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According to Prophecy Ministries
Revelation 20 on the Millennium (Continued)
Let's get down to Revelation 20:7-9, "And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 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. 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."
God is going to allow the influence of the Devil to come back onto the earth. What God is going to do here is sifting. God is going to expose the hearts of man who really don't want to worship and honor Him during this Millennial Kingdom. You are asking, "Brother Perkins, you mean to tell me they are going to have Christ here on the earth and men will not want to worship Him?" That is correct. The sin nature will still be there. Christ will be there. Over a duration of the 1,000 years many people who will be born during that time may not be sensitive to the horrific events that took place prior during the Tribulation, prior to us getting there in that almost utopian state. For whatever reason, many people's hearts then will not really honor Christ. So, God will allow Satan's influence to come back onto the earth so that many people's hearts will be exposed.
What's amazing to me about this particular prophecy is that the Bible says that when Satan's influence is released in the Millennial Kingdom he will deceive a number which is like the sands of the sea. That's a lot of people! We are going to have probably billions being deceived, but these are the very same people who didn't honor Christ during the Millennial Kingdom anyway. The Bible even tells Zechariah that some nations will not come to worship Christ at that time and so He will not allow rain to fall upon their lands. It is amazing, but God is going to allow this sifting of the hearts to take place.
I want to quote Dr. David Reagan here, because I think he gives a really good analysis on this in his book, God's Plan for the Ages. If you don't have this book, I encourage you to get it because he gives a good analysis of what is going to happen. He writes, "God is going to prove this point by using the Millennium like an experimental laboratory. He is going to place mankind in a perfect environment of peace and prosperity for 1,000 years. Satan will be bound, righteousness will abound. Yet, at the end when Satan is released, most people will rally to him when he calls the nations to rebellion against Jesus Christ. The Millennium will prove that what man needs is not a new society, but a new heart."
That is exactly what is going to happen. Men will even while in the splendors of the Millennial Kingdom not want to honor Christ. So, God is going to allow the influence of the enemy to come back in like a sifter and their hearts will be exposed and then everyone of them will be judged for their hard heartedness and rebellion.
Revelation 20:10 is one of my favorite verses in the Bible. The Bible says here, "And the devil that deceived them was cast into the Lake of Fire, burning with fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever." I love this prophecy because this is the prophecy of Satan's judgment. This is the demise of the Devil.
When I was a young child, growing up I was always taught that I should never study the book of Revelation because I would lose my mind if I studied it. What happened was that even though I was a Christian I would never go into the book of Revelation. I had a fear of it. How the Lord has such a wonderful sense of humor! He called me to preach Bible prophecy. And, I say, "God, it is amazing to me that you have called this little fellow who was afraid of Revelation to study it." But, what I found are some powerful truths in this wonderful book. And, here is one of those amazing truths that I found out — the Devil did not want me to study Revelation because it shows the end of the Devil. He didn't want me to preach His end. And, what I do now, Saints, is when the Devil starts messing in my life and family I start prophesying to Him. I start quoting Revelation 20:10. I remind the Devil of his eternal end and that God is going to judge him.
Here are the results of the Millennial Kingdom. There are just so many benefits from this wonderful time.
- Christ will come to be King over the Earth.
- Jesus will rule the world at this time.
- Jesus will remove Satan's influence in the earth.
- Jesus will show mankind that He will still sin without a Devil.
- The knowledge of Christ will literally fill the whole world.
- The saints will reign with Christ.
- Israel will actually experience the full covenant.
Another benefit is that there will finally be true peace in Jerusalem. The Bible commands us in Psalm 122:6 to, "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper that love thee." I really believe that when we pray for the peace of Jerusalem we are literally praying for the Millennial Kingdom, because that is the only time Israel will experience a true peace.
Right now, all we have is photo ops for Presidents. Every President has come along promising they're going to solve the Middle East crisis, but all that happens is they have a photo op with the current administration and nothing happens. Before the ink dries, war breaks out. God will never allow man to have that kind of glory from stabilizing the region. We know based on Zechariah's prophecy that region is unstable by God's design because it is going to bring glory to Christ when He returns and stabilizes it. Jerusalem will experience a lasting peace because of the Savior.
So, this coming Millennial Kingdom will be an awesome time. It is an awesome event, and I just barely touched the surface of it. If you get anything out of this wonderful biblical teaching, know that every born again believer will have their future in the Millennial Kingdom of Christ.