20 I saw an angel coming down from heaven. He had the key to the ·bottomless pit [Abyss; 9:1] and a ·large [great] chain in his hand. 2 The angel ·grabbed [seized] the dragon, that ·old snake [ancient serpent] who is the devil and Satan [12:9; Gen. 3:15], and ·tied him up [bound him; Mark 3:27] for a thousand years. 3 Then he threw him into the ·bottomless pit [Abyss], ·closed [or locked] it, and ·locked it [L sealed it; or placed a seal on it] over him. The angel did this so he could not ·trick [deceive; lead astray] the ·people of the earth [nations] anymore until the thousand years were ·ended [finished; completed]. After ·a thousand years [L these things] he must be set free for a short time.
4 Then I saw some thrones and people sitting on them who had been given the power to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been ·killed [L beheaded] because ·they were faithful to the message [of their testimony/witness] of Jesus and [L because of] the ·message from [word of] God. They had not worshiped the beast or his ·idol [image], and they had not received the ·mark [brand; stamp] of the beast on their foreheads or on their hands. They came back to life and ·ruled [reigned] with Christ for a thousand years. 5 (The others that were dead did not live again until the thousand years were ended.) This is the first ·raising of the dead [resurrection]. 6 ·Blessed [Happy] and holy are those who ·share [have a part] in this first ·raising of the dead [resurrection]. The second death [C being cast in the lake of fire] has no ·power [authority] over them. They will be priests for God and for Christ and will ·rule [reign] with him for a thousand years.
7 When the thousand years are over, Satan will be set free from his prison. 8 Then he will go out to ·trick [deceive; lead astray] the nations in ·all [L the four corners of] the earth—Gog and Magog—to gather them for battle [Ezek. 38—39]. ·There are so many people [L In number] they will be like ·sand on the seashore [or the sand of the sea]. 9 And ·Satan’s army [L they] marched across [L the breadth of; or the broad plain of] the earth and ·gathered around [surrounded] the camp of ·God’s people [T the saints] and the city God loves. But fire came down from heaven and ·burned them up [consumed/devoured them; 13:13; 1 Kin. 18:38; 2 Kin. 1:10, 12]. 10 And ·Satan [L the Devil], who ·tricked them [deceived them; led them astray], was thrown into the lake of ·burning sulfur [L fire and sulfur] with the beast and the false prophet. There they will be ·punished [tormented; tortured] day and night forever and ever.
People of the World Are Judged
11 Then I saw a great white throne and the One who was sitting on it. Earth and ·sky [heaven] ·ran away [fled] from ·him [L his presence/face] and ·disappeared [L no place was found for them]. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne. Then ·books [scrolls] were opened, and [L another book/scroll, which is] the ·book [scroll] of life was opened [3:5; Dan. 12:1–2]. The dead were judged by what they had done, which was ·written [recorded] in the ·books [scrolls]. 13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades [C the realm of the dead, also known as Sheol; 6:8] gave up the dead who were in them. Each person was judged by what he had done. 14 And Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 And anyone whose name was not found written in the book [scroll] of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
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