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Q. Why will Satan be loosed at the end of 1000 years of Christ’s rule on earth? (Rev. 20:7-9)
 
A. God has a great purpose that He is working out here on earth. And He has a Plan! (If you would like to know more about this Plan enroll today in our new series, “God’s Master Plan”).

First of all, God is allowing man to go his own way for 6,000 years. Men have chosen to follow the way of Satan, the god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4). God is allowing men to try every conceivable way to solve world problems -- to find peace and happiness.

When men are at their wits’ end, facing utter annihilation, God will intervene to save man from himself. Then, there will be 1,000 years of utopia on this earth! Satan will be restrained from deceiving the world. Men will be taught to follow God’s law, the way to true happiness.

But familiarity breeds contempt. After 1,000 years of such happiness, some will forget how miserable it was when Satan was ruling. Some few just won’t agree with God they will want to have their own way.

God will therefore allow Satan to be released for a very short time to demonstrate to these minds the fact that God rules supreme, that His ways alone bring happiness.

In Revelation 20:8 Satan uses Gog and Magog (the Oriental hordes) as ringleaders of the people whom he will deceive after the 1,000 years. Ezekiel 38 describes this event in more detail.

But there is yet another purpose. Those who knowingly refuse eternal life can’t be allowed to be around when the next part of God’s plan occurs. This is not the place to explain it, but you can read it in full in the article: “Is This the Only Day of Salvation?
 
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