rose up over the breadth of the earth, and surrounded the company of the saints and the beloved city.  And fire came down from heaven and consumed them.  ¹⁰And the Devil, the deceiver of them, was cast into the lake of fire and sulfur, where also the beast and false prophet were, and they shall be tormented day and night, for ever and ever.

 

The Great White Throne of Judgement

   ¹¹And I saw a great white throne, and the one sitting on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away, and their place was found no more.  ¹²And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened.  Another book was also opened, which is the book of life.  And the dead were judged from what was written in the books, according to their works.  ¹³And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and Death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them, and each person was judged according to their works.  ¹⁴And Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire.  This is the second death, the lake of fire.  ¹⁵And if anyone was not found written in the book of life, he was cast into the lake of fire.

 

Chapter 21

The New Jerusalem

   ¹And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and first earth had vanished away, and the sea does not exist anymore.  ²And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride made beautiful for her husband.  ³And I heard a great voice from the throne saying, "Behold, God's tent is with humanity.  And he shall dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and he shall be their God; and he shall wipe away every tear from their eyes.  And death shall no longer exist, neither sadness, nor crying, nor pain, shall exist anymore.  The former things have passed away."

   And the One sitting on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things anew."

   And he says, "Write, 'These words are trustworthy and true.' "

   And he said to me, "They are accomplished.  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.  To him who is thirsty I will give freely from the spring of the water of life.  He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be to him his God and he will be to me a son.  But to the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and fornicators and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their inheritance is in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death."

 

The Bride and Wife of the Lamb

   And one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came, and he spoke with me, saying, "Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb."  ¹⁰And he carried me away in the Spirit onto a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, ¹¹having the glory of God.  Her radiance was similar to a precious gemstone, like a jasper stone shimmering as crystal; ¹²having a wall, great and high, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel; ¹³from the east three gates, and from the north three gates, and from the south three gates, and from the west three gates; ¹⁴with the wall of the city having twelve foundations, and on them twelve names, of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

   ¹⁵And the one speaking with me had a measuring rod of gold, to measure the city, and its gates and its wall.  ¹⁶And the city lies foursquare, that is, its length is as great as the width.  And with the rod, he measured the city at 12,000 stadia.  The length and width and height of it are the same.  ¹⁷And he measured the wall of it, 144 forearms, the dimension of a man, which is the angel's.

   ¹⁸And the material of its wall is jasper, and the city is pure gold, clear as crystal.  ¹⁹The foundations of the walls of the city are adorned with every precious stone; the first foundation with jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, ²⁰the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh hyacinth, the twelfth amethyst.  ²¹And the twelve gates are twelve pearls; each one of the gates was made out of one pearl.  And the streets of the city are pure gold, transparent as glass.

  ²²And I did not see a temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty is its temple, and the Lamb.  ²³And the city has no need of either a sun or a moon to shine in it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb.  ²⁴And the nations will walk by its light; and the kings of the earth bring their glory into it; ²⁵and its gates are never closed by day; in fact, night will not exist there; ²⁶and they will bring the glory and honor of the nations into it.  ²⁷And nothing unclean or anyone who practices abomination or falsehood will ever go into it– only those who are written in the Lamb's book of life.

 

Chapter 22

The River of Living Water

   ¹And he showed me the river of the water of life, bright like crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb ²in the middle of its boulevard.  And on either side of the river, the tree of life producing twelve fruits, according to the month each one yielding its fruit, and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.  ³And every accursed thing will no longer exist.  And the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will serve him, and they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.  And night will no longer exist, and they have no need for the light of a lamp or the light of a sun, because the Lord God will shine on them, and they will reign for ever and ever.

   And he said to me, "These words are trustworthy and true.  Yes, the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, he has sent his angel to show his servants what things must soon take place."

   "And behold, I am coming soon.  Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book."

   And I, John, was the hearer and the seer of these things.  And when I heard and I saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me.  And he says to me, "Watch out!  I am a fellow servant of yours and of your brothers the prophets, and of those keeping the words of this book.  Worship God."

   ¹⁰And he says to me, "Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near.  ¹¹He who is doing wrong, let him continue to do wrong, and the unclean continue to be unclean, and he who is doing good continue to do good, and the holy continue to be holy."

 

Behold, I am Coming Soon

   ¹²"Behold, I am coming soon, and the repayment from me along with me, to pay back to each one such as his work truly is.  ¹³I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.

   ¹⁴"Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that access to the tree of life will be theirs, and to the gates, so they may go into the city.  ¹⁵Outside are dogs, and sorcerers, and fornicators and murderers and idolaters and everyone who loves or does falsehood.

   ¹⁶"I Jesus have sent my angel to testify these things to you regarding the churches.  I am the root and line of David, the bright and morning star.

   ¹⁷And the Spirit and the bride say, "Come."  And he who is hearing this should say "Come."  And he who is thirsty, should come. Whoever wants to, get the water of life without cost.

   ¹⁸I testify to everyone who is hearing these words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; ¹⁹and if anyone takes away from the words of this book of prophecy, God will take away his share of the tree of life and of the holy city, of what is written in this book.

   ²⁰The one who is testifying these things says, "Yes, I am coming soon."  Amen; come, Lord Jesus.

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

 

To download this translation with many footnotes, and a table of all the Revelation Greek manuscripts, you can access the PDF edition here.    

 [Finished, this eighth day of April, year of our Lord two thousand and six, by the lowly author scribe, DRP.]

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