Revelation 20 Reading Guide

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Chapter Overview:

  • v1-3 - The final perspective on Christ's coming victory begins with John seeing an angel bind Satan and lock him in the Abyss for 1,000 years.

  • v4-6 - The souls of those who've been saved in Christ came to life and reign with Christ for 1,000 years.

  • v7-10 - After this period of Christ's reign comes to an end, Satan is released from his prison.

  • He immediately goes back to his tried and true pattern of deceiving people, gathering them for a massive battle.

  • Yet this final effort ends before it even begins as fire devours the entire army and Satan is disposed of in a fiery lake.

  • v11-15 - All people who have ever lived face a final judgment, and all will face one of only two outcomes: all who have not been saved in Christ join Satan in the fiery lake, while all those in Christ join Him in the new creation described in the coming chapters.

Dig Deeper:

Revelation 20 is one of the most controversial chapters in the entire Bible. One of the biggest arguments among Christians is how to understand the thousand years of peace this chapter refers to. There are two main camps (this will be a very simplistic description, painted with a very broad brush. There are all sorts of distinctions even within these two main categories.) -