28 “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming(A) when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29 and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned.(B)

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62 “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”(A)

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Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.(A)

Thanksgiving and Prayer

We ought always to thank God for you,(B) brothers and sisters,[a] and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.(C) Therefore, among God’s churches we boast(D) about your perseverance and faith(E) in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.(F)

All this is evidence(G) that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy(H) of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. God is just:(I) He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you(J) and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven(K) in blazing fire(L) with his powerful angels.(M) He will punish(N) those who do not know God(O) and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.(P) They will be punished with everlasting destruction(Q) and shut out from the presence of the Lord(R) and from the glory of his might(S) 10 on the day(T) he comes to be glorified(U) in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.(V)

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Thessalonians 1:3 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in 2:1, 13, 15; 3:1, 6, 13.

and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness,(A) the firstborn from the dead,(B) and the ruler of the kings of the earth.(C)

To him who loves us(D) and has freed us from our sins by his blood,(E) and has made us to be a kingdom and priests(F) to serve his God and Father(G)—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.(H)

“Look, he is coming with the clouds,”[a](I)
    and “every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him”;(J)
    and all peoples on earth “will mourn(K) because of him.”[b]
So shall it be! Amen.

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Footnotes

  1. Revelation 1:7 Daniel 7:13
  2. Revelation 1:7 Zech. 12:10

I saw thrones(A) on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge.(B) And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded(C) because of their testimony about Jesus(D) and because of the word of God.(E) They[a] had not worshiped the beast(F) or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands.(G) They came to life and reigned(H) with Christ a thousand years. (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first resurrection.(I)

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Footnotes

  1. Revelation 20:4 Or God; I also saw those who

The Judgment of the Dead

11 Then I saw a great white throne(A) and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence,(B) and there was no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small,(C) standing before the throne, and books were opened.(D) Another book was opened, which is the book of life.(E) The dead were judged(F) according to what they had done(G) as recorded in the books.

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