A vision: justice

In my vision I heard what sounded like a vast crowd in heaven shouting, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God. His judgments are true and just, he has condemned the prostitute who corrupted the earth with her immorality, and has avenged the blood of his servants which was on her hands.”

And again they shouted: “Hallelujah! The smoke of that great city goes up for ever and ever!”

Then the twenty-four elders and the four living beings fell down and worshipped God, who was seated on the throne, and they cried out, “Amen! Hallelujah!”

Then came a voice from the throne which said, “Praise our God, all you his servants, you who reverence him, both great and small.”

Then I heard what sounded like the roar of a vast crowd, like the sound of ocean waves or the crash of mighty thunder: “Hallelujah! For the Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give him the praise! For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and his bride has made herself ready. She has been given the finest of pure white linen to wear.” (For fine linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people.)

Then the angel said to me, “Write this down: happy are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”

At this I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said, “Don’t do that! I’m a fellow-servant with you and your brothers and sisters who hold fast to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For it is the Spirit of prophecy who bears witness to Jesus.”

Then I saw heaven opened, and there before me was a white horse. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for with justice he judges and wages war. His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him that no one knew except he himself. He wore a robe as red as blood, and his title was the Word of God. The armies of heaven, wearing the finest of pure white linen, rode after him on white horses. Out of his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with an iron rod. He it is who will tread the winepress of the fierce wrath of God Almighty. And on his robe and thigh was written this title: King of kings and Lord of lords.

Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, who called to the birds in the sky: “Come, gather together for the great banquet that God has prepared for you! Come and eat the flesh of kings, generals, and warriors; horses and their riders; and all humanity, free and slave, great and small.”

Then I saw the beast and all the rulers of the world, with their armies, gathered together to wage war against the rider on the white horse and his army. But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who did the miracles on its behalf—miracles that deceived all who had accepted the mark of the beast and who worshiped its statue. Both the beast and the false prophet were thrown alive into a fiery lake of burning sulphur. Their army was killed by the sword that came out of the mouth of the one who rode the white horse. And all the birds gorged themselves on their dead bodies.

John

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