Satan Bound
1Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven holding the key to the abyss20:1 Ps 140:10; Lk 8:31; Rm 10:7; Rv 9:1,11; 11:7; 17:8 and a great chain20:1 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,20:2 Other mss add who deceives the whole world20:2 Rv 12:9 and bound20:2 Is 24:22 him for a thousand years.
3He threw him into the abyss, closed it, and put a seal on it20:3 Dn 6:17; Mt 27:66 so that he would no longer deceive the nations20:3 Rv 12:9 until the thousand years were completed. After that, he must be released for a short time.
The Saints Reign with Christ
4Then I saw thrones, and people seated on them who were given authority to judge.20:4 Dn 7:22; Mt 19:28; 1Co 6:2–3; Rv 3:21; 6:9 I also saw the souls of those20:4 Rv 6:9 who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus20:4 Rv 1:2,9; 12:11,17; 19:10 and because of the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and who had not accepted the mark on their foreheads or their hands.20:4 Rv 7:3; 9:4; 13:12–16; 14:1; 22:4 They came to life20:4 Is 25:6–8; Mt 9:18; 26:29; Lk 13:29; Rv 2:8; 13:14 and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.20:4 2Tm 2:12
5The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed.
This is the first resurrection.
6Blessed20:6 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 death20:6 Rv 2:11; 20:14; 21:8 has no power20:6 Or authority over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years.20:6 Rv 1:6; 5:10
Satanic Rebellion Crushed
7When the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison
8and will go out to deceive the nations20:8 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,20:8 Is 11:12; Ezk 7:2; Rv 7:1 Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle.20:8 Ezk 38–39 Their number is like the sand of the sea.20:8 Gn 32:12; Is 10:22; Jr 33:22; Hs 1:10
9They came up across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the encampment of the saints, the beloved city.20:9 Ezk 38:16; Jl 3:2,11–12; Zch 14:2 Then fire came down from heaven20:9 Other mss add from God and consumed them.20:9 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,20:10 Rv 19:20 and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.20:10 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.20:11 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.20:12 Dn 7:10 Another book was opened, which is the book of life,20:12 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 works20:12 Ps 62:12; Jr 17:10; Rm 2:6; 1Pt 1:17 by what was written in the books.
13Then the sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades20:13 Rv 1:18; 6:8 gave up the dead that were in them; each one was judged according to their works.
14Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire.20:14 Is 25:7–8; 1Co 15:26 This is the second death, the lake of fire.
15And anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.