“Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven with the key to the bottomless pit and a heavy chain in his hand. He seized the dragon – that old serpent, who is the Devil, Satan – and bound him in chains for a thousand years. The angel threw him into the bottomless pit, which he then shut and locked so Satan could not deceive the nations any more until the thousand years were finished. Afterward he must be released for a little while” [Revelation 20:1-3 NLT]
Way back in the year 2000 people were predicting the end of the world. It does seem like the number 1000 is significant. But if we’ve learned one thing it is that we cannot interpret anything here literally.
The phrase “a thousand years” is intended to convey a long period of time.
But we can be sure that the end is coming. Judgement Day is nigh. But if we can’t pin God down to a definite date, can we say what will happen?
John’s visions are clearer on that. The one who is sitting on the white throne will open the Book of Life. First of all, he will judge the dead. This judgement is based on how each person has lived their life. If you are on the list, you will have a place in His Holy City.
It’s not based on what you might have said or thought about saying or didn’t say. It’s based on what you actually DID.
And the good news is that it’s not too late. As I have read the Bible this year, I have learnt that the Lord is always willing to give us another chance. If we are willing to take a risk, he is willing to reach out to help us take that step.
Whenever we feel like we are sinking, he is there to pull us up again.