WRITTEN IN PATMOS, OR EPHESUS, A. D. 96.
4. John to the seven congregations which are in Asia; favour and peace be with you, from him who is, and who was, an who is to come; and from the seven spirits which are before his throne; and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the first born of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth: to him who hath loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests to his God and Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Behold, he is coming in the clouds; and every eye shall see him, even they who pierced him: and all the tribes of the earth shall mourn because of him. Yea: so let it be. 'I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end,' saith the Lord,*["The Lord God."--Griesbach.] who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.
I John, who am also your brother, and partaker in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the island called Patmos, for the sake of the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard a great voice behind me, as of a trumpet, which said, 'I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last: and what thou seest write in a book, and send it to the seven congregations in Asia; to Ephesus, and to Smyrna, and to Pergamos, and to Thyatira, and to Sardis, and to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.' And I turned to see the voice which spake unto me; and being turned, I saw seven golden lamps; and in the midst of the seven lamps one like a Son of Man, clothed in a long robe, and girded about the breasts with a golden girdle. His head, even his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; and his feet like fine brass, when glowing in a furnace; and his voice as the voice of many waters: and he had in his right hand seven stars; and out of his mouth there went a sharp two-edged sword; and his countenance was as the sun, when he shineth in his power.
17. And when I saw him, I fell down at his feet as dead; and he laid his right hand upon me, and said to me, 'Fear not; I am the First and the Last; I am he who liveth and was dead; and behold I am living for ever and ever; (amen:) and I have the keys of the unseen world, and of death. Write the things which thou seest, and those which are, and the things which shall hereafter be. As to the hidden meaning of the seven stars, which thou seest in my right hand, and of the seven lamps of gold: the seven stars are messengers of the seven congregations; and the seven lamps, which thou seest, are seven congregations.'
II. By the messenger of the congregation in Ephesus, write, 'These things saith he, who holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden lamps; I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and that thou canst not bear those who are evil: and thou hast tried those who say they are apostles and are not, and hast found them to be liars: and thou hast sustained, and hast pateince; and thou hast laboured for my name's sake, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have something against thee, that thou hast lost thy first love. Remember therefore from what thou art fallen, and reform, and do the first works, otherwise I will come unto thee quickly, and take away thy lamp out of its place, unless thou reform. Nevertheless thou hast this, that thou hatest the works of the Nicolaitans,*[A sect who taught that lewdness and idolatrous sacrifices were things indifferent, and therefore lawful.] which I also hate. Let him that hath an ear, hear what the Spirit saith to the congregations: To him who conquereth, I will give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.'
And by the messenger of the congregation in Smyrna, write, 'These things saith the First and the Last, who was dead and is alive; I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich;[Rich in faith.]) and I know the slander of those who say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. Fear none of the things which thou shalt suffer; behold the devil will cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tributation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the congregations: The conqueror shall not be injured by the second death.'
12. And by the messenger of the congregation which is in Pergamos, write, 'These things saith he, who hath the sharp two-edged sword: I know thy works, and where thou dwellest; even where the throne of Satan is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days in which Antipas was my faithful witness, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth. Nevertheless, I have a few things against thee, that thou hast there them who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrified unto idols, and to commit fornication. Thou in like manner hast thouse that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which I hate. Reform, or otherwise I will come unto thee quickly, and I will fight against them with the sword that cometh out of my mouth. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the congregations: To the conqueror I will give to eat of the hidden manna; and I will give him a white stone,*[Among the Greeks, a WHITE stone was a token of absolution; a BLACK of condemnation.] and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth except he who receiveth it.'
And by the messenger of the congregation in Thyatira, write, 'These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes as a flame of fire, and his feet like fine brass: I know thy works, and love, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and that thy last works are more than the first. Nevertheless I have a few things against thee; that thou permittest that woman Jezabel,*[Probably some heresy; perhaps that of the Nicolaitans.] who saith that she is a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed to idols. And I have given her time to reform from her fornication, and she reformed not. Behold I will cast her into a bed, adn those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they reform from their works: and I will slay her children with death; and all the congregations shall know, that I am he who searcheth the reins and the heart: and I will give to every one of you according to your works. But I say to you,*[Such of you as are faithful.] even to the rest of Thyatira, as many as do not hold this doctrine, and who have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will lay upon you no other burden. Nevertheless what yu have*[Received.] hold fast till I come. And as for him that conquereth, and keepeth my works unto the end, I will give him power over the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron, they shall be dashed in pieces like a potter's vessel: as I have also received of my Father. And I will give him the morning star. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the congregations.'
III. And by the messenger of the congregation of Sardis, write, 'These things saith he that hath the seven spirits of God, and the seven stars: I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, but art dead. Be watchful, and strenghten the things which remain, which are ready to die: for I have not found thy works filled up,*[Or, complete and perfect.] in the sight of God. Remember, therefore, how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast and reform: therefore, unless thou art watchful, I will come upon thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. Thou hast a few names even in Sardis, who have not polluted their garments: and they shall walk with me in white, for they are worthy. As for the conqueror, he shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name from the book of life; but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his heavenly messengers. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the congregations.'
