Satanic Rebellion Crushed
7 Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison 8 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 isas the sand of the sea. 9 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. 10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where[b] the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
At the end of Christ’s thousand year reign , satan will be released by God to deceive the nations of the earth, as he has throughout history. Because of this satanic deception , the world’s armies will gather for battle against God just as they had done before Christ’s second coming. (16:13,14; 19:19,20 ) Gog and Magog was a common rabbinical title for nations in rebellion against the Lord. The beloved city is Jerusalem and may be the renewed earthly Jerusalem ready to give way to the everlasting sinless glory of the New Jerusalem. The use of fire from heaven is seen elsewhere to destroy armies. (Ez 38, 39) Camp usually refers to armies or their barracks,.
When this final rebellion is put down by the Lord, satan will join the beast and the false prophet in torment forever in the lake of fire. The unholy trinity will finally have to pay for the evil that they perpetrated .
We will pick up on the Great White Throne Judgement next time. Remember it is ok to say “MERRY CHRISTMAS” and when you do say that remember the reason that Jesus was born was to die for our sins. What great joy that is!!