Satan Bound 1,000 Years
Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished.
But after these things he must be released for a little while.
The question at large is “Why should Satan be bound and thrown into the bottomless pit for a thousand years (during the Millennium), instead of being thrown into the Lake of Fire immediately like the Antichrist and the False Prophet were?”
At least two explanations come to mind: There is to be a second battle of Gog and Magog, in which and in spite of Jesus’ reign on earth, Satan stirs up the nations once again to battle.
However; this isn’t a reason why he would be released. It is more like Satan getting one more jab in before his end.
At the end of the Millennium there is a court case in heaven called the Great White Throne Judgment. From the time of the sin of man, Satan has been appearing before God accusing men of their sins.
In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve knew they had sinned. They were warned of the consequences of breaking the one and only law Gave them, and after breaking it, they had to live and see with their eyes those consequences playing out before their eyes. Men had a lifespan of up to a thousand years before the great world wide flood because the earth was a “terrarium” of sorts. An orb of ice surrounded the earth protecting men from the dangerous rays of the sun. The earth was watered from a “mist” that came up from the ground. It makes sense a meteor broke apart the ice orb and opened the caverns of water underneath the ground to create enough rain to completely flood the entire earth in a short amount of time (40 days and 40 nights).
Noah was the first man to see the stars. He was also the man God choose in which to share the experience of a rainbow.
[See: Jesus as Rain]
As man proliferated, society needed laws for sinful men to live with each other, and most importantly, their maker. The memories of Adam and Eve’s mistake were fading far into the past.
By the time of Abraham, God selected one man of faith to create a nation and used Moses to give this nation the “Law” with the Ten Commandments. This nation was to be a “model” for other people to know God, to keep Him sacred in their minds and hearts, and to do what is right.
Man does not have the ability to determine right from wrong because of their sin nature. They cannot see the ultimate consequences of doing whatever gives them pleasure.
The law is perfect and right. However; like salt to a wound, like kryptonite to Superman, it is toxic to a man who is a sinful law breaker.
Within the law are the Jewish Feasts, not haphazard festivals, but beautifully prophetic in every way.
- The “spring” Jewish feasts foretell the first coming of Jesus: His death, His resurrection, the resurrection of certain saints whose tombs were opened, and the giving of tongues.
- The autumn feasts are prophetic of Jesus’ second coming. Since they have not yet occurred, they leave the spectator speculating. However; many verses give indicators of their meaning.
See: Explanation of all Jewish Feasts.
The Law, the Feasts, and the Prophets remind man of their sin nature and God’s plan of redemption.
Satan relates to God by undermining Him. He sees God’s mercy as a weakness in God.
For Satan, the Law becomes his perfect tool for condemning men. The law is a crowbar to wrench and divide, condemn and complain, and ultimately to destroy everything God wants to accomplish.
The literal meaning of Satan’s name is “Accuser” and he is called “ha Satan” or “the Accuser”.
The Great White Throne Judgment is his pinnacle to act as a prosecutor, reminding and charging men with their sins, demanding justice from a just God. (He has the audacity to hold God’s feet to the fire)
“His mercy endures forever” is repeated 41 times in scripture.
There is only one major hurdle standing in Satan’s way: The blood of the Son of God which neutralizes a man’s sins; an “anti-toxin”. It’s the vaccine of eternal life. This is no “weak” God.
At the Great White Throne Judgment there is a division of mankind, those who have taken the vaccine and those who have not.
See: The Books of Heaven: the book of Life, the book of Remembrance, and the book of Works.
Those who have covered themselves in the blood of Jesus (the symbolic “vaccine”) are exonerated as having “NO SIN”! Their sins are found to be paid for in full by Jesus’ blood on the cross and their names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Jesus is their defense and NOT GUILTY is their verdict.
That leaves those who are not covered by the blood. They are judged by the law wherein each and every one fails. Their judgment then falls upon a measure of mercy due to the book of remembrance and the book of works.
- Matthew 5:25 Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. 26 Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.
- Luke 12:57 “Yes, and why, even of yourselves, do you not judge what is right? 58 When you go with your adversary to the magistrate, make every effort along the way to settle with him, lest he drag you to the judge, the judge deliver you to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison. 59 I tell you, you shall not depart from there till you have paid the very last mite.”
Are the above verses literal for these days of our lives, or do they throw light on the afterlife?
The angels also are judged; Satan and all his followers which compromise a third of all the angels of heaven.
Those who were perfected by the blood of Christ are the judges over these angels.
- 1 Corinthians 6:3 Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life?
Satan is found guilty of treason in His attempt to break the bonds of the Godhead, to break the bonds between God and man, to break the bonds of marriages, friendships, and business. Satan is then found guilty of his monstrous acts against mankind. Satan is found guilty of attempting a coup-d’etat trying depose God.
Satan THEN will be thrown into the Lake of Fire where the Antichrist and the False Prophet are to serve out his days in torment.
“And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:15
Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.