Revelation 20:9

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And they went vp on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the campe of the Saints about, and the beloued citie: and fire came downe from God out of heauen, and deuoured them.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And they came up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, and fire came down from heaven and devoured them.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And they went up over the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down out of heaven, and devoured them.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And they went up over the face of the earth, and made a circle about the tents of the saints, and the well loved town: and fire came down out of heaven for their destruction.
- Basic English Bible

And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city: and fire came down [from God] out of the heaven and devoured them.
- Darby Bible

And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and encompassed the camp of the saints, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
- Webster's Bible

And they went up over the whole breadth of the earth and surrounded the encampment of God's people and the beloved city. But fire came down from Heaven and consumed them;
- Weymouth Bible

They went up over the breadth of the earth, and surrounded the camp of the saints, and the beloved city. Fire came down out of heaven from God, and devoured them.
- World English Bible

And fier cam doun `of God fro heuene, and deuourede hem. And the deuel, that disseyuede hem, was sent in to the pool of fier and of brymston,
- Wycliffe Bible

and they did go up over the breadth of the land, and did surround the camp of the saints, and the beloved city, and there came down fire from God out of the heaven, and devoured them;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 20:9


20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, or the land - Filling the whole breadth of it. And surrounded the camp of the saints - Perhaps the gentile church, dwelling round about Jerusalem. And the beloved city - So termed, likewise, Ecclesiasticus xxiv. 11.


People's Bible Notes for Revelation 20:9


Re 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth. They spread over it. Compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city. Assailed the true Church and sought to destroy it. How the Church shall be assailed cannot now be told, but there will be a determined attempt to extirpate it. The beloved city, the spiritual Jerusalem, the Church, shall be surrounded, but in the day of her extremity the Lord will hear her cry for help. Fire from heaven will descend on her enemies. Christ shall come. "As the lightning flashes from the east unto the west, so shall the coming of the Son of man be" (Mt 24:27). Then shall the Lord consume the wicked "with the spirit of his mouth and the brightness of his coming" (2Th 2:8). "The day of the Lord shall come, when the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, and all its works shall be burned up" (2Pe 3:10). Fire came down from heaven, and devoured them. For a comment on this read 2Th 1:7-10. They shall come in flashing fire to destroy his enemies. The time will have come for the arm of the Lord to be revealed in might.

Discussion for Revelation 20:9

  • David Mensah-Gbekor for verse 9
    Revelation 20:9 talks about the church. Most people think the church is the bride of Christ. Emphatically, No. The church entirely is not the bride of Christ. A portion of the church is the Bride of Christ. Revelation 20:9 talks about all saved Christians (born again). But it reveals two places. The Camp of the Saints and the Beloved City. The Beloved City is the Bride of Christ. The Camp of the Saints are saved Christians (born again). What does it take to move from the camp of the saints when you become born again to the Beloved City. FOOD FOR THOUGHT.
  • Susan Dalton for verse 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... And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea... And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:"
    (Revelation 20:9; 21:1,3)

    "...And we shall reign on the earth." (Revelation 5:10)

    There will be a final roll back. A roll back in political science is the annhilating of the enemy army, the replacing of its regime, and the occupying of its country.

    Satan will seek his roll back. "And it was given unto him to make war with the saints and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." (Revelation 13:7-8)

    Satan will put in place his regime. (Revelation 13) He will occupy the earth.

    Yet, God will have the final roll back. "...Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, and shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, God and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. 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. 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...(Revelation 20:7-10)

    "...And we shall reign on the earth..."

    Jesus said, "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending." (Revelation 1:8)

    The final roll back will be by God.

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