I know the 1000 years are not literal but what is John talking about binding Satan?
I do happen to believe it is a literal 1000 year Millenial reign. In the New Testament there is consistent reference to “the end of the age” … These “ages” are dispensations of time. At the end of this age Christ will return to setup his millenial kingdom in which Satan will be bound for that time. According to the apostle he will be loosed however. There will be that long period of time when humans were living under the Messianic kingdom and under the rule and reign of Christ had never rebelled. John points out that after the 1000 years Satan will be loosed one last time and there will be many who get deceived by him and think they will be able to overthrow Christ’s reign. Their end is plainly foretold.
Revelation can be tricky but take at face value what you can. Where symbolism is employed use Scripture to interpret Scripture. Lots of parallels in Rev and Dan and a great study.
logos could you tell me then what these verses mean to you
in Psalm 50:10, we see the cattle on a “thousand hills.”
In Dan. 7:10, a “thousand thousands” served him.
In 2 Peter 3:8, with God one day is a “thousand” years and a “thousand” years is one day.
How do you interprit these verses?
A catholic would understand a thousand years to in actuality just mean alot
“Thousand” is symbolic for a long time. It is not to be taken literally.
this is why I want to know how the Catholic should interprit satan being bound. What is he bieng bound from and when is this happening?
Scripture does not teach that there is a thousand year span between the Second Coming and Final Judgment. Instead, Jesus said that when He comes a second time in glory, He will immediately repay every man for what he has done. Matt. 16:27. When Jesus comes, He will separate the sheep from the goats and render judgment. Matt. 25:31-46. There is nothing about any period of time between His coming and final judgment.
The problem with this view is that it requires three comings of Christ – first, when He was born in Bethlehem; second, when He returns for the rapture before the tribulation; third, when He returns at the end of the tribulation and establishes the millennium. Scripture rejects three comings of Christ. In (Heb. 9:28) “so also Christ, offered once to take away the sins of many, 20 will appear a second time, not to take away sin but to bring salvation to those who eagerly await him.”
, it is clear that Christ will appear a second and final time, when he comes in glory to save us. This view also is inconsistent with Matt. 24:24-31; Mark 13:24-27; and 2 Thess. 2:1-12 where the rapture and the Second Coming occur together.
St. Augustine, in his book “City of God”, writes that the millenium refers to the age of Christianity. At the birth of Christianity, Jews (and Chrisians by association) were very heavily persecuted, especially by the Roman Emperor Nero (cf. Revelation 17-18). But Christianity triumphed in spite of this (cf. Revelation 19). From about the fourth century to the present, we have conquered the world to the point where we could consider ourselves in a golden age. This, says St. Augustine, is the millenium referred to in Revelation 20:1-6, in which Satan is bound and the Church reigns. But this reign will end, and Satan will be unleashed, and there will be great tribulation such as the world has never seen nor ever will see after (cf. Revelation 20:7-9a). But at this point he will be overthrown (Rev. 20:9b-10), and there will be the general judgment (Rev. 20:11-15), and life everlasting for those who have the testimony of Christ (Rev. 21-22).
thanks makes sence to me:thumbsup:
If those 1000 years are not literal, then Satan is on one heck of a long chain…