Revelation 20:2

“And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And hee laid hold on the dragon that old serpent, which is the deuill and Satan, and bound him a thousand yeres,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And he laid hold on the dragon, the old serpent, which is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years,
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he took the dragon, the old snake, which is the Evil One and Satan, and put chains on him for a thousand years,
- Basic English Bible

And he laid hold of the dragon, the ancient serpent who is [the] devil and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
- Darby Bible

And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years.
- Webster's Bible

He laid hold of the Dragon--the ancient serpent--who is the Devil and the Adversary, and bound him for a thousand years, and hurled him into the bottomless pit.
- Weymouth Bible

He seized the dragon, the old serpent, which is the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole inhabited earth, and bound him for a thousand years,
- World English Bible

And he cauyte the dragoun, the elde serpent, that is the deuel and Sathanas; and he boonde hym bi a thousynde yeeris.
- Wycliffe Bible

and he laid hold on the dragon, the old serpent, who is Devil and Adversary, and did bind him a thousand years,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 20:2


20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon - With whom undoubtedly his angels were now cast into the bottomless pit, as well as finally into everlasting fire, #Matt 25:41|. And bound him a thousand years - That these thousand do not precede, or run parallel with, but wholly follow, the times of the beast, may manifestly appear, 1. From the series of the whole book, representing one continued chain of events. 2. From the circumstances which precede. The woman's bringing forth is followed by the casting of the dragon out of heaven to the earth. With this is connected the third woe, whereby the dragon through, and with, the beast, rages horribly. At the conclusion of the third woe the beast is overthrown and cast into the lake of fire. At the same time the other grand enemy, the dragon, shall be bound and shut up. 3. These thousand years bring a new, full, and lasting immunity from all outward and inward evils, the authors of which are now removed, and an affluence of all blessings. But such time the church has never yet seen. Therefore it is still to come. 4. These thousand years are followed by the last times of the world, the letting loose of Satan, who gathers together Gog and Magog, and is thrown to the beast and false prophet in the lake of fire. Now Satan's accusing the saints in heaven, his rage on earth, his imprisonment in the abyss, his seducing Gog and Magog, and being cast into the lake of fire, evidently succeed each other. 5. What occurs from #Rev 20:11 |- Rev 22:5, manifestly follows the things related in the nineteenth chapter. The thousand years came between; whereas if they were past, neither the beginning nor the end of them would fall within this period. In a short time those who assert that they are now at hand will appear to have spoken the truth. Meantime let every man consider what kind of happiness he expects therein. The danger does not lie in maintaining that the thousand years are yet to come; but in interpreting them, whether past or to come, in a gross and carnal sense. The doctrine of the Son of God is a mystery. So is his cross; and so is his glory. In all these he is a sign that is spoken against. Happy they who believe and confess him in all!


People's Bible Notes for Revelation 20:2


Re 20:2 He laid hold on the dragon . . . and bound him for a thousand years. The chain (Re 20:1) I suppose to be the Word of God. At this period of the triumph of righteousness the gospel takes such hold of the hearts of men that Satan loses his powers over them. We can easily see how this is accomplished by what takes place under our own eyes. A man may be drunken and lawless, but if he repents under the influence of the gospel he ceases to serve Satan. The devil loses his power over that man. When that period shall come for which the saints in all ages have wistfully looked, when the laws of God shall be written upon every heart, then Satan, bound with a chain, the chain of truth, shall be deprived of influence on the earth.

Discussion for Revelation 20

  • Matt
    Those who do not overcome during the first resurrection will have to be taught by God's election during the Millennium (1,000 years). If they fail to follow God afterwards, they will follow Satan and the other ungodly souls into hell. Our Lord is VERY patient, and He does NOT wish to send anyone to hell but Satan. That is why He gives every soul a fair chance to accept Him. 2nd Peter chapter 3
  • Matt
    The rest of the 'dead' are the spiritually dead: those deceived by Satan. The antichrist is the devil: Satan. Those who believe they are going to be raptured are the ones who are spiritually dead. The Lord made it clear His disciples would be going through the tribulation in Matthew ch. 24. Satan's children are setting things up for his arrival. You have to know who the Kenites are. John 8 v.44
  • Elder Annie M. Ellis
    Revelation:1-15 Jesus Christ comes back to set up His millennial one thousand years reign on the earth vv.1-6.There are a number of prophetic references which describe a particular time when Christ will establish a kingdom on the earth 2 Samuel 7-14 Psalm 24:1-10 Isaiah2:1-4 11:5-12 35:1-10 Daniel 2:-44 At this time,the unrighteous dead will be judged v.12 Revelation 20:2-10 See Jude 1:9
  • Reece sage
    Who are the rest of the dead in vs of rev. 20?
  • Sabbath keeper and Wife
    Amen, Paul ! It's difficult to get people to comprehend that, especially those raised in church. They are actually arresting ministers in Germany for speaking TRUTH. There's already a county in NM that can revoke a preachers govt. license if the "COUNCIL" disapproves of the message from his pulpit. God help us. It has begun........
  • Paul
    Gods Sabbath is the mark of his authority meant to be worshiped (forehead) and practiced (hand).

    Conversely the mark of the beast is her (papacy) authority and that is their Sunday law.
    When you will not be able to buy ot sell anything. The EU has already put this into practice.

    The 144,000 I think symbolic and not a literal number.

    Grace be with you all.

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