New Revised Standard Version
1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what
must soon take place; he made it known by sending his angel to his servant
John, 2 who testified to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ,
even to all that he saw.
3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed
are those who hear and who keep what is written in it; for the time is near.
4 John to the seven churches that are in Asia:
Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and
from the seven spirits who are before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, the
faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the
To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, 6 and made us to
be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion
forever and ever. Amen.
7 Look! He is coming with the clouds;
every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him;
and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail.
So it is to be. Amen.
8 "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, who is and who was and
who is to come, the Almighty.
Inaugural vision and commission
9 I, John, your brother who share with you in Jesus the persecution and the
kingdom and the patient endurance, was on the island called Patmos because of
the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10 I was in the spirit on the
LORD's day, and 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,
to Smyrna, to Pergamum, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to
12 Then I turned to see whose voice it was that spoke to me, and on turning I
saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the lampstands I saw one
like the Son of Man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash across
his chest. 14 His head and his hair were white as white wool, white as snow;
his eyes were like a flame of fire, 15 his feet were like burnished bronze,
refined as in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of many waters. 16
In his right hand he held seven stars, and from his mouth came a sharp,
two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining with full force.
17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he placed his right
hand on me, saying, "Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, 18 and the
living one. I was dead, and see, I am alive forever and ever; and I have the
keys of Death and of Hades. 19 Now write what you have seen, what is, and what
is to take place after this. 20 As for the mystery of the seven stars that you
saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: the seven stars are the
angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
The messages to the seven churches; the first message to Ephesus
1 "To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: These are the words of him who
holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden
2 "I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance. I know that you
cannot tolerate evildoers; you have tested those who claim to be apostles but
are not, and have found them to be false. 3 I also know that you are enduring
patiently and bearing up for the sake of my name, and that you have not grown
weary. 4 But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had
at first. 5 Remember then from what you have fallen; repent, and do the works
you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from
its place, unless you repent. 6 Yet this is to your credit: you hate the works
of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7 Let anyone who has an ear listen to
what the Spirit is saying to the churches. To everyone who conquers, I will
give permission to eat from the tree of life that is in the paradise of God.
The second message to Smyrna
8 "And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of the
first and the last, who was dead and came to life:
9 "I know your affliction and your poverty, even though you are rich. I know
the slander on the part of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but
are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Beware,
the devil is about to throw some of you into prison so that you may be tested,
and for ten days you will have affliction. Be faithful until death, and I will
give you the crown of life. 11 Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the
Spirit is saying to the churches. Whoever conquers will not be harmed by the
The third message to Pergamum
12 "And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: These are the words of
him who has the sharp two-edged sword:
13 "I know where you are living, where Satan's throne is. Yet you are holding
fast to my name, and you did not deny your faith in me even in the days of
Antipas my witness, my faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan
lives. 14 But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold to
the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the
people of Israel, so that they would eat food sacrificed to idols and practice
fornication. 15 So you also have some who hold to the teaching of the
Nicolaitans. 16 Repent then. If not, I will come to you soon and make war
against them with the sword of my mouth. 17 Let anyone who has an ear listen
to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. To everyone who conquers I will
give some of the hidden manna, and I will give a white stone, and on the white
stone is written a new name that no one knows except the one who receives it.
The fourth message to Thyatira
18 "And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: These are the words of
the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and whose feet are like
19 "I know your works – your love, faith, service, and patient endurance. I
know that your last works are greater than the first. 20 But I have this
against you: you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet and
is teaching and beguiling my servants to practice fornication and to eat food
sacrificed to idols. 21 I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent
of her fornication. 22 Beware, I am throwing her on a bed, and those who
commit adultery with her I am throwing into great distress, unless they repent
of her doings; 23 and I will strike her children dead. And all the churches
will know that I am the one who searches minds and hearts, and I will give to
each of you as your works deserve. 24 But to the rest of you in Thyatira, who
do not hold this teaching, who have not learned what some call 'the deep
things of Satan,' to you I say, I do not lay on you any other burden; 25 only
hold fast to what you have until I come. 26 To everyone who conquers and
continues to do my works to the end,
I will give authority over the nations;
27 to rule them with an iron rod,
as when clay pots are shattered –
28 even as I also received authority from my Father. To the one who conquers I
will also give the morning star. 29 Let anyone who has an ear listen to what
the Spirit is saying to the churches.
