Revelation 13-16 English Standard Version

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The Two Beasts

13 And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads. 2  And the beast that I saw was like a leopard; its feet were like a bear's, and its mouth was like a lion's mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority. 3  One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth marveled as they followed the beast. 4  And they worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?" 5  And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. 6  It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling,[1] that is, those who dwell in heaven. 7  Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them.[2] And authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation, 8  and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain. 9  If anyone has an ear, let him hear: 10  If anyone is to be taken captive, to captivity he goes; if anyone is to be slain with the sword, with the sword must he be slain. Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.

11  Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. 12  It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence,[3] and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed. 13  It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people, 14  and by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of[4] the beast it deceives those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image for the beast that was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15  And it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might even speak and might cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be slain. 16  Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave,[5] to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, 17  so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. 18  This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.[6]

The Song of the 144,000

14 Then I looked, and behold, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads. 2  And I heard a voice from heaven like the roar of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder. The voice I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps, 3  and they were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. No one could learn that song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. 4  It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins. It is these who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These have been redeemed from mankind as firstfruits for God and the Lamb, 5  and in their mouth no lie was found, for they are blameless.

The Messages of the Three Angels

6  Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people. 7  And he said with a loud voice, "Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water." 8  Another angel, a second, followed, saying, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who made all nations drink the wine of the passion[7] of her sexual immorality." 9  And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice, "If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10  he also will drink the wine of God's wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11  And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name." 12  Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.[8]

13  And I heard a voice from heaven saying, "Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.""Blessed indeed," says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!"

The Harvest of the Earth

14  Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and seated on the cloud one like a son of man, with a golden crown on his head, and a sharp sickle in his hand. 15  And another angel came out of the temple, calling with a loud voice to him who sat on the cloud, "Put in your sickle, and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is fully ripe." 16  So he who sat on the cloud swung his sickle across the earth, and the earth was reaped. 17  Then another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. 18  And another angel came out from the altar, the angel who has authority over the fire, and he called with a loud voice to the one who had the sharp sickle, "Put in your sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, for its grapes are ripe." 19  So the angel swung his sickle across the earth and gathered the grape harvest of the earth and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. 20  And the winepress was trodden outside the city, and blood flowed from the winepress, as high as a horse's bridle, for 1,600 stadia.[9]

The Angels with the Last Plagues

15 Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and amazing, seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is finished. 2  And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire--and also those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands. 3  And they sing the song of Moses, the servant[10] of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, "Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations![11] 4  Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed."

5  After this I looked, and the sanctuary of the tent[12] of witness in heaven was opened, 6  and out of the sanctuary came the seven angels with the seven plagues, clothed in pure, bright linen, with golden sashes around their chests. 7  And one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God who lives forever and ever, 8  and the sanctuary was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power, and no one could enter the sanctuary until the seven plagues of the seven angels were finished.

The Vials of Wrath

16 Then I heard a loud voice from the temple telling the seven angels, "Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls of the wrath of God." 2  So the first angel went and poured out his bowl on the earth, and harmful and painful sores came upon the people who bore the mark of the beast and worshiped its image. 3  The second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became like the blood of a corpse, and every living thing died that was in the sea. 4  The third angel poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of water, and they became blood. 5  And I heard the angel in charge of the waters[13] say, "Just are you, O Holy One, who is and who was, for you brought these judgments. 6  For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink. It is what they deserve!" 7  And I heard the altar saying, "Yes, Lord God the Almighty, true and just are your judgments!"

8  The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was allowed to scorch people with fire. 9  They were scorched by the fierce heat, and they cursed[14] the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent and give him glory. 10  The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in anguish 11  and cursed the God of heaven for their pain and sores. They did not repent of their deeds.

12  The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, to prepare the way for the kings from the east. 13  And I saw, 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, three unclean spirits like frogs. 14  For they are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty. 15  ("Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!") 16  And they assembled them at the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.

17  The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple, from the throne, saying, "It is done!" 18  And there were flashes of lightning, rumblings,[15] peals of thunder, and a great earthquake such as there had never been since man was on the earth, so great was that earthquake. 19  The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell, and God remembered Babylon the great, to make her drain the cup of the wine of the fury of his wrath. 20  And every island fled away, and no mountains were to be found. 21  And great hailstones, about one hundred pounds[16] each, fell from heaven on people; and they cursed God for the plague of the hail, because the plague was so severe.

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Footnotes

[1] 13:6 Or tabernacle

[2] 13:7 Some manuscripts omit this sentence

[3] 13:12 Or on its behalf

[4] 13:14 Or on behalf of

[5] 13:16 Greek bondservant

[6] 13:18 Some manuscripts 616

[7] 14:8 Or wrath

[8] 14:12 Greek and the faith of Jesus

[9] 14:20 About 184 miles; a stadion was about 607 feet or 185 meters

[10] 15:3 Greek bondservant

[11] 15:3 Some manuscripts the ages

[12] 15:5 Or tabernacle

[13] 16:5 Greek angel of the waters

[14] 16:9 Greek blasphemed; also verses 11, 21

[15] 16:18 Or voices, or sounds

[16] 16:21 Greek a talent in weight

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