62 And Jesus said, “I am, and (A)you will see the Son of Man (B)seated at the right hand of Power, and (C)coming with the clouds of heaven.”

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And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you (A)to myself, that (B)where I am you may be also.

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11 and said, (A)“Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, (B)will (C)come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

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20 But (A)our citizenship is in heaven, and (B)from it we (C)await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,

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15 For this we declare to you (A)by a word from the Lord,[a] that (B)we who are alive, who are left until (C)the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Thessalonians 4:15 Or by the word of the Lord

Preach the Word

(A)I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, (B)who is to judge the living and the dead, and by (C)his appearing and his kingdom:

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13 (A)waiting for our blessed (B)hope, the (C)appearing of the glory of our great (D)God and Savior Jesus Christ,

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Therefore (A)do not pronounce judgment before the time, (B)before the Lord comes, (C)who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. (D)Then each one will receive his commendation from God.

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The Resurrection of Christ

15 Now I would remind you, brothers,[a] of the gospel (A)I preached to you, which you received, (B)in which you stand, and by which (C)you are being saved, if you (D)hold fast to the word I preached to you—(E)unless you believed in vain.

For (F)I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died (G)for our sins (H)in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised (I)on the third day (J)in accordance with the Scriptures, and that (K)he appeared to Cephas, then (L)to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to (M)James, then (N)to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, (O)he appeared also to me. For (P)I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because (Q)I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, (R)I worked harder than any of them, (S)though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 11 Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.

The Resurrection of the Dead

12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, (T)how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, (U)then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. 15 We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that (V)he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and (W)you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who (X)have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in Christ we have hope[b] in this life only, (Y)we are of all people most to be pitied.

20 But in fact (Z)Christ has been raised from the dead, (AA)the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For as (AB)by a man came death, (AC)by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For (AD)as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then (AE)at his coming (AF)those who belong to Christ. 24 Then comes the end, when he delivers (AG)the kingdom to God the Father after destroying (AH)every rule and every authority and power. 25 For he must reign (AI)until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be (AJ)destroyed is death. 27 For (AK)“God[c] has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. 28 When (AL)all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that (AM)God may be all in all.

29 Otherwise, what do people mean by being baptized on behalf of the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized on their behalf? 30 Why are we (AN)in danger every hour? 31 I protest, brothers, by (AO)my pride in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, (AP)I die every day! 32 What do I gain if, humanly speaking, (AQ)I fought with beasts at Ephesus? If the dead are not raised, (AR)“Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” 33 (AS)Do not be deceived: (AT)“Bad company ruins good morals.”[d] 34 (AU)Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For (AV)some have no knowledge of God. (AW)I say this to your shame.

The Resurrection Body

35 But someone will ask, (AX)“How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” 36 You foolish person! (AY)What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37 And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. 38 But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body. 39 For not all flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. 40 There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.

42 (AZ)So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. 43 It is sown in dishonor; (BA)it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 Thus it is written, (BB)“The first man Adam became a living being”;[e] (BC)the last Adam became a (BD)life-giving spirit. 46 But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. 47 (BE)The first man was from the earth, (BF)a man of dust; (BG)the second man is from heaven. 48 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, (BH)so also are those who are of heaven. 49 Just (BI)as we have borne the image of the man of dust, (BJ)we shall[f] also bear the image of the man of heaven.

Mystery and Victory

50 I tell you this, brothers: (BK)flesh and blood (BL)cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold! I tell you a mystery. (BM)We shall not all sleep, (BN)but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For (BO)the trumpet will sound, and (BP)the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53 For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and (BQ)this mortal body must put on immortality. 54 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:

(BR)“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
55 (BS)“O death, where is your victory?
    O death, where is your sting?”

56 The sting of death is sin, and (BT)the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, (BU)who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 (BV)Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in (BW)the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord (BX)your labor is not in vain.

Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 15:1 Or brothers and sisters; also verses 6, 31, 50, 58
  2. 1 Corinthians 15:19 Or we have hoped
  3. 1 Corinthians 15:27 Greek he
  4. 1 Corinthians 15:33 Probably from Menander's comedy Thais
  5. 1 Corinthians 15:45 Greek a living soul
  6. 1 Corinthians 15:49 Some manuscripts let us

and to grant (A)relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when (B)the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven (C)with his mighty angels (D)in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those (E)who do not know God and on those who (F)do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of (G)eternal destruction, (H)away from[a] the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might, 10 (I)when he comes on (J)that day (K)to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our (L)testimony to you (M)was believed.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Thessalonians 1:9 Or destruction that comes from

Then I saw (A)thrones, and (B)seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw (C)the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those (D)who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. (E)They came to life and (F)reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection. (G)Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such (H)the second death has no power, but they will be (I)priests of God and of Christ, and they (J)will reign with him for a thousand years.

