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Satan Is Bound And Defeated

Satan Is Bound and Defeated

Rev. 20: 1-15

Last week we studied the first 6 verses of this chapter…and here is what we found.

Many want to take the events of this chapter and say that they must literally be fulfilled.

This is a vision…with an encouraging truth behind it…and it was never intended to be anything more than that.

So this is something John “saw” and what John “saw” was “an angel”…not Christ.

And notice again, that the angel comes “down from heaven.”

So, John sees this vision of an “angel coming down with a key to the abyss and a great chain…and the angel lays hold of the serpent…or the devil…and he binds him for a 1000 years…and throws him into the abyss, and shuts it, and seals it, so that the serpent can no longer deceive the nations, until the 1000 years is completed; after which the serpent must be released for a short time.”

As I said last week, I do not believe that the 1000 years is speaking of a period of time.

The message to the saints…the devil is a loser.

But now, even though the devil is defeated in his use of the Roman Empire…and even though he is down and out…he will make a comeback for in verse 3 we are told that “when the thousand years end”…when the complete binding of Satan in reference to his use of the Roman Empire is completed…”he will be released for a short time. “

Now, after John sees the complete binding of Satan by the angel…in verse 4 he sees the “souls of those who had been beheaded because of the testimony of Christ and because of the word of God and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark upon their forehead and upon their head…”

But verse 5 says that the “rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed.”

Only the martyred saints…those who were faithful to Christ even unto death…are raised up in this first resurrection to life and reigning with Christ.

Now, verse 6:  Blessed and holy is the one who has a 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 for a thousand years.

However, those who served the beast….those who consist of the “rest of the dead” who were not a part of the first resurrection…the second death will have power over them.

Now verse 7:  And when the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison,

Satan will be released from his prison…


Rev 20:8   and will come out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together for the war; the number of them is like the sand of the seashore.

And you would think that all the nations would then be devoted to God.

And notice the term “God and Magog”? Who is this?

And notice again now in verse 8 that Satan comes out to deceive the nations, Gog and Magog…that is anyone who is deceived by Satan to go to war against God…

Let me show you what I mean…look at verse 9:  And they(Gog and Magog) came up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, and fire came down from heaven and devoured them.

What is the point?

This whole thing is to tell all that Satan was totally defeated in reference to his use of Rome to attack God’s people…and he will always be defeated.

In fact, he is utterly and totally defeated…look at verse 10:  And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

Now, a lot of people want to take this verse and use it to show that Satan will some day be thrown into the lake of fire and destroyed forever.

The context of the chapter shows that Satan has been totally and utterly defeated when it comes to  his working through Rome.

Now, verses 11-15.

But how did the other side come out? Well, that is what you have here in verses 11-15.

So look what he says. Vs. 11:  And I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them.

This is not talking about the end of time and the destruction of the heavens and earth.

Vs. 12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds.

These here in verse 12 are the unholy.

13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds.

Now notice, there are none righteous in this resurrection.

14 And death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.

And notice, the lake of fire is only the “second death.”

15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

This verse declares that there is an alternative to the “lake of fire” or total defeat.

So, what is the message of  this chapter.