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Long after Jesus’ Second Coming, Satan will incite armies to go up against the peaceful villages of Israel. Learn more!

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[Gary Petty] How great are Satan’s deceptive powers? Could you be influenced?

Amazingly, Revelation 20 prophesies of a time when Satan who has been imprisoned by Christ for a thousand years is released. Upon release from his chains, he immediately deceives multitudes of people who have been living peaceably under the rule of Jesus Christ. A people known as Gog and Magog.

Who are these people?

The prophecies teach that they form a massive army and march on Jerusalem—the capital city of God’s government on earth.

Now, these events are prophesied to happen at the end of the Millennium.

But the message of Revelation 20 isn’t the only time that Gog and Magog are prophesied to wage war against the Messiah.

Well today, we’re going to explore two important prophecies—one in the ancient book of Ezekiel and the other in the New Testament book of Revelation—as we discover the prophetic “Wars of Gog and Magog.”

[Announcer] Join our host Gary Petty on Beyond Today !

[Gary] Understanding today’s subject will give you insight into the millennial reign of Jesus Christ, and also insight into the role that Satan plays in the coming wars of Gog and Magog. Plus, you’ll see how to recognize Satan’s deception in your own life now.

You know, day by day we are watching the old world order unravel. Radical Muslim terrorism threatens the future of Western Civilization. The European Union seems to be teetering on disunity. The entire world is faced with the nightmare of rogue tyrants in North Korea and Iran brandishing nuclear weapons. While the United States is embroiled in political, economic and moral confusion.

As the world slides into economic and violent chaos a new, end-time world power will emerge. This world power is prophesied in Revelation 13 as two “beasts”—one representing a political leader and the second a religious leader.

Now we’re not going to spend a lot of time today on Revelation 13, but it is important to recognize that these two end-time leaders are given their power by the “dragon.” That’s what it says.

Now when studying biblical prophecy, it is very important to seek clear interpretation of prophetic symbols. In Revelation 12:9 Revelation 12:9And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
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, the “great dragon” is called quote: “the serpent of old…the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world…” You see, in the Bible, the dragon is a symbol of the very real rebellious angelic being we know as Satan.

The Bible states that Satan “deceives the whole world.” So how great are Satan’s deceptive powers?

Let me ask you this, have you ever asked, “Why is there so much war and violence and hatred? I mean, if God is all powerful why doesn’t He stop the mayhem? And why does the Bible contain so many prophesies of future horrendous wars?”

Well you know, here’s the hard reality that gives us clarity into understanding the questions of human violence and helps us understand the wars of Gog and Magog. The apostle Paul wrote that Satan is “god of this age” (2 Corinthians 2:1-4 2 Corinthians 2:1-4 1 But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness. 2 For if I make you sorry, who is he then that makes me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me? 3 And I wrote this same to you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all. 4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you with many tears; not that you should be grieved, but that you might know the love which I have more abundantly to you.
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). You know, this is a fundamental truth in understanding the world you live in and I live in and the prophecies we’re discussing on today’s program.

Satan is a created angel, but the Creator God has allowed him to rule over this time of human history. No matter where you live, the society you live in—it’s not of God’s design. Under the influence of the “god of this age” every human philosophy, every human society, and every human religion has in it the stains of satanic deception. And you will never see the light until you understand the origins of the darkness.

How great is Satan’s deceptive powers?

You know, the prophecies revealed to the apostle John in the book of Revelation show how the “beast” power as it’s called—both the political and religious leadership, both under the influence of the “dragon”—will gather great armies to fight against Christ at His second coming.

At this time, the glorified Jesus will destroy these armies and stand on the Mount of Olives to make Jerusalem His capital city. And at that time, Satan will be restrained.

Listen to what John writes: “Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while (Revelation 20:1-3 Revelation 20:1-3 1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
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Two important points:

1. When Christ returns and Satan is bound it will be the first time since Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden that Satan hasn’t been deceiving human beings as the “god of this age.”

2. Satan is going to be let out of his prison for a short time at the end of the Millennium. Now we’re going to come back to this second point in just a little bit.

Wouldn’t it seem that once Christ establishes Jerusalem as His seat of government, He begins to heal the environment of the entire earth as is prophesied and Satan is removed from deceiving human beings that all people will just sort of naturally want to worship the true God? It would seem that there would be immediate peace and prosperity, brotherhood of all nations, and universal justice.

