Revelation Lesson 25 Day 4
9. A. When the thousand years are over, it’s obvious Satan didn’t change one bit.
—Satan will be released from his prison in the Abyss.
—He will again deceive the nations.
—He will search out victims.
Gog is a symbolic name for an antichrist. (Thayer’s)
Magog is derived from a Hebrew word meaning foreign nation. Figuratively, an antichrist party. (Thayer’s)
Satan’s evil nature
—Satan is incorrigible.
—He didn’t change one bit.
—He did not humble himself or repent.
—He hates God’s people.
B. Satan defeated
The devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. Revelation 20:10 ESV
During the study of Genesis, I looked up burning sulfur. I wrote this fascinating description in the margin of my Bible next to Revelation 20. (This exact phrase is quoted in several sources.)
“When burned, sulfur melts to a blood-red liquid and emits a blue flame which is best observed in the dark.”
10. A. After Satan’s Release
I have more questions than answers.
I’ve often heard the millennial reign described as such a glorious utopia on earth.
That picture was firmly stuck in my head until this reading of Revelation 20. Now I have many questions.
I always heard and assumed Jesus will function as the earthly king that Israel expected the Messiah to be.
I also assumed everyone would behave perfectly toward each other during His earthly reign.
—No one would do anything wrong.
—No one would get sick.
—No one would die because they will be in their forever bodies.
I also thought the following verse in Isaiah applied to the millennial reign:
He shall judge between the nations,
and shall decide disputes for many peoples;
and they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war anymore. Isaiah 2:4 ESV
Yet, in a world where Satan was absent for a long time, man is still messed up.
Revelation 20:4 says the souls of the martyrs lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. It doesn’t specifically say what type of bodies they had, but it sounds like they all live the entire time.
If so, did people stop dying or just start living a really long time again?
It seems they would live longer because there would be less temptation to abuse their bodies with drugs, alcohol, and other destructive behaviors. And considering the advancements we’ve already seen in technology, it’s hard to even imagine what new advancements the earth could have.
I also expect to see no violence or murder.
Will they have children and those children are the ones who started making weapons and turning away from God?
Perhaps the millennial reign refers to Israel. For the most part, it is no longer a walled city. With planes that drop bombs and fire missiles, walls don’t do much good anyway. (The passage in Ezekiel mentions cities without walls.)
Perhaps we are in the millennial reign now, assuming the time period is figurative. Jesus was crowned king while He was on earth. It was a mockery, but He really is the King of the Jews.
Jesus said, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:15
Paul wrote, “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.”
Even though it seems evil is getting worse, that’s always a danger when people become prosperous.
But that is the time to be careful! Beware that in your plenty you do not forget the Lord your God and disobey his commands, regulations, and decrees that I am giving you today. For when you have become full and prosperous and have built fine homes to live in, and when your flocks and herds have become very large and your silver and gold have multiplied along with everything else, be careful! Do not become proud at that time and forget the Lord your God. Deuteronomy 8:11-14 NLT
When a king wants to enlarge his kingdom or take over the world, he sends out an army. Was that the purpose of the Great Commission?
The gospel is preached all over the world. It’s on the internet and on television via satellite.
Our souls remain vulnerable to sin.
Mark 7:20-23 What’s in man’s heart?
Evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness.
“Adam landed us in the dilemma we’re in—first sin, then death, and no one exempt from either sin or death.” MSG
Each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. If that seed is not aborted, it will give birth to sin.
“For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.” ESV
B. Falling Away
We grow weary in doing good. Galatians 6:9
Chasing other interests that exclude relationship with God
Become angry at God and lose trust, blaming Him for hardship or unanswered prayer
Lovers of self
Feel God isn’t holding up His end of the deal somehow
C. Thankfully, it’s not all up to us.
Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, Jude 1:24 ESV
Keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Hebrews 12:2 NLT
Don’t forget, our adversary, the devil, is always prowling around looking for a victim. (See 1 Peter 5:8)
My answers—not THE answers—to study questions for BSF Revelation Lesson 25 Day 4
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