The King and the Red Dragon

Read: Revelation 20:1-3, 7-10

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. (Matt. 28:19-20)

Revelation 20 repeats the story again. Jesus said he was already binding Satan in Galilee (Matt. 12:29). On the cross he defeated the imposter and cast him down (John 12:31; Col. 2:13). The archangel Michael hurled this evil, fallen archangel out of heaven (Rev. 12:9). Another mighty angel locked him up in a deep abyss for 1000 years—a very long period, but one that will end.

The reality behind the vision? Satan is never totally incapacitated—you can’t “chain” a spirit. But now he can do nothing except through human accomplices. Like drug lords he orchestrates battles from his “prison.” He can no longer keep nations in pagan darkness. He tries to keep out missionaries. But compassionate, convinced professionals world-wide take the gospel through closed doors! Rebels believe. Churches form.

God’s people multiply all over the world during this “1000-year” age between Jesus’ resurrection and second coming. Our planet fills with believers in Jesus. Then Satan is freed briefly so all can see how evil he is. He deceives all who refuse the Truth. His determined followers surround “the city of God,” the churches. But fire falls! Satan is hurled into the lake of burning sulphur! He is defeated—this time, forever. —Ruth Siemens

As you pray, ask God to guide you in sharing the good news.

About the Author

Ruth Siemens was a campus minister with IVCF/IFES, then started Global Opportunities to prepare professionals to work and witness in secular employment abroad.

This entry is part 25 of 30 in the series Revelation