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Why will God set Satan free after the millennium?

Revelation 20: 7-10: “And when the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the peoples of the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, and to gather them together for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea. And they went up on the plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire fell from heaven and consumed them. And the devil who seduced them was cast into the pool of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet were also; and they will be tormented day and night, forever and ever. "

As we read these verses, we ask ourselves, “Why will God release Satan at the end of the Millennial Kingdom of Jesus Christ?” First, we must admit that there are some biblical questions that we cannot answer on this side of glory because God has decided to keep some secrets for oneself (Deuteronomy 29:29; Romans 11: 33-36). But as believers, even if we cannot always understand something about God's word, his will or his ways, we can be sure that he will always remain faithful, truthful and trustworthy, and in view of this it remains our responsibility to what we do understand to obey as quickly, completely, and as best we can. While we may not be able to answer why God is releasing Satan, we can suggest some possible reasons and motivations based on an understanding of the entirety of God's Word.

At the beginning of the millennium, only believers will be alive (Revelation 19: 17-21) - those who lived through the great tribulation and those who will return with the Lord at his second coming. It will be a time of peace such as has never been seen in history (Isaiah 2: 4; Joel 3:10; Micah 4: 3). Jesus will reign on the throne of David and impose a benevolent theocracy on all of his creation. Jesus will make sure that every need is met without tolerating the sin that is so prevalent in today's society (Psalm 2: 7-12; Revelation 2: 26-29; 19: 11-16). We can only imagine such a time in “heaven on earth”.

The believers who go through the tribulation will be mortal. They will live and repopulate the earth during the millennium. Without the havoc of sin that takes its toll, we can imagine that the population increase during the Millennium will be enormous, almost incomprehensible. All of those born during the Millennium will enjoy the benefits and blessings of Christ's rule on earth, but they will still be born with a sinful nature and will still have to repent and believe the gospel of their own free will by personally choosing Christ as Savior and Lord.

But at the end of the millennial reign, Satan is let go and is able to deceive a huge crowd to follow him in a final rebellion against the Lord of glory and his saints! It seems that the further mankind is from the end of the Tribulation and the beginning of the Millennium, the more “it takes for granted” how well it is, and some may even have doubts about the goodness of God. Even if the number of those who rebel with Satan is said to be “a dime a dozen” (Revelation 20: 8), it may still be a minority compared to the number who do not rebel. There will still be large numbers of souls joining Satan. Undoubtedly, one of the main reasons God gives us this picture of what will happen in time is the demonstration of the deep-seated sin inherent in all mankind (Jeremiah 17: 9).

In addition, God is trying to tell us something about His nature as it will show in the Millennium. His grace and goodness will be on display all the time. But at the end of the 1000 years he will show no tolerance for the rebellion. When it happens, he will not show mercy or offer a "second chance". At that point, he will be quick to judge, and the final rebellion of Satan and sinful man will be over in a firestorm. Then the final judgment of the dead takes place (the Last Judgment before the great white throne, Revelation 20: 11-15). This is how eternity can begin, when every aspect of sin is gone for all time.

Finally, God is trying to reinforce some very important lessons about Satan himself, especially for believers. First, that he was and always will be the enemy of humanity. Since God has fixed his love on us, Satan has a special hatred of us. Since the fall of Satan (Isaiah 14, Ezekiel 28), he has been the adversary of the believers, and he is aptly described as the last liar of mankind (John 8:44; 1 John 2:22). All that he can give or promise to man is death and destruction (John 10:10). Here, too, Satan is shown as a truly vanquished enemy, and his ultimate downfall is certain, as is the downfall of all who follow him. God tries to remind us that Satan is a created being who is powerless before him (2 Corinthians 12: 7). All of this should encourage believers today to take God at his word when it comes to our position in Christ towards the devil (Matthew 4: 11-11; Luke 4: 1-13; 1 Corinthians 10:13; 2 Corinthians 4,1-7; James 4,6-8; 1 John 2,15-29; 1 John 4,1-3), especially if we remember this great truth: “... for him in you is greater than he who is in the world ”(1 John 4: 4).


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Why will God set Satan free after the millennium?
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