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Revelation 1:1[edit]

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

Revelation 1:1 Notes[edit]

Spoiler alert: It all blows up in the end.

Revelation 1:2[edit]

Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

Revelation 1:2 Notes[edit]

Revelation 1:3[edit]

Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

Revelation 1:3 Notes[edit]

The most common scholarly interpretation of Revelation is that it is seditious literature disguised as a bizarre prophecy about the future.

Closing to 2000 years later… and we're still here.

Revelation 1:4[edit]

John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;

Revelation 1:4 Notes[edit]

Revelation 1:5[edit]

And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

Revelation 1:5 Notes[edit]

Revelation 1:6[edit]

And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Revelation 1:6 Notes[edit]

Revelation 1:7[edit]

Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

Revelation 1:7 Notes[edit]

It would be difficult for everyone on Earth to see him come down from the clouds, the Earth being (roughly) a sphere. (This difficulty could be eliminated with the introduction of further spatial dimensions, but we aren't waiting up on it.) Is this being broadcast somehow or has everyone been gathered to one place?

Interestingly enough, there are some that say that the advent of 24/7 cable news and internet access is another sign of the end times, as technology has made it possible for everyone to see an event occurring at one point on or above the planet.

Note also that those who pierced him are, putting it mildly, not seeing as well as they once were.

Revelation 1:8[edit]

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

Revelation 1:8 Notes[edit]

This assertion does not appear to contain a clear semantic meaning.

Revelation 1:9[edit]

I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Revelation 1:9 Notes[edit]

Saint John on Patmos, as depicted by Hieronymus Bosch (1489)

Revelation 1:10[edit]

I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

Revelation 1:10 Notes[edit]

The trippy stuff begins here, and with it the question of what exactly John had ingested before writing this down.

Revelation 1:11[edit]

Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

Revelation 1:11 Notes[edit]

From here until Revelation 3:22, John chastises various "churches" (congregations) of early Christianity for doctrinal differences and insufficient piousness. "Asia" actually refers to "Asia Minor" which is today's Turkey. "I am Alpha and Omega" is repeated from Revelation 1:8; it may be a later addition not in early manuscripts, maybe a copying error.[1]

Revelation 1:12[edit]

And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;

Revelation 1:12 Notes[edit]

Revelation 1:13[edit]

And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

Revelation 1:13 Notes[edit]

Revelation 1:14[edit]

His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

Revelation 1:14 Notes[edit]

Flames are widely known to accompany fires.

Revelation 1:15[edit]

And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.

Revelation 1:15 Notes[edit]

So Jesus had feet made of brass and had a voice of the legion? Sounds legit.

Revelation 1:16[edit]

And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

Revelation 1:16 Notes[edit]

So, Jesus was amidst seven candles, accompanied by seven stars, while his eyes were on fire and carrying a massive sword in his mouth. That, dear readers, is the most fucking metal thing ever… until Revelation 12:7.

On a more sedate note, the holding of seven stars was a common detail for the Caesar on Roman coins — in other words, Jesus is the true Caesar, as it were. John may not have been doing as good a job of hiding the anti-Rome intent of the document as he thought.

Revelation 1:17[edit]

And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

Revelation 1:17 Notes[edit]

Revelation 1:18[edit]

I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

Revelation 1:18 Notes[edit]

Revelation 1:19[edit]

Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;

Revelation 1:19 Notes[edit]

Revelation 1:20[edit]

The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

Revelation 1:20 Notes[edit]

Revelation 2:1[edit]

Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;

Revelation 2:1 Notes[edit]

Revelation 2:2[edit]

I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:

Revelation 2:2 Notes[edit]

Revelation 2:3[edit]

And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.

Revelation 2:3 Notes[edit]

Revelation 2:4[edit]

Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

Revelation 2:4 Notes[edit]

Revelation 2:5[edit]

Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

Revelation 2:5 Notes[edit]

Revelation 2:6[edit]

But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.

Revelation 2:6 Notes[edit]

"Nicolaitanes" refers to adherents of an early heresy known as Nicolaism. It's not clear what exactly this heresy was about. It might be mentioned here in a figurative sense only. The congregation in Ephesus rejects it, while the one in Pergamos does not (see Revelation 2:15).

Revelation 2:7[edit]

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

Revelation 2:7 Notes[edit]

According to the theologian Robert Charles,Wikipedia this passage was influenced by 1 Enoch 25:4-6:

4. And as for this fragrant tree no mortal is permitted to touch it till the great judgement, when He shall take vengeance on all and bring (everything) to its consummation for ever. It shall then be given to the righteous and holy. 5. Its fruit shall be for food to the elect: it shall be transplanted to the holy place, to the temple of the Lord, the Eternal King. 6 Then shall they rejoice with joy and be glad, And into the holy place shall they enter; And its fragrance shall be in their bones, And they shall live a long life on earth, Such as thy fathers lived: And in their days shall no "sorrow" or plague Or torment or calamity touch them.

Revelation 22:2, Revelation 22:14, and Revelation 22:19 also mention this tree of life.

Revelation 2:8[edit]

And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;

Revelation 2:8 Notes[edit]

Revelation 2:9[edit]

I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

Revelation 2:9 Notes[edit]

John of Patmos, the author of Revelation, was part of the same group that wrote the Gospel of John, which were a Gnostic sect whose writings somehow made it into the canonical New Testament, and from anti-Semitic verses such as the one here, and various others found throughout John and Revelation, one can tell that the Gnostic sect who wrote Revelation and the Gospel of John, dubbed the "Johannines" by scholars, possessed an anti-Semitic bent to their ideology, in addition to being Gnostic in faith.

The "synagogue of Satan" phrase often winds its way into rants of those in the alt-right with strong Christian leanings, including "Christian nation"-types.[2]

See also Revelation 3:9, which repeats the "synagogue of Satan" anti-semitism.

Revelation 2:10[edit]

Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

Revelation 2:10 Notes[edit]

Revelation 2:11[edit]

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

Revelation 2:11 Notes[edit]

Revelation 2:12[edit]

And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;

Revelation 2:12 Notes[edit]

Revelation 2:13[edit]

I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

Revelation 2:13 Notes[edit]

Revelation 2:14[edit]

But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

Revelation 2:14 Notes[edit]

Revelation 2:15[edit]

So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate.

Revelation 2:15 Notes[edit]

See notes for 2:6.

Revelation 2:16[edit]

Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

Revelation 2:16 Notes[edit]

Going uber-literalist, it would be quite a sight to see Him fighting that way.

Revelation 2:17[edit]

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

Revelation 2:17 Notes[edit]

Revelation 2:18[edit]

And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;

Revelation 2:18 Notes[edit]

Revelation 2:19[edit]

I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.

Revelation 2:19 Notes[edit]

Revelation 2:20[edit]

Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

Revelation 2:20 Notes[edit]

This Jezebel could have something to see with the queen described in 1 Kings (see 1 Kings 16:31 onwards) and 2 Kings, who instituted the worshipping of the gods Baal and Asherah and ordered the execution of all the prophets of Yahweh. In fact some Fundies mix both characters and claim they are one and the same, her being a demoness who loves to mess with people who are in power possessing them to attack Christians.

Alternatively, she could just be a Pagan priestess who shares her name with the Biblical queen given the mention of eating things sacrificed to idols and who worshipped any of those deities whose rites included ritual prostitutionWikipedia.

Revelation 2:21[edit]

And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

Revelation 2:21 Notes[edit]

2nd century slut-shaming.

Revelation 2:22[edit]

Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.

Revelation 2:22 Notes[edit]

Here is described what seems to be a non-consensual BDSM orgy.

Revelation 2:23[edit]

And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

Revelation 2:23 Notes[edit]

Death is widely considered to be the most effective way of killing people. Is this where Motörhead got their song title, Killed by Death?Wikipedia

Revelation 2:24[edit]

But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.

Revelation 2:24 Notes[edit]

Revelation 2:25[edit]

But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.

Revelation 2:25 Notes[edit]

Heh heh heh. "Come". The innuendo here actually blends in nicely with 2:22.

Revelation 2:26[edit]

And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

Revelation 2:26 Notes[edit]

Revelation 2:27[edit]

And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

Revelation 2:27 Notes[edit]

John is essentially saying that God will ensure that Christians rule over all other peoples, and that they should take advantage of this power by "ruling with a rod of iron."

