The Revelation of Jesus Christ
1The Revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave to him to show his servants what must happen soon, and he made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2who bears witness to the Word of God and the Witness of Jesus Christ, of all that he saw. 3Blessed is he who reads and blessed are they who hear the words of the prophecy and take to heart what is written in it, for the time is near.
4John to the seven churches in Asia: Grace and peace to you from the One who is and who was and who is to come, and from the Seven Spirits who are before his throne, 5and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the first-born from the dead and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and freed us from our sins with his blood, 6and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be the glory and the might for ever and ever, amen.
7Behold, he comes with the clouds and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all the peoples of the earth will weep because of him. Yes, amen.
8I am the Alpha and the Omega, says the Lord God, the One who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.
9I John, your brother and companion in the hardship and kingdom and endurance in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the Word of God and the Witness of Jesus. 10I came to be in spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet 11saying: Write in a book what you see and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.
12And I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, 13and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, dressed in a long tunic and bound around the breast with a golden belt; 14his head and hair were white as white wool, as snow, and his eyes like a flame of fire, 15and his feet like bronze that has been refined in a furnace, and his voice like the sound of many waters; 16and in his right hand he had seven stars and coming out of his mouth was a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining at full strength.
17And when I saw him I fell at his feet as though dead, and he placed his right hand on me saying: Do not be afraid, I am the First and the Last, 18and the Living One - I was put to death and behold, I am alive for ever and ever, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. 19Therefore write what you saw, and what is now, and what is to take place in the future. 20As for the mystery of the seven stars which you saw on my right and the seven golden lampstands: the seven stars are angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are seven churches.
1To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: This says the one who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands.
2I know your deeds, your labour and endurance, and that you can not endure wicked men, and have put to the test those calling themselves apostles and are not, and have found them false. 3Yet endurance you have, and you have endured for the sake of my name and have not weakened. 4But I have this against you, that you have lost the love you had at first. 5Therefore remember how far you have fallen and repent, and do as you did at first; and if not, I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. 6But this you have, that you hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
7He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who overcomes - I will let him eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
8And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: This says the First and the Last, the one who was put to death and returned to life.
9I know your affliction and poverty - but you are rich - and the slander of those saying they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is going to throw some of you into prison so that you may be tested, and you will have hardship for ten days. Be faithful up to death and I will give you the crown of life.
11He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who overcomes by no means will be hurt by the second death.
12And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: This says the one who has the sharp two-edged sword.
13I know where you live - where the throne of Satan is - yet you hold to my name and did not deny your faith in me even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death amongst you, where Satan dwells. 14But I have a few things against you, because you have there some that hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to throw a stumbling-block before the sons of Israel, to eat idol-sacrifices and to fornicate. 15So you too, in the same way, have some that hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 16Therefore repent, and if not I am coming to you soon and will fight them with the sword of my mouth.
17He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who overcomes I will give from the hidden manna, and I will give him a little white stone, and on the stone a new name is written which no one knows except the one who receives it.
18And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: This says the Son of God, whose eyes are like a flame of fire and his feet like bronze.
19I know your deeds, and your love, faith, service and endurance, also that your last deeds are better than the first. 20But I have this against you, that you tolerate Jezebel, the woman who calls herself a prophetess and teaches and deceives my servants to fornicate and to eat idol-sacrifices. 21And I gave her time to repent and she does not want to repent from her fornication. 22Behold, I am putting her into a sickbed, and those committing adultery with her into great distress, unless they repent from her practices; 23also I will kill her children with pestilence, and all the churches will know that I am the one who searches minds and hearts, and will give to each one of you according to your deeds. 24But I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, all who do not keep this teaching, who do not know the deep things of Satan as they say: I am not putting any other burden on you; 25only, hold to what you have until I come.
26And the one who overcomes and attends to my work until the end - I will give him authority over the nations 27-28just as I also received from my Father, and he will shepherd them with a rod of iron, like pots of clay are smashed; and I will give him the Dawn Star. 29He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
1And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: This says the one who has the Seven Spirits of God and the seven stars.
I know your deeds, that you have a name for being alive and yet you are dead. 2Be awake and restore those that remain and were about to die, for I have not found your deeds perfect in the sight of my God. 3Therefore remember how you received and understood; be observant and repent. For if you are not awake, I will come like a thief and you will never know at what hour I will come upon you. 4But you have a few names in Sardis who have not defiled their clothes, and they shall walk with me in white, because they are worthy.
5The one who overcomes will dress himself like this in white clothes, and never will I erase his name from the scroll of life, and I will declare his name before my Father and before his angels. 6He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
7And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: This says the Holy One, the True One, who holds the key of David, who opens and no one will close, and closes and no one opens.
