Summary: This sermon deals with Satan's rebellion at the end of the millennium and the Great White Throne Judgment.
Satan’s Last Attempt To Win
7Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison
8and 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.
9They 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.
10The 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.
11Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them.
12And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.
13The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.
14Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.
We pick up our look at Revelation where we stopped last Sunday.
Today we will get more information about those people
living at the end of the 1,000 year millennium
who join Satan in rebellion against Jesus.
As I said in my closing last week,
I believe there are many people like them living today.
So let’s see what the Bible says about them.
VERSE 20:7-8 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 is as the sand of the sea.
Satan and his demons will be imprisoned in the abyss 1,000 years
while Jesus rules with unopposed control.
They are not permitted to interfere in the affairs of the kingdom.
All those who initially go into the 1,000 year kingdom
are redeemed sinners who had turned to Jesus in faith.
These people who survive the horrible 7 years of Tribulation
enter into the millennium in earthly bodies.
They will not have glorified bodies
like those who are resurrected at the Rapture.
They will have bodies just like we have today.
They still will possess a sinful human nature.
That sin nature is passed on to their children, grandchildren, etc.
So each generation born in the millennium
will have need for salvation.
Many will come to salvation,
but in spite of the most moral society the world will ever know,
a great number will love their sin and reject Jesus.
When Satan is loosed from the abyss,
he provides the leadership needed
to bring rebellion to the surface of those unrepentant sinners.
This act of rebellion will start immediately when he is released.
Verse 8 indicates that this rebellion will be all over the world.
These rebels led by Satan will gather at Gog and Magog.
They gather together to battle.
This will be a huge army because Verse 8 says, “,whose number is as the sand of the sea.
If that number sounds ridiculous, consider this.
The Bible says when Joseph sent for his father and family
a total of 70 people came to Egypt.
A little over 400 years later there were millions
who God lead out of Egypt.
There will be a lot more people than 70
who will go into the millennium.
Instead of 400 years, there will be 1,000 years for births.
There will probably be many billions of people at that time.
So Satan could have a huge gathering to join together for battle.
Now, what is this Gog and Magog?
The names also appear in Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39.
However, those events are not the same that we see here.
The one thing these 2 events have in common
is that both national units are driven
by the spirit of rebellion against God.
In these two cases, God uses the same names
because of the deceptively satanic spirit that motivates them both.
So this Gog and Magog of Revelation will be a massive attack.
They will muster their forces from all over of the world.
VERSE 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.