Revelation

Written for Jesus' Apostle John, possibly in Aramaic, sometime late in the 1st Century CE.
A vision of The Lord's Day.

Chapter 1

1 A revelation that The God gave to Jesus the Anointed One to show his slaves the things that must happen very quickly. He sent it by his messenger to his slave John in signs. 2 And [John] testifies that everything he saw was the Word of The God and the testimony of Jesus the Anointed. 3 Those who read it aloud, as well as those who listen to the words of this prophecy and obey the things that are written in it are blest, because the appointed time is near.

4 From John, to the seven congregations in Asia [Minor]; May you find loving care and peace from The One who is, who was, and who is coming, as well as from the seven spirits that are in front of His throne, 5 and from Jesus the Anointed One, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead and the ruler of the kings of the earth, who loves us, who freed us from our sins by his own blood, 6 and who made us to be a Kingdom of Priests to his God and Father. May he have glory and might through the ages of the agesmay it be so!

7 Look! He's coming in the clouds and every eye will see him (including those who pierced him), and all the nations of the earth will wail because of him. Yes, may it be so!

8 'I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,' said Jehovah, The God; 'the One who is, who was, and who is coming╔ the Almighty.'

9 I (John) am your brother who shares in your difficult times, in the Kingdom, and in your endurance in Jesus, and I am on this island called Patmos because of the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus.

10 It was through the Breath [of God] that I found myself in the Lord's Day. For from behind me I heard a voice that was as loud as a trumpet, 11 which said: 'Write the things that you're about to see on a scroll and send it to these seven congregations: Ephesus, Smyrna, PergaMōm, ThyaTira, Sardis, PhilaDelphia, and LaoDikia.'

12 Then I turned around to see who was speaking to me. But when I turned, I saw seven gold lampstands. 13 And between the lampstands, [I saw] someone [who looked] like a son of man. He was dressed in a robe that came down to his feet and his chest was wrapped in gold. 14 His head and hair were as bright as white wool or snow, and his eyes were as flames of fire. 15 His feet looked like the finest copper as it is being poured from a furnace, and his voice sounded like the noise that's made by large bodies of water. 16 In his right hand [he held] seven stars, a long, sharp, two-edged sword was sticking out of his mouth, and his face glowed as brightly as the sun.

17 Well when I saw him, I fell at his feet like a dead man. Then he laid his right hand on me and said, 'Don't be afraid; I'm the first, the last, 18 and the living one. And though I died, {Look!} I'm alive through the ages of the ages. I also hold the keys to death and the place of the dead. 19 So now, write about the things that you will see╔ the things that are and the things that will soon be.

20 'As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and the seven gold lampstands; The seven stars signify the messengers of the seven congregations, and the seven lampstands signify the seven congregations.'

Chapter 2

1 'Write this to the messenger of the congregation in Ephesus: The one who is holding the seven stars in his right hand and who walks among the seven gold lampstands said, 2 I know what you're doing╔ that you've worked hard and endured, that you don't tolerate evil men, and that you've put those who say they are Apostles (but who really╩aren't) to the test, showing them to be liars. 3 You've also been patient, because you've been bearing my name and you haven't given up. 4 However, you've lost the love that you had at first, and I hold this against you. 5 So you must recognize how far you've fallen and turn around╔ go back to doing what you did at the first! For if you don't (and unless you repent), I'll be coming to you and I'll remove your lampstand from its place.

6 'However, I can say this on your behalf: You hate what the Nicolaitans are doing, and I also hate what they're doing.

7 'Let those who have ears hear what [God's] Breath says to the congregations: I'll allow those who conquer to eat from the Tree of Life that is in the Paradise of The God.

8 'And write this to the messenger of the congregation in Smyrna: This is what the one who is the first, the last, and who died and came to life, has to say: 9 I know of your problems and your poverty (although you're rich), and about the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews╔ although they really aren't, they're just a synagogue of the Slanderer. 10 Don't be afraid of the things that you're about to suffer, for {Look!} the Slanderer is about to throw some of you into prison to test you, and you'll be persecuted for ten days. But be faithful to death and I'll give you the garland of life.

11 'Let those who have ears hear what [God's] Breath says to the congregations: Those who conquer won't be harmed by the second death!

12 'And write this to the messenger of the congregation in PergaMōm: The one who has the long, sharp, two-edged sword says, 13 I know that the place where you're living is the very throne of the Slanderer, and yet you keep hanging onto my name. For you didn't deny your faith in me even in the days of my faithful witness AntiPas, who was killed among you there where the Slanderer lives. 14 However, I still hold a few things against you, for there are some among you who are following the teachings of BalaAm – the one who taught Balak how to set a trap before the Sons of IsraEl [by getting them] to eat sacrifices to idols and to be sexually immoral. 15 You also have those who are following the teachings of the Nicolaitans. 16 So turn around; for if you don't, I'll be there soon and fight a war against you with the long sword from my mouth!

17 'Let those who have ears hear what [God's] Breath says to the congregations: To those who conquer, I will give some of the hidden manna and a white [voting] pebble. This pebble has a new name written on it that no one will know other than those who receive it.

18 'And write this to the messenger of the congregation in ThyaTira: The Son of The God (the one who has eyes like flames of fire and whose feet are like fine copper) says, 19 I know what you're doing, and I know of your love, your faith, your service, and your endurance. [I also know that] what you've been doing recently is even more than what you've done in the past! 20 However, I do hold this one thing against you: You're still putting up with that woman JezeBel╔ the one who calls herself a prophet but who teaches and misleads my slaves into immoral sexual acts and into eating things that are sacrificed to idols. 21 And although I have given her enough time to turn around, she doesn't wish to repent her immorality, 22 so {Look!} I will be throwing her into a bed and I will bring a time of great difficulty upon those who are enjoying sex with her, unless they repent over what they're doing with her. 23 I'm also going to put her children to death, so that all the congregations will know I'm the one who searches their kidneys and hearts, and who repays each one according to his deeds.

24 'However, to the rest of you in ThyaTira (those of you who are unaware of such teachings and who haven't come to know about what they call the deep things of the Slanderer), I say this: I won't lay any more loads on you. 25 Just hang on until I get there, 26 and then I'll give those who conquer and who obey whatever I've told them to do down to the end authority over the nations27 they will shepherd them with an iron rod with the same [authority] that I received from my Father, and they'll shatter them like clay pots. 28 I'll also give them the morning star.'

29 'Let those who have ears listen to what [God's] Breath says to the congregations!

Chapter 3

1 'And write this to the messenger of the congregation in Sardis: The one who has the seven Breaths of God and the seven stars says, I know what you're doing, and although you have the reputation of being alive, you're really dead! 2 So wake up and revive the things that haven't died yet, because I don't see where you've accomplished any of the tasks [you've been assigned] in the sight of my God! 3 Start remembering [all the things] that you've received and heard, then hang onto them and repent! For if you don't stay awake, I will come like a thief╔ and you won't be aware of it until I'm right there on you!

