Chapter 19 is such a victorious picture of Christ on his white horse (19:11) I love it!
It seems like everything is posed for a great battle (19:19)…but…no detail of fighting occurs….The reality is, the battle has already been won when Jesus rose from the dead!
So, this is just a picture of the swift end of evil that will occur when Jesus returns to get his bride (19:9).
Then, in our reading, we come to chapter 20….the chapter that, to some, seems out of place. Others, who want to keep it in order, create a theology out of the order of events. Thus, you have Christians holding different points of view on “eschatology” (the study of end-times). But, let me make this clear, a Christ follower can hold a different view on end times from another Christian. It does not determine who is the more righteous, true believer. Both will be in heaven when all is said and done. Right?!! Amen!
But, here is the break down, just in case you are unfamiliar with the different views Christians may hold.
Premillennialist think Christ will reign at his second coming, yet evil will not end until after a 1000 years. (They keep ch. 20 in order of sequence.)
Post-millennials and amillennial's think Christ’s coming is after the “millennial kingdom” (which is happening now). When he returns, evil will immediately end. The difference between post-millennial and amillennial is that the former optimistically thinks the world will get better before Christ’s second coming, because Christ’s current reign would cause that. The latter is not so optimistic. (They both read ch. 20 as a different view of the same ultimate end described in chs. 17 & 18.)
There you have it in a nutshell!
Basically, ask yourself, do I read these chapters chronologically or do I read them like they are different views of the same event? Well, as I have said several times since we arrived in Revelation, I am reading it through, this time, “according to literary, rather than strictly chronological patterns.”
So, imagine John is seeing a vision of Satan being “bound for a thousand years” as what symbolically occurred when Christ rose from the dead. Satan’s other agents of evil are still on the scene working havoc, but Satan has been bound from those who have made Christ their king.
Then, it’s reasonable to see that the battle scene and defeat of Satan is so brief in 20:7-10 because John has already described the end defeat in more detail from other vantage points of the same battle (Chs. 17-19).
And obviously, if Satan is released, it’s going to get a whole lot worse before it gets better. (I guess I’m not as optimistic as the post-millennials! Hahaha!)
Anyway, I find this all very interesting…..don’t you?