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… (Revelation 20:1-3).
Revelation foretells a thousand years interlude of Satan activities, and the chaotic and desolated condition to which the earth will be reduced. Apostle John declares that this condition will exist for a thousand years. It is evident from scriptures that the expression “bottomless pit” represents the earth in a state of confusion and darkness, which existed before creation. “In the beginning,” the Bible states, the earth “was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.” Prophecy teaches that it will be brought back, partially at least, to this condition. Looking forward to the great day of God, the prophet Jeremiah declares: “I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light. I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly. I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled. I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down” (Jeremiah 4:23)
Metaphorically, Satan is constantly seeking to reverse God’s creative design for our lives and turn them into a hopeless, depressive, and chaotic bottomless pit. That’s why we are witnessing so many social ills, Gender identity problems, bloodshed, wars, and destruction in the world. The good news is while Satan seeks to destroy, Jesus seeks to restore. The Psalmist cries out, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10).
The bottomless pit, or the earth in uncreated ruins, will be the home of Satan and his evil angels for a thousand years. Limited to the earth, he will not have access to other worlds, to tempt and annoy those who have never fallen. It is in this sense that he is bound: there are none remaining, upon whom he can exercise his power. He is wholly cut off from the work of deception and ruin which for so many centuries has been his sole delight. For six thousand years, Satan's work of rebellion has “made the earth to tremble.” He has “made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof.” And “he opened not the house of his prisoners. For six thousand years his prison house has received God’s people, and has held them captive, but Christ has broken his bonds, and set the prisoners free.
For a thousand years, Satan will wander to and fro in the desolate earth, to behold the results of his rebellion against the law of God. During this time his sufferings are intense. Since his fall, his life of unceasing activity incapacitated his ability to reflect on his evil deeds; but he is now deprived of his power, and left to contemplate the part which he has acted since he first rebelled against the government of heaven, and to look forward with trembling and terror to the dreadful future, when he must suffer for all the evil that he has done, and be punished for the sins that he has caused to be committed (White 1999).
Although today, we are watching Satan destroy the moral fabric of society and cause record-breaking natural phenomena in an effort to undo God’s creation, the day is imminent when He himself will suffer the consequences of his own actions. He himself will be uncreated, demolished, and eternally extinguished.
ReferencesWhite, E.G. (1999) The Great Controversy. Ellen G. White Estates, Inc.
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