You know, that’s not exactly how the Bible prophecies describe the beginning of Christ’s reign on earth.

Let’s go to the book of Ezekiel and look at a prophecy about the early days of the Millennium.

Ezekiel was a prophet sent to the captive Jewish people to warn them both before and after the Babylonian captivity. He became sort of a street prophet where all day long he would stand on the street and people would pass by as he declared to them God’s message. Ezekiel’s prophecies contain God’s condemnation of the Jews at that time, but also prophesies that reach across time to the age of Christ’s rule on the earth.

Let me give you an example. At one point, the prophet Ezekiel, is told by God to take two sticks. He is instructed then to perform a public ceremony where he ties the two sticks together. When people ask about this sort of strange behavior, he told them that this represented a time in the future when God would reunite Judah and the lost tribes of Israel into one nation. At that time they would be settled into the land promised to Abraham’s descendants and it says that God would give them one king as their ruler.

He then declared the purpose for God’s message of the two sticks, “Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them…” These are the physical descendants of Abraham. “…and it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; I will establish them and multiply them, and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore.

My tabernacle also shall be with them; indeed I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
 
The nations also will know that I, the Lord, sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore” (Ezekiel 37:26-28 Ezekiel 37:26-28 26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the middle of them for ever more. 27 My tabernacle also shall be with them: yes, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 28 And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the middle of them for ever more.
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This prophecy obviously has not yet been fulfilled. In 1948, many Jews returned to the ancestral homeland of Abraham, but the lost tribes have not been united. There is not one king ordained by God ruling over them, and, most importantly, the sanctuary of God is not: “in their midst.”

This prophecy concerns the covenant God will make with Israel at the time when the Messiah establishes God’s sanctuary in Jerusalem. This is a profound Messianic prophecy.

Ezekiel’s next prophecy, recorded in chapters 38 and 39, are against a group of nations whose leader is named Gog: “Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him…’” (Ezekiel 38:1-2 Ezekiel 38:1-2 1 And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2 Son of man, set your face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,
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When we look at the passage, the allies of Magog include such well known countries as Persia—which is modern Iran—and North African countries like Ethiopia and Libya. They also include areas that in ancient times were known as Gomer and “Togarmah from the far north…”

Now many biblical commentators believe that Magog and their allies from the north include the peoples of the Eurasian Steppes that stretch from Russia to Mongolia. Now this would mean that this massive army would include peoples from Russia, central Asia, possibly Turkey, plus Iran, Ethiopia and Libya.

This is not the “beast” armies of Revelation who fight Jesus at His return. Those armies are based in Europe. And, these aren’t the Asian hordes mentioned in Revelation that assemble to fight with the “beast” power against Christ. Those armies visibly see Christ returning and they unite to repel Him as what they see as an invader. When we look at this prophecy in Ezekiel, it’s a totally different description of what is happening.

So when does this first war of Gog and Magog take place?

We find the answer in Ezekiel 38 starting in verse 10. Now listen to this, “Thus says the Lord God: ‘On that day it shall come to pass that thoughts will arise in your mind…’” Now this is speaking of Gog. ‘“And you will make an evil plan: You will say, “I will go up against a land of unwalled villages…”’” That’s very important.  “‘“I will go to a peaceful people, who dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates’— to take plunder and to take booty, to stretch out your hand against the waste places that are again inhabited, and against a people gathered from the nations…” That’s also very important. “Who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell in the midst of the land” (Ezekiel 38:10-12 Ezekiel 38:10-12 10 Thus said the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into your mind, and you shall think an evil thought: 11 And you shall say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, 12 To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn your hand on the desolate places that are now inhabited, and on the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the middle of the land.
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Now once again, this is a different description from the events of Revelation 17-19 describing the battle of the “beast” armies at the second coming of Christ. The armies of Gog assemble to fight against “unwalled villages” and people who have been “gathered from among the nations.” Important points.
 
So who are these prosperous people, gathered from among the nations, who live in a land without military protection?

Well let’s skip down to verse 14: “Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “On that day when My people Israel dwell safely, will you not know it? Then you will come from your place out of the far north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great company and a mighty army. You will come up against My people Israel like a cloud, to cover the land. It will be in the latter days…’” (Ezekiel 38:14-16 Ezekiel 38:14-16 14 Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog, Thus said the Lord GOD; In that day when my people of Israel dwells safely, shall you not know it? 15 And you shall come from your place out of the north parts, you, and many people with you, all of them riding on horses, a great company, and a mighty army: 16 And you shall come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring you against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in you, O Gog, before their eyes.
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Many Old Testament prophets describe a time when the people of Israel are living in total prosperity and peace in the land promised by God to Abraham, under the rule of the Messiah. Because of the Messianic power they will have no need for any military force. They will appear to be “unwalled”—without protection.
 
