Revelation 20. Forum Discussion

Satan is bound for 1000 years

Things get complicated again in chapter 20.  An angel comes down from heaven and lays hold of Satan and binds him for one thousand years.   Satan gets thrown into the abyss which is sealed off so that Satan, “Would not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years are completed.” – Revelation 20:3 

At the same time, John tells us how the souls of those that were beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshipped the beast or his image came to life and reigned with Jesus for 1,000 years.

When will all this occur?  Only God knows the answer to that question.  As it says in Mathew 24:36, “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.”

What about everyone else?  Verse 5 tells us, “The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed.” 

Satan will be released after the thousand-year period and will once again deceive nations until ultimately, he is 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. – Revelation 20:7-10 

The chapter ends with the judgement.  John writes beginning in verse 11, “Then 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.  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.  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.  Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.  And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”

All of us will be judged according to our deeds.  If your name is written in the book of life, you will spend eternity in heaven.  If it is not, you will be thrown into the lake of fire and spend eternity in hell. 

When you think about it, our time on earth is very short compared to eternity.  If people realized the forever consequences of their actions, they would reevaluate their priorities and spend more time seeking God and working to keep His commandments.  Amen



It's almost as if Satan gets a 1,000 year "timeout" lol - while those that suffered the most following Jesus get rewarded.


God already knows who's name will be written in the Book of Life. I do not believe that means that we are predestined to succeed and get into heaven, or to fail an go to hell. Rather, I believe that God gives us freewill and already knows that choices we will make, before we will make them. Just as He knows our needs even before we speak them to Him.