The fifth message to Sardis
1 "And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him
who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars:
"I know your works; you have a name of being alive, but you are dead. 2 Wake
up, and strengthen what remains and is on the point of death, for I have not
found your works perfect in the sight of my God. 3 Remember then what you
received and heard; obey it, and repent. If you do not wake up, I will come
like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you. 4 Yet you
have still a few persons in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes; they
will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. 5 If you conquer,
you will be clothed like them in white robes, and I will not blot your name
out of the book of life; I will confess your name before my Father and before
his angels. 6 Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to
The sixth message to Philadelphia
7 "And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:
These are the words of the holy one, the true one,
who has the key of David,
who opens and no one will shut,
who shuts and no one opens:
8 "I know your works. Look, I have set before you an open door, which no one
is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept
my word and have not denied my name. 9 I will make those of the synagogue of
Satan who say that they are Jews and are not, but are lying – I will make them
come and bow down before your feet, and they will learn that I have loved you.
10 Because you have kept my word of patient endurance, I will keep you from
the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world to test the inhabitants of
the earth. 11 I am coming soon; hold fast to what you have, so that no one may
seize your crown. 12 If you conquer, I will make you a pillar in the temple of
my God; you will never go out of it. I will write on you the name of my God,
and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem that comes down from my
God out of heaven, and my own new name. 13 Let anyone who has an ear listen to
what the Spirit is saying to the churches.
The seventh message to Laodicea
14 "And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The words of the Amen,
the faithful and true witness, the origin of God's creation:
15 "I know your works; you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were
either cold or hot. 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot,
I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 For you say, 'I am rich, I have
prospered, and I need nothing.' You do not realize that you are wretched,
pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. 18 Therefore I counsel you to buy from me
gold refined by fire so that you may be rich; and white robes to clothe you
and to keep the shame of your nakedness from being seen; and salve to anoint
your eyes so that you may see. 19 I reprove and discipline those whom I love.
Be earnest, therefore, and repent. 20 Listen! I am standing at the door,
knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and
eat with you, and you with me. 21 To the one who conquers I will give a place
with me on my throne, just as I myself conquered and sat down with my Father
on his throne. 22 Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is
saying to the churches."
Vision of God enthroned and of the Lamb
1 After this I looked, and there in heaven a door stood open! And the first
voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, "Come up here,
and I will show you what must take place after this." 2 At once I was in the
spirit, and there in heaven stood a throne, with one seated on the throne! 3
And the one seated there looks like jasper and carnelian, and around the
throne is a rainbow that looks like an emerald. 4 Around the throne are
twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones are twenty-four elders, dressed
in white robes, with golden crowns on their heads. 5 Coming from the throne
are flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and in front of
the throne burn seven flaming torches, which are the seven spirits of God; 6
and in front of the throne there is something like a sea of glass, like
Around the throne, and on each side of the throne, are four living creatures,
full of eyes in front and behind: 7 the first living creature like a lion, the
second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with a face like
a human face, and the fourth living creature like a flying eagle. 8 And the
four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all
around and inside. Day and night without ceasing they sing,
"Holy, holy, holy,
the Lord God the Almighty,
who was and is and is to come."
9 And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to the one
who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four
elders fall before the one who is seated on the throne and worship the one who
lives forever and ever; they cast their crowns before the throne, singing,
11 "You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created."
1 Then I saw in the right hand of the one seated on the throne a scroll
written on the inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals; 2 and I saw a
mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the scroll
and break its seals?" 3 And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth
was able to open the scroll or to look into it. 4 And I began to weep bitterly
because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. 5 Then
one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep. See, the Lion of the tribe of
Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and
its seven seals."
6 Then I saw between the throne and the four living creatures and among the
elders a Lamb standing as if it had been slaughtered, having seven horns and
seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7
He went and took the scroll from the right hand of the one who was seated on
the throne. 8 When he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the
twenty-four elders fell before the Lamb, each holding a harp and golden bowls
full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 They sing a new song:
"You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
for you were slaughtered and by your blood you ransomed for God
saints from every tribe and language and people and nation;
10 you have made them to be a kingdom and priests serving our God,
and they will reign on earth."
11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels surrounding the throne
and the living creatures and the elders; they numbered myriads of myriads and
thousands of thousands, 12 singing with full voice,
"Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might
and honor and glory and blessing!"
13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and
in the sea, and all that is in them, singing,
"To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honor and glory and might
forever and ever!"
14 And the four living creatures said, "Amen!" And the elders fell down and
The opening of the first six seals; four seals of destruction
1 Then I saw the Lamb open one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four
living creatures call out, as with a voice of thunder, "Come!" 2 I looked, and
there was a white horse! Its rider had a bow; a crown was given to him, and he
came out conquering and to conquer.
3 When he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature call out,
"Come!" 4 And out came another horse, bright red; its rider was permitted to
take peace from the earth, so that people would slaughter one another; and he
was given a great sword.
5 When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature call out,
"Come!" I looked, and there was a black horse! Its rider held a pair of scales
in his hand, 6 and I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four
living creatures saying, "A quart of wheat for a day's pay, and three quarts
of barley for a day's pay, but do not damage the olive oil and the wine!"
