Revelation 19:20-20:3 – The Binding of Satan


The Battle of the Great Day of God Almighty is over, the victory is ours. Jesus Christ the Lord, Savior, and Righteous Judge has fought, judged, and destroyed the armies of Antichrist with His Word, and left only flesh and blood for the birds and beasts to eat. He stands on the Mount of Olives as it is split in two and His heavenly army is behind Him. What happens now? The first thing that has to be done is prepare for the Kingdom in which Christ rules with an iron rod. To be able to do this, the Satanic Trinity has to be dealt with. In this section, we will see what God does to do this.

The evils of this world have been caused by the devil. No created being has brought more misery to beings both natural and supernatural than Lucifer. One-third of angels and the majority of the adult population of the world have followed him in his rebellion against God. This will provide them only what they have sought after in this life, separation from God. Those who have chosen to follow Satan will have earned what Jesus called “everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41), but it was never God’s intent for man to inhabit this place. The decision was our alone, and it was made when we sinned and then rejected salvation from that sin.

The book of Revelation is not only a book unveiling God’s plan for the ages, but it is a book of ending. This section talks about the doom of Satan, Antichrist, and the false prophet. Before we look at the ending of these beings, we need to look at the beginning of the head of them, Lucifer.

The Origin of Satan

Since the devil is a living being, he has to have been created. If God is good and created all things, how could he have created something so evil? This is one of the questions of skeptics and unbelievers, and I believe it is a valid question for honestly seeking people. Ezekiel 28:11-19 gives us the answer to how this can be. In the first section of Ezekiel 28, we see what God has to say about the king of Tyrus. The next section goes beyond the king of Tyrus to a supernatural being for a few reasons.

Ezekiel 28:11-19 – Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.

These can be said of no man during that time, or any time: He was the sum of perfection, in wisdom and beauty; he has been in Eden; he is the anointed cherub (a type of angel); and he was on the holy mountain of God. Obviously this has to be Satan. Look at how God describes him to Ezekiel. He was the sum of perfection, the wisest and most beautiful of the angels. The stones he is clothed in talked about in verse 13 are the stones on the breastplate of the High Priest of Israel, so he had a role similar to that in heaven. He was THE anointed cherubim, which shows that he was in charge of those who always stand before the throne of God, so he led the worship of God in heaven in heart and in song (the workmanship of tabrets & pipes refer to his musical ability). In Isaiah 14:12, he is called “the son of the morning” which basically means the morning star. He was put as the leader over the angels. It seems Lucifer was the greatest of God’s creations.

The Fall of Satan

He was perfect in every way until sin was found in him. He became full of pride because of his beauty, wisdom, and splendor and corrupted himself due to this. Isaiah 14 gives us a more detailed picture of Satan’s attitude.

Isaiah 14:12-25 – How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners? All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory, every one in his own house. But thou art cast out of thy grave like an abominable branch, and as the raiment of those that are slain, thrust through with a sword, that go down to the stones of the pit; as a carcase trodden under feet. Thou shalt not be joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people: the seed of evildoers shall never be renowned. Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers; that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities. For I will rise up against them, saith the LORD of hosts, and cut off from Babylon the name, and remnant, and son, and nephew, saith the LORD. I will also make it a possession for the bittern, and pools of water: and I will sweep it with the besom of destruction, saith the LORD of hosts. The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand: That I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders.

He, in his pride, believed he was greater than God. This attitude constituted his sin, but God promises that he, his kingdom (Babylon), and his man (the Assyrian – Antichrist) will be brought down, humbled, and cast away for all eternity!

In both of these texts, the king of Tyrus and the king of Babylon seem that they were indwelt by Satan himself. These are oracles written to those kings followed by God’s chastisement of Satan in them. That is the picture we get and it is a common one in Scripture. Satan uses human government to work against the will of God, just like he will be allowed to do during the Tribulation.

