Revelation 14:1-11 (NRSV)
Fear God and give God glory
Then I looked, and there was the Lamb,
standing on Mount Zion! And with him were one hundred forty-four thousand who
had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads. And I heard a
voice from heaven like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud
thunder; the voice I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their
harps, and they sing a new song before the throne and before the four living
creatures and before the elders. No one could learn that song except the one
hundred forty-four thousand who have been redeemed from the earth. It is these
who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins; these follow
the Lamb wherever he goes. They have been redeemed from humankind as first
fruits for God and the Lamb, and in their mouth no lie was found; they are
Then I saw another angel flying in midheaven, with an eternal
gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth -- to every nation and tribe
and language and people. He said in a loud voice, "Fear God and give him glory,
for the hour of his judgment has come; and worship him who made heaven and
earth, the sea and the springs of water."
Then another angel, a second,
followed, saying, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has made all nations
drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication."
Then another angel,
a third, followed them, crying with a loud voice, "Those who worship the beast
and its image, and receive a mark on their foreheads or on their hands, they
will also drink the wine of God's wrath, poured unmixed into the cup of his
anger, and they will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the
holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes
up forever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the
beast and its image and for anyone who receives the mark of its name."
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