Celebration in Heaven 19 1After this I heard something like the loud voice of a vast multitude in heaven, saying: Hallelujah! Salvation, glory, and power belong to our God, 2because His judgments are true[T] and righteous, because He has judged the notorious prostitute who corrupted the earth with her sexual immorality; and He has avenged the blood of His slaves that was on her hands. 3A second time they said: Hallelujah! Her smoke ascends forever and ever! 4Then the 24 elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who is seated on the throne, saying: Amen! Hallelujah! 5A voice came from the throne, saying: Praise our God, all His slaves, who fear Him, both small and great! Marriage of the Lamb Announced 6Then I heard something like the voice of a vast multitude, like the sound of cascading waters, and like the rumbling of loud thunder, saying: Hallelujah, because our Lord God, the Almighty, has begun to reign! 7Let us be glad, rejoice, and give Him glory, because the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has prepared herself. 8She was given fine linen to wear, bright and pure. For the fine linen represents the righteous acts of the saints. 9Then he[U] said to me, “Write: Those invited to the marriage feast of the Lamb are fortunate!” He also said to me, “These words of God are true.” 10Then I fell at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow slave with you and your brothers who have the testimony about[V] Jesus. Worship God, because the testimony about Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”[W] The Rider on a White Horse 11Then I saw heaven opened, and there was a white horse. Its rider is called Faithful and True, and He judges and makes war in righteousness. 12His eyes were like a fiery flame, and many crowns[X] were on His head. He had a name written that no one knows except Himself. 13He wore a robe stained with blood,[Y] and His name is the Word of God. 14The armies that were in heaven followed Him on white horses, wearing pure white linen. 15A sharp[Z] sword came from His mouth, so that He might strike the nations with it. He will shepherd[A] them with an iron scepter. He will also trample the winepress of the fierce anger of God, the Almighty. 16And He has a name written on His robe and on His thigh: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. The Beast and His Armies Defeated 17Then I saw an angel standing on[B] the sun, and he cried 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 commanders, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of their riders, and the flesh of everyone, both free and slave, small and great.” 19Then I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies gathered together to wage war against the rider on the horse and against His army. 20But the beast was taken prisoner, and along with him the false prophet, who had performed the signs in his presence. He deceived those who accepted the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image with these signs. Both of them were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. 21The rest were killed with the sword that came from the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh.
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