The Seventh Seal—the Trumpets

When the Lamb broke the (A)seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. And I saw (B)the seven angels who stand before God, and seven (C)trumpets were given to them.

(D)Another angel came and stood at the (E)altar, holding a (F)golden censer; and much (G)incense was given to him, so that he might [a]add it to the (H)prayers of all the [b]saints on the (I)golden altar which was before the throne. And (J)the smoke of the incense, [c]with the prayers of the [d]saints, went up before God out of the angel’s hand. Then the angel [e]took the censer and (K)filled it with the fire of the altar, and (L)threw it to the earth; and there followed (M)peals of thunder and sounds and flashes of lightning and an (N)earthquake.

(O)And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound them.

The first sounded, and there came (P)hail and fire, mixed with blood, and they were thrown to the earth; and (Q)a third of the earth was burned up, and (R)a third of the (S)trees were burned up, and all the green (T)grass was burned up.

The second angel sounded, and something like a great (U)mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea; and (V)a third of the (W)sea became blood, and (X)a third of the creatures which were in the sea [f]and had life, died; and a third of the (Y)ships were destroyed.

10 The third angel sounded, and a great star (Z)fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a (AA)third of the rivers and on the (AB)springs of waters. 11 The name of the star is called Wormwood; and a (AC)third of the waters became (AD)wormwood, and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter.

12 The fourth angel sounded, and a (AE)third of the (AF)sun and a third of the (AG)moon and a (AH)third of the (AI)stars were struck, so that a (AJ)third of them would be darkened and the day would not shine for a (AK)third of it, and the night in the same way.

13 Then I looked, and I heard [g]an eagle flying in (AL)midheaven, saying with a loud voice, “(AM)Woe, woe, woe to (AN)those who dwell on the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the (AO)three angels who are about to sound!”

The Fifth Trumpet—the Bottomless Pit

Then the (AP)fifth angel sounded, and I saw a (AQ)star from heaven which had fallen to the earth; and the (AR)key of the [h](AS)bottomless pit was given to him. He opened the [i]bottomless pit, and (AT)smoke went up out of the pit, like the smoke of a great furnace; and (AU)the sun and the air were darkened by the smoke of the pit. Then out of the smoke came (AV)locusts [j]upon the earth, and power was given them, as the (AW)scorpions of the earth have power. They were told not to (AX)hurt the (AY)grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree, but only the men who do not have the (AZ)seal of God on their foreheads. And [k]they were not permitted to kill [l]anyone, but to torment for (BA)five months; and their torment was like the torment of a (BB)scorpion when it [m]stings a man. And in those days (BC)men will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, and death flees from them.

The [n](BD)appearance of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle; and on their heads appeared to be crowns like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men. They had hair like the hair of women, and their (BE)teeth were like the teeth of lions. They had breastplates like breastplates of iron; and the (BF)sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots, of many horses rushing to battle. 10 They have tails like (BG)scorpions, and stings; and in their (BH)tails is their power to hurt men for (BI)five months. 11 They have as king over them, the angel of the (BJ)abyss; his name in (BK)Hebrew is [o](BL)Abaddon, and in the Greek he has the name [p]Apollyon.

12 (BM)The first woe is past; behold, two woes are still coming after these things.

The Sixth Trumpet—Army from the East

13 Then the sixth angel sounded, and I heard [q]a voice from the [r]four (BN)horns of the (BO)golden altar which is before God, 14 one saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Release the (BP)four angels who are bound at the (BQ)great river Euphrates.” 15 And the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were (BR)released, so that they would kill a (BS)third of [s]mankind. 16 The number of the armies of the horsemen was (BT)two hundred million; (BU)I heard the number of them. 17 And [t]this is how I saw (BV)in the vision the horses and those who sat on them: the riders had breastplates the color of fire and of hyacinth and of [u](BW)brimstone; and the heads of the horses are like the heads of lions; and (BX)out of their mouths proceed fire and smoke and [v](BY)brimstone. 18 A (BZ)third of [w]mankind was killed by these three plagues, by the (CA)fire and the smoke and the [x]brimstone which proceeded out of their mouths. 19 For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails; for their tails are like serpents and have heads, and with them they do harm.

20 The rest of [y]mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, (CB)did not repent of (CC)the works of their hands, so as not to (CD)worship demons, and (CE)the idols of gold and of silver and of brass and of stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk; 21 and they (CF)did not repent of their murders nor of their (CG)sorceries nor of their (CH)immorality nor of their thefts.

The Angel and the Little Book

10 I saw another (CI)strong angel (CJ)coming down out of heaven, clothed with a cloud; and the (CK)rainbow was upon his head, and (CL)his face was like the sun, and his (CM)feet like pillars of fire; and he had in his hand a (CN)little book which was open. He placed (CO)his right foot on the sea and his left on the land; and he cried out with a loud voice, (CP)as when a lion roars; and when he had cried out, the (CQ)seven peals of thunder [z]uttered their voices. When the seven peals of thunder had spoken, (CR)I was about to write; and I (CS)heard a voice from heaven saying, “(CT)Seal up the things which the seven peals of thunder have spoken and do not write them.” Then the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land (CU)lifted up his right hand to heaven, (CV)and swore by (CW)Him who lives forever and ever, (CX)who created heaven and the things in it, and the earth and the things in it, and the sea and the things in it, that (CY)there will be delay no longer, but in the days of the voice of the (CZ)seventh angel, when he is about to sound, then (DA)the mystery of God is finished, as He [aa]preached to His servants the prophets.