And by the messenger of the congregation in Philadelphia, write, 'These things saith the Holy One, the True One; who hath the key, the Son of David; he who openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth: I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it; because thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. Behold, I will give*[Into thy power.] those who are of the synagogue of Satan; they say they are Jews, and are not, but lie. Behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet; and they shall know that I have loved thee. Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try the inhabitants of the earth. Behold, I come quickly; keep that which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. As for the conqueror, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go out no more: and I will inscribe upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the New Jerusalem, which is to come down from heaven from my God; and my new name. He that hath an ear, let (sic) hear what the Spirit saith to the congregations.'
14. And by the messenger of the congregation in Laodicea, write, 'These things saith the AMEN, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I wish thou wert cold or hot. Therefore, because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will cast thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am wealthy, and have enriched msyelf, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and pitiable, and poor, and blind, and naked. I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness may not appear; and anoint thy eyes with
eye-salve, that thou mayest see. Whomsoever I love, I reprove and correct: therefore be zealous and reform. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will enter into his house, and will sup with him, and he with me. As for the conqueror, I will give him to sit down with me upon my throne; as I also have conquered, and have sat down with my Father upon his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the congregations.'
[Note: the following footnote, "I will inscribe upon him." was listed, but there was no indication of where it belonged.]
IV. After these things, I saw, and behold a door opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as of a trumpet speaking to me, and it said, 'Come up hither, and I will show thee what shall be afterwards.' And immdiately I was int he Spirit: and behold a throne was set in heaven; and one sitting upon it. Adn he who sat on it was in appearnce like a jasper and sardine stone;*[Sc. in lustre.] and a rainbow, in appearance like an emerald, was round about the throne. And round about the throne there were twenty-four thrones; and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed with white raiment; and they had upon their heads golden crowns. And out of the throne there came lightnings, and thunders, and voices. And seven lamps of fire were burning continually before the throne, which are the seven spirits of God. And before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the middle of the throne, and the circle about the throne, there were four living creatures,*[Or, four animate beings.--Wynne.] full of eyes before and behind. And the first animal was like a lion; and the second animal was like a calf; and the third animal had a face like a man; and the fourth animal was like a flying eagle. And the four living creatures had each of them six wings round about: and within they were full of eyes: and they rest not day nor night, saying, 'Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who wast, and art, and art to come.' And while the living creatures are giving glory, and honour, and thanks, to him that sitteth upon the throne, who liveth for ever and ever; the four and twenty elders fall down before him that sitteth upon the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever; and they cast down their crowns before the throne, saying, 'Worthy art thou, O Lord, to receive glory, and honour, and power; for thou hast created all things, and for thy will they are*[Or, by thy will they exist.--Wynne.] and were created.'
V. And I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne, a scroll*[The books at this time were scrolls or parchments, written and rolled up.] written within and without, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty messenger proclaiming with a great voice, 'Who is worthy to open the scroll, and to loose its seals?' And no one in heaven, or upon earth, or under the earth, was able to open the scroll, or to look into it. And I wept abundantly, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll; nor to look into it. And one of the elders said to me, 'Weep not; behold, the Lion who is of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, hath prevailed to open the scroll, and to loose its seven seals.' And I beheld, and lo! in the middle space between the throne and the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, there stood a Lamb, as it had been slain, having seven horns, and seven eyes; these are the seven spirits of God, sent forth into all the earth. And he came, and took the scroll out of the right hand of him who sat upon the throne. And when he received the scroll, the four living creatures, and the twenty-four elders, fell down before the Lamb, having every one harps, and golden vials*[Alluding to the censers used in the temple.] full of perfumes, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying, 'Worthy art thou to take the scroll, and to open the seals thereof; for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood, out of every tribe, and language, and people, and nation; and hast made us to our God, kings and priests: and we shall reign on earth.' And I beheld, and heard the voice of many messengers round about the throne, and of the living creatures, and of the elders: and the number of them was myriads*[i. e. ten thousands.] of myriads, and thousands of thousands; saying with a loud voice, 'Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered, to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and might, and honour, and glory, and blessing!' And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, even all things that are in them, I heard saying, 'To him who siteth upon the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing, and honour, and glkory, and strength, for ever and ever!' And the four living creatures said, 'Amen:' and the twenty-four elders fell down, and worshipped him who liveth for ever and ever.
VI. And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures, which said, as with a voice of thunder, 'Come and see.' And I saw, and behold a white horse; and he who sat thereon had a bow, and there was given to him a crown, and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
And when he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature, saying, 'Come and see.' And another horse came out, which was red; and it was given to him who sat upon it, to take peace from the earth, and that they should slay each other; and there was given to him a great sword.
And when he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature, saying, 'Come and see.' And I saw, and behold a black horse; and he that sat upon it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures, saying, 'A choenix*[A choenix was what was allowed a slave for his daily food.] of wheat for a penny, and three choenices of barley for a penny; yet see that thou injure not the oil, nor the wine.'
And when he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature, saying, 'Come and see.' And I saw, and behold a pale horse; and as for him that sat on it, his name was Death,*[Pestilence.--Thompson.] and Hades*[i. e. the invisible world.] followed him: and there was given unto him power to slay the fourth part of the earth with the sword, and with famine, and with death, and with the wild beasts of the field.
