When will Satan be bound in the bottomless pit?

Author: BibleAsk Team


Satan Bound in the Bottomless Pit

Let’s allow the Bible to show the sequence of events:

The events at the beginning of the 1,000 years

  1. A devastating earthquake and hailstorm (Revelation 16:18–21)
  2. The second coming of Jesus for His saints (Matthew 24:30, 31)
  3. The saved dead raised to life (1 Thessalonians 4:16)
  4. The saved given immortality (1 Corinthians 15:51–55)
  5. The saved given bodies like Jesus (1 John 3:2; Philippians 3:20, 21)
  6. All the righteous caught up into the clouds (1 Thessalonians 4:17)
  7. The living wicked slain by the breath of the Lord’s mouth (Isaiah 11:4)
  8. The unsaved dead remain in their graves until the end of the 1,000 years (Revelation 20:5)
  9. Jesus takes the righteous to heaven (John 13:33, 36; 14:2, 3)
  10. Satan bound in the bottomless pit (Revelation 20:1–3)

The shutting up of the devil in the pit was merely a symbolic way of showing that his activities would be brought to a halt. This is made clear by the verse showing the purpose of his confinement, “that he should deceive the nations no more” (Revelation 20:3). The earth will be utterly depopulated at the second coming of Christ. According to Revelation 19:19–21 the sinners are all destroyed at the coming. At the same time the righteous are “caught up … in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air” (1 Thessalonians 4:17).

The events during the 1,000 years

  1. The earth is destroyed from a devastating earthquake (Revelation 16:18–21)
  2. The earth is desolate, a “bottomless pit” (Jeremiah 4:23, 28)
  3. The devil bound on the earth (Revelation 20:1–3)
  4. The righteous in heaven participate in the judgment (Revelation 20:4)
  5. The wicked are all dead (Jeremiah 4:25; Isaiah 11:4)

The events at the close of the 1,000 years

  1. Third coming of Jesus with His saints (Zechariah 14:5).
  2. The Holy city comes down on the Mount of Olives, which becomes a great plain (Zechariah 14:4, 10).
  3. The Father, His angels, and all of the righteous come with Jesus (Revelation 21:1–3; Matthew 25:31; Zechariah 14:5).
  4. The dead sinners are raised; the devil is loosed (Revelation 20:5, 7).
  5. The devil deceives the whole world (Revelation 20:8).
  6. The sinners surround the holy city (Revelation 20:9).
  7. The evil doers are destroyed by fire (Revelation 20:9).
  8. New heavens and earth created (Isaiah 65:17; 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1).
  9. God’s children have eternal life with God on the new earth (Revelation 21:2–4).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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