Magog and its allies will launch a war against the people of Israel who have been gathered into the land of Abraham. You know, this can’t be during the violent turmoil of the Tribulation or even at the immediate time of Christ’s return. It is a time when Israel is living in peace without any soldiers, air force, artillery or tanks.
 
The reason for Ezekiel’s Magog coalition is because they reject the gathering of Israel as God fulfills His promises made to Abraham. God declares, “I will display my glory among the nations, and all the nations will see the punishment I inflict and the hand I lay on them. From that day forward the people of Israel will know that I am the LORD their God. And the nations will know that the people of Israel went into exile for their sin…” (Ezekiel 39:21-23 Ezekiel 39:21-23 21 And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid on them. 22 So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward. 23 And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword.
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God’s punishment on Magog and its allies is terrible. God shakes the entire earth with an earthquake, causes the armies to actually fight against each other and rains down on them: “flooding rain, great hailstones, fire and brimstone” (Ezekiel 39:22 Ezekiel 39:22So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward.
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). The destruction of Gog’s army is so massive, so catastrophic, that according to Ezekiel’s prophecy, it will take seven months just to bury the dead.

Now think about this, because one astonishing aspect about this first war of Gog and Magog is that Satan isn’t directly involved in assembling these armies. In Revelation the “beast” armies rally to fight Jesus at His return under the influence—remember—of the “dragon.” But, the first war of Gog and Magog takes place after Christ’s return, after Satan’s imprisonment, when the people of Israel live in the peace of “unwalled villages.”

So, if Satan is imprisoned, what motivates Gog and his followers for try to overthrow Jesus Christ?

You know, this question leads us back to the power of Satan’s deception. The people who follow Gog still have the influences of Satan in their own carnal nature, and this is important to your life today.

Because you see, all of us have been affected by Satan in our thoughts, emotions and motivations. We find his ways attractive. Only when we turn to God, admit to our own corrupt human nature, repent of our sins and submit to God’s power, can we experience freedom from the shackles of Satan’s slavery over our minds.

Here’s how the apostle Paul described Satan’s power of deception to the Christians in Ephesus:

“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the…” Listen to this: “prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience…” That’s Satan. “…among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ…” (Ephesians 2:1-5 Ephesians 2:1-5 1 And you has he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, has quickened us together with Christ, (by grace you are saved;)
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What a remarkable passage! Before they turned to God the Christians in Ephesus were all spiritually dead, deceived by Satan, living lifestyles in rebellion against God. They chose evil over good.

The prophecy of the first war of Gog and Magog show us the power of Satan’s deception on the human mind.

Remember something, the peoples who follow Gog in the first war of Gog and Magog will not have Satan around to deceive them because he will have already been imprisoned by Christ. Jesus will have healed the earth which had been scarred and devastated by the Great Tribulation. He will have revealed the true God and His ways of happiness, prosperity and peace. And still, the followers of Gog will refuse to accept the reign of the Son of God, the Prince of Peace.

The power of satanic deception appeals to the human desire for power, wealth and selfishness. His deceptions are imbedded into the very core of human nature. Maybe you have never thought of this but people who live through the Tribulation and into the Millennium will still have their corrupt human nature. They will still need to repent and turn to God or they will simply reinvent satanic ways of violence and war. Which is exactly what the followers of Gog try to do. Even without Satan around, they try to reinvent satanic society and God will destroy both their armies and their society.

Now let’s take a look at the second war of Gog and Magog.

Let’s go back to what we read earlier in Revelation 20. John wrote: Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while” (Revelation 20:1-3 Revelation 20:1-3 1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
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This prophecy announced that at Christ’s return, Satan will be imprisoned. It then jumps ahead to the end of the Millennium. It is a time when all peoples, tribes and nations live in peace—not just the people of Israel. There will be one world religion. Everyone will know the true God and His Son. Everyone enjoys the bounty of a healed earth. It is the most wonderful time in human history. Into this utopian, Garden-of-Eden-like society, Satan is once again released.

How great are Satan’s deceptive powers? We keep asking that question.