4 'However, there are a few names in Sardis that haven't dirtied their robes. These will walk with me and they'll wear white [robes], because that's what they truly deserve. 5 Yes, all those who conquer will be dressed like that╔ in white robes. I'll never erase their names from the Scroll of Life, and then I'll admit to knowing their names before my Father and His messengers.

6 'Let those who have ears hear what [God's] Breath says to the congregations!

7 'And write this to the messenger of the congregation in PhilaDelphia: The one who is holy and true, and who has the key of David that opens what no one can close and closes what no one can open says, 8 I know what you're doing, and Look; I've put an open door before you that no one can close! I also know that although you don't have much strength, you've kept my word and you haven't denied knowing my name. 9 So, look at what I'm going to do to those from the synagogue of the Opposer who say they are Jews (but who aren't and are just lying)╔ {Look!} I'm going to make them come and bow at your feet, and I'll make sure that they know how much I love you. 10 Also, since you've obeyed my instructions to be patient, I'm going to protect you from the hour of trial that's coming upon the whole habitation of mankind to try everyone who lives on the face of the earth.

11 'I'm coming soon, so hang on and don't let anyone steal your garland, 12 for I will make those who conquer pillars in the Most Holy Place of my God, and they'll never leave it. I'll also write the Name of my God upon them, as well as the name of the city of my God, New JeruSalem, which will come down out of the sky from my God, along with my new name.

13 'Let those who have ears hear what [God's] Breath says to the congregations!

14 'And write this to the messenger of the congregation in LaoDikia: The Amen (the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation by The God) says, 15 I know what you're doing, and that you're neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other, 16 but since you're neither hot nor cold (but lukewarm), I'm going to vomit you out of my mouth! 17 For you're saying, I am rich, and because I'm rich, I don't need anything! However, what you don't realize is that you're really miserable, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. 18 My advice to you is to buy gold that has been refined by fire from me, so that you can become rich and wear white robes╔ then nobody will see the shame of your nakedness. Also, buy salve to rub in your eyes so you can see, 19 for I correct and discipline all those for whom I care╔ so [you should] repent and become zealous!

20 'Look, I'm standing at the door and knocking! And if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I'll come in and we'll have supper together. 21 Then I'll allow those who conquer to sit down with me on my throne, just as my Father has allowed me to sit on His throne because I have conquered.

22 'Let those who have ears hear what [God's] Breath says to the congregations!

Chapter 4

1 Well, after I saw those things, I saw a door opening up in the sky. And the first voice that I heard speaking to me (which sounded like a trumpet) said, 'Now, come on up here, and I'll show you what must happen next.'

2 Then I immediately [became like] the wind. And look╔ there was a throne in the sky, and someone was sitting upon the throne. 3 The One who was sitting on it looked like jasper and sardius gems; and all around this throne was a rainbow that looked like an emerald. 4 Then surrounding the throne there were twenty-four more thrones upon which twenty-four elders were sitting, who were each dressed in white robes and had gold garlands on their heads╔ 5 also, lightning, thunder, and voices were coming from the throne. Then in front of the throne there were seven flaming lamps, which are the seven Spirits of The God.

6 Also in front of the throne was a transparent sea that looked like crystal, and on each of the four sides of the throne there was an animal that had many eyes on its front and back sides. 7 The first animal looked like a lion, the second looked like a young bull, the third had the face of a man, and the fourth looked like a flying eagle. 8 Also, each of the four animals had six wings that were wrapped around them, and the inner parts of their wings were full of eyes. These don't rest during the night or during the day, and they were saying, 'Holy, holy, holy is Jehovah God the Almighty╔ the One who was, who is, and who is coming.'

9 Then, as the animals were giving glory, honor, and thanks to the One who was sitting on the throne (the One who lives through the ages of ages), 10 the twenty-four older ones fell down before Him and bowed to their faces, then they threw their garlands in front of His throne, saying, 11 'O Jehovah our God; You deserve all the glory, honor, and power, because You created everything╔ yes, everything was created and exists because You willed it to be!'

Chapter 5

1 Then I saw a scroll with writing on both sides that was sealed tightly with seven seals in the right hand of the One who was sitting on the throne. 2 And I saw a mighty messenger who called out in a loud voice: 'Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?' 3 However, there wasn't anyone in the heavens or on the earth that was able to open the scroll or to examine it. 4 So I started crying, because nobody could be found that was worthy to open and examine the scroll.

5 But then one of the elders said to me: 'Stop crying. Look! The Lion who is of the tribe of Judah and from the root of David has conquered, so he can open the scroll and its seven seals!'

6 Well, that's when I saw a lamb that looked like it had been slaughtered standing between the throne and before the four animals and the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which symbolize the seven Spirits of The God that have been sent throughout the entire earth. 7 Then [the lamb] went right up and took [the scroll] from the right hand of the One who was sitting on the throne. 8 And when he took the scroll, the four animals and the twenty-four elders (each of whom held harps and gold bowls that were filled with the incense that symbolizes the prayers of the Holy Ones) fell down in front of him, 9 and they sang a new song, which went:

'You're the only one who is worthy
To receive the scroll and open it's seals.
For, you're the one who was slaughtered,
And who bought a people for God with his blood,
From every tribe, language, country, and race,
10 To serve as Kings and Priests of our God,
And to rule as kings on (gr. epi) the earth.'

11 Then I looked around, because I heard the voices of many messengers who were all around the throne and who (along with the animals and the elders) numbered into the millions and tens of millions. 12 They were all shouting in a loud voice: 'This Lamb who was slaughtered deserves to receive the power, the wealth, the wisdom, the strength, the honor, the glory, and the blessings!'

13 Well after that, I heard all the creatures that were in the skies, on the ground, under the ground, in the seas, and everything else in those places say, 'May the One who is sitting on the throne and His Lamb be praised, honored, glorified, and allowed to retain the power through the ages of the ages.' 14 All the while, the four animals kept saying, 'May it be so!,' as the elders fell down and bowed to their faces.

Chapter 6

1 Thereafter, I saw the Lamb open one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four animals say in a thundering voice, 'Come on out!' 2 And at that {Look!} I saw a white horse, and the one who was sitting on it had a bow. Then he was given a garland, and he went out to conquer and complete his victory.

3 After that, he opened the second seal, and I heard the second animal say, 'Come on out!' 4 So another horse came out, which was fiery red; and the one who was sitting on it was authorized to remove peace from the earth, so that [people] would slaughter each other╔ and a large sword was given to him.

5 Then he opened the third seal, and I heard the third animal say, 'Come on out!' So I saw {Look!} a black horse; and the one who was sitting on it had a balance scale in his hand. 6 And I also I heard a voice that sounded like it came from the midst of the four animals, which said: 'A quart of wheat for a silver coin and three quarts of barley for a silver coin╔ but you may not damage the olive oil or the wine.'

