“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)
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.
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.