Great Sign

“Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars.” Revelation 12:1 NKJV

Today’s reading begins with a fairytale image of a pregnant mother, clothed in sun with stars…. Ancient Fairytales actually use a LOT of the same imagery that we read today. The old stories were made with moral and eternal teachings – most based deeply in Christianity. But let us not muddy the waters when the Bible is a clean well for us to go to for dragons and missions and fights and beasts and pregnant heroines. Do not misunderstand – I am NOT saying the Bible is a fairytale – I am saying they stole imagery from the Bible.

Dear Heavenly Father – As always, please open eye to see and our ears to hear what you are saying! Lord – open our understanding that we may know you and give us wisdom. Please do not let us miss out on what you want and need from us today. Lord, I pray that your word prepares us and not scares us! We forbid the works and influences of fear over your word. And please keep us and bless us and shine your face upon us and pour out grace over us and give us peace! Thank you! – In Jesus name we pray, Amen

Today’s reading is the Book of the Revelations of Jesus Christ (also called Revelations or Revelation), chapters 6 through 11 (embedded below the image below for your convenience).  

In our modern world, we no longer understand the images in the old fairytales. We no longer have what they now call the “deep knowing”.  We made the stories less violent, less offensive, and less memorable, which has watered down the virtue and moral lessons in them.  Ironically – by doing do, we cheapened our cultural understanding of the symbols we are now trying to understand. But if we grew up with these stories then we would understand.
Mankind should have turned the book of Revelations into nursery songs and taught them to our children, because now, we are a generation of mankind wondering if a vaccine is a mark of a beast we cannot comprehend while being terrified to read for ourselves, the very passage that we refer to! Someone call the preacher man and have him just tell us!! Not to mention the even greater lack in our children.

Prophecy happened outside of time – we have discussed this before. Therefore there is always something for that moment in time to the person receiving it from God. Then there is always something future and past and nothing is in chronological order – but then again it is outside of time.  So this book and these images are NOT in chronological order.
When these happen? What it looks like to each of us personally? The truth is those things do not matter. That is a difficult pill to swallow when godly scholars commit their entire life to this book and these images and trying to understand. Unpopular opinion here – but I do not believe any of us are called to that.  This book is very specifically called by John, the author: “The Revelation of Jesus” – so do not get distracted by what we do not understand…

Because revelation happens inside of time. And you and I are inside of time. And God will restore to us the “deep knowing”. It isn’t hardly that mysterious – it is the revelation. All we need to do is ask, so that we may be wise in the coming year. Wisdom is vital in our near futures… so while we seek God, let us also ask and seek His wisdom.

Let’s take a quick moment to focus on chapter 12 verses 7 through 12:
“And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”

Wait – let’s rewind to that Sunday school lesson we learned once – somewhere… the one where God created everything (and our teacher left off that it was Jesus who actually did that) then God’s angel of music became greedy and prideful so he tried to rally the troops against God. God kicked him out of heaven and he landed on earth and started tempting people – so some day when God finishes making hell He will be tossed into it. But when people die, they go straight to hell. And it leaves me with more questions than answers. Is that lesson coming from this section of scripture? If Satan is cast out, how is he going before God in the book of Job, and here, accusing us? If God and His throne room are outside of time – how is there a point of time in which satan is thrown out and into the lake of fire? Suddenly, all the times we questioned the Almighty God about why he did not just put satan away from the beginning, starts to make sense when we need a fix point thing to happen outside of time. Meanwhile here we are on earth making a muck of things so God has to take care of us too – while bending quantum physic theories.  (For those of you who are not sci-fi fans and those who do not have any knowledge of Quantum Physics – I am saying it is all impossible by every known and make-believe theory. This is why God, being God, has got to do a God thing.)