Let’s drop down to verse 7 here in Revelation 20: “Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city”—which means Jerusalem. “And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them” (Revelation 20:7-9 Revelation 20:7-9 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.
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Think about this. Even with Jesus Christ visibly reigning on earth with God’s benefits being poured out on all humanity, Satan will be able to convince people from “the four corners of the earth”—here called Gog and Magog—to try and overthrow Christ and reestablish Satan as the “god of this age.” Satan will actually convince people that his way of selfishness, violence and philosophy of the survival of the fittest is better than the peace, love and prosperity of God’s ways. And if we’re not careful, we’re all attracted to that message.

This is the second war of Gog and Magog. It results in the destruction of this second army by fire from God. Then, according to the next verse, Satan is irrevocably removed from influencing God’s children for eternity.

The real importance for you to understand the wars of Gog and Magog is to comprehend the deceptive power of Satan. Satan is engaged in a perpetual war with God and with the minds of human beings—you and me. He is the “god of this age” and his deceptions fill every nook and cranny of every human endeavor. So, make sure you use your God-given opportunity for “choice.” You need to choose to reject the devil’s influence.

So what must you do to resist Satan’s deception and choose God’s way?

1. Recognize that you can’t always trust your own thoughts and emotions.

None of us can. Satan attempts to turn evil into good and good into evil. To God, every human being has value as His child. Satan, on the other hand, he devalues human life and we are nothing more than an advanced animal. That’s what he tries to convince us. His deception is so great that a human being, especially a fetus, really has no more intrinsic value than a jellyfish. The truth is: every human being—you—is created to be a child of God. He has a plan for you and a desire for you.

2. Pray to God to open your mind to who He really is and His purpose for creating you.

You will then become aware of the battle Satan is waging against your mind. I mean every aspect of our nature has to be looked at: our anger, our sexuality, even our concepts of love have been twisted and molded by Satan’s deception.

3. Set Aside a half hour each day to read the Bible.

And third—set aside a half-hour each day. If you don’t have the time to do this, your priorities are wrong. Set aside a half-hour each day to read the Bible. Seek God’s guidance. See what He has in mind for you, and then use this opportunity of life to “choose” right over wrong. You can reject Satan’s deception and with God’s help, overcome your own selfish desires. 

In today’s program, I’ve covered a great deal of information about Satan’s influence that will eventually cause humanity to fight against Christ at His return and inspire the wars of Gog and Magog. Though Christ at His second coming will imprison Satan, at the end of a thousand years of Christ’s rule on earth, Satan will be released for a short time.

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[Gary] Satan is real. He will rally the “beast” armies and Asian hordes to fight against Christ at His return. His lingering influence will motivate Gog to gather armies to go against the unwalled villages of Israel after Christ has established His rule in Jerusalem. And then, at the end of the Millennium, the devil will stir-up one last great human rebellion against God.