7 When he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living
creature call out, "Come!" 8 I looked and there was a pale green horse! Its
rider's name was Death, and Hades followed with him; they were given authority
over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, famine, and pestilence, and by
the wild animals of the earth.
Three seals of judgment; the fifth seal
9 When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who
had been slaughtered for the word of God and for the testimony they had given;
10 they cried out with a loud voice, "Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long
will it be before you judge and avenge our blood on the inhabitants of the
earth?" 11 They were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer,
until the number would be complete both of their fellow servants and of their
brothers and sisters, who were soon to be killed as they themselves had been
The opening of the sixth seal
12 When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and there came a great earthquake;
the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, 13 and the
stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree drops its winter fruit when
shaken by a gale. 14 The sky vanished like a scroll rolling itself up, and
every mountain and island was removed from its place. 15 Then the kings of the
earth and the magnates and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and
everyone, slave and free, hid in the caves and among the rocks of the
mountains, 16 calling to the mountains and rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from
the face of the one seated on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb; 17
for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?"
1 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth,
holding back the four winds of the earth so that no wind could blow on earth
or sea or against any tree. 2 I saw another angel ascending from the rising of
the sun, having the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to
the four angels who had been given power to damage earth and sea, 3 saying,
"Do not damage the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have marked the
servants of our God with a seal on their foreheads."
4 And I heard the number of those who were sealed, one hundred forty-four
thousand, sealed out of every tribe of the people of Israel:
5 From the tribe of Judah twelve thousand sealed,
from the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand,
from the tribe of Gad twelve thousand,
6 from the tribe of Asher twelve thousand,
from the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand,
from the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand,
7 from the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand,
from the tribe of Levi twelve thousand,
from the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand,
8 from the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand,
from the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand,
from the tribe of Benjamin twelve thousand sealed.
9 After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could
count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing
before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in
their hands. 10 They cried out in a loud voice, saying,
"Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the
11 And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the
four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and
worshiped God, 12 singing,
"Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
and thanksgiving and honor
and power and might
be to our God forever and ever! Amen."
13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, "Who are these, robed in
white, and where have they come from?" 14 I said to him, "Sir, you are the one
that knows." Then he said to me, "These are they who have come out of the
great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of
15 For this reason they are before the throne of God,
and worship him day and night within his temple,
and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them.
16 They will hunger no more, and thirst no more;
the sun will not strike them,
nor any scorching heat;
17 for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of the water of life,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."
The seventh seal
1 When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about
half an hour. 2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven
trumpets were given to them.
3 Another angel with a golden censer came and stood at the altar; he was given
a great quantity of incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the
golden altar that is before the throne. 4 And the smoke of the incense, with
the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel. 5 Then
the angel took the censer and filled it with fire from the altar and threw it
on the earth; and there were peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of
lightning, and an earthquake.
The first six trumpets; four trumpets of destruction
6 Now the seven angels who had the seven trumpets made ready to blow them.
7 The first angel blew his trumpet, and there came hail and fire, mixed with
blood, and they were hurled to the earth; and a third of the earth was burned
up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned
8 The second angel blew his trumpet, and something like a great mountain,
burning with fire, was thrown into the sea. 9 A third of the sea became blood,
a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were
10 The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven,
blazing like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs
of water. 11 The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became
wormwood, and many died from the water, because it was made bitter.
12 The fourth angel blew his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, and a
third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of their light
was darkened; a third of the day was kept from shining, and likewise the
13 Then I looked, and I heard an eagle crying with a loud voice as it flew in
midheaven, "Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, at the blasts of
the other trumpets that the three angels are about to blow!"
Three trumpets of woe; the plague of monstrous locusts
1 And the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from
heaven to earth, and he was given the key to the shaft of the bottomless pit;
2 he opened the shaft of the bottomless pit, and from the shaft rose smoke
like the smoke of a great furnace, and the sun and the air were darkened with
the smoke from the shaft. 3 Then from the smoke came locusts on the earth, and
they were given authority like the authority of scorpions of the earth. 4 They
were told not to damage the grass of the earth or any green growth or any
tree, but only those people who do not have the seal of God on their
foreheads. 5 They were allowed to torture them for five months, but not to
kill them, and their torture was like the torture of a scorpion when it stings
someone. 6 And in those days people will seek death but will not find it; they
will long to die, but death will flee from them.
7 In appearance the locusts were like horses equipped for battle. On their
heads were what looked like crowns of gold; their faces were like human faces,
8 their hair like women's hair, and their teeth like lions' teeth; 9 they had
scales like iron breastplates, and the noise of their wings was like the noise
of many chariots with horses rushing into battle. 10 They have tails like
scorpions, with stingers, and in their tails is their power to harm people for
five months. 11 They have as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit;
his name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek he is called Apollyon.