7 Then he opened the fourth seal, and I heard the voice of the fourth animal say, 'Come on out!' 8 And I saw {Look!} a greenish-yellow horse; and the one who was sitting on it was named Death╔ and The Place of the Dead followed closely behind him. These were given authority over a quarter of the earth to kill with the sword, famines, plagues, and the wild animals of the earth.

9 Next he opened the fifth seal, and underneath the Altar I saw the lives of those who had been slaughtered because of the Word of God and because of the things to which they had testified. 10 They were calling out in a loud voice and asking, 'Until when, O Sovereign Lord who is holy and true, will You continue to hold back Your judgment and the avenging of our blood upon those who live on the earth?' 11 Then they were each given white robes and they were told to rest just a little while longer, until the full number of their fellow slaves and brothers was to be filled (who were going to be killed as they were).

12 Then I saw him open the sixth seal, and there was a great shaking that caused the sun to become as black as haircloth and the entire moon to become like blood. 13 And at that, the stars in the skies fell to the earth like a fig tree drops its figs when it's shaken by a strong wind. 14 The sky also disappeared as though it was being rolled up in a scroll, and all the mountains and islands were removed from their places.

15 Well at that, all the kings of the earth, all the important people, all the military commanders, all the rich and powerful, as well as all the slaves and free people hid themselves in caves and under rocks on the mountains. 16 They kept saying to the mountains and rocks, 'Fall over us and hide us from the face of the One who is sitting on the throne and from the rage of the Lamb╔ 17 for the Great Day of their rage has arrived and who can oppose them!'

Chapter 7

1 After that, I saw four messengers standing at the four corners of the earth who were hanging onto the four winds of the earth so they couldn't blow on the lands, the seas, or the trees. 2 Then I saw another messenger ascending from the sunrise who was carrying the seal of the living God; and he shouted loudly to the four messengers who were allowed to harm the lands and seas: 3 'Don't harm the lands, the seas, or the trees until after we have sealed the slaves of our God in their foreheads.'

4 And after that I heard the number of those who were to be sealed╔ a hundred and forty-four thousand out of every tribe of the sons of IsraEl. 5 Twelve thousand were to be sealed out of the tribe of Judah, twelve thousand out of the tribe of ReuBen, twelve thousand out of the tribe of Gad, 6 twelve thousand out of the tribe of Asher, twelve thousand out of the tribe of NaphTali, twelve thousand out of the tribe of ManasSeh, 7 twelve thousand out of the tribe of SimeOn, twelve thousand out of the tribe of Levi, twelve thousand out of the tribe of IsSachar, 8 twelve thousand out of the tribe of ZebuLun, twelve thousand out of the tribe of JoSeph, and twelve thousand were to be sealed out of the tribe of BenJamin.

9 And after all that, I saw {Look!} a crowd so large that no one could count them. They came from all countries, nationalities, ethnic groups, and languages, and they were standing within view (gr. enopion) of the Lamb and the throne. They were all wearing white robes and carrying palm branches in their hands, 10 and they were shouting: 'We owe our salvation to our God who is sitting on the throne and to the Lamb!'

11 Then the messengers who were standing in a circle around the throne, as well as the elders and the four animals, fell to their faces in front of the throne, bowing low before God 12 and saying: 'May it be so! May our God have all praise, glory, wisdom, thanks, honor, power, and strength through the ages of the agesmay it be so!'

13 Then one of the elders asked me: 'Just who are these that are dressed in the white robes and where did they come from?'

14 And I replied: 'My lord; You're the one who knows!'

Then he told me: 'They're the ones who have come out of the great time of difficulty and who have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 This is why they're under the gaze of the throne of The God, serving Him day and night in His Most Holy Place. And the One who is sitting on the throne will spread His tent over them 16 so they won't be hungry or thirsty anymore, nor will the sun beat down on them with blistering heat; 17 for the Lamb who is in the middle of the throne will shepherd them and guide them to the springs of the waters of life, and The God will wipe all the tears from their eyes.'

Chapter 8

1 Well, when he opened the seventh seal, the skies were silent for about a half hour. 2 Then I saw that the seven messengers who stand before The God were given seven trumpets. 3 And at that, another messenger arrived carrying a gold incense bowl. He then stood in front of the Altar and he was given a lot of incense to offer along with the prayers of all the Holy Ones, there on the gold Altar in front of the throne. 4 So the smoke from the incense that was being offered by the messenger kept arising before The God, along with the prayers of the Holy Ones.

5 Then the messenger took the incense bowl and filled it with some of the fire from the Altar and threw it on the ground, which caused thunder, voices, lightning, and a great shaking. 6 And that's when the seven messengers prepared to blow the seven trumpets.

7 Well, when the first one blew his trumpet, hail and fire that was mixed with blood was thrown to the earth so that a third of the lands, a third of the trees, and all of the green plants were burned.

8 Then the second messenger blew his trumpet, and something that looked like a huge burning mountain was thrown into the sea, which caused a third of the sea to turn into blood, 9 killing a third of the creatures that live in the seas and destroying a third of the ships.

10 And when the third messenger blew his trumpet, a huge star that burned like a lamp fell out of the sky onto a third of the rivers and the springs of water 11 (I was told that the name of this star was wormwood). So a third of the water turned into wormwood, and many men died from the water, because it had become so bitter.

12 Well, when the fourth messenger blew his trumpet, a third of the sun was struck, as was a third of the moon and a third of the stars, which brought darkness upon a third [of the earth], so that the day didn't appear over a third of it, nor did the night.

13 It was then that I saw an eagle flying high in the sky, and I heard it shout, 'Woe, woe, woe, to those who are living on the earth, because of the remaining trumpet blasts that the three messengers are ready to blow!'

Chapter 9

1 And when the fifth messenger blew his trumpet, I saw a star that fell to the earth from the sky that was given the key to the abyss. 2 So this one opened the abyss and smoke poured out of it as though it was coming from a huge furnace. And the smoke from the abyss thereafter darkened the sun and the air.

3 Then locusts came to the earth out of the smoke, and they were given the same power as earthly scorpions. 4 However, they were told not to damage any of the earth's vegetation or trees, just those men who don't have God's seal on their foreheads. 5 Yet they weren't allowed to kill them, just to sting them for five months╔ but the pain that they would bring was like the sting of a scorpion when it strikes a man. 6 And during that period, men will look for ways to die, but they won't find any╔ though they will wish to die, death will escape them.

7 These locusts looked like horses that are prepared for battle. On their heads were what appeared to be gold garlands, and their faces looked like the faces of mankind. 8 They had women's hair, they had teeth like lions, 9 and they wore breastplates that looked like they were made of iron.

[The flapping] of the wings [of these locusts] sounded like the attack of many chariots in a war, 10 and they had tails with stingers like scorpions. These tails were allowed to sting people for five months. 11 They also had a king who led them╔ the messenger of the abyss. In Hebrew, his name is AbadDon, but he's called ApolLyon (the Destroyer) in Greek.

