A blogger for whom I have great respect recently posted a piece by Dr Hoekema who takes an amillennial position. Honestly, I find the scriptures used by Dr Hoekema compelling. He says:
“…I would reply that the casting out of demons is an evidence of the presence of the kingdom of God (Mt. 12:28) and that it is precisely because the kingdom of God has come that the gospel can now be preached to all the nations (see Mt. 13:24-30, 47-50).”
Then He says: “Revelation 20:1-3 means that throughout the gospel age in which we now live the influence of Satan, though certainly not annihilated, is so curtailed that he cannot prevent the spread of the gospel to the nations of the world. Because of the binding of Satan during this present age, the nations cannot conquer the church, but the church is conquering the nations.
The scriptures are compelling, but is his explanation of them also compelling, because, I also find other scriptures which he does not use in this piece equally compelling. I will begin with this one.
The sum of thy word is truth; And every one of thy righteous ordinances endureth for ever. (Psalm 119:160)
This tells me that all scripture taken together must be considered when forming a doctrine. In this case we are dealing with the doctrine of Satan and his binding, and the timing of and the placing of all things under Jesus feet, so that the kingdoms of this world are under His dominion. There is no question that God reigns in heaven, and that the kingdom of heaven or of God is present now in the heart of the believer. We are positionally seated with Christ. The problem is we are not physically there yet. So, because all scripture is given for our teaching we need to consider other scriptures. As in Peter’s following statement:
Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.
1 Peter 5:8-10 NASB
Peter here, along with James in his epistle, understands the test that happens in this life.
Jesus taught how this age would proceed:
And He said, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man, 38 and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one; 39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the [u]end of the age; and the reapers are angels. 40 So just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the [v]end of the age.
Matthew 13:37-40 NASB
Satan is still the deceiver Paul recognized this:
But Saul, who was also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, fixed his gaze on him, and said, “You who are full of all deceit and fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to make crooked the straight ways of the Lord?
Acts 13:9-10 NASB
Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity.
Ephesians 4:26-27 NASB
Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 6:11-12 NASB
and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.
2 Timothy 2:26 NASB
Satan is still the enemy of man. And the kingdoms of this world are not yet considered even by our Lord to be His. But that will end at The sounding of the seventh Trumpet:
Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “ The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.”
Revelation 11:15 NASB
Paul tells us that it is with the sounding of this last Trumpet that the immortality of man comes about and thus the kingdom on earth is established.
So it is my understanding that Satan is not yet bound until the sounding of that trumpet. Can we bind him? We are told so. But this is not yet the time when Messiah will rule and we will rule with Him for 1000 years. And scripture teaches that that time is the time of the first resurrection which is our current blessed hope. Paul tells us that that Trumpet will bring about this resurrection and these conditions:
Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
1 Corinthians 15:50-52 NASB
We learn from this passage that though we are spiritually seated with Christ today, yet physically we will not see ourselves as occupiers of His kingdom until we have immortality of body. His rule on earth, which was a promise to Israel that we have inherited with them, will not begin until then, which is a time following the bodily resurrection.
Satan will not be bound until our physical resurrection. Until then we are in war with principalities and powers not flesh and blood. When Christ takes over all wars cease until He releases Satan to test those of the Millennium who entered in mortal bodies to be ruled for a season. He will test those same nations whom he formerly had deceived.
Also see these posts of if you are really interested in this subject:
—Sept 22, 2017, The Kingdom of Heaven vs the Millennial Kingdom.
Oct 17, 2017, A Look inside The Preterist Historic Thinking on Prophecy
— Nov 7, 2017, Does The Day of The Lord End This Age? And Does It Really Matter?