At last, Satan, the enemy of old, will be seized, bound and thrown into the abyss, locked away for 1,000 years. Now more fascinating things happen. The faithful-to-God ones (people who had been beheaded due to their testimony about Jesus, those who had not worshiped the beast or accepted his mark) will come back to life! Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of the Messiah, and they will reign with Him for 1,000 years. Satan, for the last time, is set free to deceive and then is thrown into the lake of fire. God will then judge everyone, both the living and the dead.
God’s Story is anything but boring. But as we read it, we need to keep in mind that we are a part of it; we will be judged by how we choose to live. God, I pray that we would choose wisely. You have provided so much for us in the way of knowledge and nearness, in provision and blessing. But You do not control us like puppets on a string. You allow us choice, even if that may mean choosing against You. God, have mercy upon us and those we love because Your judgment is coming. No one can stand against You in their own strength; we need the covering of Jesus. May we humbly bow before You. Amen.