One of the branches of the Moonies, the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary Church, also goes by the name "Rod of Iron Ministries" in reference to this passage as well as to Revelation 12:5 and Revelation 19:15.

"Smashing like an earthen pot" is the usual description of the flooded city [singular] in the Utnapishtim myth (the original of Noah's Ark).

Revelation 2:28[edit]

And I will give him the morning star.

Revelation 2:28 Notes[edit] this the bad-assed weapon?

Revelation 2:29[edit]

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Revelation 2:29 Notes[edit]

Revelation 3:1[edit]

And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.

Revelation 3:1 Notes[edit]

Revelation 3:2[edit]

Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

Revelation 3:2 Notes[edit]

Revelation 3:3[edit]

Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

Revelation 3:3 Notes[edit]

Revelation 3:4[edit]

Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.

Revelation 3:4 Notes[edit]

Revelation 3:5[edit]

He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

Revelation 3:5 Notes[edit]

According to the theologian Robert Charles,Wikipedia this passage was influenced by 1 Enoch 90:31:

  • And thereafter those three who were clothed in white and had seized me by my hand [who had taken me up before], and the hand of that ram also seizing hold of me, they took me up and set me down in the midst of those sheep before the judgement took place.

Revelation 3:6[edit]

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Revelation 3:6 Notes[edit]

Revelation 3:7[edit]

And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;

Revelation 3:7 Notes[edit]

Revelation 3:8[edit]

I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

Revelation 3:8 Notes[edit]

Revelation 3:9[edit]

Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

Revelation 3:9 Notes[edit]

See Revelation 2:9. This passage is quoted in one version of the QAnon map.

Revelation 3:10[edit]

Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

Revelation 3:10 Notes[edit]

According to the theologian Robert CharlesWikipedia, this passage was influenced by 1 Enoch 37:5.

Now three parables were imparted to me, and I lifted up my voice and recounted them to those that dwell on the earth.

Revelation 3:11[edit]

Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

Revelation 3:11 Notes[edit]

This is sadly a common problem for men of God's age.

Revelation 3:12[edit]

Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

Revelation 3:12 Notes[edit]

This temple is clearly not literal. Keep that in mind as you continue.

Revelation 3:13[edit]

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Revelation 3:13 Notes[edit]

Revelation 3:14[edit]

And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

Revelation 3:14 Notes[edit]

Revelation 3:15[edit]

I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

Revelation 3:15 Notes[edit]

God and Goldilocks apparently have quite allot in common. Perhaps that's where he got the kid mauling bears from? 2 Kings 2:23

Revelation 3:16[edit]

So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

Revelation 3:16 Notes[edit]

Revelation 3:17[edit]

Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

Revelation 3:17 Notes[edit]

According to the theologian Robert Charles,Wikipedia this passage was influenced by 1 Enoch 97:8:

  • Woe to you who acquire silver and gold in unrighteousness and say: ‘We have become rich with riches and have possessions; And have acquired everything we have desired.

Revelation 3:18[edit]

I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

Revelation 3:18 Notes[edit]

Revelation 3:19[edit]

As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Revelation 3:19 Notes[edit]

Revelation 3:20[edit]

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Revelation 3:20 Notes[edit]

According to the theologian Robert CharlesWikipedia, this passage was influenced by 1 Enoch 62:14:

And the Lord of Spirits will abide over them, And with that Son of Man shall they eat And lie down and rise up for ever and ever.

This verse has been used by In-n-Out Burger to sell hamburgers.

Revelation 3:21[edit]

To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

Revelation 3:21 Notes[edit]

Revelation 3:22[edit]

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Revelation 3:22 Notes[edit]

Revelation 4:1[edit]

After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.

Revelation 4:1 Notes[edit]

Revelation 4:2[edit]

And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.

Revelation 4:2 Notes[edit]

Revelation 4:3[edit]

And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.

Revelation 4:3 Notes[edit]

Revelation 4:4[edit]

And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.

Revelation 4:4 Notes[edit]

Revelation 4:5[edit]

And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

Revelation 4:5 Notes[edit]

Just what exactly was John smoking before he wrote this, and where can I get some?

Revelation 4:6[edit]

And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.

Revelation 4:6 Notes[edit]

According to the theologian Robert Charles,Wikipedia this passage was influenced by 1 Enoch 40:2:

  • And on the four sides of the Lord of Spirits I saw four presences, different from those that sleep not, and I learnt their names: for the angel that went with me made known to me their names, and showed me all the hidden things.

Revelation 4:7[edit]

And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.

Revelation 4:7 Notes[edit]

Revelation 4:8[edit]

And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, LORD God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

Revelation 4:8 Notes[edit]

According to the theologian Robert CharlesWikipedia, this passage was influenced by 1 Enoch 39:13.

And here my eyes saw all those who sleep not: they stand before Him and bless and say: 'Blessed be Thou, and blessed be the name of the Lord for ever and ever.'

Revelation 4:9[edit]

And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,

Revelation 4:9 Notes[edit]

Revelation 4:10[edit]

The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

Revelation 4:10 Notes[edit]

Revelation 4:11[edit]

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

Revelation 4:11 Notes[edit]

Revelation 5:1[edit]

And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.

Revelation 5:1 Notes[edit]

Revelation 5:2[edit]

And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

Revelation 5:2 Notes[edit]

Revelation 5:3[edit]

And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.

Revelation 5:3 Notes[edit]

Revelation 5:4[edit]

And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

Revelation 5:4 Notes[edit]

Revelation 5:5[edit]

And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

Revelation 5:5 Notes[edit]

Revelation 5:6[edit]

And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

Revelation 5:6 Notes[edit]

Revelation 5:7[edit]

And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.

Revelation 5:7 Notes[edit]

Revelation 5:8[edit]

And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.

Revelation 5:8 Notes[edit]

Revelation 5:9[edit]

And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

Revelation 5:9 Notes[edit]

Revelation 5:10[edit]

And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

Revelation 5:10 Notes[edit]

Revelation 5:11[edit]

And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;

Revelation 5:11 Notes[edit]

Revelation 5:12[edit]

Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

Revelation 5:12 Notes[edit]

Revelation 5:13[edit]

And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

Revelation 5:13 Notes[edit]

Revelation 5:14[edit]

And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

Revelation 5:14 Notes[edit]

Revelation 6:1[edit]

And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.

Revelation 6:1 Notes[edit]

From here onwards, remember who is sending all those destruction, deaths, and suffering (hint: He's supposed to be all-loving)

Revelation 6:2[edit]

And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

Revelation 6:2 Notes[edit]

The first, and judging by his fancy headwear, most likely greatest, of the famed "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse". As you can see, his name is Conquest, not Pestilence. This is because at some point theologians decided that Conquest overlapped too much with the next guy.

Revelation 6:3[edit]

And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.

Revelation 6:3 Notes[edit]

Revelation 6:4[edit]

And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

Revelation 6:4 Notes[edit]

Revelation 6:5[edit]

And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.

Revelation 6:5 Notes[edit]

Revelation 6:6[edit]

And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

Revelation 6:6 Notes[edit]

This looks to actually be a reference to absentee landowners who would set aside all or almost all of their farms to grow the cash crops of olive (for oil) and grapes (for wine) — without regard to the grains needed to feed the people. Domitian issued an edict forbidding further allocation of new olive and grape fields, although enforcement wasn't terribly effective. So the black rider isn't so much Famine alone as something more akin to laissez-faire capitalism that happens to cause famine among the poor (Not that fans of Christian economics will care much).

Revelation 6:7[edit]

And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.

Revelation 6:7 Notes[edit]

Revelation 6:8[edit]

And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

Revelation 6:8 Notes[edit]

Death remains a highly effective means of killing.

One form of preterist reading is that the four horsemen represent imperialism in general; it’s arguable whether God’s first four seals are deploying the horsemen, or just unveiling them to John. The first horseman is less Conquest as we understand the term and more a prerequisite for it, Arrogation to one’s empire of lands. The second horseman is the resultant War, Bloodshed, and our-Conquest. The third horseman is the then-usual method of exploiting conquered lands for the conquerors’ seat’s yet-greater splendor. The fourth horseman is the Death, Disease, and Misery that proliferate among the conquered in the exploiters’ wake.

