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Lesson 28

Some are confused by the fact that ‘the rest of the dead’ do not come back to life until after the 1000 years have ended and that Satan is also released after the same one thousand years has been completed. That does not appear to leave any time for ‘the rest of the dead’ to live free of Satan and his sway of sin. A time where the knowledge of God will be prevalent throughout the entire world. The Bible does not specify the time line exactly, only that at some time after the first thousand years, Satan will be freed from his imprisonment and trick the nations. The Bible describes Satan being chained in a pit and restrained from mankind after Jesus returns at the start of the 1000 year period. During this time mankind and Satan are separated. When the first 1000 years are over, the second resurrection occurs. Satan will be freed to deceive the people of the world as there will be nations from all the earth, Gog and Magog, not just Israel. Those who march against God will come from the many resurrected ‘rest of the dead’ who are described as uncountable. To sum up, after experiencing life under the rule of Jesus and his saints during the second resurrection, after the thousand years is over, humans succumb to the tricks of Satan and march against God. Having lived God’s ways, people will now be tested by Satan to see if they will continue in God’s ways. How does God test his followers? How does God use Satan to test us? What percentage of the angels rejected God after living with him? Do you think mankind in general are more or less likely to accept God than the angels did? Will this description of the coming Kingdom of God provide encouragement for those not called to Jesus now?

Revelation 20:5-9 Easy-to-Read Version
5 (The rest of the dead did not live again until the 1000 years were ended.) This is the first resurrection. 6 Great blessings belong to those who share in this first resurrection. They are God’s holy people. The second death has no power over them. They will be priests for God and for Christ. They will rule with him for 1000 years. 7 When the 1000 years are ended, Satan will be made free from his prison. 8 He will go out to trick the nations in all the earth, the nations known as Gog and Magog. Satan will gather the people for battle. There will be more people than anyone can count, like sand on the seashore. 9 I saw Satan’s army march across the earth and gather around the camp of God’s people and the city that God loves. But fire came down from heaven and destroyed Satan’s army.

Matthew 7:13-14 New Catholic Bible
13 “Enter through the narrow gate, for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and those who find it are few in number.

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