9. And when he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who were slaughteed on account of the word of God, and the testimony which they held.*[Or, retained.] And they cried with a loud voice, and said, 'How long, O Lord, holy and true, ere thou dost judge and avenge our blood upon those who dwell on the earth?' And there were given unto each of them white robes; and it was said to them, that they shoudl rest yet a little while, till the number of their fellow-servants and brethren, who should be killed as they had been, should be fulfilled.
And I saw when he opened the sixth seal, and behold there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair; and the moon became as blood; and the stars fell from heaven upon the earth, as a fig-tree droppeth its untimely figs, being shaken by a mighty wind: and the heavens passed away like a scroll, when it is rolled up; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places: and the kings of the earth, and the grandees, and the rich men, and the chief officers, and the powerful men, and every slave, and every free man, hid themselves in the caves, and rockes of the mountains: and they said to the mountains, and to the rocks, 'Fall upon us, and hide us from the face of him who sitteth upon the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb! for the great day of his wrath is come, and who can be able to stand?'
VII. And after these things I saw four messengers standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth; that the wind might not blow upon the earth, nor upon the sea, nor upon any tree. And I saw another messenger ascending from the rising of the sun,*[Or, from the east.] having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a great voice to the four messengers, to whom power was given to injure the earth, and the sea; saying, 'Injure not the earth, nor the sea, nor the trees, until we hve sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.' And I heard the number of those that were sealed; one hundred and forty-four thousand, who were sealed out of every tribe of the children of Israel. Of the tribe of Judah were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Asher were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Naphtali were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasseh were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed (sic) thousand. Of the tribe of Zebulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph*[i. e. of the tribe of Ephraim, the other son of Joseph.] were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.
9. After this I saw, and beheld a great multitude, which no one could number, out of every nation, and tribe, and people, and language, standing before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palms in their hands; and crying with a loud voice, saying, "Salvation to our God, who sitteth upon the throne, and to the Lamb!" And all the messengers stood round about the throne, and about the elders, and the four living creatures; and they fell down on their faces before the throne, and worshipped God, saying, 'Amen: the blessing, and the glory, and the wisdom, and the thanksgiving, and the honour, and the power, and the strength, be to our God for ever and ever: amen.' And one of the elders answered, saying to me, 'As for those who are clothed with white raiment, who are they, and whence do they come?' And I said to him, 'Sir, thou knowest.' And he said to me, 'These are they who are come out of much tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb: wherefore they are before the throne of God, and perform divine service to him day and night in his temple; and he who sitteth upon the throne, pitcheth his tabernacle over them. They shall hunger no more, neither shall they thirst any more; nor shall the sun fall upon them, nor any heat: for the Lamb, who is in the midst of the throne, shall feed them, and he shall lead them to fountains of living water; and God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes.'
VIII. And when he*[Sc. the Lamb.] had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. And I saw the seven messengers which stood before God: and seven trumpets were given to them. And another messenger came and stood before the altar, having a golden censer, and there was given to him much incense, that he might present it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the perfumes went up with the prayers of the saints, from the hand of the messenger, before God. And the messenger took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and threw it upon the earth; and there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings, and an earthquake.
6. And the seven messengers, who had the seven trumpets, prepared themselves, that they might sound.
And the first messenger sounded; and there was hail and fire mingled with blood, and it was cast down upon the earth; and a third part of the trees was burnt up, nad all the herbage was burnt up.
And the second messenger sounded; and it was as if a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea; and a third part of the sea became blood; and a third part of the creatures which had life in the sea, died, and a third part of the ships were destroyed.
And the third messenger sounded; and there fell from heaven a great star, blazing like a torch; and it fell upon a third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters: and the name of the star is called Wormwood, and a third part of the waters became*[i. e. impregnated with wormwood.] wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were become bitter.
And the fourth messenger sounded; and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars, so that the third part of them was darkened, and the day did not appear with respect to a third part, and the night also. And I beheld, and heard one of the messengers flying in the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, 'Wo, wo, wo, to those that dwell upon the earth, for the remaining sounds of the trumpet of the three messengrs, which are yet to sound!'
IX. And the fifth messenger sounded; and I saw a Star fallen from heaven to the earth, and there was given to him the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit, and a smoke ascended from the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by the smoke of the pit. And out of the smoke there came locusts upon the earth; and power was given to them, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was said to them, that they should not injure the grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree; but only the men who had not the seal of God in their foreheads. And it was given to them that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was like that of a scorpion when it stingeth a man. And in these days men shall seek death, and shall not find it; and they shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. And the likeness of the locusts was like horses prepared for war; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold; and their faces like the faces of men: and they had tresses like the tresses of women; and their teeth were like the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates like breastplates of iron; and the noise of their wings was like the noise of chariots, and many horses rushing to war. And they had tails like scorpions, and their stings were in their tails; and their power was to hurt men five months. And they had a king over them, the messenger of the bottomless pit, whose name is in the Hebrew language, Abaddon; and in the Greek he hath the name of Apollyon. One wo is gone, and behold yet other two woes besides it, coming.
