1Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven with the key to the abyss # Ps 140:10; Lk 8:31; Rm 10:7; Rv 9:1,11; 11:7; 17:8 and a great chain # Ps 107:10; 149:8; Jr 39:7; Ezk 7:23 in his hand. 2He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent who is the Devil and Satan, # Other mss add who deceives the whole world # Rv 12:9 and bound # Is 24:22 him for 1,000 years. 3He threw him into the abyss, closed it, and put a seal on it # Dn 6:17; Mt 27:66 so that he would no longer deceive the nations # Rv 12:9 until the 1,000 years were completed. After that, he must be released for a short time.
The Saints Reign with the Messiah
4Then I saw thrones, and people seated on them who were given authority to judge. # Dn 7:22; Mt 19:28; 1Co 6:2-3; Rv 3:21; 6:9 I also saw the people # Lit souls # Rv 6:9 who had been beheaded # All who had given their lives for their faith in Christ because of their testimony about Jesus # Rv 1:2,9; 12:11,17; 19:10 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. # Rv 7:3; 9:4; 13:12-16; 14:1; 22:4 They came to life # Is 25:6-8; Mt 9:18; 26:29; Lk 13:29; Rv 2:8; 13:14 and reigned with the Messiah for 1,000 years. # 2Tm 2:12 5The rest of the dead did not come to life until the 1,000 years were completed. This is the first resurrection. 6Blessed # Rv 1:3; 14:13; 16:15; 19:9; 22:7,14 and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! The second death # Rv 2:11; 20:14; 21:8 has no power # Or authority over them, but they will be priests of God and of the Messiah, and they will reign with Him for 1,000 years. # Rv 1:6; 5:10
Satanic Rebellion Crushed
7When the 1,000 years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison 8and will go out to deceive the nations # Gn 3:13; 2Co 11:3; 1Tm 2:14; 2Jn 7; Rv 12:9; 18:23; 19:20 at the four corners of the earth, # Is 11:12; Ezk 7:2; Rv 7:1 Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle. # Ezk 38–39 Their number is like the sand of the sea. # Gn 32:12; Is 10:22; Jr 33:22; Hs 1:10 9They came up over the surface of the earth and surrounded the encampment of the saints, the beloved city. # Ezk 38:16; Jl 3:2,11-12; Zch 14:2 Then fire came down from heaven # Other mss add from God and consumed them. # 2Kg 1:10,12; Ezk 38:22; 39:6; Lk 9:54 10The Devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet are, # Rv 19:20 and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. # Mt 25:41
The Great White Throne Judgment
11Then 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. # Is 51:6; Mt 24:35; 2Pt 3:10; Rv 18:21 12I also saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. # Dn 7:10 Another book was opened, which is the book of life, # Is 4:3; 34:16; Dn 12:1; Rv 3:5; 13:8; 17:8; 20:15; 21:27 and the dead were judged according to their works # Ps 62:12; Jr 17:10; Rm 2:6; 1Pt 1:17 by what was written in the books.
13Then the sea gave up its dead, and Death and Hades # Rv 1:18; 6:8 gave up their dead; all # Lit each were judged according to their works. 14Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. # Is 25:7-8; 1Co 15:26 This is the second death, the lake of fire. # Other mss omit the lake of fire 15And anyone not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.