Revelation 6:9[edit]

And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:

Revelation 6:9 Notes[edit]

Revelation 6:10[edit]

And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

Revelation 6:10 Notes[edit]

According to the theologian Robert CharlesWikipedia, this passage was influenced by 1 Enoch 47:2.

And that the prayer of the righteous may not be in vain before the Lord of Spirits, That judgement may be done unto them, And that they may not have to suffer for ever.

This is considered one of numerous imprecatory prayers in the Bible.

Revelation 6:11[edit]

And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

Revelation 6:11 Notes[edit]

The Lord is playing Angry Birds and shall get to avenging thy souls in just a sec.

Revelation 6:12[edit]

And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

Revelation 6:12 Notes[edit]

To those unaware that apocalypses/khasifas were supposed to be lurid and bizarre to other people, this must've been one hell of a trip for John.

Revelation 6:13[edit]

And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

Revelation 6:13 Notes[edit]

It appears that somehow, the Earth wouldn't be destroyed by having millions of extremely hot plasma spheres much larger than the Sun crashing into the ground. And that apparently, the said hot plasma spheres can cross distances of hundreds of thousands of light years in a short amount of time.

How does a star that has fallen from the sky look, by the way?

As per Mark 13:25, some claim this refers to angels instead.

Revelation 6:14[edit]

And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

Revelation 6:14 Notes[edit]

The sky is well-known to be the sort of thing one can easily roll up. And, by the way, what thing behind the sky is now visible?

Revelation 6:15[edit]

And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

Revelation 6:15 Notes[edit]

According to the theologian Robert CharlesWikipedia, this passage and 6:16 was influenced by 1 Enoch 62:3 and 62:5.

  • 3. And there shall stand up in that day all the kings and the mighty, And the exalted and those who hold the earth, And they shall see and recognize How he sits on the throne of his glory, And righteousness is judged before him, And no lying word is spoken before him.
  • 5. And one portion of them shall look on the other, And they shall be terrified, And they shall be downcast of countenance, And pain shall seize them, When they see that Son of Man Sitting on the throne of his glory.

Revelation 6:16[edit]

And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

Revelation 6:16 Notes[edit]

See 6:15.

Revelation 6:17[edit]

For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

Revelation 6:17 Notes[edit]

Revelation 7:1[edit]

And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.

Revelation 7:1 Notes[edit]

So the Earth is not only flat, but square?

According to the theologian Robert CharlesWikipedia, this passage was influenced by 1 Enoch 69:22:

  • And in like manner the spirits of the water, and of the winds, and of all zephyrs, and (their) paths from all the quarters of the winds.

Revelation 7:2[edit]

And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,

Revelation 7:2 Notes[edit]

Revelation 7:3[edit]

Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

Revelation 7:3 Notes[edit]

The number 144,000 appears in three places in the Book of Revelation: Revelation 7:3-8 (as the sum of 12 tribes of Israel of 12,000 each), Revelation 14:1 and Revelation 14:3-5. The number is significant to several sects including Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormonism, Skoptzists, the Unification Church[3] and Nuwaubianism.

Revelation 7:4[edit]

And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

Revelation 7:4 Notes[edit]

Does this mean that the Ten Lost Tribes will be found before the events of Revelation?

Note this refers just to the "children of Israel", meaning that everyone else is pretty much screwed no matter what may say the sects mentioned in the notes just above. One has also to wonder what about the more than nine and a half million people that according to the other WikiWikipedia live in Israel as of 2022, not to mention those who have converted to Judaism who are still more.

Revelation 7:5[edit]

Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.

Revelation 7:5 Notes[edit]

Revelation 7:6[edit]

Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nephthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.

Revelation 7:6 Notes[edit]

Revelation 7:7[edit]

Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand.

Revelation 7:7 Notes[edit]

Revelation 7:8[edit]

Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.

Revelation 7:8 Notes[edit]

The tribe of Joseph was split into two tribes, Menasseh and Ephraim (Joseph's two sons). There is no tribe of Joseph, and if there was, there wouldn't be Menasseh (Ephraim is missing here). It's almost as if this portion was cobbled together from half-remembered readings of older books rather than the infallible word of a divine creature.

Revelation 7:9[edit]

After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

Revelation 7:9 Notes[edit]

…However this verse suggests even those non-Israelite heathens could be saved, as long as they converted to Jesus of course.

Revelation 7:10[edit]

And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

Revelation 7:10 Notes[edit]

Revelation 7:11[edit]

And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,

Revelation 7:11 Notes[edit]

Revelation 7:12[edit]

Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

Revelation 7:12 Notes[edit]

Revelation 7:13[edit]

And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?

Revelation 7:13 Notes[edit]

Revelation 7:14[edit]

And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Revelation 7:14 Notes[edit]

Revelation 7:15[edit]

Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.

Revelation 7:15 Notes[edit]

Again, pretty plainly not an earthly temple, if indeed a literal temple at all.

According to the theologian Robert Charles,Wikipedia this passage was influenced by 1 Enoch 45:4:

  • Then will I cause Mine Elect One to dwell among them. And I will transform the heaven and make it an eternal blessing and light,

Revelation 7:16[edit]

They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.

Revelation 7:16 Notes[edit]

Very beautiful, but as discussed further down (see Revelation 21:4 and Revelation 22:3) eternal bliss cannot be fully appreciated if it never stops. Nor if things never change and you're forced to praise God even long, long, after even stars had burned out in the real Universe.

Revelation 7:17[edit]

For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

Revelation 7:17 Notes[edit]

Revelation 8:1[edit]

And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.

Revelation 8:1 Notes[edit]

Revelation 8:2[edit]

And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.

Revelation 8:2 Notes[edit]

Meanwhile, several years' worth of sounds in the sky are claimed to be the trumpets described here.

Revelation 8:3[edit]

And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.

Revelation 8:3 Notes[edit]

Revelation 8:4[edit]

And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.

Revelation 8:4 Notes[edit]

Revelation 8:5[edit]

And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.

Revelation 8:5 Notes[edit]

Revelation 8:6[edit]

And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.

Revelation 8:6 Notes[edit]

Revelation 8:7[edit]

The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

Revelation 8:7 Notes[edit]

Sounds fun. Can't wait.

Revelation 8:8[edit]

And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;

Revelation 8:8 Notes[edit]

Revelation 8:9[edit]

And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.

Revelation 8:9 Notes[edit]

Revelation 8:10[edit]

And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;

Revelation 8:10 Notes[edit]

Revelation 8:11[edit]

And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.

Revelation 8:11 Notes[edit]

"Chernobyl" is the old Ukrainian word for mugwort (Artemisia vulgarisWikipedia), also known as common wormwood. This caused some speculation that the Chernobyl disaster might have been predicted in this verse. The original actually refers to absinthium (Artemisia absinthiumWikipedia), which is a related but completely different plant that is also sometimes called wormwood or common wormwood in English.

Revelation 8:12[edit]

And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.

Revelation 8:12 Notes[edit]

In a similar vein of insanity, this verse has been speculated to describe the results of nuclear winter caused by dust and aerosols suspended in the air as a result of nuclear war.

Revelation 8:13[edit]

And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!

Revelation 8:13 Notes[edit]

Other versions of the Bible change that angel to an eagle. A talking eagle (likely Gwaihir)... yeah, sure there're no mythical creatures in this book.

Revelation 9:1[edit]

And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.

Revelation 9:1 Notes[edit]

Yet another star falling to an earth that is supposedly bigger than the star itself.

According to the theologian Robert CharlesWikipedia, this passage was influenced by 1 Enoch 86:1.

And again I saw with mine eyes as I slept, and I saw the heaven above, and behold a star fell from heaven, and it arose and ate and pastured amongst those oxen.

Revelation 9:2[edit]

And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.

Revelation 9:2 Notes[edit]

Like the stars that fall from heaven in Revelation 12:4, this makes more sense if you consider said star to be an angel and remember who's causing all the mess.

Revelation 9:3[edit]

And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.

Revelation 9:3 Notes[edit]

Revelation 9:4[edit]

And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.

