1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, a having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 He laid hold of b the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; 3 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.
4 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 1 a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 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.