27 Just as people are destined to die once,(A) and after that to face judgment,(B) 28 so Christ was sacrificed once(C) to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time,(D) not to bear sin,(E) but to bring salvation(F) to those who are waiting for him.(G)

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You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming(A) is near.(B)

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By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire,(A) being kept for the day of judgment(B) and destruction of the ungodly.

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.(C) The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise,(D) as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient(E) with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.(F)

10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief.(G) The heavens will disappear with a roar;(H) the elements will be destroyed by fire,(I) and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.[a](J)

11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward(K) to the day of God and speed its coming.[b](L) That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.(M) 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth,(N) where righteousness dwells.

14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless(O) and at peace with him. 15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience(P) means salvation,(Q) just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him.(R) 16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable(S) people distort,(T) as they do the other Scriptures,(U) to their own destruction.

17 Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard(V) so that you may not be carried away by the error(W) of the lawless(X) and fall from your secure position.(Y) 18 But grow in the grace(Z) and knowledge(AA) of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.(AB) To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.(AC)

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Peter 3:10 Some manuscripts be burned up
  2. 2 Peter 3:12 Or as you wait eagerly for the day of God to come

God’s Children and Sin

28 And now, dear children,(A) continue in him, so that when he appears(B) we may be confident(C) and unashamed before him at his coming.(D)

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Dear friends,(A) now we are children of God,(B) and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears,[a](C) we shall be like him,(D) for we shall see him as he is.(E)

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Footnotes

  1. 1 John 3:2 Or when it is made known

14 Enoch,(A) the seventh from Adam, prophesied about them: “See, the Lord is coming(B) with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones(C)

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18 I am the Living One; I was dead,(A) and now look, I am alive for ever and ever!(B) And I hold the keys of death and Hades.(C)

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11 I am coming soon.(A) Hold on to what you have,(B) so that no one will take your crown.(C)

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The Thousand Years

20 And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven,(A) having the key(B) to the Abyss(C) and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan,(D) and bound him for a thousand years.(E) He threw him into the Abyss,(F) and locked and sealed(G) it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations(H) anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.

I saw thrones(I) on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge.(J) And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded(K) because of their testimony about Jesus(L) and because of the word of God.(M) They[a] had not worshiped the beast(N) or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands.(O) They came to life and reigned(P) 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.(Q) Blessed(R) and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death(S) has no power over them, but they will be priests(T) of God and of Christ and will reign with him(U) for a thousand years.

The Judgment of Satan

When the thousand years are over,(V) Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations(W) in the four corners of the earth(X)—Gog and Magog(Y)—and to gather them for battle.(Z) In number they are like the sand on the seashore.(AA) They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded(AB) the camp of God’s people, the city he loves.(AC) But fire came down from heaven(AD) and devoured them. 10 And the devil, who deceived them,(AE) was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur,(AF) where the beast(AG) and the false prophet(AH) had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.(AI)

The Judgment of the Dead

11 Then I saw a great white throne(AJ) and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence,(AK) and there was no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small,(AL) standing before the throne, and books were opened.(AM) Another book was opened, which is the book of life.(AN) The dead were judged(AO) according to what they had done(AP) as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades(AQ) gave up the dead(AR) that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done.(AS) 14 Then death(AT) and Hades(AU) were thrown into the lake of fire.(AV) The lake of fire is the second death.(AW) 15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life(AX) was thrown into the lake of fire.

A New Heaven and a New Earth

21 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,”[b](AY) for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away,(AZ) and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City,(BA) the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,(BB) prepared as a bride(BC) beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them.(BD) They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.(BE) ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes.(BF) There will be no more death’[c](BG) or mourning or crying or pain,(BH) for the old order of things has passed away.”(BI)

He who was seated on the throne(BJ) said, “I am making everything new!”(BK) Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”(BL)

He said to me: “It is done.(BM) I am the Alpha and the Omega,(BN) the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost(BO) from the spring of the water of life.(BP) Those who are victorious(BQ) will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.(BR) But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars(BS)—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur.(BT) This is the second death.”(BU)

The New Jerusalem, the Bride of the Lamb

One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues(BV) came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride,(BW) the wife of the Lamb.” 10 And he carried me away(BX) in the Spirit(BY) to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.(BZ) 11 It shone with the glory of God,(CA) and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper,(CB) clear as crystal.(CC) 12 It had a great, high wall with twelve gates,(CD) and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel.(CE) 13 There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west. 14 The wall of the city had twelve foundations,(CF) and on them were the names of the twelve apostles(CG) of the Lamb.

15 The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod(CH) of gold to measure the city, its gates(CI) and its walls. 16 The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia[d] in length, and as wide and high as it is long. 17 The angel measured the wall using human(CJ) measurement, and it was 144 cubits[e] thick.[f] 18 The wall was made of jasper,(CK) and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass.(CL) 19 The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone.(CM) The first foundation was jasper,(CN) the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby,(CO) the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.[g] 21 The twelve gates(CP) were twelve pearls,(CQ) each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.(CR)

22 I did not see a temple(CS) in the city, because the Lord God Almighty(CT) and the Lamb(CU) are its temple. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God(CV) gives it light,(CW) and the Lamb(CX) is its lamp. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it.(CY) 25 On no day will its gates(CZ) ever be shut,(DA) for there will be no night there.(DB) 26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it.(DC) 27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful,(DD) but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.(DE)

Eden Restored

22 Then the angel showed me the river(DF) of the water of life,(DG) as clear as crystal,(DH) flowing(DI) from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life,(DJ) bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.(DK) No longer will there be any curse.(DL) The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him.(DM) They will see his face,(DN) and his name will be on their foreheads.(DO) There will be no more night.(DP) They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light.(DQ) And they will reign for ever and ever.(DR)

John and the Angel

The angel said to me,(DS) “These words are trustworthy and true.(DT) The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets,(DU) sent his angel(DV) to show his servants the things that must soon take place.”

“Look, I am coming soon!(DW) Blessed(DX) is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll.”(DY)

I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things.(DZ) And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet(EA) of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll.(EB) Worship God!”(EC)

10 Then he told me, “Do not seal up(ED) the words of the prophecy of this scroll,(EE) because the time is near.(EF) 11 Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.”(EG)

Epilogue: Invitation and Warning

12 “Look, I am coming soon!(EH) My reward is with me,(EI) and I will give to each person according to what they have done.(EJ) 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega,(EK) the First and the Last,(EL) the Beginning and the End.(EM)

Footnotes

  1. Revelation 20:4 Or God; I also saw those who
  2. Revelation 21:1 Isaiah 65:17
  3. Revelation 21:4 Isaiah 25:8
  4. Revelation 21:16 That is, about 1,400 miles or about 2,200 kilometers
  5. Revelation 21:17 That is, about 200 feet or about 65 meters
  6. Revelation 21:17 Or high
  7. Revelation 21:20 The precise identification of some of these precious stones is uncertain.