REVELATION 19:11-20:15


Revelation 20:1-3 – Introduction: 

FACT:  Jesus Christ is coming back to earth again in all the glory and majesty of God.

  • He is coming to eliminate all the ungodly and evil from off the earth.
  • He is coming to establish the rule and reign of God upon the earth.
  • The earth will be filled with and know nothing but the righteousness of God.
  • The day is coming when there will be…

+no more sin or evil or unrighteousness upon earth.

+no more rejection or denial or cursing of God or of Jesus Christ.

+no more savagery or murder or war.

+no more sickness or disease or ill health.

+no more pain or suffering or death.

FACT:  The kingdom of God is coming to earth.  The earth is probably going to be like the Garden of Eden once was.   However, it will be better–why?  It will be better because the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God Himself, is going to be ruling and governing the affairs of the world.

This will be what is known as the Millennium, which simply means one thousand years, the one-thousand year rule of Jesus Christ upon earth.

NOTE:  No man or nation or technology or science can ever bring about the perfect earth.

  • Man, simply cannot create perfection.
  • Man cannot develop the perfect state and government.
  • Man cannot develop the perfect society and culture.
  • Man cannot develop the perfect life and future.

FACT: Only God can do that.

This is the most wonderful thing about all of this: Scripture declares that this is exactly what God is going to do.  Scripture proclaims that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back to earth in power and glory…

  • and is coming to bring about the kingdom of God upon earth.
  • He is going to bring about the perfect state and government.
  • He is going to bring about the perfect society and culture, life and future on the earth.
  • He is coming back in power and glory to bring the kingdom of God to earth; He is coming to rule and reign in love, joy, peace and righteousness.
  • When?  Right after the final war of history, the great battle of Armageddon.  This discussion was in the last study.
  • Now, right after Armageddon, one more thing needs to be done; the spiritual power that lies behind all the ungodliness and evil of this earth, Satan himself, has to be bound.
  • Man can never be free from evil and lawlessness–he can never have a perfect world–until the temptation to do evil is removed from earth.
  • So long as there is temptation, man will be lawless and do evil.
  • Therefore, Jesus Christ has to remove the possibility of temptation from the earth.
  • The only way this can be done is to remove Satan from the earth. Why?  So, he can no longer deceive man.

NOTE:  This is the glorious news of this passage: the great removal and binding of Satan. 

FACT:  God answers all the questions we need to know about the removal of evil and Satan from the earth.

  1. Who is going to remove Satan (Revelation 20:1-2)?
  2. Who is Satan (v. 2)?
  3. How long will Satan be removed (v. 2)?
  4. Where is Satan to be placed (v. 3)?
  5. Why is Satan to be bound and removed (v. 3)?
  6. Will Satan ever be released again (v. 3)?

Now let’s go back to Revelation 20:1-2 and the subject of Satan.  First, who is going to remove Satan from the earth?  THE ANGEL WITH GOD’S POWER. 

FACT:  The Angel comes directly out of heaven, from God’s presence.  Remember “angel (aggelon)” means MESSENGER.  Some messenger from heaven is going to remove Satan from this earth.

NOTE:  Some scholars believe this messenger is Jesus Christ Himself.  Note that He has “the keys of hell and death” (Revelation 1:18).  They believe that Christ would never give those keys to anyone else.  Whatever you believe, the messenger has two things in his hands:

1.  The key to the bottomless pit: this means that he has the power to cast Satan into the abyss, away from the earth.  Remember that God even has the power to construct a physical barrier in space that would contain Satan.  The abyss doesn’t have to be on earth itself.

2. The great chain means or symbolizes that he has the power to bind Satan and to keep him from tempting and leading people into sin and ungodliness.

FACT:  This means that there is a power (God) great enough to remove Satan and all the evil and sin from this earth.  That power is in heaven, the very power of God Himself.

“And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly.  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you” (Romans 16:20).

