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Revelation , 17
One of the seven angles

17:1     And one of the seven angels who had the seven vessels came and said to me, Come here, so that you may see the judging of the evil woman who is seated on the great waters ; 2 With whom the kings of the earth made themselves unclean, and those who are on the earth were full of the wine of her evil desires. 3 And he took me away in the Spirit into a waste land : and I saw a woman seated on a bright red beast, full of evil names, having seven heads and ten horns, 4 And the woman was clothed in purple and bright red, with ornaments of gold and stones of great price and jewels ; and in her hand was a gold cup full of evil things and her unclean desires ; 5 And on her brow was a name, secret, Babylon the Great, The Mother of the Evil Women and of the Unclean Things of the Earth. 6 And I saw the woman overcome as with the wine of the blood of the saints, and the blood of those put to death because of Jesus.

    And when I saw her, I was overcome with a great wonder. :7 And the angel said to me, Why were you surprised? I will make clear to you the secret of the woman, and of the beast on which she is seated, which has the seven heads and the ten horns. 8 The beast which you saw was, and is not ; and is about to come up out of the great deep, and to go into destruction. And those who are on the earth, whose names have not been put in the book of life from the first, will be full of wonder when they see the beast, that he was, and is not, and still will be. 9 Here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman is seated : 10 And they are seven kings ; the five have come to an end, the one is, the other has not come ; and when he comes, he will have to go on for a little time. 11 And the beast which was, and is not, is himself the eighth, and is of the seven ; and he goes into destruction. 12 And the ten horns which you saw are ten kings, which still have been given no kingdom; but they are given authority as kings, with the beast, for one hour. 13 These have one mind, and they give their power and authority to the beast. 14 These will make war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because he is the Lord of lords and King of kings ; and those who are with him are named, marked out, and true.

17:15     And he said to me, The waters which you saw, where the evil woman is seated, are peoples, and armies, and nations and languages. 16 And the ten horns which you saw, and the beast, these will be turned against the evil woman, and will make her waste and uncovered, and will take her flesh for food, and will have her burned with fire. 17 Because God has put it in their hearts to do his purpose, and to be of one mind, giving their kingdom to the beast, till the words of God have effect and are complete. 18 And the woman whom you saw is the great town, which is ruling over the kings of the earth.

Revelation , 18
Doom of Babylon

18:1     After these things I saw another angel coming down out of heaven, having great authority ; and the earth was bright with his glory. 2 And he gave a loud cry, saying, Babylon the great has come down from her high place, she has come to destruction and has become a place of evil spirits, and of every unclean spirit, and a hole for every unclean and hated bird. 3 For through the wine of the wrath of her evil desires all the nations have come to destruction ; and the kings of the earth made themselves unclean with her, and the traders of the earth had their wealth increased by the power of her evil ways. 4 And another voice from heaven came to my ears, saying, Come out of her, my people, so that you may have no part in her sins and in her punishments. 5 For her sins have gone up even to heaven, and God has taken note of her evil-doing. 6 Give to her as she gave, even an increased reward for her works ; in the cup which was mixed by her, let there be mixed as much again for herself. 7 As she gave glory to herself, and became more evil in her ways, in the same measure give her pain and weeping : for she says in her heart, I am seated here a queen, and am no widow, and will in no way see sorrow. 8 For this reason in one day will her troubles come, death and sorrow and need of food; and she will be completely burned with fire; for strong is the Lord God who is her judge.

18:9 A    nd the kings of the earth, who made themselves unclean with her, and in her company gave themselves up to evil, will be weeping and crying over her, when they see the smoke of her burning, 10 Watching from far away, for fear of her punishment, saying, Sorrow, sorrow for Babylon, the great town, the strong town ! for in one hour you have been judged.