12 Well, after this first woe passed away, {Look!) two more woes were yet to follow!

13 Then when the sixth messenger blew his trumpet, I heard a voice that came from the gold horns on the Altar that's in front of The God, 14 which said to the sixth messenger with the trumpet: 'Release the four messengers that have been tied down at the great EuPhrates River!' 15 So these four messengers (who were prepared to kill a third of all mankind on [a specific] hour, day, month, and year) were untied, 16 and they led an army that I was told had two-hundred million horsemen.

17 This is what the horses and their riders looked like in the vision: They wore fire-red, hyacinth-blue, and sulfur-yellow breastplates. Their horses had heads like lions, and fire, smoke, and sulfur came out of their mouths. 18 It was these three plagues (the fire, the smoke, and the sulfur that came out of their mouths) that killed a third of all mankind. 19 The power of their horses was all in their mouths and tails, and their tails were like snakes with heads╔ and these are what they used to do all the damage.

20 However, the rest of the people who weren't killed by these plagues still refused to repent over the things that they were doing and stop bowing low before the demons, or before their idols of gold, silver, copper, stone, and wood (things that can't see, hear, or walk); 21 nor did they repent for their murders, their occult practices, their sexual immorality, or their thievery.

Chapter 10

1 Then I saw another very powerful messenger coming down out of the sky wrapped in a cloud and wearing a rainbow on his head. His face was [as bright] as the sun, his feet were like columns of fire, 2 and he held a small opened scroll in his hand. He put his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the ground, 3 and he shouted in a loud voice that sounded like the roar of a lion. Then as he shouted, the seven thunders each spoke in its own voice.

4 Now, I was getting ready to write down the things that the seven thunders said, but then I heard a voice from the sky say, 'Don't write what the seven thunders said╔ seal [these words] up!'

5 Then the messenger that I saw standing on the sea and on the ground raised his right hand toward heaven, 6 and he swore this by the One who lives for ages of ages, who created the heavens and everything in them and the lands and everything in them ---: 'The time has arrived! 7 For when the seventh messenger blows his trumpet (which is about to happen), God's mystery that was revealed through the good news that He sent through His slaves the Prophets will then be fulfilled.'

8 And after that, I heard the voice from the sky speak to me again. It said, 'Go and take the little open scroll out of the hand of the messenger who is standing on the sea and on the ground!' 9 So I went over to the messenger and told him to give me the little scroll. And he told me: 'Now, take it and eat it! It will be as sweet as honey in your mouth, but it will be very bitter in your stomach.'

10 So I took the little scroll out of the hand of the messenger and I ate it╔ and it was in fact as sweet as honey. But after I ate it, my stomach became bitter. 11 Then I was told: 'Now you must go on to prophesy to peoples, nations, languages, and many kings!'

Chapter 11

1 Next, [he] handed [me] a reed that was like a walking stick. And he said: 'Now, go measure God's Most Holy, the Altar, and those who are bowing low there. 2 Pay no attention to the courtyard outside of the Most Holy╔ don't measure it, because it has been given to the nations and they're going to trample the Holy City under their feet for forty-two months. 3 Then I'm going to have my two witnesses prophesy for one thousand, two hundred and sixty days wearing sackcloth. 4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that have been standing on the earth before the Lord. 5 And if any of their enemies should wish to harm them, fire will come out of their mouths and consume them. So if anyone wants to persecute them, that's how they're going to die! 6 Because, these have been authorized to close up the skies so no rain will fall during the period of their prophesying. They're also authorized to turn water into blood and to bring every sort of plague to the earth whenever they wish.

7 'Then, after they've finished their testimony, the wild animal will come out of the abyss to fight them, conquer them, and kill them, 8 and their corpses will lie in the main street of the great city, which [God's] Breath refers to as Sodom and Egypt, because it's where their Lord was hung on a pole. 9 And there the peoples, nationalities, tongues, and ethnic groups will look at their corpses for three and a half days, during which time they won't allow them to be buried. 10 All the while, those who live on the earth will be happy and approve of what happened to them, even sending gifts to each other, because these two prophets will have brought so much pain to those who live on the earth.'

11 However, after the three and a half days, The God sent His breath of life into them and they stood up on their feet, which frightened those who saw them. 12 Then [the two witnesses] heard a loud voice from heaven say to them, 'Come on up here.' And their enemies saw them ascend into the sky in a cloud. 13 This was followed by a tremendous shaking, and a tenth of the city ([Sodom and Egypt]) toppled, destroying the names of seven thousand people. This frightened all those who remained, and they gave glory to The God of heaven.

14 Well, this ended the second woe. But look; a third woe was on its way!

15 Then when the seventh messenger blew his trumpet, there were loud voices in heaven shouting, 'The kingdom of this world now belongs to our Lord and to His Anointed One, and He will rule it through ages of the ages!'

16 And at that, the twenty-four elders who were sitting on their thrones before God fell to their faces and bowed low to Him, 17 saying: 'We thank You, Jehovah God the Almighty (the One who is and who was), because You've assumed Your great power and started ruling as King. 18 Yes, this made the nations angry, but [the time for] Your rage has arrived when the dead will be judged, when Your slaves (the Prophets, the Holy Ones, and those who fear Your Name – the small and the great) will be rewarded, and when those who are corrupting the earth will be thoroughly corrupted.' 19 And then the heavenly Most Holy of God became visible and I could see the Chest of His Sacred Agreement inside His Most Holy Place. This was all followed by lightning, voices, thundering, shaking, and a great hailstorm.

Chapter 12

1 And thereafter, a great sign appeared in the sky╔ there was a woman who had the sun wrapped around her, the moon was under her feet, and there was a garland of twelve stars on her head. 2 She was also pregnant and screaming to give birth in labor and agony.

3 Then another sign appeared in the sky. {Look!} There was a huge fire-red Dragon with seven heads and ten horns. On its heads there were seven royal turbans, 4 and it was dragging a third of the stars of the sky with its tail, which it then threw down on the earth! This Dragon was standing in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she did give birth he could swallow [the child] down!

5 Well, she then gave birth to a son╔ a male, who is to shepherd all the nations with an iron rod. And thereafter her child was snatched away to God and to His throne, 6 as the woman escaped into the desert to a place that God had prepared for her, where she was to be fed for a thousand, two hundred and sixty days.

7 Next, a war broke out in heaven. MichaEl and his messengers battled with the Dragon, and the Dragon and his messengers fought back. 8 However, [the Dragon] lost and he could no longer stay in the heavens. 9 So the huge Dragon (the original snake who is called the Slanderer and Opposer) that is misleading the whole habitation [of mankind] was thrown down╔ he was thrown down to the earth along with [all of] his messengers.

10 Well at that I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
'Now has arrived the salvation and power,
As well as the Kingdom of our God;
For His Anointed has now been empowered,
And the accuser of our brothers has been cast down,
Who blames them before God day and night!

11 'By the blood of the Lamb, he was conquered,
And by the things that they testified.
For they didn't value their lives,
When staring death in the face!

12 'So rejoice you heavens and all those who live there,
But, woe to the earth and the sea;
For the Slanderer has come down to you in great rage,
Knowing that he has little time.'