13. And the sixth messenger sounded; and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which was before God, saying to the sixth messenger who had the trumpet, 'Loose the four messengers, which are bound, by the great river Euphrates.' And the four messengers were loosed, who were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, that they might kill a third part of men. And the number of the horsemen was two myriads of myriads; and I heard the number of them. And I saw the horses, and those who sat upon them thus in their appearance; having breastplates of fire, and hyacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were like the heads of lions, and out of their mouths went fire, and smoke, and brimstone. With these three things, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, that went out of their mouths, they slew a third part of men. And their powers are in their mouths and in their tails; and their tails are like serpents, having heads. and with them they injure. Yet the remainder of men, who died not by these plagues, did not reform from the works of their hands, that they might not worship demons, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and wood; which can neither see, nor hear, nor walk. And they reformed not from their murders, and their magical incantations; nor their fornication, nor their thefts.
X. And I saw another mighty messenger descending from heaven, clothed with a cloud; and a rainbow was about his head, and his face was as the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire. Ane he had in his hand a little book open, and he put his right foot upon the sea, and the left upon the earth. And he cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, the seven thunders uttered their voices. And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to have written: and I heard a voice from heaven, saying unto me, 'Seal up what the seven thunders have spoken, and write them not.' And the messenger, which I saw standing on the sea, and on the earth, lifted up his hand towards heaven, and sware by him who liveth for ever and ever; who created the heaven, and those things which are in it; and the sea, and the things which are int it; and the earth, and the things which are in it; that there should be no longer delay. But in the days of the voice of the seventh messenger, who was about quickly to sound, the secret of God, as he had revealed its glad tidings to his servants the prophets, should be fulfilled.
8. And the voice which I heard from heaven, spake to me again, and said, 'Go take the little book, which is open, out of the hand of the messenger, which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.' And I went to the messenger, and said to him, 'Give me the little book.' And he said unto me, 'Take it, and eat it up; and it shall embitter thy belly, but in thy mouth it shall be as sweet as honey. [no single end quote given] And I took the little book out of the hand of the messenger, and ate it up; and in my mouth it was as sweet as honey, but when I had eaten it my belly was bitter. And he said to me, 'Thou must again prophesy to many people, and nations, and tongues, and kings.'
XI. And there was given to me a reed like a measuring rod: and the messenger stood, saying, 'Arise and measure the temple of God and the altar, and those who worship at it: and the outer court of the temple throw out, and measure it not; for it shall be given to the Gentiles, and they shall trample upon the holy city forty-two months. And I will give to my two witnesses commision, and they shall prpohesy a thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the lamps, who stand before the God of the earth. And if any one will injure them, fire shall come out of their mouth, and devour their enemies: and if any one will injure them, so must he be put to death. These have power to shut heaven, so that no rain shall be showered down in the days of their prophecy; they have power over the waters, to turn them into blood, and to smite the earth, as often as they will, with every plague. And when they shall have finsiehd their testimony, the savage beast which ascendeth out of the abyss, shall make war against them, and shall conquer them, and kill them. And their corpses shall lie in the street of the great city, which is spiritually called Sodom and Egypt: where also our Lord was crucified. And persons of various people, and tribes, and tongues, and nations, shall look on their dead bodies three days and a half, and shall not permit their corpses to be laid in the graves. And they who dwell upon the earth, shall rejoice over them and be glad, and shall send gifts to each other; because these two prophets tormented those who dwelt upon the earth. And after three days and a half the breath of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet: and great fear fell upon those who looked upon them. And they heard a great voice saying unto them from heaven, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies looked on them. And in that hour there was a great earthquake; and a tenth part of the city fell, and seven thousand men were killed by the earthquake; and the rest were terrified, and gave glory to the God of heaven. The second wo is past, and behold the third wo cometh quickly.'
And the seventh messenger sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, 'The kingdoms of the world are become the kingdomds of our Lord and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.' And the twenty-four elders that sat before God on their thrones, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God, saying, 'We give thanks unto thee, O Lord God Almighty, who art, and who wast, and who art to come; because thou hast taken thy great power, and hast commenced thy reign. And the nations were wroth; and thy wrath came; and the time of the dead when they should be judged, and a reward should be given to thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and to them that fear thy name small and great; and when thou shouldest destroy those that destroy the earth.' And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of his covenant appeared in his temple: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunders, and an earthquake, and great hail.
XII. And there appeared a great sign in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars; and she being pregnant, cried out in travail, and in pangs to be delivered. And there appeared another sign in heaven: and, behold! a great fiery dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his heads seven crowns. And his tail drew down a third part of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman, who was about to bring forth, that when she was delivered, he might devour her child. And she brought forth a masculine son, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up to God, even to his throne. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she had a place prepared by God, that she might there be nourished one thousand two hundred and sixty days.
