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People in Heaven Praise God

19 1After this I heard what sounded like many, many people in heaven. The people were saying: "Hallelujah (Praise God)! Victory, glory, and power belong to our God. 2His judgments are true and right. Our God has punished the prostitute.* She is the one who made the earth evil with her sexual sin. God has punished the prostitute to pay her for the blood (death) of his servants." 3Those people in heaven also said: "Hallelujah (Praise God)! [She is burning and] her smoke will rise forever and ever." 4Then the 24 elders* and the four living things bowed down. They worshiped God, who sits on the throne. They said: "Amen, Hallelujah (Praise God)!" 5Then a voice came from the throne. The voice said: "Praise our God, all you people that serve him! Praise our God, all you people small and great that honor him!" 6Then I heard something that sounded like many, many people. It sounded like the noise of flooding water and like loud thunder. The people were saying: "Hallelujah (Praise God)! Our Lord God rules. He is the All-Powerful. 7Let us rejoice and be happy and give God glory! Give God glory, because the wedding of the Lamb (Jesus) has come. And the Lamb's bride (the church) has made herself ready. 8Fine linen was given to the bride for her to wear. The linen was bright and clean." (The fine linen means the good things that God's holy people* did.) 9Then the angel said to me, "Write this: Those people who are invited to the wedding meal of the Lamb are blessed (happy)!" Then the angel said, "These are the true words of God." 10Then I bowed down before the angel's feet to worship him. But the angel said to me, "Don't [worship me]! I am a servant like you and your brothers who have the truth of Jesus. So worship God! Because the truth of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.*"

The Rider on the White Horse

11Then I saw heaven open. There before me was a white horse. The rider on the horse is called Faithful and True. He is right in his judging and in making war. 12His eyes are like burning fire. He has many crowns on his head. He has a name written on him, but he is the only one who knows the name. No other person knows the name. 13He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood. His name is the Word of God. 14The armies of heaven were following him. They were riding white horses. They were dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15A sharp sword comes out of the rider's mouth. He will use this sword to defeat the nations. He will rule the nations with a rod of iron. He will squeeze [the grapes] in the winepress of the terrible anger of God the All-Powerful. 16On his robe and on his leg was written this name: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS 17Then I saw an angel standing in the sun. The angel said with a loud voice to all the birds flying in the sky, "Come together for the great supper of God. 18Come together so that you can eat the bodies of rulers and army commanders and famous men. Come to eat the bodies of the horses and their riders and the bodies of all people--free, slave, small, and great." 19Then I saw the animal and the rulers of the earth. Their armies were gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army. 20But the animal was captured. Also the false prophet* was captured. This false prophet was the one who did the miracles* for the animal. The false prophet had used these miracles to trick the people who had the mark of the animal and worshiped his idol.* The false prophet and the animal were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. 21Their armies were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse. All the birds ate these bodies until the birds were full.

prostitute(s) Women paid by men for sexual sin. 24 elders Elder means "older." These are probably great leaders of God's people. They may be the leaders of the twelve Jewish family groups plus Jesus' twelve apostles. holy people God's people are called holy because they are made pure through Christ, and they belong only to God. prophecy A message or teaching from God. false prophet A person that says he speaks for God but does not really speak God's truth. miracles False miracles--powerful acts done by the power of the devil. idol(s) Idols are statues or other objects that people worshiped as gods. 

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