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
17 Then 1 one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke to me. 2 “Come,” he said, “I will show you the condemnation and punishment 3 of the great prostitute who sits on many waters, 2 with whom the kings of the earth committed sexual immorality and the earth’s inhabitants got drunk with the wine of her immorality.” 4 3 So 5 he carried me away in the Spirit 6 to a wilderness, 7 and there 8 I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. 4 Now 9 the woman was dressed in purple and scarlet clothing, 10 and adorned with gold, 11 precious stones, and pearls. She held 12 in her hand a golden cup filled with detestable things and unclean things from her sexual immorality. 13 5 On 14 her forehead was written a name, a mystery: 15 “Babylon the Great, the Mother of prostitutes and of the detestable things of the earth.” 6 I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints and the blood of those who testified to Jesus. 16 I 17 was greatly astounded 18 when I saw her. 7 But 19 the angel said to me, “Why are you astounded? I will interpret 20 for you the mystery of the woman and of the beast with the seven heads and ten horns that carries her. 8 The beast you saw was, and is not, but is about to come up from the abyss 21 and then go to destruction. The 22 inhabitants of the earth – all those whose names have not been written in the book of life since the foundation of the world – will be astounded when they see that 23 the beast was, and is not, but is to come. 9 (This requires 24 a mind that has wisdom.) The seven heads are seven mountains 25 the woman sits on. They are also seven kings: 10 five have fallen; one is, 26 and the other has not yet come, but whenever he does come, he must remain for only a brief time. 11 The 27 beast that was, and is not, is himself an eighth king and yet is one of the seven, and is going to destruction. 12 The 28 ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but will receive ruling authority 29 as kings with the beast for one hour. 13 These kings 30 have a single intent, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. 14 They will make war with the Lamb, but the Lamb will conquer them, because he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those accompanying 31 the Lamb are the called, chosen, and faithful.”
15 Then 32 the angel 33 said to me, “The waters you saw (where the prostitute is seated) are peoples, multitudes, 34 nations, and languages. 16 The 35 ten horns that you saw, and the beast – these will hate the prostitute and make her desolate and naked. They 36 will consume her flesh and burn her up with fire. 37 17 For God has put into their minds 38 to carry out his purpose 39 by making 40 a decision 41 to give their royal power 42 to the beast until the words of God are fulfilled. 43 18 As for 44 the woman you saw, she is the great city that has sovereignty over the kings of the earth.”