20:1 And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain.
20:2 He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.
20:3 He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.
20:4 I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
20:5 (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection.
20:6 Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years.
20:7 When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison
20:8 and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth—Gog and Magog—to gather them for battle. In number they are like the sand on the seashore.
20:9 They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them.
20:10 And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
20:11 Then I saw a great white throne [some believe this event is a general judgment of all human beings who have ever lived (cf. Jn. 5:28-29); others believe that Christians will already have experienced the judgment Paul spoke about in Rom. 14:10-12] and him [the Lord Jesus Christ] who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them.
20:12 And I saw the dead [the subjects of this judgment], great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done [both good and evil] as recorded in the books [contain a detailed record of the works of every person].
20:13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades [a name used to refer to the burial of anyone] gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done.
20:14 Then death and Hades [cf. 1 Cor. 15:26] were thrown into the lake of fire [a place of eternal separation from God; cf. Matt. 18:9]. The lake of fire is the second death [this phrase also occurs in Rev. 2:11; 20:6,14; 21:8; the “first death” is the death of the human body; second death refers to the separation of the human person from God in conscious torment].
20:15 If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life [a citizenship register for those who will live in heaven forever; a register of those saved by grace through faith; cf. Rev. 3:5; 13:8; 17:8], he was thrown into the lake of fire.