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The Two Witnesses

11 Then I was given (A)a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, “Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there, but do not measure (B)the court outside the temple; leave that out, for (C)it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for (D)forty-two months. And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for (E)1,260 days, (F)clothed in sackcloth.”

These are (G)the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. And if anyone would harm them, (H)fire pours from their mouth and consumes their foes. If anyone would harm them, (I)this is how he is doomed to be killed. They have the power (J)to shut the sky, that no rain may fall during the days of their prophesying, and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood and (K)to strike the earth with every kind of plague, as often as they desire. And when they have finished their testimony, (L)the beast that rises from (M)the bottomless pit[a] (N)will make war on them and conquer them and kill them, and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city that symbolically[b] is called (O)Sodom and (P)Egypt, where their Lord was crucified. For three and a half days some from the peoples and tribes and languages and nations will gaze at their dead bodies and (Q)refuse to let them be placed in a tomb, 10 and (R)those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and make merry and (S)exchange presents, because these two prophets (T)had been a torment to those who dwell on the earth. 11 But after the three and a half days (U)a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood up on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. 12 Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, (V)“Come up here!” And (W)they went up to heaven (X)in a cloud, and their enemies watched them. 13 And at that hour there was (Y)a great earthquake, and (Z)a tenth of the city fell. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and (AA)gave glory to (AB)the God of heaven.

14 (AC)The second woe has passed; behold, the third woe is soon to come.

The Seventh Trumpet

15 Then (AD)the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and (AE)there were loud voices in heaven, saying, (AF)“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of (AG)his Christ, and (AH)he shall reign forever and ever.” 16 And the twenty-four elders (AI)who sit on their thrones before God (AJ)fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying,

“We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,
    (AK)who is and who was,
for you have taken your great power
    and (AL)begun to reign.
18 The nations raged,
    but (AM)your wrath came,
    and (AN)the time for the dead to be judged,
and for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints,
    and (AO)those who fear your name,
    both small and great,
and (AP)for destroying the destroyers of the earth.”

19 Then (AQ)God's temple in heaven was opened, and (AR)the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings,[c] peals of thunder, an earthquake, and (AS)heavy hail.

The Woman and the Dragon

12 And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman (AT)clothed with (AU)the sun, with (AV)the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and (AW)was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth. And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great (AX)red dragon, (AY)with seven heads and (AZ)ten horns, and on his heads (BA)seven diadems. His tail swept down (BB)a third of the stars of heaven and (BC)cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child (BD)he might devour it. She gave birth to a male child, (BE)one who is to rule[d] all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was (BF)caught up to God and to his throne, and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which she is to be nourished for (BG)1,260 days.

Satan Thrown Down to Earth

Now war arose in heaven, (BH)Michael and (BI)his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And (BJ)the great dragon was thrown down, (BK)that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, (BL)the deceiver of the whole world—(BM)he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now (BN)the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers[e] has been thrown down, (BO)who accuses them day and night before our God. 11 And (BP)they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for (BQ)they loved not their lives (BR)even unto death. 12 Therefore, (BS)rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But (BT)woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because (BU)he knows that his time is short!”

13 And when the dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued (BV)the woman who had given birth to the male child. 14 But the woman was given the two (BW)wings of the great eagle so that she might fly from the serpent (BX)into the wilderness, to the place where she is to be nourished (BY)for a time, and times, and half a time. 15 The serpent poured water (BZ)like a river out of his mouth after the woman, to sweep her away with a flood. 16 But the earth came to the help of the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed the river that the dragon had poured from his mouth. 17 Then the dragon became furious with the woman and went off (CA)to make war on the rest of (CB)her offspring, (CC)on those who keep the commandments of God and hold to (CD)the testimony of Jesus. And he stood[f] on the sand of the sea.

The First Beast

13 And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, (CE)with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and (CF)blasphemous names on its heads. And the beast that I saw was (CG)like a leopard; its feet were like (CH)a bear's, and its mouth was like (CI)a lion's mouth. And to it (CJ)the dragon gave his power and (CK)his throne and great authority. One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and (CL)the whole earth marveled as they followed the beast. And they worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, (CM)“Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?”

And the beast was given (CN)a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for (CO)forty-two months. It opened its mouth to utter blasphemies against God, blaspheming his name and his dwelling,[g] that is, those who dwell in heaven. Also it was allowed (CP)to make war on the saints and to conquer them.[h] And authority was given it over every tribe and people and language and nation, and all (CQ)who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in (CR)the book of life of (CS)the Lamb (CT)who was slain. (CU)If anyone has an ear, let him hear:

10 (CV)If anyone is to be taken captive,
    to captivity he goes;
(CW)if anyone is to be slain with the sword,
    with the sword must he be slain.

(CX)Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.

