Bible: Revelation 20-22

The Thousand Year Reign

20:1 Then 1  I saw an angel descending from heaven, holding 2  in his hand the key to the abyss and a huge chain. 20:2 He 3  seized the dragon – the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan – and tied him up for a thousand years. 20:3 The angel 4  then 5  threw him into the abyss and locked 6  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 7  I saw thrones and seated on them were those who had been given authority to judge. 8  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 9  had not worshiped the beast or his image and had refused to receive his mark on their forehead or hand. They 10  came to life 11  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.) 12  This is the first resurrection. 20:6 Blessed and holy is the one who takes part 13  in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, 14  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 15  when the thousand years are finished, Satan will be released from his prison 20:8 and will go out to deceive 16  the nations at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, 17  to bring them together for the battle. They are as numerous as the grains of sand in the sea. 18  20:9 They 19  went up 20  on the broad plain of the earth 21  and encircled 22  the camp 23  of the saints and the beloved city, but 24  fire came down from heaven and devoured them completely. 25  20:10 And the devil who deceived 26  them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, 27  where the beast and the false prophet are 28  too, and they will be tormented there day and night forever and ever.

The Great White Throne

20:11 Then 29  I saw a large 30  white throne and the one who was seated on it; the earth and the heaven 31  fled 32  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 33  books were opened, and another book was opened – the book of life. 34  So 35  the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to their deeds. 36  20:13 The 37  sea gave up the dead that were in it, and Death 38  and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each one was judged according to his deeds. 20:14 Then 39  Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death – the lake of fire. 20:15 If 40  anyone’s name 41  was not found written in the book of life, that person 42  was thrown into the lake of fire.

A New Heaven and a New Earth

21:1 Then 43  I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and earth had ceased to exist, 44  and the sea existed no more. 21:2 And I saw the holy city – the new Jerusalem – descending out of heaven from God, made ready like a bride adorned for her husband. 21:3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying: “Look! The residence 45  of God is among human beings. 46  He 47  will live among them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them. 48  21:4 He 49  will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death will not exist any more – or mourning, or crying, or pain, for the former things have ceased to exist.” 50 

21:5 And the one seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new!” Then 51  he said to me, “Write it down, 52  because these words are reliable 53  and true.” 21:6 He also said to me, “It is done! 54  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the one who is thirsty I will give water 55  free of charge 56  from the spring of the water of life. 21:7 The one who conquers 57  will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 21:8 But to the cowards, unbelievers, detestable persons, murderers, the sexually immoral, and those who practice magic spells, 58  idol worshipers, 59  and all those who lie, their place 60  will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. 61  That 62  is the second death.”

The New Jerusalem Descends

21:9 Then 63  one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven final plagues came and spoke to me, 64  saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb! 21:10 So 65  he took me away in the Spirit 66  to a huge, majestic mountain 67  and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God. 21:11 The city possesses 68  the glory of God; its brilliance is like a precious jewel, like a stone of crystal-clear jasper. 69  21:12 It has 70  a massive, high wall 71  with twelve gates, 72  with twelve angels at the gates, and the names of the twelve tribes of the nation of Israel 73  are written on the gates. 74  21:13 There are 75  three gates on the east side, three gates on the north side, three gates on the south side and three gates on the west side. 76  21:14 The 77  wall of the city has twelve foundations, and on them are the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

21:15 The angel 78  who spoke to me had a golden measuring rod with which to measure the city and its foundation stones and wall. 21:16 Now 79  the city is laid out as a square, 80  its length and width the same. He 81  measured the city with the measuring rod 82  at fourteen hundred miles 83  (its length and width and height are equal). 21:17 He also measured its wall, one hundred forty-four cubits 84  according to human measurement, which is also the angel’s. 85  21:18 The city’s 86  wall is made 87  of jasper and the city is pure gold, like transparent glass. 88  21:19 The foundations of the city’s wall are decorated 89  with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation is jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, 90  the fourth emerald, 21:20 the fifth onyx, 91  the sixth carnelian, 92  the seventh chrysolite, 93  the eighth beryl, 94  the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, 95  the eleventh jacinth, 96  and the twelfth amethyst. 21:21 And the twelve gates are twelve pearls – each one of the gates is made from just one pearl! The 97  main street 98  of the city is pure gold, like transparent glass.

21:22 Now 99  I saw no temple in the city, because the Lord God – the All-Powerful 100 and the Lamb are its temple. 21:23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, because the glory of God lights it up, and its lamp is the Lamb. 21:24 The nations 101  will walk by its light and the kings of the earth will bring their grandeur 102  into it. 21:25 Its gates will never be closed during the day 103  (and 104  there will be no night there). 105  21:26 They will bring the grandeur and the wealth 106  of the nations 107  into it, 21:27 but 108  nothing ritually unclean 109  will ever enter into it, nor anyone who does what is detestable 110  or practices falsehood, 111  but only those whose names 112  are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

22:1 Then 113  the angel 114  showed me the river of the water of life – water as clear as crystal – pouring out 115  from the throne of God and of the Lamb, 22:2 flowing down the middle of the city’s 116  main street. 117  On each side 118  of the river is the tree of life producing twelve kinds 119  of fruit, yielding its fruit every month of the year. 120  Its leaves are for the healing of the nations. 22:3 And there will no longer be any curse, 121  and the throne of God and the Lamb will be in the city. 122  His 123  servants 124  will worship 125  him, 22:4 and they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 22:5 Night will be no more, and they will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, because the Lord God will shine on them, and they will reign forever and ever.

A Final Reminder

22:6 Then 126  the angel 127  said to me, “These words are reliable 128  and true. The Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants 129  what must happen soon.”

22:7 (Look! I am coming soon!

Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy expressed in this book.) 130 

22:8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things, 131  and when I heard and saw them, 132  I threw myself down 133  to worship at the feet of the angel who was showing them to me. 22:9 But 134  he said to me, “Do not do this! 135  I am a fellow servant 136  with you and with your brothers the prophets, and with those who obey 137  the words of this book. Worship God! 22:10 Then 138  he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy contained in this book, because the time is near. 22:11 The evildoer must continue to do evil, 139  and the one who is morally filthy 140  must continue to be filthy. The 141  one who is righteous must continue to act righteously, and the one who is holy must continue to be holy.”

22:12 (Look! I am coming soon,

and my reward is with me to pay 142  each one according to what he has done!

22:13 I am the Alpha and the Omega,

the first and the last,

the beginning and the end!) 143 

22:14 Blessed are those who wash their robes so they can have access 144  to the tree of life and can enter into the city by the gates. 22:15 Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers 145  and the sexually immoral, and the murderers, and the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood! 146 

22:16I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star! 147  22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say: “Come!” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wants it take the water of life free of charge.

22:18 I testify to the one who hears the words of the prophecy contained in this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described 148  in this book. 22:19 And if anyone takes away from the words of this book of prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life 149  and in the holy city that are described in this book.

22:20 The one who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! 22:21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. 150 

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