Those who died before the beginning of the millennial reign of Christ, and were not part of the first resurrection (the righteous), will be part of the second resurrection (the unrighteous). The devil was then thrown into the great abyss where he was to remain locked and sealed away. Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.

a. The interpretive question is whether the Second Coming precedes the millennial reign of Christ, if so then some form of pre-millennialism is inevitable (if this is to be interpreted as historical narrative). Chapter 20 must be related theologically to chapters 19 (the Second Coming) and 21-22 (the eternal kingdom).

A. In its hands, the angel held a great chain. (1) A nameless angel comes to bind Satan with a great chain. In Revelation 20:5, a distinction is made between the first and second resurrections.

With the chain, the angel bound the devil and kept him captive for 1,000 years.

Revelation 20 – Satan, Sin and Death are Finally Eliminated A. Satan bound for a thousand years. 1. In Revelation Chapter 20, John saw an angel come down to earth from Heaven.