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Chapter 20

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   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

   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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   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?
   Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

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     * (*) They judge angels
     * ( ) They will be priests of God and Christ and reign 1,000 years
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