13 Then when the Dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth, he started persecuting the woman who gave birth to the male (child). 14 However, the woman was given the two wings of a huge eagle so she could fly to her place in the desert where she'll be fed for a time, times, and half a time, and where the snake can't reach her.

15 Then this snake shot a river of water out of its mouth after the woman in an attempt to drown her. 16 But the earth came to the woman's aid╔ it opened its mouth and swallowed the river that the Dragon shot out of its mouth. 17 This made the Dragon so angry with the woman that he went off to wage war with the rest of her seed╔ those who obey God's instructions and carry the testimony of Jesus. 18 And thereafter, [the Dragon] stood still on the sands of the sea.

Chapter 13

1 Next I saw a wild animal coming up out of the sea that had seven heads and ten horns. On its horns there were ten royal turbans, and on its heads were blasphemous names. 2 This wild animal that I saw looked like a leopard, but it had feet like a bear and a mouth like a lion. Then the Dragon gave [this beast] power, a throne, and great authority.

3 One of [the animal's] heads looked like it had been mortally wounded, but this deathblow had been healed and the whole earth started following it admiringly. 4 They also bowed to the ground before the Dragon, because it is what gave the wild animal its authority. And they also bowed before the wild animal, saying, 'Who else is like this wild animal and who can stand against it?'

5 Then [the animal] was given a mouth to speak great things and blasphemies, and it was given the authority to act for forty-two months. 6 So it opened its mouth and spoke blasphemous things against The God╔ it blasphemed His Name, His Tent, and all those who are tenting in the heavens.

7 Thereafter, he was allowed to go to war with the Holy Ones and conquer them, and he was given power over every nation, people, language, and ethnic group, 8 so that all those on the earth whose names aren't written in the Lamb's Scroll of Life would have to bow low before him╔ this one who had been slaughtered from the founding of the world.

9 Now, all who have ears should listen to this: 10 If anyone is a jailer, he'll be thrown in jail, and if anyone kills with the sword, he'll be killed with a sword! For this is where the Holy Ones will need faith and endurance.

11 Then I saw another wild animal coming up out of the ground. It had two horns like a lamb, but it started speaking like the Dragon. 12 It had all the authority of the first wild animal, which it used in its presence to force all the lands and all those who dwell in them to bow low before the first wild animal whose deathblow had been healed. 13 It performed great signs, even making fire come down from the skies onto the earth before everyone, 14 so as to mislead those who live on the earth with the signs that it is allowed to perform in front of the wild animal. It also told those who live on the earth to make an image to the wild animal that had survived the sword stroke. 15 Then it was allowed to give breath to the image of the wild animal so that the image could speak and cause everyone that doesn't bow low before the image of the wild animal to be killed.

16 Then it forced everyone – the small and the great, the rich and the poor, the free and the slaves – to receive a branding on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 so that no one would be able to buy or sell other than those who have the brand╔ which is the name of the wild animal or the number of its name. 18 This is where wisdom is required: Let those who can reason calculate the number of the wild animal╔ it's a man's number, six hundred and sixty-six.

Chapter 14

1 Then {Look!} I saw the Lamb standing on Mount Zion; and with him there were a hundred and forty-four thousand who had his name and his Father's Name written on their foreheads. 2 I also heard a noise coming from the sky that sounded like a lot of water and loud thunder.

Well, the sound that I heard was of people who were all playing harps and singing. 3 They were singing a new song before the throne and before the four animals and the elders, and no one was able to master that song but the hundred and forty-four thousand who had been purchased from the earth. 4 These hadn't polluted themselves with women. In fact, they are virgins who kept following the Lamb no matter where he went. They were bought from among mankind as first fruitage to God and to the Lamb, 5 for no lies were found in their mouths and they didn't have any defects.

6 Then I saw another messenger flying high in mid-sky, and he had age-long good news to proclaim to those who live on the earth╔ to every ethnic group, nation, language, and people. 7 He was shouting aloud, 'Fear God and glorify Him, because His hour of judgment has arrived. So, bow low before this One who made the skies, the lands, the seas, and the springs of water!'

8 Then another (a second) messenger followed him, saying: 'She has fallen╔ the Great Babylon has fallen! She's the one who made all the nations drink the wine of her sexually-immoral rampage!'

9 And thereafter, another messenger (a third one) followed him, shouting aloud: 'If anyone bows low before the wild animal and its image and receives its brand on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he will also have to drink the wine of the pure wrath of The God that is being mixed in the cup of His rage╔ and he will be examined by being tortured with fire and burning rocks in front of the holy messengers and in front of the Lamb. 11 The smoke from the examination by torture of those who bow low before the wild animal and its image and all those who receive the branding of its name will ascend through ages of the ages, and they won't have any rest day or night. 12 This is where the Holy Ones (those who keep the commandments of The God and have faith in Jesus) must hang on!'

13 Then I heard a voice from the sky that said, 'Write this: From now on, the dead who die in the Lord are blest! Yes, [God's] Breath said, Let them rest from their hard labor╔ and may their [good] deeds follow them!'

14 Well after that I saw {Look!} a white cloud, and someone was sitting on the cloud that looked like a son of man. He had a gold garland on his head and he held a sharp sickle in his hand.

15 Then another messenger came out of the Most Holy and he shouted this at the one who was sitting on the cloud: 'Take that sickle and start harvesting, because it's time for the harvest and the harvest is absolutely ripe!' 16 So the one who was sitting on the cloud lowered his sickle to the ground and started harvesting.

17 Well at that, another messenger came out of the Most Holy in the heavens, who also carried a sharp sickle. 18 [He was followed by] a messenger that came out of the Altar, whose responsibility was burning. And this one shouted to the messenger who held the sharp sickle: 'Take that sharp sickle and harvest the clumps of grapes from the vine of the earth; for its grapes are now ripe!'

19 So the messenger lowered his sickle to the ground and harvested the grapes of the earth. Then he threw them into the great winepress of God's rage, 20 where they were trampled by foot outside of the city. And what came out of this winepress was blood, which flowed in a stream that was as deep as a horse's bridle for two hundred miles.

Chapter 15

1 Well after that, I saw another great and wonderful sign in the sky╔ there were seven messengers [who were bringing] seven plagues. These were the last ones, because they would bring an end to the rage of God.

2 Then I saw what looked like a sea of crystal and fire. And standing beside the crystal sea were those who had conquered the wild animal, its image, and the number of its name. They each had harps of God 3 and they were singing the song of God's slave Moses and the song of the Lamb. It went:
'Everything that You may do,
O Jehovah, the Almighty God,
Is wonderful and great, King of ages;
For Your ways are all righteous and true,
4 And who doesn't fear You, Jehovah?
[Yes, who won't] honor Your Name?
Because You're the One we can trust,
All nations will come and bow before You;
For Your righteous deeds have now been revealed.'

