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Revelation 20:1-15

20  And I saw an angel come down out of the sky with the key of the abyss, and a great chain over his arm; 2  and he seized the serpent, the primeval snake, who is the Devil and Satan, and chained him for a thousand years 3*  and threw him into the abyss and locked and sealed it over him, that he might no longer mislead the nations until the thousand years are finished: after this he must be unchained a little while. 4  And I saw thrones, and they sat on them and were given a judgment to render; and the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and such as had not done reverence to the beast nor to its image and had not taken the stamp on their foreheads and hands, and they came to life and reigned with the Christ for a thousand years. 5  The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years are finished. This is the first resurrection. 6*  Happy and holy is he who has a part in the first resurrection: over these the second death does not have dominion, but they shall be priests of God and the Christ and shall reign with him for the thousand years. 7  And when the thousand years are finished Satan will be unchained from his prison 8  and will come out to mislead the nations in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them to the war; of whom the number is like the sand of the sea. 9  And they came up over the breadth of the land and surrounded the camp of God’s people and the beloved city; and fire came down out of the sky and devoured them, 10  and the Devil their misleader was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, the same where the beast and the pretended prophet are, and they shall be tortured day and night forever and ever. 11  And I saw a great white throne and the One who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heavens fled and there was no place to be found for them. 12  And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is that of life; and the dead were judged out of what was written in the books, in accordance with their deeds. 13  And the sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and the world below gave up the dead that were in them, and they were judged each one in accordance with their deeds. 14  And death and the world below were thrown into the lake of fire: this is the second death, the lake of fire. 15  And whoever was not found written down in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.


20:3 Or and shut and sealed
20:6 Var. a thousand years