Satan Released for a while, Revelation Chapter 20 Verses 7-10 (NASB)

    And when the THOUSAND YEARS are COMPLETED,
This is precise time; it is exactly 1,000 years. Just as the rest of the Revelation gives precise times, for example Revelation 12.6, so too, this millennial period is precise. Different phrases such as a "short time" (Revelation 12:12) are used to denote imprecision (or perhaps, to keep the Devil guessing).

There can be no doubt that this millennial period will be COMPLETED. Time is the only dimension which always goes forward, and thus COMPLETED. It is not like the linear dimensions which may be "to" or "from" some point. Linear dimensions also lead to some interesting physical places, such as the bottomless pit (Revelation 9:1-12). It apparently has side to side dimensions and a top, but there is no end to the bottom.
    SATAN will be released from his PRISON,
Now this seems odd. The beast and the false prophet are permanently gone from this earth (Revelation 19:20), but Satan has only been bound in PRISON (verse 2). Scholars have given many reasons why this is so. It could be that Jesus Christ wants to give SATAN one more chance to repent and acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior (2 Peter 3:8-9-13). It has been suggested that those alive coming into the millennial period still contain the sin curse within their nature. It is a genetic part of all humans since the fall (Genesis 3:22-24).

Since the millennial period is a Theocracy by a RIGHTEOUS KING, Jesus Christ. open sin is unheard of. If a sin is brought out into the open, the sinner is dealt with swiftly by death (Isaiah 65:17-20-25 and Ezekiel 32:17-21). So at the end of the 1,000 years, the then population of the earth is well conditioned to not commit any sin(s). But the sinful nature of man lurks just below the surface, and the release of SATAN will test the human's CHOICE one more time (next verse).

Lastly, when the 1,000 years are COMPLETED, the earth's inhabitants probably don't have any recollection of what happened 1,000 years earlier. Dim memory of an uptaking, dim memory of a horrible seven year tribulation, and dim memory of SATAN's incarceration. To prove my point. which of us recall what happened one thousand years ago. My point is made.
    and will come out to DECEIVE
Many question why God would allow the devil deceive the earth again. We don't know God's ways, but, in a way, this verse snippet shows more about the character of God, the Almighty. God is longsuffering (2 Peter 3:8-9-13). The devil is one of God's created beings. In fact, he could well be one of the presence angels like Michael or Gabriel (Revelation 12:7) and such. With this "permission" to approach God, he has been busy accusing us of all kinds of sins/evils (Revelation 12:10). God, the Father, loves all His created beings and even though the devil has been a "problem child/creature", He still wishes the devil would change.

Secondly, God is omniscient. He knows what the devil will choose to do when He releases him. How differently this verse would read if the devil would have accepted this last chance to acknowledge God's Son, Jesus Christ, as his Master and Lord! But, since God knows what the devil's choice is, God tells John to write that the devil "will come out to DECEIVE"
    the NATIONS which are in the four corners of the earth,
During the 1,000 years, Christ has ruled the earth, NATIONS have formed again. Many commentaries indicate that there likely are people who did not take the mark of the beast and survived the tribulation into the millennium. If this is the case, these people's ethnicity will have followed them into the millennium.

These NATIONS are scattered all over the earth (reconfigured after the seventh bowl, Revelation 16:20). We know, today, that the earth is spherical, and thus doesn't have four corners (although the reconfiguration of the seventh bowl could make the earth cubic with four corners. Interesting to think about). Furthermore, if one reads the Bible literally, it reads predominantly like a "Flat Earth Bible".  Ancient scientists (500 BC - 350 BC) did discuss why the earth had to be round. The reader is left to come to their own conclusions about the four corners.
    Gog and Magog, to gather them together FOR THE WAR; the number of them is like the SAND of the SEASHORE.
Gog and Magog, are used here symbolically and refer to the final enemies of Christ who obviously duped them into this FINAL WAR. They apparently plan to attack the saints who are in control of the earth (verse 6). One can marvel at the number of people (like the SAND of the SEASHORE) who will take the deception. This especially seems alarming considering that all evil has been totally suppressed during the previous 1,000 years. One can only conclude that evil isn't derived from the devil or from the earth itself, but rather that EVIL resides deeply within the nature of all mankind. Even at this time, the end of the millennium, the NATIONS (or perhaps better said, all humans alive then) will come to grips with what has been mostly dormant deep inside themselves.

