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1 En ik zag een engel afkomen uit den hemel, hebbende den sleutel des afgronds, en een grote keten in zijn hand;
2 En hij greep den draak, den oude slang, welke is de duivel en satanas, en bond hem duizend jaren;
3 En wierp hem in den afgrond, en sloot hem daarin, en verzegelde dien boven hem, opdat hij de volken niet meer verleiden zou, totdat de duizend jaren zouden geeindigd zijn. En daarna moet hij een kleinen tijd ontbonden worden.
4 En ik zag tronen, en zij zaten op dezelve; en het oordeel werd hun gegeven; en ik zag de zielen dergenen, die onthoofd waren om de getuigenis van Jezus, en om het Woord Gods, en die het beest, en deszelfs beeld niet aangebeden hadden, en die het merkteken niet ontvangen hadden aan hun voorhoofd en aan hun hand; en zij leefden en heersten als koningen met Christus, de duizend jaren.
5 Maar de overigen der doden werden niet weder levend, totdat de duizend jaren geeindigd waren. Deze is de eerste opstanding.
6 Zalig en heilig is hij, die deel heeft in de eerste opstanding; over deze heeft de tweede dood geen macht, maar zij zullen priesters van God en Christus zijn, en zij zullen met Hem als koningen heersen duizend jaren.
7 En wanneer de duizend jaren zullen geeindigd zijn, zal de satanas uit zijn gevangenis ontbonden worden.
8 En hij zal uitgaan om de volken te verleiden, die in de vier hoeken der aarde zijn, den Gog en den Magog, om hen te vergaderen tot den krijg; welker getal is als het zand aan de zee.
9 En zij zijn opgekomen op de breedte der aarde, en omringden de legerplaats der heiligen, en de geliefde stad; en er kwam vuur neder van God uit den hemel, en heeft hen verslonden.
10 En de duivel, die hen verleidde, werd geworpen in den poel des vuurs en sulfers, alwaar het beest en de valse profeet zijn; en zij zullen gepijnigd worden dag en nacht in alle eeuwigheid.
11 En ik zag een groten witten troon, en Dengene, Die daarop zat, van Wiens aangezicht de aarde en de hemel wegvloden, en geen plaats is voor die gevonden.
12 En ik zag de doden, klein en groot, staande voor God; en de boeken werden geopend; en een ander boek werd geopend, dat des levens is; en de doden werden geoordeeld uit hetgeen in de boeken geschreven was, naar hun werken.
13 En de zee gaf de doden, die in haar waren; en de dood en de hel gaven de doden, die in hen waren; en zij werden geoordeeld, een iegelijk naar hun werken.
14 En de dood en de hel werden geworpen in den poel des vuurs; dit is de tweede dood.
15 En zo iemand niet gevonden werd geschreven in het boek des levens, die werd geworpen in den poel des vuurs.

Openbaring 20 Commentary

Chapter 20

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)

Verses 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.

Verses 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.

Verses 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.

Verses 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?

Chapter Summary

INTRODUCTION TO REVELATION 20

This chapter contains the binding of Satan, the saints' thousand years' reign with Christ, the loosing of Satan again, the destruction of him, and the Gog and Magog army, and the last judgment: the angel that is to bind Satan is described by his descent from heaven; by his having the key of the bottomless pit, and a great chain in his hand; and by the use he made of them, laying hold on Satan, binding him, casting him into the bottomless pit, and then shutting it up, and setting a seal on him; by all which he will be prevented from deceiving the nations for the space of a thousand years, Re 20:1-3. After this thrones are seen, with persons on them, to whom judgment is given; who are said to be such as had been martyrs for Jesus, and had not worshipped the beast, or professed his religion; whose happiness is represented by living and reigning with Christ a thousand years, when others will not; the second death will have no power on them; they will be the priests of God, and Christ, and reign with him during the said term, having a part in the first resurrection, Re 20:4-6. At the expiration of which term Satan will be loosed, and go out of prison, deceive the nations, and gather Gog and Magog to battle; who, being exceeding numerous, will cover the breadth of the earth, encompass the camp and city of the saints, when fire will come down from heaven and destroy them, and Satan will be cast into the lake of fire, where the beast and false prophet are, and be tormented for ever and ever, Re 20:7-10. And next an account is given of the general Judgment; and the judge is described by the throne he sat on, a white cloud, and by his majesty, which is such, that the heavens and the earth flee from before him, Re 20:11. And next the persons judged are described by their common state, the dead; by their age or condition, great and small, and by their position, standing before God; and then an account of the procedure, or rule of judgment; the books are opened, and the execution of judgment according to what is found in the books, Re 20:12 in order to which the sea, death, and the grave, give up the dead in them, and the two last are cast into the lake, and with them those who are not in the book of life, Re 20:13,14.

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