|Revelation 20 |
1 Then I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
2 And he laid hold of the dragon, that old serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years,
3 And cast him into the bottomless pit and shut him up and set a seal upon him, so that he should no longer deceive the nations until the thousand years should be fulfilled. And after that he must be loosed a little while.
4 Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who were beheaded because of the witness of Jesus and because of the word of God, and who had not worshipped the beast or his image, neither had they received his mark upon their foreheads or on their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.1
5 But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. On those the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him for a thousand years.
7 And when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be loosed out of his prison,
8 And will go out to deceive the nations that are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together for battle; the number of whom is like the sand of the sea.
9 Then they went up over the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. But fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them.
10 And the devil who had deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and will be tormented day and night forever and ever.2
11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heavens fled away; and there was no place found for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and books were opened. And another book was also opened, that is the book of life. And the dead were judged out of those things that were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead that were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead that were in them; and every man was judged according to his works.
14 Then death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.3
Previous Chapter | Next Chapter
1 He does not say, Christ shall come in person and reign with them, but they shall reign with Christ a thousand years. I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 2 Cor 6:16.
2 And John said, ‘the devil who had deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire that burns with brimstone, along with the beast and the false prophet; and will be tormented day and night for ever and forever, Rev 20:10’ This text is frequently quoted to prove that all those who have been deceived will be tormented night and day forever — but look, all four Bibles say only the devil is cast into the lake of fire and tormented forever. Those deceived are cast in the lake of fire and have their part in the lake of fire, but they are not also tormented forever; those who have been deceived, after their time, are reconciled to God. But the devil was not deceived; he knew what he was doing when he deliberately rebelled against God's direction. The whole creation will be reconciled to God, except the devil.
3 Those whose names were not written in the Book of Life were cast into the lake of fire. But notice! Not forever, like the devil and the beast and the false prophet. Revelation 21:8 further says : they shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone; which is the second death.
Previous Chapter | Next Chapter