5 And after that, I looked and saw that the heavenly Most Holy (which is [inside] the Tent of Proofs) had been opened up, 6 and seven messengers who had the seven plagues came out of the Most Holy wearing clean, bright linen, and they had gold braids around their chests.

7 Then one of the four animals gave [each of] the seven messengers one of the seven golden bowls that were full of the wrath of The God who lives through ages of ages, 8 and then the Most Holy became filled with smoke because of the glory of The God and His power, so that no one could enter it until after the seven plagues that were being brought by the seven messengers had been delivered.

Chapter 16

1 Well after that, I heard a loud voice from the Most Holy tell the seven messengers to go and pour the seven bowls of the wrath of God onto the earth.

2 So the first one went and poured his bowl out on the ground. And with that, the men who had the brand of the wild animal and who were bowing low before its image broke out in very bad malignant sores. 3 Then the second one poured his bowl into the sea, and it became like the blood of dead men. So everything in the sea – every living creature – died. 4 And after that, the third one poured his bowl into the rivers and springs, and they turned into blood.

5 Then I heard the messenger who was over the waters say, 'You (the Holy One who is and who was) are righteous, because You've passed judgment on these things. 6 Since they've shed the blood of Your Holy Ones and Prophets, You've given them blood to drink╔ and that's what they deserve!'

7 And after that I heard the Altar speak. It said: 'Yes, Jehovah God the Almighty; Your judgments are righteous and true.'

8 Then the fourth [messenger] poured his bowl out on the sun, which caused it to sear men with fire. 9 And though the tremendous heat seared the men, they just blasphemed the Name of The God who has the power over these plagues, and they didn't turn back and glorify Him.

10 Thereafter, the fifth one poured his bowl out on the throne of the wild animal, which made its whole kingdom become dark and its [people] were biting their tongues in pain. 11 However, they just blasphemed the God of heaven for all their pain, and they didn't repent ---.

12 So then the sixth one poured out his bowl into the great EuPhrates River, and this dried up its water. [He did this] to prepare the way for the kings from the sunrise.

13 And then I saw three unclean spirits that looked like frogs come out of the mouths of the Dragon, the wild animal, and the false prophet. 14 These were the unseen powers of demons, and they were to serve as signs. These were sent to all the kings of the habitation of mankind so as to assemble them for the battle of the Great Day of the Almighty God.

15 'Look, I'm coming as a thief! So whoever stays awake and keeps his clothes on will be blest╔ he won't have to walk around naked and have people see his shame.'

16 They then assembled [all the earth's kings] at the place that is called in Hebrew, Har-Mageddon.

17 Thereafter, the seventh [messenger] poured his bowl out into the air. And a loud voice from --- the throne inside the Most Holy proclaimed: 'Now it's finished!' 18 This was followed by thunder, lightning, voices, and a shaking that was so great and covered so large an area that nothing has been seen like it since men have been on the earth. 19 For it split the great city into three parts, and all the cities of the nations fell in ruin!

Then God looked at The Great Babylon and remembered to also give her the cup of wine of His anger and rage. 20 But by then, all the islands were gone and there weren't any mountains. 21 For a great hailstorm had come out of the sky on the people (each of its stones weighed about a hundred pounds). However, the people just blasphemed God over the plague of hail, though it was an unusually bad plague.

Chapter 17

1 Then one of the seven messengers who had the seven bowls came over and spoke to me, saying: 'Come here! I'm going to show you the judgment on the great whore who sits over many waters. 2 [She's the one] with whom the earth's kings have had sex and who made the people of the earth drunk from the wine of her sexual immorality.'

3 So he carried me into the desert on the wind, and there I saw a woman who was sitting on a scarlet-colored wild animal that was covered with blasphemous names and which had seven heads and ten horns. 4 This woman was wearing purple and scarlet clothes that were covered with gold, precious gems, and pearls. And in her hand [she held] a gold cup that was full of disgusting things and the filth of her immoral sexual acts. 5 She had a mysterious name written on her forehead, 'The Great Babylon, the Mother of Whores and of [all] the Disgusting Things of the Earth.' 6 Then I realized that the woman had gotten drunk on the blood of the Holy Ones, as well as on the blood of the witnesses of Jesus.

Well, when I saw her, I was confused and amazed. 7 So the messenger asked me: 'Why are you so confused? I'll tell you the mystery of the woman and of the wild animal with the seven heads and ten horns that she's riding. 8 The wild animal that you saw was, then it was not, but it's about to come out of the abyss and go off into destruction. And when they see the return of the wild animal that was but is no longer, those who live on the earth will marvel at it. However, their names haven't been written in the Scroll of Life since the founding of the world.

9 'Here's where intelligence and wisdom are required: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman is sitting. 10 And there are seven kings; five have fallen, one is, and the other hasn't arrived yet. But when he gets here, he will only be allowed to stay for a little while. 11 However, the wild animal that was but isn't is an eighth king that comes from the seven, and it goes off into destruction.

12 'Now, the ten horns that you saw represent ten kings that haven't received a kingdom yet; however, they will be authorized to be kings for one hour with the wild animal. 13 And they'll all just have one idea in mind╔ to give their power and authority to the wild animal. 14 Then they will go and fight against the Lamb; but because he's the Lord of lords and King of kings, the Lamb and those who are with him (the called, elected, and faithful) will conquer them.'

15 Then he told me this: 'The waters over which you saw the whore sitting mean peoples, crowds, ethnic groups, and languages. 16 And because the ten horns and the wild animal that you saw will hate the whore, they're going to take away everything that she has and leave her naked, then they'll eat her flesh and burn [what's left] in a fire. 17 For God will put [the thought] into their hearts to do what He thinks she deserves, and He's also the One who will give them the idea to hand their kingdoms over to the wild animal, so that whatever God says will be fulfilled. 18 Now, the woman that you saw means the great city that dominates the kings of the earth.'

Chapter 18

1 Well after all that, I saw another messenger coming down out of the sky who was very powerful, and the earth lit up with his glory. 2 Then he shouted in a mighty voice, saying, 'She has fallen╔ the Great Babylon has fallen and she has become a home for demons, a prison for unclean spirits, and a cage for scavenger birds! 3 For all the nations have fallen [victim] to the wine of the rage of her sexual immorality, all the kings of the earth have had immoral sex with her, and the earth's businessmen have become rich through the power of her shameless luxury.'

4 Then I heard another voice in the sky say: 'Come out of her my people! Come on out, so you don't share in her sins and receive part of her plagues! 5 For her sins have piled all the way to heaven, and God has remembered all the unjust things that she has done. 6 So, pay her back for all the [bad] things that she's done! In fact, pay her back with twice as much╔ double the payback for the things she did! If she poured [poison] in a cup, then pour in twice as much for her! 7 And as she glorified herself and lived in shameless luxury, pay her back that much more in pain and sorrow! Because she keeps saying in her heart, I'm sitting as a queen. I'm nobody's widow and I'll never have to mourn! 8 That's why her plagues will come upon her in a single day – death, mourning, and famine – and she'll be burned up with fire, because the Almighty God Jehovah is passing judgment on her!

