by Gertrude Battle (Used by permission)
The word "millennium" is not in the Bible. It comes from two Latin words-- "mille" meaning 1,000, and "annus" meaning years, or one thousand years.
Shall be slain. This is not a very nice picture, but sin is in itself a hideous picture.
Dark and desolate.
He will be bound. We often hear a person say, "I am all tied up, and cannot do such and such a thing." With all the righteous in heaven and all the wicked dead, Satan will have nothing to do. This is what binds him.
No. His wicked angels will be with him.
The words "bottomless pit" refer to the dark earth. Prophets often described things as they saw them. They called the angels "a cloud." As the prophet looked at this round dark earth it looked to him like a bottomless pit. The wicked are shut up in this pit, but after many days, or 1,000 years, they will be visited with their punishment.
Dead, but according to Isaiah 24:22 and Revelation 20:5 they will live again. They will have only died once. Their punishment is called "the second death." Rev. 20:14
Bound on this earth, but he is to be loosed for a season at the end of the 1,000 years.
Dark and desolate, but not fully destroyed.
Compare 2 Chron. 36:21 and Lev. 26:33-35. After 6,000 years of sin there will be a great Sabbath rest period of 1,000 years. The righteous will rest in heaven with Christ; the wicked will rest in their graves; Satan will be forced to rest as he will have nothing to do; and the earth will be dark and silent.
The New City, the Holy Jerusalem coming down from heaven to this earth.
The Mount of Olives splits in two and there is a great valley. Then half of the mountain will go to the north and the other half to the south and form a great plain on which the city will descend. The wicked see this great sight and flee from it in terror. Who will come with Jesus when He comes? The saints who have been with him in heaven for a thousand years.
He is loosed. what looses him? The resurrection of the wicked verse 5, first part
He immediately marshals the wicked together and deceives them into thinking they can capture the city, whose inhabitants are so much smaller in number than those outside the city. Fire comes down from God and devours them. This is where they meet their final fate.
He will create for His people new heavens and a new earth. This will then be their permanent home.
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