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Milepost 63: Satan cast into the bottomless pit

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Milepost 63: Satan cast into the bottomless pit

Primary References: Revelation 20:1-3

 

The battle is over and the transition to Jesus' government is about to begin (see the millennial reign chapter) but before that happens, an angel comes from heaven to capture and incarcerate Satan. He brings chains and the key to the pit to bind Satan. He captures Satan, binds him, throws him into the pit, and locks him up for a thousand years until God has use of him again.

The angel possessing the key of the bottomless pit presents something of a quandary. In Revelation 9, a fallen star presupposed to be Satan received this key. If Satan had the key, when did God reclaim it from him? Did Michael take it during the war in heaven in Revelation 12? Could the fallen star of Revelation 9 have a different meaning? Could the Revelation 9 fallen angel and the Revelation 19 angel be the same? For now, it seems reasonable to assume that Michael reclaimed the key sometime between Revelation 9 and Revelation 19, probably during the war in heaven of Revelation 12.

This is the second of three steps God uses to humble and punish Satan (Lucifer), fulfilling the prophecies of Isaiah 14:12-15. The first step occurred in Revelation 12's war in heaven when Satan was permanently barred from heaven and the throne of God. The second step now occurs as Satan is bound and incarcerated for a thousand years. The last step will be Satan's permanent internment in the lake of fire.