In our reading we see the victory of those who were under the altar and had died for their faithfulness. We also see The End – the last spiritual battle, the last day of Satan’s power, and the last day anyone will dwell on the earth! It very important to note, in this text the ‘souls’ of those who were beheaded came to life and reigned with Jesus. Where are they reigning? They are reigning where Jesus has His throne – in this book that throne has always been in heaven. What are they doing? They are now reigning with Jesus in heaven – they are victorious! No where in this text does it even remotely mention an earthly reign. The imagery, including the 1,000 years gets across a concept of victory – not a period of time! These souls are the souls we saw in chapter 6 – the question they asked then has now been answered! They have been ‘beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God.’ The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and no torment will ever touch them. In the eyes of the foolish they seem to have died, and their departure was thought to be an affliction, and their going from us to be their destruction; but they are at peace. For though in the sight of men they were punished, their hope is full of immortality. Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good, because God tested them and found them worthy of himself; like gold in the furnace he tried them, and like a sacrificial burnt offering he accepted them.