9 'Then those kings of the earth who had sex and lived in shameless luxury with her will bawl and beat themselves in grief over her, as they stand and watch the smoke from her fire. 10 But they'll stand at a distance, because they'll be afraid of her torture. And they'll say, O woe, woe, you great city╔ O Babylon you mighty city; for your judgment has arrived in a single hour!'

11 'The earth's businessmen will also bawl and mourn over her, because there won't be anyone to buy their complete stock of goods anymore╔ 12 any of the gold and silver, the precious stones and pearls, the fine linen, the purple, the silk, the scarlet, any of the scented wood, or any of the things made of ivory, precious wood, copper, or iron╔ or the marble, 13 the cinnamon, the Indian spice, the incense, the perfumed oil, the frankincense, the wine, the olive oil, the fine flour and wheat╔ or the cattle, sheep, horses, coaches, slaves, or the lives of humans. 14 Yes, all the juicy fruit that she so deeply desired has left her, as have all the fatty foods and the bright colors. They're no longer available to her, and she'll never have them again.

15 'Then the men who sold these things and who became rich from her will cry and mourn at some distance from her, because they'll [also] be afraid of her torture. 16 They'll say, O woe, woe, you great city that wore all the fine linen, purple, and scarlet, and who was so richly covered in gold, precious stones, and pearls; 17 because all that great wealth has been taken away in a single hour!

'And this was also true of the ship captains, all those who sail, the seamen, and everyone who makes a living at sea. They too stood some distance away 18 and called out as they watched the smoke while she was burning, saying, What other city was like this great city? 19 Then they threw dust on their heads, bawled, and mourned, shouting, O woe, woe, for this great city that made so many shipping companies rich with her wealth, because everything has been taken away from her in a single hour!'

20 'O heavens, you Holy Ones, and you Apostles and Prophets; Rejoice over this, because God's judgment has brought vengeance upon her for your sakes!'

21 Then a mighty messenger picked up a stone that looked like a huge millstone and threw it into the sea, saying: 'This is how fast that city (the Great Babylon) will be thrown down, and she'll never be found again. 22 Then the sounds of harpists, musicians, flutists, and trumpet players will no longer be found in you, craftsman and tradesman won't be found in you anymore, --- 23 no lamplight will ever shine in you again, and the voices of brides and grooms won't be heard in you thereafter. For though your traveling merchants were once the most important men on the earth and you misled all the nations with your sorcery, 24 the blood of the Prophets, the Holy Ones, and of all those who've been slaughtered throughout the whole earth has been found within you!'

Chapter 19

1 Well after all that, I heard what sounded like the voices of a huge crowd in the sky proclaiming, 'Praise Jah! [Yes, praise] the salvation, the glory, and the power of our God, 2 for His judgments are righteous and true! He has passed judgment on the great whore who made the whole earth filthy with her immoral sex, and He has avenged the blood of His slaves [who died] at her hands!'

3 Then they shouted a second time: 'Praise Jah; because the smoke from her will keep ascending through ages of ages!'

4 Then the twenty-four elders and the four animals fell down and bowed low before The God as He sat on His throne, saying: 'May it be so! Praise Jah!'

5 And a voice came out of the throne that said, 'Praise our God, all you who are his slaves╔ yes you, the great and the small who fear Him!'

6 Then I heard what sounded like the voices of a huge crowd, along with the noise of a lot of water and heavy thunder. They were shouting, 'Praise Jah! For Jehovah our God the Almighty has started ruling as king! 7 Let's rejoice, shout in joy, and glorify Him, since it's time for the Lamb's wedding! His bride has prepared herself, 8 and she's been found worthy to be dressed in bright, clean, fine linen (for the fine linen represents the righteousness of the Holy Ones).'

9 Then he said to me, 'Write this: Those who are invited to the Lamb's wedding banquet are blest!' And he added: 'God really said this.'

10 Well at that, I fell down in front of his feet to bow low before him. But he warned me, saying: 'Be careful╔ don't do that! For I'm just a fellow slave of you and your brothers who are witnesses of Jesus╔ and testifying for Jesus is the spirit behind this prophecy. Therefore, just bow low before God!'

11 And then I saw the sky opening up, and Look╔ there was a white horse, and the one who was sitting on it was called Faithful and True, because he judges and he fights his wars for righteousness! 12 His eyes were flames of fire and he wore many royal turbans on his head. He had a name that was written, which nobody knew but him. 13 He was wrapped in a robe that was splattered with blood, and the name he was called is The Word of The God. 14 He was followed by all the armies of the heavens who were also [riding] white horses and wearing white, clean, fine linen. 15 He also had a long sharp sword protruding from his mouth that he could use to strike the nations; for he will shepherd them with a staff made of iron. This is [the one that I saw] crushing the grapes with his feet in the winepress of the Almighty God's anger and rage. 16 For on his robe and on his thigh he had the name written: 'King of kings and Lord of lords.'

17 After that, I also saw a messenger who was standing in the sun and shouting in a loud voice, saying to all the creatures that fly high in the sky, 'Come here and gather for God's great supper. 18 For here you can eat the flesh of kings, generals, mighty men, horses and their riders, as well as the flesh of all the freemen and slaves╔ yes, both the small and the great!'

19 Then I saw the wild animal along with the kings of the earth and their armies all gathered to wage war against the one who was sitting on the [white] horse and his army. 20 However, the wild animal was captured along with the false prophet that performed the signs in front of it, which he had used to mislead those who received the branding of the wild animal and those who bowed low before its image. While they were all still alive, they were tossed into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. 21 Then the long sword that came from the mouth of the one who was riding the [white] horse killed off all the rest╔ and all the birds came and ate their fill of flesh.

Chapter 20

1 Well after that, I saw a messenger come down out of the sky with a long chain in his hand [that held] the key to the abyss; 2 and he grabbed the Dragon – the original snake, the Slanderer and Opposer – and chained him up for a thousand years (or possibly, thousands of years). 3 Then he threw him into the abyss╔ he closed it up and locked it up over him, so he couldn't mislead the nations anymore until the after the thousand years had ended. But after that, he will be set free for a little while.

4 And I also saw thrones╔ and those who sat down on them were the ones who had been executed with axes for testifying about Jesus, for telling about God, and who hadn't worshiped the wild animal or its image, nor had they received its branding on their foreheads or on their hands. They were appointed to be judges, and they came to life and ruled as kings with the Anointed One for a thousand years. 5 This is the first resurrection. 6 Those who have a part in the first resurrection are blest and holy, because the second death won't have any power over them. For they will be Priests of The God and of the Anointed One and they will rule for the thousand years.

7 But after the thousand years have ended, the Slanderer will be freed from his prison 8 and he'll go out to mislead people – Gog and Magog – in all four corners of the earth and bring them together for a battle╔ there will be as many as the sands of the seas! 9 These will thereafter march across the whole earth and surround the camp of the Holy Ones and the loved city╔ but then fire will come from the sky and consume them! 10 And the Opposer who misled them will then be thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, where the wild animal and the false prophet already are, and they will be tortured there day and night through ages of ages.

