From the book by Ron Rhodes
MY ANSWER - Keith Hunt
After the Millennial Kingdom
IN THIS CHAPTER
Satan Leads a Final Revolt
Satan Is Cast into the Lake of Fire
The Second Resurrection
The Wicked Dead Are judged
The Lake of Fire
Satan Leads a Final Revolt
The bottomless pit presendy serves as the place of imprisonment of some demonic spirits (Luke 8:31; 2 Peter 2:4). The devil and all demonic spirits will be bound here for 1000 years during Christ's millennial kingdom (Revelation 20:1-3). This quarantine will effectively remove a powerfully destructive and deceptive force in all areas of human life and thought during Christ's kingdom.
Revelation 20:7-8 warns, however, that "when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea." He will move his forces against Jerusalem with fervor.
Of course, deception has always been at the very heart of Satan's activities. "He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies" (John 8:44). So when he engages in deception, he is in character. Recall that he used a lie to bring spiritual and physical death to humankind (see Genesis 3:4,13; 1 John 3:8,10-15).
Who Will Join Sides with Satan?
Even though the millennium will involve the perfect government of Christ, it will also include mortal and fallen human beings. To be sure, Matthew 25:31-46 is clear that only believers are invited into Christ's rnillennial kingdom.
(NO MATTHEW 25 IS NOT SAYING WHAT THE AUTHOR WANTS YOU TO BELIEVE. THE SEPARATING OF SHEEP FROM GOATS WILL BE A PROCESS THAT WILL CONTINUE FOR THE 1,000 YEARS. I HAVE SHOWN YOU PREVIOUSLY THAT THIS AUTHOR MISSES THE VERSES THAT CLEARLY SHOW MANY PHYSICAL HUMANS WILL ENTER THE MILLENNIUM AGE UNCONVERTED - without God's Spirit, and some nations will have not heard about the glory of God, and people will be sent to teach them - Isaiah 66.
But these people will give birth to babies and raise children, some of whom will not necessarily choose to follow Jesus Christ. As long as they do not externally rebel against the government of Christ, they are permitted to live during the millennial kingdom. But all outward rebellion will be stopped instantly.
(I HAVE SHOWED YOU WHERE IT IS WRITTEN THOSE WANTING TO OUTWARDLY SIN, WILL HEAR A VOICE SAYING, "THIS IS THE WAY, WALK YOU IN IT" - Keith Hunt
When Satan is released at the end of the millennium, he will lead many of these unbelievers astray in a massive rebellion against Christ. As the text says, "their number is like the sand of the sea" (Revelation 20:8). This will represent Satan's last stand.
The Attack Against Jerusalem Nullified
Jerusalem, the headquarters of Christ's government throughout the millennial kingdom (Isaiah 2:1-5), will be the target city of the satanic revolt. Fire instantiy comes down upon the invaders (Revelation 20:9), a common mode of God's judgment (see Genesis 19:24; Exodus 9:23-24; Leviticus 9:24; 10:2; Numbers 11:1; 16:35; 26:10; 1 Kings 18:38; 2 Kings 1:10,12,14; 1 Chronicles 21:26; 2 Chronicles 7:1,3; Psalm 11:6). The rebellion is squashed instantiy; it had no chance of success.
A Clarification on Gog and Magog
Earlier in the book I noted that the Ezekiel invasion against Israel (by Russia, Iran, Sudan, Turkey, and a number of other Muslim nations) will likely take place prior to the tribulation period (Ezekiel 38—39).
(YES WE SAW THE AUTHOR SAID IT WOULD TAKE PLACE BEFORE THE TRIBULATION, BUT IN THAT CHAPTER HE DID NOT TELL YOU ABOUT EZ. 39:29.....ISRAEL [ALL TRIBES] WILL RECEIVE GOD'S SPIRIT, HENCE IN HIS CHRONOLOGY THAT WOULD QUALIFY THEM FOR THE "SECRET" RAPTURE, AND SO NOT BE ON EARTH DURING THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION, AS THE PROTESTANT PROPHETS TEACH IT - Keith Hunt)
Some interpreters, however, believe this invasion must take place after the millennial kingdom because Revelation 20:7-8 mentions Gog and Magog.
