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1. And I [the John Class] saw an angel [messenger, our Lord] come down from heaven [proceeding from the divine government], having the key [authority] of the bottomless pit [the dormant condition to confine or release] and a great chain [many particles or links of truth in a great combination] in his hand [power].

2. And he laid hold on [apprehended] the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years ["a thousand years" is not in the Sinaitic, and it is unlikely he would be bound for a thousand years and then cast into the "pit"].

3. And cast him into the bottomless pit [dormant condition], and shut him up [confined him therein], and set a seal upon him [security against his escape], that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed for a little season [chronos, possibly a literal year].

4. And I [the John Class] saw thrones [envisioned positions of authority], and they [the rulers of the old order] sat upon them [occupied them], and judgment [judicial sentence] was given unto them [rendered against them]: and I [the John Class] saw the souls [beings] of them that were beheaded [had given up their own wills] for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast [venerated the papacy], neither his image [World Council of Churches], neither had received his mark [likeness of the World Council of Churches] upon their foreheads [received its spirit in their minds], or in their hands [lending power or support]; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years [no member of this company of saints ever worshipped the "beast" or its "image"].

5. This is the first [primary] resurrection. [The rest of this verse is spurious.]

6. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first [primary] resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests both of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years ["the thousand years," Westcott & Hort Interlinear Translation].

7. And when ["whenever," Westcott & Hort] the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison [confinement].

8. And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth [every place in society], Gog [enemies of God’s people, being mentioned first may indicate they are the leaders] and Magog [enemies of God’s people, probably followers], to gather them together to battle [to oppose God’s people]: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea [even a small percentage of those who rebel would still make a large number].

9. And they went up on the breadth of the earth [from every place in society] and compassed the camp of the saints [encircled the fortified temporary camp of the ancient worthies] and the beloved city [New Jerusalem]: and fire [final judgments] came down from God out of heaven, and devoured [consumed] them.

10. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone [delivered into second death with deadly sulfur to emphasize complete destruction], where the beast [papacy] and the false prophet [The Church of England and possibly with what is left of the declawed and defanged World Council of Churches] are, and shall be tormented [examined constantly] day and night for ever and ever [for the ages of the ages].

11. And I [the John Class] saw a great white throne [pure ruling authority], and him [Christ] that sat on it, from whose face [presence] the earth [old order of society] and the heaven [the religious ruling authority] fled away; and there was found no place for them.

12. And I [the John Class] saw the dead [humanity sentenced to death in Adam], small and great, stand [for judgment] before God ["the throne" in the Sinaitic, the ruling authority]; and the books [Scriptures] were opened [made plain]: and another book [for recording] was opened, which is the book of life [everlasting]: and the dead [humanity] were judged out of those things which were written in the books [the Scriptures], according to their works [works done while under the Mediator.

13. And the sea [restless masses] gave up the dead [relinquished those condemned in sin] which were in it; and death [this would take in those condemned but literally alive] and hell [the condition of literal death] delivered up the dead [all condemned in sin] which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works [works done while under the Mediator]

14. And death [the condition of condemnation of those literally alive] and hell [the condition of literal death] were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15. And whosoever was not found written in the book of [everlasting] life was cast into the lake of fire [the second deathoblivion].


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