12 The first woe has passed. There are still two woes to come.
The plague of monstrous cavalry
13 Then the sixth angel blew his trumpet, and I heard a voice from the four
horns of the golden altar before God, 14 saying to the sixth angel who had the
trumpet, "Release the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates."
15 So the four angels were released, who had been held ready for the hour, the
day, the month, and the year, to kill a third of humankind. 16 The number of
the troops of cavalry was two hundred million; I heard their number. 17 And
this was how I saw the horses in my vision: the riders wore breastplates the
color of fire and of sapphire and of sulfur; the heads of the horses were like
lions' heads, and fire and smoke and sulfur came out of their mouths. 18 By
these three plagues a third of humankind was killed, by the fire and smoke and
sulfur coming out of their mouths. 19 For the power of the horses is in their
mouths and in their tails; their tails are like serpents, having heads; and
with them they inflict harm.
20 The rest of humankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent
of the works of their hands or give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and
silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk. 21 And
they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their fornication
or their thefts.
An interlude; the commission renewed
1 And I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, wrapped in a cloud,
with a rainbow over his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs like
pillars of fire. 2 He held a little scroll open in his hand. Setting his right
foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, 3 he gave a great shout, like a
lion roaring. And when he shouted, the seven thunders sounded. 4 And when the
seven thunders had sounded, I was about to write, but I heard a voice from
heaven saying, "Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it
down." 5 Then the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and the land
raised his right hand to heaven
6 and swore by him who lives forever and ever,
who created heaven and what is in it, the earth and what is in it, and the sea
and what is in it: "There will be no more delay, 7 but in the days when the
seventh angel is to blow his trumpet, the mystery of God will be fulfilled, as
he announced to his servants the prophets."
8 Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me again, saying, "Go,
take the scroll that is open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the
sea and on the land." 9 So I went to the angel and told him to give me the
little scroll; and he said to me, "Take it, and eat; it will be bitter to your
stomach, but sweet as honey in your mouth." 10 So I took the little scroll
from the hand of the angel and ate it; it was sweet as honey in my mouth, but
when I had eaten it, my stomach was made bitter.
11 Then they said to me, "You must prophesy again about many peoples and
nations and languages and kings."
The measuring of the temple and the two witnesses
1 Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, "Come and
measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there, 2 but do
not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over
to the nations, and they will trample over the holy city for forty-two months.
3 And I will grant my two witnesses authority to prophesy for one thousand two
hundred sixty days, wearing sackcloth."
4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the
Lord of the earth. 5 And if anyone wants to harm them, fire pours from their
mouth and consumes their foes; anyone who wants to harm them must be killed in
this manner. 6 They have authority to shut the sky, so that no rain may fall
during the days of their prophesying, and they have authority over the waters
to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with every kind of plague, as
often as they desire.
7 When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the
bottomless pit will make war on them and conquer them and kill them, 8 and
their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city that is
prophetically called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. 9
For three and a half days members of the peoples and tribes and languages and
nations will gaze at their dead bodies and refuse to let them be placed in a
tomb; 10 and the inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and celebrate
and exchange presents, because these two prophets had been a torment to the
inhabitants of the earth.
11 But after the three and a half days, the breath of life from God entered
them, and they stood on their feet, and those who saw them were terrified. 12
Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, "Come up here!" And
they went up to heaven in a cloud while their enemies watched them. 13 At that
moment there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell; seven
thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and
gave glory to the God of heaven.
The seventh trumpet
14 The second woe has passed. The third woe is coming very soon.
15 Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in
"The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord
and of his Messiah,
and he will reign forever and ever."
16 Then the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on
their faces and worshiped God, 17 singing,
"We give you thanks, Lord God Almighty,
who are and who were,
for you have taken your great power
and begun to reign.
18 The nations raged,
but your wrath has come,
and the time for judging the dead,
for rewarding your servants, the prophets
and saints and all who fear your name,
both small and great,
and for destroying those who destroy the earth."
19 Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was
seen within his temple; and there were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals
of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail.
The vision of the woman, the child, and the dragon
1 A great portent appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the
moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. 2 She was
pregnant and was crying out in birth pangs, in the agony of giving birth. 3
Then another portent appeared in heaven: a great red dragon, with seven heads
and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. 4 His tail swept down a third
of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. Then the dragon stood
before the woman who was about to bear a child, so that he might devour her
child as soon as it was born. 5 And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who
is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron. But her child was snatched away
and taken to God and to his throne; 6 and the woman fled into the wilderness,
where she has a place prepared by God, so that there she can be nourished for
one thousand two hundred sixty days.
7 And war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the
dragon. The dragon and his angels fought back, 8 but they were defeated, and
there was no longer any place for them in heaven. 9 The great dragon was
thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the
deceiver of the whole world – he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels
were thrown down with him.