Then (DB)the voice which I heard from heaven, I heard again speaking with me, and saying, “Go, take (DC)the [ab]book which is open in the hand of the angel who (DD)stands on the sea and on the land.” So I went to the angel, telling him to give me the little book. And he *said to me, “(DE)Take it and eat it; it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey.” 10 I took the little book out of the angel’s hand and ate it, and in my mouth it was sweet as honey; and when I had eaten it, my stomach was made bitter. 11 And (DF)they *said to me, “You must (DG)prophesy again concerning (DH)many peoples and nations and tongues and (DI)kings.”

The Two Witnesses

11 Then there was given me a [ac](DJ)measuring rod like a staff; [ad]and (DK)someone said, “Get up and measure the [ae]temple of God and the altar, and those who worship in it. [af]Leave out the (DL)court which is outside the [ag]temple and do not measure it, for (DM)it has been given to the nations; and they will (DN)tread under foot (DO)the holy city for (DP)forty-two months. And I will grant authority to my two (DQ)witnesses, and they will prophesy for (DR)twelve hundred and sixty days, clothed in (DS)sackcloth.” These are the (DT)two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. And if anyone wants to harm them, (DU)fire flows out of their mouth and devours their enemies; so if anyone wants to harm them, (DV)he must be killed in this way. These have the power to (DW)shut up the sky, so that rain will not fall during (DX)the days of their prophesying; and they have power over the waters to (DY)turn them into blood, and (DZ)to strike the earth with every plague, as often as they desire.

When they have finished their testimony, (EA)the beast that comes up out of the (EB)abyss will (EC)make war with them, and overcome them and kill them. And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the (ED)great city which [ah]mystically is called (EE)Sodom and (EF)Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. Those from (EG)the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations will look at their dead [ai]bodies for three and a half days, and [aj](EH)will not permit their dead bodies to be laid in a tomb. 10 And (EI)those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and celebrate; and they will (EJ)send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented (EK)those who dwell on the earth.

11 But after the three and a half days, (EL)the breath of life from God came into them, and they stood on their feet; and great fear fell upon those who were watching them. 12 And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “(EM)Come up here.” Then they (EN)went up into heaven in the cloud, and their enemies watched them. 13 And in that hour there was a great (EO)earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell; [ak]seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and (EP)gave glory to the (EQ)God of heaven.

14 The second (ER)woe is past; behold, the third woe is coming quickly.

The Seventh Trumpet—Christ’s Reign Foreseen

15 Then the (ES)seventh angel sounded; and there were (ET)loud voices in heaven, saying,

(EU)The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of (EV)His [al]Christ; and (EW)He will reign forever and ever.” 16 And the twenty-four elders, who (EX)sit on their thrones before God, (EY)fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying,

“We give You thanks, (EZ)O Lord God, the Almighty, who are and who were, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to (FA)reign. 18 And (FB)the nations were enraged, and (FC)Your wrath came, and (FD)the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to [am]reward Your (FE)bond-servants the prophets and the [an]saints and those who fear Your name, (FF)the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.”

19 And (FG)the [ao]temple of God which is in heaven was opened; and (FH)the ark of His covenant appeared in His [ap]temple, and there were flashes of (FI)lightning and sounds and peals of thunder and an earthquake and a (FJ)great [aq]hailstorm.

Footnotes

  1. Revelation 8:3 Lit give
  2. Revelation 8:3 Or holy ones
  3. Revelation 8:4 Or for
  4. Revelation 8:4 V 3, note 2
  5. Revelation 8:5 Lit has taken
  6. Revelation 8:9 Lit the ones having
  7. Revelation 8:13 Lit one eagle
  8. Revelation 9:1 Lit shaft of the abyss
  9. Revelation 9:2 V 1, note 1
  10. Revelation 9:3 Lit into
  11. Revelation 9:5 Lit it was given to them
  12. Revelation 9:5 Lit them
  13. Revelation 9:5 Lit strikes
  14. Revelation 9:7 Lit likenesses
  15. Revelation 9:11 I.e. destruction
  16. Revelation 9:11 I.e. destroyer
  17. Revelation 9:13 Lit one voice
  18. Revelation 9:13 Two early mss do not contain four
  19. Revelation 9:15 Gr anthropoi
  20. Revelation 9:17 Lit thus I saw
  21. Revelation 9:17 I.e. burning sulphur
  22. Revelation 9:17 I.e. burning sulphur
  23. Revelation 9:18 Gr anthropoi
  24. Revelation 9:18 I.e. burning sulphur
  25. Revelation 9:20 Gr anthropoi
  26. Revelation 10:3 Or spoke
  27. Revelation 10:7 Lit preached the gospel
  28. Revelation 10:8 Or scroll
  29. Revelation 11:1 Lit reed
  30. Revelation 11:1 Lit saying
  31. Revelation 11:1 Or sanctuary
  32. Revelation 11:2 Lit Throw out
  33. Revelation 11:2 Or sanctuary
  34. Revelation 11:8 Lit spiritually
  35. Revelation 11:9 Lit body
  36. Revelation 11:9 Lit do not permit
  37. Revelation 11:13 Lit names of people, seven thousand
  38. Revelation 11:15 I.e. Messiah
  39. Revelation 11:18 Lit give the reward to
  40. Revelation 11:18 Or holy ones
  41. Revelation 11:19 Or sanctuary
  42. Revelation 11:19 Or sanctuary
  43. Revelation 11:19 Lit hail

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