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Comments

  • happyvalleyjosh
    I'm excited. These videos are really well made props all around. I love how you actually use scripture to back up what you are preaching and prophesying. I'm rejoicing in finding the gift of prophecy alive and well in these days. Gog and Magog is such an interesting topic. Really deep stuff. Let's make it to the millennium. We have all the time in the world to prophecy about those final days and wars and judgement. Ezekiel is amazing! A street performer what an awesome prophet! Gary Petty does an outstanding job. And it's actually free as far as I've seen. With a donate button that is not in your face, I like that. Very respectable.
  • Jhaskins
    Looking at charts and graphs make understanding for me, so much easier. UCG has an infographic in the centerfold of the booklet, " Rapture vs. The Bible.?" The timeline of the end times. You can order the booklet, but in the meantime, you can look at it here: https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/the-rapture-vs-the-bible/infographic-timeline-of-end-time-events. If this link doesn't work, just put in the name of the booklet and the word infographic, and you can go from there. Or just put in infographic ... that works too.
  • Skip Miller
    Hello Rafael, You have two questions. The first is, "Will locking Satan up for a thousand years fully solve the problem of sin?" The answer as stated in the program is, potential sin will exist until there are no more humans. After everyone has had sufficient chance to be tested and tried (the world today, the world beyond today and the 2nd resurrection time) ; after all have either been changed to spirit or incinerated, then there will be no more sin or even potential sin. Your second question can be answered in this way: The job of immortal saints during the millennium (and the White Throne Judgment period) is to teach humans God's perfect Way. That which will be restored will be perfect physical conditions (that do not prevail now), perfect government (which is also sadly lacking), and immediate, loving correction and feedback that ordinarily, rarely occurs today! Jesus as King (and His Spirit Brethren) will have that 1000 years to show God's Way works!
  • Jhaskins
    The restoration of ALL things? I visualize the earth restored back to the way that it was at creation. That would include longevity of life.. Also restoring back to clean air, soil and water. Possibly no more thorns and painful childbirth. Animal's nature will no longer hurt.. especially children.. deadly reptiles, amphibians, insects. (Isa.11) Redeveloping the geography of the earth and planning of it will be very interesting and exciting. God had originally created everything pristine, beautiful and in balance. I haven't specifically, deeply researched what the prophets of the OT spoke on this subject. So I will stand corrected after proven differently. The most important that will be restored is the FULL truth, PURE language, One Language, ONE Church, ONE religion, One Spirit to guide us. Which will help improve man's nature. I believe that the languages can be reversed as fast in the future, as they were changed at the tower of Babel. If you stay tuned, you will be able to learn about the continuum chapters of events, until the Heavenly New Jerusalem ascends down. Everyone will be perfect forever. That is when Eternity starts, and no one will offend or be offended.
  • Christian Payen
    still not clear, when is the first war?
  • United1950
    I believe I understood correctly, three wars that the saints experience, first the beast the mark and the image related to European antichrist religious and political figure, then the second coming, then Gog first attack of peaceful villages overcome by the forces of God, then Satan bound, followed by 1000 years of peace and prosperity for all earth, then Satan back mustering a second assault on the peaceful saints in Israel. Fire comes down from heaven and devours them, eternity begins. Not exactly sure where the two resurrections are placed. After watching this lecture I am left wondering if the coming of Christ will fully solve the sin problem in mankind or will the solution continue to be postponed. Having immortal saints share the planet with still unregenerate mortals just as believers share it now. What exactly is restored if He comes to restore all things. Will it take another 1000 years to actually finish the restoration.?
  • Lena VanAusdle
    Hi Rafael, As far as the resurrections, the first occurs at the return of Jesus Christ, and the second takes place toward the end of the 1,000 year reign of Jesus Christ (we can't know the exact timing, but we speculate that it will take place during the last 100 years of that time frame). This time is a rest for the earth, it will be a time of renewal for the land, and for mankind. But God will only give eternal life to those that choose to follow Him, so after the release of Satan those remaining will be tested to know if they will follow God. This is not a "postponement" of the solution to sin, this has been God's plan from the foundation of the earth. Christ died for our sins, that's the solution; now God is building His family.
  • armandgt
    23. Judgment occurs. 24. Third resurrection occurs. People, Satan and demons destroyed in the Lake of fire. Earth purified. 25. New Heavens and Earth comes. God the Father comes to new Jerusalem. 26. The beginning of God's family.
  • armandgt
    This is the sequence of events: 1. Peace deal will start in the middle east. 2. Antichrist enters Jerusalem. 3. The beast defeats the USA. 4. The beast defeats king of the south. 5. The Great Tribulation begins for 3.5 years. 6. Abomination of desolation occurs. 7. The 2 witnesses proclaim. 8. Sealing of God's servants. 144,000 first then numerous ones. 9. The Day of the Lord begins. 10. Start of seven trumpets. 11. Seven last plagues starts. 12. Last trumpet proclaims Christ coming. 13. Christ comes with His angels. Bounds Satan and demons into abyss. 14. First resurrection occurs. Dead in Christ and alive transformed into spirit being. Will go to Mount Zion. 15. Armies of king of the east gathers at Megiddo. 16. Battle of Armageddon begins. Christ defeats army. 17. Millenium starts. 18. Gog and Magog attacks Christ's government to resist His rule. 19. Christ defeats Gog and Magog. 20. Christ rules for 1000 years. People alive will populate and be given 100 years to repent. 21. After 1000 years, Satan is released. He influences the last human generation. Last generation fights Christ. Christ defeats them. 22. Second resurrection begins.
  • Lena VanAusdle
    One quick correction, the rebellion of Gog and Magog comes at the end of the 1,000 year reign of Jesus Christ (Revelation 20:1-9 Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them.)
  • Ivan Veller
    Since Revelation 20 would indeed seem to clarify that the rebellion of Gog and Magog occurs at the end of the Millennium, wouldn't this strongly imply that the events described in Ezekiel 38 refer to the same event?
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