Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb,1 standing on Mount Zion,2 and with him 144,0003 who had his name and his Father's name4 written on their foreheads.52
And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters6 and like a loud peal of thunder.7 The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps.83
And they sang a new song9 before the throne and before the four living creatures10 and the elders.11 No one could learn the song except the 144,00012 who had been redeemed from the earth.
These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they kept themselves pure.13 They follow the Lamb wherever he goes.14 They were purchased from among men15 and offered as firstfruits16 to God and the Lamb.
No lie was found in their mouths;17 they are blameless.18
Then I saw another angel flying in midair,19 and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth20--to every nation, tribe, language and people.217
He said in a loud voice, "Fear God22 and give him glory,23 because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made24 the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water."258
A second angel followed and said, "Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great,26 which made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries."279
A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: "If anyone worships the beast28 and his image29 and receives his mark on the forehead30 or on the hand,
he, too, will drink of the wine of God's fury,31 which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath.32 He will be tormented with burning sulfur33 in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb.
And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever.34 There is no rest day or night35 for those who worship the beast and his image,36 or for anyone who receives the mark of his name."3712
This calls for patient endurance38 on the part of the saints39 who obey God's commandments40 and remain faithful to Jesus.
Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord41 from now on." "Yes," says the Spirit,42 "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them."
I looked, and there before me was a white cloud,43 and seated on the cloud was one "like a son of man"a44 with a crown45 of gold on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand.
Then another angel came out of the temple46 and called in a loud voice to him who was sitting on the cloud, "Take your sickle47 and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest48 of the earth is ripe."
So he who was seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested.
Another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle.4918
Still another angel, who had charge of the fire, came from the altar50 and called in a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, "Take your sharp sickle51 and gather the clusters of grapes from the earth's vine, because its grapes are ripe."
The angel swung his sickle on the earth, gathered its grapes and threw them into the great winepress of God's wrath.5220
They were trampled in the winepress53 outside the city,54 and blood55 flowed out of the press, rising as high as the horses' bridles for a distance of 1,600 stadia.b