And I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key of the abyss and a great chain in His hand. And He laid hold of the Dragon, the Serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the abyss, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he should not deceive the nations any longer, until the the and years were completed; after these things he must be reh ;d for a short time (Rev. 20:1-3).
The binding of the Dragon ex ses in symbolic, prophetic language much of what we ha^:en in previous chapters: Christ's defeat of Satan. The an 'messenger) with the controlling authority over the abyss i; Son of God (cf. Rev. 1:18; 10:1; 18:1), who "appeared for purpose, that He might destroy the works of the devil" (1 n 3:8). As we have already noted, our Lord began "binding e strong man" during His earthly ministry (Matt. 12:28-29). Tiie New Testament (cf. Luke 10:17-20; John 12:31-32; Eph. 4:8; Col. 2:15; Heb. 2:14) stresses that Satan was definitively defeated in the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ. And he is overcome daily in the experience of Christians as we resist him (James 4:7) and proclaim the Word of God (Rev. 12:11). The Kingdom has come!
We should note, too, the specific sense in which Satan is said to be bound: it is with reference to his ability to deceive the nations. Before the coming of Christ, Satan controlled the nations. But now his death-grip has been shattered by the gospel, as the good news of the Kingdom has spread throughout the world. The Lord Jesus sent the Apostle Paul to the Gentile nations "to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, in order that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me" (Acts 26:18). Christ came "to rule over the Gentiles" (Rem. 15:12). That Satan has been bound does not mean that all his activity has ceased. The New Testament tells us specifically that the demons have been disarmed and bound (Col.2:15; 2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6), but they are still active. It is just that their activity is restricted. And, as the gospel progresses throughout the world, their activity will become even more limited. Satan is unable to prevent the victory of Christ's Kingdom. We will overcome (1 John 4:4). "Let it be known to you therefore, that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will listen" (Acts 28:28). Satan will be crushed beneath our feet (Rem. 16:20).
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