1. Satan Bound for 1,000 years
2. The Saints reign with Christ 1,000 years
3. Satanic Rebellion Crushed
4. The Great White Throne judgement
Satan Bound 1000 Years
1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; 3 and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.
God has a sovereign plan for satan, he will be shut up in the abyss in the abyss for 1,000 years and then will be briefly loosed to deceive the nations one final time, before being cast into the lake of fire. Satan does not escape but is released to fulfill God’s sovereign plan.
The Saints Reign with Christ 1000 Years
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a[a]thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
Thrones …. reigned indicates that believers will will participate significantly with Christ during his millennial rule. At the onset of the kingdom, authority is officially transferred from angel to men. (Hebrews 2:5,8) A new world order is established with the overcoming saints of the church age ruling together with Christ in his kingdom. (Romans 8:17) Those who had been beheaded are believers martyred by the beast and may also be the victorious throng who sang praises to the Lamb in 15:2-4.
Did not live again indicates that the resurrection of the dead will not encompass all people at the same time as indicated by Dan 2:12 and John 5:29. 1 Cor 15: 23, 52 indicates that there will be a first resurrection of the dead before the 1,000 years of Christ’s reign, and a final resurrection after the millennium is finished, before the great white throne judgment.
Blessed begins the fifth of the seven beatitudes in Revelation. The other six all look for life with Jesus beyond the first resurrection. The first resurrection is assured for all believers. But the blessedness mentioned here belongs more precisely to those who have a part in the first resurrection. It is possible that this refers only to those believers who qualify to function as king-priests in Christ’s kingdom. This might be what Paul was referring to when he spoke of his goal of obtaining the prize of Christ. ( 1 Cor 9:27; Phil 3:10-14)
The second death is the everlasting death of torment in the lake of fire for non believers who face the great white throne judgement. John has previously stated that the one who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death. (2:11)
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving , until next time may God richly bless you!