11 And in the first year of Darius the Mede, I 1 stood to strengthen him and to provide protection for him.) 2 Now I will tell you the truth.
“Three 2 more kings will arise for Persia. Then a fourth 3 king will be unusually rich, 4 more so than all who preceded him. When he has amassed power through his riches, he will stir up everyone against 5 the kingdom of Greece. 3 Then a powerful king 6 will arise, exercising great authority and doing as he pleases. 4 Shortly after his rise to power, 7 his kingdom will be broken up and distributed toward the four winds of the sky 8 – but not to his posterity or with the authority he exercised, for his kingdom will be uprooted and distributed to others besides these.
5 “Then the king of the south 9 and one of his subordinates 10 will grow strong. His subordinate 11 will resist 12 him and will rule a kingdom greater than his. 13 6 After some years have passed, they 14 will form an alliance. Then the daughter 15 of the king of the south will come to the king of the north to make an agreement, but she will not retain her power, 16 nor will he continue 17 in his strength. 18 She, together with the one who brought her, her child, 19 and her benefactor will all be delivered over at that time. 20
7 “There will arise in his 21 place one from her family line 22 who will come against their army and will enter the stronghold of the king of the north and will move against them successfully. 23 8 He will also take their gods into captivity to Egypt, along with their cast images and prized utensils of silver and gold. Then he will withdraw for some years from 24 the king of the north. 9 Then the king of the north 25 will advance against the empire of the king of the south, but will withdraw to his own land. 10 His sons 26 will wage war, mustering a large army which will advance like an overflowing river and carrying the battle all the way to the enemy’s 27 fortress. 28
11 “Then the king of the south 29 will be enraged and will march out to fight against the king of the north, who will also muster a large army, but that army will be delivered into his hand. 12 When the army is taken away, the king of the south will become arrogant. 30 He will be responsible for the death 31 of thousands and thousands of people, 32 but he will not continue to prevail. 13 For the king of the north will again muster an army, one larger than before. At the end of some years he will advance with a huge army and enormous supplies.
14 “In those times many will oppose 33 the king of the south. 34 Those who are violent 35 among your own people will rise up in confirmation of 36 the vision, but they will falter. 15 Then the king of the north will advance and will build siege mounds and capture a well-fortified city. 37 The forces of the south will not prevail, not even his finest contingents. 38 They will have no strength to prevail. 16 The one advancing against him will do as he pleases, and no one will be able to stand before him. He will prevail in the beautiful land, and its annihilation will be within his power. 39 17 His intention 40 will be to come with the strength of his entire kingdom, and he will form alliances. 41 He will give the king of the south 42 a daughter 43 in marriage in order to destroy the kingdom, but it will not turn out to his advantage. 18 Then he will turn his attention 44 to the coastal regions and will capture many of them. But a commander 45 will bring his shameful conduct to a halt; in addition, 46 he will make him pay for his shameful conduct. 47 19 He will then turn his attention to the fortresses of his own land, but he will stumble and fall, not to be found again. 20 There will arise after him 48 one 49 who will send out an exactor 50 of tribute to enhance the splendor of the kingdom, but after a few days he will be destroyed, 51 though not in anger or battle.
21 “Then there will arise in his place a despicable person 52 to whom the royal honor has not been rightfully conferred. He will come on the scene in a time of prosperity and will seize the kingdom through deceit. 22 Armies 53 will be suddenly 54 swept away in defeat 55 before him; both they and a covenant leader 56 will be destroyed. 57 23 After 58 entering into an alliance with him, he will behave treacherously; he will ascend to power with only a small force. 59 24 In a time of prosperity for the most productive areas of the province he will come and accomplish what neither his fathers nor their fathers accomplished. He will distribute loot, spoils, and property to his followers, and he will devise plans against fortified cities, but not for long. 60 25 He will rouse his strength and enthusiasm 61 against the king of the south 62 with a large army. The king of the south will wage war with a large and very powerful army, but he will not be able to prevail because of the plans devised against him. 26 Those who share the king’s fine food will attempt to destroy him, and his army will be swept away; 63 many will be killed in battle. 27 These two kings, their minds 64 filled with evil intentions, will trade 65 lies with one another at the same table. But it will not succeed, for there is still an end at the appointed time. 28 Then the king of the north 66 will return to his own land with much property. His mind will be set against the holy covenant. He will take action, and then return to his own land. 29 At an appointed time he will again invade the south, but this latter visit will not turn out the way the former one did. 30 The ships of Kittim 67 will come against him, leaving him disheartened. 68 He will turn back and direct his indignation against the holy covenant. He will return and honor 69 those who forsake the holy covenant. 31 His forces 70 will rise up and profane the fortified sanctuary, 71 stopping the daily sacrifice. In its place they will set up 72 the abomination that causes desolation. 32 Then with smooth words he will defile 73 those who have rejected 74 the covenant. But the people who are loyal to 75 their God will act valiantly. 76 33 These who are wise among the people will teach the masses. 77 However, they will fall 78 by the sword and by the flame, 79 and they will be imprisoned and plundered for some time. 80 34 When they stumble, they will be granted some help. But many will unite with them deceitfully. 35 Even some of the wise will stumble, resulting in their refinement, purification, and cleansing until the time of the end, for it is still for the appointed time.