In both cases, a large number of soldiers are mentioned. In the Ezekiel invasion, we read that "many peoples are with you" (Ezekiel 38:6,15). Likewise, the invasion force mentioned in Revelation is massive, for "their number is like the sand of the sea" (Revelation 20:8). As well, in both cases, God is the one who defeats the invaders (Ezekiel 39:3-6; Revelation 20:9).
But this view is problematic on several levels. Foundationally, the chronology is all wrong. The invasion described in Ezekiel 38—39 is part of a larger section of Ezekiel's book that deals with the restoration of Israel (chapters 33—39). This is followed by another large section of Ezekiels book that describes the Jewish millennial temple and the restoration of sacrifices (chapters 40-48). In other words, Ezekiels invasion is before the millennial kingdom. By contrast, the invasion described in Revelation 20:7-10 takes place after the millennial kingdom, so these invasions are separated by a thousand years.
(ACTUALLY THE BOOK OF EZEKIEL TEACHES A CAPTIVITY FOR ISRAEL AND JUDAH, A RESTITUTION BY THE MESSIAH [AS ALSO GIVEN IN ISAIAH 11], A COMING TOGETHER OF ISRAEL AND JUDAH AS ONE PEOPLE AGAIN [CHAP. 37 - THE TWO STICKS] AND THEN SOME EARLY YEARS INTO THE NEW AGE, THE INVASION FROM THE NORTH AND EAST POWERS. TALK MORE ABOUT IT SHORTLY - Keith Hunt)
The seven months required to bury dead bodies (following the Ezekiel invasion) doesn't make sense in a scenario at the end of the millennial kingdom. Think about it. In Ezekiels scenario, the Israelites spend seven hard months burying the wicked dead who invaded them. In the Revelation scenario, the wicked dead are resurrected in order to take part in the great white throne judgment and be thrown into the lake of fire. Besides, Revelation 20:9 tells us that "fire came down from heaven and consumed them." There will not be any bodies left to bury because they'll all be incinerated.
(THE WICKED DEAD RAISED, WE'LL TALK ABOUT THAT LATER ALSO - Keith Hunt)
Further, the next events in the book of Revelation are the great white throne judgment and the beginning of the eternal state (Revelation 21). This naturally brings up the problem of the burning of weapons for seven years. If this invasion takes place at the end of the millennial kingdom, then the burning of weapons would have to go beyond the millennial kingdom and into the eternal state, which doesn't make any sense at all.
We can also observe that in the Ezekiel invasion, a coalition of localized nations (Russia and a number of Muslim nations) invade from the north. The invasion at the end of the millennium is by a broader coalition—"nations that are at the four corners of the earth" (Revelation 20:8).
Still further, the invasion prophesied by Ezekiel occurs relatively soon after Israels rebirth as a nation and the ingathering of Jewish people from around the world (Ezekiel 36—37). The invasion mentioned in Revelation 20:7-10, by contrast, occurs after Jesus has been reigning on earth for a thousand years.
(YES CORRECT ARGUMENTS TO SHOW THE TWO ARE NOT THE SAME - Keith Hunt)
As well, in Ezekiel the invasion will be the catalyst God will use to draw Israel to Himself (see Ezekiel 39:7,22-29) and to put an end to its captivity. The battle in Revelation 20, however, will occur after Israel has been faithful to her God and has enjoyed His blessings for 1000 years.
(AH, HERE THE AUTHOR DOES GIVE YOU EZ. 39:29, BUT MOST WILL NEVER LOOK IT UP, AND THE AUTHOR DOES NOT SEE IT EITHER, THAT VERSE 29 - RECEIVING GOD'S SPIRIT, AS HE AND OTHERS TEACH IT, BEFORE THE TRIBULATION IS THIS INVASION, THEN THE JEWS [AS THEY TEACH IT] WOULD BE CHRISTIAN AND SO QUALIFY FOR THE "SECRET" RAPTURE, AS THEY TEACH IT; HENCE NO JEWS IN THE HOLY LAND ON THE EARTH FOR THE 7 YEARS TRIBULATION AS THEY TEACH IT - Keith Hunt)
But if these are two separate invasions, why did the apostle John use the terms Gog and Magog to describe the postmillennial satanic invasion against Jerusalem? It seems likely that John was simply using the terms Gog and Magog as a shorthand metaphor, much as we do today. For example, the term Wall Street has come to metaphorically refer to the stock market. Likewise, in New Testament times, terms like Corinthian and Nazarene came to metaphorically refer to people with less than desirable qualities. Whether among modern people or people in New Testament times, the meanings of these words are clear to the hearers.