10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming,
"Now have come the salvation and the power
and the kingdom of our God
and the authority of his Messiah,
for the accuser of our comrades has been thrown down,
who accuses them day and night before our God.
11 But they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony,
for they did not cling to life even in the face of death.
12 Rejoice then, you heavens
and those who dwell in them!
But woe to the earth and the sea,
for the devil has come down to you
with great wrath,
because he knows that his time is short!"
13 So when the dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth, he
pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. 14 But the woman was
given the two wings of the great eagle, so that she could fly from the serpent
into the wilderness, to her place where she is nourished for a time, and
times, and half a time. 15 Then from his mouth the serpent poured water like a
river after the woman, to sweep her away with the flood. 16 But the earth came
to the help of the woman; it opened its mouth and swallowed the river that the
dragon had poured from his mouth. 17 Then the dragon was angry with the woman,
and went off to make war on the rest of her children, those who keep the
commandments of God and hold the testimony of Jesus.
The two beasts
18 Then the dragon took his stand on the sand of the seashore. [Revelation 13]
1 And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads;
and on its horns were ten diadems, and on its heads were blasphemous names. 2
And the beast that I saw was like a leopard, its feet were like a bear's, and
its mouth was like a lion's mouth. And the dragon gave it his power and his
throne and great authority. 3 One of its heads seemed to have received a
death-blow, but its mortal wound had been healed. In amazement the whole earth
followed the beast. 4 They worshiped the dragon, for he had given his
authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the
beast, and who can fight against it?"
5 The beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it
was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. 6 It opened its mouth
to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling, that
is, those who dwell in heaven. 7 Also it was allowed to make war on the saints
and to conquer them. It was given authority over every tribe and people and
language and nation, 8 and all the inhabitants of the earth will worship it,
everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in
the book of life of the Lamb that was slaughtered.
9 Let anyone who has an ear listen:
10 If you are to be taken captive,
into captivity you go;
if you kill with the sword,
with the sword you must be killed.
Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.
11 Then I saw another beast that rose out of the earth; it had two horns like
a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. 12 It exercises all the authority of the
first beast on its behalf, and it makes the earth and its inhabitants worship
the first beast, whose mortal wound had been healed. 13 It performs great
signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in the sight of all; 14
and by the signs that it is allowed to perform on behalf of the beast, it
deceives the inhabitants of earth, telling them to make an image for the beast
that had been wounded by the sword and yet lived; 15 and it was allowed to
give breath to the image of the beast so that the image of the beast could
even speak and cause those who would not worship the image of the beast to be
killed. 16 Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both
free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, 17 so that no
one can buy or sell who does not have the mark, that is, the name of the beast
or the number of its name. 18 This calls for wisdom: let anyone with
understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a
person. Its number is six hundred sixty-six.
A series of three visions
1 Then I looked, and there was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion! And with him
were one hundred forty-four thousand who had his name and his Father's name
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; the voice I heard was like
the sound of harpists playing on their harps, 3 and they sing a new song
before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders.
No one could learn that song except the one hundred forty-four thousand who
have been redeemed from the earth. 4 It is these who have not defiled
themselves with women, for they are virgins; these follow the Lamb wherever he
goes. They have been redeemed from humankind as first fruits for God and the
Lamb, 5 and in their mouth no lie was found; they are blameless.
6 Then I saw another angel flying in midheaven, with an eternal gospel to
proclaim to those who live on the earth – to every nation and tribe and
language and people. 7 He said in a loud voice, "Fear God and give him glory,
for the hour of his judgment has come; and worship him who made heaven and
earth, the sea and the springs of water."
8 Then another angel, a second, followed, saying, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon
the great! She has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her
9 Then another angel, a third, followed them, crying with a loud voice, "Those
who worship the beast and its image, and receive a mark on their foreheads or
on their hands, 10 they will also drink the wine of God's wrath, poured
unmixed into the cup of his anger, and they will be tormented with fire and
sulfur 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. There is no rest day
or night for those who worship the beast and its image and for anyone who
receives the mark of its name."
12 Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the
commandments of God and hold fast to the faith of Jesus.
13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying, "Write this: Blessed are the dead
who from now on die in the Lord." "Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from
their labors, for their deeds follow them."
14 Then I looked, and there was a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was one
like the Son of Man, with a golden crown on his head, and a sharp sickle in
his hand! 15 Another angel came out of the temple, calling with a loud voice
to the one who sat on the cloud, "Use your sickle and reap, for the hour to
reap has come, because the harvest of the earth is fully ripe." 16 So the one
who sat on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was
17 Then another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp
sickle. 18 Then another angel came out from the altar, the angel who has
authority over fire, and he called with a loud voice to him who had the sharp
sickle, "Use your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the
earth, for its grapes are ripe." 19 So the angel swung his sickle over the
earth and gathered the vintage of the earth, and he threw it into the great
wine press of the wrath of God. 20 And the wine press was trodden outside the
city, and blood flowed from the wine press, as high as a horse's bridle, for a
distance of about two hundred miles.
