20 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven with the key to the * abyss f and a great chain g in his hand. 2 He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent who is the Devil and Satan, h i and bound j him for 1,000 years. 3 He threw him into the abyss, closed it, and put a seal on it k so that he would no longer deceive the nations l until the 1,000 years were completed. After that, he must be released for a short time.
The Saints Reign with the Messiah
4 Then I saw thrones, and people seated on them who were given authority to judge. m I also saw the people n o who had been beheaded p because of their testimony about Jesus q and because of God’s word, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and who had not accepted the mark on their foreheads or their hands. r They came to life s and reigned with the * Messiah for 1,000 years. t 5 The rest of the dead did not come to life until the 1,000 years were completed. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed u and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! The second death v has no power w over them, but they will be priests of God and of the Messiah, and they will reign with Him for 1,000 years. x
7 When the 1,000 years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will go out to deceive the nations y at the four corners of the earth, z Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle. a Their number is like the sand of the sea. b 9 They came up over the surface of the earth and surrounded the encampment of the * saints, the beloved city. c Then fire came down from heaven d and consumed them. e 10 The Devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet are, f and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. g
The Great White Throne Judgment
11 Then I saw a great white throne and One seated on it. Earth and heaven fled from His presence, and no place was found for them. h 12 I also saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. i Another book was opened, which is the book of life, j and the dead were judged according to their works k by what was written in the books.
13 Then the sea gave up its dead, and Death and * Hades l gave up their dead; all m were judged according to their works. 14 Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. n This is the second death, the lake of fire. o 15 And anyone not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
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