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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

One Last Fling

Cleanse my heart, Lord, and make me ready to receive Your truth. Amen

"Now when the thousand years have expired, satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth ..." (Revelation 20:7-8)

Just when we think satan is gone, banished and locked away in the bottomless pit, he come forth again. This is not a jailbreak. God, Who is always sovereign, releases satan and allows him to have one last fling. It is God's final testimony to the wickedness of the human heart. For even after 1,000 years of peace and righteousness, the latent sin lurking in the heart of mankind bubbles forth.

Throughout the millennium, the population will continue to increase, and not everyone born during this time will receive Jesus as their personal Saviour and Lord. Jesus will rule the nations with a rod of iron. There will be no uprising. But when satan is released and immediately begins utilizing his well-honed skills o deception, he will find plenty of people willing to rally to his cause. He will have no trouble amassing an immense army of rebels who will join him as he once again brazenly strikes a battle pose opposite Almighty God.

It makes us wonder, will there ever be an end to sin? The annihilation of sin can be seen here in these passages, as the rebels are consumed in an instant by fire from heaven. God will blow His breath on them, and all that will be left is a pile of ashes. Their souls will be flung into eternity, and the great deceiver will be cast headlong into the very depths of hell. satan will finally join the rest of the unholy trinity in the lake of fire for an eternity of endless torment.

This is the final eradication of sin. After God puts just a few more things in order, He and those whose names are in the Lamb's Book of Life can enjoy eternity together in that glorious city which can never be defiled (Revelation 21:27).

~Adrian Rogers~

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