Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Satan’s 1000 Year Kingdom/Bottomless Pit
Every week, almost every day, the Religion TV Channels tell about a Millennial Kingdom, and the vast majority say this Kingdom will be a Paradise Kingdom here on this earth, and that Jesus will be the King. The Bible is actually very clear that there will be a Kingdom here on earth during the Millennium, but it will be the opposite of Paradise, and the King will be Satan. In this Blogsite we will show from Scripture that, for a thousand years, planet earth will revert back to being, "Without form and void," similar to the way it was at the beginning of Creation week. 
 
Satan's Bottomless Pit Kingdom

"And he laid hold on the Dragon, that old serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the Bottomless Pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled; and after that he must be loosed a little season" (Rev.20:2-3). Thus Satan's thousand year Millennial Kingdom is his Bottomless Pit.
Satan's Subjects in His Kingdom
Billions of people will be in his Kingdom, but, they'll all be dead, rotting, actually frozen, on the ground. They will have been killed either by the 7 Last Plagues that devastated Planet Earth, or, by the brightness of Jesus when He comes to take His people to Heaven (Isa.24:1-5; Isa.34:3; Jer.25:33). Rather than obey God and His Law, they will have chosen to honor Antichrist’s, "changed times and laws" (Dan.7:25; Isa.24:5; Rev.12:17; 14:12).

When Satan's Kingdom/Pit Begins
It begins at Jesus' Second Coming (Rev.20:1-5), and ends a thousand years later when New Jerusalem "Comes down from God out of Heaven" (Rev.21:2). New Jerusalem contains Christ's Bride (Rev.21:9-10; 1-2). Satan's Kingdom ends at the Great White Throne Judgment. The Wicked dead are raised when New Jerusalem sets down in a, "Great Valley" that had been the Mount of Olives! This Valley will be created when Jesus' feet touch the Mount of Olives. (See Zech.14:12). When the wicked dead are resurrected, Satan deceives them into believing they'll be able to go to battle against New Jerusalem and overtake it! This is the last time Satan deceives anyone, EVER! Satan's followers surround the massive City (1364 miles across), but instead of a battle, they find themselves standing before God Almighty Himself at the Great White Throne Judgment!! Every lost person then stands trial, and they cannot plead innocent because there they are, caught in the very act of trying to make actual war against God Himself. After the Judgment, "fire comes down from God out of heaven and devours them" (Rev.20:10)! Thus ends Satan's Kingdom, FOREVER!

Where will Satan's Kingdom/Pit be Located?
Because of the 7 Last Plagues (Rev.16:1-21), and the Sun no longer shining (Jer.4:23), the whole world is as it was just before Creation week. Earth is once again, "without form and void" (Jer.4:3), only this time billions of dead bodies are lying everywhere (Jer.25:33; Isa.34:3). The stench of death and the massive destruction makes Earth the perfect prison for Satan and his Demons.

Bible Definition of "Bottomless Pit"
The original word translated "Bottomless Pit" in Revelation is the Greek word, "Abussos," literally translated "Abyss." In the Old Testament, the word for Abyss, is "Tehhome." The King James Scholars usually translated both Abussos and Tehhome as, "the deep." In Revelation, however, they translate Abusso as"Bottomless Pit" instead of Abyss.

Bottomless Pit is a good and fitting translation, however, because several times in Scripture the word "pit" is used to describe Satan’s imprisonment. If we examine all uses of Abussos and Tehhome it'll be clear where Satan’s Bottomless Pit will be located. Starting with Genesis, let's look at relevant passages using "Abussos" and "Tehhome."

"The Deep"
"And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the (tehhome) (abyss) deep" (Gen.1:2).
Since "Tehhome," Abussos," and the "Deep" are interchangeable words in the King James Bible, the verse could be read,  "The earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the Bottomless Pit."

"In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life… the same day were all the fountains of the great deep (Tehhome) (abyss) broken up and the windows of heaven were opened" (Gen.7:11).
So, during the flood, earth was an abyss—a Bottomless Pit.

Satan's Bottomless Pit FROZEN!?!
"The waters are hidden as with a stone, and the face of the deep (tehhome) (abyss) is frozen" (Job38:30).

Job saw the "face of the Bottomless Pit frozen." Was Job given a prophetic glimpse of Satan’s Bottomless Pit during the Millennium? If there's no sun, Earth will freeze almost immediately.

"He (Leviathan) (Satan) maketh the deep to boil like a pot; he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment. He maketh a path to shine after him; one would think the deep (tehhome) (abyss) to be hoary (covered with frost)" (Job41:31-32).
Strong’s Concordance says "hoary" means "covered with frost."  "Leviathan" is Satan (Job 41:1)(See Isa.27:1). Job sees Satan wandering on a frozen earth. 

