The Thousand Years
1Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, #See ch. 1:18 holding in his hand the key to #See ch. 9:1the bottomless pit#20:1 Greek the abyss; also verse 3 and a great chain. 2And he seized #See ch. 12:9 the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and #[2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6]bound him for a thousand years, 3and threw him into #[See ver. 1 above] the pit, and shut it and #Dan. 6:17; [Matt. 27:66] sealed it over him, so that #ver. 8, 10he might not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be released for a little while.
4Then I saw #Dan. 7:9; Matt. 19:28 thrones, and #ch. 3:21; Dan. 7:22 seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw #ch. 6:9 the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those #ch. 13:12, 14-16 who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. #[John 14:19; 2 Tim. 2:11] They came to life and #ver. 6; ch. 5:10; 22:5; Dan. 7:18; Matt. 20:21, 27; 2 Tim. 2:12; [Ps. 45:16]reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection. 6#ch. 14:13 Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such #ver. 14; ch. 2:11; 21:8 the second death has no power, but they will be #See ch. 1:6 priests of God and of Christ, and they #ver. 4will reign with him for a thousand years.
The Defeat of Satan
7And when the thousand years are ended, #ver. 2Satan will be released from his prison 8and will come out #ver. 3, 10 to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, #Ezek. 38:2; 39:1 Gog and Magog, #See ch. 16:14to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea. 9And #[Isa. 8:8; Ezek. 38:9, 16; Hab. 1:6] they marched up over the broad plain of the earth and surrounded #Heb. 13:11, 13 the camp of the saints and #[Ps. 132:13] the beloved city, but #See ch. 13:13fire came down from heaven#20:9 Some manuscripts from God, out of heaven, or out of heaven from God and consumed them, 10and the devil #ver. 3, 8 who had deceived them was #See ch. 19:20 thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where #See ch. 16:13the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
Judgment Before the Great White Throne
11Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence #See Ps. 102:26 earth and sky fled away, and #ch. 12:8; Dan. 2:35no place was found for them. 12And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and #Dan. 7:10 books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is #See ch. 3:5 the book of life. And #Rom. 14:10; 2 Cor. 5:10; See ch. 11:18 the dead were judged by what was written in the books, #See Matt. 16:27according to what they had done. 13And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, #ch. 6:8 Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, #[See ver. 12 above]according to what they had done. 14Then #[See ver. 13 above] Death and Hades #[ch. 21:4; Luke 20:36; 1 Cor. 15:26] were thrown into the lake of fire. This is #ver. 6the second death, the lake of fire. 15And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, #Matt. 13:42, 50he was thrown into the lake of fire.
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