Now let’s move to Revelation 20:2 and consider who Satan is and what His names tell us.

1. He is the DRAGON: the spiritual power that stirs up the fiery, cruel, and brutal passions of the people of the nations and governments.  Also, he causes people and the governments to behave like beasts and to ravage and destroy people and property.

“And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” (Revelation 12:9).

“And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years” (Revelation 20:2).

2. He is that OLD SERPENT: the spiritual power that …

  • deceives,
  • seduces,
  • beguiles people,
  • leads people into sin and evil, and
  • leads people to disobey, ignore and neglect God.

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3).

“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15).

“And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die….And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life” (Genesis 3:4, 14).

3.  He is the devil:  the spiritual power that slanders, lies and murders by leading people to lie and murder.

“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.  He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him.  When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it” (John 8:44).

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (I Peter 5:8).

4. He is Satan: the spiritual power that accuses, opposes and stands as an enemy to God and His followers.  Satan leads his followers, the ungodly and evil of this world, to accuse, oppose and stand against God and believers, even to the point of persecuting and killing them.  He is also the main accuser of believers.  He is pictured as constantly pointing out the sins and failures of Believers to God.  He does this in order to cut the very heart of God and to arouse God’s justice against man.

“Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve” (Matthew4:10).

“And after the sop Satan entered into him.  Then said Jesus unto him, that thou doest, do quickly” (John 13:27).

“To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me” (Acts 26:18). 

“And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly.  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you” (Romans 16:20).

This is Satan, the spiritual being who lies behind all the ungodliness and evil of the world.  This is Satan, the one who has to be bound and removed from the earth before Jesus Christ can bring the perfect government and society to earth.

Now let’s look back to Revelation 12:9 and Satan.  Satan is called “the great dragon…that old serpent.”  His name is LUCIFER.  He was probably one of the highest angels ever created by God, but he fell because of selfishness and pride (Isaiah 14:12; I Timothy 3:6).  Now before we look further at his names, we want to look at some important information seen in Revelation 12:3-4 that we had thought about before.  This review can help us with our understanding of Satan and so it is worth repeating.

FACT:  Satan is one of the characters in the Great Tribulation–the great red dragon, that is, the devil. Note that the dragon is also said to be A WONDER or sign in heaven.  There are several significant things that need to be looked at about this sign.  There is the description and authority of the dragon or devil.  The description is entirely different from what most people think.  When people think of the devil, they picture a fiery red serpent-like creature with two horns and a long pointed tail who holds a pitchfork in his hand.  But this is a total misconception, a far cry from the truth.

When Scripture speaks of Satan as a dragon, it is referring to the evil work that he does, not to his looks or appearance.  Scripture says that Satan is the highest and most glorious being ever created by God, that his being is so magnificent that he shines like the sun and actually possess glory just like God.

NOTE what scripture says in Revelation 12:3-4 about his description and remember: this is not a picture of what he looks like.  It is describing his authority and his power.

  • Satan has seven heads: seven is the number of completeness and fullness.  Satan is complete in intelligence; he has full knowledge.  He is not God; he is not omniscient, of course, but his knowledge is complete and full.
  • Satan has seven crowns: this symbolizes authority, rule, and dominion–a crowned ruler who has a kingdom that he rules over.  Scripture clearly says that Satan is a crowned ruler and that his authority is well beyond anything that man ever thinks.
  • Satan has ten horns: this symbolizes great power, but power that pierces, rips and tears–all in the ferocious and vicious way.  It symbolizes that he uses his head and authority in an evil way.
  • Satan is the GOD OF THIS WORLD who blinds men’s minds.

“In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them” (2 Corinthians 4:4).

  • Satan is the PRINCE OF THIS WORLD.

“Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out” (John 12:31).

“Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me” (John 14:30).

“Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged” (John 16:11). 

As we end, let’s consider Salvation or Heaven.

If you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.  Please examine the following verses.

 John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Romans 10:9-13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For the scripture saith, whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

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