8I know your deeds; since you have little strength - even you have kept my order and not denied my name - look, I have set before you an open door which no one can close. 9Behold, I will hand over some of the synagogue of Satan - those saying they are Jews and are not for they lie - behold, I will make them come and worship at your feet and they shall know that I love you. 10Since you have kept my order to endure, also I will keep you from the hour of the test that is to come upon the whole world, to test the inhabitants of the earth. 11I am coming soon, hold to what you have so that no one may take your crown.
12The one who overcomes - I will make him a pillar in the Sanctuary of my God, and never will he go out again, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the City of my God, of the New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from my God, and my own new name. 13He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
14And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: This says the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the origin of the creation of God.
15I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I would rather you were cold or hot. 16So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am about to vomit you out of my mouth. 17For you say: "I am rich and have plenty and there is nothing I need", and you do not know that you are the wretched one, pitiable and poor and blind and naked. 18I advise you to buy from me gold refined by fire so that you may be rich, and white clothes so that you may dress yourself and not be exposed the shame of your nakedness, and ointment to anoint your eyes so that you may see. 19All those whom I love, I rebuke and chasten; therefore be zealous and repent. 20Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come to him and eat with him and he with me.
21The one who overcomes - I will let him sit with me on my throne, as I also overcame and sat with my Father on his throne. 22He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
1After this I looked and behold, an open door in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, was saying: Come up here and I will show you what must take place after these things.
2At once I came to be in spirit and behold, there was a throne set in heaven, and One seated on the throne, 3and the One who is seated lhas an appearance like jasper stone and cornelian, and around the throne is a halo looking like emerald. 4Also around the throne are twenty-four thrones, and sitting on the thrones twenty-four elders clothed in white clothes, with golden crowns on their heads. 5And out of the throne come lightnings and noises and thunders, and before the throne seven flames of fire are burning which are the Seven Spirits of God, 6and before the throne it is like a glassy sea similar to crystal. And in the midst of the thrones and around the throne are four living creatures full of eyes in front and behind: 7and the first living creature is like a lion, and the second living creature like an ox, and the third living creature has a face like that of a human being, and the fourth living creature is like a flying eagle.
8And the four living creatures - each one of them has six wings - are full of eyes all round and within, and take no rest, day and night saying:
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,
the One who was and who is and who is to come.
9And whenever the living creatures give glory and honour and thanks to the One seated on the throne, to the One living for ever and ever, 10the twenty-four elders fall down before the One seated on the throne, and worship the One living for ever and ever, and they place their crowns before the throne saying:
11Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive the glory and the honour and the power,
because you created all things,
and by your will they came into being, and were created.
1And I saw on the right of the One seated on the throne a scroll with writing on the inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2And I saw a mighty angel calling with a loud voice: Who is worthy to open the scroll and to break its seals? 3And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look at it. 4And much I wept because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look at it. 5And one of the elders says to me: Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so to open the scroll and its seven seals.
6And I saw in the midst of the elders, standing between the throne and the four living creatures, a Lamb like one that had been slain; he had seven horns and seven eyes which are the Seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7And he came and took from the right of the One seated on the throne. 8And when he took the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb - each one having a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9And they sing a new song saying:
Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals,
because you were slain
and with your blood you bought people for God
from every tribe and tongue and race and nation,
10and made them a kingdom and priests for our God
and they shall reign on the earth.
11And I saw and I heard, the sound of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12and they were saying with a loud voice:
Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive the power and riches
and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and praise.
13And every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and everything in them, I heard saying:
To the One seated on the throne and to the Lamb
be the praise and the honour and the glory and the might for ever and ever.
14And the four living creatures said: Amen. And the elders fell down and worshipped.
1And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying, as with a voice of thunder: Come. 2And I looked and behold, a white horse, and the one sitting on it had a bow and a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering and so to overcome.
3And when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying: Come. 4And out came another horse, fiery-red, and the one sitting on it was given a great sword and was permitted to take peace from the earth so that they shall slay one another.
5And when he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying: Come. And I looked and behold, a black horse, and the one sitting on it had a yoke in his hand. 6And I heard what was like a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying: A litre of wheat for a day's wage, and three litres of barley for a day's wage, and with the oil and the wine do not be unjust.
7And when he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying: Come. 8And I looked and behold, a pale green horse and the one sitting on it; his name is Death, and Hades followed him, and authority was given to them over a quarter of the earth to kill with the sword, with famine and with pestilence, and by the wild beasts of the earth.