Revelation 9:4 Notes[edit]

Locusts which don't attack plants. How odd.

Revelation 9:5[edit]

And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.

Revelation 9:5 Notes[edit]

Revelation 9:6[edit]

And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.

Revelation 9:6 Notes[edit]

When Gotham is in ashes, they will have God's permission to die.

Revelation 9:7[edit]

And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.

Revelation 9:7 Notes[edit]

Revelation 9:8[edit]

And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.

Revelation 9:8 Notes[edit]

Revelation 9:9[edit]

And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.

Revelation 9:9 Notes[edit]

Revelation 9:10[edit]

And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.

Revelation 9:10 Notes[edit]

They have a human face with fangs, girly hair, and a crown, they're wearing iron breastplates and have scorpion tails. At what point do these things stop being locusts? Answer: when "locust" is a metaphor.

Some people with too much free time in their hands[4] have said John was referring here to helicopters (later drones, which is just as nonsensical). Make of that what you will.

Revelation 9:11[edit]

And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.

Revelation 9:11 Notes[edit]

Revelation 9:12[edit]

One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.

Revelation 9:12 Notes[edit]

Revelation 9:13[edit]

And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,

Revelation 9:13 Notes[edit]

Revelation 9:14[edit]

Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.

Revelation 9:14 Notes[edit]

Revelation 9:15[edit]

And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.

Revelation 9:15 Notes[edit]

Revelation 9:16[edit]

And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.

Revelation 9:16 Notes[edit]

There is no army in the world currently that is this size.

Revelation 9:17[edit]

And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.

Revelation 9:17 Notes[edit]

Hmm, horses with lion heads… I guess they were right when they said that the Bible had mythical creatures in it.

Revelation 9:18[edit]

By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.

Revelation 9:18 Notes[edit]

Revelation 9:19[edit]

For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.

Revelation 9:19 Notes[edit]

Some people out there interpret this verse together with the two previous ones as referring to tanks. Now if real tanks were to fight those horses, as in the Salvation War series, we could have some fun. Or one could simply take the nuclear option.

Revelation 9:20[edit]

And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:

Revelation 9:20 Notes[edit]

Unless God had hardened their hearts as did with a certain Pharaoh a lot of books ago, it's at least debatable that men who had survived that ordeal and knew who sent it would not change their ways. And where does omnibenevolence fit here?

According to the theologian Robert Charles,Wikipedia this passage was influenced by 1 Enoch 99:7:

  • And they who worship stones, and grave images of gold and silver and wood (and stone) and clay, and those who worship impure spirits and demons, and all kinds of idols not according to knowledge, shall get no manner of help from them.

Revelation 9:21[edit]

Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

Revelation 9:21 Notes[edit]

See above. This looks like the wet dreams of a fundie.

Revelation 10:1[edit]

And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:

Revelation 10:1 Notes[edit]

Revelation 10:2[edit]

And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,

Revelation 10:2 Notes[edit]

Revelation 10:3[edit]

And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.

Revelation 10:3 Notes[edit]

Revelation 10:4[edit]

And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.

Revelation 10:4 Notes[edit]

Revelation 10:5[edit]

And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,

Revelation 10:5 Notes[edit]

Revelation 10:6[edit]

And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:

Revelation 10:6 Notes[edit]

Revelation 10:7[edit]

But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

Revelation 10:7 Notes[edit]

Revelation 10:8[edit]

And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.

Revelation 10:8 Notes[edit]

Revelation 10:9[edit]

And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.

Revelation 10:9 Notes[edit]

Revelation 10:10[edit]

And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.

Revelation 10:10 Notes[edit]

Guy claims he ate a scroll while seeing and thinking very strangely… are we sure acid wasn't invented yet?

Revelation 10:11[edit]

And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.

Revelation 10:11 Notes[edit]

Revelation 11:1[edit]

And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.

Revelation 11:1 Notes[edit]

Revelation 11:2[edit]

But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

Revelation 11:2 Notes[edit]

Revelation 11:3[edit]

And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

Revelation 11:3 Notes[edit]

Revelation 11:4[edit]

These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

Revelation 11:4 Notes[edit]

Revelation 11:5[edit]

And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.

Revelation 11:5 Notes[edit]

Trees can breathe fire out of their mouths... When was LSD invented again?

Revelation 11:6[edit]

These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

Revelation 11:6 Notes[edit]

Revelation 11:7[edit]

And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

Revelation 11:7 Notes[edit]

Revelation 11:8[edit]

And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

Revelation 11:8 Notes[edit]

Wasn't Jesus was crucified in Jerusalem, not Egypt? Incidentally, Egypt is a country, not a city.

Revelation 11:9[edit]

And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.

Revelation 11:9 Notes[edit]

Revelation 11:10[edit]

And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

Revelation 11:10 Notes[edit]

Revelation 11:11[edit]

And after three days and an half the spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.

Revelation 11:11 Notes[edit]

Revelation 11:12[edit]

And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.

Revelation 11:12 Notes[edit]

Revelation 11:13[edit]

And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.

Revelation 11:13 Notes[edit]

Revelation 11:14[edit]

The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.

Revelation 11:14 Notes[edit]

Revelation 11:15[edit]

And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

Revelation 11:15 Notes[edit]

Revelation 11:16[edit]

And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,

Revelation 11:16 Notes[edit]

Revelation 11:17[edit]

Saying, We give thee thanks, O LORD God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.

Revelation 11:17 Notes[edit]

Revelation 11:18[edit]

And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

Revelation 11:18 Notes[edit]

Revelation 11:19[edit]

And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

Revelation 11:19 Notes[edit]

Revelation 12:1[edit]

And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:

Revelation 12:1 Notes[edit]

This verse has been attributed as portending some significant event, in particular around September 23, 2017. But even Answers in Genesis admited that "probably nothing unusual" would happen, as it turned out to be.[5]

Some dispensationalists have interpreted the woman as being Israel and the stars as being the twelve tribes (see also Revelation 12:3 below). Catholics typically consider her as the Virgin Mary, being usual on representations of the latter to put a crescent Moon there, and her son (see next verse) as Jesus.

This verse has influenced the way many Tarot decks represent the High Priestess and the Empress arcana, the former and/or most infrequently the latter having a crescent moon at her feet while the Empress is also crowned with stars and often winged, as will happen with the woman some verses later.

Revelation 12:2[edit]

And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

Revelation 12:2 Notes[edit]

Revelation 12:3[edit]

And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.

Revelation 12:3 Notes[edit]

Dispensationalists (see Revelation 12:1 above) like John F. MacArthur have interpreted said dragon and those crowns/horns as Russia (much more likely the Soviet Union for obvious reasons) and its Arab(-European) allies declaring war against Israel, with the latter (of course) having US at its side.

It's a pity red dragons (read: red great wyrms) in Dungeons and Dragons, which are clearly inspired by SmaugWikipedia, do not look like the one depicted here. They would have been quite cool and nasty to fight.

Well, you can actually fight something clearly inspired by this, but only if you're very high level.

Revelation 12:4[edit]

And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

Revelation 12:4 Notes[edit]

This dragon (and that woman) must literally have galactic size in order to be able to do that with "the third part of the stars of heaven". Not to mention the little, if any, that would remain of the Solar System, short of Earth, if so many stars fell on it.

An alternative interpretation is that the "fallen stars" are actually fallen angels, who decide to ally with the dragon (read: Satan), which does not speak well for God's quality control with His works. Others who know stars cannot fall from heaven in the Real World™, thinking on Revelation 9:1 above have claimed they're just meteorites (presumably comets) falling as hail, citing there're millions of them orbiting out there (presumably in the same place they get other similar nonsense), of course ignoring that such bombardment would royally mess up the planet.

Revelation 12:5[edit]

And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

Revelation 12:5 Notes[edit]

See Revelation 2:27 above.

Revelation 12:6[edit]

And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

Revelation 12:6 Notes[edit]

Revelation 12:7[edit]

And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

Revelation 12:7 Notes[edit]

A fight between a galactic-sized dragon and hordes of angels is even more metal than Revelation 1:16.