The seven bowls of the wrath of God; the preparation for judgment
1 Then I saw another portent in heaven, great and amazing: seven angels with
seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is ended.
2 And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who
had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing
beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands. 3 And they sing the
song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb:
"Great and amazing are your deeds,
Lord God the Almighty!
Just and true are your ways,
King of the nations!
4 Lord, who will not fear
and glorify your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come
and worship before you,
for your judgments have been revealed."
5 After this I looked, and the temple of the tent of witness in heaven was
opened, 6 and out of the temple came the seven angels with the seven plagues,
robed in pure bright linen, with golden sashes across their chests. 7 Then one
of the four living creatures gave 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 could enter the
temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were ended.
The pouring of the bowls
1 Then I heard a loud voice from the temple telling 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 his bowl on the earth, and a foul and
painful sore came on those who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped its
3 The second angel poured his bowl into the sea, and it became like the blood
of a corpse, and every living thing in the sea died.
4 The third angel poured his bowl into the rivers and the springs of water,
and they became blood. 5 And I heard the angel of the waters say,
"You are just, O Holy One, who are and were,
for you have judged these things;
6 because they shed the blood of saints and prophets,
you have given them blood to drink.
It is what they deserve!"
7 And I heard the altar respond,
"Yes, O Lord God, the Almighty,
your judgments are true and just!"
8 The fourth angel poured his bowl on the sun, and it was allowed to scorch
people with fire; 9 they were scorched by the fierce heat, but they cursed the
name of God, who had authority over these plagues, and they did not repent and
give him glory.
10 The fifth angel poured his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom
was plunged into darkness; people gnawed their tongues in agony, 11 and cursed
the God of heaven because of their pains and sores, and they did not repent of
12 The sixth angel poured his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water
was dried up in order to prepare the way for the kings from the east. 13 And I
saw three foul spirits like frogs coming from the mouth of the dragon, from
the mouth of the beast, and from the mouth of the false prophet. 14 These are
demonic spirits, performing signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole
world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty. 15
("See, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and is
clothed, not going about naked and exposed to shame.") 16 And they assembled
them at the place that in Hebrew is called Harmagedon.
17 The seventh angel poured his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out
of the temple, from the throne, saying, "It is done!" 18 And there came
flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, and a violent earthquake,
such as had not occurred since people were upon the earth, so violent was that
earthquake. 19 The great city was split into three parts, and the cities of
the nations fell. God remembered great Babylon and gave her the wine-cup of
the fury of his wrath. 20 And every island fled away, and no mountains were to
be found; 21 and huge hailstones, each weighing about a hundred pounds,
dropped from heaven on people, until they cursed God for the plague of the
hail, so fearful was that plague.
The fall of Babylon, which is Rome; the vision of the woman
1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me,
"Come, I will show you the judgment of the great whore who is seated on many
waters, 2 with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and
with the wine of whose fornication the inhabitants of the earth have become
drunk." 3 So he carried me away in the spirit into a wilderness, and I saw a
woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was full of blasphemous names, and it
had seven heads and ten horns. 4 The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet,
and adorned with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup
full of abominations and the impurities of her fornication; 5 and on her
forehead was written a name, a mystery: "Babylon the great, mother of whores
and of earth's abominations." 6 And I saw that the woman was drunk with the
blood of the saints and the blood of the witnesses to Jesus.
When I saw her, I was greatly amazed. 7 But the angel said to me, "Why are you
so amazed? I will tell you the mystery of the woman, and of the beast with
seven heads and ten horns that carries her. 8 The beast that you saw was, and
is not, and is about to ascend from the bottomless pit and go to destruction.
And the inhabitants of the earth, whose names have not been written in the
book of life from the foundation of the world, will be amazed when they see
the beast, because it was and is not and is to come.
9 "This calls for a mind that has wisdom: the seven heads are seven mountains
on which the woman is seated; also, they are seven kings, 10 of whom five have
fallen, one is living, and the other has not yet come; and when he comes, he
must remain only a little while. 11 As for the beast that was and is not, it
is an eighth but it belongs to the seven, and it goes to destruction. 12 And
the ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom,
but they are to receive authority as kings for one hour, together with the
beast. 13 These are united in yielding their power and authority to the beast;
14 they will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is
Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and
15 And he said to me, "The waters that you saw, where the whore is seated, are
peoples and multitudes and nations and languages. 16 And the ten horns that
you saw, they and the beast will hate the whore; they will make her desolate
and naked; they will devour her flesh and burn her up with fire. 17 For God
has put it into their hearts to carry out his purpose by agreeing to give
their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God will be fulfilled. 18 The
woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth."
