The Revelation of John 8-11
8 [1-6] And when Christ, the Lamb had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for a short time. And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and seven trumpets were given to them. And another messenger came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer, who was given a lot of incense, to offer with the prayers of all the Christians on the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came up with the prayers of all the Christians, went up to God out of the angel’s hand. And the angel took the censer, and filled it with coals from the altar, and threw it into the earth: and there were voices, thundering, lightning, and an earthquake. And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets go ready to sound.
[7-13] The first messenger sounded, and hail and fire mingled with blood followed, and were thrown on the earth: and a third of trees was burnt up, and all the green grass was burnt up. And the second messenger sounded, and something like a great erupting volcano was thrown into the sea: and a third of the sea filled with blood; And a third of all the creatures in the sea that had life, died; and a third of all the ships was destroyed. And the third messenger sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning like a lamp, and it fell on a third of the rivers, and on all the sources of water; And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and a third of the waters became bitter; and many people died from drinking it, because it became poison. And the fourth messenger sounded, and a third of the sun was put out, and a third of the moon, and a third of the stars; so a third of them was darkened, and the daylight didn’t shine for a third of it, and the night the same. And I watched, and heard an angel flying through the middle of heaven, saying with a loud voice, “Sorrow, sorrow, sorrow, is coming to the inhabitants of the earth because of the other voices of the trumpets of the three angels, which are still yet to sound!”
9 [1-12] And the fifth messenger sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven to the earth: which was given the power to open up the bottomless pit. And the bottomless pit was opened; and smoke came up out of the pit, as the smoke of a great burning fire; and the sun and the air were darkened by all the smoke that came up out of the pit. And something like locusts came out of the smoke on the earth: and they were given the power to sting like a scorpion. And it was told them “Don’t hurt the grass of the earth, nor any green thing, nor any tree; but only those people who don’t have the mark of God on their foreheads.” And they were told, “Don’t kill them, but make them suffer five months.” And those people suffered with the great pain of a scorpion sting, when it strikes someone. And in those days people will look for death, but won’t find it; and will want to die, but death will escape them. And the demonic locusts were armored like horses prepared for battle; and they had something like golden crowns on their heads, and their faces were like the faces of people. They had long hair like a woman’s hair, and their teeth were as fierce as lion’s teeth. And they had strong protective breastplates, like breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of many horses running to battle. And they had tails like scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt human beings for five months. And their ruler is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew language is Abaddon, but in the Greek language has the name of Apollyon, which means destroyer. This sorrow is past, and there are still two more to come.
[13-21] And the sixth messenger sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, “Let loose the four angels which are waiting at the great river Euphrates.” And the four angels were set free, which had been waiting for this hour, this day, this month, and this year to kill a third of all human beings. And I heard the number of them the number of the army of riders, which were two hundred million. And I saw the horses in the vision, and their riders, which had breastplates of bright red, dark blue, and pale yellow: and the heads of the horses were as fierce as the heads of lions; and fire, smoke, and sulfur shot out of their mouths. A third of the human beings were killed by these three troubles, by the fire, the smoke, and the sulfur, which shot out of their mouths. Their power to hurt is in both their heads, and in their tail ends because their tails were like snakes with heads, which they hurt people with. And the rest of the people who weren’t killed by these troubles still didn’t change their minds or their evil actions, and kept on worshiping evil spirits, and false gods of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, idols which can’t see, hear, or walk. Nor did they ask forgiveness for their murdering and thieving ways, their witchcraft, or their sexual sins.
10 [1-7] And I saw another powerful messenger come down from heaven, surrounded by a cloud: and crowned with a rainbow, whose face shined like the sun, and whose feet glowed like two pillars of fire: Who held a little book open: and set one foot on the sea, and the other foot on the earth, and hollered out with a loud voice, like a lion roars. When the messenger hollered out, seven thunders spoke with voices. And when the seven thunders had spoke with the voices, I was about to write, when I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Don’t write what the seven thunders spoke, but keep it to yourself.” And the angel which I saw stand on the sea and on the earth lifted up a hand toward heaven, swearing by the One who lives forever and ever, who created heaven, and everything in it, and the earth, and everything in it, and the sea, and everything in it, that time would be no longer: But in the days when the voice of the seventh angel begins to sound, the secret of God would be finished, just as God has told the great preachers.
[8-11] And the voice which I heard from heaven spoke to me again, saying, “Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which stands on the sea and on the earth.” And I went to the angel, saying, “Give me the little book.” And the angel told me, “Take it, and eat it; It’ll make you sick to your stomach, but it’ll taste as sweet as honey.” So I took the little book out of the angel’s hand and ate it; and it tasted as sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, it made me sick to my stomach. Then the angel told me, “You must go and preach again to many peoples, nations, languages, and rulers.”
11 [1-10] And I was given a measuring stick: and the angel stood, saying, “Go, and measure the place of worship of God, and the altar, and count those who worship in it. But leave out the court which is outside the place of worship. Don’t measure it because it’s for the other peoples who will trample the holy city for 42 months. And I’ll give power to My two witnesses, and they’ll preach 1,260 days, clothed in mourning clothes. These are the two olive trees, and the two candle holders standing before the God of the earth. And if anyone tries to hurt them, fire will come out of their mouths, and burn up their enemies: Those who try to hurt them must be killed in this way. These two have power to shut heaven, so that it doesn’t rain as long as they preach. They also have power over the waters to turn them to blood, and to bring diseases on the earth as often as they want to. And when they’ve finished preaching, the creature that comes up out of the bottomless pit will fight against them, and will overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city of Jerusalem, where our Christ was put to death, which is called in the spiritual realm Sodom and Egypt. And every people, family, language, and nation will see their dead bodies three and a half days, and won’t allow their dead bodies to be buried. And those who live on the earth will celebrate over them, and party, sending gifts to one another; because these two great preachers had hurt those who lived on the earth.
[11-19] And after three and a half days, the Spirit of life from God went back in them, and they stood up; and great fear fell on all those who saw them. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they went up to heaven in a cloud as their enemies watched them. And at that same time there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city was destroyed, and 7, 000 people were killed in the earthquake: and all the rest were afraid, and praised the God of heaven. The second sorrow is past, and the third sorrow will come suddenly. And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, “The realms of this world have become the realms of Yahweh God, and of God’s Christ; who will reign forever and ever.” And the twenty-four elders, which sat before God on their seats, dropped to the ground, and worshipped God, saying, “We give you thanks, Christ God Almighty, which are, and were, and are to come; because you’ve taken to Your great power, and have ruled. And the nations were angry that your rage is here, and the time of the dead to be judged, and that You would give rewards to Your workers the great preachers, and to the Christians, and all those who fear Your Name, small and great; and for You to kill those who destroy the earth. And the place of worship of God was opened in heaven, and the Ark of the Covenant was seen in the place of worship: and there were lightning, thundering, and voices, and an earthquake, and great hailstorm.