The Thousand Years
Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, a having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
He laid hold of b the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years;
and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and c set a seal on him, d so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.
And I saw e thrones, and they sat on them, and f judgment was committed to them. Then I saw g the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, h who had not worshiped the beast i or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they j lived and k reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such l the second death has no power, but they shall be m priests of God and of Christ, n and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.
1 Peter 1:6
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials.
Romans 5:3 - 5
And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance.
1 Kings 3:9
"Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?"
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
Proverbs 2:3 - 6
Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding.
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.
For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.
Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
"Arise therefore, go down and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them."
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
He comes forth like a flower and fades away; He flees like a shadow and does not continue.
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1 Corinthians 9:25
And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.
And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.
They conceive trouble and bring forth futility; Their womb prepares deceit.
Behold, the wicked brings forth iniquity; Yes, he conceives trouble and brings forth falsehood.
No one calls for justice, Nor does any plead for truth. They trust in empty words and speak lies; They conceive evil and bring forth iniquity.
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned -
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.