Why is Satan loosed at
the end of the 1000 years of the rule of Christ? Am I
correct in thinking that the millennium is a spiritual OJT (on
the job training)?
When we look at the greater
perspective of the millennium we come to understand why
certain things take place. Let us look at the plan, point
by point and see if that will give us some insight.
Man given reign over his own affairs for 6000 years from
Adam. During this time, Christ comes in human form to set
things back the way they were (that
is the law, that men had made a religion in itself)
and to magnify the law (that
is, to show that law points to Godly principles and that we
should live our lives invoking these principles [fruits
of the Spirit]). He also came to establish the
church through which the good news of the gospel would be
preached and published.
To accomplish this feat, God will call certain individuals (called
firstfruits) to help in the spreading of the
gospel. These firstfruits make up the church. These are
the individuals that raise up to meet Christ in the air upon
His return and who will reign with Christ for the 1000
years. They will be turned to spirit beings at the return
Clearly, since these spirit
beings are “new to the job” so to speak, I suppose that you
could consider the 1000 years as OJT for them. In
actuality, God will give us all the knowledge, wisdom,
understanding, talents and gifts we need to perform any
duties He puts us to in addition to all these things that
come automatically in being changed from flesh to spirit.
There is nothing specific about this other than the fact
that we will reign with Him:
Blessed and holy is he that
hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second
death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of
Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
Now, by the time Christ returns, there will have been a
great tribulation and billions will have been killed. There
will be several million people that will live into the 1000
year period. These people will experience God’s way of
living. They are all called into the Salvation Process.
They will conduct their lives without influence from Satan.
He will be bound for those 1000 years. The population will
Another purpose for the
millenium is to prepare the planet for the second
resurrection and those billions and billions of people that
will be brought back to life at that time.
These people will be
resurrected and given the knowledge and truth of God. Once
that is accomplished, they then must, for a period of time
be exposed to Satan to see if they can overcome him now that
they clearly know what the truth is. Hence…
7 And when the thousand
years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
8 And shall go out to
deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the
earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the
number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
9 And they went up on the
breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints
about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out
of heaven, and devoured them.
10 And the devil that
deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone,
where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be
tormented day and night for ever and ever.
As the Bible states, God changes not (Malachi 3:6) therefore
He will do the same with the resurrected billions that He
has done with the firstfruits. He will let the billions of
the second resurrection know the truth and then they will be
exposed to Satan for final testing. This testing is called
the White Throne Judgement. Each person will live
approximately 100 years and be taught the truth (Isaiah
65:20). If at the end of this period they still reject God,
they will be thrown into the Lake of Fire. Also thrown
there will be those raised in the third resurrection that
have already rejected the rulership of God.
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