Likewise, when John used the terms Gog and Magog in Revelation 20:7-10, his readers no doubt immediately drew the right connection and understood that this invasion at the end of the millennium would be similar to what Ezekiel described. A confederation of nations will attack Israel but not succeed. In other words, this was to be a Gog-and-Magog-like invasion.
(NOW, LEFT OUT, IS THE EZEKIEL ACCOUNT OF "BURNING" THE WEAPONS OF THE INVADERS. IF EZ. 38, 39 IS BEFORE THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION, HOW DO WE FIGURE "BURNING WEAPONS"? MODERN WAR MACHINE ARE STEEL - PLANES, TANKS, ARTILLERY GUNS, ROCKETS, ASSAULT RIFLES ETC. HARDLY BURNABLE! BUT PUT EZ. 38, 39 INTO THE CONTEXT OF THE FIRST EARLY YEARS OF THE MILLENNIUM, AFTER THE EUROPE BEAST HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE AND THE KINGS OF THE EAST HAVE BLOWN EACH OTHER APART IN VARIOUS WAYS [REV. 9] - THE WAR THAT IF NOT STOPPED WOULD KILL EVER HUMAN ON EARTH [JESUS WORDS IN MATT. 24] - NO FLESH LEFT ALIVE. THEN WITH ALL THE REST OF WHAT TAKES PLACE IN REVELATION, YOU HAVE A CAVE MAN TYPE PEOPLE LEFT IN THE EAST. THEY SEE AND HEAR ABOUT THE PROSPEROUS ISRAELITES IN THE HOLY LAND; THEY PICK UP WOODEN CLUBS, WOODEN SPEAR, BOWS AND ARROWS, AND WHATEVER ELSE HAS MUCH WOOD IN IT AS COULD BE USED TO KILL SOMEONE......AH, THEN YOU CAN SEE WHY THE ISRAELITES HAVE ENOUGH WOOD TO BURN FOR 7 YEARS! NO TREES NEED TO BE CUT DOWN, IT IS WRITTEN.....ISRAEL HAVE ENOUGH WOOD TO BURN [FOR THE WINTER MONTHS I WOULD SAY] FOR 7 YEARS!
TO PUT EZEKIEL 38, 39, IN ANY OTHER CONTEXT THAN AFTER MESSIAH HAS COME, MAKES NO SENSE. AND IF ONE PART OF THIS EZEKIEL PROPHECY IS LITERAL THEN SO MUST IT ALL BE - Keith Hunt)
Satan Is Cast into the Lake of Fire
Revelation 20:10 tells us that following the final revolt against Christ, "the devil who had deceived [the saints] 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." Notice that all three persons of the satanic trinity—-Satan, the antichrist, and the false prophet—will suffer the same dire destiny. More specifically, the antichrist and the false prophet will be thrown into the lake of fire prior to the beginning of the millennial kingdom. They will have been burning there for 1000 years when Satan joins them, and all three will continue to burn for all eternity. They will receive their just due.
(HERE WE GO WITH THE "IMMORTAL SOUL" STUFF.....BURNING IN HELL FOR EVER. AND IF YOU'VE BEEN AROUND CATHOLICS AND/OR PROTESTANTS FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME, WELL HELL IS BURNING AND BEING IN TORMENT FOR ALL ETERNITY. YOU NEED TO STUDY THE STUDIES ON MY WEBSITE CALLED "DEATH, HELL, AND RESURRECTION" AND LEARN THE TRUTH ABOUT DEATH. WHETHER YOU DIE NATURALLY, IN AN ACCIDENT, OR IN A FIRE - Keith Hunt)
Notice also that Satan is not the only fallen angel who will be judged and confined to the lake of fire. All demons who have served under him will also be judged. Matthew 25:41 refers to "the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels" (see also 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6). The demonic spirits who have been harassing Christians throughout the ages will one day receive a just judgment!
(PAUL WAS INSPIRED IN 1 COR. 6 TO TELL THE SAINTS, ONE DAY WE SHALL JUDGE ANGELS. MAYBE THE FINAL JUDGMENT ON THE DEVIL AND THE DEMONS [ONCE WERE ANGELIC TYPE BEINGS] IS YET TO BE DECIDED - Keith Hunt)
To be continued