20 Then 1 I saw an angel descending from heaven, holding 2 in his hand the key to the abyss and a huge chain. 2 He 3 seized the dragon – the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan – and tied him up for a thousand years. 3 The angel 4 then 5 threw him into the abyss and locked 6 and sealed it so that he could not deceive the nations until the one thousand years were finished. (After these things he must be released for a brief period of time.)
4 Then 7 I saw thrones and seated on them were those who had been given authority to judge. 8 I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of the testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God. These 9 had not worshiped the beast or his image and had refused to receive his mark on their forehead or hand. They 10 came to life 11 and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were finished.) 12 This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is the one who takes part 13 in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, 14 but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years.
7 Now 15 when the thousand years are finished, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will go out to deceive 16 the nations at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, 17 to bring them together for the battle. They are as numerous as the grains of sand in the sea. 18 9 They 19 went up 20 on the broad plain of the earth 21 and encircled 22 the camp 23 of the saints and the beloved city, but 24 fire came down from heaven and devoured them completely. 25 10 And the devil who deceived 26 them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur, 27 where the beast and the false prophet are 28 too, and they will be tormented there day and night forever and ever.
11 Then 29 I saw a large 30 white throne and the one who was seated on it; the earth and the heaven 31 fled 32 from his presence, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne. Then 33 books were opened, and another book was opened – the book of life. 34 So 35 the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to their deeds. 36 13 The 37 sea gave up the dead that were in it, and Death 38 and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each one was judged according to his deeds. 14 Then 39 Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death – the lake of fire. 15 If 40 anyone’s name 41 was not found written in the book of life, that person 42 was thrown into the lake of fire.
21 Then 1 I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and earth had ceased to exist, 2 and the sea existed no more. 2 And I saw the holy city – the new Jerusalem – descending out of heaven from God, made ready like a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying: “Look! The residence 3 of God is among human beings. 4 He 5 will live among them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them. 6 4 He 7 will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death will not exist any more – or mourning, or crying, or pain, for the former things have ceased to exist.” 8
5 And the one seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new!” Then 9 he said to me, “Write it down, 10 because these words are reliable 11 and true.” 6 He also said to me, “It is done! 12 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the one who is thirsty I will give water 13 free of charge 14 from the spring of the water of life. 7 The one who conquers 15 will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 8 But to the cowards, unbelievers, detestable persons, murderers, the sexually immoral, and those who practice magic spells, 16 idol worshipers, 17 and all those who lie, their place 18 will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. 19 That 20 is the second death.”
9 Then 21 one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven final plagues came and spoke to me, 22 saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb!” 10 So 23 he took me away in the Spirit 24 to a huge, majestic mountain 25 and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God. 11 The city possesses 26 the glory of God; its brilliance is like a precious jewel, like a stone of crystal-clear jasper. 27 12 It has 28 a massive, high wall 29 with twelve gates, 30 with twelve angels at the gates, and the names of the twelve tribes of the nation of Israel 31 are written on the gates. 32 13 There are 33 three gates on the east side, three gates on the north side, three gates on the south side and three gates on the west side. 34 14 The 35 wall of the city has twelve foundations, and on them are the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15 The angel 36 who spoke to me had a golden measuring rod with which to measure the city and its foundation stones and wall. 16 Now 37 the city is laid out as a square, 38 its length and width the same. He 39 measured the city with the measuring rod 40 at fourteen hundred miles 41 (its length and width and height are equal). 17 He also measured its wall, one hundred forty-four cubits 42 according to human measurement, which is also the angel’s. 43 18 The city’s 44 wall is made 45 of jasper and the city is pure gold, like transparent glass. 46 19 The foundations of the city’s wall are decorated 47 with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation is jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, 48 the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth onyx, 49 the sixth carnelian, 50 the seventh chrysolite, 51 the eighth beryl, 52 the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, 53 the eleventh jacinth, 54 and the twelfth amethyst. 21 And the twelve gates are twelve pearls – each one of the gates is made from just one pearl! The 55 main street 56 of the city is pure gold, like transparent glass.
22 Now 57 I saw no temple in the city, because the Lord God – the All-Powerful 58 – and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, because the glory of God lights it up, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24 The nations 59 will walk by its light and the kings of the earth will bring their grandeur 60 into it. 25 Its gates will never be closed during the day 61 (and 62 there will be no night there). 63 26 They will bring the grandeur and the wealth 64 of the nations 65 into it, 27 but 66 nothing ritually unclean 67 will ever enter into it, nor anyone who does what is detestable 68 or practices falsehood, 69 but only those whose names 70 are written in the Lamb’s book of life.