Revelation 20:7–10 (NKJV)
7 Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison 8 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. 9 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. 10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
Revelation 20: 1-10: An angel binds Satan and throws him into the bottomless pit for 1000 years, after which he must be released a little while. All the redeemed who had refused the mark of the beast all came to life again and reigned with Christ 1000 years. For these, the second death holds no power. After the 1000 years, Satan is released and deceives the nations into surrounding God’s people, but fire from heaven consumes them and the devil, the beast and the false prophet are thrown into hell. 11- Then John sees a great white throne and God sitting on it. The dead stand before God and the books, including the Book of Life, are opened. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in those books. Anyone whose name was not recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.
Vv7-10 speaks of the last release, then the final defeat of the devil. I long to see his ultimate defeat and the ultimate victory of God over him.
When you read this, you may wonder why God allows Satan to tempt, deceive and seek to defeat us. It must not be seen as a bad thing but as a positive thing. God uses Satan to glorify Himself and to bring us the opportunity to partner with Him in the devil’s defeat. As we serve Him and win the victory, we also receive joy because God is glorified, and we are most satisfied in Him when He is most glorified in us. So, far from being some superfluous drama that makes no sense, Revelation 20’s record of this war is a powerful opportunity for the church to enjoy this demonstration of God’s power.
I will look for these opportunities for glory and joy in my life today!