14 Then 1 I looked, and here was 2 the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with him were one hundred and forty-four thousand, who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. 2 I also heard a sound 3 coming out of heaven like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder. Now 4 the sound I heard was like that made by harpists playing their harps, 3 and they were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No 5 one was able to learn the song except the one hundred and forty-four thousand who had been redeemed from the earth.
4 These are the ones who have not defiled themselves 6 with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These were redeemed from humanity as firstfruits to God and to the Lamb, 5 and no lie was found on their lips; 7 they 8 are blameless.
6 Then 9 I saw another 10 angel flying directly overhead, 11 and he had 12 an eternal gospel to proclaim 13 to those who live 14 on the earth – to every nation, tribe, 15 language, and people. 7 He declared 16 in a loud voice: “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has arrived, and worship the one who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water!”
8 A 17 second 18 angel 19 followed the first, 20 declaring: 21 “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great city! 22 She made all the nations 23 drink of the wine of her immoral passion.” 24
9 A 25 third angel 26 followed the first two, 27 declaring 28 in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and takes the mark on his forehead or his hand, 10 that person 29 will also drink of the wine of God’s anger 30 that has been mixed undiluted in the cup of his wrath, and he will be tortured with fire and sulfur 31 in front of the holy angels and in front of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke from their 32 torture will go up 33 forever and ever, and those who worship the beast and his image will have 34 no rest day or night, along with 35 anyone who receives the mark of his name.” 12 This requires 36 the steadfast endurance 37 of the saints – those who obey 38 God’s commandments and hold to 39 their faith in Jesus. 40
13 Then 41 I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this:
‘Blessed are the dead,
those who die in the Lord from this moment on!’”
“Yes,” says the Spirit, “so they can rest from their hard work, 42 because their deeds will follow them.” 43
14 Then 44 I looked, and a white cloud appeared, 45 and seated on the cloud was one like a son of man! 46 He had 47 a golden crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. 15 Then 48 another angel came out of the temple, shouting in a loud voice to the one seated on the cloud, “Use 49 your sickle and start to reap, 50 because the time to reap has come, since the earth’s harvest is ripe!” 16 So 51 the one seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped.
17 Then 52 another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. 18 Another 53 angel, who was in charge of 54 the fire, came from the altar and called in a loud voice to the angel 55 who had the sharp sickle, “Use 56 your sharp sickle and gather 57 the clusters of grapes 58 off the vine of the earth, 59 because its grapes 60 are now ripe.” 61 19 So 62 the angel swung his sickle over the earth and gathered the grapes from the vineyard 63 of the earth and tossed them into the great 64 winepress of the wrath of God. 20 Then 65 the winepress was stomped 66 outside the city, and blood poured out of the winepress up to the height of horses’ bridles 67 for a distance of almost two hundred miles. 68
15 Then 1 I saw another great and astounding sign in heaven: seven angels who have seven final plagues 2 (they are final because in them God’s anger is completed).
2 Then 3 I saw something like a sea of glass 4 mixed with fire, and those who had conquered 5 the beast and his image and the number of his name. They were standing 6 by 7 the sea of glass, holding harps given to them by God. 8 3 They 9 sang the song of Moses the servant 10 of God and the song of the Lamb: 11
“Great and astounding are your deeds,
Lord God, the All-Powerful! 12
Just 13 and true are your ways,
King over the nations! 14
4 Who will not fear you, O Lord,
and glorify 15 your name, because you alone are holy? 16
All nations 17 will come and worship before you
for your righteous acts 18 have been revealed.”
5 After 19 these things I looked, and the temple (the tent 20 of the testimony) 21 was opened in heaven, 6 and the seven angels who had the seven plagues came out of the temple, dressed in clean bright linen, wearing wide golden belts 22 around their chests. 7 Then 23 one of the four living creatures gave the seven angels seven golden bowls filled with the wrath 24 of God who lives forever and ever, 8 and the temple was filled with smoke from God’s glory and from his power. Thus 25 no one could enter the temple until the seven plagues from the seven angels were completed.
16 Then 1 I heard a loud voice from the temple declaring to the seven angels: “Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls containing God’s wrath.” 2 2 So 3 the first angel 4 went and poured out his bowl on the earth. Then 5 ugly and painful sores 6 appeared on the people 7 who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image.
3 Next, 8 the second angel 9 poured out his bowl on the sea and it turned into blood, like that of a corpse, and every living creature that was in the sea died.
4 Then 10 the third angel 11 poured out his bowl on the rivers and the springs of water, and they turned into blood. 5 Now 12 I heard the angel of the waters saying:
“You are just 13 – the one who is and who was,
the Holy One – because you have passed these judgments, 14
6 because they poured out the blood of your saints and prophets,
so 15 you have given them blood to drink. They got what they deserved!” 16
7 Then 17 I heard the altar reply, 18 “Yes, Lord God, the All-Powerful, 19 your judgments are true and just!”
8 Then 20 the fourth angel 21 poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was permitted to scorch people 22 with fire. 9 Thus 23 people 24 were scorched by the terrible heat, 25 yet 26 they blasphemed the name of God, who has ruling authority 27 over these plagues, and they would not repent and give him glory.
10 Then 28 the fifth angel 29 poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast so that 30 darkness covered his kingdom, 31 and people 32 began to bite 33 their tongues because 34 of their pain. 11 They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their sufferings 35 and because of their sores, 36 but nevertheless 37 they still refused to repent 38 of their deeds.
12 Then 39 the sixth angel 40 poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates and dried up its water 41 to prepare the way 42 for the kings from the east. 43 13 Then 44 I saw three unclean spirits 45 that looked like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are the spirits of the demons performing signs who go out to the kings of the earth 46 to bring them together for the battle that will take place on the great day of God, the All-Powerful. 47
15 (Look! I will come like a thief!
Blessed is the one who stays alert and does not lose 48 his clothes so that he will not have to walk around naked and his shameful condition 49 be seen.) 50
16 Now 51 the spirits 52 gathered the kings and their armies 53 to the place that is called Armageddon 54 in Hebrew.
17 Finally 55 the seventh angel 56 poured out his bowl into the air and a loud voice came out of the temple from the throne, saying: “It is done!” 18 Then 57 there were flashes of lightning, roaring, 58 and crashes of thunder, and there was a tremendous earthquake – an earthquake unequaled since humanity 59 has been on the earth, so tremendous was that earthquake. 19 The 60 great city was split into three parts and the cities of the nations 61 collapsed. 62 So 63 Babylon the great was remembered before God, and was given the cup 64 filled with the wine made of God’s furious wrath. 65 20 Every 66 island fled away 67 and no mountains could be found. 68 21 And gigantic hailstones, weighing about a hundred pounds 69 each, fell from heaven 70 on people, 71 but they 72 blasphemed God because of the plague of hail, since it 73 was so horrendous. 74