The Finality of Babylon’s Doom

21 Then a mighty angel(A) picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea,(B) and said:

“With such violence
    the great city(C) of Babylon will be thrown down,
    never to be found again.
22 The music of harpists and musicians, pipers and trumpeters,
    will never be heard in you again.(D)
No worker of any trade
    will ever be found in you again.
The sound of a millstone
    will never be heard in you again.(E)
23 The light of a lamp
    will never shine in you again.
The voice of bridegroom and bride
    will never be heard in you again.(F)
Your merchants were the world’s important people.(G)
    By your magic spell(H) all the nations were led astray.
24 In her was found the blood of prophets and of God’s holy people,(I)
    of all who have been slaughtered on the earth.”(J)

Threefold Hallelujah Over Babylon’s Fall

19 After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude(K) in heaven shouting:

Salvation(M) and glory and power(N) belong to our God,
    for true and just are his judgments.(O)
He has condemned the great prostitute(P)
    who corrupted the earth by her adulteries.
He has avenged on her the blood of his servants.”(Q)

And again they shouted:

The smoke from her goes up for ever and ever.”(S)

The twenty-four elders(T) and the four living creatures(U) fell down(V) and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne. And they cried:

“Amen, Hallelujah!”(W)

Then a voice came from the throne, saying:

“Praise our God,
    all you his servants,(X)
you who fear him,
    both great and small!”(Y)

Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude,(Z) like the roar of rushing waters(AA) and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:

    For our Lord God Almighty(AC) reigns.(AD)
Let us rejoice and be glad
    and give him glory!(AE)
For the wedding of the Lamb(AF) has come,
    and his bride(AG) has made herself ready.
Fine linen,(AH) bright and clean,
    was given her to wear.”

(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts(AI) of God’s holy people.)

Then the angel said to me,(AJ) “Write this:(AK) Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!”(AL) And he added, “These are the true words of God.”(AM)

10 At this I fell at his feet to worship him.(AN) But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers and sisters who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God!(AO) For it is the Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus.”(AP)

The Heavenly Warrior Defeats the Beast

11 I saw heaven standing open(AQ) and there before me was a white horse, whose rider(AR) is called Faithful and True.(AS) With justice he judges and wages war.(AT) 12 His eyes are like blazing fire,(AU) and on his head are many crowns.(AV) He has a name written on him(AW) that no one knows but he himself.(AX) 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood,(AY) and his name is the Word of God.(AZ) 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen,(BA) white(BB) and clean. 15 Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword(BC) with which to strike down(BD) the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.”[a](BE) He treads the winepress(BF) of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:(BG)

king of kings and lord of lords.(BH)


  1. Revelation 19:15 Psalm 2:9

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