The Lamb and the 144,000
1Then I looked, and there on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, Is 18:7; 24:23; Mc 4:7 and with Him were 144,000 who had His name and His Father’s name written on their foreheads. Dt 6:8; Ezk 9:4; Rv3:12; 7:3; 9:4; 13:16; 22:4
2I heard a sound Or voice from heaven like the sound of cascading waters Ezk 1:24; 43:2; Rv 1:15; 19:6 and like the rumbling of loud thunder. The sound I heard was also like harpists playing on their harps. Rv 5:8
3They sang Other mss add as it were a new song Rv 5:9 before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders, Rv 4:4,6 but no one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed Or purchased from the earth.
4These are the ones not defiled with women, for they have kept their virginity. 1Sm 21:4-5 These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. They were redeemed Other mss add by Jesus Or purchased from the human race as the firstfruits Dt 21:17; Jr 2:3; Jms 1:18 for God and the Lamb.
5No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless. Zph 3:13; Jn 1:47
The Proclamation of Three Angels
6Then I saw another angel Rv 7:2; 8:3; 14:15,17-18; 18:1 flying high overhead, Rv 8:13 having the eternal gospel to announce to the inhabitants of the earth — to every nation, tribe, language, and people. Rv 5:9; 7:9; 11:9; 13:7
7He spoke with a loud voice: Rv 1:10; 8:13; 10:3 “Fear God Gn 22:12; 42:18; Ps 66:16; Ec 5:7; 12:13; Ac 13:16,26; 1Pt 2:17 and give Him glory, Jos 7:19; 1Sm 6:5; Jr 13:16; Lk 17:18; Rv 4:9; 16:9; 19:7 because the hour of His judgment has come. Rv 18:10 Worship the Maker of heaven and earth, Ps 115:15; 121:2; 124:8; 134:3; 146:6 the sea and springs of water.”
8A second angel Lit Another angel, a second followed, saying: “It has fallen, Babylon the Great Dn 4:30; Rv 16:19; 17:5; 18:2 has fallen, Other mss omit the second has fallen who made all nations drink the wine of her sexual immorality, Or wine of her passionate immorality which brings wrath.” Is 21:9; Jr 51:7-8,49; Rv 17:2,4; 18:2-3
9And a third angel Lit Another angel, a third followed them and spoke with a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand,
10he will also drink the wine of God’s wrath, which is mixed full strength in the cup of His anger. Ps 75:8; Is 51:17; Jr 25:15-17 Rv 17:2,4; 18:2-3 He will be tormented with fire and sulfur Lk 17:29; Rv 20:10; 21:8 in the sight of the holy angels and in the sight of the Lamb,
11and the smoke of their torment will go up forever and ever. Is 1:31; 34:10; 66:24; Rv 19:3 There is no rest Lit They have no rest Ps 22:2; Is 23:12; 62:6; Jr 45:3; Lm 2:18 day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or anyone who receives the mark Gn 4:15; Ex 12:13; Ezk 9:4,6; Rv 13:16; 16:2; 19:20 of his name.
12This demands the perseverance Lit Here is the perseverance of the saints, Rv 13:10 who keep God’s commands and their faith in Jesus.” Or and faith in Jesus, or and faithfulness to Jesus
13Then I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write: The dead who die in the Lord from now on are blessed.” Rv 1:3; 16:15; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7,14
“Yes,” says the Spirit, “let them rest from their labors, for their works follow them! ”
Reaping the Earth’s Harvest
14Then I looked, and there was a white cloud, and One like the Son of Man Or like a son of man Dn 7:13; Lk 21:27; Rv 1:13 was seated on the cloud, with a gold crown on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand.
15Another angel came out of the sanctuary, crying out in a loud voice to the One who was seated on the cloud, “Use your sickle and reap, for the time to reap has come, since the harvest of the earth is ripe.” Jl 3:13
16So the One seated on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested.
17Then another angel who also had a sharp sickle came out of the sanctuary in heaven.
18Yet another angel, who had authority over fire, came from the altar, and he called with a loud voice to the one who had the sharp sickle, “Use your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from earth’s vineyard, because its grapes have ripened.”
19So the angel swung his sickle toward earth and gathered the grapes from earth’s vineyard, and he threw them into the great winepress of God’s wrath. Rv 16:19; 19:15
20Then the press was trampled outside the city, and blood flowed out of the press up to the horses’ bridles for about 180 miles. Lit 1,600 stadia Is 63:1-6