"And just as it is appointed for people to die once- and after thus, judgement- so also Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him." (9:27-28)
"He is now waiting until his enemies are made his footstool." (10:13)
I like these verses because they are very straight forward and simple! Jesus will "appear a second time" to bring salvation, (no secret hovering to collect some believers and then a third "appearing") And, praise the Lord!! He will give salvation to those who have put their hope in him (as Paul so eloquently describes in Romans 8:24-25, the Hebrew writer describes in 6:11-12, and Peter does in 1 Peter 1:3)!!! But to those who do not put their hope in him at the time of his second coming, they don't get the salvation Jesus brings with him, they will face judgement.
So....he's waiting now.....Is he just waiting to reign in the future or is he reigning now? 1 Corinthians 15:25, implies the reigning period is now, "For he must reign until he puts all his enemies under his feet." Other verses that back up that Jesus is reigning now would include, but are not limited to, Matt. 28:18, Mark 9:1, Jn. 18:37, Acts 1:9 & 2:29-36, Eph 1:20-22 & Col 2:16.
So Jesus has been reigning for a long period of time,.....over 2000 years.....this reminds me of what John says in Revelation 20, Jesus conquered death (Rev 1:18) and sat at the right hand of God and believers "reigned with Christ a thousand years" (Rev. 20:4b). Scholars don't feel that the 1000 years is a literal time period, but symbolic for a "long period of time". Doesn't that sound like it's describing now?
So, what about "locking up Satan for a 1000 years", you may ask?
These verses help my understanding in that:
"Jesus responded, "...Now is the judgment of this world. Now the ruler of this world will be cast out. As for me, if I am lifted up from the earth I will draw all people to myself." (John 12:31-32)
"He disarmed the rulers and authorities and disgraced they publicly; he (God) triumphed over them in him(Jesus) (Col 2:15).
Satan's workers are doing their best to continue wreaking havoc in our lives, but Satan has been held back or "locked", from deceiving the nations, for a long period of time.
There will be a day, however, when he is allowed to "deceive the nations", and then....oh my! 😱 ...That sounds like the whole globe is involved! ......Well, I'm not going to be afraid of that time because of Hebrews 10:13! Jesus is going to make Satan and his cronies his footstool!! Ha, take that, Satan!!!
Here is a great paper I read in my research if you are interested in getting more clarity on this view: