Satan Defeated

The Millennial Kingdom of Jesus Christ will truly be an unprecedented time in human history. The world will live together in harmony with creation just as God meant for it to do from the beginning.

However, there is a saying that all good things must end. This is true with the Millennium. John wrote in the Book of Revelation:

"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." (Revelation 20:7-10)

God is going to culminate the long history of humankind by defeating the one being who did more to destroy it then any other force in the universe. At the end of the Millennium God is going to give Satan one last opportunity to defeat His plans.

After one thousand years the earth's population will have grown exponentially. Those who were the last to be born during this time will probably be the ones who will want to rebel against God and His Messiah. Up to this point Jesus will have immediately judged those who sought to hurt others. Now though He lets Satan gather them together as an army where God will judge them all at once. This too is a parallel to the beginning of human history. In the Garden of Eden God allowed humans to choose to obey Him or to follow Satan. This will be the last time that humans will be able to make this choice. Sadly, there will be humans that make the same fatal choice as Adam and Eve. They will side with the Devil and suffer the consequences. God brings fire down from heaven and devours the entire army of rebels. Then He casts Satan into Hell for eternity.

Isaiah, in a prophetic allusion to this demise of Satan, declared:

"3 And it shall come to pass in the day that the LORD shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve, 4 That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased! 5 The LORD hath broken the staff of the wicked, and the sceptre of the rulers. 6 He who smote the people in wrath with a continual stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hindereth. 7 The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing. 8 Yea, the fir trees rejoice at thee, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us. 9 Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations. 10 All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us? 11 Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee. 12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. 15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. 16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; 17 That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners? (Isaiah 14:3-17)

At the beginning of human history Satan had stirred the people of the earth's hearts to rebel against God. He influenced them to build a tower at Babylon in order to make a name for themselves apart from God. Isaiah speaks of the "king of Babylon" here as an allusion to Satan. He wanted to ascend on high and become God but instead was cast down into the deepest part of Hell. The nations of the world will look on him and see him as he really is. They ask rhetorically, "Is this the one who created such terror for the human race?" Sadly he is, but he himself will now suffer the terror of Hell for eternity.

With this God brings an end to human history. The time has now come for the most horrific event since the beginning of the universe to take place.


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