The Problem of Evil

Having looked at all of this, we still haven’t answered our main question: if God is good and created all things, how could He have created something so evil? Well, God IS good and He IS holy, holy, holy. He could not have created evil because it is opposite His nature and He can’t do anything opposite His nature. Here’s the problem that people have…Satan could not have created evil either. Nowhere in Scripture do we see Satan create anything from nothing, just as man can’t create something from nothing. Like other of God’s creations with a free will, he can manufacture items from the things God has created. So, in truth, Satan took the perfect forces created by God combined them with imperfect forces (his mind and pride), and manufactured evil. So evil is the misapplication of the perfect creation of God. For example, table salt has a main ingredient of sodium which is one of the essentials of life; but if you mix it with the wrong chemicals, it can become a deadly poison. So just a chemist doesn’t create poison but manufactures it, Satan manufactured poison with the things God already created. This shows us something very important. It shows us that evil is the matter of our will and that the basic force used in evil is pride. Satan said; “I will ascend“, “I will make myself“. I will, I will, my will, forget God’s will. Those who pit their evil will against God’s perfect will commit evil and bring God’s judgment. It is against God’s will for us to sin, but He still made a way for us. He has given us the opportunity to get back in His will by accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior, yet most still only care about their own will and what they want…living life based on their own pride.

The Conflict of the Ages

Because Satan believes that he is greater than God, he has done everything he can to corrupt and destroy God’s special creature, the human being. Ever since he deceived Eve, and through her Adam, he has attempted to destroy God’s promised “seed of the woman”. He had Cain murder Abel eliminating the first two sons of Eve. He corrupted the human race through sin so much that, after only 1600 years, only 8 people sought after God’s will, Noah’s family. After the flood, he used Pharaoh, Haman, and Hitler to attempt to eliminate God’s chosen people. He attempted many times to kill and tempt Jesus and all his attempts failed. He has tried to destroy the church with persecution, complacency, corruption, paganism, and the banning of Scripture from church members. Jesus said that the gates of hell would not prevail against His church, and though the church is not fully where God wants it as a whole, He has kept His word. In the future, Satan will be given seven years to do his will and he will corrupt the world so greatly that Jesus says no one would survive unless He returns when He does. In the end, he will corrupt two men so greatly that they will be the first to face their eternal judgment.

The Fate of Antichrist and the False Prophet

Revelation 19:20 – And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

The antichrist and the false prophet will be the first people thrown into the Lake of Fire. This is the eternal place for those who reject Jesus Christ (Revelation 20:10-15). Hell, now, is only the temporary abode of those who rejected Christ to follow their own will. These two will be there, in the Lake of Fire, alone for a thousand years.

Revelation 19:21 – And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

We finish chapter 19 with the conclusion of what we’ve already looked at in the Battle of the Great Day of God Almighty.

Satan Bound

Revelation 20:1-3 – And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

After the battle is won and Antichrist and the false prophet are cast into the Lake of Fire, an angel comes with a key and a chain. The key is for the bottomless pit, which is the same pit that chapter 9 describes containing the demon locusts and 200 million horseman, but we are not told if it is the same angel. This key represents the authority God has over Satan. The chain is brought to restrict Satan from interaction with humanity. The angel binds him in the chain to be imprisoned for 1000 years and sets a seal upon him. This seal is God’s guarantee that he cannot escape sooner and that God’s mind will not be changed. Satan is bound here so that he cannot tempt or deceive humanity during the Millennial Kingdom. Because of this, the majority of those living during the Millennium will be believers. After a thousand years, he will be released for a short time, which we will look at soon.

As we see, the Tribulation does not end the conflict between God and Satan because the bottomless pit is not the final judgment of Satan. God will still allow him one more opportunity to exploit the free will of man. Even after living in utopia, many humans will still care only about their will. Satan will deceive so many that John describes them as numbering as the sands of the sea. You can follow down this path and face only destruction, or you can go from saying “my will be done” and finally say “thy will be done”. The choice is yours alone. If you want to make this choice…e-mail me at revolvearoundchrist@yahoo.com and I will help you with any questions you may have.

Until next time…God Bless!!

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