Revelation 12:8[edit]

And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

Revelation 12:8 Notes[edit]

Revelation 12:9[edit]

And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Revelation 12:9 Notes[edit]

Revelation 12:9 and Revelation 20:2 are commonly used to defend the idea that Satan was the serpent from the Garden of Eden. Despite this, Genesis 3:14 makes it clear that the Eden serpent would crawl on its belly for the rest of its days. In Revelation 12:4 Satan is depicted as standing, so he couldn't have been the one subjected to the curse. It is more likely that "that old serpent" meant that Satan was a dragon (which would have been considered a serpent) and that he existed before the Earth did (as angels supposedly did). In such regard, even if it's not specified in the text and looks quite forced into the narrative, some (the LDS and other denominations that took this idea later despite their hate of the Mormons) claim these three verses from Revelation 12:7 to Revelation 12:9 describe Satan's rebellion and fall from Heaven together with the third of the angels who also rebelled against God, having happened before Genesis 1:1.

Revelation 12:10[edit]

And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

Revelation 12:10 Notes[edit]

Revelation 12:11[edit]

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

Revelation 12:11 Notes[edit]

Revelation 12:12[edit]

Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

Revelation 12:12 Notes[edit]

Revelation 12:13[edit]

And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.

Revelation 12:13 Notes[edit]

Revelation 12:14[edit]

And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

Revelation 12:14 Notes[edit]

In the vein of insanity typical of Fundies, not just the woman has been identified with Israel as noted above but those wings with the ones of a plane (just a single plane, either this is one big friggin' plane that dwarfs even an aircraft carrier, the people who will be saved will fit into one presumably being so few, or whoever claims that BS is flying higher than one on a drug-induced high while spewing forth such nonsense) that will carry to safety the Israelites.

Revelation 12:15[edit]

And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.

Revelation 12:15 Notes[edit]

Wrong, red dragon's breath weapon is fire, not water.

Revelation 12:16[edit]

And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

Revelation 12:16 Notes[edit]

The same Fundie who has claimed the wings of the woman are actually the ones of a plane claims the waters are big armies, presumably of Arab countries attacking Israel, who will be swallowed by the earth. Obviously such man has ignored planes, cruise missiles, etc. would be inmune to that.

Revelation 12:17[edit]

And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Revelation 12:17 Notes[edit]

Revelation 13:1[edit]

And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

Revelation 13:1 Notes[edit]

A seven-headed sea monster actually has antecedent in the form of Lotan (note the etymological similarity to Leviathan), a seven-headed sea monster in service to the Ugaritic sea god Ym, and a major enemy of Baal Hadad. Considering that Rahab, a similar horror squashed by El in earlier legends referenced by Isaiah’s prophecy, was apparently multi-headed and a symbol of Egyptian oppression to boot, this beast could be seen as Rahab the Imperialist roaring “IT’S PAYBACK TIME, EL!!!”.

Revelation 13:2[edit]

And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

Revelation 13:2 Notes[edit]

Revelation 13:3[edit]

And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

Revelation 13:3 Notes[edit]

Revelation 13:4[edit]

And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

Revelation 13:4 Notes[edit]

Revelation 13:5[edit]

And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

Revelation 13:5 Notes[edit]

42 months is indeed roughly the period that Nero persecuted Christians for.

Revelation 13:6[edit]

And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

Revelation 13:6 Notes[edit]

Revelation 13:7[edit]

And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

Revelation 13:7 Notes[edit]

Revelation 13:8[edit]

And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Revelation 13:8 Notes[edit]

Revelation 13:9[edit]

If any man have an ear, let him hear.

Revelation 13:9 Notes[edit]

Revelation 13:10[edit]

He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

Revelation 13:10 Notes[edit]

Revelation 13:11[edit]

And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

Revelation 13:11 Notes[edit]

Revelation 13:12[edit]

And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

Revelation 13:12 Notes[edit]

Revelation 13:13[edit]

And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

Revelation 13:13 Notes[edit]

Revelation 13:14[edit]

And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

Revelation 13:14 Notes[edit]

According to the theologian Robert Charles,Wikipedia this passage was influenced by 1 Enoch 54:6:

  • And Michael, and Gabriel, and Raphael, and Phanuel shall take hold of them on that great day, and cast them on that day into the burning furnace, that the Lord of Spirits may take vengeance on them for their unrighteousness in becoming subject to Satan and leading astray those who dwell on the earth.

Revelation 13:15[edit]

And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

Revelation 13:15 Notes[edit]

Revelation 13:16[edit]

And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

Revelation 13:16 Notes[edit]

Revelation 13:17[edit]

And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Revelation 13:17 Notes[edit]

The practice of requiring a certificate of sacrifice to Caesar (libellus) to conduct trade was known under Emperor Decius, and may have been introduced under Nero.

Revelation 13:18[edit]

Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

Revelation 13:18 Notes[edit]

In the Hellenic language, each letter was also assigned a number value. "Neron Caesar", when written in Hellenic (NRON QSR), would add up to 666. The especially important point here is that some Bibles use the number 616 instead. The valid variant "Nero Caesar" (NRO QSR) adds up to exactly that number. In John's time, Nero was thought of as the ultimate persecutor of Christians.

Revelation 14:1[edit]

And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.

Revelation 14:1 Notes[edit]

For the significance of 144,000, see Revelation 7:3.

Revelation 14:2[edit]

And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:

Revelation 14:2 Notes[edit]

Revelation 14:3[edit]

And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.

Revelation 14:3 Notes[edit]

For the significance of 144,000, see Revelation 7:3.

Revelation 14:4[edit]

These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

Revelation 14:4 Notes[edit]

Revelation 14:5[edit]

And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.

Revelation 14:5 Notes[edit]

Revelation 14:6[edit]

And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,

Revelation 14:6 Notes[edit]

Revelation 14:7[edit]

Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

Revelation 14:7 Notes[edit]

Revelation 14:8[edit]

And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

Revelation 14:8 Notes[edit]

Revelation 14:9[edit]

And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,

Revelation 14:9 Notes[edit]

According to the theologian Robert Charles,Wikipedia this passage and 14:10 were influenced by 1 Enoch 48:9:

  • And I will give them over into the hands of Mine elect: As straw in the fire so shall they burn before the face of the holy: As lead in the water shall they sink before the face of the righteous, And no trace of them shall any more be found.

Revelation 14:10[edit]

The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

Revelation 14:10 Notes[edit]

See 14:9.

Also Robert Charles mentions that holy angels reference was influenced by 1 Enoch 20:1.

And these are the names of the holy angels who watch.

Revelation 14:11[edit]

And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

Revelation 14:11 Notes[edit]

Revelation 14:12[edit]

Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Revelation 14:12 Notes[edit]

Revelation 14:13[edit]

And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

Revelation 14:13 Notes[edit]

This is just the first time people are judged according to their works. Sorry, Jack.

Revelation 14:14[edit]

And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.

Revelation 14:14 Notes[edit]

Revelation 14:15[edit]

And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.

Revelation 14:15 Notes[edit]

Revelation 14:16[edit]

And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.

Revelation 14:16 Notes[edit]

Revelation 14:17[edit]

And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.

Revelation 14:17 Notes[edit]

Revelation 14:18[edit]

And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.

Revelation 14:18 Notes[edit]

Revelation 14:19[edit]

And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.

Revelation 14:19 Notes[edit]

Revelation 14:20[edit]

And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.

Revelation 14:20 Notes[edit]

According to the theologian Robert CharlesWikipedia, this passage was influenced by 1 Enoch 100:3.

And the horse shall walk up to the breast in the blood of sinners, And the chariot shall be submerged to its height.

Revelation 15:1[edit]

And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.

Revelation 15:1 Notes[edit]

Revelation 15:2[edit]

And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.

Revelation 15:2 Notes[edit]

Revelation 15:3[edit]

And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

Revelation 15:3 Notes[edit]

Revelation 15:4[edit]

Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.

Revelation 15:4 Notes[edit]

Revelation 15:5[edit]

And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:

Revelation 15:5 Notes[edit]

Revelation 15:6[edit]

And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.

Revelation 15:6 Notes[edit]

Revelation 15:7[edit]

And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.

Revelation 15:7 Notes[edit]

Revelation 15:8[edit]

And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

Revelation 15:8 Notes[edit]

Revelation 16:1[edit]

And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.