Dirge over the fallen city
1 After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great
authority; and the earth was made bright with his splendor. 2 He called out
with a mighty voice,
"Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great!
It has become a dwelling place of demons,
a haunt of every foul spirit,
a haunt of every foul bird,
a haunt of every foul and hateful beast.
3 For all the nations have drunk
of the wine of the wrath of her fornication,
and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her,
and the merchants of the earth have grown rich from the power of her
4 Then I heard another voice from heaven saying,
"Come out of her, my people,
so that you do not take part in her sins,
and so that you do not share in her plagues;
5 for her sins are heaped high as heaven,
and God has remembered her iniquities.
6 Render to her as she herself has rendered,
and repay her double for her deeds;
mix a double draught for her in the cup she mixed.
7 As she glorified herself and lived luxuriously,
so give her a like measure of torment and grief.
Since in her heart she says,
'I rule as a queen;
I am no widow,
and I will never see grief,'
8 therefore her plagues will come in a single day –
pestilence and mourning and famine –
and she will be burned with fire;
for mighty is the Lord God who judges her."
9 And the kings of the earth, who committed fornication and lived in luxury
with her, will weep and wail over her when they see the smoke of her burning;
10 they will stand far off, in fear of her torment, and say,
"Alas, alas, the great city,
Babylon, the mighty city!
For in one hour your judgment has come."
11 And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn for her, since no one buys
their cargo anymore, 12 cargo of gold, silver, jewels and pearls, fine linen,
purple, silk and scarlet, all kinds of scented wood, all articles of ivory,
all articles of costly wood, bronze, iron, and marble, 13 cinnamon, spice,
incense, myrrh, frankincense, wine, olive oil, choice flour and wheat, cattle
and sheep, horses and chariots, slaves – and human lives.
14 "The fruit for which your soul longed
has gone from you,
and all your dainties and your splendor
are lost to you,
never to be found again!"
15 The merchants of these wares, who gained wealth from her, will stand far
off, in fear of her torment, weeping and mourning aloud,
16 "Alas, alas, the great city,
clothed in fine linen,
in purple and scarlet,
adorned with gold,
with jewels, and with pearls!
17 For in one hour all this wealth has been laid waste!"
And all shipmasters and seafarers, sailors and all whose trade is on the sea,
stood far off 18 and cried out as they saw the smoke of her burning,
"What city was like the great city?"
19 And they threw dust on their heads, as they wept and mourned, crying out,
"Alas, alas, the great city,
where all who had ships at sea
grew rich by her wealth!
For in one hour she has been laid waste."
20 Rejoice over her, O heaven, you saints and apostles and prophets! For God
has given judgment for you against her.
21 Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it
into the sea, saying,
"With such violence Babylon the great city
will be thrown down,
and will be found no more;
22 and the sound of harpists and minstrels and of flutists and trumpeters
will be heard in you no more;
and an artisan of any trade
will be found in you no more;
and the sound of the millstone
will be heard in you no more;
23 and the light of a lamp
will shine in you no more;
and the voice of bridegroom and bride
will be heard in you no more;
for your merchants were the magnates of the earth,
and all nations were deceived by your sorcery.
24 And in you was found the blood of prophets and of saints,
and of all who have been slaughtered on earth."
1 After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in
Salvation and glory and power to our God,
2 for his judgments are true and just;
he has judged the great whore
who corrupted the earth with her fornication,
and he has avenged on her the blood of his servants."
3 Once more they said,
The smoke goes up from her forever and ever."
4 And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and
worshiped God who is seated on the throne, saying,
5 And from the throne came a voice saying,
"Praise our God,
all you his servants,
and all who fear him,
small and great."
6 Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the
sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty thunderpeals, crying out,
For the Lord our God
the Almighty reigns.
7 Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his bride has made herself ready;
8 to her it has been granted to be clothed
with fine linen, bright and pure" –
for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.
9 And the angel said to me, "Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to
the marriage supper of the Lamb." And he said to me, "These are true words of
God." 10 Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, "You
must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your comrades who hold
the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit
The victory of Christ and the heavenly armies
11 Then I saw heaven opened, and there was a white horse! Its rider is called
Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 12 His eyes
are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems; and he has a name
inscribed that no one knows but himself. 13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in
blood, and his name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies of heaven,
wearing fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15
From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and
he will rule them with a rod of iron; he will tread the wine press of the fury
of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a
name inscribed, "King of kings and Lord of lords."
17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and with a loud voice he called to
all the birds that fly in midheaven, "Come, gather for the great supper of
God, 18 to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of the
mighty, the flesh of horses and their riders – flesh of all, both free and
slave, both small and great." 19 Then I saw the beast and the kings of the
earth with their armies gathered to make war against the rider on the horse
and against his army. 20 And the beast was captured, and with it the false
prophet who had performed in its presence the signs by which he deceived those
who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image.
