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The First Resurrection

20 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the abyss and a great chain. He seized the dragon—the ancient serpent, who is the devil and satan—and bound him for a thousand years. [a] He also threw him into the abyss and locked 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 while.

Then I saw thrones, and people sat upon them—those to whom authority to judge was given.[b] And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Yeshua and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image, nor had they received his mark on their forehead or on their hand. And they came to life[c] and reigned with the Messiah for a thousand years.

The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection. How fortunate and holy is the one who has a share in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no authority, but they shall be kohanim of God and the Messiah, and they shall reign with Him for a thousand years.

Judgment After 1000 Years

When the thousand years has ended, satan shall be released from his prison, and he shall come out to deceive the nations at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for the battle.[d] Their number is like the sand of the sea. And they came up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the kedoshim and the beloved city—but fire fell from heaven and consumed them.[e]

10 And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are too, and they shall be tortured day and night forever and ever.

11 Then I saw a great white throne, and the One seated on it. The earth and heaven fled from His presence, but no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead—the great and the small—standing before the throne. The books were opened, and another book was opened—the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what was written in the books, according to their deeds. [f] 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Sheol gave up the dead in them. Then they were each judged, each one of them, according to their deeds.

14 Then death and Sheol were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death—the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone was not found written in the Book of Life, he 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; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.[g]

I also saw the holy city—the New Jerusalem—coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. [h] I also heard a loud voice from the throne, saying,

“Behold, the dwelling of God is among men,
    and He shall tabernacle among them.
They shall be His people,
    and God Himself shall be among them
    and be their God.[i]
He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes,[j]
    and death shall be no more.
Nor shall there be mourning or crying or pain any longer,
    for the former things have passed away.”

And the One seated upon the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new!” Then He said, “Write, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

Then He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will freely give from the spring of the water of life. [k] The one who overcomes shall inherit these things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. [l] But for the cowardly and faithless and detestable and murderers and sexually immoral and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars—their lot is in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

The New Jerusalem

Then came one of the seven angels holding the seven bowls full of the seven final plagues, and he spoke with me, saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”

10 Then he carried me away in the Ruach to a great and high mountain,[m] and he showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God—her radiance like a most precious stone, like a jasper, sparkling like crystal. 12 She had a great, high wall, with twelve gates, and above the gates twelve angels. On the gates were inscribed the names of the twelve tribes of Bnei-Yisrael 13 three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west. [n] 14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them the twelve names of the twelve emissaries of the Lamb.

15 The angel speaking with me had a gold measuring rod to measure the city and its gates and walls. [o] 16 The city is laid out as a square—its length the same as its width. He measured the city with the rod—12,000 stadia.[p] Its length and width and height are equal. 17 He also measured its wall—144 cubits by human measurement, which is also an angel’s measurement. 18 The material of the city’s wall was jasper, while the city was pure gold, clear as glass. 19 The foundations of the city wall were decorated with every kind of precious stone—the first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald; 20 the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, carnelian; the seventh, yellow topaz; the eighth; beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst. 21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls—each of the gates was from a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, transparent as glass.

22 I saw no temple in her, for its Temple is Adonai Elohei-Tzva’ot and the Lamb. 23 And the city has no need for the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God lights it up, and its lamp is the Lamb. [q] 24 The nations shall walk by its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory into it. [r] 25 Its gates shall never be shut by day,[s] for there shall be no night there! 26 And they shall bring into it the glory and honor of the nations. 27 And nothing unholy[t] shall ever enter it, nor anyone doing what is detestable or false,[u] but only those written in the Book of Life.

22 Then the angel showed me a river of the water of life—bright as crystal,[v] flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the city’s street. On either side of the river was a tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. [w] No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in the city, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face,[x] and His name shall be on their foreheads. [y] Night shall be no more, and people will have no need for lamplight or sunlight—for Adonai Elohim will shine on them.[z] And they shall reign forever and ever!

Yeshua Is Coming

He said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true! Adonai, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent His angel to show His servants what must happen soon. [aa] Behold, I am coming soon! How fortunate is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

I, John, am the one hearing and seeing these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel showing me these things. But he tells me, “See that you do not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets and those keeping the words of this book. Worship God!”