"For thus saith the Lord God: When I shall make thee (Tyre) [Earth during the 1000 years] a desolate city, like the cities that are not inhabited; when I shall bring up the deep (tehhome)(abyss)(Bottomless Pit) upon thee, and great waters shall cover thee; When I shall bring thee down with them that descend into the pit, with the people of old, and shall set thee in the low parts of the earth, in places desolate of old, with them that go down to the pit, that thou be not inhabited; and I shall set glory in the land of the living" (Ezk.26:19).
The context here is the city of Tyre, but it’s symbolic, because, in this same narrative, the Lord rebukes the King of Tyre, who, in this context, is actually Satan. To see more on Satan as King of Tyre and Pharaoh see Ezk. chapters 26-32.  In those Bible chapters, you can see Satan's imprisonment and the gathering of  his army at end of 1000 years.

Satan and his Demons know Bible prophecy, and they know that earth, in its abyss condition, will be their prison/Bottomless Pit during the Millennium. The following bible verse portrays Jesus and His Disciples confronted by 2 demon-possessed men, and the demons reveal that they know their future imprisonment:

Demoniacs Confronting Jesus
"And they [demons] besought Him that He would not command them to go out into the (abussos) deep (abyss)(Bottomles Pit)" (Lk.8:31). They begged Jesus not to cast them into the, Bottomless Pit. Matthew adds something that helps us identify the, "Deep." "And, behold they (Demons) cried out, saying, what have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? Art thou come here to torment us before the time" (Matt.8:29)? What exactly was their request? "Please don’t torment us by casting us in a Bottomless Pit before our time!"

Some may say, "If the Bottomless Pit is earth during the Millennium, Jesus couldn't cast them there, because the Millennium hadn't yet begun." The Demons knew Jesus had the power to cast them onto an uninhabitable planet and confine them there until planet earth became their thousand year prison. Satan and his Demons know Bible Prophecy much better than any of us, and they know absolutely that Planet Earth will be their Bottomless Pit for a thousand years! Could it be that false information about earth being Paradise for a thousand years is part of a grand delusion Satan is setting up for the purpose of deceiving the masses in the last days?

"Without Form and Void" "Tohuw and Bohuw"
The expression, "without form and void" in original Hebrew is, "tohuw and bohuw" (pronounced to`hoo and bo`hoo). Literally translated, it is, "formless and void."
"The earth was without form (tohuw) and void (bohuw); and darkness was upon the face of the deep (abyss)" (Gen.1:2).
 This is Creation Week, and we see these two expressions used; "Without Form and Void" and "The Abyss." If we look at all of the other places in Scripture where these expressions are used, Satan's Bottomless Pit will be all too clear. Jeremiah used tohuw and bohuw describing the future time when earth will have no sun, no humans, no birds, no vegetation, and all cities totally destroyed:

Jeremiah - "Tohuw and Bohuw"
 "I beheld the earth and, lo, it was without form and void (tohuw and bohuw); and the heavens, and they had no light [no sun - planet frozen]. I beheld the mountains and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly. I beheld and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled. I beheld and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all its cities were broken down at (by) the presence of the Lord, and by His fierce anger" (Jer.4:23-26).

In the text's last sentence, the words, "At the presence of the Lord," and "by His fierce anger," can only be a prophecy of Jesus' Coming. The wording can ONLY fit this event. Just before Jesus comes, earth endures its most devastating earthquake ever (See Isa.24:19-20; Rev.6:12; 16:18). When Jesus comes, His mere presence destroys every living unsaved person on earth. Billions of bodies will be scattered all over the earth (Jer.25:33; Isa.34:3). Also in our study text we see, "all the cities are broken down." This last massive earthquake destroys EVERYTHING. When Jesus Comes 7 massive plagues will have reduced earth to carnage. Oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams will be rotting blood (Rev.16:3-7). Billions of dead bodies will be lying everywhere and every city will be leveled. Massive blocks of hail will have destroyed vegetation and everything of value. Earth will be worse than it was when Jesus began creation week!

A quick side note here. There is some confusion about what happens when Jesus comes. Some teach that when He comes, He will point to this Earth in shambles, and declare, "Come ye blessed of My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world" (Matt.25:34). The Bible says God sends seven plagues for the specific purpose of preparing earth for the Devil and his angels (See 2Pet.3:7)! Jesus is in Heaven now, preparing it specifically for His Redeemed people (See Jn.14:1-3)!

