Revelation 16

1Then I heard a loud voice from the temple. The voice said to the seven angels, “Go and pour out the seven bowls of God’s anger on the earth.” 2The first angel left. He poured out his bowl on the land. Then all the people who had the mark of the animal and who worshiped his idol got sores that were ugly and painful. 3The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea. Then the sea became blood like the blood of a dead man. Every living thing in the sea died. 4The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and the springs of water. The rivers and the springs of water became blood. 5Then I heard the angel of the waters say ˻to God˼: “You are the One who is and who ˻always˼ was. You are the Holy One. You are right in these judgments that you have made. 6The people have spilled the blood of your holy people and your prophets. Now you have given those people blood to drink. This is what they deserve.” 7And I heard the altar say: “Yes, Lord God All-Powerful, your judgments are true and right.” 8The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun. The sun was given power to burn the people with fire. 9The people were burned by the great heat. Those people cursed the name of God. God is the One who had control over these troubles. But the people refused to change their hearts and lives and give glory to God. 10The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the animal. And darkness covered the animal’s kingdom. People bit their tongues because of the pain. 11People cursed the God of heaven because of their pain and the sores they had. But the people refused to change their hearts and turn away from the ˻bad˼ things they did. 12The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates. The water in the river was dried up. This prepared the way for the rulers from the east to come. 13Then I saw three unclean ˻(evil)˼ spirits that looked like frogs. They came out of the mouth of the giant snake, out of the mouth of the animal, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14These evil spirits are the spirits of demons. They ˻have power to˼ do miracles. These evil spirits go out to the rulers of the whole world. They go out to gather the rulers for battle on the great day of God the All-Powerful. 15”Listen! I will come, ˻and it will be a surprise,˼ like when a thief comes! Happy is the person that stays awake and keeps his clothes with him. Then he will not have to go without clothes, and people will not see the things he is ashamed for them to see.” 16Then the evil spirits gathered the rulers together to the place that is called Armageddon in the Hebrew language. 17The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air. Then a loud voice came out of the temple from the throne. The voice said, “It is finished!” 18Then there were flashes of lightning, noises, thunder, and a big earthquake. This was the worst earthquake that has ever happened since people have been on earth. 19The great city split into three parts. The cities of the nations were destroyed. And God did not forget ˻to punish˼ Babylon the Great. He gave that city the cup filled with the wine of his terrible anger. 20Every island disappeared and there were no more mountains. 21Giant hailstones fell on the people from the sky. These hailstones weighed about 100 pounds each. People cursed God because of this trouble of the hail. This trouble was a terrible thing.

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