Revelation Explained

This site contains my personal views on Revelation. I will be teaching through the book verse by verse. My teachings will be from a conservative evangelical background.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Final Battle

"Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever." (Revelation 20:7-10 - New King James Version)

For a thousand years, people will live in a perfect environment. Jesus will rule in righteousness and perfect justice. Glorified saints, in sinless bodies, will rule under His authority. At the beginning of the thousand years, everyone that is alive, in mortal bodies, will be saved. Satan will be bound and unable to influence people.

For those thousand years, there will be no war. There will be no corruption in government. There will be very little crime. Wrong doing will be quickly punished. People will live for hundreds of years. It will be utopia. If you think that such a perfect situation would result in perfect people, you are very wrong.

Satan in fury comes out of his prison. He finds that there are many people, maybe even the majority, who have been born physically but not spiritually during the thousand years. They are rebels in their hearts against the government of Jesus. They are willing to follow Satan into battle against the world's capital, Jerusalem. Satan will be able to gather millions of people.

This will prove beyond all doubt that man is sinful by nature. Even living in an utopia, man will build up rebellion in his heart. He will take the first opportunity he has to express his rebellion.

This will also remove the excuse that some may seek to use when God judges them that if they had lived at a better time than they would have been better people. Regardless of circumstance, it is up to the individual to decide how he will respond to the work of God in his life. Some in the worst situations have trusted the Lord. While many in this time of peace and prosperity will reject Jesus.

This battle is over very quickly like the Battle of Armageddon. Satan and the army that he has gathered surrounds Jerusalem. God sends fire down from heaven and destroys them.

Satan is then cast into the Lake of Fire. He will remain there for eternity.