Bible: Revelation 19-20

19:1 After these things I heard what sounded like the loud voice of a vast throng in heaven, saying,

Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,

19:2 because his judgments are true and just. 1 

For he has judged 2  the great prostitute

who corrupted the earth with her sexual immorality,

and has avenged the blood of his servants 3  poured out by her own hands! 4 

19:3 Then 5  a second time the crowd shouted, “Hallelujah!” The smoke rises from her forever and ever. 6  19:4 The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures threw themselves to the ground 7  and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne, saying: “Amen! Hallelujah!

19:5 Then 8  a voice came from the throne, saying:

“Praise our God

all you his servants,

and all you who fear Him,

both the small and the great!

The Wedding Celebration of the Lamb

19:6 Then 9  I heard what sounded like the voice of a vast throng, like the roar of many waters and like loud crashes of thunder. They were shouting: 10 

“Hallelujah!

For the Lord our God, 11  the All-Powerful, 12  reigns!

19:7 Let us rejoice 13  and exult

and give him glory,

because the wedding celebration of the Lamb has come,

and his bride has made herself ready.

19:8 She was permitted to be dressed in bright, clean, fine linen 14  (for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints). 15 

19:9 Then 16  the angel 17  said to me, “Write the following: Blessed are those who are invited to the banquet at the wedding celebration of the Lamb!” He also said to me, “These are the true words of God.” 19:10 So 18  I threw myself down 19  at his feet to worship him, but 20  he said, “Do not do this! 21  I am only 22  a fellow servant 23  with you and your brothers 24  who hold to the testimony about 25  Jesus. Worship God, for the testimony about Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

The Son of God Goes to War

19:11 Then 26  I saw heaven opened and here came 27  a white horse! The 28  one riding it was called “Faithfuland “True,” and with justice 29  he judges and goes to war. 19:12 His eyes are like a fiery 30  flame and there are many diadem crowns 31  on his head. He has 32  a name written 33  that no one knows except himself. 19:13 He is dressed in clothing dipped 34  in blood, and he is called 35  the Word of God. 19:14 The 36  armies that are in heaven, dressed in white, clean, fine linen, 37  were following him on white horses. 19:15 From his mouth extends a sharp sword, so that with it he can strike the nations. 38  He 39  will rule 40  them with an iron rod, 41  and he stomps the winepress 42  of the furious 43  wrath of God, the All-Powerful. 44  19:16 He has a name written on his clothing and on his thigh: “King of kings and Lord of lords.”

19:17 Then 45  I saw one angel standing in 46  the sun, and he shouted in a loud voice to all the birds flying high in the sky: 47 

“Come, gather around for the great banquet 48  of God,

19:18 to eat 49  your fill 50  of the flesh of kings,

the flesh of generals, 51 

the flesh of powerful people,

the flesh of horses and those who ride them,

and the flesh of all people, both free and slave, 52 

and small and great!

19:19 Then 53  I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to do battle with the one who rode the horse and with his army. 19:20 Now 54  the beast was seized, and along with him the false prophet who had performed the signs on his behalf 55 signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. Both of them were thrown alive into the lake of fire burning with sulfur. 56  19:21 The 57  others were killed by the sword that extended from the mouth of the one who rode the horse, and all the birds gorged 58  themselves with their flesh.

The Thousand Year Reign

20:1 Then 59  I saw an angel descending from heaven, holding 60  in his hand the key to the abyss and a huge chain. 20:2 He 61  seized the dragon – the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan – and tied him up for a thousand years. 20:3 The angel 62  then 63  threw him into the abyss and locked 64  and sealed it so that he could not deceive the nations until the one thousand years were finished. (After these things he must be released for a brief period of time.)

20:4 Then 65  I saw thrones and seated on them were those who had been given authority to judge. 66  I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of the testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. These 67  had not worshiped the beast or his image and had refused to receive his mark on their forehead or hand. They 68  came to life 69  and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 20:5 (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were finished.) 70  This is the first resurrection. 20:6 Blessed and holy is the one who takes part 71  in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, 72  but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years.

Satan’s Final Defeat

20:7 Now 73  when the thousand years are finished, Satan will be released from his prison 20:8 and will go out to deceive 74  the nations at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, 75  to bring them together for the battle. They are as numerous as the grains of sand in the sea. 76  20:9 They 77  went up 78  on the broad plain of the earth 79  and encircled 80  the camp 81  of the saints and the beloved city, but 82  fire came down from heaven and devoured them completely. 83  20:10 And the devil who deceived 84  them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, 85  where the beast and the false prophet are 86  too, and they will be tormented there day and night forever and ever.

The Great White Throne

20:11 Then 87  I saw a large 88  white throne and the one who was seated on it; the earth and the heaven 89  fled 90  from his presence, and no place was found for them. 20:12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne. Then 91  books were opened, and another book was opened – the book of life. 92  So 93  the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to their deeds. 94  20:13 The 95  sea gave up the dead that were in it, and Death 96  and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each one was judged according to his deeds. 20:14 Then 97  Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death – the lake of fire. 20:15 If 98  anyone’s name 99  was not found written in the book of life, that person 100  was thrown into the lake of fire.

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