Reading the Word
Revelation 20:1–10 (ESV)
1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. 2 And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, 3 and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be released for a little while. 4 Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years. 7 And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea. 9 And they marched up over the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, but fire came down from heaven and consumed them, 10 and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
Understanding and Applying the Word
In this vision, John sees what will happen after the tribulation period. This is what is often described as the Millennial Kingdom or the Millennial Reign of Christ. During this time, Christ will return to reign on the earth for one thousand years. Also during this period, Satan will be bound and unable to cause trouble. It will be a time of great peace on the earth. However, Satan will once again have a brief time to wage an attack after the thousand year period is over. There will be a final battle and Satan and his followers will be defeated.
One day evil will finally be defeated once and for all. That which has caused so much pain and suffering in the world will be cast into the lake of fire forever. Christians live with a hope of a world that is free from these things where we dwell with our Savior and glorify him for all of eternity.
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