17Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and a loud voice came from the throne in the temple, saying, “It is done!”. Worship God!”, 10Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of prophecy in this book, because the time is near. 18Still another angel, with authority over the fire, came from the altar and called out in a loud voice to the angel with the sharp sickle, “Swing your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from the vine of the earth, because its grapes are ripe.”, 19So the angel swung his sickle over the earth and gathered the grapes of the earth, and he threw them into the great winepress of God’s wrath. 20He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. 1After this I saw another angel descending from heaven with great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his glory. [16] This is not to say that Christians in Roman Asia were not suffering, for withdrawal from, and defiance against, the wider Roman society, which imposed very real penalties; Revelation offered a victory over this reality by offering an apocalyptic hope: in the words of professor Adela Yarbro Collins, "What ought to be was experienced as a present reality. ], 17:5,18; and the heavenly Jerusalem is the wife of the Lamb, 21:9-10).

Revelation is a book that has been called everything from a hodgepodge of nonsense to a masterpiece. The Middle Persian sources prophesy that at the end of the world, Dahāg will at last burst his bonds and ravage the world, consuming one in three humans and livestock, until the ancient hero Kirsāsp returns to life to kill Dahāg. In recent years, theories have arisen which concentrate upon how readers and texts interact to create meaning and which are less interested in what the original author intended. And having turned, I saw seven golden lampstands, 4They will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. whose name appears elsewhere in ancient writings. 1Then the fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from heaven to earth, and it was given the key to the pit of the Abyss. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be within the city, and His servants will worship Him. Used with permission. 6And the seven angels with the seven trumpets prepared to sound them. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. 16So because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to vomit you out of My mouth! 19Therefore write down the things you have seen, and the things that are, and the things that will happen after this. (12:5–6). 15The second beast was permitted to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship it to be killed. All these things are gone forever. The stars of heaven fall to the earth and the sky recedes like a scroll being rolled up (6:13–14). A scroll, with seven seals, is presented and it is declared that the, When the "Lamb having seven horns and seven eyes" took the scroll, the creatures of heaven fell down before the Lamb to give him praise, joined by myriads of angels and the creatures of the earth. "Flowers preach to us if we will hear", begins her poem 'Consider the lilies of the field', Ms Rossetti remarks that patience is a word which does not occur in the Bible until the New Testament, as if the usage first came from Christ's own lips. To Him who loves us and has released us from our sins by His blood, 4Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and on these thrones sat twenty-four elders dressed in white, with golden crowns on their heads. The disputation can perhaps be attributed to Origen.

Believers can trust in his unfailing love and justice to keep them secure until the very end. Scholars assign four basic schools of interpretation to the book of Revelation: The book of Revelation starts with “this is a revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants the events that must soon take place. 7But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be fulfilled, just as He proclaimed to His servants, the prophets.”, 8Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me again, saying, “Go, take the small scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel standing on the sea and on the land.”, 9And I went to the angel and said, “Give me the small scroll.”, “Take it and eat it,” he said.

Do not measure it, because it has been given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for 42 months. 1This is the revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants what must soon come to pass. Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks.