The 1,000 years
1 Then I saw an angel who was coming down from heaven. He had the key to the deep hole. He also held a great chain in his hand. 2 He took hold of the dragon. That dragon is really the Devil or Satan. He is the snake who has been there since long ago. The angel tied up the dragon with the chain. Nobody could undo that chain for 1,000 years. 3 Then he threw the dragon into the deep hole. He closed the door to the deep hole, and he locked it with the key. He put a seal on the door. During that time, Satan could not tell any more lies to the people of all countries. But after the 1,000 years have passed, he must go free for a short time.
4 Then I saw some thrones, and I saw people who were sitting on them. Those people had received authority to judge other people. I also saw the spirits of people who had died because they served Jesus. Their heads were cut off because they had spoken the true message about Jesus. They had continued to believe God's message. Those believers had not worshipped the wild animal or his idol. They had not received the wild animal's mark on the front of their heads or on their hands. Now they became alive again. They ruled as kings together with Christ for 1,000 years. 5 (But all the other dead people did not become alive again until the 1,000 years had finished.) This is the first time that God would raise up dead people to become alive again. 6 The people that God raises up to become alive again that first time are very happy people! They are God's own people. The second death has no power over them. Instead, they will be priests who serve God and Christ. They will rule as kings with him for those 1,000 years.