After the 1,000-Year Reign of Christ, Part 2 — The Future Wars of the Nations, Part 16

city-2


TEXT: Revelation 20:7-10

7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

After the 1,000-Year Reign of Christ, Part 2 — The Future Wars of the Nations (Part 16)

It is a sad fact of life on this sin-cursed earth that there are some people who just don’t learn and just won’t change (no matter what punishment is laid upon them). Some criminals seem to have an affinity for being in prison. They get out of jail after serving some time and they go back and do the same things that got them into jail in the first place. The Bible and common sense call that foolishness, but that is the kind of situation that we have in our passage today.

Satan, after being imprisoned for 1,000 years, is released and immediately goes back to his old ways. The Bible says he “shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth.” At the beginning of history, Satan was deceiving Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and here at the end of history, he is trying to deceive the whole earth. The term “four quarters” means that his deception will encompass the whole world. Everyone living under the reign of Jesus Christ will be faced with a choice: follow Satan or follow Christ? And, as we mentioned last week, that is part of God’s purpose in allowing Satan to be released — to see who truly loves Jesus Christ and follows Him in their heart and who doesn’t.

The Revelator specifically mentions that Satan will deceive “Gog and Magog.” The question has been raised as to whether this is the same Gog and Magog mentioned in Ezekiel 38-39 who attack Israel in the early part of the Tribulation? Is John talking about the same war? John F. Walvoord writes that this is clearly a different war, “for in the war of Ezekiel, the armies come primarily from the north and involve only a few nations of the earth. But the battle in Revelation will involve all nations, so armies will come from all directions. Furthermore nothing in the context of Ezekiel 38-39 is similar to the battle in Revelation, as there is no mention of Satan or of millennial conditions. In Revelation, the context clearly places the battle at the end of the Millennium, whereas the Ezekiel battle takes place in connection with end-time events.”

Why, then, does John use the words “Gog and Magog”? Scholars believe that the ruler Gog and the people of Magog are being used here symbolically. They are symbols of man’s rebellion against God and man’s hatred of the people of God — in this case, both Jews and Christians. Satan takes advantage of man’s rebellion and seduces the nations into rising up against the rule of Jesus Christ.

Verse 8 reads, he will “gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.” It is hard to imagine, but a vast number of earth’s population will side with Satan. They will choose evil over righteousness, crime over justice, chaos over order, and war over peace. They will be foolish enough to think that they can overthrow the King of Kings who has reigned unchallenged for 1,000 years.

Verse 9 says, “And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.” Satan’s massive army lays siege to the “beloved city”, Jerusalem, the capital of the world. Unlike the previous battles described in Revelation, God’s people are not depicted as persecuted, on the run, or in hiding. Why would they be? They have the Lamb of God, the Lion of Judah with them. They are not worried about being defeated or destroyed. Their trust is in the One who saved them and washed away their sins, the same One who ruled the world with justice and truth for a millennium.

The judgment on the rebel army is swift. In fact, there is not even a battle. The Bible says, “fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.” All those who sided with Satan are destroyed, eaten up by heavenly flames. And finally — finally — the only ones who remain on the earth are those who love God, who have been covered in the blood of the Lamb, and who have chosen to be faithful to Him. Nothing in the world will ever again exist that is outside of God’s will or that opposes God or God’s people.

_________________

If you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you how you can trust Him for salvation so that you can be ready for His return.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

Advertisements
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: