The Emphasis and Intensity of God (3)
Three’s (3) Denote God’s emphasis and Intensity. Three scoops of ice cream are better than one or two scoops! If you want to impress upon someone, give them three scoops. That will be about as much as most people can handle. Emphasize three scoops of someone’s favorite flavor and that will wake up their taste buds … now that is intense! God uses three’s (3) to say what he means and to mean what he says.
Three-fold Reference to Satan’s 1,000 Year Bottomless Pit Imprisonment:
- … “And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years.” (Rev. 20:1-2). (Emphasis added).
- … “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. 20:3). (Emphasis added).
- … “And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out his prison.” (Rev. 20:7). (Emphasis added).
Commentary: Three (3) verses, three (3) references, each to a 1,000 year imprisonment of Satan in his prison, the bottomless pit. Curiously, this imprisonment only lasts 1,000 years which is during Jesus Christ’s Millennial Reign on earth. At the very end of the millennial reign, Satan will be loosed a little season to once again tempt mankind to rebel against Jesus Christ and God (which is quickly rebuked by God). Even with the earth being renewed to its original ‘Eden-like’ state (perfect environment) for 1,000 years, men on earth are still evil enough to be tempted by Satan to complain against God and rebel over his authority on earth.