9And when he opened the fifth seal, I saw below the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the Word of God and because of the Witness which they held. 10And they cried out with a loud voice saying: How much longer, Holy and True Master, until you judge and avenge our blood on the inhabitants of the earth? 11And a white robe was given to each one of them, and they were told to rest for a short time more, until also their fellow-servants and their brothers had been made perfect, those about to be killed just as themselves.
12And I saw when he opened the sixth seal, and a great earthquake occurred and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood, 13and the stars of heaven fell to the earth as a fig-tree drops its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind, 14and the heaven departed as a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved from its place. 15And the rulers of the earth and the great men and the military officers and the rich men and the strong men and every servant and gentleman hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, 16and they say to the mountains and to the rocks: Fall on us and hide us from the face of the One seated on the throne and from the anger of the Lamb, 17for the great day of their anger has come, and who will be able to withstand?
1After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth so that no wind should blow over the earth or over the sea, or against any tree. 2And I saw another angel coming up from the rising of the sun, holding the seal of the living God, and he cried out with a loud voice to the four angels who were permitted to harm the earth and the sea, 3saying: Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees until we seal the servants of our God on their foreheads. 4And I heard the number of those who were sealed: a hundred and forty-four thousand were sealed from all the tribes of the sons of Israel;
5from the tribe of Judah twelve thousand were sealed,
from the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand,
from the tribe of Gad twelve thousand,
6from the tribe of Asher twelve thousand,
from the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand,
from the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand,
7from the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand,
from the tribe of Levi twelve thousand,
from the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand,
8from the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand,
from the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand,
from the tribe of Benjamin twelve thousand were sealed.
9After this I looked and behold, a vast multitude which no one was able to number, from all nations and tribes and races and tongues, clothed in white robes and with palms in their hands, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, 10and they proclaim with a great voice saying:
Salvation is from our God, the One seated on the throne, and from the Lamb!
11And all the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell down before the throne on their faces and worshipped God 12saying:
Amen, the praise and the glory and the wisdom and the thanks
and the honour and the power and the strength be to our God for ever and ever, amen.
13And one of the elders responded, saying to me: These clothed in white robes, who are they and where did they come from? 14And I said to him: My Lord, you know. And he said to me: These are the ones coming from the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and bleached them in the blood of the Lamb. 15Therefore they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his Sanctuary, and the One seated on the throne will spread his tent over them. 16They shall hunger no longer, nor shall they thirst any more, neither shall the sun strike them, nor any burning heat, 17because the Lamb at the centre of the throne will shepherd them and will lead them on to fountains of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
1And when he opened the seventh seal, there was a silence in heaven for about half-an-hour. 2And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them. 3And another angel came and stood on the altar; he had a golden censer and much incense was given to him to offer, on the golden altar before the throne, with the prayers of all the saints. 4And the smoke of the incense went up with the prayers of the saints from the hand of the angel before God. 5And the angel took the censer and filled it from the fire of the altar and threw it to the earth, and there were thunders and noises and lightnings and an earthquake.
6And the seven angels with the seven trumpets prepared themselves to blow.
7And the first one blew, and there was hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was thrown to the earth; and a third of the earth was burnt up and a third of the trees were burnt up and all the green grass was burnt up.
8And the second angel blew, and something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea; and a third of the sea became blood, 9and a third of the creatures in the sea that have souls died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.
10And the third angel blew, and a great star fell from heaven burning as a torch and it fell on to a third of the rivers and on to the springs of water. 11And the name of the star is called Wormwood, and a third of the waters became wormwood, and many people died from the waters because they were made bitter.
12And the fourth angel blew, and a third of the sun was struck and a third of the moon and a third of the stars, so that the third part of them was darkened and the day did not give a third of its brightness, and likewise the night.
13And I saw and I heard an eagle flying in mid-heaven, saying with a loud voice: Woe! Woe! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth from the remaining trumpet-blasts of the three angels about to blow!
1And the fifth angel blew, and I saw a star which had fallen from heaven to the earth, and the key of the shaft of the abyss was given to him. 2And he opened the shaft of the abyss and smoke went up from the shaft, like the smoke of a great furnace, and the sun and the air were darkened by the smoke of the shaft. 3And out of the smoke came locusts to the earth, and power was given to them as the scorpions of the earth have power. 4And they were told not to harm the grass of the earth or anything green, or any tree, only the people who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads. 5And it was given to them not so that they should kill them, but so that they will be tormented for five months; and their torment is like the torment of a scorpion whenever it stings a man. 6And in those days people will seek death and by no means will they find it, and they will long to die and death flees from them.
