|Revelation 19 After this I heard
what sounded like the roar of a large crowd of people in
heaven, saying, "Praise God! Salvation, glory, and
power belong to our God! 2True and just are
his judgments! He has condemned the prostitute who was
corrupting the earth with her immorality. God has
punished her because she killed his servants." 3Again
they shouted, "Praise God! The smoke from the flames
that consume the great city goes up forever and
ever!" 4The twenty-four elders and the
four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who
was seated on the throne. They said, "Amen!
Wedding Feast of the Lamb
there came from the throne the sound of a voice, saying,
"Praise our God, all his servants and all people,
both great and small, who have reverence for him!" 6Then
I heard what sounded like a crowd, like the sound of a
roaring waterfall, like loud peals of thunder. I heard
them say, "Praise God! For the Lord, our Almighty
God, is King! 7Let us rejoice and be glad; let
us praise his greatness! For the time has come for the
wedding of the Lamb, and his bride has prepared herself
for it. 8She has been given clean shining
linen to wear." (The linen is the good deeds of
the angel said to me, "Write this: Happy are those
who have been invited to the wedding feast of the
Lamb." And the angel added, "These are the true
words of God."
down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me,
"Don't do it! I am a servant together with you and
with other believers, all those who hold to the truth
that Jesus revealed. Worship God!"
the truth that Jesus revealed is what inspires the
The Rider on the White
I saw heaven open, and there was a white horse. Its rider
is called Faithful and True; it is with justice that he
judges and fights his battles. 12His eyes were
like a flame of fire, and he wore many crowns on his
head. He had a name written on him, but no one except
himself knows what it is. 13The robe he wore
was covered with blood. His name is "The Word of
God." 14The armies of heaven followed
him, riding on white horses and dressed in clean white
linen. 15Out of his mouth came a sharp sword,
with which he will defeat the nations. He will rule over
them with a rod of iron, and he will trample out the wine
in the wine press of the furious anger of the Almighty
God. 16On his robe and on his thigh was
written the name: "King of kings and Lord of
I saw an angel standing on the sun. He shouted in a loud
voice to all the birds flying in midair: "Come and
gather together for God's great feast! 18Come
and eat the flesh of kings, generals, and soldiers, the
flesh of horses and their riders, the flesh of all
people, slave and free, great and small!"
I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their
armies gathered to fight against the one who was riding
the horse and against his army. 20The beast
was taken prisoner, together with the false prophet who
had performed miracles in his presence. (It was by those
miracles that he had deceived those who had the mark of
the beast and those who had worshiped the image of the
beast.) The beast and the false prophet were both thrown
alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. 21Their
armies were killed by the sword that comes out of the
mouth of the one who was riding the horse; and all the
birds ate all they could of their flesh.
The Song of the
Isaiah 5 Listen while I sing
you this song,
song of my friend and his vineyard:
friend had a vineyard
a very fertile hill.
dug the soil and cleared it of stones;
planted the finest vines.
built a tower to guard them,
a pit for treading the grapes.
waited for the grapes to ripen,
every grape was sour.
now my friend says, "You people who live in
Jerusalem and Judah, judge between my vineyard and me. 4Is
there anything I failed to do for it? Then why did it
produce sour grapes and not the good grapes I expected?
is what I am going to do to my vineyard: I will take away
the hedge around it, break down the wall that protects
it, and let wild animals eat it and trample it down. 6I will
let it be overgrown with weeds. I will not trim the vines
or hoe the ground; instead, I will let briers and thorns
cover it. I will even forbid the clouds to let rain fall
is the vineyard of the LORD
people of Judah are the vines he planted.
expected them to do what was good,
instead they committed murder.
expected them to do what was right,
their victims cried out for justice.
The Evil That People Do
are doomed! You buy more houses and fields to add to
those you already have. Soon there will be no place for
anyone else to live, and you alone will live in the land.
9I have heard the LORD
Almighty say, "All these big, fine houses will be
empty ruins. 10The grapevines growing on five
acres of land will yield only five gallons of wine. Ten
bushels of seed will produce only one bushel of
are doomed! You get up early in the morning to start
drinking, and you spend long evenings getting drunk. 12At
your feasts you have harps and tambourines and
flutes--and wine. But you don't understand what the LORD is doing, 13and so you
will be carried away as prisoners. Your leaders will
starve to death, and the common people will die of
thirst. 14The world of the dead is hungry for
them, and it opens its mouth wide. It gulps down the
nobles of Jerusalem along with the noisy crowd of common
will be disgraced, and all who are proud will be humbled.
