I saw an Angel descending out of Heaven. He carried the key to the Abyss and a chain - a huge chain.
He grabbed the Dragon, that old Snake - the very Devil, Satan himself! - chained him up for a thousand years,
dumped him into the Abyss, slammed it shut and sealed it tight. No more trouble out of him, deceiving the nations - until the thousand years are up. After that he has to be let loose briefly.
I saw thrones. Those put in charge of judgment sat on the thrones. I also saw the souls of those beheaded because of their witness to Jesus and the Word of God, who refused to worship either the Beast or his image, refused to take his mark on forehead or hand - they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years!
The rest of the dead did not live until the thousand years were up. This is the first resurrection -
and those involved most blessed, most holy. No second death for them! They're priests of God and Christ; they'll reign with him a thousand years.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)