18:11     And the traders of the earth are weeping and crying over her, because no man has any more desire for their goods, 12 Gold, and silver, and stones of great price, and jewels, and delicate linen, and robes of purple and silk and red; and perfumed wood, and every vessel of ivory, and every vessel made of fair wood, and of brass, and iron, and stone ; 13 And sweet-smelling plants, and perfumes, and wine, and oil, and well crushed grain, and cattle and sheep; and horses and carriages and servants ; and souls of men. 14 And the fruit of your soul's desire has gone from you, and all things delicate and shining have come to an end and will never again be seen. 15 The traders in these things, by which their wealth was increased, will be watching far off for fear of her punishment, weeping and crying ; 16 Saying, Sorrow, sorrow for the great town, she who was clothed in delicate linen, and purple, and red; with ornaments of gold and stones of great price and jewels ! 17 For in one hour such great wealth has come to nothing.

    And every shipmaster, and all who are sailing on the sea, and sailors and all who get their living by the sea, were watching from far away, 18 And crying out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What town is like the great town ? 19 And they put dust on their heads, and were sad, weeping and crying, and saying, Sorrow, sorrow for the great town, in which was increased the wealth of all who had their ships on the sea because of her great stores ! for in one hour she is made waste. 20 Be glad over her, heaven, and you saints, and Apostles, and prophets cause she has been judged by God on your account.

18:21     And a strong angel took up a stone like the great stone with which grain is crushed, and sent it into the sea, saying, So, with a great fall, will Babylon, the great town, come to destruction, and will not be seen any more at all. 22 And the voice of players and makers of music will never again be sounding in you : and no worker, expert in art, will ever again be living in you ; and there will be no sound of the crushing of grain any more at all in you ; 23 And never again will the shining of lights be seen in you ; and the voice of the newly-married man and the bride will never again be sounding in you : for your traders were the lords of the earth, and by your evil powers were all the nations turned out of the right way. 24 And in her was seen the blood of prophets and of saints, and of all who have been put to death on the earth.

Revelation , 19
Sing of triumph in heaven

19:1     After these things there came to my ears a sound like the voice of a great band of people in heaven, saying, Praise to the Lord ; salvation and glory and power be to our God : 2 For true and upright are his decisions ; for by him has the evil woman been judged, who made the earth unclean with the sins of her body ; and he has given her punishment for the blood of his servants. 3 And again they said, Praise to the Lord. And her smoke went up for ever and ever. 4 And the four and twenty rulers and the four beasts went down on their faces and gave worship to God who was seated on the high seat, saying, Even so, praise to the Lord. 5 And a voice came from the high seat, saying, Give praise to our God, all you his servants, small and great, in whom is the fear of him. 6 And there came to my ears the voice of a great army, like the sound of waters, and the sound of loud thunders, saying, Praise to the Lord : for the Lord our God, Ruler of all, is King. 7 Let us be glad with delight, and let us give glory to him : because the time is come for the Lamb to be married, and his wife has made herself ready. 8 And to her it was given to be clothed in delicate linen, clean and shining : for the clean linen is the righteousness of the saints.

19:9     And he said to me, Put in the book, Happy are the guests at the bride-feast of the Lamb. And he said to me, These are the true words of God. 10 And I went on my face before his feet to give him worship. And he said to me, See you do it not : I am a brother-servant with you and with your brothers who keep the witness of Jesus : give worship to God : for the witness of Jesus is the spirit of the prophet's word.

19:11     And the heaven was open; and I saw a white horse, and he who was seated on it was named Certain and True ; and he is judging and making war in righteousness. 12 And his eyes are a flame of fire, and crowns are on his head; and he has a name in writing, of which no man has knowledge but himself. 13 And he is clothed in a robe washed with blood : and his name is The Word of God. 14 And the armies which are in heaven went after him on white horses, clothed in delicate linen, white and clean. 15 And out of his mouth comes a sharp sword, with which he overcomes the nations : and he has rule over them with a rod of iron : and he is crushing with his feet the grapes of the strong wrath of God the Ruler of all. 16 And on his robe and on his leg is a name, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.

