A vision: judgment

I saw the Lamb standing before me on Mount Zion, and with him were 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.

And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing water or the rolling of loud thunder. The sound I heard was like that of many harpists playing together. Then the choir sang a new song in before the throne, and before the four living beings and the elders. No one could learn this song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. These were they who had kept themselves pure and innocent, and they follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among the people of the earth and presented as a special offering to God and to the Lamb. No lie was found in their mouths, for they are blameless.

Then I saw another angel flying through the sky. He had eternal good news to proclaim to all those who live on the earth—to every nation, tribe, language, and people. “Fear God!” he called. “Give glory to him, because the hour of his judgment has come! Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and all the springs of water!”

Another angel followed him, shouting, “Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great – the city which made all the nations drink the wine of her immorality.”

A third angel followed them, saying, “If anyone worships the beast and its statue or accepts its mark on the forehead or the hand, he too will drink the wine of God’s anger, which has been poured full strength into the cup of wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulphur in the presence of the holy angels and the Lamb. The smoke of their torment will rise forever and ever, and there will be no respite day or night for those who worship the beast and its statue, or for anyone who accepts the sign of his name.”

This therefore requires patient endurance and faithfulness to Jesus on the part of God’s people.

Then I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this down: happy are those who die in the Lord from now on.”

Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labours, for their good deeds follow them!”

Then I saw a white cloud, and seated upon the cloud was one like a son of man. On his head was a crown of gold and in his hand was a sharp sickle.

Then another angel came from the temple and called to the one sitting on the cloud, “Take your sickle and reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” So the one sitting on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested.

After that, another angel came from the temple in heaven, and he also had a sharp sickle. Then another angel, who had responsibility for the with fire, came from the altar and called to the angel with the sharp sickle, “Take your sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from the earth’s vine, because the grapes are ripe.” So the angel swung his sickle over the earth, gathered the grapes and threw them into the great winepress of God’s wrath. The grapes were trampled in the winepress outside the city, and juice flowed out of the winepress in a stream that was 180 miles long and rose as high as a horse’s bridle.

John

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