7And the things like locusts were similar to horses prepared for war, and on their heads were objects like crowns similar to gold, and their faces were like faces of men, 8and they had hair like women's hair, and their teeth were like a lion's; 9and they had armour like armour of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the sound of many chariots of horses running into battle. 10And they have tails and stings like scorpions, and in their tails is their power to harm people for five months. 11They have a king over them, the angel of the abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek the name he has is Apollyon. [In English: Destroyer].
12The first Woe passed; behold, two Woes are still to come after this.
13And the sixth angel blew, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar before God 14saying to the sixth angel, the one with the trumpet: Release the four angels tied up at the great River Euphrates. 15And the four angels were released, those prepared for the hour and day and month and year in order to kill a third of mankind. 16And the number of troops of mounted men was two myriads of myriads; I heard the number of them. 17And like this I saw the horses in the vision and those sitting on them - having armour the colour of fire, hyacinth and sulphur, and the heads of the horses were like lions' heads, and out of their mouths come fire and smoke and sulphur. 18By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed, by the fire and the smoke and the sulphur coming out of their mouths. 19For the power of the horses is in their mouth and in their tails, for their tails, which have heads, are like snakes and with them they cause harm.
20And the rest of mankind, those who were not killed by these plagues, did not even repent of the works of their hands, so as not to worship demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk, 21and they did not repent of their murders, or of their sorceries, or of their fornication, or of their thefts.
1And I saw another mighty angel, coming down from heaven, clothed with a cloud and with the rainbow over his head, and his face was like the sun and his feet [legs] like pillars of fire, 2and in his hand he had a little scroll that had been opened. And he put his right foot on the sea and the left on the land, 3and cried out with a loud voice, like a lion roaring. And when he cried out, the voices of the seven thunders spoke. 4And when the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write and I heard a voice from heaven saying: Seal what the seven thunders spoke and do not write it.
5And the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven 6and swore by the One living for ever and ever, who created heaven and the things in it, and the earth and the things in it, and the sea and the things in it, that there shall be no more time, 7but in the days of the sound of the seventh angel, by the time he is going to blow, also will have been fulfilled the Mystery of God, as he announced to his servants the prophets. 8And the voice which I heard from heaven was again speaking to me and saying: Go, take the open scroll which is in the hand of the angel standing on the sea and on the land. 9And I went towards the angel telling him to give me the little scroll. And he says to me: Take and eat it; and it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey. 10And I took the little scroll from the hand of the angel and ate it, and in my mouth it was as sweet as honey, and when I swallowed it my stomach was made bitter. 11And they say to me: You must prophesy again about many races and nations and tongues and rulers.
1And a cane similar to a rod was given to me while saying: Get up and measure the Sanctuary of God and the altar and those who are worshipping in it. 2And reject the court which is outside the Sanctuary and do not measure it, because it was given to the nations, and they will trample the Holy City for forty-two months.
3And I will give to my two witnesses and they will prophesy for one thousand two hundred and sixty days dressed in sackcloth. 4These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands standing before the Lord of the earth. 5And if anyone wishes to harm them, fire comes out of their mouth and consumes their enemies; and if anyone should wish to harm them, he is bound to be killed in this way. 6These have the authority to shut the sky, so that no rain may fall during the days of their prophecy, 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 wish.
7And whenever they finish their witnessing, the beast that is coming up out of the abyss will make war against them and overcome them and kill them. 8And their corpses lie on the street of the great city which is spiritually called Sodom and Egypt, where indeed their Lord was crucified. 9And people from many races and tribes and tongues and nations look at their corpse for three days and a half, and they do not allow their corpses to be placed in a tomb. 10And the inhabitants of the earth rejoice over them and are glad, and they send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented the inhabitants of the earth.
11And after the three days and a half, the Spirit of life from God entered into them and they stood on their feet, and great fear fell on those watching them. 12And they heard a great voice from heaven saying to them: Come up here. And they went up to heaven in the cloud, and their enemies watched them. 13And in that hour a great earthquake occurred, and a tenth of the city fell and seven thousand names of men were killed in the earthquake, and the rest became terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.
14The second Woe passed; behold, the third Woe is coming soon. 15And the seventh angel blew, and there were loud voices in heaven saying:
The kingdom of the world has become our Lord's and his Christ's,
and he shall reign for ever and ever.
16And the twenty-four elders, sitting on their thrones before God, fell down on their faces and worshipped God 17saying:
We thank you Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was,
because you have taken up your great power and have come to reign.
18And the nations were angry and your anger has come,
also the time for the dead to be judged,
and to give the reward to your servants the prophets and to the saints
and to them that fear your name,
to the small and to the great,
and to destroy those who are destroying the earth.
19And the Sanctuary of God in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen in his Sanctuary, and there were lightnings and noises and thunders, an earthquake and a great hail.