Revelation 20:1–6 (ESV)
The Thousand Years
20 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. 2 And he seized the dragon, that ancient
serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, 3 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.
4 Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority
to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came
to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is the
one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years.
Jesus has bound Satan and severely limited his power to harm the people of God, the faithful actually share in Jesus’ rule throughout the entire NT age. However, in the last little bit before the end, all hell will break loose as Satan will be released
and will thus wreak destruction. Happily, those remaining in the Lord will not be overcome. The second death has no power over those whom God’s Spirit has regenerated and kept in the true faith.
I pray: Lord, may we treasure above all things the “first resurrection” given us through the Word and Sacraments, for nothing will ever separate us from Your great love and compassion. Amen.
Edward A. Engelbrecht, The Lutheran Study Bible (St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2009), 2232.