The One Thousand Year Reign of the Martyrs
Those who died in the Reformation, “went up into heaven in a cloud” (Rev 11:12). This was the first resurrection, the resurrection of the martyrs.
The one thousand year period is the 2,300 years until the sanctuary is cleansed (Dan 8:14), less the 1,290 years (42 months) when it was corrupted (Dan 12:11); from the start of the Reformation until the Sanctuary is fully cleansed. The Martyrs reign with Christ; meaning their blood speaks for their desire to reestablish the kingdom of heaven.
and bound him for a thousand years – Satan does not create any new deceptions of the truth (though he remains the father of lies, John 8:44). The work of the beast, ended after 42 months, from 193 AD to 1471 AD.
and threw him into the abyss – this is not the lake of fire, but a holding place. The 6,000 demons who were cast out of the man in Luke 8:31, begged Jesus not to send them into the abyss, or “bottomless pit” – Rev 9:1
he would not deceive the nations any longer – the 1,000 year period that followed the Reformation is the undoing of Satan’s deceptions.
he must be released for a short time – after the truth is restored, and kingdom of heaven is cleansed, Satan will be released to deceive the world again.
then I saw thrones – from Daniel 7:9,22,26: “the court will sit for judgment.” Meaning the truth will be discerned over this period.
I saw the souls – as explained in Rev 6:9, only the souls have resurrected. The bodily resurrection will occur at the last trumpet, when we shall all be changed, (1 Cor 15:51).
until the thousand years were completed – it seems that no significant amount of time follows the 1,000 year cleansing of the sanctuary, until Christ returns.
Blessed and holy is the one – those who have already resurrected have already passed from judgment into life. They have escaped the second death, the eternal death of those who are not redeemed, the lake of fire (Rev 20:14).