These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. 21
And the rest were killed by the sword of the rider on the horse, the sword
that came from his mouth; and all the birds were gorged with their flesh.
The defeat of Satan; the temporary imprisonment of Satan and the reign of
Christ and the martyrs
1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to
the bottomless pit and a great chain. 2 He seized the dragon, that ancient
serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, 3 and
threw him into the pit, and locked and sealed it over him, so that he would
deceive the nations no more, until the thousand years were ended. After that
he must be let out for a little while.
4 Then I saw thrones, and those seated on them were given authority to judge.
I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony to
Jesus and for the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or its image
and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to
life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 (The rest of the dead did not
come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first
resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy are those who share in the first
resurrection. Over these the second death has no power, but they will be
priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him a thousand years.
The release of Satan and the final conflict
7 When the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison 8
and will come out to deceive the nations at the four corners of the earth, Gog
and Magog, in order to gather them for battle; they are as numerous as the
sands of the sea. 9 They marched up over the breadth of the earth and
surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down
from heaven and consumed them. 10 And the devil who had deceived them was
thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet
were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
The last judgment
11 Then I saw a great white throne and the one who sat on it; the earth and
the heaven fled from his presence, and no place was found for them. 12 And I
saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were
opened. Also another book was opened, the book of life. And the dead were
judged according to their works, as recorded in the books. 13 And the sea gave
up the dead that were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead that were in
them, and all were judged according to what they had done. 14 Then Death and
Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of
fire; 15 and anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was
thrown into the lake of fire.
Vision of the new Jerusalem; the renewal of creation
1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first
earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, the
new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned
for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
"See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;
4 he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away."
5 And the one who was seated on the throne said, "See, I am making all things
new." Also he said, "Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true." 6
Then he said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning
and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the
water of life. 7 Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be
their God and they will be my children. 8 But as for the cowardly, the
faithless, the polluted, the murderers, the fornicators, the sorcerers, the
idolaters, and all liars, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire
and sulfur, which is the second death."
The measuring of the city
9 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last
plagues came and said to me, "Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the
Lamb." 10 And in the spirit he carried me away to a great, high mountain and
showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. 11 It
has the glory of God and a radiance like a very rare jewel, like jasper, clear
as crystal. 12 It has a great, high wall with twelve gates, and at the gates
twelve angels, and on the gates are inscribed the names of the twelve tribes
of the Israelites; 13 on the east three gates, on the north three gates, on
the south three gates, and on the west three gates. 14 And the wall of the
city has twelve foundations, and on them are the twelve names of the twelve
apostles of the Lamb.
15 The angel who talked to me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city
and its gates and walls. 16 The city lies foursquare, its length the same as
its width; and he measured the city with his rod, fifteen hundred miles; its
length and width and height are equal. 17 He also measured its wall, one
hundred forty-four cubits by human measurement, which the angel was using. 18
The wall is built of jasper, while the city is pure gold, clear as glass. 19
The foundations of the wall of the city are adorned with every jewel; the
first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20
the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl,
the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth
amethyst. 21 And the twelve gates are twelve pearls, each of the gates is a
single pearl, and the street of the city is pure gold, transparent as glass.
22 I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty
and the Lamb. 23 And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for
the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24 The nations will
walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it.
25 Its gates will never be shut by day – and there will be no night there. 26
People will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. 27 But
nothing unclean will enter it, nor anyone who practices abomination or
falsehood, but only those who are written in the Lamb's book of life.
The river and the tree of life
1Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal,
flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 through the middle of the
street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its
twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the
tree are for the healing of the nations. 3 Nothing accursed will be found
there any more. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his
servants will worship him; 4 they will see his face, and his name will be on
their foreheads. 5 And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp
or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and
6 And he said to me, "These words are trustworthy and true, for the Lord, the
God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants
what must soon take place."
7 "See, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the
prophecy of this book."
8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw
them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me; 9
but he said to me, "You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and
your comrades the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book.
10 And he said to me, "Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book,
for the time is near. 11 Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still
be filthy, and the righteous still do right, and the holy still be holy."
12 "See, I am coming soon; my reward is with me, to repay according to
everyone's work. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the
beginning and the end."
14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they will have the right to
the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates. 15 Outside are the dogs
and sorcerers and fornicators and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who
loves and practices falsehood.
16 "It is I, Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the
churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star."
17 The Spirit and the bride say, "Come."
And let everyone who hears say, "Come."
And let everyone who is thirsty come.
Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift.
18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone
adds to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this book;
19 if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will
take away that person's share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which
are described in this book.
20 The one who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming soon."
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.