The prophet Isaiah, looking forward to the time of Satan's overthrow,
exclaims: "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!
how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! . . .
Thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my
throne above the stars of God: . . . I will be like the Most High. Yet
thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see
thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the
man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; that made the
world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not
the house of his prisoners?" Isaiah 14:12-17.
For six thousand years, Satan's work of rebellion has "made the earth to
tremble." He had "made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities
thereof." And he "opened not the house of his prisoners." For six thousand
years his prison house has received God's people, and he would have held
them captive forever; but Christ had broken his bonds and set the
Even the wicked are now placed beyond the power of Satan, and alone with
his evil angels he remains to realize the effect of the curse which sin
has brought. "The kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory,
everyone in his own house [the grave]. But thou art cast out of thy grave
like an abominable branch. . . . Thou shalt not be joined with them in
burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land, and slain thy people."
For a thousand years, Satan will wander to and fro in the desolate earth
to behold the results of his rebellion against the law of God. During this
time his sufferings are intense. Since his fall his life of unceasing
activity has banished reflection; but he is now deprived of his power and
left to contemplate the part which he has acted since first he rebelled
against the government of heaven, and to look forward with trembling and
terror to the dreadful future when he must suffer for all the evil that he
has done and be punished for the sins that he has caused to be committed.
To God's people the captivity of Satan will bring gladness and rejoicing.
Says the prophet: "It shall come to pass in the day that Jehovah shall
give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy trouble, and from the hard
service wherein thou wast made to serve, that thou shalt take up this
parable against the king of Babylon [here representing Satan], and say,
How hath the oppressor ceased! . . . Jehovah hath broken the staff of the
wicked, the scepter of the rulers; that smote the peoples in wrath with a
continual stroke, that ruled the nations in anger, with a persecution that
none restrained." Verses 3-6, R.V.
During the thousand years between the first and the second resurrection
the judgment of the wicked takes place. The apostle Paul points to this
judgment as an event that follows the second advent. "Judge nothing before
the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden
things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts." 1
Corinthians 4:5. Daniel declares that when the Ancient of Days came,
"judgment was given to the saints of the Most High." Daniel 7:22. At this
time the righteous reign as kings and priests unto God. John in the
Revelation says: "I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was
given unto them." "They shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall
reign with Him a thousand years." Revelation 20:4, 6. It is at this time
that, as foretold by Paul, "the saints shall judge the world." 1
Corinthians 6:2. In union with Christ they judge the wicked, comparing
their acts with the statute book, the Bible, and deciding every case
according to the deeds done in the body. Then the portion which the wicked
must suffer is meted out, according to their works; and it is recorded
against their names in the book of death.
Satan also and evil angels are judged by Christ and His people. Says Paul:
"Know ye not that we shall judge angels?" Verse 3. And Jude declares that
"the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own
habitation, He hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the
judgment of the great day." Jude 6.
At the close of the thousand years the second resurrection will take
place. Then the wicked will be raised from the dead and appear before God
for the execution of "the judgment written." Thus the revelator, after
describing the resurrection of the righteous, says: "The rest of the dead
lived not again until the thousand years were finished." Revelation 20:5.
And Isaiah declares, concerning the wicked: "They shall be gathered
together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in
the prison, and after many days shall they be visited." Isaiah 24:22.