11 Well after that, I saw someone sitting on a huge white throne; and before him the land and the sky just vanished and couldn't be found. 12 I also saw the dead – the great and the small – standing before the throne, and several scrolls were opened. Then another scroll was opened, which was the Scroll of Life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the scrolls, according to the things they had done. 13 Then the sea gave up its dead, and death and the grave gave up the dead in them, and all [the dead] were judged by the things they had done. 14 And finally, death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire (the lake of fire symbolizes the second death), 15 and anyone whose name wasn't found written in the Scroll of Life was also thrown into the lake of fire.

Chapter 21

1 Then I saw new skies and new lands, because the previous skies and lands had disappeared, as had the seas. 2 I also saw the Holy City New JeruSalem stepping down out of the sky from God, prepared like a bride who had been adorned for her man.

3 Well at that I heard a loud voice from the throne say, 'Look! The Tent of The God is with mankind! He's going to pitch His Tent among them, then they'll be His people and He'll be their God. 4 He's going to wipe all the tears from their eyes and there won't be any more death, mourning, wailing, or pain, because all that used to be will be gone!'

5 Then the One who was sitting on the throne said: '{Look!} I'm making everything new!' And he added, 'Write this down, because these words are faithful and true.'

6 Then He told me: 'It has all been accomplished! I'm the Alpha and the Omega – the beginning and the end – and I'm going to give anyone who is thirsty a free drink from the Spring of the Water of Life! 7 Whoever conquers will inherit these things╔ yes, I'll be his God and he'll be My son! 8 But as for the cowards, the unbelievers, the nasty, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who cast spells, the idol worshipers, and all the liars; their inheritance is in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur╔ the second death.'

9 Then one of the seven messengers with the seven bowls that were full of the seven last plagues came and spoke to me, saying, 'Come here and I'll show you the bride╔ the Lamb's woman!' 10 So he carried me off on the wind to an enormously high mountain, and there he showed me JeruSalem, the Holy City, which was coming down out of the sky from God. 11 It had all the glory of God, it sparkled like the most precious of gems, and it gleamed like crystal-clear jasper stones. 12 It had high, thick walls and twelve gates. There was a messenger at each of the twelve gates, and each one was inscribed with the name of one of the twelve tribes of the sons of IsraEl. 13 There were three gates on the east side, three gates on the north side, three gates on the south side, and three gates on the west side.

14 The city wall also had twelve foundation stones, upon which the names of the twelve Apostles of the Lamb were written.

15 Now, the one who was talking to me held up a ruler (a gold reed) that he used to measure the city, along with its gates and its walls. 16 The city was square╔ as long as it was wide. For he then measured the entire city with the reed; and its length, width, and height (which were equal) [measured the same as] twelve-thousand stadions. 17 He also measured [the thickness of] its walls, and it was the length of a man's forearm (which is about the same as for a messenger [of God]), times one hundred and forty-four.

18 The walls were made of jasper, and the entire city was made of gold that was as pure as clear crystal. 19 And the foundation stones of its walls were decorated with all sorts of precious gems. The first one was decorated with jasper, the second with sapphires, the third with chalcedony, the fourth with emeralds, 20 the fifth with rubies, the sixth with sardius, the seventh with peridots, the eighth with beryls, the ninth with topaz, the tenth with chrysoprase, the eleventh with hyacinth, and the twelfth with amethysts. 21 Also, the twelve gates were twelve pearls (each of the gates was made of a single pearl), and the city's main street was paved with gold that was as pure as clear crystal!

22 I didn't see a Most Holy within [the city], because Jehovah God the Almighty and the Lamb are its Most Holy. 23 Nor did the city need the sun or moon to shine upon it, because it was lit by the glory of The God╔ and the Lamb was its lamp. 24 So, all the nations were able to walk in its light, and the earth's kings were bringing their glorious things into it. 25 Its gates won't ever be closed during the day, and night won't exist there. 26 For this is where they will carry the glory and honor of the nations. 27 And nothing that's dirty, or anyone who does disgusting things or tells lies will ever enter it╔ only those [whose names] are written in the Lamb's Scroll of Life.

Chapter 22

1 Well after that, he showed me the River of the Water of Life╔ it was crystal clear and it flowed outward [from under] the Throne of The God and of the Lamb 2 down the middle of the street. And on both of its sides were the Trees of Life, which bore twelve [crops of] fruit, putting out the fruit every month; and the Trees' leaves were used to heal the ethnics. 3 So, everything that causes people to sin will thereafter be gone, for the Throne of The God and of the Lamb will always be there, where His slaves can come to bow low before Him, 4 see His face, and they'll wear His Name on their foreheads. 5 Also, since there won't be any more night, they won't need lamps or sunlight, because Jehovah (The God) will be shining upon them, and they'll rule as kings for ages of ages.

6 Then he said to me: 'These words are faithful and true. Yes, Jehovah (The God who gave His Breath to the Prophets) sent His messenger to show His slaves the things that will happen very quickly. 7 And look╔ I'm coming quickly! Blest is the one who obeys the things that are prophesied about in this scroll.'

8 Well, I (John) was the one who saw and heard these things. And after I saw and heard it all, I fell down to bow at the feet of the messenger who had shown me these things. 9 But he warned me again, saying: 'Be careful╔ don't do that; for I'm is just a fellow slave of you and your brothers, who are Prophets and who are obeying [the things that] are spoken of in this scroll. Rather, bow low before God!'

10 He also warned me: 'Don't seal up the things that are said in the prophecy of this scroll, because the season is near. 11 So may those who are acting unrighteously stay unrighteous, and may the filthy stay filthy. However, may those who are righteous remain righteous, and those who are holy remain holy.

12 'Look, I'm coming quickly! And the reward that I bring is the repayment to each one for what he has done. 13 I'm the Alpha and the Omega; the first and the last; the beginning and the end. 14 Blest are those who wash their robes, for they'll be allowed access to the trees of life and they can enter the city gates. 15 But the dogs, those who cast spells, those who are immoral, the murderers, the idol worshipers, and everyone who enjoys lying will be left on the outside.'

16 'I am Jesus, and I sent my messenger to testify to you about these things that will be [coming] to the congregations. I am the root and the descendant of David╔ the bright morning star.' 17 For the [Holy] Spirit and the bride keep saying, Come! So let all those who hear this also say, Come! Yes, let all who are thirsty come; for anyone who wants to can partake of life's water freely!

18 'I'm now testifying to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll, that if anyone adds anything to it, God will add the plagues to him that are written about in this scroll. 19 And if anyone removes any of the words of this scroll of prophecy, God will remove his share from the Tree of life and from the things that are written in this scroll concerning the Holy City.

20 'Then the one who testified to these things said, Yes, I'm coming quickly!'

May it be so! Come Lord Jesus!

21 May the loving care of our Lord Jesus the Anointed One be with all the Holy Ones.

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