Satan’s Final Revolt

By Merrill Olson

“The prince of darkness grim, we tremble not for him; his rage we can endure, for, lo, his doom is sure, one little word will fell him” – Martin Luther. These are words well spoken for Satan’s “doom is sure.” His future is bleak. His destiny is eternal torment.

During the Millennial Reign of Christ, Satan will be bound for the entire time in the “bottomless pit” (Rev. 20:1-3). He will personally be void of any influence. His own destructive and deceptive forces will be powerless.

Nevertheless, his evil nature will not change after being confined to this long incarceration. When he is released at the end of the Millennium, the Bible says that “he will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog [not the same battle as Ezekiel 38], to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea” (Rev. 20:8).

Who are these people “whose number is as the sand” upon a seashore? This is a figure of speech that Scripture uses to describe a vast and unaccountable multitude of people (Gen. 22:17; Josh. 11:4; 1 Sam. 13:5; Heb. 11:12). When Satan is released, he will bring together all the suppressed human rebellion still left in the universe.

What is interesting about it is that sinful human nature does not change even under a utopia type of living when “the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (Isa. 11:9). These conditions will not alter the sad reality of human depravity. Even though Jesus Christ will be ruling from His Kingdom throne, vast numbers will refuse His grace and reject the King of all the earth. Because He will “rule with a rod of iron” and resurrected believers will rule with Him (Rev. 2:26-27; 19:15), unbelievers will not be able to defy Him in any way.

However, when the Millennium ends and Satan is loosed, he will pull together these rebels and “they [will] go up on the breadth of the earth and surround the camp of the saints and the beloved city.” This “beloved city” is Jerusalem (Ps. 78:68; 87:1-2), and it is the place of the Messiah’s throne and the center from which He rules (Isa. 24:23). When the attack occurs, there will be an immediate execution by fire. The Bible says that “fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them” (Rev. 20:9). The forces of Satan will be physically killed, and their souls will go into “Hades” (20:13) to await their final sentencing to the eternal “lake of fire” (v. 15), which is hell (Luke 12:5).

Satan will not escape his fate. The Bible says that “the devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast [the Antichrist] and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever” (Rev. 20:10).

What is interesting about sinful human nature is that it does not need Satan to blame. Even when the devil is bound, mankind will still express corruption and turn against King Jesus. All the evil in the world today comes from human depravity! There is only one solution to it and it is personal salvation through Jesus (Acts 4:12; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 1:7).

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