19:17     And I saw an angel taking his place in the sun; and he was crying with a loud voice, saying to all the birds in flight in the heavens, Come together to the great feast of God ; 18 So that you may take for your food the flesh of kings, and of captains, and of strong men, and of horses and of those who are seated on them, and the flesh of all men, free and unfree, small and great. 19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, come together to make war against him who was seated on the horse and against his army. 20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet who did the signs before him, by which they were turned from the true way who had the mark of the beast, and who gave worship to his image : these two were put living into the sea of ever-burning fire. 21 And the rest were put to death with the sword of him who was on the horse, even the sword which came out of his mouth : and all the birds were made full with their flesh.

Revelation , 20
Last Judgment

20:1     And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key of the great deep and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he took the dragon, the old snake, which is the Evil One and Satan, and put chains on him for a thousand years, 3 And put him into the great deep, and it was shut and locked over him, so that he might put the nations in error no longer, till the thousand years were ended : after this he will be let loose for a little time.

20:4     And I saw high seats, and they were seated on them, and the right of judging was given to them : and I saw the souls of those who were put to death for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and those who did not give worship to the beast, or to his image, and had not his mark on their brows or on their hands ; and they were living and ruling with Christ a thousand years. 5 The rest of the dead did not come to life again till the thousand years were ended. This is the first coming back from the dead. 6 Happy and holy is he who has a part in this first coming : over these the second death has no authority, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and will be ruling with him a thousand years. 7 And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be let loose out of his prison, 8 And will go out to put in error the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to get them together to the war, the number of whom is like the sands of the sea. 9 And they went up over the face of the earth, and made a circle about the tents of the saints, and the well loved town : and fire came down out of heaven for their destruction. 10 And the Evil One who put them in error was sent down into the sea of ever-burning fire, where the beast and the false prophet are, and their punishment will go on day and night for ever and ever.

20:11     And I saw a great white seat, and him who was seated on it, before whose face the earth and the heaven went in flight ; and there was no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, taking their places before the high seat ; and the books were open, and another book was open, which is the book of life ; and the dead were judged by the things which were in the books, even by their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it ; and death and Hell gave up the dead which were in them ; and they were judged every man by his works. 14 And death and Hell were put into the sea of fire. This is the second death, even the sea of fire. 15 And if anyone's name was not in the book of life, he went down into the sea of fire.

Revelations , 21
New heaven and new earth

21:1     And I saw a new heaven and a new earth : for the first heaven and the first earth were gone; and there was no more sea. 2 And I saw the holy town, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, like a bride made beautiful for her husband. 3 And there came to my ears a great voice out of the high seat, saying, See, the Tent of God is with men, and he will make his living-place with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them, and be their God. 4 And he will put an end to all their weeping ; and there will be no more death, or sorrow, or crying, or pain ; for the first things have come to an end.

21:5     And he who is seated on the high seat said, See, I make all things new. And he said, Put it in the book ; for these words are certain and true. 6 And he said to me, It is done. I am the First and the Last, the start and the end. I will freely give of the fountain of the water of life to him who is in need. 7 He who overcomes will have these things for his heritage; and I will be his God, and he will be my son. 8 But those who are full of fear and without faith, the unclean and takers of life, those who do the sins of the flesh, and those who make use of evil powers or who give worship to images, and all those who are false, will have their part in the sea of ever-burning fire which is the second death.

21:9     And one of the seven angels who had the seven vessels in which were the seven last punishments, came and said to me, Come here, and see the bride, the Lamb's wife. 10 And he took me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and let me see the holy town Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, 11 Having the glory of God : and her light was like a stone of great price, a jasper stone, clear as glass : 12 She had a wall great and high, with twelve doors, and at the doors twelve angels ; and names on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel. 13 And on the east were three doors ; and on the north three doors ; and on the south three doors ; and on the west three doors. 14 And the wall of the town had twelve bases, and on them the twelve names of the twelve Apostles of the Lamb.

