REVELATION CHAPTER TWENTY
1 I saw an angel come from heaven who
Carried the key to the deep pit and held
A giant chain. 2 He seized the dragon, that
Old snake the devil, Satan−and bound him fast
Fast for one thousand years. 3 He cast him in
The pit, and locked and sealed it over him,
So that a thousand years would pass before
The dragon could again deceive the nations.
But after that, he must be set free for
A little while, 4 and I saw thrones where sat
The ones who had received the right to judge.
I saw the souls of those who’d had their heads
Cut off because they’d told of Jesus and
Had preached God’s message—the same souls who had
Not idolized the beast or his own image
And had refused to let its mark be put
Upon their hands or foreheads. 5 They’re the first
Raised back to life and they will reign with Christ
A thousand years, 6 and they are blessed and holy.
The second death lacks power over them,
And they’ll be priests of God and Christ, and they
Will reign with them a thousand years.
The other dead weren’t resurrected ‘til
A thousand years had passed, 7 and when
The thousand years are over, Satan will
Be set free from his prison 8 and will go
To fool the nations at far ends of earth,
Both Gog and Magog, to assemble them
For battle, with as many followers
As grains of sand along the beach, 9 and they
Will march across the earth and they’ll surround
The camp of saints and the beloved city,
But fire will fall from heaven and consumed
The army; 10 and the devil, who deceived
Them, will be thrown into the fiery lake
With burning sulfur, which is the same lake
The beast and pseudo prophet had been thrown in.
They will be tortured day and night forever.
11 I saw a great white throne, and someone
Who sat on it, and from his face the earth
And sky did try to run away, but they
Had nowhere they could go. 12 I saw the dead,
The small and great, stand in front of the throne
And books were opened, and another book,
The book of life, was opened, and the dead
Were judged by what those books said they
Had done. 13 The sea gave up the dead in it,
And death and hell gave up their dead, too. Each
Was judged by what they’d done, 14 and death and hell
Were cast into the lake of fire, which is
The second death, 15 for anyone whose name
Was not found written in the book of life,
That man was thrown into the lake of fire.