Revelation 20-22 Bible in Basic English

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The Thousand Years

20 1  And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key of the great deep and a great chain in his hand. 2  And he took the dragon, the old snake, which is the Evil One and Satan, and put chains on him for a thousand years, 3  And put him into the great deep, and it was shut and locked over him, so that he might put the nations in error no longer, till the thousand years were ended: after this he will be let loose for a little time. 4  And I saw high seats, and they were seated on them, and the right of judging was given to them: and I saw the souls of those who were put to death for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and those who did not give worship to the beast, or to his image, and had not his mark on their brows or on their hands; and they were living and ruling with Christ a thousand years. 5  The rest of the dead did not come to life again till the thousand years were ended. This is the first coming back from the dead. 6  Happy and holy is he who has a part in this first coming: over these the second death has no authority, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and will be ruling with him a thousand years. 7  And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be let loose out of his prison, 8  And will go out to put in error the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to get them together to the war, the number of whom is like the sands of the sea. 9  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. 10  And the Evil One who put them in error was sent down into the sea of ever-burning fire, where the beast and the false prophet are, and their punishment will go on day and night for ever and ever.

The Judgment at the Great White Throne

11  And I saw a great white seat, and him who was seated on it, before whose face the earth and the heaven went in flight; and there was no place for them. 12  And I saw the dead, great and small, taking their places before the high seat; and the books were open, and another book was open, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged by the things which were in the books, even by their works. 13  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and Hell gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged every man by his works. 14  And death and Hell were put into the sea of fire. This is the second death, even the sea of fire. 15  And if anyone's name was not in the book of life, he went down into the sea of fire.

The New Heaven and the New Earth

21 1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were gone; and there was no more sea. 2  And I saw the holy town, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, like a bride made beautiful for her husband. 3  And there came to my ears a great voice out of the high seat, saying, See, the Tent of God is with men, and he will make his living-place with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them, and be their God. 4  And he will put an end to all their weeping; and there will be no more death, or sorrow, or crying, or pain; for the first things have come to an end. 5  And he who is seated on the high seat said, See, I make all things new. And he said, Put it in the book; for these words are certain and true. 6  And he said to me, It is done. I am the First and the Last, the start and the end. I will freely give of the fountain of the water of life to him who is in need. 7  He who overcomes will have these things for his heritage; and I will be his God, and he will be my son. 8  But those who are full of fear and without faith, the unclean and takers of life, those who do the sins of the flesh, and those who make use of evil powers or who give worship to images, and all those who are false, will have their part in the sea of ever-burning fire which is the second death.

The New Jerusalem

9  And one of the seven angels who had the seven vessels in which were the seven last punishments, came and said to me, Come here, and see the bride, the Lamb's wife. 10  And he took me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and let me see the holy town Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, 11  Having the glory of God: and her light was like a stone of great price, a jasper stone, clear as glass: 12  She had a wall great and high, with twelve doors, and at the doors twelve angels; and names on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel. 13  And on the east were three doors; and on the north three doors; and on the south three doors; and on the west three doors. 14  And the wall of the town had twelve bases, and on them the twelve names of the twelve Apostles of the Lamb. 15  And he who was talking with me had a gold measuring-rod to take the measure of the town, and of its doors, and its wall. 16  And the town is square, as wide as it is long; and he took the measure of the town with the rod, one thousand and five hundred miles: it is equally long and wide and high. 17  And he took the measure of its wall, one hundred and forty-four cubits, after the measure of a man, that is, of an angel. 18  And the building of its wall was of jasper, and the town was clear gold, clear as glass. 19  The bases of the wall of the town had ornaments of all sorts of beautiful stones. The first base was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald; 20  The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst. 21  And the twelve doors were twelve pearls; every door was made of one pearl; and the street of the town was clear gold, as clear as glass. 22  And I saw no Temple there; because the Lord God, the Ruler of all, and the Lamb are its Temple. 23  And the town has no need of the sun, or of the moon, to give it light: for the glory of God did make it light, and the light of it is the Lamb. 24  And the nations will go in its light: and the kings of the earth will take their glory into it. 25  And the doors of it will never be shut by day (for there is no night there): 26  And the glory and honour of the nations will come into it: 27  And nothing unclean may come into it, or anyone whose works are cursed or false; but only those whose names are in the Lamb's book of life.

22 1  And I saw a river of water of life, clear as glass, coming out of the high seat of God and of the Lamb, 2  In the middle of its street. And on this side of the river and on that was the tree of life, having twelve sorts of fruits, giving its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree give life to the nations. 3  And there will be no more curse: and the high seat of God and of the Lamb will be there; and his servants will be worshipping him; 4  And they will see his face; and his name will be on their brows. 5  And there will be no more night; and they have no need of a light or of the shining of the sun; for the Lord God will give them light: and they will be ruling for ever and ever.

Jesus to Come Soon

6  And he said to me, These words are certain and true: and the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent his angel to make clear to his servants the things which are now to come about. 7  See, I come quickly. A blessing on him who keeps the words of this book of the prophet. 8  And I, John, am he who saw these things and to whose ears they came. And when I had seen and given ear, I went down on my face to give worship at the feet of the angel who made these things clear to me. 9  And he said to me, See you do it not; I am a brother-servant with you and with your brothers the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book: give worship to God. 10  And he said to me, Let not the words of this prophet's book be kept secret, because the time is near. 11  Let the evil man go on in his evil: and let the unclean be still unclean: and let the upright go on in his righteousness: and let the holy be holy still. 12  See, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give to every man the outcome of his works. 13  I am the First and the Last, the start and the end. 14  A blessing on those whose robes are washed, so that they may have a right to the tree of life, and may go in by the doors into the town. 15  Outside are the dogs, and those who make use of evil powers, those who make themselves unclean, and the takers of life, and those who give worship to images, and everyone whose delight is in what is false. 16  I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give witness to you of these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright and morning star. 17  And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him who gives ear, say, Come. And let him who is in need come; and let everyone desiring it take of the water of life freely. 18  For I say to every man to whose ears have come the words of this prophet's book, If any man makes an addition to them, God will put on him the punishments which are in this book: 19  And if any man takes away from the words of this book, God will take away from him his part in the tree of life and the holy town, even the things which are in this book.

20  He who gives witness to these things says, Truly, I come quickly. Even so come, Lord Jesus. 21  The grace of the Lord Jesus be with the saints. So be it.

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