In spite of the fact that
Satan will bound during the first millennium, there will still be those whose hearts are foolishly rebellious against the
rule of Jesus Christ.
This will prove once,
and for all, that the heart of man truly is wicked and deceitful—even without Satan’s help. God knows who
the rebellious ones are, and it is part of his plan to expose them and rid the earth of the wicked completely and permanently
(Ezekiel 38:10-12,16, Jeremiah 17:9).
The Devil Made Me Do It?
Even in the Kingdom
of Jesus Christ, there will be those who will think evil thoughts and plot against the good people of the land. Since
there will be no war for 1000 years, there will be no safeguards against invaders. To these evil-thinkers, the peaceful inhabitants
of the land will appear to be sitting ducks. In order to expose these rebellious ones, Satan will be permitted one last short
period of freedom (Revelation 20:7-8, Ezekiel 38:10-12).
never changes, and once again his focus will be on Jerusalem (Revelation 20:9).
There will be no excuse
for the people of Christ’s Kingdom to be deceived or taken by surprise. Just as the end-time defection from the true
faith is revealed in the scriptures for us who are living today, the final rebellion at the end of the 1000 years is spelled
out clearly in the word of God for all to see and understand. The people in Christ's Kingdom will have access to the Written
Word of God just as we do. The Word of the Lord will flow continuously from Jerusalem for 1000 years, and the World will be
filled with the knowledge of God (Matthew 24:35, Isaiah 2:3,11:9,
Psalm 12:6-7, 100:5).
In that age, as well
as this and previous ones, there will be those who understand Bible prophecy, believe it, and proclaim it. But all teaching
in Christ’s kingdom will flow through authorized channels—from Jerusalem. There will be no itinerant ministries,
prophets or preachers in the Kingdom of Christ (Amos 3:7, John 16:13, 1 Timothy 2:4, Zechariah 13:2-3).
Satan will not be released
in order to cause men to think evil thoughts; although, no doubt, he will immediately busy himself with giving them
a steady stream of new ideas in addition to those they have already conceived on their own (Ezekiel 38:10-12, Isaiah 65:20).
Satan will be released
in order to expose them and to spread the treachery as far as it will go. The Lord will allow anyone and everyone who is inclined
to sin against him to participate in this final conspiracy. Satan will deceive them (just like he did the angels who fell)
into believing they can actually succeed in their efforts to plunder the peaceful people of the land and take over the reins
of Christ’s government (Revelation 20:7-8).
Satan's efforts to
deceive the nations will be a hugely successful operation (Isaiah
Satan cannot tempt
or deceive us with anything that does not appeal to us. The people that cooperate with Satan's plans at this time cannot plead
ignorance or blame their sin on the devil any more than Eve could or anymore than we can (Genesis 3:13).
If we were not capable (with
the help of the Holy Spirit) of understanding the truth and standing against the wiles of the Devil, God would not expect
it of us. But the fact is we are and He does.
Those who are rebellious
against Christ, at the end of the 1000 years, will be ensnared in the same way Satan ensnares people today—by their
own lusts. The people who reject the lordship of Christ and follow Satan in the final rebellion will be without excuse just
as those today who reject, or defect from, the simplicity of Christ are without excuse (James 1:14 [12-16], 2 Corinthians 11:3, 2 Timothy 4:3).
The nation that will
spearhead the invasion against Jerusalem will be called “Gog” (Ezekiel 38:2,14[1-23], Revelation 20:8).
The final rebellion is described
in the following passages:
· Isaiah 24:5
· Ezekiel 38:1-23
· Revelation 20:19
The length of this rebellion
from start to finish is not given in scripture, but this we do know: in the end, Gog's rebellion will not be successful.
The final battle, in the
final rebellion, will be characterized by the following:
The Lord will cause Gog’s armies to turn their swords against one another
(just as he did to the armies surrounding Jerusalem at Armageddon), and they will begin destroying themselves.
God will strike them with some sort of highly contagious disease.
And finally, he will rain fire and brimstone out of Heaven to finish them off (Revelation 20:9, Ezekiel 38:21-22).
So many of the earth's
inhabitants will participate in this treachery that the entire earth will become infected with it and become defiled. Because
of this, the inhabitants of the earth will be burned up (Isaiah 24:6[5-6]).
Notice that verse 6 says
there will be few men left.
We know, because of
this, that some people will miraculously survive this final, fiery, judgment. The Bible doesn't say how, but we know that
God is well able to deliver those he accounts worthy to escape his wrath. Whether they will be caught out (like the raptured
saints before The Great Tribulation) or kept safe in the midst of the fire, like the 3 Hebrew children in Nebuchadnezzar’s
furnace, we do not know. But we do know they will somehow survive and continue to inhabit the earth forever (Isaiah 24:6, Daniel 3:16-17).
After this, Satan will
be thrown into the lake of fire. The Bible says all who are thrown into the lake of fire will be tormented day and night forever
The Lord now has only one
thing more to do before creating a new heaven and a new earth that can be inhabited peacefully forever.
The wicked dead must be raised
and judged... at the Great White Throne Judgment.