Devil and Satan Bound

Revelation 20:2, 7 & 10: “And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years”. “And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison”. “And the Devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever”.

These verses are taken to indicate that the serpent in Eden was the Devil, and that this is a personal being which is responsible for spiritually deceiving the world.

1.) Verse 10 says that Satan is to be thrown into the lake of fire for ever. Eternal fire represents total destruction (Jeremiah 17:27; Jude v. 7)—it is not to be taken literally. Thus Satan is to be totally destroyed. Angels cannot die or be totally destroyed (Luke 20:35-36), therefore Satan is not an angel. Death is also “cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:14). Death is not a being or person, it is an abstract concept. Death being cast into the lake of eternal fire, shows that it is going to be totally ended/destroyed. The beast and false prophet are also there. From what we learn earlier in Revelation these are human organizations, and according to this verse are also to be destroyed. Romans 6:23 says, “The wages of sin is death”; those who commit sin will be punished with death, not eternal fire, therefore the lake of fire where they are must represent total destruction and death. Revelation 20:14 says as much: “the lake of fire…is the second death”.

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Author: Duncan Heaster

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Bible reference(s): Revelation 20:2, Revelation 20:7, Revelation 20:10

Source: “The Real Devil A Biblical Exploration.”

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