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Revelation Chapter 20: The Final Judgment
The Final Judgment
Revelation 20:12

1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.

2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.


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Matthew Henry's Revelation Chapter 20 Bible commentary...

Satan is bound for a thousand years. (1-3) The first resurrection; those are blessed that have part therein. (4-6) Satan loosed, Gog and Magog. (7-10) The last and general resurrection. (11-15)1-3 Here is a vision, showing by a figure the restraints laid on Satan himself. Christ, with Almighty power, will keep the devil from deceiving mankind as he has hitherto done. He never wants power and instruments to break the power of Satan. Christ shuts by his power, and seals by his authority. The church shall have a time of peace and prosperity, but all her trials are not yet over.

4-6 Here is an account of the reign of the saints, for the same space of time as Satan is bound. Those who suffer with Christ, shall reign with him in his spiritual and heavenly kingdom, in conformity to him in his wisdom, righteousness, and holiness: this is called the first resurrection, with which none but those who serve Christ, and suffer for him, shall be favoured. The happiness of these servants of God is declared. None can be blessed but those that are holy; and all that are holy shall be blessed. We know something thing of what the first death is, and it is very awful; but we know not what this second death is. It must be much more dreadful; it is the death of the soul, eternal separation from God. May we never know what it is: those who have been made partakers of a spiritual resurrection, are saved from the power of the second death. We may expect that a thousand years will follow the destruction of the antichristian, idolatrous, persecuting powers, during which pure Christianity, in doctrine, worship, and holiness, will be made known over all the earth. By the all-powerful working of the Holy Spirit, fallen man will be new-created; and faith and holiness will as certainly prevail, as unbelief and unholiness now do. We may easily perceive what a variety of dreadful pains, diseases, and other calamities would cease, if all men were true and consistent Christians. All the evils of public and private contests would be ended, and happiness of every kind largely increased. Every man would try to lighten suffering, instead of adding to the sorrows around him. It is our duty to pray for the promised glorious days, and to do every thing in our public and private stations which can prepare for them.

7-10 While this world lasts, Satan's power in it will not be wholly destroyed, though it may be limited and lessened. No sooner is Satan let loose, than he again begins deceiving the nations, and stirring them up to make war with the saints and servants of God. It would be well if the servants and ministers of Christ were as active and persevering in doing good, as his enemies in doing mischief. God will fight this last and decisive battle for his people, that the victory may be complete, and the glory be to himself.

11-15 After the events just foretold, the end will speedily come; and there is no mention of any thing else, before the appearing of Christ to judge the world. This will be the great day: the Judge, the Lord Jesus Christ, will then put on majesty and terror. The persons to be judged are the dead, small and great; young and old, low and high, poor and rich. None are so mean, but they have some talents to account for; and none so great, as to avoid having to account for them. Not only those alive at the coming of Christ, but all the dead. There is a book of remembrance both for good and bad: and the book of the sinner's conscience, though formerly secret, will then be opened. Every man will recollect all his past actions, though he had long forgotten many of them. Another book shall be opened, the book of the Scriptures, the rule of life; it represents the Lord's knowledge of his people, and his declaring their repentance, faith, and good works; showing the blessings of the new covenant. By their works men shall be justified or condemned; he will try their principles by their practices. Those justified and acquitted by the gospel, shall be justified and acquitted by the Judge, and shall enter into eternal life, having nothing more to fear from death, or hell, or wicked men; for these are all destroyed together. This is the second death; it is the final separation of sinners from God. Let it be our great concern to see whether our Bibles justify or condemn us now; for Christ will judge the secrets of all men according to the gospel. Who shall dwell with devouring flames?


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Pat's Revelation Chapter 20 comment on 10/09/2014, 8:36am...

This person wanting to know about the Rapture needs to no what the word mean . It is when Jesus returns and the dead come alive again. Or if you give your heart to Jesus you will never die , even tho you close your eyes to this would you will live in him for ever more. What a comfort to know their is life in him.


J.kalyanaraman's Revelation Chapter 20 comment on 9/28/2014, 11:31am...

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Ricky's Revelation Chapter 20 comment on 9/08/2014, 10:14am...

The 20th chapter of the book of revelation is in 2 parts the first part speaks about the first resurrection which is also noted in I Corinthians as well as Romans and Ephesians. the first resurrection is a referring to Christ 's raising from the dead and our resurrection from the dead when we receive Christ and are new creatures in him. This is the first resurrection. The second death is the Great white throne judgment of Christ at the end. The second death is the spiritual death at the the end. IF you read the 3rd chapter of II peter you will see that a thousand years is as a day to the Lord and a day is as a thousand years and this present world is reserved unto judgment by fire. If you read the scriptures that I spoke of you will understand this chapter. also in St, John Jesus summed it up with his discourse to Martha when He said I Am the resurrection and the life he that believeth in me though he was dead yet shall he live those who were lost in sin and accept Jesus and him who liveth and believeth in me Those who are born again shall never die.


Endrevelationtimes's Revelation Chapter 20 comment about verse 4 on 9/04/2014, 3:15pm...

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Dennis's Revelation Chapter 20 comment on 9/01/2014, 7:48am...

Ar 's comment was very close if not right on. I just took a class at a Bible college on Revelation and am now teaching it. The rapture has yet to happen. When the rapture happens Gods Church age believers will be taken off this earth and taken to heaven. Then some time after, it doesn 't say but probably shortly after the 7 year tribulation will start. This is when the Anti Christ signs the treaty with Israel. 3 1 2 years later he will then break his treaty and take over Israel and demand that he be worshipped. This is when the 2nd half will start which is considered the Great Tribulation during the final 3 1 2 years. Lindelani 's comment is right on also. What you don 't know you should have faith in. You first have to have faith in God and the trinity. Then you must trust in his word, "The Bible ". Chris D, You are on the right track to study the bible. Trust me you will have questions that don 't make since and you are doing what God asked us to do. God told us in Revelation 1 3 that we are blessed if we study his revelation and his word. Rose 's comment about those who are beheaded and rejected the mark of the beast is close. It doesn 't say only those though. She is also right that if you add to the prophecy or take away that God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book. Rose if you look up other places in revelation it will show you that Old Testimate Saints, The Church age believers, Those that you mentioned will all reign with God and Jesus, both the same during the millennium. Be careful adding the word Only because that has you adding words to the prophecy. I commend you also for studying the Prophecy. Gods knows you were not trying to intentionally delete or add words. Keep studying and asking questions. you are on the right track. Sam Kabuthu 's comment about Satan being released. He is loose and deceiving the world but he has not been captured and thrown in the abyss and locked up yet. Every since he was thrown out of heaven he has been deceiving the world. We see this just like our parents did, and their parents. When God 's timing is right then he will be locked up and during the Millennial period the earth will not have the deception of Satan. All though the new born during the Millennial period will be born sinners and have to be saved. At the end of the millennial period when Satan is released he will try to deceive the nations which will be every one still alive from the millennial period that didn 't get saved. Satans followers at that time will be destroyed, judged and thrown into the lake of fire, along with the other dead from the time back to creation. this will all be done as the great White thrown Judgement. Don 't get me wrong. The new City of Jerusalem came before as the millennial period was starting and all those people who were joined with Jesus and God were there through out the millennial period. Now the Millennial believers will be added.


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1.  What blessing is bestowed on those who are raised in the first resurrection?

They judge angels
They will be priests of God and Christ and reign 1,000 years with Him
They will establish God's kingdom on the new earth
They will be given the authority to help create the new heaven and the new earth
They will have great riches and elaborate mansions in Heaven


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