Verse By Verse Through Revelation (20:1-5)

the abyss

Insight: Abyss

A place in hell called: The bottomless pit, where the dead [those who rejected the Living God] and the demons are kept in chains.

1. Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven holding the key to the abyss and a great chain in his hand.

It seems that this heavenly angel was in charge of keeping the demons locked up who had sinned in the time of Noah.

2 Peter 2:4-5

4 For if God didn’t spare the angels who sinned but cast them into hell and delivered them in chains of utter darkness to be kept for judgment; 5 and if he didn’t spare the ancient world, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others, when he brought the flood on the world of the ungodly

2 He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.

The dragon who is Satan was seized by the angel in charge of the abyss and locked him up with chains. For this angel to defeat the devil, reveals that he is a mighty angel of high ranking.

Thousand years refer to the earthly reign of Christ with His saints.

3 He threw him into the abyss, closed it, and put a seal on it so that he would no longer deceive the nations until the thousand years were completed. After that, he must be released for a short time.

Put a seal on it shows that the devil’s sentence was sure to be completed with no one to open and release him until the 1000 years was over.

Would no longer deceive the nations. No longer would the world have to deal with Satan’s deceptions and schemes but would be free from his devices so that the world may enjoy Jesus’ righteousness on the earth with peace.

4 Then I saw thrones, and people seated on them who were given authority to judge. I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus and because of the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and who had not accepted the mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

Then I saw thrones means that the saints will have a role in the millennial reign of Christ. They will judge the nations all over the world.

The saints who refused to accept the mark of the beast in the Great Tribulation and were killed, seems to be given a special position with Christ in His millennial reign.

If a person receives the mark of the beast on their hand or forehead, they will not reign with Christ but will be cast into the Lake of Fire [Revelation 14].

5 The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection.

The rest of the dead did not come to life refers to the lost, those who rejected Jesus Christ as their Savior.

Only the saints will participate in the first resurrection and reign with Christ.


Verse By Verse Through Revelation (19:6-10)

angel, John

6 Then I heard something like the voice of a vast multitude, like the sound of cascading waters, and like the rumbling of loud thunder, saying, Hallelujah, because our Lord God, the Almighty, reigns!

Vast multitude reveals that there were so many angels that their voices together sounded like a huge waterfall which also echoed thunder showing their great power. God’s praises were heard throughout His kingdom. 

7 Let us be glad, rejoice, and give him glory, because the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his bride has prepared herself.

The marriage of the Lamb refers to the gathering of all believers since the beginning of time to be with Christ. 

The word Bride means that the believers are under Jesus Christ who is the one that takes care of them and supplies all their needs. 

It also refers to the Great Banquet that will take place with all the saints in heaven with Jesus (Luke 14:15-24).

8 She was given fine linen to wear, bright and pure. For the fine linen represents the righteous acts of the saints.

The fine linen to wear, bright and pure refers to those who have been washed by the blood of the Lamb, who have put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ, having their sins forgiven. 

The righteous acts of the saints refer to the indwelling of the Holy Spirit who worked through them to accomplish God’s will.

Philippians 2:13

For it is God who is working in you both to will and to work according to his good purpose.

9 Then he said to me, “Write: Blessed are those invited to the marriage feast of the Lamb!” He also said to me, “These words of God are true.”

The word Blessed in Greek means to be happy, someone who desires to have what the blessed have, to be envied. Strong’s Gr. 3107

Those who have and those who will put their trust in Jesus Christ are blessed because they will rest from all their turmoil and tribulations that they went through on earth. They will also be safe from the Lake of Fire prepared for Satan, his fallen angels, and for those who have rejected Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

“These words of God are true.” God’s Word can be trusted 100% in accuracy and reliability. If anyone tells you otherwise, that message has not come from the Holy Spirit but is demonic in nature. 

10 Then I fell at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers and sisters who hold firmly to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God, because the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

The angel that was showing John all these great visions was so magnificent in appearance that for a moment John lost sight of God’s Word to only worship God and fell at the angel’s feet to worship him. But, the angel quickly reminded John that no angel is to be worshipped but God alone.

Angels and humans are alike, in the sense of servitude, to only worship the Lord Jesus Christ who created all of us.

Verse By Verse Through Revelation (19:1-5)

1. After this I heard something like the loud voice of a vast multitude in heaven, saying, Hallelujah! Salvation, glory, and power belong to our God,

A vast multitude is most likely the angelic beings in heaven who are witnessing the destruction of the false religion/Babylon, see Revelation 5:11

The praises given to God for the judgment is because it is a righteous act.

2 because his judgments are true and righteous, because he has judged the notorious prostitute who corrupted the earth with her sexual immorality; and he has avenged the blood of his servants that was on her hands.

Sexual immorality is not physical but spiritual. This false system convinced the masses into following a false Christ even though the people thought that they were indeed following Jesus but they were deceived.

In Scripture, it is said that there is a false Jesus, a false Gospel, and a false spirit which we should be very careful of lest we fall into Satan’s trap of deception.

2 Corinthians 11:4
For if a person comes and preaches another Jesus, whom we did not preach, or you receive a different spirit, which you had not received, or a different gospel, which you had not accepted, you put up with it splendidly!

Those who have persecuted Christians will be judged by Christ and will be found guilty.

3 A second time they said, Hallelujah! Her smoke ascends forever and ever!

Hallelujah is a compound word that has halal and Yah which is of Hebrew origin, see Gk. Strong’s# 239. The word literally means, “praise Yahweh.”

The angels in heaven praised the Lord a second time because evil was punished.

It is a reminder that no one will ever get away with the evil they have done unless they repent.

4 Then the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who is seated on the throne, saying, Amen! Hallelujah!

For further study on the 24 elders, see Revelation 4:4

The grand display of God’s judgments and His righteous anger moved the 24 elders and the four living creatures to worship the Living God in being in awe of Him and His power.

5 A voice came from the throne, saying, Praise our God, all his servants, and the ones who fear him, both small and great!

There’s a call to the saints to praise the Lord because all the evils that were done to them, God is bringing retribution on those evil men that have done them harm.