Satan Bound 20 1Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven with the key to the abyss and a great chain in his hand. 2He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent who is the Devil and Satan,[C] and bound him for 1,000 years. 3He threw him into the abyss, closed it, and put a seal on it so that he would no longer deceive the nations 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. I also saw the people[D] who had been beheaded[E] because of their testimony about Jesus 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. They came to life and reigned with the Messiah for 1,000 years. 5The rest of the dead did not come to life until the 1,000 years were completed. This is the first resurrection. 6Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! The second death has no power[F] over them, but they will be priests of God and of the Messiah, and they will reign with Him for 1,000 years. 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 at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle. Their number is like the sand of the sea. 9They came up over the surface of the earth and surrounded the encampment of the saints, the beloved city. Then fire came down from heaven[G] and consumed them. 10The Devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet are, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. 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. 12I also saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life, and the dead were judged according to their works by what was written in the books. 13Then the sea gave up its dead, and Death and Hades gave up their dead; all[H] were judged according to their works. 14Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.[I] 15And anyone not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
Holman Christian Standard Bible® / © 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers About