The Destruction of Satan and His Followers
I. When we last talked about Satan, we left him bound in the abyss he originally came from.
A. His servants, the beast (the Roman Empire) and the false prophet (the false religion of emperor worship) had been destroyed
B. The binding was like that of a dog. Limits were placed on the things he may do, but he is still able to roam. In particular, he was limited to not being able to deceive the nations until the end of the age (Revelation 20:3)
II. Satan’s temporary release
A. Satan is released. He is allowed once again to deceive the nations.
1. But it is only for a short time (verse 3)
2. Despite his long imprisonment, he has not changed. He takes up his war where he left off.
3. This time his deception is extensive, reaching the four corners of the earth (i.e. the entire world). He no longer relies on a single nation.
4. The deceived nations are called Gog and Magog, a reference to Ezekiel 38 and 39.
a. Gog would come from the land of Magog and was a prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal (Ezekiel 38:2)-- references to sons of Japheth (Gen 10:2, I Chronicles 1:5)
(1) His army is describe as coming from lands all around Israel (North, South, East, West) - Ezekiel 38:5-6
b. Those who are familiar with history are perhaps wondering when did people from the area of Russia, with troops from around the world ever overrun Israel?
(1) Notice Ezekiel 38:17 - God said he had prophesied of Gog before, yet this is the first mention of Gog as a destroyer.
(2) But God had prophesied many times that Israel would be overrun and destroyed by enemy nations.
(3) Therefore, Gog is a representation of the forces against the nation of Israel.
5. They represent the barbarian horde who is arrayed spiritually against spiritual Israel (the church).
6. Things look hopeless. The church is surrounded by a camp that covers the entire earth.
a. The camp refers back to Israel’s wanderings, like the reference in Hebrews 13:11-13. It is a term referring to a military camp.
b. The city is also used in Hebrews 13:14.
(1) It is the city God has prepared for His people - Hebrews 11:16
(2) It is the Jerusalem which is above - Galatians 4:26
B. The God steps in.
1. Fire from heaven devours the enemy troops.
a. II Thess 1:7-8 - Jesus’ return is described as coming in flaming fire.
b. When Jesus returns the work of the earth will be burnt up - II Peter 3:10-13
2. The Devil is taken and thrown in the same lake of fire as his beast and false prophet.
3. It is a description of Hell, as the torment lasts forever.
A. God comes on His throne
B. Heaven and earth pass away because there was no place for them
1. II Peter 3:10 - They will pass away with a great noise
2. Heb 1:10-12 - They will be rolled up like an old mantle and discarded.
C. All the dead are judged – both the great and the small. Even those who had passed on before.
1. Rom 14:10-12 - We will all bow before the judgment of God
2. It is a single judgment, not multiple ones for different groups, because judgment is referred to as a single day. - Acts 17:31
3. II Tim 4:1 - God is to judge the living and the dead.
D. The judgment is based on the writings of certain books
1. One of which is the book of life.
a. Moses referred to it - Ex 32:32-33
b. The righteous are written in the book - Phil 4:3
c. Rejoice that your names are written in heaven - Luke 10:20
d. Names can be removed - Rev 3:5
2. Jesus said we would be judged by his word (John 12:48). This would be another of the books.
3. The dead are judged according to their deeds in comparison to what was written in the books.
a. I Pet 1:7 - Judged according to each man’s work.
b. Rom 2:6-11 - Rendered to each according to his work.
c. II Cor 5:10 - Receive things done in this body, whether good or bad.
d. I Cor 4:5 - Not just our actions, but also our motives.
E. Death and Hades are destroyed. There is no more death.
1. I Cor 15:25-26 - Death is the last enemy to be destroyed.
F. All not found in the book of life were also thrown into the sea of fire, joining Satan, his beast, his false prophet, as well as death and hades.
1. Mark 9:47-48 - A fire that does not end.