10 Then he tells me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near. [ab] 11 Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do righteousness, and the holy still be holy. [ac] 12 Behold, I am coming soon, and My reward is with Me, to pay back each one according to his deeds.

13 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. [ad] 14 How fortunate are those who wash their robes,[ae] so that they may have the right to the Tree of Life[af] and may enter through the gates into the city. 15 Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the sexually immoral and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. 16 I, Yeshua, have sent My angel to testify these things to you for My communities. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”[ag]

17 The Ruach and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come—let the one who wishes freely take the water of life! [ah] 18 I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book. If anyone adds to them, God shall add to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his share in the Tree of Life and the Holy City,[ai] which are written in this book.

20 The One giving testimony to these things says, “Yes! I am coming soon!” Amen! Come, Lord Yeshua! [aj] 21 May the grace of the Lord Yeshua be with all![ak]


  1. Revelation 20:3 cf. Isa. 24:22.
  2. Revelation 20:4 cf. Dan. 7:9; 7:22; Matt. 19:28.
  3. Revelation 20:4 cf. Isa. 25:8; 26:19; Dan 12:2; Mal. 3:16-18.
  4. Revelation 20:8 cf. Ezek. 7:2; 38:2.
  5. Revelation 20:9 cf. Ps. 87:2; Ezek. 38:22; 39:6.
  6. Revelation 20:13 cf. Ex. 32:32; Dan 12:2; Mal. 3:16-18.
  7. Revelation 21:1 cf., Is. 65:17; 66:22.
  8. Revelation 21:3 cf. Is. 61:10.
  9. Revelation 21:3 cf. Lev. 26:11; Ezek. 37:27; Jer. 31:33(38:33 LXX); Zech. 8:8; some mss. omit and be their God.
  10. Revelation 21:4 cf. Isa. 25:8.
  11. Revelation 21:7 cf. Isa. 55:1; Jn. 7:37-38.
  12. Revelation 21:8 cf. 2 Sam. 7:14; Ps. 89:26-27.
  13. Revelation 21:10 cf. Ezek. 40:2.
  14. Revelation 21:14 cf. Ezek. 48:31-34.
  15. Revelation 21:16 cf. Ezek. 40:3.
  16. Revelation 21:16 About 1400 miles; 1 stadia = 607 feet.
  17. Revelation 21:24 cf. Isa. 24:23; 30:26; 60:19-20; Zech. 14:6-7;
  18. Revelation 21:25 cf. Isa. 60:3, 5.
  19. Revelation 21:25 cf. Isa. 60:11.
  20. Revelation 21:27 Lit. common (Heb. chol); cf. Lev. 10:10.
  21. Revelation 21:27 cf. Isa. 52:1; Ezek. 44:9.
  22. Revelation 22:1 cf. Ps. 46:4; Ezek. 47:1; Zech. 14:8.
  23. Revelation 22:3 cf. Gen. 2:9; Ezek. 47:12.
  24. Revelation 22:4 cf. Exod. 33:11; Ps 17:15; 27:8-10.
  25. Revelation 22:5 cf. Exod. 39:30.
  26. Revelation 22:5 cf. Isa. 60:19.
  27. Revelation 22:7 cf. Amos 3:7.
  28. Revelation 22:11 cf. Dan. 8:26; 12:4.
  29. Revelation 22:12 cf. Dan. 12:10.
  30. Revelation 22:14 cf. Isa. 44:6; 48:12.
  31. Revelation 22:14 Some mss. read do His commandments.
  32. Revelation 22:14 cf. Gen. 2:9; 3:22; Prov. 3:18; 11:30.
  33. Revelation 22:16 cf. Isa. 11:1.
  34. Revelation 22:18 cf. Isa. 55:1.
  35. Revelation 22:19 cf. Deut. 4:2; 12:32.
  36. Revelation 22:21 Some mss. say Even so, come, Lord Yeshua.
  37. Revelation 22:21 Some mss. add the holy ones (Heb. kedoshim) and Amen.