For 6000 years since creation, Satan has longed to be the sole ruler of our world, and God grants his request. For a thousand years, he and his demon angels will have nothing to do but gaze at the massive carnage they caused. No wonder they "cry to each other" (See Isa.34:14. A Satyr is a Demon)!

Isaiah - "Tohuw and Bohuw"
"It shall not be quenched night nor day; it’s smoke shall go up forever; from generation to generation it shall lie waste; none shall pass through it forever and ever (ages and ages). But the cormorant and the bittern shall possess it; the owl also and the raven shall dwell in it; and he shall stretch out upon it the line of confusion (tohuw) and the stones of emptiness (bohuw)"(Isa.34:10-11).
King James translated this last phrase, "line of confusion and stones of emptiness," but in Hebrew it is, "tohuw and bohuw"—"without form and void".

Earth's destruction is worldwide: "Come near, ye nations, to hear; and hearken ye peoples: let the earth hear, and ALL that is therein; the world, and ALL things that come forth from it" (Isa.34:1). "The indignation of the Lord is upon ALL nations; and His fury upon ALL their armies; He hath utterly destroyed them, He hath delivered them to the slaughter (Vs.2). "For it is the day of the Lord’s vengeance" (Vs.8).

Earth stays in this condition "from generation to generation" (Vss.10,17). "NONE shall pass through it forever and ever (for ages and ages)" (Vs.10).

When Will Earth be Bottomless Pit?

Isaiah told us when all this massive destruction will happen. "The day of the Lord’s vengeance" (Vs.8). The "Day of the Lord" begins at Jesus' Second Coming, thus. Isaiah saw "its (the whole earth’s) smoke go up for ever (for ages); from generation to generation it (earth) shall lie waste; none shall pass through it for ever and ever (for ages and ages)." From generation to generation, and ages and ages is much longer than 7 years. Pre-Trib says the Tribulation will be 7 years. A simple reading of Isaiah 34:8-10 makes it clear that neither 7 years or forever with no end will fit in the context.

Earth - Millennial Paradise?
Pretty much all of Christianity says earth will be Paradise after Jesus comes. However, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Job, John, Jesus, saw earth in worldwide destruction.Let's compare Isaiah and John:

Isaiah and John - Same Vision

Concerning the Second Coming:
John saw, "the heavens departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their place" (Rev.6:14).
Isaiah saw, "the heavens roll together like a scroll" (Isa.34:4).
John said, "the great day of His wrath is come, and who shall be able to stand" (Rev.6:17).
Isaiah said, "For it is the day of the Lord’s vengeance" (Isa.34:8).

Isaiah and John - The End of the Millennium:
Isaiah saw, "The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom like the rose" (Isa.35:1). "and sorrow and sighing shall flee away" (Vs.10).  
John saw, "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away. And He that sat on the throne said, behold I make all things new" (Rev.21:4-5).  

Isaiah Saw, "For as the New Heavens and the New Earth, which I will make, shall remain before Me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain" (Isa.66:22).

John Saw, "And I saw a New Heaven and a New Earth (Rev.21:1). This Paradise promised—this "making all things new," happens at the end of the Millennium, not the beginning.
Animals During the Millennium
In Isaiah 34, Isaiah mentions several animals when he describes earth during the Millennium. It turns out that these doleful creatures are not animals at all! A careful study shows the creatures will actually be Demons! See Animal/Demons in the Millennium .

Satan's Bottomless Pit in the Millennium
"Fear, and the pit, and the snare, are upon thee, O inhabitant of the earth. And it shall come to pass, that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit, and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit shall be taken in the snare; for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth do shake. The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it, and it shall fall and not rise again. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall punish the host of high ones that are on high [Satan and his demons], and the kings of the earth upon the earth. And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days [John says 1000 years] shall they be visited. Then the moon shall be
confounded, and the sun shall be ashamed, when the Lord of hosts shall reign in Mount Zion [Heaven], and in Jerusalem [New Jerusalem], and before His ancients gloriously". Notice [1000 years] inserted in the phrase, "After many days shall they be visited" (Isa.24:17-23). Isaiah didn’t say how long the "many days" would last, but John told exactly. He said Satan would spend a 1000 years in his pit. The Septuagint translates that phrase, "After many generations shall they be visited." 

 Satan's Pit a "Stinking Dungeon"
Isaiah says, "as prisoners are gathered in the pit." This "pit" in the Hebrew is "bowr," meaning "stinking dungeon." Billions of bodies all over the ground and stacked in demolished cities makes earth a stinking dungeon. Several other prophecies use "pit" (bowr) describing earth's abyss state (See Isa.14:15; Ezk.31:14,16;32:23).
 