7. And there was war in heaven; Michael and his messengers made war against the Dragon; and the Dragon made war and his messengers: nevertheless they did not prevail, neither was place found for them any more in heaven. And thus the great Dragon was cast out; even the old Serpent, called the Devil and Satan, who deceiveth the whole world, was cast out to the earth; and his messengers were cast out with him. And I heard a great voice saying in heaven, 'Now is come the salvation, and the powe, and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ: because the accuser of our brethren is cast out, who accused them before our God day and night. And they have overcome him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye who inhabit them. But wo to those that inhabit sthe earth, and the sea; for the Devil is come down to you, having great wrath, becuse he knoweth that he hath but a short time.' And when the Dragon saw that he was cast out on the earth, he persecuted the woman who had brought forth the masculine child. And there were given to the woman two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, unto her place: where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the Serpent. And the Serpent threw out of his mouth water, like a river, after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the stream. And the earth assisted the woman; and the earth opened its mouth, and drank up the flood which the Dragon threw out of his mouth. And the Dragon was enraged against the woman, and went away to make war against the remainder of her seed, who keep the commandments of God, and retain the testimony of Jesus Christ.
XIII. And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a savage beast ascending out of the sea, having seven heads, and ten horns; and upon his horns were ten diadems; and on his heads there were names of defamation. And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and its feet were like those of a bear, and its mouth like the mouth of a lion; and the Dragon gave him his power, and his throne, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads wounded, as it were to death; and yet its mortal wound was healed. And the whole earth wondered and followed after the wild beast. And they worshipped the Dragon, who gave authority to the wild beast, saying, 'Who is like unto the beast? who can war against him?' And there was given to it a mouth speaking great things, and defamation: and there was given unto it power to make war forty-two months. And he opened his mouth to utter defamation against God, to defame his name, and his tabernacle, and those that dwell in heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and there was given to him power over every tribe, and tongue, and nation.
And all the inhabitants of the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb, who was slain from the foundation of the world. If any one hath an ear, let him hear. If any one lead them into captivity, he shall be led into captivity: if any one slay with the sword, he shall himself be slain with the sword. Here is the perseverance and the faith of the saints.
11. And I saw another beast ascending out of the earth, and it had two horns like a lamb; but it spake like a dragon. And it exerciseth all the power of the first beast, in its presence; and it maketh the arth, and those that dwell in it, to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great miracles, so as to make fire come down from heaven to earth before men: and he deceiveth the inhabitants of the earth by the signs, which it is given him to do before the beast; commanding the inhabitants of the earth to make an image of the beast, that had the wound of the sword and lived. And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast might speak, and cause as many as will not worship the image of the beast to be put to death. And he causeth all both small and great, rich and poor, freemen and slaves, to receive the mark on their right hand, or their foreheads. And that no one should be able to buy or sell, but one who hath the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom: let him who hath understanding, compute the number of the beast; for it is the number of a man, and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.
XIV. And I looked and behold the Lamb was standing upon Mount Sion, and with him one hundred and forty-four thousand, who had the name of his Father written on their foreheads. And I heard a voice out of heaven, as the sound of many waters, and like the sound of great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers playing upon their harps. And they sung, as it were, a new song before the throne, and before the four living creatures, and the elders: and none could learn the song, unless the one hundred and forty-four thousand who are redeemed from the earth. These are they, who have not been polluted with women; for they are virgins.*[i. e. unpolluted with spiritual fornication; Sc. idolatry.] These are they who follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed form among men as the first fruits to God, and to the Lamb. And no deceit was found in their mouth, for they are blameless before the throne of God.
And I saw another messenger flying through the midst of heaven, having everlasting goodness to proclaim to the inhabitants of the earth, even to every nation, and tribe, and tongue, and people; saying, with a loud voice, 'Fear God, and give glory to him, for the hour of his judgments is come: and worship him, who made heaven, and earth, and sea, and the fountains of water.' And another messenger followed, saying, 'It is fallen! it is fallen! even Babylon the great city; because it made all the nations drink of the wine of its raging fornication.' And a third messenger followed them, saying with a loud voice, 'If any one worship the beast, and his image, and receive the mark on his forehead, or on his hand, he also shall drink of the wine of the indignation of God, which is tempered without mixture in the cup of his wrath; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy messengers, and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascendeth for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receive the mark of his name. Here is the perseverance of the saints: here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.'
13. And I heard a voice from heaven, saying to me, 'Write: henceforth blessed are the dead that die in the Lord: yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works follow them!'
And I saw, and behold a white cloud, and on the cloud one sitting like the Son of Man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. And another messenger came out of the temple of God, crying with a loud voice to him that sat upon the cloud, 'Put forth thy sickle, and reap, for the season of thy reaping is come, because the harvest of the earth is ripe.' And he that sat upon the cloud, put forth his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.
And another messenger came out of the temple that was in heaven; and he had a sharp sickle. And another messenger came from the altar, having power over the fire; and he called out with a great cry to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, 'Put forth thy sharp sickle, and lop off the clusters of the vine upon the earth; for its grapes are ripe.' And the messenger thrust out his sickle upon the earth, and lopped off*[The grapes from the vine.] the vine of the earth; and he threw them into the great wine-press of the wrath of God. And the wine-press which stood out of the city, was trodden, and the blood came out of the wine-press even to the bridles of the horses, at the distance of one thousand six hundred furlongs.
XV. And I saw another great and wonderful sign in heaven, seven messengers, who had the seven last plagues; because in them the wrath of God was to be completed. And I saw, as it were, a sea of glass mingled with fire; and those who overcame the beast, and his image, and his mark, and the number of his name, standing by the sea of glass, having the harps of God. And they sung the song of Moses, a servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, 'Great and wonderful are they works, O Lord God Almighty; righteous and true are thy ways, O King of Saints. Who should not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name; for thou alone art perfect? Surely all nations shall come and worship before thee, because thy righteous judgments are made manifest.'
