14 And I saw, and there was the lamb standing on Mount Sion, and with it a hundred and forty-four thousand who had its name and its Father’s name written on their foreheads. 2 And I heard a sound out of heaven like the sound of much water and like the sound of loud thunder; and the sound that I heard was like that of harpers playing on their harps. 3 * And they were singing what seemed to be a new song before the throne and before the four creatures and the aged men; and nobody could learn the song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who had been bought from the earth. 4 These are they who were not defiled with women: for they are virgins. These are they who follow the lamb wherever it goes. These were bought from mankind as firstfruits for God and the lamb, 5 and in their mouths was found no falsehood: they are without a flaw. 6 And I saw another angel flying in the zenith with an eternal gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth and to every race and tribe and language and people, 7 saying in a loud voice “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour for his judgment has come; and do reverence to him who made the heavens and the earth and sea and springs of water.” 8 And a second angel followed, saying “She has fallen, she has fallen, great Babylon who gave all nations the wine of her rage of unchastity to drink.” 9 And a third angel followed them, saying in a loud voice “Whoever is doing reverence to the beast and its image, and taking a stamp on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he too shall drink the wine of God’s wrath that is mixed undiluted in the cup of his anger, and shall be tortured with fire and sulfur before holy angels and before the lamb; 11 and the smoke of their torture goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest day nor night, those who do reverence to the beast and its image and whoever takes the stamp of its name. 12 Here is the endurance of God’s people, those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.” 13 And I heard a voice out of the sky say “Write ‘Happy are the dead who die in the Lord henceforth—yes, says the Spirit, to rest from their labors; for their deeds follow with them.’” 14 And I saw, and there was a white cloud; and sitting on the cloud the like of a son of man, with a golden wreath on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. 15 And another angel came out of the temple, calling in a loud voice to the one who was sitting on the cloud “Out with your sickle and reap, because reaping-time has come, because the harvest of the earth is dry”; 16 and the one who was sitting on the cloud threw his sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped. 17 And another angel came out of the temple in heaven, also with a sharp sickle. 18 And another angel came out of the altar, he who has dominion over fire, and called loudly to the one who had the sharp sickle “Out with your sharp sickle and harvest the clusters of the vine of the earth, because its grapes are ripe”; 19 and the angel threw his sickle to the earth, and harvested the vintage of the vine of the earth and threw it into the great winepress of God’s wrath. 20 * And the winepress was trodden outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress up to horses’ bridles two hundred miles off.
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