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Chapter 14

1Then in my vision I saw the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 people who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. 2And I heard a sound from heaven, like the sound of great waters, and loud peals of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing on their harps. 3They were singing a new song before the throne and the four animals and the elders, and no one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been ransomed from the earth. 4They are the men who have not been defiled by relations with women; they are celibates. It is they who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They have been ransomed from among men as the first-fruits for God and the Lamb, 5and they have never been known to utter a lie; they are irreproachable.

6Then I saw another angel flying in midair, with eternal good news to announce to the inhabitants of the earth, to every nation, tribe, language, and people. 7He cried in a loud voice,

“Fear God and give him glory, for the hour for his judgment has come. Worship him who made heaven and earth and sea and the springs of water.”

8A second angel followed, saying,

“She is fallen! Mighty Babylon is fallen, who made all the heathen drink the wine of the passion of her immorality!”

9A third angel followed them, saying in a loud voice,

“Whoever worships the animal and its statue and lets its mark be put on his forehead or on his hand 10shall drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured unmixed into the cup of his anger, and be tortured with fire and brimstone before the eyes of the holy angels and the Lamb. 11The smoke of their torture will go up forever and ever, and they will have no rest night or day—these worshipers of the animal and its statue, and any who bear the mark of its name.” 12On this fact rests the endurance of God’s people, who obey God’s commands and cling to their faith in Jesus.

13Then I heard a voice from heaven say,

“Write: Blessed are the dead who from this time forth die as Christians!”

“Yes!” answers the Spirit, “Let them rest from their toil, for what they have done will go with them!”

14Then I saw a white cloud, and seated on it a being like a man, with a gold crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand.

15And another angel came out of the temple and cried in a loud voice to him who was seated on the cloud,

“Use your sickle and reap. The time has come to reap, for the earth’s harvest is ripe.”

16So he who was seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped.

17Another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. 18And another angel came forth from the altar, who presided over the fire, and he called in a loud voice to the one who had the sharp sickle,

“Use your sharp sickle and gather the bunches of grapes from the earth’s vine, for the grapes on it are ripe.”

19So the angel swung his sickle on the earth and gathered the fruit of the earth’s vine, and flung them into the great winepress of God’s wrath. 20The grapes were trodden in the winepress outside the city, and blood poured out of the winepress in a stream so deep that for 200 miles it came up to the horses’ bridles.

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