Lesson 60 – Revelation 20:7-10
Lesson 60 – Revelation 20:7-10
Revelation 20:7 – Satan and his demons will be imprisoned in the abyss for the duration of the Millennium, in which the Lord Jesus will rule. They will not be permitted to interfere in the affairs of the kingdom in any way until the thousand years are completed and he is released from his prison to lead a final rebellion of sinners.
The millennial kingdom will begin with all being Believers, but will still possess a sinful human nature. They will pass that sin nature on to their children who will need to come to a saving faith. But even though Yeshua is ruling on earth, and society and the environment will be the best that the world has know since the fall some will still rebel against God and reject Him (Romans 8:7). Even the ideal conditions of the Millennium will not change the reality of man’s depravity. This should not surprise us since even in the perfect conditions of the Garden of Eden Adam and Eve, who were sinless rebelled against God. The issue regarding salvation is never lack of information (cf. Romans 1:18-20); it is love of sin (John 3:19).
Those who openly rebel will face swift judgment (Revelation 2:27; 12:5; 19:15; Psalm 2:9), including the withholding of rain on their land (Zechariah 14:16-19). But enough rebels will be alive at the end of the Millennium for Satan to lead a worldwide rebellion.
When Satan is loosed, he will provide the cohesive supernatural leadership needed to bring to the surface all the sin and rebellion left in the universe. He will pull together all the rebels, revealing their true character and intent of those who have rejected the rule of Messiah in their lives and make evident that God’s judgment is just. Satan’s hatred of God and His Messiah will not be changed by his thousand years of imprisonment in the abyss. When he is released, he will immediately set about initiating his final act of rebellion.
Revelation 20:8-10 After the millennium God will release Satan from the abyss and the world which had been protected from the influence of evil for the thousand years, will be deceived by him and set out to once again try to wrest control from the Lord and capture Jerusalem. Mankind will try to set up its own government independent of God just as they attempted at Babel.
This rebellion will reveal the hearts of those who have not allowed the Lord to rule their hearts and are not in fact regenerate who will suffer the same fate of those who will not repent during the tribulation. The peoples of the earth are described as being as numerous as the sand of the sea; so from this we learn that the earth will again be fully populated by the end of the millennium. The purpose of this is to demonstrate to every soul that an individual can only find perfect peace and security in God through Messiah Jesus.
God must have our full and complete trust; otherwise, creation will fracture and self-destruct. Ezekiel 38–39 also discuss Gog and Magog (Revelation 20:8); Ezekiel 38:15 identifies Gog as the man who leads Magog, a nation descended from Japeth (Genesis 10:2). In Ezekiel 38–39, the name Gog describes the final Antichrist of the Tribulation. Most likely, then, Gog is used in verse 8 to describe the human leader of Satan’s forces.
The land of Gog is located directly north of Israel which is the region of modern Russia. Ezekiel 38:16, 23 tells us that the purpose of this rebellion will be to sanctify God before the nations of the world; yet, while Revelation 20:8 dates its rebellion at the end of the millennium, Ezekiel 38–39 prophesies a similar one at the beginning of the tribulation. So history will already established the validity of biblical prophecy about Magog when Magog will repeat its earlier error under Satan’s deception.
The first invasion is in a time of peace ‘ after’ Israel has been regathered (Ez 38:8), so cannot be pre-tribulational, but must be tribulational. Like Armageddon a thousand years earlier (Revelation 19:11-21), the “battle” will in reality be an execution like the final battle of Aramgeddon in Revelation 19. As the rebelling forces move in for the attack, fire will came down from heaven and kill them. Sending fire from heaven is often the way God judges sinners (Genesis 19:24; Leviticus 10:2; 2 Kings 1:10, 12; Luke 9:54).
Satan’s forces will be physically killed, and their souls will go into the realm of punishment, awaiting their final sentencing to eternal hell, which will take place shortly (Revelation 20:11-15). The devil who deceived them will be thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone. There he will join the beast and the false prophet, who will have been in that place of torment for a thousand years (Revelation 19:20). That those two humans are still there after that time refutes the false doctrine of annihilationism.
Hell is a place of both mental (Daniel 12:2; Matthew 8:12; 13:42, 50; 22:13; 24:51; 25:30; Luke 13:28) and physical suffering (Revelation 14:10-11; Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:43-44; Luke 16:23-24). Scripture explicitly teaches that hell is eternal. The same Greek phrase translated forever and ever is used in Revelation 1:18 to speak of the eternal nature of Jesus; It speaks of God’s eternity in Revelation 4:9-10, 10:6, and Revelation 15:7; and in Revelation 11:15 of the duration of the reign of Jesus.
Jesus taught that the punishment of the wicked is as eternal as the eternal life of the righteous (Matthew 25:46). He also taught that hell is a place of “unquenchable fire” (Mark 9:43), “where their worm does not die” (Mark 9:48). Holman’s dictionary defines the word “worm” The earthworm is the most representative of the worms of Palestine. It is also used in the Bible as a figure of lowliness or weakness (Psalm 22:6; Job 17:14; Isaiah 41:14). Both the Old Testament and the New Testament speak of the place of the ungodly and unbeliever as being that where the worm is always alive and working (Isaiah 66:24: Mark 9:44, 48). 2 Thessalonians 1:9 teaches that the destruction of the wicked in hell stretches throughout all eternity.