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. Chapter 20.

The Thousand Years

1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven with the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hands. 2 He seized the dragon, that serpent of old, the Devil or Satan, and chained him up for a thousand years; 3 he threw him into the abyss, shutting and sealing it over him, so that he might seduce the nations no more till the thousand years were over. After that he must be let loose for a short while.

4 Then I saw thrones, and upon them sat those to whom judgement was committed. I could see the souls of those who had been beheaded for the sake of God's word and their testimony to Jesus, those who had not worshipped the beast and its image or received its mark on forehead or hand. These came to life again and reigned with Christ for a thousand years, 5 though the rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were over. This is the first resurrection. 6 Happy indeed, and one of God's own people, is the man who shares in this first resurrection! Upon such the second death has no claim; but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him for the thousand years.

The Defeat of Satan

7 When the thousand years are over, Satan will be let loose from his dungeon; 8 and he will come out to seduce the nations in the four quarters of the earth and to muster them for battle, yes, the hosts of Gog and Magog, countless as the sands of the sea. 9 So they marched over the breadth of the land and laid siege to the camp of God's people and the city that he loves. But fire came down on them from heaven and consumed them; 10 and the Devil, their seducer, was flung into the lake of fire and sulphur, where the beast and the false prophet had been flung, there to be tormented day and night for ever.

The Judgment at the Great White Throne

11 Then I saw a great white throne, and the One who sat upon it; from his presence earth and heaven vanished away, and no place was left for them. 12 I could see the dead, great and small, standing before the throne; and books were opened. Then another book was opened, the roll of the living. From what was written in these books the dead were judged upon the record of their deeds. 13 The sea gave up its dead, and Death and Hades gave up the dead in their keeping; they were judged, each man on the record of his deeds. 14 Then Death and Hades were flung into the lake of fire. This lake of fire is the second death; 15 and into it were flung any whose names were not to be found in the roll of the living.

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