So this is what we do know: we know satan is just an angel and when the curse fell – he turned into a dragon. We know that in the end, he is kicked out of heaven because other angels defeat him. We know he is still going before God accusing us!! So if we mess up, we better get to God first and apologize. We know we need to team up with “salvation”, “strength”, the “Kingdom of God”, and the “Power of Christ”. We know we can overcome any and everything by the blood of Jesus (or the act of the cross) the word of our testimony and not loving our own life (like Esther – If I die, I die!) We also know it is getting worse day by day as the devil’s time comes to an end. We know this can, if we have eyes to see and our understanding is opened, reveal to us the mystery of the POWER of Christ.

the POWER.
Seriously stop and contemplate this. John who was with Jesus for his entire ministry on earth – emphasizes this power – is this part of the revelation? Do we even remotely begin to fathom it’s power? We say the name of Jesus so often and without reverence and understanding – yes we all do. And maybe it is time to stop and use this power the way God intended!

Also – Let’s talk quickly about “works”. Throughout this book you see people and being judged for their works. And you say, but I thought we were saved through grace not works…

not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:5-7

And you are right. But once we are saved…. then what? So many people I know take that first step and think that is it… but then we see the judgements at the beginning of this book and realize we are accountable for more. Because it is NOT about being saved just like this book is not about prophecy. It is about having a real relationship with God through Jesus – through revelation of who Jesus is and what His power does! It is about being in love with Him and acting in LOVE. It is about doing the things that please Him, His will for us, and our obedience to Him. You see – we do have to do works. Not out of obligation and they do not get us anything…. It is kind of like Christmas dinner: I spent 2 days in the kitchen cooking, not to mention decorating and cleaning so it would be magical – friends and family breezed through – within a couple hours – leaving a wake of dishes and garbage and clutter. The appreciated it… but all I got out of it was more work. It was a labor of LOVE.  I do not even like cooking! I hate it actually. But it makes everyone happy.

Draw in closer to the power – to our Lord, deeper into the relationship with Him.

RELATIONSHIP:
Do you already have a relationship with a powerful God who cares about your every need because He loves you? Did you know my God can communicate with you and protect you – He has a plan for you to prosper if you just submit to His will and let His plan play out in your life!!! God wants a relationship with you and has already made a plan for your life. He loves you so much He sent His son to this world, to die as a sacrifice for your sins and rise from death with victory over sin and the ability to have a personal relationship with you.
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 NIV
Here is a prayer for you to pray:
Jesus, I believe you are the way, the truth, the life, and the only way to the Father. I believe you are the son of God, you came to Earth and lived. That you died on the cross as a sacrifice for my sins, and rose again so that I may be saved from my sins and be able to get to know you. I declare: Jesus, you are Lord!
Therefore, I confess that I am a sinner and I ask that you forgive me of my sins and come into my life. Help me to turn away from my sins and transform me into what you have lovingly created me to be. Help me through a real personal relationship grow and accept your will for my life – that I may live in your blessings. Please walk with me, and talk with me – I accept a relationship with you and with our Father God, through you. In the name of Jesus I pray ~ Amen

MEMORY WORK: This month we have another powerful verse – this one will give you peace that passes understanding as the world around us spins out of control we know our sovereign God still has a plan! We may not be able to comprehend, but hang in there His way is better!!   

Isaiah 55:8

NIV – “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.”
NLT – “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.”
ESV – “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.”
KJV – “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.”
NKJV – “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.”
NAS – “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.”
AMP – “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.”

Thank you for reading.
May the God of peace keep you and bless you. May you stay focused on Christ and covered in grace.
Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

BIBLE READING: Revelations 12-18 NKJV

The Woman, the Child, and the Dragon

12 Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars. Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.

And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born. She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne. Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.

Satan Thrown Out of Heaven

And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they [a]did not prevail, nor was a place found for [b]them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. 12 Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”

The Woman Persecuted

13 Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child. 14 But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. 15 So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. 16 But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. 17 And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus [c]Christ.

The Beast from the Sea

13 Then [d]I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having [e]seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast. So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?”

And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to [f]continue for forty-two months. Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every [g]tribe, tongue, and nation. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

If anyone has an ear, let him hear. 10 He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the [h]patience and the faith of the saints.

The Beast from the Earth

11 Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. 12 And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. 14 And he deceives [i]those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. 15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has [j]the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.

The Lamb and the 144,000

14 Then I looked, and behold, [k]a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, [l]having His Father’s name written on their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps. They sang as it were a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures, and the elders; and no one could learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth. These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were [m]redeemed from among men, being firstfruits to God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no [n]deceit, for they are without fault [o]before the throne of God.

