articles of chapter 5

The Binding of Satan

Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding the key to the bottomless pit and a large chain in his hand. He captured the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and tied him up for a thousand years. He threw him into the bottomless pit, locked it, and sealed it over him to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were over. After that he must be set free for a little while. (Rev 20:1-3).

Satan stays bound in the abyss bound and he cannot deceive anyone in the world.

Paradise on Earth When Satan is Bound

Now begins the Millennial kingdom of peace on earth which was mentioned before in Isaiah’s prophecy. Rev 20:4 tells how … those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or hands. They came back to life and ruled with Christ for a thousand years. 5 … This is the first resurrection.”

Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over these, the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and will reign with him one thousand years.

When the thousand years are over in Christ’s kingdom of peace and paradise on earth, the final episode starts:

Satan is released from imprisonment. He goes to deceive nations all around the earth and gathers a huge army to make war. Verse 20:8 says: the number of them is like the sand of the seashore. At the end of the Millennial kingdom there are a lot of inhabitants. Satan manages to win a huge army on his side. Surely there are also a lot of those who do not join Satan’s troops. The final episode of the rebellion of Satan is described briefly in the Bible, and appears similar to the movie Star Wars: 9 They went up over the breadth of the earth, and surrounded the camp of the saints, and the beloved city. Fire came down out of heaven from God, and devoured them.

20:15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire. – The fiery lake illustrates the second death, discussed in the last chapter.

At the end there is so called last judgement when all who have not been judged are judged. In verse 20:5 is told what happens to the second dead. Most apparently, this refers to the end of Christ’s kingdom when the kingdom has been ruled by him and the saints for a thousand years. ”The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed.” The rest of the dead are those who have died during the Millennial kingdom. They have their judgement and if they prove worthy (their names can be found in the Book of Life), they receive (eternal) life. People are condemned in large numbers, but judgment is also given to Satan and his assistants, the ‘beast’ and the ‘false prophet’. Death itself gets its own judgment.

Those who’s names are in the Book of Life, their reward is LIFE.