Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding the key of
the abyss and a great chain in his hand.
2 And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the
devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years;
and he threw him into the abyss, and shut it and sealed it over
him, so that he would not deceive the nations any longer, until
the thousand years were completed; after these things he must
be released for a short time.
4 Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given
to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because
of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and
those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not
received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they
came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
5 The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand
years were completed. This is the first resurrection.
6 Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection;
over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests
of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.
When the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released
from his prison,
8 and will come out to deceive the nations which are in the four
corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together for
the war; the number of them is like the sand of the seashore.
9 And they came up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded
the camp of the saints and the beloved city, and fire came down
from heaven and devoured them.
10 And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of
fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are
also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
Judgment at the Throne of God
Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from
whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found
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 the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things
which were written in the books, according to their deeds.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and
Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged,
every one of them according to their deeds.
14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This
is the second death, the lake of fire.
15 And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life,
he was thrown into the lake of fire.
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I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the
throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which
is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things
which were written in the books