Revelation 13-16 New American Standard Bible

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The Two Beasts

13 And the dragon stood on the sand of the seashore . Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea , having ten horns and seven heads , and on his horns were ten diadems , and on his heads were blasphemous names . 2  And the beast which I saw was like a leopard , and his feet were like those of a bear , and his mouth like the mouth of a lion . And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority . 3  I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain , and his fatal wound was healed . And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast ; 4  they worshiped the dragon because he gave his authority to the beast ; and they worshiped the beast , saying , " Who is like the beast , and who is able to wage war with him?" 5  There was given to him a mouth speaking arrogant words and blasphemies , and authority to act for forty-two e months was given to him. 6  And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against God , to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle , that is, those who dwell in heaven . 7  It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him. 8  All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain . 9  If anyone has an ear , let him hear . 10  If anyone is destined for captivity , to captivity he goes ; if anyone kills with the sword , with the sword he must be killed . Here is the perseverance and the faith of the saints .

11  Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth ; and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke as a dragon . 12  He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence . And he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast , whose fatal wound was healed . 13  He performs great signs , so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the presence of men . 14  And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast , telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who had the wound of the sword and has come to life . 15  And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast , so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed . 16  And he causes all , the small and the great , and the rich and the poor , and the free men and the slaves , to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead , 17  and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell , except the one who has the mark , either the name of the beast or the number of his name . 18  Here is wisdom . Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast , for the number is that of a man ; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six e .

The Song of the 144,000

14 Then I looked , and behold , the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion , and with Him one hundred and forty-four e thousand , having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads . 2  And I heard a voice from heaven , like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder , and the voice which I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps . 3  And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders ; and no one could learn the song except the one hundred and forty-four e thousand who had been purchased from the earth . 4  These are the ones who have not been defiled with women , for they have kept themselves chaste . These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever e He goes . These have been purchased from among men as first fruits to God and to the Lamb . 5  And no lie was found in their mouth ; they are blameless .

The Messages of the Three Angels

6  And I saw another angel flying in midheaven , having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth , and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people ; 7  and he said with a loud voice , " Fear God , and give Him glory , because the hour of His judgment has come ; worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters." 8  And another angel , a second one , followed , saying , " Fallen , fallen is Babylon the great , she who has made all the nations drink of the wine of the passion of her immorality ." 9  Then another angel , a third one , followed them, saying with a loud voice , "If anyone worships the beast and his image , and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand , 10  he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God , which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger ; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone 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 ; they have no rest day and night , those who worship the beast and his image , and whoever e receives the mark of his name ." 12  Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus .

13  And 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 labors , for their deeds follow with them."

The Harvest of the Earth

14  Then I looked , and behold , a white cloud , and sitting on the cloud was one like a son of man , having a golden crown on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand . 15  And another angel came out of the temple , crying out with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud , " Put in your sickle and reap , for the hour to reap has come , because the harvest of the earth is ripe ." 16  Then He who sat on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth , and the earth was reaped . 17  And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven , and he also had a sharp sickle . 18  Then another angel , the one who has power over fire , came out from the altar ; and he called with a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle , saying , " Put in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth , because her grapes are ripe ." 19  So the angel swung his sickle to the earth and gathered the clusters from the vine of the earth , and threw them into the great wine press of the wrath of God . 20  And the wine press was trodden outside the city , and blood came out from the wine press , up to the horses' bridles , for a distance of two hundred miles .

The Angels with the Last Plagues

15 Then I saw another sign in heaven , great and marvelous , seven angels who had seven plagues , which are the last , because in them the wrath of God is finished . 2  And I saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire , and those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and the number of his name , standing on the sea of glass , holding harps of God . 3  And they sang the song of Moses , the bond-servant of God , and the song of the Lamb , saying , " Great and marvelous are Your works , O Lord God , the Almighty ; Righteous and true are Your ways , King of the nations ! 4  " Who will not fear , O Lord , and glorify Your name ? For You alone are holy ; For ALL THE NATIONS WILL COME AND WORSHIP BEFORE YOU, FOR YOUR RIGHTEOUS ACTS HAVE BEEN REVEALED ."

5  After these things I looked , and the temple of the tabernacle of testimony in heaven was opened , 6  and the seven angels who had the seven plagues came out of the temple , clothed in linen , clean and bright , and girded around their chests with golden sashes . 7  Then 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 temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power ; and no one was able to enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were finished .

The Vials of Wrath

16 Then I heard a loud voice from the temple , saying to 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 it became a loathsome and malignant sore on the people who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image . 3  The second angel poured out his bowl into the sea , and it became blood like that of a dead man ; and every living thing in the sea died . 4  Then the third angel poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of waters ; and they became blood . 5  And I heard the angel of the waters saying , " Righteous are You, who are and who were, O Holy One , because You judged these things ; 6  for they poured out the blood of saints and prophets , and You have given them blood to drink . They deserve it." 7  And I heard the altar saying , "Yes , O Lord God , the Almighty , true and righteous are Your judgments ."

8  The fourth angel poured out his bowl upon the sun , and it was given to it to scorch men with fire . 9  Men were scorched with fierce heat ; and they blasphemed the name of God who has the power over these plagues , and they did not repent so as to give Him glory . 10  Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast , and his kingdom became darkened ; and they gnawed their tongues because of pain , 11  and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores ; and they did not repent of their deeds .

12  The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river , the Euphrates ; and its water was dried up, so that the way would be prepared for the kings from the east e . 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 spirits of demons , performing signs , which go out to the kings of the whole world , to gather them together for the war of the great day of God , the Almighty . 15  ("Behold , I am coming like a thief . Blessed is the one who stays awake and keeps his clothes , so e that he will not walk about naked and men will not see his shame .") 16  And they gathered them together to the place which in Hebrew is called Har-Magedon .

17  Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl upon 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 and sounds and peals of thunder ; and there was a great earthquake , such as there had not been since e man came to be upon the earth , so great an earthquake was it, and so mighty . 19  The great city was split into three parts , and the cities of the nations fell . Babylon the great was remembered before God , to give her the cup of the wine of His fierce wrath . 20  And every island fled away , and the mountains were not found . 21  And huge hailstones , about one hundred pounds each, came down from heaven upon men ; and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail , because its plague was extremely severe .

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