v1 Then I saw an *angel who was coming down from *heaven. He held the key to the deep hole that has no end. In his hand, he also held a big metal *chain. v2-3 He held the big red animal, that same old snake who is called the *Devil and *Satan. And he tied the snake up with the *chain. Then he threw the snake into the deep hole. He closed the door to the deep hole, and he locked it over the snake. The snake must stay in the hole for 1000 years. During that time, he could not continue to work. He could not cause the people everywhere to believe false things. He could not work again until the 1000 years have passed. After that, the snake must be free for a short time.
v4 Then I saw some *thrones. The people who were sitting on the *thrones had received authority. They had authority to decide what is fair. I also saw the *spirits of those people who had died for Jesus. People had killed them because they had spoken to other people about Jesus. They had spoken Godís messages, so other people had cut off their heads. The people who had died had not *worshipped the strange animal nor his false god. They had not received his mark on the front of their heads nor on their hands. They became alive again and they ruled as kings with Christ for 1000 years. v5 This is the first time for this. It is the first time that God caused many people to become alive again. None of the other dead people became alive again until the 1000 years had finished. v6 The people who will become alive again during that first time will be very happy! They are Godís own people. The second death has no power over them. They will be *priests to *serve God and Christ. And they will rule with Christ for 1000 years.