36 “Then the king 81 will do as he pleases. He will exalt and magnify himself above every deity and he will utter presumptuous things against the God of gods. He will succeed until the time of 82 wrath is completed, for what has been decreed must occur. 83 37 He will not respect 84 the gods of his fathers – not even the god loved by women. 85 He will not respect any god; he will elevate himself above them all. 38 What he will honor is a god of fortresses – a god his fathers did not acknowledge he will honor with gold, silver, valuable stones, and treasured commodities. 39 He will attack 86 mighty fortresses, aided by 87 a foreign deity. To those who recognize him he will grant considerable honor. He will place them in authority over many people, and he will parcel out land for a price. 88
40 “At the time of the end the king of the south will attack 89 him. Then the king of the north will storm against him 90 with chariots, horsemen, and a large armada of ships. 91 He 92 will invade lands, passing through them like an overflowing river. 93 41 Then he will enter the beautiful land. 94 Many 95 will fall, but these will escape: 96 Edom, Moab, and the Ammonite leadership. 42 He will extend his power 97 against other lands; the land of Egypt will not escape. 43 He will have control over the hidden stores of gold and silver, as well as all the treasures of Egypt. Libyans and Ethiopians 98 will submit to him. 99 44 But reports will trouble him from the east and north, and he will set out in a tremendous rage to destroy and wipe out many. 45 He will pitch his royal tents between the seas 100 toward the beautiful holy mountain. But he will come to his end, with no one to help him.
12 “At that time Michael,
the great prince who watches over your people, 1
will arise. 2
There will be a time of distress
unlike any other from the nation’s beginning 3
up to that time.
But at that time your own people,
all those whose names are 4 found written in the book,
2 Many of those who sleep
in the dusty ground will awake –
some to everlasting life,
and others to shame and everlasting abhorrence. 5
3 But the wise will shine
like the brightness of the heavenly expanse.
And those bringing many to righteousness
will be like the stars forever and ever.
4 “But you, Daniel, close up these words and seal the book until the time of the end. Many will dash about, 6 and knowledge will increase.”
5 I, Daniel, watched as two others stood there, one on each side of the river. 7 6 One said to the man clothed in linen who was above the waters of the river, “When will the end of these wondrous events occur?” 7 Then I heard the man clothed in linen who was over the waters of the river as he raised both his right and left hands to the sky 8 and made an oath by the one who lives forever: “It is for a time, times, and half a time. Then, when the power of the one who shatters 9 the holy people has been exhausted, all these things will be finished.”
8 I heard, but I did not understand. So I said, “Sir, 10 what will happen after these things?” 9 He said, “Go, Daniel. For these matters are closed and sealed until the time of the end. 10 Many will be purified, made clean, and refined, but the wicked will go on being wicked. None of the wicked will understand, though the wise will understand. 11 From the time that the daily sacrifice is removed and the abomination that causes desolation is set in place, 11 there are 1,290 days. 12 Blessed is the one who waits and attains to the 1,335 days. 13 But you should go your way 12 until the end. 13 You will rest and then at the end of the days you will arise to receive 14 what you have been allotted.” 15
1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, 1 which God gave him to show his servants 2 what must happen very soon. 3 He made it clear 4 by sending his angel to his servant 5 John, 2 who then 6 testified to everything that he saw concerning the word of God and the testimony about 7 Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed is the one who reads the words of this 8 prophecy aloud, 9 and blessed are 10 those who hear and obey 11 the things written in it, because the time is near! 12
4 From John, 13 to the seven churches that are in the province of Asia: 14 Grace and peace to you 15 from “he who is,” 16 and who was, and who is still to come, 17 and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ – the faithful 18 witness, 19 the firstborn from among the dead, the ruler over the kings of the earth. To the one who loves us and has set us free 20 from our sins at the cost of 21 his own blood 6 and has appointed 22 us as a kingdom, 23 as priests 24 serving his God and Father – to him be the glory and the power for ever and ever! 25 Amen.
7 (Look! He is returning with the clouds, 26
and every eye will see him,
even 27 those who pierced him, 28
and all the tribes 29 on the earth will mourn because 30 of him.
This will certainly come to pass! 31 Amen.) 32
8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” 33 says the Lord God – the one who is, and who was, and who is still to come – the All-Powerful! 34
9 I, John, your brother and the one who shares 35 with you in the persecution, kingdom, and endurance that 36 are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony about Jesus. 37 10 I was in the Spirit 38 on the Lord’s Day 39 when 40 I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, 11 saying: “Write in a book what you see and send it to the seven churches – to Ephesus, 41 Smyrna, 42 Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.”
12 I 43 turned to see whose voice was speaking to me, 44 and when I did so, 45 I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the lampstands was one like a son of man. 46 He was dressed in a robe extending down to his feet and he wore a wide golden belt 47 around his chest. 14 His 48 head and hair were as white as wool, even as white as snow, 49 and his eyes were like a fiery 50 flame. 15 His feet were like polished bronze 51 refined 52 in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar 53 of many waters. 16 He held 54 seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp double-edged sword extended out of his mouth. His 55 face shone like the sun shining at full strength. 17 When 56 I saw him I fell down at his feet as though I were dead, but 57 he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid! I am the first and the last, 18 and the one who lives! I 58 was dead, but look, now I am alive – forever and ever – and I hold the keys of death and of Hades! 59 19 Therefore write what you saw, what is, and what will be after these things. 60 20 The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and the seven golden lampstands is this: 61 The seven stars are the angels 62 of the seven churches and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.