21:15     And he who was talking with me had a gold measuring-rod to take the measure of the town, and of its doors, and its wall. 16 And the town is square, as wide as it is long ; and he took the measure of the town with the rod, one thousand and five hundred miles : it is equally long and wide and high. 17 And he took the measure of its wall, one hundred and forty-four cubits, after the measure of a man, that is, of an angel. 18 And the building of its wall was of jasper, and the town was clear gold, clear as glass. 19 The bases of the wall of the town had ornaments of all sorts of beautiful stones. The first base was jasper; the second, sapphire ; the third, chalcedony ; the fourth, emerald ; 20 The fifth, sardonyx ; the sixth, sardius ; the seventh, chrysolite ; the eighth, beryl ; the ninth, topaz ; the tenth, chrysoprase ; the eleventh, jacinth ; the twelfth, amethyst. 21 And the twelve doors were twelve pearls ; every door was made of one pearl ; and the street of the town was clear gold, as clear as glass.

21:22     And I saw no Temple there ; because the Lord God, the Ruler of all, and the Lamb are its Temple. 23 And the town has no need of the sun, or of the moon, to give it light : for the glory of God did make it light, and the light of it is the Lamb. 24 And the nations will go in its light : and the kings of the earth will take their glory into it. 25 And the doors of it will never be shut by day (for there is no night there) : 26 And the glory and honour of the nations will come into it : 27 And nothing unclean may come into it, or anyone whose works are cursed or false ; but only those whose names are in the Lamb's book of life.

Revelation , 22
Beginning and end

22:1     And I saw a river of water of life, clear as glass, coming out of the high seat of God and of the Lamb, 2 In the middle of its street. And on this side of the river and on that was the tree of life, having twelve sorts of fruits, giving its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree give life to the nations. 3 And there will be no more curse : and the high seat of God and of the Lamb will be there ; and his servants will be worshipping him; 4 And they will see his face ; and his name will be on their brows. 5 And there will be no more night; and they have no need of a light or of the shining of the sun ; for the Lord God will give them light : and they will be ruling for ever and ever.

22:6     And he said to me, These words are certain and true : and the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent his angel to make clear to his servants the things which are now to come about. 7 See, I come quickly.
A blessing on him who keeps the words of this book of the prophet.

22:8     And I, John, am he who saw these things and to whose ears they came. And when I had seen and given ear, I went down on my face to give worship at the feet of the angel who made these things clear to me. 9 And he said to me, See you do it not ; I am a brother-servant with you and with your brothers the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book : give worship to God.

22:10     And he said to me, Let not the words of this prophet's book be kept secret, because the time is near. 11 Let the evil man go on in his evil : and let the unclean be still unclean : and let the upright go on in his righteousness : and let the holy be holy still.

22:12     See, I come quickly ; and my reward is with me, to give to every man the outcome of his works. 13 I am the First and the Last, the start and the end.

22:14     A blessing on those whose robes are washed, so that they may have a right to the tree of life, and may go in by the doors into the town. 15 Outside are the dogs, and those who make use of evil powers, those who make themselves unclean, and the takers of life, and those who give worship to images, and everyone whose delight is in what is false.

22:16     I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give witness to you of these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright and morning star.

22:17     And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him who gives ear, say, Come. And let him who is in need come ; and let everyone desiring it take of the water of life freely.

22:18     For I say to every man to whose ears have come the words of this prophet's book, If any man makes an addition to them, God will put on him the punishments which are in this book : 19 And if any man takes away from the words of this book, God will take away from him his part in the tree of life and the holy town, even the things which are in this book.

22:20     He who gives witness to these things says, Truly, I come quickly. Even so come, Lord Jesus.

22:21     The grace of the Lord Jesus be with the saints. So be it.

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