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1Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the abyss and a huge chain. 2He seized the dragon, the old snake, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. 3He threw him into the abyss, then locked and sealed it over him. This was to keep him from continuing to deceive the nations until the thousand years were over. After this he must be released for a little while.
The saints rule with Christ
4Then I saw thrones, and people took their seats on them, and judgment was given in their favor.#Or to them They were the ones who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and God’s word, and those who hadn’t worshipped the beast or its image, who hadn’t received the mark on their forehead or hand. They came to life and ruled with Christ for one thousand years. 5The rest of the dead didn’t come to life until the thousand years were over. This is the first resurrection. 6Favored and holy are those who have a share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and will rule with him for one thousand years.
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