Revelation 20:1

“And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And I saw an Angel come down from heauen, hauing the key of the bottomles pit, & a great chaine in his hand.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key of the great deep and a great chain in his hand.
- Basic English Bible

And I saw an angel descending from the heaven, having the key of the abyss, and a great chain in his hand.
- Darby Bible

And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
- Webster's Bible

Then I saw an angel coming down from Heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit, and upon his arm he carried a great chain.
- Weymouth Bible

I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand.
- World English Bible

And Y say an aungel comynge doun fro heuene, hauynge the keie of depnesse, and a greet chayne in his hoond.
- Wycliffe Bible

And I saw a messenger coming down out of the heaven, having the key of the abyss, and a great chain over his hand,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Revelation 20:1


20:1 And I saw an angel decending out of heaven - Coming down with a commission from God. Jesus Christ himself overthrew the beast: the proud dragon shall be bound by an angel; even as he and his angels were cast out of heaven by Michael and his angels. Having the key of the bottomless pit - Mentioned before, #Rev 9:1|. And a great chain in his hand - The angel of the bottomless pit was shut up therein before the beginning of the first woe. But it is now first that Satan, after he had occasioned the third woe, is both chained and shut up.


People's Bible Notes for Revelation 20:1


Re 20:1 The Millennium SUMMARY OF REVELATION 20: Satan Bound for a Thousand Years. Thrones and Saints Reigning with Christ. The First Resurrection. Satan Loosed at the End of a Thousand Years. The Gathering of Gog and Magog and of the Nations. Their Attack Upon the Saints. Their Destruction. The Devil Cast into the Lake of Fire. The Great Judgment. And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit. "Having the key of the abyss" (Revised Version). The abyss is named in Re 9:1,11 11:7 17:8. It is the present abode of Satan and his evil spirits. The things seen by John are symbolical. They imply that in some way the power of Satan shall be virtually destroyed upon the earth. And a great chain in his hand. See PNT "Re 20:2".

Discussion for Revelation 20

  • A disciple
    Dejvi Kadivnik; Sorry for not getting back to you sooner. The Spirit said through David in Psalm 139:8 "If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there." Isaiah 40:22 "It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth.." From God's vantage point in the heights He beholds all the children of men; and time is subject to eternity. So too your questions!
  • A disciple
    Ron; did you ever read closely Ezekiel 16; particularly the last 10 verses or so? There are a couple of very interesting things you may like. First, about Sodom; that most to this day only associate it with perversion and unrestrained lechery. But the way God describes her sins, it totally sounds like much of the modern world around us! Also, God plans to restore people to their former estate.
  • Ron
    Everything comes full circle, what God started in Eden will be fullfilled. It appears that People will be born in eternity. Note, there are millions of flesh and blood survivors on earth at vs 8-10 that do not die. All the Jews survive and I assume a remnant of gentiles. Thus you have Rev. 21:24-26 and Rev. 22:2 - the Tree of Life. satan's stunt in Genesis was only a temporary road block for God.
  • A disciple
    Verse 4 - "..and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands.." We tend to think of the 'end times' as something obscure in the future; but this 'war' has been in the world since Cain, and Nimrod. The "Mark" is spiritual!
  • Dejvi Kadivnik
    To A disciple: I apologize if you perceived me and my comment as superior or pseudo-intellectual. That was not my intention. However, I stand by my statement, which is based on research of the Scripture. If you have any specific criticism regarding my statement, backed up by an actual Bible citation, which undermines my statement, please provide it.
  • Lu2677
    Tormented for ever, Rev.20:10,Rev. 14:10,in the presence of the Lamb. Lamb=Lamb of God=Jesus=God.His cup of indignation will be poured out,where your worm does not die. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.Interesting how He shows mercy by warning us,He warned people when he was on earth in the flesh,he warns us by way of His word; those of us that know the truth,yet most are not afraid.

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