The Proclamations of Three Angels

Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people— saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.”

And another angel followed, saying, “Babylon[p] is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”

Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”

12 Here is the [q]patience of the saints; here[r] are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.

13 Then I heard a voice from heaven saying [s]to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ”

“Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”

Reaping the Earth’s Harvest

14 Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. 15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come [t]for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” 16 So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.

Reaping the Grapes of Wrath

17 Then another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.

18 And another angel came out from the altar, who had power over fire, and he cried with a loud cry to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, “Thrust in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe.” 19 So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. 20 And the winepress was trampled outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, up to the horses’ bridles, for one thousand six hundred [u]furlongs.

Prelude to the Bowl Judgments

15 Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them the wrath of God is complete.

And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and [v]over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God. They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying:

“Great and marvelous are Your works,
Lord God Almighty!
Just and true are Your ways,
O King of the [w]saints!
Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name?
For You alone are holy.
For all nations shall come and worship before You,
For Your judgments have been manifested.”

After these things I looked, and [x]behold, the [y]temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened. And out of the [z]temple came the seven angels having the seven plagues, clothed in pure bright linen, and having their chests girded with golden bands. Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God who lives forever and ever. The temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power, and no one was able to enter the temple till the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.

The Seven Bowls

16 Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out the [aa]bowls of the wrath of God on the earth.”

First Bowl: Loathsome Sores

So the first went and poured out his bowl upon the earth, and a [ab]foul and loathsome sore came upon the men who had the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image.

Second Bowl: The Sea Turns to Blood

Then the second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it became blood as of a dead man; and every living creature in the sea died.

Third Bowl: The Waters Turn to Blood

Then the third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. And I heard the angel of the waters saying:

“You are righteous, [ac]O Lord,
The One who is and who [ad]was and who is to be,
Because You have judged these things.
For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets,
And You have given them blood to drink.
[ae]For it is their just due.”

And I heard [af]another from the altar saying, “Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments.”

Fourth Bowl: Men Are Scorched

Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and power was given to him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory.

Fifth Bowl: Darkness and Pain

10 Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues because of the pain. 11 They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds.

Sixth Bowl: Euphrates Dried Up

12 Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared. 13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings [ag]of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

15 “Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.”

16 And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, [ah]Armageddon.

Seventh Bowl: The Earth Utterly Shaken

17 Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, “It is done!” 18 And there were noises and thunderings and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such a mighty and great earthquake as had not occurred since men were on the earth. 19 Now the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And great Babylon was remembered before God, to give her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath. 20 Then every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. 21 And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstone about the weight of a talent. Men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, since that plague was exceedingly great.

The Scarlet Woman and the Scarlet Beast

17 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying [ai]to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.”

So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of [aj]her fornication. And on her forehead a name was written:

MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT,
THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS
AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS
OF THE EARTH.

I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement.

The Meaning of the Woman and the Beast

But the angel said to me, “Why did you marvel? I will tell you the [ak]mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns. The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to [al]perdition. And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and [am]yet is.

“Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits. 10 There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time. 11 The beast that was, and is not, is himself also the eighth, and is of the seven, and is going to [an]perdition.

12 “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. 13 These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. 14 These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.”

15 Then he said to me, “The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues. 16 And the ten horns which you [ao]saw on the beast, these will hate the harlot, make her desolate and naked, eat her flesh and burn her with fire. 17 For God has put it into their hearts to fulfill His purpose, to be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled. 18 And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.”

The Fall of Babylon the Great

18 After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. And he cried [ap]mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the [aq]abundance of her luxury.”

And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins [ar]have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. Render to her just as she rendered [as]to you, and repay her double according to her works; in the cup which she has mixed, mix double for her. In the measure that she glorified herself and lived [at]luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.’ Therefore her plagues will come in one day—death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who [au]judges her.

The World Mourns Babylon’s Fall

“The kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will weep and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning, 10 standing at a distance for fear of her torment, saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come.’