"Dragon, Serpent, Devil, and Satan"
"He laid hold on the Dragon, that old Serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him a thousand years" (Rev.20:1-2). John said, "Dragon, Serpent, Devil, and Satan." Let’s look at more "wild beasts" representing Satan and his demons. The following text in the Septuagint translates the creatures as, Devils, Satyrs, and Monsters.  
 "And the wild beasts (devils) of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and the dragons (Satyrs;demons) in their pleasant palaces; and her (Babylon’s) time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged" (Isa.13:22). John speaks often of Babylon, and always he means Antichrist's last-day church (Rev.14:8; 16:19; 17:5; 18:2,10,21).

"The Day of The Lord"
"But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful (demonic) creatures, and owls [possibly flying snakes] shall dwell there, and satyrs (demons) shall dance there. And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses, and the dragons in their pleasant palaces; and her (Babylon's) time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged"  (Isa.13:21-22). "Howl; for the Day of the Lord is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty. Therefore shall all hands be faint, and EVERY man’s heart shall melt; and they shall be afraid. Pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain like a woman that travaileth. They shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames. Behold the Day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate; for He shall destroy the sinners out of it. For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light; the sun shall be darkened in its going forth, and the moon shall not cause its light to shine. And I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. I will make a man [the Redeemed] more precious than fine gold, even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir. Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of its place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts, and in the Day of His fierce anger" (Isa. 6-13).

"Piercing Crooked Serpent"
"For, behold, the Lord cometh out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain. In that day the Lord with His sore and great and strong sword shall punish Leviathan (Satan), the piercing serpent, even Leviathan, that crooked serpent; and He shall slay the dragon that is in the sea" (Isa.26:21-27:1).

Does God have a quarrel with snakes and sea creatures? Isaiah listed several names for Satan. John called Satan, "The great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan" (Rev.12:9).

Isaiah continually tells more and more about earth during the 1000 years.


"The Day of the Lord’s Vengeance"

Demons Crying to Each Other
"For the indignation of the Lord is upon all nations, and His fury upon all their armies; He hath utterly destroyed them, and He hath delivered them to the slaughter. Their slain also shall be cast out, and their stink shall come up out of their carcasses, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood. And all the hosts of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together like a scroll; and all their hosts shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and like a falling fig from the fig tree" (Isa.34:2-4).
"For it is the Day of the Lord’s vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion. And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof into burning pitch. And it shall not be quenched night nor day; its smoke shall go up forever (for ages); from generation to generation it shall lie waste; none shall pass through it (for ages and ages) forever and ever"
(Vss.8-10). "The wild beasts (devils; Septuagint) of the desert shall also meet with the wild beasts (devils) of the island, and the satyr (demons) shall call to his fellow" (Vs.14).
Satan and demons are calling to each other in their Bottomless Pit.


"Gog and Magog"

Satan's Army, "the number of whom is as the sands of the sea," is actually all of the Unsaved Wicked  who've died since Jesus created earth. See Gog and Magog. Satan ends his glorious reign in his Bottomless Pit because God raises all of the wicked dead since creation, and Satan gathers them and assembles them around New Jerusalem telling them they can overtake it. But instead of a battle, the unsaved find themselves standing before the Great White Throne Judgment. After Judgment, fire comes down from God out of heaven and devoured them (Rev.20:9). Ezekiel was shown how God will one day kill Satan (See Ezk.28:8-10)! Isaiah describes how Jesus purifies earth with fire, then creates Paradise on top of the very place Satan and his "dragons" had wandered and cried for a 1000 years:

Ashes on Top of Dragons
 "And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water; in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes"(Isa.35:7).
"For behold the day cometh that shall burn like an oven, and all the proud, yea all that do wickedly, shall be stubble; and the Day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of Hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch" (Mal.4:1). "And ye (the saved) shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the Day I shall do this, saith the Lord of Host" (Vs.3).
"The desert shall rejoice and blossom like a rose" (Isa.35:1). "They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away" (Vs.10).
John saw the same: "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away" (Rev. 21:4).

New Heavens and New Earth
"Eye hath not seen nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that Love Him" (1Cor.2:9). And I (John) saw a New Heaven and a New Earth; for the first heaven and earth were passed away" (Rev.21:1). "A New Heaven and New Earth, in which dwelleth righteousness" (2Pet.3:13). 

Thank you so much, Dear Reader, for your time! May God send His Spirit to guide us as we prepare for Jesus to come to take us Home!!!
Your Brother in Christ
Walter C. Martin Jr.
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