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Book of Revelation > Does deception happen at the end of the 1000 yrs., or only the attempt at it?

By Martin Cisneros

8 And he will be coming out to deceive all the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to be mobilizing them for battle, their number being as the sand of the sea.
9 And they went up over the breadth of the earth, and surround the citadel of the saints and the beloved city. And fire descended from God out of heaven and devoured them.
10 And the Adversary who is deceiving them was cast into the lake of fire and sulphur, where the wild beast and where the false prophet are also. And they shall be tormented day and night for the eons of the eons. (Revelation 20:8-10 Concordant Literal)

Verse 8: he goes out to deceive and to mobilize a number as the sand of the sea. Sand of the sea is interesting because of the Abrahamic Covenant about his descendants being as the sand of the sea.
Verse 9: the devil, Gog, and Magog go over the breadth of the earth to surround (the implication to me being that they're going to deceive, since some translations give the impression that Gog and Magog aren't actual nations, but fallen angels. Michael is called a chief prince in Daniel 12:1 and so is Gog in Ezekiel 38:2, and Magog in Revelation 20 seems to be the same thing as Gog would be, even though Magog in Ezekiel 38:2 is a country.) the saints and the beloved city. The saints are surrounded by the devil, Gog, and Magog and then fire falls from heaven putting a stop to anything really taking place.
Verse 10: the Adversary that was in the process of deceiving them is cast into the Lake of Fire and sulphur.

I know what some of you were taught in Premillenial Dispensational camps, 'cause I was virtually taught the same things, but look at the above passage really carefully. This being after the 7th bowl was poured out seems to place it as related to the 7th letter of Revelation and we've got Christians buying gold tried in the fire there and opening the door to Christ before it's proverbially "too late." Not too late to be with God for eternity, but before it's too late to have something meaningful on the New Earth instead of being consumed by the fire.

The implication to me is that mankind is graduating because fire doesn't fall to the earth [as in the case of when Elijah called fire down from heaven] without a human being calling for it. And I personally believe that Lord Jesus isn't on the earth until Revelation 21:3. Additionally, He rebuked the calling down of fire in His own ministry and isn't likely to change according to Hebrews 13:8. If He were here during the millenium (the millenium is inferred by Revelation 20:4), then the fire couldn't fall at the close of the millenium. And 1Thessalonians 4:16 infers that a trumpet blast from the trumpet of God and a shout with the voice of the archangel accompanies His coming and 2Thessalonians 1:7 says it'll only be the mighty angels that are in flaming fire (and I rechecked multiple translations on that).

It doesn't say that half to two-thirds of humanity will be broiled alive right before the resurrection. Angels alone are in the fire, according to St. Paul. Otherwise, the people will have already been burned, so why subject them to the Lake of Fire as well? But if the fire falling is simply Satan falling like lightning from heaven into the Lake of Fire, then to me that Scripturally makes more sense and fits the above passage with greater clarity. The mass deception; the conspiracy never takes place. It's definitely intended, but fire is called down from heaven and consumes the adversaries. If Jesus Christ will always consume deception and conspiracy, then how is eternal punishment possible? It's not!

 

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For the idols speak delusion; the diviners envision lies, and tell false dreams; they comfort in vain. Therefore the people wend their way like sheep; they are in trouble because there is no shepherd. Zechariah 10:2

 

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