The number 1,000 appears only six times in Revelation and is used in connection with either Satan (20:2, 3, 7) or the saints (20:4-6).
I have drawn two major conclusions concerning the use of the number.
- First, 1,000 is used to describe a time period concerning Satan’s activity. Until God sets him loose, Satan is bound in that he cannot deceive the nations to make one last attempt to destroy the church.
- Second, the number is used to describe the saints’ reign with Christ in Heaven.