The seven angels with the last troubles
1 Then I saw another very surprising thing in heaven. I saw seven angels with seven bad troubles to make people very ill. They are the last troubles. When they have finished, God will stop being angry.
2 Then I saw what seemed to be a glass sea. Fire was mixed in it. I also saw people who were standing at the edge of the glass sea. Those people had fought against the wild animal and its idol, and the number that means its name. They had fought and they had won. God had given them harps. They held the harps to make music. 3 Now they sang the song of God's servant, Moses, and the Lamb's song. They sang this:
‘Lord God with all power,
what you do is great and surprising!
Everything that you do is completely fair and honest.
You are King of all countries of the world.
4 Everyone will serve you, Lord.
They will say how great your name is,
because only you are completely good.
People from every country have seen what you do.
You always do what is right.
So all people will come and stand in front of you,
and they will worship you.’
15:4Moses wrote a song after God had led Israel's people safely across the Red Sea. See Exodus 15:1-18.
5 After this I looked again. I saw that God's house in heaven was open. That house is like God's tent, where he lived among his people in the wilderness. 6 The seven angels with the seven troubles then came out of God's house. They were wearing clean, bright clothes that were made from linen. They had gold belts round the top part of their bodies. 7 Then one of the four beings that were alive gave seven gold bowls to the seven angels. God had poured his anger into those bowls. He is the God who is alive for ever. 8 Then God's house in heaven became full of smoke. This showed that God was there. It showed that he is great and powerful. As a result, nobody could go into God's house until the seven troubles finished. The seven angels were bringing those last troubles.
15:5Many years ago, Israel's people were travelling from Egypt to their own country. They were living in tents. God told them to make a special tent for him. Then he would live there among them. See Exodus 26.