All this EVIL will soon be exposed before the GREAT WHITE THRONE (verse 12).
    And they came up on the broad plain of the earth and SURROUNDED
    • the CAMP of the SAINTS and
    • the BELOVED CITY,
After the terrible judgments of the tribulation period, the earth is very much different geographically. The implications of the earth shaking in Revelation 16:20 would seem to be confirmed by this portion of scripture. The earth is one broad plain.

If one looks at the spiritual meanings of this portion, we find that there are no mountains to hide behind. This may be another way of saying that all of the evil contained in the sinful nature of mankind is being exposed. This evil, of necessity, was kept hidden during the millennial period, but now with an emboldening from the release of the devil, evil has become an open, hostile threat to the SAINTS. One can look at it from a different perspective and realize that this may be God's way to gather all this evil into one focal point (easier to devour).

The CAMP of the SAINTS is collocated at the BELOVED CITY. Most scholars agree that this is Jerusalem. Prophetic scripture indicates that Christ will rule from there (Isaiah 24:16-23; Micah 4:6-8; and Zechariah 14:9-21) during the 1,000 years. The original Greek word for "CAMP" implies a military connotation, and this would be fitting for the "armies of heaven" (Revelation 19:14). If you have served in the military, you understand that "CAMPS" are temporary, and so too here, this CAMP is temporary. Our new home still awaits (Revelation 21:1-2-8).

If you consider that the Revelation discussion following the tribulation is mostly spiritual in context, then the CAMP of the SAINT and the BELOVED CITY could be thought of as the collection of all true believers remaining into the millennium. It is the place where the RIGHTEOUS and HOLY ones are gathered.
Those who believed the Devil's arguments are consumed by FIRE FROM HEAVEN. It was their "unbelief" that Jesus, who had ruled them for 1,000 years, was their Savior and thus was much better than the devil. Those who are born during the millennial period had their names recorded in the book of life, and their "unbelief" erased their names from that book. It also killed them (John 8:21-30) eternally (verse 15).

From another view, this is the way we are shown that the evil (more properly, the knowledge of evil that was released in the Garden of Eden, Genesis 2:15-17) has been totally wiped off of the earth.

This is a Godly judgment, as the FIRE came down from HEAVEN. Recall the two other times this happened: Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:24-29) and the emissaries of Ahaziah (2 Kings 1:9-17). The reader can determine what 'evils" were removed in those two instances.

One last thing, contrast this DEVOURING with the removal of those who took the mark of the beast (Revelation 19:21). It wasn't FIRE then, but rather a "SWORD". Why?
    And THE DEVIL who DECEIVED them was thrown into the LAKE of FIRE and BRIMSTONE,
THE DEVIL FINALLY IS FINISHED! One would have thought this time would never come, even though Jesus already told us that this place of eternal fire existed for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:31-41-46).

The devil, thinking he is as great and powerful as the Most High (Isaiah 14:3-14-21), ends up so low. The people he deceived were burned or destroyed physically and spiritually from above in the previous verse. And here, the devil, himself joins them but is burned from below. We aren't told who threw him into the lake of fire and brimstone, but given the skills and deceptive nature, it had to be a very powerful angel or Christ Himself.
    where the BEAST and the FALSE PROPHET are also;
These two henchmen of the devil have spent the last 1,000 years in this lake already (Revelation 19:20). The sentence uses the verb "are" implying that they still are very much alive. This phrase indicates that everlasting life does exist for evil ones too. It just isn't the pleasant standard of living that the believers are enjoying!
    and they will be TORMENTED day and night
The "they" here specifically means the Unholy Trinity, the devil, the beast and the false prophet, are being tormented. But it could be used in a much broader sense asRevelation 14:9-11, and Revelation 20:14-15 where the non-personal, death and Hades, also are thrown into the lake.


This same expression is used in three different contexts throughout the Revelation. If  FOREVER AND EVER is a GOD quality, then the TORMENT of the devil will last as long as there is a God.

Revelation 1:18 and Revelation 11:15
Christ's Eternity and the length of His reign.
Revelation 4:9-10, Revelation 10:6 and Revelation 15:7
God's Eternity
Revelation 20:10 (this verse)
Length of residence of devil, beast, false prophet, and those he deceived.

The use of "day and night" in a literal sense implies that the sun will be around FOREVER AND EVER. This causes a dilemma for science as most astronomers indicated the sun will last another 5 billion years or so. While 5 billion years or so is a long time, it is not FOREVER AND EVER.  Thus one must conclude that this expression means everlasting or without end and probably applies more so in the spiritual sense.
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