People in Heaven Praise God
1After this vision and announcement I heard what sounded like a great many people in heaven saying:
Salvation, glory, and power belong to our God,
2because his judgments are true and right.
He has punished the prostitute
who made the earth evil with her sexual sin.
He has paid her back for the death of his servants.”
3Again they said:
She is burning, and her smoke will rise forever and ever.”
4Then the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures bowed down and worshiped God, who sits on the throne. They said:
5Then a voice came from the throne, saying:
“Praise our God, all you who serve him
and all you who honor him, both small and great!”
6Then I heard what sounded like a great many people, like the noise of flooding water, and like the noise of loud thunder. The people were saying:
Our Lord God, the Almighty, rules.
7Let us rejoice and be happy
and give God glory,
because the wedding of the Lamb has come,
and the Lamb’s bride has made herself ready.
8Fine linen, bright and clean, was given to her to wear.”
(The fine linen means the good things done by God’s holy people.)
9And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who have been invited to the wedding meal of the Lamb!” And the angel said, “These are the true words of God.”
10Then I bowed down at the angel’s feet to worship him, but he said to me, “Do not worship me! I am a servant like you and your brothers and sisters who have the message of Jesus. Worship God, because the message about Jesus is the spirit that gives all prophecy.”
The Rider on the White Horse
11Then I saw heaven opened, and there before me was a white horse. The rider on the horse is called Faithful and True, and he is right when he judges and makes war. 12His eyes are like burning fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him, which no one but himself knows. 13He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14The armies of heaven, dressed in fine linen, white and clean, were following him on white horses. 15Out of the rider’s mouth comes a sharp sword that he will use to defeat the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will crush out the wine in the winepress of the terrible anger of God the Almighty. 16On his robe and on his upper leg was written this name: king of kings and lord of lords.
17Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he called with a loud voice to all the birds flying in the sky: “Come and gather together for the great feast of God 18so that you can eat the bodies of kings, generals, mighty people, horses and their riders, and the bodies of all people—free, slave, small, and great.”
19Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth. Their armies were gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army. 20But the beast was captured and with him the false prophet who did the miracles for the beast. The false prophet had used these miracles to trick those who had the mark of the beast and worshiped his idol. The false prophet and the beast were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. 21And their armies were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds ate the bodies until they were full.