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The bottomless pit
Satan will be bound in the bottomless pit for a thousand years at the second coming of Christ. “I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit…He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit … till the thousand years were finished” (Revelation 20:1–3).
The word for “bottomless pit” in the original Greek is “abussos,” or abyss. That same word is used in Genesis 1:2 in the Greek version of the Old Testament in relation with the creation of the world. “The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep.” The words “deep,” “bottomless pit,” and “abyss” here refer to the same thing—the earth in its totally dark, disorganized form before God made order of it.
The events at the beginning of the 1,000 years
- A devastating earthquake and hailstorm (Revelation 16:18–21)
- The second coming of Jesus for His saints (Matthew 24:30, 31)
- The saved dead raised to life (1 Thessalonians 4:16)
- The saved given immortality (1 Corinthians 15:51–55)
- The saved given bodies like Jesus (1 John 3:2; Philippians 3:20, 21)
- All the righteous caught up into the clouds (1 Thessalonians 4:17)
- The living wicked slain by the breath of the Lord’s mouth (Isaiah 11:4)
- The unsaved dead remain in their graves until the end of the 1,000 years (Revelation 20:5)
- Jesus takes the righteous to heaven (John 13:33, 36; 14:2, 3)
- Satan bound (Revelation 20:1–3)
The events during the 1,000 years
- The earth is destroyed from a devastating earthquake (Revelation 16:18–21)
- The earth is desolate, a “bottomless pit” (Jeremiah 4:23, 28)
- Satan bound on the earth (Revelation 20:1–3)
- The righteous in heaven participate in the judgment (Revelation 20:4)
- The wicked are all dead (Jeremiah 4:25; Isaiah 11:4)
The events at the close of the 1,000 years
- Third coming of Jesus with His saints (Zechariah 14:5).
- The Holy city comes down on the Mount of Olives, which becomes a great plain (Zechariah 14:4, 10).
- The Father, His angels, and all of the righteous come with Jesus (Revelation 21:1–3; Matthew 25:31; Zechariah 14:5).
- The dead sinners are raised; Satan is loosed (Revelation 20:5, 7).
- Satan deceives the whole world (Revelation 20:8).
- The sinners surround the holy city (Revelation 20:9).
- The evil doers are destroyed by fire (Revelation 20:9).
- New heavens and earth created (Isaiah 65:17; 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1).
- God’s children have eternal life with God on the new earth (Revelation 21:2–4).
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