TEXT: Revelation 20:7-10
7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
After the 1,000 Year Reign of Christ — The Future Wars of the Nations (Part 14)
In the 14th century, the legendary writer Geoffrey Chaucer, widely considered to be the father of English literature, coined a phrase in one of his poems. He said, “All good things must come to an end.” That idiom has been repeated down through hundreds of years, and, on this sin-cursed earth, it is often proven to be true. Over the past few weeks, we have been examining the 1,000-year reign of Christ on the Earth. This era of peace and justice takes place after the Tribulation following Jesus’ defeat of Satan and the Antichrist at Armageddon. After a millennium of Heaven on Earth, John the revelator informs us that this good thing will also come to an end.
In summary, R.B. Sloan states, “At the conclusion of the ‘thousand years,’ the dragon is to be released. He is permitted another brief time of deception, but his time is short-lived. Following this final episode of deception at the conclusion of the thousand years, the dragon is recaptured and this time cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, ‘where the beast and the false prophet are also.’ The fate given to the beast and the false prophet at the return of Christ is also finally meted out to the dragon at the close of the reign of Christ. Then the final judgment takes place, at which all not included in the Book of Life are thrown into the lake of fire.”
John writes in verse 7, “When the thousand years are expired.” This lets us know that he is talking about a definite time period. There is a beginning date and an end date to the Millennial Kingdom. At the end of this time period, “Satan shall be loosed out of his prison” and we are told that he “shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth.”
Of course, this begs the question, Why on earth would God allow Satan to be freed from his prison after one thousand years?
While several explanations of this action can be provided, the one that looms the largest focuses on man, not Satan. You see, while the nature of the Earth changes in the Millennial Kingdom, the nature of man will not change. Man will still be capable of sinning. And millions of sinful people will be born into the world during that time period. Of course, with Jesus Christ on the throne ruling the nations with a rod of iron, there will be very minimal sinful activity. People will fear the swift punishment that will come as a result of wrong behavior. However, that does not mean that everyone will trust and love Jesus Christ completely. There will be those who want to do things their way and harbor a rebellious spirit against Jesus Christ.
When Satan is released to “deceive the nations”, he will call all those who have rebellious hearts to himself. Previously, these people would have been obedient to avoid punishment, but when they see their chance to rebel, they will seize it. You ask, Why does God allow this?
The primary reason, which many Bible scholars agree on, is that God will use this rebellion to vindicate what He has stated about man in His word — that man’s heart is deceitful and desperately wicked. Given any little chance to do evil, man will jump for it.
Sociologists have struggled for years with the question of nature vs. nurture. Is man essentially evil, or does man do evil because he comes out of a negative, less-than-ideal environment? The rebellion of man after the Millennium will prove that the former is true. Despite the perfect environment of the Millennial Kingdom and the just, fair rule of Jesus Christ, many will take this opportunity to rebel against God’s government on Earth. It will turn out that they never really loved Jesus Christ, that they were only pretending to be loyal because they knew they could not get away with their evil at the time.
The release of Satan at the end of the Millennial Kingdom is also a testament to God’s commitment to human free will. After establishing order on the Earth, Jesus could have kept it that way by forcing everyone to remain under his government indefinitely. The Millennial Kingdom could stretch on forever and ever. But, no. God gives man a choice. Essentially, by releasing Satan from his prison, God stops the ship and tells everyone who wants to do things their own way to walk off. Sadly, many people will do just that.
History can be summed up as conflict between man’s will and God’s will. God has one way of doing things, while man tries to do things his own way. The end of the Millennial kingdom will be the last chance for mankind to make the right decision — to choose whom he will serve, God or Satan.
If you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you how you can trust Him for salvation so that you can be ready for His return.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University School of Divinity. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.