Revelation 15-16 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
Preparation for the Bowl Judgments
15 Then I saw another great and awe-inspiring sign[a] in heaven: seven angels with the seven last plagues, for with them, God’s wrath will be completed. 2 I also saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had won the victory over the beast, his image,[b] and the number of his name, were standing on the sea of glass with harps from God.[c] 3 They sang the song of God’s servant Moses and the song of the Lamb:
Great and awe-inspiring are Your works,
5 After this I looked, and the heavenly sanctuary—the tabernacle of testimony—was opened. 6 Out of the sanctuary came the seven angels with the seven plagues, dressed in clean, bright linen, with gold sashes wrapped around their chests. 7 One of the four living creatures gave the seven angels seven gold bowls filled with the wrath of God who lives forever and ever. 8 Then the sanctuary was filled with smoke from God’s glory and from His power, and no one could enter the sanctuary until the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.
The First Bowl
16 Then I heard a loud voice from the sanctuary saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out the seven[e] bowls of God’s wrath on the earth.” 2 The first went and poured out his bowl on the earth, and severely painful sores[f] broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and who worshiped his image.
The Second Bowl
The Third Bowl
4 The third[i] poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of water, and they became blood. 5 I heard the angel of the waters say:
You are righteous,
7 Then I heard someone from the altar say:
Yes, Lord God, the Almighty,
The Fourth Bowl
8 The fourth[j] poured out his bowl on the sun. He[k] was given the power[l] to burn people with fire, 9 and people were burned by the intense heat. So they blasphemed the name of God, who had the power[m] over these plagues, and they did not repent and give Him glory.
The Fifth Bowl
10 The fifth[n] poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was plunged into darkness. People[o] gnawed their tongues because of their pain 11 and blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, yet they did not repent of their actions.
The Sixth Bowl
12 The sixth[p] poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the east. 13 Then I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming from the dragon’s mouth, from the beast’s mouth, and from the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are spirits of demons performing signs, who travel to the kings of the whole world to assemble them for the battle of the great day of God, the Almighty.
15 “Look, I am coming like a thief. The one who is alert and remains clothed[q] so that he may not go around naked and people see his shame is blessed.”
The Seventh Bowl
17 Then the seventh[t] poured out his bowl into the air,[u] and a loud voice came out of the sanctuary[v] from the throne, saying, “It is done!” 18 There were flashes of lightning and rumblings of thunder. And a severe earthquake occurred like no other since man has been on the earth—so great was the quake. 19 The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations[w] fell. Babylon the Great was remembered in God’s presence; He gave her the cup filled with the wine of His fierce anger. 20 Every island fled, and the mountains disappeared.[x] 21 Enormous hailstones, each weighing about 100 pounds,[y] fell from the sky on people, and they blasphemed God for the plague of hail because that plague was extremely severe.