The Second Beast

11 Then (CY)I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. 12 It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence,[i] and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, (CZ)whose mortal wound was healed. 13 (DA)It performs great signs, even (DB)making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people, 14 and by the signs that it is allowed to work in the presence of[j] the beast (DC)it deceives those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image for the beast (DD)that was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 And it was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might even speak and might cause those who would not (DE)worship the image of the beast (DF)to be slain. 16 Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave,[k] (DG)to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, 17 so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, (DH)the name of the beast or (DI)the number of its name. 18 (DJ)This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number (DK)of a man, and his number is 666.[l]

The Lamb and the 144,000

14 Then I looked, and behold, on (DL)Mount Zion (DM)stood the Lamb, and with him (DN)144,000 who (DO)had his name and his Father's name written (DP)on their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven (DQ)like the roar of many waters and (DR)like the sound of loud thunder. The voice I heard was like the sound of (DS)harpists playing on their harps, and they were singing (DT)a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. (DU)No one could learn that song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for (DV)they are virgins. It is these (DW)who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These have been redeemed from mankind as (DX)firstfruits for God and the Lamb, and (DY)in their mouth no lie was found, for they are (DZ)blameless.

The Messages of the Three Angels

Then I saw another angel (EA)flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to (EB)those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people. And he said with a loud voice, (EC)“Fear God and (ED)give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and (EE)worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the (EF)springs of water.”

Another angel, a second, followed, saying, (EG)“Fallen, fallen is (EH)Babylon the great, (EI)she who made all nations drink (EJ)the wine of the passion[m] of her sexual immorality.”

And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone (EK)worships the beast and its image and receives (EL)a mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he also will drink (EM)the wine of God's wrath, (EN)poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and (EO)he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And (EP)the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and (EQ)they have no rest, day or night, these (ER)worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.”

12 (ES)Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who (ET)keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.[n]

13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: (EU)Blessed are the dead (EV)who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, (EW)“that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!”

The Harvest of the Earth

14 Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and seated on the cloud one (EX)like a son of man, (EY)with a golden crown on his head, and a sharp sickle in his hand. 15 And another angel (EZ)came out of the temple, calling with a loud voice to him who sat on the cloud, (FA)“Put in your sickle, and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for (FB)the harvest of the earth is fully ripe.” 16 So he who sat on the cloud swung his sickle across the earth, and the earth was reaped.

17 Then another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. 18 And another angel came out from the altar, (FC)the angel who has authority over the fire, and he called with a loud voice to the one who had the sharp sickle, “Put in your sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, (FD)for its grapes are ripe.” 19 So the angel swung his sickle across the earth and gathered the grape harvest of the earth and threw it into the great (FE)winepress of the wrath of God. 20 And (FF)the winepress was trodden (FG)outside the city, and blood flowed from the winepress, as high as (FH)a horse's bridle, for 1,600 stadia.[o]

The Seven Angels with Seven Plagues

15 Then (FI)I saw another sign in heaven, great and amazing, (FJ)seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is finished.

And I saw (FK)what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire—and also those (FL)who had conquered the beast and its image and (FM)the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass (FN)with harps of God in their hands. And they sing (FO)the song of Moses, (FP)the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,

(FQ)“Great and amazing are your deeds,
    O Lord God the Almighty!
(FR)Just and true are your ways,
    O King of the nations![p]
(FS)Who will not fear, O Lord,
    and glorify your name?
For you alone are (FT)holy.
    (FU)All nations will come
    and worship you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed.”

After this I looked, and (FV)the sanctuary of (FW)the tent[q] of witness in heaven was opened, and out of the sanctuary came (FX)the seven angels with the seven plagues, clothed in pure, bright (FY)linen, (FZ)with golden sashes around their chests. And one of (GA)the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven (GB)golden bowls full of the wrath of God (GC)who lives forever and ever, and (GD)the sanctuary was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power, and (GE)no one could enter the sanctuary until the seven plagues of the seven angels were finished.

Footnotes

  1. Revelation 11:7 Or the abyss
  2. Revelation 11:8 Greek spiritually
  3. Revelation 11:19 Or voices, or sounds
  4. Revelation 12:5 Greek shepherd
  5. Revelation 12:10 Or brothers and sisters
  6. Revelation 12:17 Some manuscripts And I stood, connecting the sentence with 13:1
  7. Revelation 13:6 Or tabernacle
  8. Revelation 13:7 Some manuscripts omit this sentence
  9. Revelation 13:12 Or on its behalf
  10. Revelation 13:14 Or on behalf of
  11. Revelation 13:16 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface
  12. Revelation 13:18 Some manuscripts 616
  13. Revelation 14:8 Or wrath
  14. Revelation 14:12 Greek and the faith of Jesus
  15. Revelation 14:20 About 184 miles; a stadion was about 607 feet or 185 meters
  16. Revelation 15:3 Some manuscripts the ages
  17. Revelation 15:5 Or tabernacle

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