Revelation 16:1 Notes[edit]

Revelation 16:2[edit]

And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.

Revelation 16:2 Notes[edit]

Revelation 16:3[edit]

And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.

Revelation 16:3 Notes[edit]

Revelation 16:4[edit]

And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.

Revelation 16:4 Notes[edit]

Revelation 16:5[edit]

And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.

Revelation 16:5 Notes[edit]

Revelation 16:6[edit]

For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.

Revelation 16:6 Notes[edit]

Revelation 16:7[edit]

And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.

Revelation 16:7 Notes[edit]

Revelation 16:8[edit]

And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.

Revelation 16:8 Notes[edit]

Either that's a really big angel, which after having a both galactic-sized dragon and woman is even plausible, or (most likely) John thought the Sun was a sort of humongous oil lamp instead of that Earth-dwarfing, searing hot plasma sphere we know it to be, since here he indicates it can shine more if you feed it with a sort of high-octane fuel.

Revelation 16:9[edit]

And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.

Revelation 16:9 Notes[edit]

Schadenfreude at its finest. In most settings that were not like this bad trip anti-Roman Empire propaganda piece, most if not all people who had endured those plagues, etc. and knew who sent them would likely not do that.

Revelation 16:10[edit]

And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,

Revelation 16:10 Notes[edit]

Revelation 16:11[edit]

And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

Revelation 16:11 Notes[edit]

Revelation 16:12[edit]

And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.

Revelation 16:12 Notes[edit]

Revelation 16:13[edit]

And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.

Revelation 16:13 Notes[edit]

Revelation 16:14[edit]

For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

Revelation 16:14 Notes[edit]

Revelation 16:15[edit]

Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

Revelation 16:15 Notes[edit]

Revelation 16:16[edit]

And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

Revelation 16:16 Notes[edit]

Revelation 16:17[edit]

And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.

Revelation 16:17 Notes[edit]

Revelation 16:18[edit]

And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.

Revelation 16:18 Notes[edit]

Wait, "a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth"? It doesn't completely refute creation week, but it does sound a tad like it supports day-age creationism.

Revelation 16:19[edit]

And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.

Revelation 16:19 Notes[edit]

Revelation 16:20[edit]

And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.

Revelation 16:20 Notes[edit]

Revelation 16:21[edit]

And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.

Revelation 16:21 Notes[edit]

See Revelation 16:9 above. Unless God hardened the heart of these people — as he did with a certain Pharaoh long ago — to have them blaspheming, they must be among the stupidest characters ever.

Revelation 17:1[edit]

And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:

Revelation 17:1 Notes[edit]

Revelation 17:2[edit]

With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.

Revelation 17:2 Notes[edit]

Revelation 17:3[edit]

So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

Revelation 17:3 Notes[edit]

Revelation 17:4[edit]

And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:

Revelation 17:4 Notes[edit]

Revelation 17:5[edit]


Revelation 17:5 Notes[edit]

William Cooper used the words "Mystery, Babylon" from this passage for the title of his unified conspiracy theory.

Revelation 17:6[edit]

And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

Revelation 17:6 Notes[edit]

These martyrs and saints are pretty much all the people killed by the "bad guys" in this book. While the number it's not stated it looks unlikely it will be as high as the frag count of God until this verse.

Revelation 17:7[edit]

And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.

Revelation 17:7 Notes[edit]

Revelation 17:8[edit]

The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

Revelation 17:8 Notes[edit]

Revelation 17:9[edit]

And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.

Revelation 17:9 Notes[edit]

"Wisdom" is a code word for "There's a secret message here," perhaps as a way to evade local censors. Hmmm ... gee ... what ancient cities can we think of that were dominated by seven hills (and perhaps not just JerusalemWikipedia as some think, given that these verses fit quite neatly with its persecution of apostles and the like and fall in the year 70 AD)?...

Revelation 17:10[edit]

And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.

Revelation 17:10 Notes[edit]

The kings might refer to the Emperors of Rome. If Revelation was indeed written at the time of the occupation of the Second Temple (66-70 CE), Rome would have had 4 definitely-dead emperors (Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, and Claudius), and 4 more who might or might not have died by that time — Nero died in 68 CE, followed in quick succession by 3 more dead emperors the following year.

Revelation 17:11[edit]

And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

Revelation 17:11 Notes[edit]

Revelation 17:12[edit]

And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.

Revelation 17:12 Notes[edit]

Revelation 17:13[edit]

These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

Revelation 17:13 Notes[edit]

Revelation 17:14[edit]

These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

Revelation 17:14 Notes[edit]

According to the theologian Robert CharlesWikipedia, this passage was influenced by 1 Enoch 9:4.

And they said to the Lord of the ages: 'Lord of lords, God of gods, King of kings, the throne of Thy glory (standeth) unto all the generations of the ages, and Thy name holy and glorious and blessed unto all the ages!

Revelation 17:15[edit]

And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

Revelation 17:15 Notes[edit]

Revelation 17:16[edit]

And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.

Revelation 17:16 Notes[edit]

Revelation 17:17[edit]

For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.

Revelation 17:17 Notes[edit]

Revelation 17:18[edit]

And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

Revelation 17:18 Notes[edit]

Revelation 18:1[edit]

And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

Revelation 18:1 Notes[edit]

Revelation 18:2[edit]

And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

Revelation 18:2 Notes[edit]

Revelation 18:3[edit]

For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

Revelation 18:3 Notes[edit]

Revelation 18:4[edit]

And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

Revelation 18:4 Notes[edit]

Revelation 18:5[edit]

For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.

Revelation 18:5 Notes[edit]

Revelation 18:6[edit]

Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.

Revelation 18:6 Notes[edit]

Revelation 18:7[edit]

How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.

Revelation 18:7 Notes[edit]

Revelation 18:8[edit]

Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.

Revelation 18:8 Notes[edit]

Revelation 18:9[edit]

And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,

Revelation 18:9 Notes[edit]

Revelation 18:10[edit]

Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.

Revelation 18:10 Notes[edit]

Revelation 18:11[edit]

And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:

Revelation 18:11 Notes[edit]

Revelation 18:12[edit]

The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,

Revelation 18:12 Notes[edit]

Revelation 18:13[edit]

And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.

Revelation 18:13 Notes[edit]

Revelation 18:14[edit]

And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all.

Revelation 18:14 Notes[edit]

Revelation 18:15[edit]

The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing,

Revelation 18:15 Notes[edit]

Revelation 18:16[edit]

And saying, Alas, alas that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!

Revelation 18:16 Notes[edit]

Revelation 18:17[edit]

For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,

Revelation 18:17 Notes[edit]

Revelation 18:18[edit]

And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto this great city!

Revelation 18:18 Notes[edit]

Revelation 18:19[edit]

And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.

Revelation 18:19 Notes[edit]

Revelation 18:20[edit]

Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.

Revelation 18:20 Notes[edit]

Revelation 18:21[edit]

And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.

Revelation 18:21 Notes[edit]

Revelation 18:22[edit]

And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee;

Revelation 18:22 Notes[edit]

Revelation 18:23[edit]

And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.

Revelation 18:23 Notes[edit]

Revelation 18:24[edit]

And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

Revelation 18:24 Notes[edit]

Revelation 19:1[edit]

And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:

Revelation 19:1 Notes[edit]

Revelation 19:2[edit]

For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.

Revelation 19:2 Notes[edit]

Revelation 19:3[edit]

And again they said, Alleluia And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.

Revelation 19:3 Notes[edit]

Revelation 19:4[edit]

And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.

Revelation 19:4 Notes[edit]

Revelation 19:5[edit]

And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great.

Revelation 19:5 Notes[edit]

Revelation 19:6[edit]

And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

Revelation 19:6 Notes[edit]

Revelation 19:7[edit]

Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

Revelation 19:7 Notes[edit]

Revelation 19:8[edit]

And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

Revelation 19:8 Notes[edit]

Revelation 19:9[edit]

And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

Revelation 19:9 Notes[edit]

Revelation 19:10[edit]

And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

Revelation 19:10 Notes[edit]

Revelation 19:11[edit]

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

Revelation 19:11 Notes[edit]

Revelation 19:12[edit]

His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

Revelation 19:12 Notes[edit]

Revelation 19:13[edit]

And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

Revelation 19:13 Notes[edit]

Revelation 19:14[edit]

And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

Revelation 19:14 Notes[edit]

Revelation 19:15[edit]

And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

Revelation 19:15 Notes[edit]

See Revelation 2:27. Christ is love, indeed.