5. And after this I saw, and behold the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony was opened in heaven: and the seven messengrs who had the seven plagues, came out of the temple, clothed with pure and shining linen garments, and were girded about the breasts with golden girdles. And one of the four living creatures gave to the seven messengers seven golden vials*[Or, censers.] full of the wrath of God who liveth for ever and ever. And the temple was full of smoke from the glory of God, and from his power. And no one could enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven messengers were finished.
XVI. And I heard a great voice out of the temple, saying to the seven messengers, 'Go, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.' And the first went forth, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there was a malignant and grievous ulcer upon the men who had the mark of the beast, and upon them who worshipped his image.
And the second messenger poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became blood, like that of a dead man: and every living soul that was in the sea died.
And the third messenger poured out his vial upon the rivers, and on the fountains of water; and they became blood. And I heard the messenger of the waters saying, 'Righteous art thou, O Lord, who art, and who wast; and thou art perfect, because thou hast judged these: for they have poured forth the blood of saints, and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink, for they are worthy.' And I heard another from the altar, saying, 'Yea, O Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.'
And the fourth messenger poured forth his vial on the sun; and power was given to it to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat; and they reviled the name of God, who had power over these plagues, and reformed not, to give glory to him.
And the fifth messenger poured forth his vial upon the throne of the beast; and his kingdom was darkened, and they gnawed their tongues for anguish, and reviled the God of heaven, for their pains, and their ulcers; and reformed not from their works.
12. And the sixth messenger poured forth his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and its water was dried up, that a way might be prepared for the kings from the rising of the sun. And I saw, and out of the mouth of the Dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet, there came forth three unclean spirits like frogs: for these are the spirits of demons working miracles, which go forth to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to bring them together to the battle of that great day of God the Almighty. Behold, I come, as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepth his garments, that he may not walk naked, so that men should see his shame. And he gathered them together into a place, which is called in the Hebrew language, Armageddon.*[Or, the mountain of Megiddo, a place remarkable for slaughter.]
And the seventh messenger poured forth his vial into the air; and there came forth a great voice from the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, 'It is done.' And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as there had not been from the time that men were upon the earth; such and so great an earthquake. And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the Gentiles fell down. And Babylon the great came into remembrance before God, to give her the cup of the wine of his fiercest wrath. And every island fled away, and the mountains were found no more. And a great hail,*[Each stone of which was as the weight of a talent.] as of the weight of a talent, descended from heaven upon men: and men reviled God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague of it was very great.
XVII. And one of the seven messengers who had the seven vials, came out and spake with me, saying to me, 'Come, and I will show thee the judgment of the great harlot, that sitteth upon may waters: with whom the kings of the earth hath committed fornication, and all the inhabitants of the earth have been drunk with the wine of her whoredom.' And he brought me in the Spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sitting upon a scarlet beast, full of slanderous names, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was clothed with purple, and scarlet, and adorned with gold, and precious stones, and pearls; having a golden cup in her hand full of the abominations and pollution of her whoredom. And she had upon her forehead her name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And I wondered, when I saw her, with great amazement.
7. And the messenger said unto me, 'Why dost thou wonder? I will tell thee the secret of the woman, and of the beast which carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and the ten horns. The beast which thou sawest, was, and is not; and he will ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into destruction; and the inhabitants of the earth (whose names are not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world) shall wonder, seeing the beast, who was, and is not, though it is.*[i. e. who shall quickly be overthrown, though he appears for a while.] Here is the understanding that hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is notet come; and when he cometh, he must endure for a little time. And the beast that was, and is not, he is the eighth, and is of the seven, but goeth into destruction. And the ten horns, which thou sawest, are ten kings, which have not yet received their kingdom, but they shall receive authority from the beast as kings for one hour. These have one mind, and shall deliver their own power and authority to the beast. These shall make war with the Lamb; and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings; and those that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.'
And he said unto me, 'The waters which thou sawest, on whch the harlot sat, are people, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. And the ten horns which thou sawest on the beast, thse shall hate the harlot, and make her desolate and naked, and they shall eat her flesh, and shall burn her with fire. For God hath given it into their hearts to execute his sentence, even to perform one purpose; and to give their kingdoms to the beast, till the words of God be fulfilled. And the woman, which thou sawest, is the great city, that ruleth over the kings of the earth.'
XVIII. And after this I saw a messenger descending from heaven, who had great power; and the earth was enlightened with his glory. And he cried with might, and a loud voice, saying, 'It is fallen! it is fallen! even Babylon the great: and it is become the habitation of demons, and the hold of every unclean spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird: for she hath caused all the nations to drink of the wine of her raging whoredom; and the kings of the earth have committed whoredom with her, and the merchants of the earth have been enriched by the abundance of her luxuries.'
