19 After these things I heard a roar in heaven. It sounded like a huge crowd shouting,


Salvation and glory and power belong to our God.

2 The way he judges is true and fair.

He has judged the great prostitute.

She polluted the earth with her terrible sins.

God has paid her back for killing those who served him.”

3Again they shouted,


The smoke from her fire goes up for ever and ever.”

4The 24 elders and the four living creatures bowed down. They worshiped God, who was sitting on the throne. They cried out,

“Amen! Hallelujah!”

5Then a voice came from the throne. It said,

“Praise our God,

all you who serve him!

Praise God, all you who have respect for him,

both great and small!”

6Then I heard the noise of a huge crowd. It sounded like the roar of rushing waters and like loud thunder. The people were shouting,


Our Lord God is the King who rules over all.

7 Let us be joyful and glad!

Let us give him glory!

It is time for the Lamb’s wedding.

His bride has made herself ready.

8 Fine linen, bright and clean,

was given to her to wear.”

Fine linen stands for the right things that God’s people do.

9Here is what the angel told me to write. “Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” Then he added, “These are the true words of God.”

10When I heard this, I fell at his feet to worship him.

But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I serve God, just as you do. I am God’s servant, just like other believers who hold firmly to what Jesus has taught. Worship God! What Jesus taught is the very heart of prophecy.”

The Rider on the White Horse

11I saw heaven standing open. There in front of me was a white horse. Its rider is called Faithful and True. When he judges or makes war, he is always fair. 12His eyes are like blazing fire. On his head are many crowns. A name is written on him that only he knows. 13He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood. His name is The Word of God.

14The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses. They were dressed in fine linen, white and clean.

15Out of the rider’s mouth comes a sharp sword. He will strike down the nations with it. Scripture says, “He will rule them with an iron rod.” (Psalm 2:9) He stomps on the grapes of God’s winepress. The winepress stands for the terrible anger of the God who rules over all.

16Here is the name that is written on the rider’s robe and on his thigh.

The Greatest King of All and The Most Powerful Lord of All

17I saw an angel standing in the sun. He cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying high in the air, “Come! Gather together for the great supper of God. 18Come and eat the dead bodies of kings, generals, and other mighty people. Eat the bodies of horses and their riders. Eat the bodies of all people, free and slave, great and small.”

19Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies. They had gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army.

20But the beast and the false prophet were captured. The false prophet had done miraculous signs for the beast. In this way the false prophet had tricked those who had received the mark of the beast and had worshiped his statue. The beast and the false prophet were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. 21The rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the rider’s mouth. All the birds stuffed themselves with the dead bodies.


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