That said, to see Sephiroth him fighting with one sword on his mouth would be a sight. Note also that the Left Behind series interpret the "sword in the mouth" as a laser, so try to imagine Christ in a rubber Godzilla suit (or better gold dragon from Slayers if you're into anime).

Revelation 19:16[edit]

And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

Revelation 19:16 Notes[edit]

Here's a brick joke for you: Leviticus 19:28 prohibits tattoos (for humans). Yet, a name is written on His thigh.

Revelation 19:17[edit]

And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;

Revelation 19:17 Notes[edit]

See Revelation 16:8 above.

Revelation 19:18[edit]

That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.

Revelation 19:18 Notes[edit]

Cannibalism, the most holy of Christian acts.

Revelation 19:19[edit]

And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.

Revelation 19:19 Notes[edit]

Revelation 19:20[edit]

And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Revelation 19:20 Notes[edit]

Revelation 19:21[edit]

And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

Revelation 19:21 Notes[edit]

Revelation 20:1[edit]

And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.

Revelation 20:1 Notes[edit]

Revelation 20:2[edit]

And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

Revelation 20:2 Notes[edit]

See Revelation 12:9.

Revelation 20:3[edit]

And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

Revelation 20:3 Notes[edit]

It's quite interesting to compare the frag counts up to this verse of both God and the dragon. Not to mention to read what will happen after those thousand years according to this verse — God's plan one guesses.

Details of what would be of the world during those thousand years would be fine too.

Revelation 20:4[edit]

And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Revelation 20:4 Notes[edit]

Some Fundies claim mixing in previous verses where some sort of that is mentioned that God will rule those thousand years with a rod of iron (and He will know thanks to His omniscience who has been naughty and will judge them accordingly and righteously (in other words, that even the world of 1984 would look like one of peaceful tree-hugging hippies next to this one. Be careful what you wish for.))

Revelation 20:5[edit]

But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

Revelation 20:5 Notes[edit]

Dead people commonly do not live again. At least, as nonexistence cannot be felt, they did not spend those thousand years in Sheol or equivalent — one hopes.

Revelation 20:6[edit]

Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

Revelation 20:6 Notes[edit]

Revelation 20:7[edit]

And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

Revelation 20:7 Notes[edit]

Revelation 20:8[edit]

And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

Revelation 20:8 Notes[edit]

Revelation 20:9[edit]

And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

Revelation 20:9 Notes[edit]

So much previous development for this anticlimax of simply a flame strike spell fire from the sky killing everyone? Come on, at least God could have showed some mercy with those gullible enough to be fooled by the (supposed) bad guys.

Revelation 20:10[edit]

And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Revelation 20:10 Notes[edit]

Revelation 20:11[edit]

And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

Revelation 20:11 Notes[edit]

Revelation 20:12[edit]

And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

Revelation 20:12 Notes[edit]

Hmm, seems like good works actually mean something.

Revelation 20:13[edit]

And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

Revelation 20:13 Notes[edit]

According to the theologian Robert Charles,Wikipedia this passage was influenced by 1 Enoch 51:1:

  • And in those days shall the earth also give back that which has been entrusted to it, And Sheol also shall give back that which it has received, And hell shall give back that which it owes.

Unless either God or Sephiroth Jesus on steroids plays with time or has a lot of angels who will serve as judges, it will be a hell of judgement in terms of time wasted there — except that the outcome is easy to guess if God is supposedly omniscient.

Revelation 20:14[edit]

And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

Revelation 20:14 Notes[edit]

Unless this is a trippy way to mean they'll be sent to dev/null cease to exist, how exactly can an abstract concept (especially that) and a place be thrown into the lake of fire?

An alternative considering the background in which the NT was written is to see this referring to both as immortal beings (ie, Hell being the Greek deity HadesWikipedia and Death the also Greek ThanatosWikipedia) sent there instead, which has the bonus of the "second death" described further down in Revelation 21:8 being death (ie, non-existence) for all those mortals sent there. This is reinforced with Greek deities being considered unkillable, no matter how much damage they received (you could at best put them on the equivalent of a maximum security prison as happened with the Titans when they were thrown into Tartarus, or give them an (in theory) ever-lasting punishment as Prometheus.)

Revelation 20:15[edit]

And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Revelation 20:15 Notes[edit]

According to the theologian Robert CharlesWikipedia, this passage was influenced by 1 Enoch 90:26.

And I saw at that time how a like abyss was opened in the midst of the earth, full of fire, and they brought those blinded sheep, and they were all judged and found guilty and cast into this fiery abyss, and they burned; now this abyss was to the right of that house.

Revelation 21:1[edit]

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

Revelation 21:1 Notes[edit]

One can but hope that "new heaven" would still have Sun, Moon, planets, stars, a Milky Way, etc. as well as other deep-sky objects (star clusters, nebulae, galaxies, etc). Otherwise it would be the equivalent of Hell for astronomers, professionals or not, and for mariners and similar people used to the sea.

To be fair, some preachers with more common sense than the average uber-literalist consider this would happen in a spiritual sense and not a physical one, so everything would keep going as usual.

Revelation 21:2[edit]

And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

Revelation 21:2 Notes[edit]

Revelation 21:3[edit]

And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

Revelation 21:3 Notes[edit]

Revelation 21:4[edit]

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

Revelation 21:4 Notes[edit]

That sounds genuinely beautiful, but the problem with eternal bliss is that it can never be fully appreciated if it's eternal and never ending. Nor if it's a sort of world of silence[6] where things never change and especially if your job will be to praise God non-stop for all eternity.

As Isaiah 65:17, this is presented as proof that people who got lucky will be assimilated brainwashed to forget the memories of both old heavens and Earth (and presumably with one of Heaven's top pastimes consisting of watching the damned being tormented in Hell, as some (Augustine of Hippo, for example) claim in schadenfreude fashion, being in virtue of those two verses oblivious to some of the tortured ones been relatives, friends, etc. of those who got the lucky end of the stick.)

Also see Revelation 22:3.

Revelation 21:5[edit]

And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

Revelation 21:5 Notes[edit]

The first sentence in the KJV earns the coveted award of "best Bible quote to use when terraforming an inhabited planet." Remember this, you might need it one day.

One cannot deny God followed His word, as water was not used again to kill everyone and everything following what is described in Genesis 9:15. Even if that would have been far more merciful than subjecting everyone to the plagues and destruction described here.

Revelation 21:6[edit]

And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

Revelation 21:6 Notes[edit]

Revelation 21:7[edit]

He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

Revelation 21:7 Notes[edit]

Revelation 21:8[edit]

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Revelation 21:8 Notes[edit]

The lake of fire is taken by most Christians to mean Hell. Jehovah's Witnesses consider this to be a metaphor of the state of nonexistence, because subjecting people to eternal torment would be rather unbecoming of an all-merciful God.

It has to be really really large to accommodate the billions of people who have never heard of Jesus especially having existed very far away of Him in space and/or time, put their penises in the wrong places, put the wrong things inside their vaginas, consulted (or were) witches, or told even little white lies, so Heaven will be very sparsely populated unless either God becomes really loving or hates solitude.

Note that wizards and other kind of magic users are not mentioned, so they'd be lucky and would not be sent there.

This passage, along with Isaiah 30:26, is used to prove that Heaven is hotter than Hell.

Last but not least, as unbelievers may spend all eternity there, maybe God could have chosen better ways to convey His message, if He truly wanted everyone to be saved (and couldn't the lucky ones ask God to change His mind and close down the site? Oh, well, they'll have more important things to do (see Revelation 7:15-17 and Revelation 21:4). Nonexistence doesn't sound so bad after all).

Revelation 21:9[edit]

And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.

