Bible Tuesday – Revelation Part 37

I saw an Angel descending out of Heaven. He carried the key to the Abyss and a chain—a huge chain. He grabbed the Dragon, that old Snake—the very Devil, Satan himself!—chained him up for a thousand years, dumped him into the Abyss, slammed it shut and sealed it tight. No more trouble out of him, deceiving the nations—until the thousand years are up. After that he has to be let loose briefly.

Revelation 20:1-3

I know a whole bunch of people who blame everything bad that happens in their life on the devil.  And, look, I’m not Satan’s defender here but Satan is not omnipresent or omniscient like God.  He can’t be everywhere and he can’t read your mind.  Maybe you got a flat tire because you ran over a nail.  Maybe you got sick because of a germ.  Spiritual warfare is real but every dang thing that happens to you is not caused by dark forces.  And trust me when I tell you that if you stop looking for Satan in every stupid little thing that happens, you will have a much better ability to see when he really is at work.

So Satan is gonna get locked up for 1000 years.  I have no idea why.  I’m just trusting God on this deal.

 

I saw thrones. Those put in charge of judgment sat on the thrones. I also saw the souls of those beheaded because of their witness to Jesus and the Word of God, who refused to worship either the Beast or his image, refused to take his mark on forehead or hand—they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years! The rest of the dead did not live until the thousand years were up. This is the first resurrection—and those involved most blessed, most holy. No second death for them! They’re priests of God and Christ; they’ll reign with him a thousand years.

When the thousand years are up, Satan will be let loose from his cell, and will launch again his old work of deceiving the nations, searching out victims in every nook and cranny of earth, even Gog and Magog! He’ll talk them into going to war and will gather a huge army, millions strong. They’ll stream across the earth, surround and lay siege to the camp of God’s holy people, the Beloved City. They’ll no sooner get there than fire will pour out of Heaven and burn them up. The Devil who deceived them will be hurled into Lake Fire and Brimstone, joining the Beast and False Prophet, the three in torment around the clock for ages without end.

Revelation 20:4-6

 

So Satan is bound for 1000 years.  That means that at least 50 generations will be born while Satan has no presence in the world at all. Sounds fantastic doesn’t it?  But see what happens when he is released?  Satan is still able to deceive the nations.  You see sin wasn’t bound for 1000 years.  Free will wasn’t bound for 1000 years.  Satan is good at what he does.  In fact, he’s the best at it.  But he can’t do it without our help and we just almost make it too easy for him, don’t we?

But this last stand for Satan is blessedly brief.  And the fire and brimstone that the Baptists love to preach?  Ya’ll it’s real and it’s Satan’s final forever destination.  Pay attention to the way this last ‘battle’ plays out.  This is not a ‘clash of titans’ where God and Satan square off and battle for supremacy. There is no scriptural indication of a fight at all.  Remember that when you are feeling embattled.  Spiritual warfare may be scary and hard for us but it’s not even a skirmish for God.

 

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