Revelation 13-16 World English Bible

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The Two Beasts

13 1  Then I stood on the sand of the sea. I 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. 2  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. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. 3  One of his heads looked like it had been wounded fatally. His fatal wound was healed, and the whole earth marveled at 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? Who is able to make war with him?” 5  A mouth speaking great things and blasphemy was given to him. Authority to make war for forty-two months was given to him. 6  He opened his mouth for blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his dwelling, those who dwell in heaven. 7  It was given to him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them. Authority over every tribe, people, language, 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 killed. 9  If anyone has an ear, let him hear. 10  If anyone has captivity, he will go into captivity. If anyone is with the sword, he must be killed. [1] Here is the endurance and the faith of the saints.

11  I saw another beast coming up out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke like a dragon. 12  He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence. 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, even making fire come down out of the sky to the earth in the sight of people. 14  He deceives my own people who dwell on the earth because of the signs he was granted to do in front of the beast; saying to those who dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast who had the sword wound and lived. 15  It was given to him to give breath to it, to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause as many as wouldn’t worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16  He causes all, the small and the great, the rich and the poor, and the free and the slave, to be given marks on their right hands, or on their foreheads; 17  and that no one would be able to buy or to sell, unless he has that mark, the name of the beast or the number of his name. 18  Here is wisdom. He who has understanding, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. His number is six hundred sixty-six.

The Song of the 144,000

14 1  I saw, and behold, the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with him a number, one hundred forty-four thousand, having his name, and the name of his Father, written on their foreheads. 2  I heard a sound from heaven, like the sound of many waters, and like the sound of a great thunder. The sound which I heard was like that of harpists playing on their harps. 3  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 forty-four thousand, those who had been redeemed out of the earth. 4  These are those who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are those who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These were redeemed by Jesus from among men, the first fruits to God and to the Lamb. 5  In their mouth was found no lie, for they are blameless. [2]

The Messages of the Three Angels

6  I saw an angel flying in mid heaven, having an eternal Good News to proclaim to those who dwell on the earth, and to every nation, tribe, language, and people. 7  He said with a loud voice, “Fear the Lord, and give him glory; for the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and the springs of waters!” 8  Another, a second angel, followed, saying, “Babylon the great has fallen, which has made all the nations to drink of the wine of the wrath of her sexual immorality.” 9  Another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a great 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 prepared unmixed in the cup of his anger. He will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb. 11  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 receives the mark of his name. 12  Here is the patience of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”

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

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

The Harvest of the Earth

14  I looked, and behold, a white cloud; and on the cloud one sitting like a son of man, [3] having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. 15  Another angel came out from the temple, crying with a loud voice to him who sat on the cloud, “Send forth your sickle, and reap; for the hour to reap has come; for the harvest of the earth is ripe!” 16  He who sat on the cloud thrust his sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped. 17  Another angel came out from the temple which is in heaven. He also had a sharp sickle. 18  Another angel came out from the altar, he who has power over fire, and he called with a great voice to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, “Send forth your sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for the earth’s grapes are fully ripe!” 19  The angel thrust his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vintage of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. 20  The winepress was trodden outside of the city, and blood came out from the winepress, even to the bridles of the horses, as far as one thousand six hundred stadia. [4]

The Angels with the Last Plagues

15 1  I saw another great and marvelous sign in the sky: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them God’s wrath is finished. 2  I saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who overcame the beast, his image, [5] and the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God. 3  They sang the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,

“Great and marvelous are your works, Lord God, the Almighty!
Righteous and true are your ways, you King of the nations. 4  Who wouldn’t fear you, Lord,
and glorify your name?
For you only 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 the testimony in heaven was opened. 6  The seven angels who had the seven plagues came out, clothed with pure, bright linen, and wearing golden sashes around their breasts. 7  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  The temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power. No one was able to enter into the temple, until the seven plagues of the seven angels would be finished.

The Vials of Wrath

16 1  I heard a loud voice out of the temple, saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out the seven bowls of the wrath of God on the earth!” 2  The first went, and poured out his bowl into the earth, and it became a harmful and evil 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 as of a dead man. Every living thing in the sea died. 4  The third poured out his bowl into the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. 5  I heard the angel of the waters saying, “You are righteous, who are and who were, you Holy One, because you have judged these things. 6  For they poured out the blood of the saints and the prophets, and you have given them blood to drink. They deserve this.” 7  I heard the altar saying, “Yes, Lord God, the Almighty, true and righteous are your judgments.”

8  The fourth poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was given to him to scorch men with fire. 9  People were scorched with great heat, and people blasphemed the name of God who has the power over these plagues. They didn’t repent and give him glory. 10  The fifth poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was darkened. They gnawed their tongues because of the pain, 11  and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores. They didn’t repent of their works.

12  The sixth poured out his bowl on the great river, the Euphrates. Its water was dried up, that the way might be made ready for the kings that come from the sunrise. 13  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, something like frogs; 14  for they are spirits of demons, performing signs; which go forth to the kings of the whole inhabited earth, to gather them together for the war of that great day of God, the Almighty. 15  “Behold, I come like a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his clothes, so that he doesn’t walk naked, and they see his shame.” 16  He gathered them together into the place which is called in Hebrew, Megiddo.

17  The seventh poured out his bowl into the air. A loud voice came forth out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is done!” 18  There were lightnings, sounds, and thunders; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since there were men on the earth, so great an earthquake, so mighty. 19  The great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. Babylon the great was remembered in the sight of God, to give to her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. 20  Every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. 21  Great hailstones, about the weight of a talent, [6] came down out of the sky on people. People blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, for this plague is exceedingly severe.

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Footnotes

[1] 13:10 TR reads “If anyone leads into captivity, into captivity he goes. If anyone will kill with the sword, he must be killed with a sword.” instead of “If anyone has captivity, he will go into captivity. If anyone is with the sword, he must be killed.”

[2] 14:5 TR adds “before the throne of God”

[3] 14:14 Daniel 7:13

[4] 14:20 1600 stadia = 296 kilometers or 184 miles

[5] 15:2 TR adds “his mark,”

[6] 16:21 1 talent is about 34 kilograms or 75 pounds

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