Revelation 21:9 Notes[edit]

Revelation 21:10[edit]

And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,

Revelation 21:10 Notes[edit]

Revelation 21:11[edit]

Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;

Revelation 21:11 Notes[edit]

Revelation 21:12[edit]

And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:

Revelation 21:12 Notes[edit]

Revelation 21:13[edit]

On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.

Revelation 21:13 Notes[edit]

Revelation 21:14[edit]

And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

Revelation 21:14 Notes[edit]

Revelation 21:15[edit]

And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.

Revelation 21:15 Notes[edit]

Revelation 21:16[edit]

And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.

Revelation 21:16 Notes[edit]

The KJV uses the word "furlong"; however the original text uses the Greek stadion. A stadion is about 10% shorter than a furlong (approximately 600 feet), so 12,000 furlongs here works out to be about 1380 miles, or 2200 kilometers. Even so, that's an area of over 1,900,000 miles — more than enough to contain the entire Roman Empire at its peak. In other words, New Jerusalem would be about as big as the entire known world of John's time. For reference, there are only six countries in the world larger than this (Russia, China, Canada, USA, Brazil, and Australia).

The given dimensions suggest it's shaped like a humongous cube (rather a Borg cube given the fate of those admitted to it); however other commentators suggest it's actually pyramid- or mountain-shaped[7]

In the case of it being either pyramid or cube-shaped, note scale issues as it would protrude over most of Earth's atmosphere being much higher than the orbit of the International Space Station (over 400 kilometres), not to mention the weight of a mid-sized moon if not more over the planet's crust. Either New Earth would be flat, or much larger than the old one, or such physical problems would no more be of importance.

Revelation 21:17[edit]

And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.

Revelation 21:17 Notes[edit]

Revelation 21:18[edit]

And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.

Revelation 21:18 Notes[edit]

The total amount of gold mined in all of human history was estimated in 2011 to be 171,300 tonnes.[8] This is equivalent to a cube with a side of 20.7 meters, or roughly 66 feet.

Assuming New Jerusalem's density is the same of gold and that it's cubic, it would be roughly two times as massive as the Moon. Of course with a lot of empty space such city would be considerably lighter, but as noted above in Revelation 21:16 either things would change a lot in New Earth or much more likely John lacked any sense of scale when writing down this.

Revelation 21:19[edit]

And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;

Revelation 21:19 Notes[edit]

Revelation 21:20[edit]

The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.

Revelation 21:20 Notes[edit]

Revelation 21:21[edit]

And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

Revelation 21:21 Notes[edit]

This fascination and adoration of gems and minerals that were symbols of wealth and prosperity seem to be in contrast to much of what the New Testament writers had to say about wealth if this verse is taken literally (which some do). Another way to look at it is that wealth is no longer hoarded by a select few, but rather usable/enjoyable by all.

Revelation 21:22[edit]

And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.

Revelation 21:22 Notes[edit]

Revelation 21:23[edit]

And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

Revelation 21:23 Notes[edit]

Revelation 21:24[edit]

And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.

Revelation 21:24 Notes[edit]

Revelation 21:25[edit]

And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.

Revelation 21:25 Notes[edit]

Revelation 21:26[edit]

And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.

Revelation 21:26 Notes[edit]

Revelation 21:27[edit]

And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.

Revelation 21:27 Notes[edit]

Revelation 22:1[edit]

And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

Revelation 22:1 Notes[edit]

Revelation 22:2[edit]

In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

Revelation 22:2 Notes[edit]

See Revelation 2:7.

Revelation 22:3[edit]

And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

Revelation 22:3 Notes[edit]

According to the theologian Robert Charles,Wikipedia this passage and Revelation 21:4 were influenced by 1 Enoch 25:6:

  • And they shall live a long life on earth, Such as thy fathers lived: And in their days shall no "sorrow" or plague Or torment or calamity touch them.

Revelation 22:4[edit]

And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

Revelation 22:4 Notes[edit]

Revelation 22:5[edit]

And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

Revelation 22:5 Notes[edit]

Eternal life sucks even for those who will not spend it in the lake of fire as, even if you were not brainwashed (no sin means no free will and remember from above there's no sadness here — this begins to look quite suspiciously like the Alpha Complex) and had to worship God forever, in an eternity you'd have more than plenty of time to explore all this city plus the scantly treated world outside its gates, that looks quite boring with no sea and (presumably) no Sun, Moon, or stars, as this verse states night will be no more), and no animals, plants, etc.

Have fun attempting to argue with infinity.

Revelation 22:6[edit]

And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.

Revelation 22:6 Notes[edit]

Revelation 22:7[edit]

Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

Revelation 22:7 Notes[edit]

Revelation 22:8[edit]

And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.

Revelation 22:8 Notes[edit]

Revelation 22:9[edit]

Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.

Revelation 22:9 Notes[edit]

Revelation 22:10[edit]

And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.

Revelation 22:10 Notes[edit]

Revelation 22:11[edit]

He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.

Revelation 22:11 Notes[edit]

Revelation 22:12[edit]

And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

Revelation 22:12 Notes[edit]

God's plan is finally revealed, He comes quickly so He can give it to every man.

Revelation 22:13[edit]

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

Revelation 22:13 Notes[edit]

Revelation 22:14[edit]

Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

Revelation 22:14 Notes[edit]

See Revelation 2:7.

Revelation 22:15[edit]

For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

Revelation 22:15 Notes[edit]

Revelation 22:16[edit]

I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

Revelation 22:16 Notes[edit]

OK for 30 points, which angel, deity, or saint is traditionally associated with the morning star? Is it Ishtar, Lucifer, Jesus, John the Baptist, the Virgin Mary or Tlāhuizcalpantecuhtli?[9][10]

Revelation 22:17[edit]

And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

Revelation 22:17 Notes[edit]

Revelation 22:18[edit]

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

Revelation 22:18 Notes[edit]

The Qu'ran said that John prayed a whole bunch of people to all kinds of punishment, since Islam insists the other scriptures are corrupted. Whoever copied the corrupt scripture then suffers a similar fate to whoever originally altered the scripture.[citation needed]

It is also worth noting that when John wrote this, he would have only been thinking of altering the text of the prophecy of the Apocalypse — he had no reason to believe that it would become part of a Christian canon, especially considering how uncertain the early Catholics were about whether the Apocalypse should be canonized in the first place. Ultimately, it's just his version of "when you copy this for anybody else who wants to read it, don't change anything!". Rumors in such regard also suggest this and the next verse were added by later amanuensis to ensure future copiers would not mess with the text — resulting in self-cursing of the scribes.

Some Funda-gelicals out there claim this is valid for the entire Bible, conveniently ignoring the books axed by Martin Luther of the canon with Revelation itself having been close to be one of them.

Revelation 22:19[edit]

And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Revelation 22:19 Notes[edit]

See Revelation 2:7. King James mistranslated it and translations to other languages seemingly based on the KJV maintain that error. The New International Version, New Living Translation, English Standard Version, and most other versions of the Bible have this being translated as 'tree of life' not 'book of life'.

Revelation 22:20[edit]

He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

Revelation 22:20 Notes[edit]

Revelation 22:21[edit]

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Revelation 22:21 Notes[edit]

The End. tl;dr: God does some stuff


  1. See the Wikipedia article on Alpha and Omega.
  2. 1 Timothy 6:10 “The love of money is a root of all kinds of evils" The Synagogue of Satan is defined by greed. Jews like @BernieSanders are willing to enslave future generations of Christians in order to pad their Satanic pockets. America is a CHRISTIAN NATION! Jews don’t belong! by WarriorforChr10 (6:04 AM - 8 Mar 2020) Twitter (archived from March 8, 2020).
  3. See the Wikipedia article on 144,000.
  4. LOCUSTS of Revelation – Could you be any more obvious guys? (17/04/2015) The Jesus Alien (archived from May 4, 2015).
  5. What Will Happen on September 23, 2017? by Danny R. Faulkner (May 1, 2017) Answers in Genesis (archived from July 20, 2017).
  6. World of Silence TV Tropes --You've been warned.
  7. Will Holy New Jerusalem be cube-shaped?
  8. Investment: FAQs World Gold Council (Archived from December 27, 2012).
  9. See the Wikipedia article on Morning Star.
  10. See the Wikipedia article on Ishtar.