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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

Chapter 20

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1I saw an angel coming down from heaven with the key to the abyss and a great chain in his hand. 2He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent who is the Devil, or Satan, and chained him up for a thousand years; 3he threw him into the abyss, shutting and sealing it over him, so that he might not seduce the nations again till the thousand years were ended. After that he must be let loose for a little while.

4I saw thrones, and on them sat those to whom judgement was committed. I saw the souls of those who, for the sake of God's word and their witness to Jesus, had been beheaded, those who had not worshipped the beast and its image or received its mark on forehead or hand. They came to life again and reigned with Christ for a thousand years, 5though the rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection. 6Blessed and holy are those who share in this first resurrection! Over them the second death has no power; but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him for the thousand years.

7When the thousand years are ended, Satan will be let loose from his prison, 8and he will come out to seduce the nations in the four quarters of the earth. He will muster them for war, the hosts of Gog and Magog, countless as the sands of the sea. 9They marched over the breadth of the land and laid siege to the camp of God's people and the city that he loves. But fire came down on them from heaven and consumed them. 10Their seducer, the Devil, was flung into the lake of fire and sulphur, where the beast and the false prophet had been flung to be tormented day and night for ever.

11I saw a great, white throne, and the One who sits upon it. From his presence earth and heaven fled away, and there was no room for them any more. 12I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne; and books were opened. Then another book, the book of life, was opened. The dead were judged by what they had done, as recorded in these books. 13The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and Death and Hades gave up the dead in their keeping. Everyone was judged on the record of his deeds. 14Then Death and Hades were flung into the lake of fire. This lake of fire is the second death; 15into it were flung any whose names were not to be found in the book of life.

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