11 “And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, for no one buys their merchandise anymore: 12 merchandise of gold and silver, precious stones and pearls, fine linen and purple, silk and scarlet, every kind of citron wood, every kind of object of ivory, every kind of object of most precious wood, bronze, iron, and marble; 13 and cinnamon and incense, fragrant oil and frankincense, wine and oil, fine flour and wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, and bodies and souls of men. 14 The fruit that your soul longed for has gone from you, and all the things which are rich and splendid have [av]gone from you, and you shall find them no more at all. 15 The merchants of these things, who became rich by her, will stand at a distance for fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, 16 and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city that was clothed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls! 17 For in one hour such great riches [aw]came to nothing.’ Every shipmaster, all who travel by ship, sailors, and as many as trade on the sea, stood at a distance 18 and cried out when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, ‘What is like this great city?’

19 “They threw dust on their heads and cried out, weeping and wailing, and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city, in which all who had ships on the sea became rich by her wealth! For in one hour she [ax]is made desolate.’

20 “Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you [ay]holy apostles and prophets, for God has avenged you on her!”

Finality of Babylon’s Fall

21 Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, “Thus with violence the great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymore. 22 The sound of harpists, musicians, flutists, and trumpeters shall not be heard in you anymore. No craftsman of any craft shall be found in you anymore, and the sound of a millstone shall not be heard in you anymore. 23 The light of a lamp shall not shine in you anymore, and the voice of bridegroom and bride shall not be heard in you anymore. For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived. 24 And in her was found the blood of prophets and saints, and of all who were slain on the earth.”

Footnotes

  1. Revelation 12:8 were not strong enough
  2. Revelation 12:8 M him
  3. Revelation 12:17 NU, M omit Christ
  4. Revelation 13:1 NU he
  5. Revelation 13:1 NU, M ten horns and seven heads
  6. Revelation 13:5 M make war
  7. Revelation 13:7 NU, M add and people
  8. Revelation 13:10 perseverance
  9. Revelation 13:14 M my own people
  10. Revelation 13:17 NU, M the mark, the name
  11. Revelation 14:1 NU, M the
  12. Revelation 14:1 NU, M add His name and
  13. Revelation 14:4 M adds by Jesus
  14. Revelation 14:5 NU, M falsehood
  15. Revelation 14:5 NU, M omit the rest of v. 5.
  16. Revelation 14:8 NU Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, which has made; M Babylon the great is fallen. She has made
  17. Revelation 14:12 steadfastness, perseverance
  18. Revelation 14:12 NU, M omit here are those
  19. Revelation 14:13 NU, M omit to me
  20. Revelation 14:15 NU, M omit for You
  21. Revelation 14:20 Lit. stadia, about 184 miles in all
  22. Revelation 15:2 NU, M omit over his mark
  23. Revelation 15:3 NU, M nations
  24. Revelation 15:5 NU, M omit behold
  25. Revelation 15:5 sanctuary, the inner shrine
  26. Revelation 15:6 sanctuary, the inner shrine
  27. Revelation 16:1 NU, M seven bowls
  28. Revelation 16:2 severe and malignant, lit. bad and evil
  29. Revelation 16:5 NU, M omit O Lord
  30. Revelation 16:5 NU, M was, the Holy One
  31. Revelation 16:6 NU, M omit For
  32. Revelation 16:7 NU, M omit another from
  33. Revelation 16:14 NU, M omit of the earth and
  34. Revelation 16:16 Lit. Mount Megiddo; M Megiddo
  35. Revelation 17:1 NU, M omit to me
  36. Revelation 17:4 M the fornication of the earth
  37. Revelation 17:7 hidden truth
  38. Revelation 17:8 destruction
  39. Revelation 17:8 NU, M shall be present
  40. Revelation 17:11 destruction
  41. Revelation 17:16 NU, M saw, and the beast
  42. Revelation 18:2 NU, M omit mightily
  43. Revelation 18:3 Lit. strengths
  44. Revelation 18:5 NU, M have been heaped up
  45. Revelation 18:6 NU, M omit to you
  46. Revelation 18:7 sensually
  47. Revelation 18:8 NU, M has judged
  48. Revelation 18:14 NU, M been lost to you
  49. Revelation 18:17 have been laid waste
  50. Revelation 18:19 have been laid waste
  51. Revelation 18:20 NU, M saints and apostles

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