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. Chapter 14.

Visions of the end

The Song of the 144,000

1 THEN I LOOKED, and on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with him were a hundred and forty-four thousand who had his name and the name of his Father written on their foreheads. 2 I heard a sound from heaven like the noise of rushing water and the deep roar of thunder; it was the sound of harpers playing on their harps. 3 There before the throne, and the four living creatures and the elders, they were singing a new song. That song no one could learn except the hundred and forty-four thousand, who alone from the whole world had been ransomed. 4 These are men who did not defile themselves with women, for they have kept themselves chaste, and they follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They have been ransomed as the firstfruits of humanity for God and the Lamb. 5 No lie was found in their lips; they are faultless.

The Messages of the Three Angels

6 Then I saw an angel flying in mid-heaven, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those on earth, to every nation and tribe, language and people. 7 He cried in a loud voice, 'Fear God and pay him homage; for the hour of his judgement has come! Worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the water-springs!'

8 Then another angel, a second, followed, and he cried, 'Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who has made all nations drink the fierce wine of [Or: drink the wine of God's wrath upon ...] her fornication!'

9 Yet a third angel followed, crying out loud, 'Whoever worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on his forehead or hand, 10 he shall drink the wine of God's wrath, poured undiluted into the cup of his vengeance. He shall be tormented in sulphurous flames before the holy angels and before the Lamb. 11 The smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever, and there will be no respite day or night for those who worship the beast and its image or receive the mark of its name.' 12 This is where the fortitude of God's people has its place—in keeping God's commands and remaining loyal to Jesus.

13 Moreover, I heard a voice from heaven, saying, 'Write this: "Happy are the dead who die in the faith of Christ! Henceforth", [Or: Assuredly.] says the Spirit, [Some witnesses read: ' ... the dead who henceforth die in the faith of Christ!' 'Yes,' says the Spirit ...] "they may rest from their labours; for they take with them the record of their deeds."'

The Harvest of the Earth

14 Then as I looked there appeared a white cloud, and on the cloud sat one like a son of man. He had on his head a crown of gold and in his hand a sharp sickle. 15 Another angel came out of the temple and called in a loud voice to him who sat on the cloud: 'Stretch out your sickle and reap; for harvest-time has come, and earth's crop is over-ripe.' 16 So he who sat on the cloud put his sickle to the earth and its harvest was reaped.

17 Then another angel came out of the heavenly temple, and he also had a sharp sickle. 18 Then from the altar came yet another, the angel who has authority over fire, and he shouted to the one with the sharp sickle: 'Stretch out your sickle, and gather in earth's grape-harvest, for its clusters are ripe.' 19 So the angel put his sickle to the earth and gathered in its grapes, and threw them into the great winepress of God's wrath. 20 The winepress was trodden outside the city, and for two hundred miles around blood flowed from the press to the height of the horses' bridles.

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