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“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”
 
Revelation 20:7-10 brings us to the final fate of Satan.
20:7
Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison
When the Millennium ends, God will release Satan from his prison for a short time. This will not happen until God finishes His purpose for the Millennium.
20:8
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 is as the sand of the sea.
When Satan comes out of his 1,000-year imprisonment, he again deceives the nations. The nations once more come together to battle with armies as numerous as “the sand of the sea.” John calls this world-wide conglomerate and revolt of nations “Gog and Magog.” This is the Devil’s last stand.
How is it possible that such worldwide rebellion can occur against Christ’s millennial reign? Survivors of the Tribulation will enter the Millennium without their resurrection bodies. They enter the Millennium with their natural bodies and sin capacities. Although they are believers, children born to them during the Millennium may not be. These non-Christian children will revolt against Christ at the end of the Millennium.
If this is the case, why does John use the names “Gog and Magog?” In Ezekiel, Gog was the ruler of Magog the people. “Magog” is the name for nations to the north of Israel who came from Japheth’s descendants (Genesis 10:2). These names may be equivalent to “Sodom and Gomorrah.” Sodom and Gomorrah stood for debauchery. Gog and Magog stand for rebellion against God.
The war of Revelation 20 is not the same war as that of Ezekiel 38-39 where Gog and Magog come from the north. The Ezekiel battle only involves a few nations of the earth. The battle in our passage involves nations from the “four corners of the earth.”
Principle:
People, by their own efforts, cannot change their behavior.
Application:
It is clear that man is inveterately evil. Even in a perfect environment, he will revert to sin and evil. Satan will resume his reprehensible activities at the end of the Millennium. Rebels in the Millennium will follow Satan and march against the kingdom of Christ.
It is also clear that human beings even under the most advantageous state of affairs will plunge themselves into sin if left to their own preferences. This shows the righteousness of God’s judgment on mankind. A perfect environment will not help. Mankind is always gullible. People in a perfect environment are just as susceptible to sin as they always were.
Only personal regeneration can truly change a person. Neither time nor a perfect environment will change people, only new life in Christ will do that. People are inherently sinful. They fail even without the devil’s help for the devil has not deceived them for 1,000 years.
People feel that they do not need God. “I have enough education. I am progressing so that I will come to the point of perfection.” Rebellion in the Millennium proves that idea a lie. The basic philosophy of mankind is autonomy from God. We call this “humanism.” Mankind is god.
The devil will hoodwink us. He will make us think we are going north when we are going south. He will make you think that you are good enough to go to Heaven when you are going to Hell. Good non-Christians are more easily deceived than evil non-Christians are. It is always more difficult to reach religious rather than non-religious people. Satan wants us to think that everything but the death of Christ will get us to Heaven.
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