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20 And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven with the key of the abyss+ and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he seized the dragon,+ the original serpent,+ who is the Devil+ and Satan,+ and bound him for a thousand years. 3 And he hurled him into the abyss+ and shut [it] and sealed [it] over him, that he might not mislead the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After these things he must be let loose for a little while.+ 4 And I saw thrones,+ and there were those who sat down on them, and power of judging was given them.+ Yes, I saw the souls of those executed with the ax for the witness they bore to Jesus and for speaking about God,* and those who had worshiped neither the wild beast+ nor its image+ and who had not received the mark upon their forehead and upon their hand.+ And they came to life and ruled as kings+ with the Christ for a thousand years.* 5 (The rest of the dead+ did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.)*+ This is the first+ resurrection.* 6 Happy+ and holy+ is anyone having part in the first resurrection; over these the second death+ has no authority,+ but they will be priests+ of God and of the Christ, and will rule as kings with him for the thousand years.+ 7 Now as soon as the thousand years have been ended, Satan will be let loose out of his prison, 8 and he will go out to mislead those nations in the four corners* of the earth, Gog and Maʹgog, to gather them together for the war. The number of these is as the sand of the sea.+ 9 And they advanced over the breadth of the earth and encircled the camp* of the holy ones+ and the beloved city.+ But fire came down out of heaven and devoured them.+ 10 And the Devil+ who was misleading* them was hurled into the lake of fire and sulphur, where both the wild beast+ and the false prophet [already were];+ and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. 11 And I saw a great white throne and the one seated on it.+ From before him* the earth and the heaven fled away,+ and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small,+ standing before the throne, and scrolls* were opened. But another scroll was opened; it is the scroll of life.+ And the dead were judged out of those things written in the scrolls according to their deeds.+ 13 And the sea gave up those dead in it, and death and Haʹdes* gave up those dead+ in them, and they were judged individually according to their deeds.+ 14 And death+ and Haʹdes were hurled into the lake of fire.* This means* the second death,+ the lake of fire.+ 15 Furthermore, whoever was not found written in the book of life+ was hurled into the lake of fire.+
^ Lit., “through the witness of Jesus and through the word of the God.”
^ “Thousand years.” Gr., khiʹli·a eʹte, root for the English word “chiliasts,” believers in a literal thousand-year reign of Christ over mankind on a paradise earth; Lat., milʹle anʹnis, “a millennium.”
^ “The rest of the dead . . . were ended,” AVg; אSyp omit.
^ “Resurrection.” Gr., a·naʹsta·sis, “raising up; standing up” (from a·naʹ, “up,” and staʹsis, “standing”); Lat., re·sur·recʹti·o.
^ Or, “the army in battle line.” Lit., “encampment.”
^ Lit., “making to err.”
^ Or, “From the face of him.”
^ Lit., “little books.” Gr., bi·bliʹa.
^ “Hades.” Gr., haiʹdes; Vg(Lat.), inʹfe·rus; Vgc
(Lat.), in·ferʹnus; SyhJ7, 8, 11-14, 16-18, 22, “Sheol.” See App 4B.
^ See App 4C.
^ Or, “is.”