Revelation 14

1Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb. He was standing on Mount Zion. There were 144,000 people with him. They all had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. 2And I heard a sound from heaven like the noise of flooding water and like the sound of loud thunder. The sound I heard was like people playing their harps. 3The people sang a new song before the throne and before the four living things and the elders. The only people that could learn the new song were the 144,000 who had been redeemed ˻(saved)˼ from the earth. No one else could learn the song. 4These 144,000 people are the ones who did not do wrong things with women. They kept themselves pure. They follow the Lamb every place he goes. These 144,000 were redeemed ˻(saved)˼ from among the people of the earth. They are the first people to be offered to God and the Lamb. 5These people were not guilty of telling lies. They are without fault. 6Then I saw another angel flying high in the air. The angel had the eternal Good News to announce to the people that live on the earth—to every nation, tribe, language, and race of people. 7The angel said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give him praise. The time has come for God to judge ˻all people˼. Worship God. He made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and the springs of water.” 8Then the second angel followed the first angel and said, “She is destroyed! The great city of Babylon is destroyed! She ˻(Babylon)˼ made all the nations drink the wine of her adultery and of God’s anger.” 9A third angel followed the first two angels. This third angel said in a loud voice: “˻It will be bad for˼ the person that worships the animal and the animal’s idol and gets the animal’s mark on his forehead or on his hand. 10That person will drink the wine of God’s anger. This wine is prepared with all its strength in the cup of God’s anger. That person will be tortured ˻(hurt)˼ with burning sulfur before the holy angels and the Lamb. 11And the smoke from their burning pain will rise forever and ever. There will be no rest, day or night, for those people who worship the animal and his idol or who get the mark of his name.” 12This means that God’s holy people must be patient. They must obey God’s commands and keep their faith in Jesus. 13Then I heard a voice from heaven. The voice said, “Write this: From now on, the dead people who were in the Lord when they died are blessed ˻(happy)˼.” The Spirit says, “Yes, that is true. Those people will rest from their hard work. The things they have done will stay with them.” 14I looked and there before me was a white cloud. Sitting on the white cloud was One that looked like a Son of Man. He had a gold crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. 15Then another angel came out of the temple. This angel called to the One who was sitting on the cloud, “Take your sickle and gather ˻from the earth˼. The time to harvest has come. The fruit of the earth is ripe.” 16So the One that was sitting on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth. And the earth was harvested. 17Then another angel came out of the temple in heaven. This angel also had a sharp sickle. 18And then another angel came from the altar. This angel has power over the fire. This angel called to the angel with the sharp sickle. He said, “Take your sharp sickle and gather the bunches of grapes from the earth’s vine. The earth’s grapes are ripe.” 19The angel swung his sickle over the earth. The angel gathered the earth’s grapes and threw them into the great winepress of God’s anger. 20The grapes were squeezed in the winepress outside the city. Blood flowed out of the winepress. It rose as high as the heads of the horses for a distance of 200 miles.

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