The Old Testament in the Book of Revelation (Revelation 20:1–3)

This entry is part 54 of 58 in the series Revelation and Its Connections to the OT

Passage Summary

After seeing Christ deal with the Antichrist and his forces, John then saw an angel come to earth with a key and a great chain (Rev 20:1). The angel bound Satan with the chain (Rev 20:2) and then used the key to open, shut, and seal the abyss where Satan would remain imprisoned for 1,000 years (Rev 20:3). Satan will be unable to deceive the nations for this time but for a mysterious necessity will be released for a little while thereafter (Rev 20:3).

Old Testament in the New

Revelation Old Testament Connection Between the Two
20:1–3 Gen 3:1, 13–14; Isa 24:21–22 Satan is the ancient serpent who will be shut up for a time in prison and punished again thereafter.

A Parting Thought

If God has an angel stronger than Satan, and if God is obviously infinitely stronger than that angel, Satan’s schemes today are certainly not out of God’s domain. It is a mystery to us that God allows evil today and would loose Satan after a time of being bound. Nonetheless, God is sovereign, wise, and good, and will bring all these things together for the good of His people. Ultimately, Satan is judged, and God’s people enjoy eternity without him.

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