The Heavenly Warrior Defeats the Beast

11 I saw heaven standing open(A) and there before me was a white horse, whose rider(B) is called Faithful and True.(C) With justice he judges and wages war.(D) 12 His eyes are like blazing fire,(E) and on his head are many crowns.(F) He has a name written on him(G) that no one knows but he himself.(H) 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood,(I) and his name is the Word of God.(J) 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen,(K) white(L) and clean. 15 Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword(M) with which to strike down(N) the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.”[a](O) He treads the winepress(P) of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:(Q)

king of kings and lord of lords.(R)

17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds(S) flying in midair,(T) “Come,(U) gather together for the great supper of God,(V) 18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and the mighty, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people,(W) free and slave,(X) great and small.”(Y)

19 Then I saw the beast(Z) and the kings of the earth(AA) and their armies gathered together to wage war against the rider on the horse(AB) and his army. 20 But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet(AC) who had performed the signs(AD) on its behalf.(AE) With these signs he had deluded(AF) those who had received the mark of the beast(AG) and worshiped its image.(AH) The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake(AI) of burning sulfur.(AJ) 21 The rest were killed with the sword(AK) coming out of the mouth of the rider on the horse,(AL) and all the birds(AM) gorged themselves on their flesh.

The Thousand Years

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

I saw thrones(AV) on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge.(AW) And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded(AX) because of their testimony about Jesus(AY) and because of the word of God.(AZ) They[b] had not worshiped the beast(BA) or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands.(BB) They came to life and reigned(BC) 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.(BD) Blessed(BE) and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death(BF) has no power over them, but they will be priests(BG) of God and of Christ and will reign with him(BH) for a thousand years.

Footnotes

  1. Revelation 19:15 Psalm 2:9
  2. Revelation 20:4 Or God; I also saw those who

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