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
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
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
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 Gods
people, being mentioned first may indicate they are the leaders] and Magog
[enemies of Gods people, probably followers], to gather them together to
battle [to oppose Gods 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
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 death—oblivion].