Celebration in Heaven
1After this I heard something like the loud voice of a vast multitude19:1 Rv 7:9 in heaven, saying,
Hallelujah!19:1 Ps 104:35; 106:1,48; 146:10; 148:14; 150:1
Salvation, glory, and power belong to our God,19:1 Jb 12:13; Dn 9:9; Rv 7:10
2because his judgments are true19:2 Valid; Jn 8:16; 19:35 and righteous,19:2 Jn 8:16; 19:35; Rv 15:3; 16:7
because he has judged the notorious prostitute19:2 Rv 17:1
who corrupted the earth with her sexual immorality;
and he has avenged the blood of his servants
that was on her hands.19:2 Dt 32:43; 2Kg 9:7; Rv 6:10; 16:6; 17:6; 18:24
3A second time they said,
Her smoke ascends forever and ever!19:3 Is 34:8–10; Rv 14:11
4Then the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God,19:4 Rv 4:8–10; 5:6–14; 7:11; 11:16 who is seated on the throne, saying,
Amen! Hallelujah!19:4 Ps 106:48
5A voice came from the throne, saying,
Praise our God,
all his servants, and the ones who fear him,
both small and great!19:5 Dt 1:17; 2Ch 18:30; 34:30; Jb 3:19; Ps 115:13; Rv 11:18
6Then I heard something like the voice of a vast multitude, like the sound of cascading waters,19:6 Ezk 1:24; 43:2; Rv 1:15; 14:2 and like the rumbling of loud thunder, saying,
Hallelujah, because our Lord God, the Almighty,
7Let us be glad, rejoice, and give him glory,19:7 Mt 5:12; Rm 1:21; 4:20
because the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his bride has prepared herself.19:7 Is 54:5–7; Hs 2:19; Mt 22:2–14; Eph 5:27,32; Rv 21:2
8She was given fine linen to wear, bright and pure.19:8 Gn 41:42; Ezk 16:10,13; Mt 27:59; Lk 16:19; Rv 15:6; 19:14
For the fine linen represents the righteous acts of the saints.19:8 Eph 2:10
9Then he19:9 Probably an angel; Rv 17:1; 22:8–9 said to me,19:9 Rv 17:1; 22:8–9 “Write: Blessed are those invited to the marriage feast19:9 Is 25:6–8; Lk 13:29 of the Lamb!” He also said to me, “These words of God are true.”19:9 Rv 21:5; 22:6
10Then I fell at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “Don’t do that!19:10 Ac 10:25; Rv 22:9 I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers and sisters who hold firmly to the testimony of Jesus.19:10 Rv 1:2,9; 12:17; 20:4 Worship God, because the testimony of Jesus is the spirit19:10 Or the Spirit of prophecy.”
The Rider on a White Horse
11Then I saw heaven opened,19:11 Jn 1:51; Rv 4:1; 11:19; 15:5 and there was a white horse. Its rider is called Faithful and True,19:11 Rv 3:14 and with justice he judges and makes war.19:11 Ps 9:8; 96:13; Rv 16:7; 19:2
12His eyes were like a fiery flame,19:12 Rv 1:14; 2:18 and many crowns19:12 Or diadems were on his head.19:12 Rv 12:3; 13:1 He had a name written that no one knows except himself.19:12 Rv 2:17; 3:12
13He wore a robe dipped in blood,19:13 Is 63:1–6; Rv 14:14–20 and his name is called the Word of God.19:13 Jn 1:1–5; Heb 4:12
14The armies that were in heaven followed him on white horses, wearing pure white linen.
15A sharp19:15 Other mss add double-edged sword19:15 Is 49:2; Heb 4:12; Rv 1:16; 2:12,16 came from his mouth, so that he might strike the nations with it.19:15 Is 11:4; 2Th 2:8; Rv 1:16; 2:12 He will rule19:15 Or shepherd them with an iron rod.19:15 Ps 2:9; Rv 12:5 He will also trample the winepress of the fierce anger of God,19:15 Jr 25:15; Rv 14:8,10,19–20; 16:19; 18:3 the Almighty.
16And he has a name written on his robe and on his thigh: King of Kings and Lord of Lords.19:16 Dt 10:17; Dn 2:47; 1Tm 6:15; Rv 17:14
The Beast and Its Armies Defeated
17Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he called out in a loud voice, saying to all the birds flying high overhead, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God,
18so that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of military commanders, the flesh of the mighty, the flesh of horses and of their riders, and the flesh of everyone, both free and slave, small and great.”19:18 Ezk 32:4; 39:17–20
19Then I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies19:19 Rv 16:13–14; 17:2; 18:3,9 gathered together to wage war19:19 Nm 27:3; Jdg 6:33; Is 13:4; Hs 1:11 against the rider on the horse and against his army.
20But the beast was taken prisoner, and along with it the false prophet, who had performed the signs in its presence. He deceived those who accepted the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image with these signs.19:20 Rv 13:13–17 Both of them were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur.19:20 Mt 5:22; Mk 9:43; Rv 20:10,14; 21:8
21The rest were killed with the sword that came from the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds ate their fill of their flesh.