Friday, March 9, 2018

Revelation 20:7-10 Final Judgment of the Nations

KEY TEXT: Revelation 20:7-10 And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea. And they marched up over the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, but fire came down from heaven and consumed them, and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. 

KEY THOT: This final battle is inspired by Satan who is released after having been locked away in the Abyss for 1,000 years. A new generation of earth's inhabitants from the survivors of the Great  Tribulation is now in rebellion against the iron-rod earthly rule of Christ. They are still in their natural bodies unlike Christ and the saints who are now living within the "beloved city" (Jerusalem). So, this battle is no longer against the returning Christ but the reigning Christ based in Jerusalem with His redeemed saints. 

But this time, after the destruction of the nation's, Satan will not again be confined to the Abyss but will join the beast and the false prophet in the lake of fire. Hell was created for the devil and his angels, not for humans. But because sinful humanity has aligned themselves with the devil, they will share his destiny in the lake of fires: "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels'." (Matthew 25:41). 

Unredeemed humanity will sooner or later aligned themselves with the devil, even when the environment is as good as it can be. The Millennial Reign is a period of Eden-like shalom: there will be international peace, harmony between nature and man and longevity: "The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze;
their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra,
and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder's den. They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea." 

And Isaiah 65:20-23 elaborates further on this Eden-like environment: "No more shall there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, or an old man who does not fill out his days, for the young man shall die a hundred years old, and the sinner a hundred years old shall be accursed. They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands."

Despite such ideal conditions, it is not enough to prevent the human heart from Satanic deception. 

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