Revelation 20:1-3 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.
We first met the serpent in Genesis.
His temptation of Eve caused a ripple effect on the entire human race.
The nature of sin began with Satan and it ends with Christ.
Satan introduced sin to mankind and Jesus dealt with it for mankind.
I know Christ as my Savior and I know the nature of sin.
The ability to sin exists in me but it causes me grief if I do.
That is the nature of Christ in me.
Satan is finally dealt with.
Notice it takes one angel to bind him and cast him into the abyss, where he stays for a thousand years.
Now I never fully understood why he must be released after the millennium.
I assume it has something to do with God’s sense of justice and righteousness.
God knows and that’s good enough for me.
Something else that grabs my attention is the nations aren’t deceived for a thousand years.
It causes me to ask a question I’m not sure I can answer.
Does sin exist without deception?
I know sin took advantage of me and deceived me into believing it was okay to live with sin or that I could make a deal with God over sin.
Deception is responsible for atheists and agnostics.
It is the factor for so many false religions, cults, and divisions within the body of Christ.
For now, we deal with deception daily.
Someday it will cease to exist.