Go . . . make disciples of all nations. (Matthew 28:19)
Revelation 20 repeats the story again. Jesus said he was already binding Satan in Galilee (Mt. 12:29). On the cross he defeated the imposter and cast him down (Jn. 12:31; Col. 2:13). The archangel Michael hurled this evil, fallen archangel out of heaven (Rev. 12:9). Another mighty angel locked him up in a deep abyss for 1000 years-an indefinite, long period.
The reality behind the vision? Satan is never totally incapacitated-you can’t “chain” a spirit. But now he can do nothing except through human accomplices. Like drug lords he orchestrates battles from his “prison.” He can no longer keep nations in pagan darkness. He tries to keep out missionaries. But compassionate, convinced professionals world-wide take the gospel through closed doors! Rebels believe. Churches form.
God’s people multiply all over the world during this “1000-year” age between Jesus’ resurrection and second coming. Our planet fills with believers in Jesus. Then Satan is freed briefly so all can see how evil he is. He deceives all who refuse the Truth. His determined followers surround “the city of God,” the churches. But fire falls! Satan is hurled into the lake of burning sulphur! Not an exaggerated metaphor!
Lord, help me never to inadvertently aid Satan’s cause.