And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, 'Come out from her, O my people, that ye may not be partakers with her in her sins, and that ye may not partake of her plagues; for her sins have followed up to heaven, and her unrighteous actions are come up in remembrance before God. Give her, as she also hath given to you, and recompense to her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath mingled, mingle her a double quantity. In proportion to the degree in which she hath made ostentation of her glory, and lived in luxury, inflict upon her torment and grief; because she hath said in her heart, 'I sit as a queen, and am not a widow, and shall not see sorrow.' Therefore in one day shall her plagues come, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be burnt with fire; for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication, and lived in luxury with her, shall mourn over her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, standing afar off for fear of her torment, saying, 'Wo! wo! O thou great city, Babylong, the strong city! for in one hour thy judgment is come.' And the merchants of the earth shall wail and lament over her, because no one any longer shall buy their wares: the ladings of gold and silver, and every precious stone, and pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and every odoriferous wood, and every vessel of ivory, and every vessel of most precious wood, and of brass; and of iron, and of marble, and cinnamon, and perfume, and myrrh, and incense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and kine, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men. And the fruits which thy soul desired, are gone from thee, and all delicous and splendid things are departed from thee, and thou shalt never find them any more. The merchants of these commodities, who wer enriched by her, shall stand afar off for fear of her torment, weepong and mourning, and saying, 'Alas alas! the great city, that was clothed with fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, adn adorned with gold, and precious stoens, and pearls! for in one hour all these riches are made desolate.' And every pilot, and every one of the ship's company, and the mariners, and all that bestow their labour upon the sea, stood afar off, and cried, when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, 'What city is like to the great city?' And they cast dust upon their heads, and cried, weeping, and mourning, saying, 'Alas! alas! the great city, by whose magnificent expences all that had ships in the sea were enriched! for she is made desolate in one hour.' Rejoice over her, O thou heaven, and ye holy apostles, and prophets; for on your account God hath pronounced sentence upon her.'
And a strong messenger took a stone, like a great mill-stone, and hurled it into the sea, saying, 'Thus shall Babylon the great city be violently hurled away, and never be found any more. And the sound of harpers, and musicians, and those who sound the flute, and the trumpet, shall no more be heard in thee; and every artificer of every trade shall no more be found in thee; nor shall the noise of the mill-stone*[To prepare bread for the inhabitants.] be heard in thee any more; and the light of a lamp shall no more be seen in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and the bride shall be heard in thee no more: because thy merchants were grandees of the earth, because all the nations were deceived by thy sorceries; and in her was found the blood of the prophets, and of the saints, even of all those who were slain upon the earth.'
XIX. And after these things I heard the voice as of a great multitude in heaven, saying, 'Hallelujah! salvation, and glory, and honour, and power to the LOrd our God; for his judgments are true and righteous; for he hath judged the great harlot, who corrupted the earth with her fornication, and he hath avenged the blood of his servants shed by her hand.' And a second time they said, 'Hallelujah!' And the smoke of her torment ascendeth for ever and ever. And the twenty-four elders, and the four animals fell down and worshipped God, sitting upon the throne, saying, 'Amen: hallelujah.' And a voice came out from the throne, which said, 'Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great.' And I heard a sound which was as the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and like the peal of mighty thunderings, saying, 'Hallelujah; for the Lord God, the omnipotent reigneth. We rejoice, and exult, and give glory to him, because the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath prepared herself.' And it was given to her that she should be clothed in fine linen, pure and resplendent; and the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. And he said unto me, 'Write, happy are they who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.' And he said unto me, 'These are the true words of God.'
10. And I fell before his feet to pay homage to him, and he said unto me, 'See thou do it not: I am a fellow-servant with thee, and with thy brethren, who keep the testimony of Jesus. Pay thine homage to God; for the spirit of this prophecy is the testimony of Jesus.'
And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse; and he that sat upon it was called Faithful and True; and he judgeth and maketh war in righteousness; whose eyes are as a flame of fire; and many diademsn were upon his head, having a name written which no man knoweth but himself: and he was clothed in a garment dipt in blood, and his name is called THE WORD OF GOD. And the armies, which are in heaven, followed him riding on white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And there went out of his mouth a sharp sword, that with it he might smite the heathen: and he shall govern them with a rod of iron; and he treadeth the wine press of the indignation and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath upon his garment and his thigh, a name written, KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. And I saw a single messenger standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds of prey, which were flying in the midst of heaven, 'Come, and assemble yourselves to the supper of the great God: that ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of commanders, and the flesh of the mighty, and the flesh of horses, and those who sat thereon, and of all freemen and slaves, both small and great.' And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth, and their armies gathered together, to make war with him who sitteth upon the white horse, and with his army. And the beast was taken captive, and with him the false prophet, who had wrought signs before him, by which he had deceived those who received the mark of the east, and those who worshipped his image. Both of them were cast alive into the lake of fire, which burned with brimstone. And the rest were slain with the sword that came out of the mouth of him who sat on the horse: and all the birds were satiated with their flesh.
XX. And I saw a messenger descending from heaven, who had the key of the bottomless gulf, and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the Dragon, that old Serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and he bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the abyss, and shut him down, and set a seal upon him, that he might not deceive the nations any more, till a thousand yars were accomplished; and then he must be loosed aain for a little time. And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given to them; and the souls of them who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus, and for the word of God, and who had not worshipped the beast, nor his image, and had not received his mark in their foreheads, and upon their hands; and they lived, and reigned with Christ a thousand years: but the rest of the dead revived not till the thousand years were accomplished; this was the first resurrection. Happy and holy is he who hath a part in the first resurrection: on such the second death shall hve no power, but they shall be the priests of God, and of Christ; and they shall reign with him a thousand years.
