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26/10/2007 / Test All Things

Was Satan Bound At The Cross?

Question: Could you elaborate a little on why you think that Satan was bound for a thousand years at the cross?

Answer: When we search the Bible for references to the binding of Satan, we find, for example, in Matthew 12:29, that Jesus says of the strongman who is Satan:
Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil [or plunder] his house.

How is his house plundered?

As we bring the Gospel, the people who become saved are taken out of Satan’s dominion.

In the Book of Jude, we read in verse 6:
And the angels [Satan is a fallen angel] 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.
In other words, something happened to the fallen angels before the Book of Jude was written. Moreover, in 2 Peter 2:4 we read of another past judgment:

For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment.

Whatever happened to these angels was an accomplished fact when 2 Peter was written, which was a few decades after the cross. Thus, we know that something happened at the cross.

In the matter of salvation, before the time of the cross, very few people were saved. Even after Jesus preached for three and a half years, there were only a handful of believers, 120 in the upper room, and a little more than 500 in Galilee.

Then, Christ went to the cross, He returned to heaven, and on Pentecost in Acts 2, in one afternoon after Peter preached one sermon, about 3,000 were saved. Something had happened to Satan’s hold on those in his kingdom; people are being taken out of his kingdom, which means that Satan had been bound. Satan was bound until the final tribulation period, so that people all over the world can become saved.

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