Revelation 20:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Revelation 20:14, NIV: Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.

Revelation 20:14, ESV: Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.

Revelation 20:14, KJV: And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

Revelation 20:14, NASB: Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.

Revelation 20:14, NLT: Then death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This lake of fire is the second death.

Revelation 20:14, CSB: Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.

What does Revelation 20:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

What's described in verses 14 and 15 is nothing less than the final, complete accomplishment of total victory over sin. The judgment is complete. Now Death and Hades are cast into the lake of fire. Unbelievers spend their lives following the will of the Devil. Ephesians 2:1–3 reminds Christians that prior to salvation they were dead in trespasses and sins. Sins characterized their lives, and they followed Satan, the prince of the power of the air. Also, they lived in the passions of the sin nature and were the children of wrath. However, in a remarkable act of love, God showed mercy and saved by grace, turning their wicked lifestyle into a beautiful life style (Ephesians 2:4–10).

This verse in Revelation calls the lake of fire "the second death." The first death is physical. Upon death, the soul is separated from the body, and the unbeliever continues to be separated from God. At the second death, the resurrected body is joined to the soul and both are separated from God for all eternity. At this point in time, all sin and evil has been judged and punished: either in hell or by the sacrificial blood of Christ (John 3:16–18).