And when the thousand years shall be accomplished, Satan shall be loosed from his confinement: and he shall go forth to deceive the nations who are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together in war; whose number is like the sand of the sea. And they went up over the breadth of the earth, and surrounded the camp of the saints, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the Devil, who had deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet were; and they shall be tormented day and night for ages of ages.
11. And I saw a great white throne, and him who sat thereon, from whose face earth and heaven fled away, and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God; and the books were opened: and anotehr book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of the things written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead that were in it; and Death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them: and they were judged every one according to their works. And Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire: this is the second death. And if any one was not found written in the book of life, he was cast into the lake of fire.
XXI. And I saw a new heaven, and a new earth; for the former heaven, and the former earth was passed away; and the sea was no more. And I John saw the holy city, the New Jerusalem descending from God out of heaven, prepared like a bride adorned for her husband. And I hard a great voice out of heaven, saying, 'Behold the tabernacle of God is with men: and he shall pitch his tent among them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be among them as their God. And God shall wipe away their tears from their eyes; and death shall be no more, nor grief, nor crying; nor shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.' And he that sat upon the throne, said, 'Behold, I make all things new.' And he said unto me, 'Write, for these are true and faithful words.' And he said unto me, 'It is done. I am the Alpha, and the Omega, the beginning, and the end: I will give to him that is athirst, of the fountain of the water of life freely. The conqueror shall inherit all things; and I will be to him a God, and he shall be to me my son. But as for the cowards,*[Such as dare not face the difficulties and dangers attending Christianity.] and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and prostitutes, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars; their part shall be in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.'
9. And there came to me one of the seven messengrs, who had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues; and spake with me, saying, 'Come, and I will show thee the bride, the wife of the Lamb.' And he brought me in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and he showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God; (and its lustre was like to that of a most precious gem, even as a jasper stone, clear as crystal:) and having a great and high wall; having also twelve gates, and over the gates twelve messengers, and names written upon them, which were the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel: on the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations; and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. And he that spake wth me, had a golden reed that he might measure the city, and its gates, and wall. And the city was square, and its length was equal to its breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs: and its length, and its breadth, and its height, were equal. And he measured its wall, one hundred and forty-four cubits according to the measure of a man, that is, of a messenger. And the building of its wall was like jasper, and the city was of pure gold, like refined glass. And the foundations of the walls of the city were adorned with every precious stone. The first foundation was japer; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald; the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, crysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprasus; the eleventh, hyacinth; and the twelfth, amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each of the gates was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, transparent as glass. And I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty, and the Lamb, are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon to shine therein; for the glory of the Lord enlightened it, and the Lamb was the light thereof. And the nations of the saved shall walk in its light; and the kings of the earth do bring their glory, and their honour into it. Adn the gates of it shall not be shut by day: for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. And nothing unclean shall enter into it, nor any thing which practiseth abomination and falsehood; but only those who are written in the Lamb's book of life.
XXII. And he showed me the pure river of the water of life, clear as crystal, issuing out of the throne of God, and of the Lamb. In the middle of the broad street, and on the one side and the other of the river, was the tree of life, producing twelve kinds of fruits, every month producing one kind of fruit: and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. And every curse shall cease. And the throne of God and the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him. And they shall see his face; and his name shall be borne upon their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they have no need of a lamp, nor of the light of the sun; because the Lord God shall enlighten them: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
6. And he said to me, 'These words are faithful and true. And the Lord God of the holy prophets hat sent his holy messenger to show his servants what must quickly be done. Behold I come quickly: blessed is he who keepeth the words of the prophecy of this book.' And I John saw, and heard these things: and when I heard, and saw them, I fell down to worship before the feet of the messenger who showed these things to me. And he said to me, 'See thou do it not: for I am a fellow-servant with thee, and of thy brethren the prophets, and those who keep the words of this book: worship God.'
And he said unto me, 'Seal not up the words of the prophecy of this book; for the time is near. Let him that is unjust, be unjust still; and let him that is polluted, be polluted still; and let him tht is righteous, be righteous still; and let him that is holy, be holy still. And behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me: I will recompense to every man according as his works shall be. I am the Alpha, and the Omega; the Beginning, and the End; the First and the Last.'
'Happy are they who do his commandments, that they may have the privilege to eat of the tree of life; and they shall enter by the gates into the city. But without are the dogs, and the sorcerers, and the fornicators, and the murderers, and the idolaters, and every one who loveth and maketh a lie.'
I Jesus have sent my messenger to testify these things to you, in the congregations. I am the Root and the Offspring of David; the bright and the morning Star. And the Spirit and the bride say, 'Come:' and let him that heareth, say, 'Come:' and let him that is thirsty, come; and whoever will, let him receive of the waters of life freely.
And I testify to every one that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues which are written in this book: and if any one take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and the things which are written in this book. He who testifieth these things, saith, 'Surely I come quickly:' "amen." Even so come, Lord Jesus.
May the favour of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.