The 1000-Year ‘Timeout’ for Satan and His Demons

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Find out what the Bible says about a 1000-year imprisonment of Satan, and his release afterward that leads to a final battle of good and evil where his holy Trinity will be defeated and will finally lead to peace on Earth.

Satan’s 1000-year imprisonment

“Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be released for a little while.”

– Revelation 20:1-3

Revelation 20 tells us that Satan will be bound for 1000 years then released. The Bible does not tell us why God releases Satan, only that the Lord must do so.

Understanding the final battle that defeats Satan

After the Satan’s release, he will be joined by the beast and the false prophet, forming an unholy Trinity will engage in a final battle at Armageddon, also known as the battle against Gog and Magog. Armageddon doesn’t refer to a battle, it is a place.

“And they assembled them at the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.”

– Revelation 16:16

Gog and Magog represent a combined army of multiple nations referred to in the Bible as the “Kings of the East.”

“And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea.”

– Revelation 20:7-8

At the battle of Armageddon in Revelation 19, Jesus returns to defeat Satan, the beast, the false prophet and the legion of demons, and they are all imprisoned for eternity in hell.

Is the battle of Armageddon and the battle of Gog and Magog the same?

The book of Revelation tells us that a great final battle for mankind will be held at a site called Armageddon in which “the kings of the East”, led by Satan, the beast, and the false prophet and demonic spirits will the fight against God’s people.

“For they are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty.”

– Revelation 16:14

To answer this question, we need to compare passages from Ezekiel to the book of Revelation.

“Son of man, set your face toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him”

– Ezekiel 38:2

“And you, son of man, prophesy against Gog and say, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshecha and Tubal.”

–Ezekiel 39:1

The comparison can already be made with Revelation 20:7-8 as already displayed above.

If one compares Revelation 19:17-19 with Ezekiel 39:17-20 they will find a very similar description of an event that demonstrates the battle of Gog and Magog and Armageddon are one in the same.