16But the LORD Almighty
shows his greatness by doing what is right, and he
reveals his holiness by judging his people. 17In
the ruins of the cities lambs will eat grass and young
goats will find pasture.
are doomed! You are unable to break free from your sins. 19You
say, "Let the LORD hurry up
and do what he says he will, so that we can see it. Let
Israel's holy God carry out his plans; let's see what he
has in mind."
are doomed! You call evil good and call good evil. You
turn darkness into light and light into darkness. You
make what is bitter sweet, and what is sweet you make
are doomed! You think you are wise, so very clever.
are doomed! Heroes of the wine bottle! Brave and fearless
when it comes to mixing drinks! 23But for just
a bribe you let the guilty go free, and you keep the
innocent from getting justice. 24So now, just
as straw and dry grass shrivel and burn in the fire, your
roots will rot and your blossoms will dry up and blow
away, because you have rejected what the LORD
Almighty, Israel's holy God, has taught us. 25The
LORD is angry with his people and
has stretched out his hand to punish them. The mountains
will shake, and the bodies of those who die will be left
in the streets like rubbish. Yet even then the LORD's anger will not be ended, but his
hand will still be stretched out to punish.
LORD gives a signal to call for a
distant nation. He whistles for them to come from the
ends of the earth. And here they come, swiftly, quickly! 27None
of them grow tired; none of them stumble. They never doze
or sleep. Not a belt is loose; not a sandal strap is
broken. 28Their arrows are sharp, and their
bows are ready to shoot. Their horses' hoofs are as hard
as flint, and their chariot wheels turn like a whirlwind.
29The soldiers roar like lions that have
killed an animal and are carrying it off where no one can
take it away from them.
that day comes, they will roar over Israel as loudly as
the sea. Look at this country! Darkness and distress! The
light is swallowed by darkness.
God Calls Isaiah to Be
Isaiah 6 In the year that King
Uzziah died, I saw the Lord. He was sitting on his
throne, high and exalted, and his robe filled the whole
Temple. 2Around him flaming creatures were
standing, each of which had six wings. Each creature
covered its face with two wings, and its body with two,
and used the other two for flying. 3They were
calling out to each other:
LORD Almighty is holy!
glory fills the world."
sound of their voices made the foundation of the Temple
shake, and the Temple itself became filled with smoke.
"There is no hope for me! I am doomed because every
word that passes my lips is sinful, and I live among a
people whose every word is sinful. And yet, with my own
eyes I have seen the King, the LORD
one of the creatures flew down to me, carrying a burning
coal that he had taken from the altar with a pair of
tongs. 7He touched my lips with the burning
coal and said, "This has touched your lips, and now
your guilt is gone, and your sins are forgiven."
I heard the Lord say, "Whom shall I send? Who will
be our messenger?"
answered, "I will go! Send me!"
he told me to go and give the people this message:
"No matter how much you listen, you will not
understand. No matter how much you look, you will not
know what is happening." 10Then he said
to me, "Make the minds of these people dull, their
ears deaf, and their eyes blind, so that they cannot see
or hear or understand. If they did, they might turn to me
and be healed."
"How long will it be like this, Lord?"
answered, "Until the cities are ruined and
empty--until the houses are uninhabited--until the land
itself is a desolate wasteland. 12I will
send the people far away and make the whole land
desolate. 13Even if one person out of ten
remains in the land, he too will be destroyed; he will be
like the stump of an oak tree that has been cut
stump represents a new beginning for God's people.)
Psalm 109 20LORD, punish my enemies in that way--
who say such evil things against me!
my Sovereign LORD, help me as you
rescue me because of the goodness of your love.
poor and needy;
am hurt to the depths of my heart.
an evening shadow I am about to vanish;
am blown away like an insect.
knees are weak from lack of food;
am nothing but skin and bones.
people see me, they laugh at me;
shake their heads in scorn.
me, O LORD my God;
of your constant love, save me!
my enemies know
you are the one who saves me.
may curse me, but you will bless me.
my persecutors be defeated,
may I, your servant, be glad.
my enemies be covered with disgrace;
they wear their shame like a robe.
give loud thanks to the LORD;
will praise him in the assembly of the people,
he defends the poor
saves them from those who condemn them to death.