To get an idea of when Satan’s binding in the bottomless pit will end, we need to take a look at when the millennium (the one thousand years) will end. But first we read in Revelation 21:1-2, “Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.”
The word for “bottomless pit” in the original language is actually abussos, from which we get the word abyss. In the Septuagint (the Greek Old Testament) the earth before creation is called an abussos.
When Christ comes again there are two things to take note of:
First, the righteous are taken up to God “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).
Second, at the coming of Christ there is a destruction of everything else. “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up” (2 Peter 3:10).
So, this earth is described at one point as becoming again desolate, as an abyss. “I beheld the earth, and indeed it was without form, and void; and the heavens, they had no light” (Jeremiah 4:23). When Christ comes again, and takes the righteous with him, everything else will be destroyed and Satan will be left in this earth that has become what Revelation symbolically refers to as the bottomless pit. Thus, Satan will be bound because with everything and everyone destroyed, he will be chained by circumstance.
The wicked will be resurrected at the end of the thousand years, and this represents the unbinding of Satan when he can resume his deceptions among his followers again, for a short time. “But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished…” (Revelation 20:5).
When Christ comes again, the millennium will start and Satan will be bound symbolically for a thousand years in the bottomless pit. At the end of that period, Satan will be loosed for a short time before his final destruction along with the wicked in hell fire.
In His service,
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