CHAPTER 20 | Verses 8-11

Verse 8: “He will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth – Gog and Magogand to gather them for war. Their numbers shall be as the sand of the seashore.”

satan isreleased, after the 1000 years, because of the doctrine of free will. Without freewill there can’t be love (love involves a choice and sacrifice). After his release satan is going to deceive the inhabitants of the earth. As mentioned before: nations are those who have no covenantal relationship with G-d. You enter into a covenant by free will. Gog and Magog will have already happened at this point (pre millennium, Ezekiel 38 and 39). By the inspiration of The Holy Spirit, John’s literary style is to take things that have happened in
Scripture, and bring them into the book of Revelation. 

What do we know about this battle of Gog and Magog? God’s covenantal (Kingdom) people win! How is it possible after living in a Kingdom of justice and righteousness, where God’s mercy is manifested, that such a large number of people are going to be deceived? This shows us the evil inclination in the heart of man (Jeremiah 17v9). If we don’t bring ourselves under, and submit to, the grace of God we have no hope in and of ourselves to find the goodness that God wants us to receive.

Verse 9: “They went up on the breadth of the earth. They surrounded the camp of the saints, and the beloved city. And fire came down from God, from the heavens, and consumed them.”

God’s judgement is again seen – prior to the final expression of the Kingdom Of God. 

Verse 10: “And satan, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and sulphur, which there also is the beast and the false prophet. They shall be tormented day and night forever and ever.”

Day and night, without any break, forever and ever. God is going to torture satan, the beast and the false prophet.

Verse 11: “I looked, and I saw a great white throne and the One who sat upon it. Before Him the heaven and earth fled away, and there was not found for them a place.”

Those people who were disobedient, throughout the ages, went to the place of faithlessness – Hades or hell. Because of their rejection of the gospel, these people did not come alive at the first resurrection (at the beginning of the 1000-year reign of Messiah). 

They did not take part in the millennial Kingdom. The great white throne judgement is for those who didn’t take part in the first resurrection, and for those who rebelled at the end of the 1000-year reign of Messiah. Again, a new reality is ushered in. There is no longer a place for heaven and earth.


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